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Netherlands humbling a reminder of Matildas’ place in world pecking order

A month before the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Australia played two pre-tournament friendlies. The first was against eventual champions, the United States, which they lost 5-3. The second was against eventual runners-up, the Netherlands, which they lost 3-0. Interim head coach Ante Milicic had taken over the side just a few months earlier, tasked with […]

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We can treat Champions League like an adventure, says Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel urged Chelsea to treat the Champions League like an adventure after they survived a late scare against Porto and reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2014. Although Mehdi Taremi’s stunning overhead kick earned Porto victory in the second leg, it was not enough to stop Chelsea winning their quarter-final 2-1 on […]

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EFL roundup: Swansea up to third after victory against Sheffield Wednesday

Swansea manager Steve Cooper praised his side’s mentality after Tuesday’s 2-0 Championship win at Sheffield Wednesday which lifted them to third in the table, seven points behind second-placed Watford. Jamal Lowe scored his third goal in two games as he broke the deadlock in the 31st minute, turning in a pass from André Ayew. Cooper […]

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‘New dawn’: Fijian Drua, Moana Pasifika to join expanded Super Rugby

Super Rugby is set to be expanded in 2022 with the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika granted conditional licences, New Zealand Rugby announced on Wednesday. In a significant step for Pacific Island rugby, the teams will join five Australian outfits and New Zealand’s five sides in the re-jigged competition. While World Rugby last month pledged […]

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Brighton’s Aileen Whelan: ‘I’ll concentrate on child psychology after retiring’

Aileen Whelan has a double life. The Brighton forward holds a masters degree in child psychology and spends time away from football as a part-time play therapist, which is keeping her extremely busy. Covid-19 lockdowns may have been a necessary evil but Whelan sees the collateral damage first-hand. “I run my own business, AW Play […]

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‘I feel at home at PSG’: Neymar’s message amid contract talks

Neymar called Paris Saint-Germain his home after the team reached the Champions League semi-finals. The Brazilian is currently negotiating a contract extension. “I don’t think this is even a topic any more; I obviously feel very comfortable, at home at PSG,” Neymar told TNT Sports Brazil after a 1-0 home defeat by Bayern Munich was […]

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‘The support left me speechless’: how Sarah Moore returned to W Series grid

The British W Series driver Sarah Moore had been looking forward to going racing again this year. Instead she found herself confronted by one of the disheartening, blunt realities of the pandemic. Her income gone and unable to afford a new helmet, Moore was forced to look to the kindness of strangers to ensure she […]