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  • Rugby Union: Waldrom named Aviva Premiership player of the month

    An Aviva Premiership Rugby star in the mould of Dean Richards and Zinzan Brooke has been named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for January.

    An Aviva Premiership Rugby star in the mould of Dean Richards and Zinzan Brooke has been named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for January.

    Thomas Waldrom enjoyed an incredible month helping Exeter Chiefs into the quarter finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup and into the top two of Aviva Premiership Rugby.

     “This month’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month is a try-poacher of the highest quality. With his low centre of gravity, fast feet and finishing ability you are probably expecting to see a back three player, ” said BT Sport analyst and former England star Austin

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  • ‘Ones to Watch’: Leandro Damiao - he actually exists!

    A few years ago Leandro Damio was one of the hottest young properties in world football, his star and his form disappeared. Now he's signed with Real Betis in La Liga, so Andrew Gaffney asks what can fans expect?

    It feels like forever since I’ve seen Leandro Damiao play but, if all goes to plan and there’s no last-minute hiccups, that will change in the coming weeks. The burly Brazilian forward finally ended his ‘Will he, won’t he?’ flirtation with Europe by signing on the dotted line for Real Betis. It all seemed dead in the water after his agent said: “Betis have shown a lack of respect to both the player as well as the fans. They [Betis] are no longer our priority.” Two days later his move to the Sevilla-based club was confirmed.

    I know for Premier League fans especially he’s become something of an

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  • Premier League: Three ways Liverpool might respond to calls for lower ticket prices

    Alex Netherton comes up with three possible ways the Anfield bosses could solve the row that has broken out between them and the fans over the cost of attending matches at the stadium


    Enough is enough, said the Liverpool fans on Saturday. Against Sunderland, Liverpool fans - including, apparently, Jamie Carragher - walked out of Anfield in the 77th minute. That number was chosen because of the £77 ticket to be introduced for some games next season.

    That wasn’t all, as there were to be season tickets which would cost, for the first time, in excess of £1,000. Fans were understandably outraged, and roughly 25% of those in the ground walked out in protest and in disgust.

    [MICHAEL OWEN EXCLUSIVE: FANS HOLD THE POWER IN TICKET PRICE ROW]

    However, we are told that Liverpool have

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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Neymar, Payet, Busquets, Mourinho, Mahrez

    The Boss of Goss Kevin Darling with the news all Manchester City fans want to hear: Neymar is Pep Guardiola's no.1 target (as if you didn't already know that), or it's Dimtir Payet.

    Without being inside Pep Guardiola’s exquisitely bald head, it’s impossible to know for certain who will be his “number one target” when he takes over as Manchester City manager in the summer. But the papers are deriving great enjoyment from guessing. (And then dressing it up as fact, obviously.)

    The Sun’s guess isn’t that original. The tabloid states unequivocally that Pep will prioritise the signing of Neymar above all others, having missed out on the Brazilian when he became Bayern Munich boss in 2013. The transfer fee is kind of irrelevant, although it’s been widely reported that Neymar’s

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  • James Scowcroft

    The former Leicester and Ipswich striker - now a youth coach at Portman Road - on Jamie Vardy and the PFA awards.

    I’ve just watched a young Leicester City team at Reading, boys of 18 and 19 who will likely play in the UEFA Youth Champions League next season. They could be playing Barcelona, Real Madrid or any other giant. It’s an incredible prospect, but for now they’re at Reading on a cold February afternoon.

    I used to play forLeicester and spoke to one longstanding club official. Lots of the Leicester staff are still there from when I played.

    “The club have not been in this position before,” I said.

    “Well we have, but just not at this time of season,” he replied. He’s very pleased but also grounded and

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  • Cricket: South Africa v England, 3rd ODI: Five Things We Learned

    South Africa get off the mark to make it 2-1 in the ODI series with a comprehensive seven wicket win at Centurion. Here are five things we learned…

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    MAN OF THE DAY – QUINTON DE KOCK 135

    We’ve spoken before about just how good de Kock is when you give him a white ball to thrash. This century was his 10th in ODI cricket: he now has 2,288 runs at an average of 44. He’s 23. While England did not bowl as well as South Africa (and even the hosts weren’t that great), de Kock’s ability to pick up length, time after time, turned the chase into his own public net. He was even pre-empting deliveries, knowing when the full ball was coming to drive and when that short ball was on the way for him to throw his hands and shoulders through. It’s such a

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  • La Liga: Do Real Madrid really need Cristiano? For the first time the answer might be no

    Yahoo's La Liga expert Andrew Gaffney says Cristiano Ronaldo's time at Real Madrid appears to be up, so what does the future hold for the Portuguese superstar?

    “If he was anybody else Cristiano would’ve been substituted by now,” was the cry from a group of Real Madrid fans as their side faced off against Granada at the weekend. The iconic winger turned inside forward looked a shell of his former self against the side from Andalucia, offering nothing in the final third and losing possession countless times. These are the teams he usually flourishes against.

    The worrying trend is that this wasn’t the first time Cristiano has gone missing this season and fans are slowly opening up to the reality he is no longer an ‘untouchable’. So what has changed for

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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Balotelli, Berahino, Payet, Dybala, Pochettino

    The Boss of Goss Kevin Darling with the news all Liverpool fans have been waiting for: Mario is coming home - but Saido Berahino seems to be going nowhere (as if you didn't already know that)

    The good news for Liverpool fans is that one of the biggest stars in world football will be coming to Anfield in the summer. A £20m striker who has starred in the Premier League, Serie A and on the international stage. A player with pace, power, skill, finishing ability and a gift for the spectacular, and he’s still just 25 years old.

    The bad news for Liverpool fans is that it’s Mario Balotelli.

    The quirky Italian was shipped back to the San Siro in the summer, a move which tends to bring out the best in him and restore his goalscoring touch and monetary value, but this time it hasn’t

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  • Premier League: Manchester United’s failure imperils Ed Woodward’s future

    Yahoo Sport football writer Alex Netherton insists United's poor season is just as much down to Ed Woodward's failings in the transfer market as Louis Van Gaal's dreary tactics

    Manchester United should sack Louis van Gaal and make sure that he is replaced by someone who can successfully organise a side. If they were to do that, they would probably qualify for the Champions League.

    There’s reason to believe that at least one of the four teams above them will suffer a serious wobble, and United could take advantage of it, if they choose to. But what is less widespread, but more compelling, is the argument that Ed Woodward’s position at Manchester United should be under far greater threat than it currently is.

    The announcement of United’s quarterly earnings this week

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  • Watch: Kasper Schmeichel answers quickfire questions

    Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel names the quickest players in the squad, best player he's ever faced and best ground for atmosphere he's played at.

    Kasper Schmeichel was speaking on behalf of Precision Goalkeeping.

    Kasper Schmeichel wears Precision Goalkeeping’s Schmeichology 5 range designed by himself. Follow @PrecisionGK for more information

     

     

     

     

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