Best dressed fans - NFL Week 16
Best dressed fans - NFL Week 16
Murray is in Rome for a week before an intended competitive comeback in Lyon or Geneva.
Larger seated outdoor venues will be able to admit up to 10,000 spectators from next week.
Russian Daniil Medvedev overtook Rafael Nadal and moved into No. 2 in the ATP rankings on Monday. Novak Djokovic remained No. 1, extending his all-time record to 320 weeks. Medvedev slid in behind him after Spain's Nadal fell to eventual champion Alexander Zverev of Germany in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open last week.
The 20-year-old scored his first Premier League goal on Sunday.
Kevin Pietersen was not surprised to see Rory McIlroy back at his best in front of crowds.
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler could find themselves involved in a calendar clash.
Fresh from overseeing Rory McIlroy’s first win in 18 months, Pete Cowen is now set on helping his new charge arrest a rather more significant barren run in the majors. “If we can sort out his driving when I see him in a few days’ time, then he should have a great chance in next week’s [US] PGA,” Cowen said. As a renowned no-nonsense Yorkshireman, Cowen does not deal much in “ifs”. But then, he does not normally deal in “putts” either. “It’s funny, because the stats guys are saying that was one of Rory’s best-ever performances on the greens and I gave him a putting lesson before he went off to Quail Hollow,” Cowen said. “And that’s the one aspect of the game I never teach. Maybe I should branch out.” Cowen laughed down the line from Orlando, where he is staying with Ricky Elliott, the caddie of Brooks Koepka, another of Cowen’s four-time major-winning clients. The 70-year-old recognises he is busy enough and that is why he was not at the Wells Fargo Championship when McIlroy prevailed by a shot over Mexican Abraham Ancer in dramatic scenes on Sunday night. “I didn’t even see it as I was on the range with [Henrik] Stenson and had been with [Ian] Poulter earlier on in the day. “I figured that not only with Rory, but also Gary Woodland [the former US Open winner who finished fifth] in the mix that we’d have a winner. I guess Rory isn’t use to having a coach with a few runners in the race, but that might be a good thing, as it’ll keep things a bit less intense. I had three days with him at his place the week before last and we got through a lot of stuff. But you can see from his driving stats that there’s plenty to do and that potential for improvement should fill him full of self-belief.”
Some of the assurances UEFA is looking for are not straightforward for the UK Government to deal with, given the strict border controls.
The 34-year-old Uruguayan has scored 15 goals so far this season.
The Atlanta Hawks might be close to getting an important piece of their starting lineup back, just as they prepare to make a run for the No. 4 seed in the NBA Eastern Conference. The Hawks (37-31) could have De'Andre Hunter back in the lineup on Monday night when they host the Washington Wizards (32-36), a team on the verge of clinching its spot in the postseason. It is the first of a two-game series in Atlanta that concludes Wednesday.
The Champions League final is in danger of being moved to Portugal instead of Wembley after the Government and Uefa failed to reach agreement on Monday over who could attend the game. As revealed by Telegraph Sport, talks have been taking place over switching the all-English clash between Manchester City and Chelsea from Istanbul to London after coronavirus-ravaged Turkey was put on the UK’s travel “red list”. Those talks have hit what sources say is a major “sticking point”, with Uefa wanting quarantine rules relaxed for around 2,000 staff, media and VIPs – including those from its commercial and broadcast partners. Further discussions were planned on Tuesday but the Government seemed unlikely to back down, effectively forcing Uefa to choose between alienating supporters or compensating sponsors. Sources said agreements had been struck to relax quarantine for those essential for the match to take place, as well as waive the cap of 10,000 on attendance at a major sporting event. But the impasse over other potential attendees saw Portugal, potentially Porto, emerge as a potential compromise option after it was put on the travel green list. It also emerged on Monday that the English Football League wants to keep its play-off finals at Wembley – and secure a 20,000-plus crowd for at least one of them – if the Champions League final is moved there. Telegraph Sport has been told the EFL believes a way could yet be found for the climaxes of both its and Uefa’s club seasons to take place at the national stadium, despite a current clash of dates.
Liverpool and Holland are on a collision course over whether Virgil Van Dijk should participate in this summer’s European championships, with Dutch national coach Frank De Boer saying it is up to the player to decide if he is ready. Van Dijk has not played since rupturing his cruciate ligament against Everton on October 17 and it looks increasingly likely he will find himself caught between the needs of his club and country when the tournament comes along. De Boer says he has been encouraged by Van Dijk’s recovery and is not ruling out the 29-year-old being included in his squad. “I think he has to decide. It is his career,” De Boer told ESPN. “I can imagine that he is in a dilemma. Can it mean something for Oranje? I hope he has made giant steps in his rehabilitation.” Such an optimistic tone is at odds with Liverpool’s more cautious approach. Having lost their £75 million defender for all but five games of their title defence, the last thing they want is for Van Dijk to return prematurely and suffer a setback. Klopp has been asked regularly about Van Dijk’s chances of making the Euros over the past six months, and has made it clear he believes his most realistic target is pre-season training.
The 19-year-old scored his 16th Premier League goal against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Edinson Cavani signs one-year contract extension at Manchester UnitedUruguay striker rejected move to Boca JuniorsCavani has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season Edinson Cavani has scored 15 goals for Manchester United since joining last summer. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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Edinson Cavani has agreed to stay with Manchester United for another year, offering a major boost to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he prepares for next season. The veteran Uruguay international, 34, is coming towards the end of a debut season in English football in which he has hit peak goalscoring form at precisely the right time. But, while recent weeks appeared to have improved the chances of Cavani remaining at Old Trafford for a second season, it was still uncertain whether or not he would commit to another campaign in Manchester. But the club confirmed that a one-year extension in Cavani’s contract had been triggered and agreed by both parties, ensuring he will remain in the Premier League for the 2021/22 season. “From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager," Cavani tolf the club's website. "As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that. “I have been touched with how much the supporters have wanted me to stay, and I will give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field. I’ve not yet been able to play in front of the Old Trafford crowd and that is something that I cannot wait to do.” Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “Edinson is one of the last to leave the training ground and sets the tone for the upcoming youngsters with his approach to his profession every single day. I have always wanted him to stay and experience the way our fans will respond to him as a player, and this means he will hopefully get that opportunity.” The news will serve as a perfect pick-me-up for Solskjaer during a difficult period of fixture congestion and heightened tension with supporters protesting against the club’s owners.
Juve, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the only clubs of the original 12 still committed to the Super League.
Derby County are on the brink of losing their latest legal dispute with the Football League and are facing punishment which includes a possible points deduction next season. In a development which could have huge ramifications for the Championship club, who avoided relegation by one point on Saturday, the Football League is understood to have won its appeal over a charge of breaching financial rules, with an announcement expected on Tuesday. The charge relates to Derby’s policy over the amortisation of intangible assets - how the purchase price of a player is spread over a contract - and sanctions were initially dropped earlier this year. But the EFL appealed, with the hearing held over the weekend of March 20-21, and the verdict by an independent disciplinary commission has now been delivered. It is understood that the EFL will release a statement confirming it won the appeal on Tuesday morning. Derby insisted on Thursday April 29 that no decision has been reached, when contacted by The Telegraph, and submissions were still being made by their legal team. The EFL has also previously declined to comment, only stating that the process is ongoing. However, multiple sources have alleged that the EFL has succeeded with its appeal, and Derby are now facing potential sanctions. It is doubtful that any punishment will be imposed until next season, which could range from a points deduction to a fine. Under EFL regulations, there is no possible recourse for Derby to challenge the decision. They could appeal if the EFL hits them with a points deduction, which risks the dispute dragging into next month at the earliest which suggests any sanctions will become effective in the 2021/22 season. Managed by England’s record goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, Derby survived on the last day by one point, after a dramatic 3-3 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Relegated clubs including Wycombe are monitoring the situation and have not ruled out legal action. Wednesday were deducted 12 points after breaching rules surrounding the sale of Hillsborough last July, which were subsequently reduced to six on appeal, and were relegated to League One on Saturday. Birmingham suffered a nine-point deduction in March 2019 for breaking profitability and sustainability rules. Wigan Athletic started this season in League One with a 12-point deduction after the club were placed into administration by previous owner Au Yeung. The EFL and Derby have been locked in a legal dispute since January 2020, when the club was first charged for recording losses in excess of the permitted amounts over a three-year period. Derby announced last month that they had agreed a takeover by Spanish businessman Erik Alonso, but there remains serious doubts over the source of his funding.
The Eagles could make changes on the south coast due to the quick turnaround.
La Liga keeps on giving. And taking away. And then giving back again. It was billed as the weekend that would decide everything. But the finish line still seems further away than ever