FA Cup qualifying stories: St Ives Town, Lancaster City, AFC Sudbury, Weston-Super-Mare

FA Cup qualifying stories: St Ives Town, Lancaster City, AFC Sudbury, Weston-Super-Mare

Qualifying for the 2020-21 FA Cup continues this week with 234 non-league clubs scheduled to compete in the first qualifying round. Some 160 teams who advanced from the preliminary round will be joined by 74 clubs who start their cup campaign. There are three more qualifying rounds after this stage. Sport looks at some of the clubs, players and managers competing this week who hope to make it through to the first round proper on 7-8 November, when teams from League One and League Two enter. From San Siro to…

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Italian Open: Simona Halep Beats Injured Karolina Pliskova in Rome Final

Italian Open: Simona Halep Beats Injured Karolina Pliskova in Rome Final

Top seed Simona Halep warmed up for next week’s French Open by winning her first Italian Open title after opponent Karolina Pliskova retired injured. Romania’s Halep led 6-0 2-1 against the Czech second seed, whose movement seemed to be hampered from the start. After a 20-minute first set, Pliskova had treatment but could not continue. Halep, who won the French Open title in 2018, has won 14 matches in a row either side of the enforced break because of the coronavirus pandemic. The rearranged French Open starts at Roland Garros…

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Les Ferdinand: Taking the knee in Support of Black Lives Matter ‘Will not Bring Change’

Les Ferdinand: Taking the knee in Support of Black Lives Matter 'Will not Bring Change'

Queens Park Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand says the impact of taking a knee “has been diluted”. QPR and Coventry City did not carry out the gesture in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before their Championship match on Friday. “The message has been lost. It is now not dissimilar to a fancy hashtag or a nice pin badge,” Ferdinand said in a statement on the club website. “Taking the knee will not bring about change in the game – actions will.” Players, officials and staff at Premier…

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Australian Footballer Awarded ‘Landmark’ Disability Payout

Australian Footballer Awarded 'Landmark' Disability Payout

A former Australian Rules football player has been awarded a A$1.4m (£0.8m; $1m) insurance payout for brain damage suffered from match concussions. Shaun Smith, who was a prominent player in the 1980s and 1990s, had said he could no longer work and had also developed acute mental health problems. Advocates have called it a milestone payment in Australian sport.Insurance firm MLC found the ex-player, 51, had a valid “total and permanent disablement” claim. “I’m just happy that it’s finally been recognised,” Mr Smith told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Friday.…

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Gonzalo Higuain’s Exit from Juventus Confirmed as Inter Miami Move Looms

Gonzalo Higuain's Exit from Juventus Confirmed as Inter Miami Move Looms

Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain has left Italian champions Juventus after his contract was mutually terminated and is expected to join David Beckham’s Inter Miami club in the United States. The 32-year-old joined Juve from Serie A rivals Napoli for a Italian record fee of £75m in July 2016. At the time it was also the world’s third most expensive transfer. On Thursday, Inter Miami manager Diego Alonso said Higuain was “finalizing negotiations” with the MLS club. Last week Higuain was greeted at Miami Airport by Jorge Mas, who is one…

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Mason Greenwood: Manchester United Asked for Forward to be Rested and not called up for England

Mason Greenwood: Manchester United Asked for Forward to be Rested and not called up for England

Manchester United asked for Mason Greenwood to be rested and not called up by England for Nations League duty, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Greenwood, 18, made his senior debut against Iceland on 5 September having made 50 appearances in all competitions for United last season. He and Manchester City’s Phil Foden were later sent home from the England squad for breaking coronavirus rules. “I tried my best to give him a rest over the summer,” said Solskjaer. “The club, we asked specifically and pointed out that he should have…

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Manchester United: Will Old Trafford Side Push For Major Honours This Season?

Manchester United: Will Old Trafford Side Push For Major Honours This Season?

Manchester United European exploits meant they were granted an extra week before the start of their season, but the intervening period has done little to answer any of the questions hanging around Old Trafford in the build-up to their Premier League opener with Crystal Palace on Saturday. On the plus side, United are a Champions League team again. In his first full season as manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delivered a third-place finish – something United have bettered only once since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. It took the January…

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Tour de France Stage 17: Miguel Angel Lopez Wins, Primoz Roglic Stretches Lead

Tour de France Stage 17: Miguel Angel Lopez Wins, Primoz Roglic Stretches Lead

Miguel Angel Lopez won stage 17 of the Tour de France as Primoz Roglic extended his lead in the race. Astana’s Lopez pulled clear of the other general classification contenders on the final climb of the day, beating Roglic into second by 15 seconds. The stage victory took Lopez into third overall, while Roglic moved almost a minute clear as his fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar came home third. Rigoberto Uran, who went into the stage in third, was almost two minutes back. Wednesday’s stage had begun without defending champion Egan…

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US Open 2020: Bryson DeChambeau Aims to Overpower Winged Foot

US Open 2020: Bryson DeChambeau Aims to Overpower Winged Foot

American Bryson DeChambeau says he will be looking to overpower Winged Foot’s notoriously difficult West Course when the US Open begins on Thursday. The New York venue is hosting its sixth men’s US Open and has only produced one winning score under par. The big-hitting DeChambeau, ranked ninth in the world, believes he can make birdies even if he misses fairways as he bids to win his first major. “I’m hitting it as far as I possibly can up there,” said DeChambeau. “Even if it’s in the rough, I can…

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Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev: Eddie Hearn says Fight Will not be Postponed Again

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev: Eddie Hearn says Fight Will not be Postponed Again

Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight fight against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev will not be postponed again, even if it has to be held behind closed doors, says Eddie Hearn. The pair will potentially meet on 12 December at London’s O2 Arena, having originally been scheduled to fight in June at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Promoter Hearn said sport “can’t afford to sit and wait for what might be”. Britain’s Joshua, 30, last fought in December when he beat Andy Ruiz Jr. Hearn told Radio 5 Live: “Every sport is in trouble without…

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Gareth Bale: Tottenham in Talks to Sign Welshman and Closing in on Sergio Reguilon

Gareth Bale: Tottenham in Talks to Sign Welshman and Closing in on Sergio Reguilon

Tottenham Hotspur are in talks to re-sign Wales forward Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, and are closing in on a deal for his team-mate Sergio Reguilon. Bale, 31, left Spurs to join Real for a then world record £85m in 2013 and has since scored more than 100 goals and won four Champions League titles. “Gareth still loves Spurs,” his agent Jonathan Barnett told Sport Wales. “It’s where he wants to be.” Both Bale and left-back Reguilon had been linked with Manchester United. Spain international Reguilon, 23, came through the…

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Brighton 1-3 Chelsea: Timo Werner impresses but Chelsea must resolve Kepa issue

Brighton 1-3 Chelsea: Timo Werner impresses but Chelsea must resolve Kepa issue

Chelsea saw a glimpse into a glittering future but also demonstrated why familiar old failings need to be addressed as they opened their Premier League season with victory at Brighton. Manager Frank Lampard knows expectations will be sky high among supporters – and very pertinently among Chelsea’s hierarchy – after a summer spending spree that will eventually total well in excess of £200m. Owner Roman Abramovich will be well aware of Lampard’s legendary status at Stamford Bridge but he is not the sentimental type when it comes to managers who…

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NFL: Colin Kaepernick Criticises League ‘Propaganda’ and Eric Reid ‘Blackballing’

NFL: Colin Kaepernick Criticises League 'Propaganda' and Eric Reid 'Blackballing'

Colin Kaepernick has called the NFL’s support for anti-racism protests at the start of the season “propaganda” and claimed it is “blackballing” his ex-San Francisco 49ers team-mate Eric Reid. Kaepernick and Reid began kneeling for the national anthem before matches in 2016 in protest over racial injustice. Kaepernick has been a free agent since 2017, while Reid is also unattached after leaving the Carolina Panthers. Sport has approached the NFL for comment. “While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about black life, they are still actively blackballing Eric…

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