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Chris Gayle in line to join 10,000 club before retirement

Chris Gayle takes on England with the chance to reach 10,000 runs in one-day internationals before he leaves the format behind later this year. The big-hitting opener, now 39, has announced he will retire from ODI cricket after this summer’s World Cup – but before that he needs just 273 runs to become the 14th man, and the second West Indian after Brian Lara, to reach five figures. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at how Gayle measures up to the “10,000 club”, as well as his record against England. Chasing Lara (PA Graphic) Gayle is within sight of five figures and is also less than 700 runs away from becoming the Windies’ all-time ODI top scorer, with 9,727 runs to Lara’s 10,405. With five matches against England and a tri-series with Ireland and Bangladesh, the World Cup and wa...

Lee Johnson plays down half-time incident in Bristol City’s defeat to Wolves

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson described a half-time tunnel incident as “a bit of handbags” following his team’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Wolves. There appeared to be friction and words exchanged between the respective coaching teams as the sides went off at Ashton Gate. And City’s assistant head coach Jamie McAllister was understood to have been cautioned by referee Martin Atkinson. “To be fair, they are a fiery bench and we are a fiery bench as well,” Johnson said. “There was a bit of handbags. To be honest, I don’t actually know what started it. It’s nothing.” Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, meanwhile, said: “Yes, I was aware of it. The referee told us he had a warning.” Wolves booked a first FA Cup quarter-fina...

Chris Ashton ruled out of England’s crunch Six Nations clash with Wales

Jack Nowell could take Ashton’s place for the Principality Stadium showdown. England wing Chris Ashton will miss out on Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations title clash with Wales because of a calf injury. Ashton started the 44-8 victory over France and completed 51 minutes until he was replaced by Jack Nowell, who is now favourite to fill the vacancy for the Principality Stadium showdown. The Rugby Football Union revealed in a statement that the dual code international has a minor calf strain and will receive treatment at his club Sale Sharks. SQUAD UPDATE | Eddie Jones names 33-man squad for the @SixNationsRugby clash with Wales: https://t.co/SbsCnM2Hay#CarryThemHome🌹 pic.twitter.com/8ckRXCo7Cp — England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 17, 2019 He is expected to recover in time for the a...

Tony Pulis praises Middlesbrough’s makeshift defence after win at Blackburn

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis wants his side to be more ruthless but was pleased with the response to a defensive reshuffle in the 1-0 win at 10-man Blackburn. Boro kept their first clean sheet of 2019 in the absence of the injured Aden Flint and suspended Daniel Ayala, while fellow defender George Friend was forced off just after the hour mark. Britt Assombalonga’s 19th-minute close-range header – his third goal in the last four – settled Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Rovers, who had Derrick Williams dismissed on the stroke of half-time. Pulis said: “We’re pleased. We had 26 shots on goal today and only scored one goal and that’s really been our Achilles’ heel since I’ve been at the football club. “We’ve got to be more ruthless in front of goal. At times we played really well, ...

Neil Black defends British Athletics’ selection policy for Glasgow event

Performance director Neil Black has defended British Athletics’ selection policy after being forced to pick just one male sprinter for the European Indoor Championships. In a 48-strong team, Ojie Edoburun is the only man who will contest the 60 metres at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow next month, where Scotland’s Laura Muir will seek a second golden double on home soil. Reece Prescod was the only man to achieve the qualifying standard of 6.60 seconds but has opted against competing, while Edoburun was eligible for selection by virtue of his 100m times last summer. Great Britain’s Richard Kilty in action (David Davies/PA) Double European indoor champion Richard Kilty ran 6.64secs in Birmingham on Saturday and questioned why British Athletics had set such a difficult qualify...

Preview: Lyon vs. Barcelona – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Barcelona’s trip to Lyon in the Champions League. Barcelona will make the trip to Lyon on Tuesday night for what promises to be a fascinating battle in the knockout stage of the Champions League. The Groupama Stadium will host the first leg of the last-16 tie this week, before the two teams meet at Camp Nou in the return match on March 13. Lyon © Reuters Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time in seven seasons that Lyon have reached the knockout round of the Champions League. The French outfit are facing their 10th last-16 tie in the competition and despite winning the first three, have actually lost five of their last six encounters at this stage. Indeed, Lyon’s last victory at this stage of th...

Santiago Solari retains hope of leading Real Madrid to La Liga glory

Santiago Solari insisted the title was not lost after his Real Madrid side slumped to a shock LaLiga loss to Girona on Sunday. Captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for the 25th time in his club career as Real surrendered a lead to go down 2-1 to the Catalan side at the Bernabeu. The defeat ended Real’s five-match winning run and left them third in the table, nine points behind leaders Barcelona. | 🔴 | Sergio Ramos is OFF! 😱 He recieves a second yellow for this challenge… pic.twitter.com/tUUw1MSNQy — Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) February 17, 2019 “Absolutely not,” coach Solari told reporters when asked if hopes of catching Barca were now gone. “We will continue fighting on the three fronts that are open. “This week there are games for our rivals in Europ...

Ramsey will be big loss to Gunners, says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes losing Aaron Ramsey’s unique qualities in midfield will be a setback for Arsenal. The Wales international has signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus and will officially join the Turin club on July 1, once his existing deal with the Gunners expires. The 28-year-old has spent the last 11 years in north London – largely under the stewardship of Wenger, who signed the midfielder from Cardiff when he was still a teenager in 2008. Speaking at the Laureus Sport for Good presentation, Wenger said: “It will be a loss for Arsenal. I must say it will be an interesting move for Ramsey. “He is a player who is great going forward. His main quality is he can keep the final ball and he makes interesting runs from deep. “You don’t find many players today who can make midfield ...

Liverpool ‘confident of keeping Mohamed Salah’

Liverpool are confident that they will be able to keep hold of Mohamed Salah amid interest from Juventus, according to a report. Liverpool are reportedly confident that they will be able to keep hold of Mohamed Salah. Last week it was reported that Juventus were lining up a £175m move for Salah, with Cristiano Ronaldo keen for the Egypt international to join him in Turin. Having lost the likes of Luis Suarez in the past, Liverpool supporters were seemingly fearful that their star player could exit Anfield at the end of the campaign. However, according to The Express, Liverpool ‘are no longer a selling club’ and are confident of ‘resisting any offer’ which might arrive for the former Roma attacker in this summer’s transfer window. Salah has scored 64 times in 8...

Paris Saint-Germain want £60m-rated Matteo Guendouzi?

Paris Saint-Germain want to sign Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, who is valued at £60m by the Gunners, according to a report. Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, but have learned that they will have to bid £60m for the Frenchman. Guendouzi arrived at Arsenal from Lorient during the summer, with the Gunners believed to have spent £7m on the France Under-21 international. The 19-year-old has been in impressive form for the London club this term, featuring in 33 matches in all competitions. According to The Express, PSG have been closely monitoring Guendouzi’s performances in recent weeks and are considering a move at the end of the season. However, the same report has claimed that the Ligue 1 champions will have to bid £60m...

Unai Emery ‘trying to avoid Neymar-esque power struggle with Mesut Ozil’

Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s treatment of Mesut Ozil is reportedly fuelled by his desire to avoid the sort of power struggle he had with Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain. Arsenal manager Unai Emery‘s treatment of Mesut Ozil is reportedly down to him being wary of becoming embroiled in another power struggle with one of his players. Emery’s final season in charge of Paris Saint-Germain saw numerous questions raised regarding his authority over star man and world-record signing Neymar. The Spaniard was eventually forced out at the Parc des Princes despite leading PSG to a domestic treble, and the Daily Mail reports that he is now keen to avoid a similar scenario with Ozil. Ozil is Arsenal’s highest-paid player, but he has fallen down the pecking order under Emery this se...

Result: Girona fight back to register famous win over Real Madrid at Bernabeu

Girona overturn a half-time deficit to register a famous 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in Sunday’s La Liga fixture at the Bernabeu. Girona have overturned a half-time deficit to register a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in Sunday’s La Liga fixture at the Bernabeu, a result which leaves the home side nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona. Casemiro put Real into the lead but second-half goals from Cristhian Stuani and Portu have provided Girona with arguably the biggest win in their history, a task which was made easier when Sergio Ramos was dismissed during the closing stages. Real remain in third position in the La Liga standings but Girona – who had been on a 10-match winless streak in Spain’s top flight – are now in 15th spot and sit four points clear of the rele...

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