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  • England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day Four: Five Things We Learned

    Despiter stern resistance from Sri Lanka, England wrapped up the second Test by nine wickets. Here’s what we learned from Chester-le-Street

    MAN OF THE DAY - ALASTAIR COOK

    A tuck into the leg side, under the despairing dive of midwicket. Alastair Cook had turned for the third run by the time the ball had bumped into the boundary sponge and his Test career runs ticked into five figures. As England’s all-time leading run scorer, he is naturally the first Englishman to 10,000. But, in joining a select group of players that includes Sunil Gavaskar, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawarden, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kumar Sangakkara, he does so as the

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  • Champions League final special: European Paper Review

    Andy Mitten pores over the European papers which reflect on Real Madrid's seismic 11th Champions League victory.

    Madrid’s glory tainted by tragedy; third time unlucky for Atletico. Zidane and Greizmann headliners in France, while Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Morata are news in Italy. 

    ‘Endless Glory’ was the headline on Sunday’s Madrid based Marca after Real Madrid won an11th European Cup. ‘11 European Cups!’ continued the headline of an extra thick edition, complete with a graphic of all eleven. There are Barça fans who don’t recognise the first five between 1956-60 as they think it was a tin pot competition, but nobody can touch Madrid’s record in Europe. They’ve won five big cups since 1998, a record which

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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Higuain wants Liverpool, Barca want Mata, Man Utd want anyone

    Being the Boss of Goss is a full-time gig and a British bank holiday won't stop Kevin Darling hunting out press rumours so you don't have to. Higuain is in demand this morning, Liverpool are favourites, while Manchester United target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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    Isn’t it always the way that the people you fancy don’t fancy you back, whereas you aren’t remotely interested the ones who actually want to snog you. Turns out that’s Gonzalo Higuain’s problem.

    The Napoli striker is a man in demand after scoring 36 goals in 35 league games last season, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all reportedly queuing up to sign him. But Gonzalo apparently only has eyes for their less-attractive mate, Liverpool.

    The Mirror reports that the 28-year-old Argentine is trying to forcing an exit from Napoli and wants to move to Anfield even though the Reds failed

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  • MLS Round-up: Brilliant BWP, Kamara replaces Kamara, and Lampard continues to struggle

    Bradley Wright-Phillips waited 653 minutes for his first goal of the 2016 Major League Soccer season. The fastest hat-trick in MLS history, it was a fantastic achievement that highlighted why BWP has been such a sensation in MLS say Kristan Henage.

    BWP makes up for lost time with first half hat-trick against Toronto FC
    Bradley Wright-Phillips waited 653 minutes for his first goal of the 2016 Major League Soccer season. On Saturday night it took him just 27 minutes to score three times, meaning he could have netted 24 hat-tricks in the time it took him to find his first of the campaign.

    The fastest hat-trick in MLS history, it was a fantastic achievement that highlighted why BWP has been such a sensation in MLS. A traditional poacher that can score from a variety of positions, he has proven a shrewd piece of business by the club. However,

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  • England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Day Three: Sri Lanka couldn't, could they?

    Sri Lanka find their mettle to stave off defeat for the time being. Here’s what Yahoo's Vithushan Ehantharajah learned on the tourists best batting day so far…

    Sri Lanka find their mettle to stave off defeat for the time being. Here’s what we learned on the tourists best batting day so far…

    MAN OF THE DAY: ANGELO MATHEWS 80

    So much of this knock by the Sri Lanka captain – one in which he spent 105 balls at the crease – was finally a chance for Mathews get out some pent up frustration. Since arriving on these shores, he hasn’t quite been his usual charming self. He had avoided the press as much as possible to concentrate on his own game yet was unable to do so with the number of injuries and selection issues that needed to be sorted. For example, he

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  • La Liga Euro Bites: Ronaldo grabs Real glory, but Bale now the main man

    Yahoo Sport's Spanish correspondent Andrew Gaffney looks back on a Champions League final as Ronaldo grabs undeserved glory, Torres isn't the answer for Atletico and Bale is now the main main for Real.

    Real Madrid have won the Champions League for the 11th time.  In a match that bore a lot of similarities to their encounter two years ago, the saddest part for Atletico Madrid fans is the victor was also the same.  They were forced to comeback from an early Real strike but they just couldn’t find that moment of magic in extra time when their opponents were physically spent.  Penalties is a cruel way to decide any game, less so one of these proportions, but Real held their nerve from 12 yards and handed Zidane his first trophy as a manager – not a bad way to kick things off either.

    THE WINNERS

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  • 5 things... Cristiano Ronaldo won't tell his grandchildren about the 2016 Champions League final

    Kevin Darling takes a look at the moments from Cristiano Ronaldo's 2016 Champions League final which he will be less than proud of. Rubbish free-kicks again anyone?o

    His free-kicks were rubbish
    Have a look at any newspaper or website on Sunday morning and you’ll be greeted with a semi-nude Cristiano Ronaldo lapping up the adulation that followed his match-winning shoot-out spot-kick in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid. The pictures are just how Cristiano would have planned them in his dreams. And when his son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, has children of his own and calls them all Cristiano Ronaldo Jr Jr, the family can get together and Cristiano Ronaldo (senior) can tell all the other Cristiano Ronaldos about the day he single-handedly won the

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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: City want Kroos, Chelsea want Pogba, Man Utd want Stones

    The Boss of Goss Kevin Darling is back for his post-Champions League bumper rumour round-up and what a round-up it is, featuring Tony Kroos, Paul Pogba and Chelsea raising their bid for John Stone despite having watched him play.

    If you’re wondering what Pep Guardiola was thinking as he wistfully watched last night’s Champions League final between his two former La Liga rivals, we can tell you. He was thinking: I want that blonde German boy.

    The Daily Star Sunday reports that Pep has made Real Madrid’s midfield schemer Toni Kroos his “number one target” at Manchester City this summer. The German is valued at £37.5m, which is reportedly why City want to sign him instead of other long-term midfield target Paul Pogba, who is valued at £115m.

    That price tag hasn’t put off Chelsea, whose manager Antonio Conte has reportedly

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  • Champions League Final: Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid as a hero

    Alex Netherton looks back over a Champions League final which could be the swansong of a Real Madrid legend, while Pepe should be ashamed and Carrasco gives Atletico cause for hope.

    Ronaldo departs Real Madrid as a hero they didn’t deserve

    Cristiano Ronaldo now has three Champions League winners medals. There is almost no doubt that he specified that he took the penalty that would be decisive. Had that been the third penalty, then you would imagine that he would have been accommodated and moved up the list. Because of the largely exceptional quality of the penalties up until his, he was afforded the final kick of the game. It hadn’t been, though, a performance of exceptional quality from Ronaldo until that point. It hadn’t been from his team-mates, nor had it been from

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  • Championship Play-off Final: 5 things we learned from Hull 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

    Matt Ogborn on the lessons to be taken from Hull City's defeat of Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley

    1) Diame was Premier League class from start to finish

    Mohamed Diame is a well travelled player, of that there is no doubt. His stints at Rayo Vallecano, Wigan and West Ham were more notable for midfield industry than attacking thrust.

    When he made the move to Hull City, however, he took on a more attacking role with Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore content to sit back when his mood dictated that he wanted a foray forward.

    He was the only bright spot for the Tigers in a poor first 20 minutes with the rest of his team-mates struggling to rise to the occasion with the huge pressure on their

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