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  • ‘You're not special any more’: Mourinho’s United humiliated on return to Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho’s Stamford Bridge return started badly and only got worse as the most successful manager in Chelsea’s history saw his Manchester United side succumb to a humiliating 4-0 defeat. Two memorable spells at the west London club’s helm brought with them eight trophies and no little controversy, with the Portuguese twice sacked by Blues owner Roman Abramovich. Mourinho returned to the club that unceremoniously, and understandably, called time on his second stint in December, but any hope of haunting his former paymasters was swiftly extinguished as Pedro’s 30-second strike kicked off what would prove a nightmare afternoon for United. Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal at Stamford Bridge.

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  • See Anthony Foley's sons join Munster players for emotional tribute to their dad

    In dismantling Glasgow Warriors 38-17 today at Thomond Park, Munster paid the perfect tribute to one of their heroes Anthony Foley. A day after they buried their inspirational coach and No. 8, Munster had to line out for their first Pool One match in the Champions Cup. Spurred on by the crowd the players performed brilliantly, especially when they were reduced to 14 men after Keith Earls was sent off with nearly an hour left in the game. You could feel how much this win meant to them afterwards and it really showed when they were joined by Foley's two sons on the pitch for an incredibe rendition of Munster's trademark anthem, Stand Up and Fight.

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  • Hillary Clinton's campaign HQ evacuated over white substance

    The campaign headquarters for US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was evacuated on Friday night after a white substance was discovered in an envelope, police said. The substance was first discovered by two interns at a campaign office in Manhattan and was taken to Mrs Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters, triggering the evacuation of the 11th floor, a New York Police Department spokesman said. A total of four people were exposed to the substance, police said, though there have been no injuries or reported illnesses. Police are testing the substance and investigating the case. Further details were not immediately available. Reuters

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  • Padraig Harrington in contention for first European title in eight years

    Padraig Harrington will head into the final day of the Portugal Masters just one shot off the lead as he goes in search of his first European Tour win in eight years. The Dubliner’s last European Tour victory came in 2008 as he claimed his third major at the US PGA Championship but he was within touching distance of ending that drought after a third-round 67 in Vilamoura. Harrington had led at the turn after making four birdies on the front nine but he came home in level par as Denmark’s Anders Hansen and Finn Mikko Korhonen both moved past him to get to 18 under. “I’m happy with that,” he told Sky Sports 4. “When I got it through ten holes as I did, if I pushed on a couple it would take a lot

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  • Liverpool go joint top alongside Arsenal

    Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane fired Liverpool to victory over West Brom but a late defensive lapse cost them the chance to go ahead of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League on goal difference. Having dominated proceedings from the first whistle at Anfield the Reds were unfortunate not to be further ahead when Gareth McAuley took advantage at a late corner and a 2-1 scoreline was not quite enough to topple Arsenal at the summit. Yet there was much to love about the Reds here, not least in the first half when Coutinho dummied brilliantly to pave the way for Mane’s 20th-minute opener and produced a neat turn and finish after his team-mate repaid the favour. They could, and should, have won

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  • Lewis Hamilton to start on pole

    Lewis Hamilton will start the United States Grand Prix from pole position after holding off his championship rival Nico Rosberg in Austin. Hamilton punched the air as he crossed the line and secured what could be a decisive pole as he wrestles to turn the title tide back in his favour. The world champion finished 0.219 seconds clear of Rosberg at a sun-blazed Circuit of the Americas, with Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen to line up in third and fourth respectively.

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  • Tottenham hang on for goalless draw in feisty encounter against Bournemouth

    Tottenham missed the chance to go top of the Premier League table as Mauricio Pochettino’s men were left hanging on for a goalless draw at Bournemouth. Spurs could have climbed above Manchester City and Arsenal with a victory in the weekend’s early kick-off but it was the Cherries who had the better of things at the Vitality Stadium and should arguably have taken all three points. Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko were both fortunate not to be sent off for Spurs in a feisty match that yielded six yellow cards while Jack Wilshere completed 90 minutes at club level for the first time since September 2014. Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc endured a day to forget in last season’s 5-1 mauling here

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  • Cheika accuses All Blacks of lack of respect

    Australia coach Michael Cheika fumed over what he perceived as disrespect from the All Blacks after the world champions beat his Wallabies side to secure the top tier record for consecutive test wins on Saturday. The 37-10 victory at Eden Park was the 18th in a row for New Zealand and completed a 3-0 sweep of this year’s Bledisloe Cup series after emphatic wins over Australia in Sydney and Wellington in August. Cheika was left incandescent with rage in the coach’s box soon after halftime when Australia had a Henry Speight try, which would have levelled the scores, disallowed for the obstruction of a potential tackler.

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  • Mick Kearney to start for Leinster against Montpellier

    Mick Kearney has been drafted into the Leinster team for tomorrow’s Champions Cup tie at Montpellier (1pm Irish time). The second row will make his European debut when he replaces Mike McCarthy in the starting line-up after the Ireland international came down with illness. McCarthy did not travel with the Leinster squad to France and Ian Nagle in turn comes onto the bench.

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  • La Liga round-up: Messi rescues the points for Barcelona

    A stoppage-time Lionel Messi penalty snatched all three points for Barcelona as they climbed to the top of LaLiga with a dramatic 3-2 win over Valencia. The reigning champions started the day in fourth place but with top three Atletico, Real Madrid and Sevilla not playing until Sunday, they piled the pressure on their title rivals by coming from behind to claim victory at the Mestalla. Messi, who recorded his 41st career hat-trick in Wednesday’s Champions League mauling of Manchester City, opened the scoring in the first half but goals from Barcelona loanee Munir and Rodrigo gave the hosts a shock 2-1 lead after the break.

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  • It took Chelsea less than a minute to score against Man United today and bus jokes were everywhere

    It was 33 seconds, to be precise. A floated ball from Marcus Alonso at left-back went straight over Chris Smalling and Daley Blind, into the feet of an on-rushing Pedro, and past David de Gea who’d been stuck in no man’s land. Chelsea’s official Twitter account puts it best. Manchester United’s account was a bit less descriptive. The internet had a party, although definitely not the kind Jose Mourinho had been hoping for on his return to Stamford Bridge. The goal was the fastest in the Premier League so far this season and with United having fielded the same team as they had against Liverpool, the only change being Jesse Lingard for Ashley Young, thoughts were that the plan was the same – stop q
  • Munster Do Foley Proud With Immense Display

    First-half tries from Tyler Bleyendaal, Jaco Taute and Simon Zebo were complemented by three conversions and a penalty by Bleyendaal after an incredible first 40 as Munster led 24-3 at half-time. The performance was so good, you'd nearly forget that Munster had been reduced to 14 midway through the half after Keith Earls had been sent off. A penalty try was earned by the Munster scrum early in the second half to increase the lead and, while Glasgow hit back with tries from Pat McArthur and Mark Bennett, a late Rory Scannell try sealed a stunning win. q
  • All conquering All Blacks break new ground

    World champions New Zealand were challenged for 50 minutes but still ran in six tries to beat Australia 37-10 in Auckland and become the first top tier nation to win 18 consecutive test matches. Less than a year after becoming the first country to win back-to-back World Cups and with a much-changed line-up, Steve Hansen’s side bolstered their claim to being the greatest ever rugby team. Julian Savea scored two tries and Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, TJ Perenara and Dane Coles also crossed to help the 2015-16 All Blacks better the record held by the 2013-14 and 1965-69 New Zealanders, and the 1997-1998 Springboks.

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  • Arsenal miss chance to extend lead at the top

    Arsenal 0 Middlesbrough Arsenal wasted a host of chances to toast Arsene Wenger’s 67th birthday, labouring to a goalless Premier League draw with struggling Middlesbrough. Petr Cech kept the toothless Gunners in the match too, producing three vital first-half saves as Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions. Mesut Ozil thought he had stolen the points at the death, tapping home in the fourth minute of added time — only to be ruled clearly offside. Wenger branded England’s top flight a “jungle” in midweek, and here Arsenal’s predatory instincts were sadly lacking. The long-serving Arsenal boss admitted his birthday mood would be completely governed by the Gunners’

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  • CJ Stander: I know Axel meant the world to his family, he meant the world to me

    It was an emotional day in Thomond Park today as Munster recorded a dominant 38-17 win over Glasgow Warriors the day after Anthony Foley was laid to rest. Munster’s performance was all the more remarkable as they played with 14 men for an hour after winger Keith Earls was red-carded for a dangerous 18th-minute tackle on Glasgow hooker Fraser Brown. Immediately after Munster’s bonus-point 38-17 win, the home squad linked arms in a large circle on the pitch and sang another rendition of ‘Stand Up And Fight’. The arrival of Anthony Foley’s sons to sing ‘Stand Up and Fight’ was not planned by Munster, but it was the perfect thing to do and shows the support the club has given to Foley’s family in this difficult time.

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  • 'I know how to behave', says Conte after Mourinho confrontation

    Antonio Conte was unapologetic after Jose Mourinho appeared to take exception to the Chelsea head coach asking for more from the Stamford Bridge faithful in Sunday's 4-0 Premier League win over Manchester United. Mourinho, twice sacked by Chelsea after three times winning the Premier League title, was embarrassed on his return in opposition as United imploded. The United boss spoke at length to Conte at the final whistle, with suggestions the Portuguese had been annoyed that the Italian had encouraged the home support to cheer on the Blues when they were already 4-0 up. Reports in Italian media said Mourinho told Conte: "You don't celebrate like that at 4-0, you can do it at 1-0, otherwise it's q
  • Inspired Munster pay fitting tribute to Foley

    Munster 38 Glasgow 17 Not so much a game, more a memorial service, but in the end, some match too. As a province, as an organisation and finally as players, Munster could not have paid a finer tribute to Anthony Foley than with this remarkable bonus point win, achieved with 14 men for over an hour. When Keith Earls was harshly red-carded by Jerome Garces for a tip tackle on Glasgow hooker Fraser Brown, Munster led 14-3 and the crowd may have briefly feared the worst. Brown’s elbow hit the ground first, and then he landed on the top of his back, not his head. It looked an unjust result which might spoil the day and the occasion. But Munster were already into their zone and two tries to the good

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  • Anthony Foley: A leader forged in St Munchin’s who blossomed at Shannon

    Anthony Foley was a family man, a husband, father, son and brother to those remarkably warm and embracing Foleys. He was also a man of his parish and town, Killaloe; of his school, St Munchin’s College across the Clare-Limerick border; of his club Shannon; of his province Munster; and his country Ireland. That was the tree of his rugby life and he never wavered in his loyalty to them all, and he remained rooted in his school and his club. St Munchin’s College, Limerick Situated 13 miles from Killaloe, the school gate, like so much else in Limerick and on the road to Killaloe, is bedecked in red jerseys and flags. At about 8am last Monday morning in the dining room, there was a hushed silence

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  • Erasmus: This game was about Anthony Foley, we wanted to play the way Axel wanted us to play

    Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has said today’s Champions Cup win over Glasgow Warriors was “purely for Axel”. He saw his charges storm to a 38-17 win at Thomond Park a day after Munster hero Anthony Foley was buried in Killaloe, following his sudden death at Munster’s Paris hotel the previous Sunday. In what can only be described as very difficult circumstances, Erasmus revealed that in preparation for the game, Anthony Foley was often mentioned. He said: “We actually mentioned his name, we actually said you can’t win for Axel, because if you don’t win what do you do then? “But you can play the way Axel wanted us to play, the way he coached, and he knew exactly how he wanted us to

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  • Fans Out In Force For Foley

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