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Football, greyhound racing, horse racing, rugby league and rugby union were all scheduled to take place in front of spectators on Monday.
The fight will take place in Saudi Arabia on August 14.
The England fast bowler has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series with New Zealand.
Alisson became the first goalkeeper to score for Liverpool in the club’s history.
United’s recent home games have been affected by fan protests at Old Trafford.
The German shot two rounds of 79 to miss the cut by eight shots at the 2012 US PGA Championship.
Edin Terzic salvages Dortmund’s season to leave a yellow legacy. The stand-in coach, a die-hard fan, wrote his place in club history with a trophy and a return to the Champions League
Federer has only played one tournament in the last 15 months because of a knee problem.
The Spaniard has been out of action since February following ankle surgery
The extraordinary thing about Alisson Becker’s winning header for Liverpool on Sunday was that West Bromwich Albion should have known what was coming. There was, after all, a recent precedent - three weeks ago, St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark also came up for a corner in the dying seconds of extra-time in a Scottish Cup tie against Rangers, heading goalwards before Chris Kane turned it over the line. It earned a 1-1 draw before St Johnstone won on penalties (Clark saving two in the shoot-out, just for good measure). In terms of technique Clark’s header was nowhere near as good as Alisson’s. But there are parallels, not least because no defender attempts to mark him. Or rather, a bit like the West Brom players with Alisson, they just do not know what to do. Despite being the big bloke with the bright shirt on, he stands on his own. So is this a trend? Probably not. The two examples are freakish outliers and there are countless other instances where goalkeepers have ambled up-field and then ambled back without having come remotely close to scoring. But maybe the tactic should be given far more serious consideration, and not simply considered a last, desperate roll of the dice. After all, research has claimed that a third of all goals are scored directly or indirectly from set-plays. Every club has someone who works on their corner and free-kick routines and, ironically, that person is often the goalkeeping coach. So why are managers so reluctant to use a tactic which allows them to get an extra player - and one who is generally among the tallest in the side - into the penalty area? As long as they leave a defender as quick as Andrew Robertson to cover a breakaway – as Liverpool did – is there really that great a risk? And if a forward counter-attacks and is one-on-one with the goalkeeper the chances are he will score anyway. No, the main reason for not doing it is because coaches are worried about being left embarrassed as the opposition walk the ball into an empty net while his goalkeeper is marooned up the pitch.
Lluis Cortes’ side beat Chelsea 4-0 to claim their first Women’s Champions League crown.
The 24-year-old is the defending US PGA champion.
Defeat by Celta Vigo at Camp Nou on Sunday condemned Barcelona to a seventh loss of the season - their most since 2007-08 - meaning they can finish third at best in La Liga. Having won eight of the past 12 league titles coming into this campaign, where has it gone so wrong for Barca? Lionel Messi has 30 Liga goals to his name, and coach Ronald Koeman said after the Celta defeat: "If he's not at the club, who is going to score the goals for us?".
The Clarets had more than 12,000 applications from 125 countries.
Emma Hayes’ side were the first English side to reach the final since Arsenal won the competition back in 2007.
The Northern Irishman has won finals with Swansea, Celtic and Leicester.
County were beaten in extra-time by Tranmere in the 2019 final.
As Chelsea’s players and staff trudged off the field in Gothenburg after watching Barcelona lift the Women’s Champions League trophy, the pain on their faces was clear to see. Just seven days earlier they had been singing Queen’s ‘We are the champions’, after clinching their fourth league title. In Sweden they found themselves looking on forlornly as Barcelona danced to the same tune. The mood among Chelsea’s executives in the stands, and players in the dressing room, was defiant: ‘We will be back’ came the message. When Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich visited the dressing room after the match, the players told him they would return to the final and strive to go one better. And with such a high-calibre crop of players, most of whom have the peak years of their careers ahead of them, there is little reason to doubt that Chelsea will return to this stage. But, what must they do now to try and ensure they are the ones celebrating in Turin on 22nd May 2022 after next season’s showpiece fixture? Shore up the defence On the evidence of Sunday’s chastening defeat, the Londoners must buy well in the transfer market to strengthen their defensive ranks. In some ways they have been unfortunate - missing their rock-solid Norway right-back Maren Mjelde since she suffered a knee injury in March’s League Cup final. Sunday’s starting full-backs Niamh Charles, 21, and Jess Carter, 23, had both impressed in recent weeks, especially in the second leg of Chelsea’s semi-final victory over Bayern Munich when they were near flawless. However, they were badly exposed by Barcelona’s world-class wingers in Sweden, with the Netherlands’ Lieke Martens flying down the Catalan club’s left and Norway’s Caroline Graham Hansen similarly proving too strong down their right. Charles and Carter, both England internationals, will continue to develop with age and will learn from the harsh experience of their first European final. But Chelsea will now undoubtedly seek to strengthen their defensive options and enhance their depth. Chelsea's centre-back options were also found lacking when captain Magdalena Eriksson missed last month’s 2-2 draw away at Manchester City and their semi-final first-leg defeat away at Bayern Munich. While supremely well-organised against domestic opponents with the Sweden skipper, without her, Chelsea appeared shaky. Netherlands defender Aniek Nouwen has already agreed to join Chelsea this summer on a three-year deal from PSV, which will boost their options as an exciting young prospect, but at 22 she is a young player considered one for the future.
The Foxes play Chelsea for the second time in four days after beating them in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
Alex Dombrandt has been a revelation ever since he joined Harlequins fresh out of university for the 2018/19 season. His ability to make line-breaks due to his size, speed and intelligent running lines instantly added a new dimension to Quins’ attack. Over the course of three seasons of professional rugby, including the ongoing campaign, Dombrandt has collated an outstanding highlight reel. The No 8 scores and creates tries in abundance with his offloading game a particular asset. If one was to watch his highlights alone, it would seem mystifying that Dombrandt has not earned international recognition. But on closer inspection, the reasons are, or rather were, apparent. While devastating with ball in hand, he had a tendency to let passages of the match drift him by, waiting for an opportunity to create some magic - a fine strategy for a winger, not so much for a back rower. Equally his defensive output was not especially consistent or dynamic, something that certainly could not be afforded at international level where no passengers can be tolerated. These two issues, to some extent, stemmed from Dombrandt’s fitness. It is no secret that Dombrandt was not in ideal shape for a professional athlete coming out of university. This has slowly been addressed and the former Cardiff Met player is now 10kg lighter than when he first joined Harlequins. At one point in his career the above criticisms would have been legitimate. Dombrandt has diligently addressed these issues and the fruits are coming to bear this season. Minutes played per match As mentioned above, Dombrandt’s fitness, which was problematic, has improved dramatically. Two weeks ago against Wasps, as a frantic match headed towards its conclusion, Dombrandt’s improved energy levels shone through. Marcus Smith lifted a delicate chip over the top and it was the No 8 who led the chase, making an important tackle that led to a penalty and eventually ended up with his side winning the game. He would not have had the energy to make that vital intervention in season’s past. During his first two seasons, Dombrandt often played for 50 to 55 minutes before being removed from the pitch. This is no longer the case. Having averaged 66 minutes per match in his first two seasons, Dombrandt is playing over 73 minutes per game, illustrating he is increasingly becoming an 80-minute man. A prerequisite if he wants to succeed at the next level where fitness becomes even more vital. Dominant defence Dombrandt’s defence has maintained a steady output throughout his professional career, averaging between 10 and 12 tackles per game. The difference now is that Dombrandt is making dominant impacts. Tackles on England rivals Lewis Ludlam and Sam Simmonds both spring to mind. Dombrandt does not need to develop into an elite defender necessarily. England have Tom Curry, Sam Underhill and Mark Wilson for that. However, Dombrandt’s improvement in that area, when coupled with his attacking play makes him a more well-rounded option. He is no longer a player that just impacts the game in attack. Consistent attacking output Dombrandt's attacking game has always been his strength. Across three seasons, he has maintained a consistent level of carries, line breaks, offloads, metres made and tries scored. This is remarkable given how high a bar Dombrandt has set himself. What is most notable is that Dombrandt is maintaining his output for longer periods of time on the pitch while also becoming more impactful in defence. His tendency to let passages of the game drift him by has gone and Dombrandt has started to take on a leadership role, captaining Quins on a number of occasions this season. The No 8 has begun to take games by the scruff of the neck much like another former Harlequins No 8 - and late developer - Nick Easter. Lineout option An area of Dombrandt’s game that has developed most starkly is his lineout jumping. The No 8 has gone from being a very occasional jumper to one of Harlequins’ primary targets this season, often jumping at the front of the lineout. In his first season with the club, Dombrandt was only used as a lineout option on average 0.2 times a game. That rose to 0.8 times a game last season before skyrocketing to 2.7 times a match this campaign. This is a real bonus and adds another string to his bow, especially since neither Billy Vunipola or Sam Simmonds are especially strong lineout forwards. England's lineout has not functioned as well as it once did in recent times and adding another primary jumper into the mix could alleviate some of the problems. Magic moments The key to the developments in Dombrandt’s game is that they now augment what makes him truly special. Against Leicester last weekend, Dombrandt produced an outrageous basketball-style offload to help create a try. He also made a remarkable chip and chase collection to set his side away. The week before, he broke through the Wasps defence on multiple occasions, adding to his impressive try tally. In fact every week, Dombrandt seems to produce spectacular moments. Dombrandt is still adding to his astounding highlight reel, but he now has the grunt work required of a back rower to back it up.