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Author Archive for Paul MacInnes

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QPR urge Uefa to act strongly over racist abuse in under-18 game in Spain

• Team left pitch in protest of abuse in Andalucia last week• QPR’s chief executive praises players and staff for their actionsQueens Park Rangers have called on Uefa to take stronger action against racism after their under-18 team were forced to leave…

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VAR’s Premier League bow provides cocktail of contrived and serious | Paul MacInnes

Grey areas were eliminated, celebrations compromised and dying swans killed off on the top flight’s opening weekendThe first weekend of VAR went well – in the sense that the new refereeing technology worked as it was supposed to. But does that mean eve…

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Spurs ‘vulnerable’ to bids for players from Europe, says Mauricio Pochettino

• Manager wary of effects of longer European transfer window• ‘Any club from Europe can create a big problem’Tottenham are going into the season having significantly strengthened their squad but Mauricio Pochettino remains wary of European rivals poach…

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VAR VAR voom! The Premier League gets set for video referees | Paul MacInnes

Video Assistant Referees finally arrive in the Premier League this season, ready to correct ‘clear and obvious’ errors. At least, that’s the plan …It’s the moment nobody’s been waiting for but most agree had to arrive at some point: the Video Assistant…

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Nafissatou Thiam: ‘Seeing Katarina do well pushed me to go even further’

The Olympic, world and European heptathlon champion discusses her preparations for Doha 2019, her rivalry with Katarina Johnson-Thompson and why she is ‘not even close’ to her ultimate goalAll eyes will be on the long jump pit in Birmingham next weeken…

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Tour de Pologne suspends racing in tribute to Bjorg Lambrecht

• Young Belgian rider died following crash on Monday• Teammates cross finish line together in neutralised stageRacing in the Tour de Pologne was suspended on Tuesday, as cycling paid tribute to the life of Bjorg Lambrecht who died after a crash on Mond…

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Nottingham Forest issue suspension over ‘racist’ posts aimed at Derby’s Duane Holmes

• Police investigate social media messages by apparent Forest fan• Club will take further action when criminal process is overPolice have opened an inquiry into racist messages allegedly sent to Derby County’s Duane Holmes by someone claiming to be a N…

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Seven men arrested after tube fight before Community Shield match

• Men arrested on suspicion of violent disorder after station fight• British Transport Police appeals for witnesses to come forwardSeven football fans have been arrested after fighting broke out on the London Underground before the Community Shield mat…

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Team GB must deliver more than just medals at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo | Paul MacInnes

British Olympic Association sets new goals that will include currying favour with the hosts and inspiring future generationsThe slogan of the British Olympic movement used to be straightforward and decidedly unsentimental. Now, as the countdown to Toky…

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Team GB must deliver more than just medals at 2020 Olympics in Tokyo | Paul MacInnes

British Olympic Association sets new goals that will include currying favour with the hosts and inspiring future generationsThe slogan of the British Olympic movement used to be straightforward and decidedly unsentimental. Now, as the countdown to Toky…

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England’s Suzy Petty hopes to help GB hockey team make it to Olympics | Paul MacInnes

Hockey star admits she’s feeling pressure as qualification for the 2016 gold medallists rides on success in upcoming European ChampionshipsSuzy Petty is in an unusually stressful position. The 27-year-old has forced her way into the Great Britain women…

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Dina Asher-Smith energised by the hype as world’s best meet in London | Paul MacInnes

Three European gold medals raised expectations but the sprinter views Anniversary Games as a step on the way to bigger titlesAmid a flurry of fond reminiscence and surrounded by a plethora of yoghurt products, the stars of track and field have arrived …

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Team GB to send biggest ever team to overseas Olympics at Tokyo 2020

• Chef de mission hoping for 380 athletes in Tokyo• Paralympic team to decrease slightly on RioGreat Britain is on course to send its biggest team to an overseas Olympics, with the aim of staying in the “upper echelons” of the medal table at Tokyo 2020…

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Wimbledon diary: Tennis in tune with the kids before royal performance

All England Club announces a deal with music app TikTok as stars of stage and screen tick a lot of boxesAs another Wimbledon fortnight draws to a close, it is natural to reflect. And not just in the lenses of the Maui Jim sunglasses concession that wil…

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Wimbledon diary: Henman defends Konta but Navratilova trolls Trump | Paul MacInnes

Johanna Konta’s spat with a journalist divided opinion while Navratilova’s cap had an unequivocal message for the presidentIt may have been men’s quarter?finals day but the hot topic was still Johanna Konta. The British No 1 had claimed she was patroni…

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Eboni Usoro-Brown: ‘We go into the World Cup as underdog favourites’

The England defender asked her mother to send her to boarding school at the age of 12 and believes the hosts have the mentality to be world championsHere’s how hard Eboni Usoro-Brown likes to work. “Last year, obviously, I had the Commonwealth Games,” …

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Red Sox and Yankees vow to ‘get your motor running’ as MLB hits London

The fierce rivals from Boston and New York will contest the first Major League Baseball games to be held in Europe, at West Ham United’s ground this weekendThe Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have promised baseball that will “get your motor running…

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Chris Froome’s injuries ‘could have been hell of a lot worse’, says Thomas

• Tour de France champion says Froome’s absence is ‘big blow’• ‘He was lucky to come away with the damage he’s done’Chris Froome was “lucky” not to have sustained even greater injuries following his crash last week, according to teammate Geraint Thomas…

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Norwich cap Carrow Road tickets at £30 for Premier League return

• ‘We shouldn’t price people out of football,’ say promoted club• Carrow Road’s 27,000 capacity will pay £30 or underNorwich have capped ticket prices at £30 on their return to the top flight, reviving the issue of accessible pricing for fans in the Pr…

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Norwich cap Carrow Road tickets at £30 for Premier League return

• ‘We shouldn’t price people out of football,’ say promoted club• Carrow Road’s 27,000 capacity will pay £30 or underNorwich have capped ticket prices at £30 on their return to the top flight, reviving the issue of accessible pricing for fans in the Pr…