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‘It looks like someone’s gran’: Diego Maradona statue unveiled in India

Bronze likeness ridiculed after unveiling in Kolkata‘I’m not a god of football’ says former Argentina player Another football icon has been honoured by a statue with a bronze sculpture of the Argentina great, Diego Maradona, unveiled at a club in Kolka…

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Raelene Castle set to be first female chief executive of Rugby Australia

Castle will become first woman in charge of Australia’s major football codesShe was previously first female CEO of an NRL Club, at CanterburyFormer Canterbury NRL chief executive Raelene Castle is poised to take over as Rugby Australia’s new boss and m…

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England players have let down Joe Root and must rebuild trust, says Bairstow

• ‘We’ve got a chance as a group to go out there and front up’• ‘Lads are still feeling positive’ despite trailing 2-0 in AshesJonny Bairstow accepts England’s players have let down their captain, Joe Root, and must rebuild public trust by delivering o…

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Australia’s Ashes angel Nathan Lyon has England in a spin before Waca Test | Vic Marks

A year ago the spinner was on the brink of being dropped – now he is the linchpin of the side whose fizzing deliveries are tormenting batsmenIt feels unprecedented before a big match at the Waca that batsmen should spend time fretting about playing aga…

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NRL club Manly face hefty penalties for alleged salary cap breaches

NRL handed Sea Eagles breach notice for alleged breaches spanning five yearsTwo officials accused of orchestrating scheme given show-cause noticesManly could be facing a hefty fine and two officials could be deregistered after the NRL accused the club …

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Women’s Big Bash League draws record viewing figures

Overall, viewing figures were up 46.6 per cent on season two averagesOn-field records were also broken, including highest Big Bash team totalThe first weekend of the third edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) has attracted a peak audience of 6…

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Who can rescue the Ashes for England and be a match-winner in Perth?

Guardian writers pick their England XI for the crucial third Test. How many will go for the same team and how many will select Mark Wood or Ben Foakes?My England lineup for Perth Test Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow,…

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Moeen Ali says culture and behaviour of England team must change

• ‘We have to be on our best behaviour to inspire younger generation’• Ben Duckett suspended after pouring drink over Jimmy AndersonMoeen Ali has admitted that the culture and behaviour of the England cricket team needs to change or they risk turning a…

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Ben Stokes run out for one-ball duck as batting woes continue in New Zealand

• All-rounder run out for a duck playing for Canterbury in Ford Trophy• Stokes took one wicket in 10 oversBen Stokes has suffered more batting woe as he was run out after just one ball on his latest appearance for Canterbury. A mix-up in communication …

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Farewell to the ramshackle Waca, often a graveyard of English Ashes hopes

England play their last Test at Perth’s atmospheric old ground, a place known for its fast track, the Fremantle Doctor – and usually Australia winsEven when empty, a stroll around the Waca is an evocative one. Though the seats are sun-bleached, the pai…

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Matildas draw reigning champions Japan in tough Asian Cup draw

Matildas have drawn South Korea and Vietnam for tournament in JordanTop five countries will qualify for World Cup 2019 in FranceThe Matildas are already Asian Cup favourites but coach Alen Stajcic is expecting “no easy moments” after drawing reigning c…

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England’s history at the Waca suggests the Doctor may blow them away | Vic Marks

Joe Root’s side must contend with England’s dreadful history at the Waca in next week’s third Test – it is hard to imagine them letting in the wind of changeAll this talk of 5-0 is not very helpful. But it is understandable. In two of the past three As…

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England’s problem this Ashes may be drinking unwisely rather than too much

After Ben Duckett’s folly, the perception could be that England have an alcohol problem among a small minority and they have a batting problem: there are situations vacant; right-handed teetotallers preferredAnother day in the paradise that is Per…

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England’s Ben Duckett dropped from Ashes tour game after Perth bar incident

• Some senior players are said to have been out on night in question • Batsman was due to play for England XI against Cricket Australia sideBen Duckett, the Northamptonshire batsman, was stood down from England’s two-day tour match in Perth this weeken…

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A-League: Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC – live!

Updates from the second Sydney derby of the seasonGet in touch with Jonathan by email or Twitter 9.15am GMT 16 min: Big job now for this unfamiliar Wanderers outfit to claw the game back against the champions. Bonevacia thinks he’s up to the task, taki…

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Moeen Ali: England have got to take Australia’s Ashes sledging on the chin

• Jonny Bairstow confirmed comments have gone beyond ’headbutt’ jibes• Moeen will captain England against Cricket Australia but may not bowl The sledging issue continues to dominate this Ashes series but Moeen Ali has stressed he has risen above any co…

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The Final Word: Jason Gillespie on Pat Cummins and Australia’s bowling riches – podcast

In the latest episode of The Final Word, Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins talk in-depth with the great Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie. After the Adelaide Test, the Ashes winner tells them how Australia’s current crop of bowlers is ‘something pretty…

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It’s been a long time coming, but Fifa intervention means FFA change is on the way

Opting for a body consensual in nature but under Fifa/AFC direction, resolution should occur with minimum of damageIt feels somewhat perverse to praise Fifa’s acumen during a week in which its handling of Russia has re-alerted the football community to…

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Craig Overton’s bruised ribcage a badge of honour for the England Ashes tyro | Vic Marks

Having ‘good fun’ fending off bouncers and taking four Australia wickets on his debut in Adelaide has left the 23-year-old itching for more Ashes actionSuddenly Craig Overton is no longer one of the dirt?trackers, the also-rans who get hauled out to pl…

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James Vince can look a million bucks with his drives but he’s an enigma | Jason Gillespie

England’s No3 is vulnerable through that slightly open bat face, while Alastair Cook’s Ashes game plan against the spinner Nathan Lyon isn’t clear, which is puzzling for a champion cricketer about to play his 150th Test in PerthJoe Root’s optimism afte…