They say be careful what you wish for. That is certainly true for Burnley fans. Qualifying for Europe for the first time in 51 years has come at a price, with Sean Dyche's side remaining one place off bottom spot, with a solitary point, after four games. Burnley's unsuccessful attempt to reach the group stage of the Europa League came at the expense of their domestic form, with last Thursday's exit to Olympiakos arguably a blessing in disguise. For at least now the Clarets, who defied all expectations last season to finish seventh and take a brief sojourn into Europe, can focus on trying to secure their Premier League status. Seven of those who started against United also began the European tie in midweek and it showed, Dyche's side looking jaded and leggy, with the visitors taking full advantage to earn a vital win. Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the first-half to give United a commanding half-time lead. By full-time it remained 2-0, but even allowing for Marcus Rashford's red card, … [Read more...] about Burnley vs Manchester United
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England vs India, fourth Test scoreboard England, thanks to the 20-year-old Sam Curran, have been given a second chance. They can still beat India – and kill off the growing prospect that they will become only the second Test team to blow a 2-0 lead – provided they limit India to a first innings lead below 100. If James Anderson can overtake Glenn McGrath’s world record (for a pace bowler) of 563 wickets, preferably by taking seven wickets in India’s first innings alone; or if Stuart Broad can wind back the clock, rather than averaging only three wickets per Test as he has done since his glorious eight for 15 in the 2015 Ashes; or if Curran can pluck more rabbits out of his precocious hat, England will still be in this game, and their specialist batting – who knows? – might even function in their second innings. But the likelihood is that England have already blown it by collapsing yet again, to 34 for four after Joe Root had chosen to bat first, … [Read more...] about Sam Curran saves England from embarrassment after dramatic top-order collapse in fourth India Test
Newcastle welcome Chelsea to St James’ Park on Sunday looking for their first win of the season. The Magpies followed up their opening-day 2-1 defeat to Tottenham with a disappointing 0-0 draw at Cardiff. Kenedy saw a stoppage-time penalty saved that would have secured all three points but he is ineligible to play against his parent club. It is one of a number of changes Rafa Benitez could look to make against the side he managed to Europa League glory in 2013. Our writers have selected their preferred starting XI’s and we would like to know yours too. Fill in your team using our team selector tool at the bottom of the article and let us know who you would start against Chelsea. Read More Newcastle United Lee Ryder I think it’s time for Rondon to step up and come in for Joselu. Murphy deserves his chance with Kenedy out too. Yedlin is certain to come back in if fit but other than that there’s no big changes needed. My team: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, … [Read more...] about Newcastle vs Chelsea team selector: Who should replace Kenedy? Who should start up front?
The 2018 Formula One season has been a close, pulsating and up-and-down challenge by two all time greats going for their fifth world drivers' championship. It has been the best and most dramatic season for some years. Ferrari appear to have finally ended the outright dominance of Mercedes in creating a package - and an engine - that seems to have the better of the Silver Arrows. There have been mistakes from drivers and teams that have cost vital championship points. It has been unpredictable and riveting. There has been controversy, with Ferrari and Mercedes drivers colliding on track which led to questions over "interesting tactics" made in the heat of the moment. It has been thrilling and breathless. After 12 rounds Lewis Hamilton leads Sebastian Vettel by 24 points. As we return to racing after the summer break we take a look at some of the most important and controversial moments of the season so far. Moments with massive consequences. Crucial … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton vs Sebastian Vettel: the story of a dramatic 2018 season in seven crucial moments
Todd Carney will make his Hull KR debut tomorrow night against Hull FC after the final piece of paperwork was processed. The Robins were forced to name only an 18-man squad ahead of tomorrow’s KCOM Stadium derby with Carney a likely inclusion should Queensland Rugby League approve his release, following his exit from Northern Pride to KR until the end of the season. Time Line Todd Carney signs for Hull KR - career timeline 2006 Aged just 20, Carney cemented himself as a key cog in the Canberra Raiders machine, scoring 12 tries in 18 games. Alongside Adam Mogg, Carney was the Raiders' top try-scorer, and was also selected in the Junior Kangaroos squad that year, where he was appointed captain. Early-to-mid 2007 Earning three Man of the Match displays earlier in the season, Carney courted controversy when involved in a high-speed police chase in a Canberra suburb despite being banned from driving. The Court placed Carney on a 12-month good behaviour order, banned him from driving … [Read more...] about Todd Carney will definitely make his Hull KR debut vs FC