‘I’m not strong enough to come out’: Twitter ‘gay footballer’ deletes account


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• @FootballerGay had intended to reveal identity on Wednesday
• ‘I thought I was stronger. I was wrong,’ writes anonymous playerA Twitter user who claimed to be an anonymous Championship footballer intending to come out as gay has appeared to reverse his decision after admitting he is “not strong enough to do this”.

Having previously declared his intention to hold a press conference on Wednesday where he would reveal his identity after a series of tweets that had detailed his experiences, the user @FootballerGay posted two messages on Tuesday evening before deleting the account which had amassed more than 50,000 followers.

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Gareth Bale’s move from Real Madrid will not be a loan, player’s agent says


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• ‘There will be no makeshift deals,’ says Jonathan Barnett
• Coach Zinedine Zidane says move is best for club and playerWhile Zinedine Zidane expects Gareth Bale to leave Real Madrid imminently, the player’s agent says his move will not be a loan. The Wales forward, who has been linked to a move to the Chinese Super League, is only interested in a permanent move away from the Spanish side.

Related: Zinedine Zidane hits back over Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos set for Arsenal loan

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Pre-season quiz: Lonergan? Spong? Who have these players turned out for?


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Can you name the club from the players who have made a rare appearance in a pre-season match?

Andy Lonergan

Manchester United

Liverpool

Manchester City

Everton

Dujon Sterling

Manchester City

Liverpool

Arsenal

Chelsea

Tyreece John-Jules

Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United

Arsenal

Takefusa Kubo

Barcelona

Tottenham Hotspur

Real Madrid

Bayern Munich

Japhet Tanganga

Schalke

Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur

Wolves

Terry Taylor

Newcastle

Wolves

Manchester City

Chelsea

Jack Spong

Brighton

West Ham

Manchester United

Barcelona

Achraf Lazaar

Chelsea

Leicester

Newcastle

Manchester City

James Garner

Borussia Dortmund

Manchester United

Arsenal

Bayern Munich

Admiral Muskwe

Liverpool

Everton

Wolves

Leicester

8 and above.

It’s worrying how much you know about random squad players

10 and above.

Pelé, Maradona, Messi, Spong … they’ve got nothing on you

9 and above.

With another push you could be a true great

7 and above.

You might have a future in this game, you know

6 and above.

You’re as middle-of-the road as the Lighthouse Family

4 and above.

You’ve escaped relegation. Just

3 and above.

Switch off your computer/smart phone and go home. Nothing smart about this

2 and above.

Switch off your computer/smart phone and go home. Nothing smart about this

0 and above.

Let’s never talk of this again

1 and above.

Let’s never talk of this again

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Christen Press responds to criticism over partnership with Barstool Sports


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  • USA star posted video to Barstool’s official Instagram account
  • Barstool has history of crude humour and sexist jokes

USA star Christen Press has responded to questions about her involvement with Barstool Sports, a website with a history of misogyny.

Press linked up with Barstool during the US women’s team World Cup victory celebrations in New York City last week, posting videos of the parade to the website’s Instagram page. Columns in both the Guardian and Deadspin questioned the partnership given the US’s team fight for gender equality. One Barstool article claimed that “The USWNT Loves Barstool”.

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Premier League youngsters who can shine on tour from Arsenal to Wolves


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We take a look at one young player from each Premier League club who can make an impact this summer

Bukayo Saka, 17, winger

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Solskjær full of praise for Greenwood after Manchester United thrash Leeds


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  • Greenwood scores as Man Utd beat Leeds 4-0 in Australia
  • Newcastle beaten 4-0 by Wolves as Bruce appointed manager

Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford put Manchester United on course for a 4-0 pre-season win against Leeds in Australia. A fine move involving the impressive Paul Pogba and the £45m signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka led to 17-year-old Greenwood’s first senior goal and Ole Gunnar Solskjær said the young forward may even force his way into his starting lineup for the first match of the Premier League season, against Chelsea.

“He’s got a chance of starting that one, definitely,” Solskjaer said. “He’s more than capable and will always be there, in and around the box, creating chances. And I won’t say that’s not a possibility, no, it’s a good possibility. If he keeps going as he does. It’s difficult to keep players out who perform well.

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Which football clubs have replaced players with same-name signings? | The Knowledge


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“Last week QPR sold Matt Smith to Millwall and signed another Matt Smith on loan from Manchester City … on the same day,” writes Martyn Bryce. “Do readers have other examples of such dealings with players of the same name.”

It doesn’t happen often Martyn, but there are some examples. Ryan Geraghty takes us back a year to the north-west of England to get the ball rolling. “I’m sure you will have a few readers responding with this one: I recall last summer Reece James – formerly of Manchester United – being released by Wigan only for Wigan to sign Reece James on loan from Chelsea. I didn’t suspect he would go on to be their player of the season and now be linked with Crystal Palace, but the name stuck in my mind. And, Continue reading “Which football clubs have replaced players with same-name signings? | The Knowledge”

Sheffield Wednesday take legal advice after Newcastle appoint Steve Bruce


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Ravel Morrison signs one-year deal with Sheffield United after successful trial


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• Former Manchester United midfielder back in Premier League
• Morrison joins after leaving Swedish side Östersund

The Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has backed Ravel Morrison “to get back to the level he wants to be” after confirming the signing of the former Manchester United midfielder on a one-year contract.

Morrison, who spent last season at the Swedish side Östersund, has been on trial with the newly promoted side in Portugal this week and will now form part of Wilder’s squad for the new season after agreeing the deal, which also has an option to extend it should he prove successful.

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Swedish man dismayed after being told he cannot change name to Tottenham


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• 39-year-old David Lind may appeal against decision
• ‘There are a lot of strange names. Someone’s called Potato’A 39-year-old Swedish man has expressed his disappointment after he was denied the right to change his name to Tottenham in wake of the club’s run to the Champions League final.

Related: Megan Rapinoe ‘not sure she’s qualified for office’ but vows to fight for equal pay

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Transfer window: what Premier League clubs have done – and still need to do


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Aston Villa have been the most active of the promoted clubs; Arsenal look to have work to do; Tottenham have secured their top target; Newcastle are still looking for a manager

What have they done so far? Nowhere near enough. Teenage striker Gabriel Martinelli has arrived from regional football in Brazil and is expected to need some adaptation and development time. David Ospina has departed for a modest fee.

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Police investigate possible hate crime after slurs aimed at Megan Rapinoe


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  • Posters of USA star were defaced on New York subway
  • Footballer is an advocate for women’s and LGBT rights

New York City police are investigating a possible hate crime directed at Megan Rapinoe after posters of the World Cup champion were defaced with homophobic slurs.

The defaced posters, which were at a Manhattan subway station, were reported early on Monday morning. The US had won the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, and were given a victory parade in New York on Wednesday. Rapinoe, who is gay, finished as the top scorer in the tournament and is a vocal advocate for women’s and LGBT rights. She has also clashed with Donald Trump. Before the World Cup she said she would not visit the White House if the US won the tournament, and on Sunday she accused the president of excluding large sections of the US population.

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Red-card celebrations, Cricket World Cup finals and British GP belters | Classic YouTube


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This week’s roundup also features errant Wimbledon sprinklers, Netball World Cups and table tennis action

1) It’s the British Grand Prix this weekend, which gives us an excuse to raid the archives for some classic races from Silverstone and elsewhere down the years. Let’s start with the race’s first staging at Aintree, when Stirling Moss won it for the first time, and then relive the incident-packed 1976 race at Brands Hatch, when James Hunt’s victory over Niki Lauda was overturned on appeal and the race awarded to the Austrian. The 1987 edition saw Nigel Mansell sensationally overhaul Nelson Piquet at the last to win, and 1995’s featured an infamous crash between championship rivals Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher as Johnny Herbert took a surprise win. While in 2008, Lewis Hamilton underlined his promise with a magnificent victory in the wet and five years later a thrilling race was Continue reading “Red-card celebrations, Cricket World Cup finals and British GP belters | Classic YouTube”

Which footballers have also played tennis to a professional level? | The Knowledge


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“Any professional tennis players that played as professional footballers as well?” tweets Jack Chesterman.

James Clarke raises his hand. “Michael Boulding played professional tennis until the age of 22, peaking at No 1,119 in the world,” he writes. “He went on to sign for Aston Villa a couple of years after retiring, but only made one appearance, and then floated around the lower tiers of the Football League for a while.

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Women’s World Cup 2019: Guardian writers pick their highs and lows


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From kindly taxi drivers to great goals, great games and the universally impressive Megan Rapinoe, here’s how our writers felt about their month in France

Match of the tournament England 1 USA 2. Yes, England lost and, on balance, they deserved to be defeated but it was tense and tight and a wonderful advert for the women’s game. An evening when many of those who have long patronised the sport were surely won over, with even the most stubborn refuseniks having to admit that it is rather good after all.

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Neymar can leave ‘if offer suits’, says PSG sporting director Leonardo


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Leicester sign Youri Tielemans from Monaco for club record fee


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• Belgian midfielder signs four-year deal with Leicester
• Fee believed to be in the region of £40mLeicester City have completed the signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco. The Belgian spent the second part of last season on loan at the club and has now joined on a permanent basis for a fee believed to be in the region of £40m.

Related: Transfer window 2019 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues

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Africa Cup of Nations: Madagascar beat DR Congo in shootout as dream goes on


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• Madagascar 2-2 DR Congo (4-2 on penalties)
• Riyad Mahrez on target as Algeria ease past GuineaMadagascar’s remarkable run at the Africa Cup of Nations continued with a penalty shootout win over DR Congo, while Algeria progressed to the quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over Guinea.

Nicolas Dupuis’ Madagascar side held their nerve in the shootout in Alexandria, scoring all four spot-kicks as DR Congo’s Marcel Tisserand and Yannick Bolasie blazed their efforts over.

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How does Rose Lavelle’s goal compare to other World Cup final classics?


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The USA midfielder sealed her team’s fourth title with a wonderful strike. Here are a few other classics from down the years

Rose Lavelle, the diminutive USA midfielder, watched the last Women’s World Cup final in a pizza shop. On Sunday she scored one of the best World Cup final goals of recent years. With the score at 1-0 to the US, and the result still in question, Lavelle scored what proved to be the game-sealing goal with a marvelous effort. She meandered down the pitch and, with two Dutch defenders closing in, thumped the ball past Sari Van Veenendaal.

ROSE. LAVELLE.

A beautiful solo effort doubles the @USWNT‘s lead in the #FIFAWWC final! pic.twitter.com/ToznvQiuxb

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Megan Rapinoe on the spot as USA beat Netherlands to win Women’s World Cup


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USA have won the Women’s World Cup for the fourth time with a 2-0 win over Netherlands in the final in Lyon.

After a goalless first half, captain Megan Rapinoe’s penalty on the hour mark and a terrific solo effort from Rose Lavelle eight minutes later ensured Jill Ellis’s side retained their title.

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