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Result: Cameron Bancroft the star as Durham down Lancashire

Cameron Bancroft‘s second unbeaten hundred in as many matches led Durham to a six-wicket win over Leicestershire in the Royal London One-Day Cup. The Foxes rebuilt from 112 for seven to reach 233 for nine, with Tom Taylor (59) and Dieter Klein (46) putting on 81, but Bancroft’s 188 not out ensured a comfortable home win in the North Group. Lancashire came up just short of a remarkable chase despite record team and individual scores for the county as Nottinghamshire held on for an 11-run win. Joe Clarke’s 139 and quick runs from Tom Moores (74 off 39 balls) and Luke Fletcher (46no off 17) took Notts to 417 for seven. What a run chase. What an innings. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘@DaneVilas brings up his 150 from just 93 balls. Lancashire need 42 to win from 4.3 overs. LIVE STREAM ➑️ https://t.co/J...

Darren Ferguson bemoans Peterborough concentration after late equaliser

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was left cursing a “bad result” after seeing his side’s play-off hopes hit by a last-gasp equaliser at Fleetwood in a match watched by his father Sir Alex Ferguson. While Ferguson junior was left to rue a missed opportunity for side, who also saw a penalty saved, Fleetwood first-team coach Clint Hill said the 1-1 draw felt like a victory. Hill took over press duties from boss Joey Barton, who has been in the spotlight this week following an alleged incident in the tunnel following last weekend’s defeat at Barnsley. Peterborough forward Marcus Maddison saw his 19th-minute penalty saved by Alex Cairns but made up for it by putting Posh ahead in the 64th minute at Highbury. However, Fleetwood snatched a point when substitute Ash Hun...

Real Madrid ‘still want to sign Neymar’

Real Madrid are still interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar, according to a report. Real Madrid are reportedly still interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar. The 27-year-old has scored 48 goals in 53 appearances for PSG since arriving from Barcelona in 2017. The Brazil international has been consistently linked with a move away from the French giants, though, with Barca, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Manchester City all credited with an interest. Zinedine Zidane‘s arrival at the Bernabeu had reportedly seen Los Blancos drop their pursuit, but according to Marca, the European champions still want to sign the attacker. Neymar, who is entering the latter stages of his recovery from a foot injury, scored 105 goals in 186 games for Barcelona befo...

Marcelo Bielsa accepts blame for shock Leeds United defeat

Manager Marcelo Bielsa says he has no explanation for Leeds’ shock 2-1 defeat at home to Wigan. United looked to be cruising to three crucial points in the promotion race after Patrick Bamford gave them a 17th-minute lead. The opener came just moments after Cedric Kipre had been red-carded for handling a Bamford shot, with Pablo Hernandez missing the resulting penalty. But the Latics refused to buckle and Gavin Massey’s brace turned the game around, meaning Leeds trail second-placed Sheffield United on goal difference with three games to go. “There is no explanation why that happened today,” Bielsa said. “Destiny gave us a red card, a penalty and 15 chances to score. “We simply should have won that game today. The conditions were right there for us to wi...

Dean Smith challenges Aston Villa to extend record-equalling winning run

Dean Smith challenged his players to keep on winning after second-half goals from Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham gave Aston Villa a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship victory that relegated Bolton to League One. Villa’s latest success was their ninth in a row to equal a club record last achieved 109 years ago. “No living person will have seen the last run so I am proud of the players,” said manager Smith. “Now we have to go all-out and try and break the record against Millwall on Monday. “It will be a tough game and I have full respect for Neil Harris, who has done well there. “However, if we can get the better of them, what better place than in front of a full house at Villa Park. “We are very motivated to keep the run going and you could see that from the...

Chris Wilder sets sights on securing automatic promotion

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder praised his players for battling past 10-man Nottingham Forest and then fired a warning to their automatic promotion rivals. Second-half goals from Mark Duffy and Enda Stevens earned the Blades a 2-0 win after Forest had had Yohan Benalouane sent off soon after the break. Wilder said: “It was never going to be easy. We had to work hard to get in front and it was a little bit easier when they went down to 10 men. “They sat in and made it difficult. It was a great first goal and the second one calmed everyone right down. I thought we saw the game out well. “It was good to get back to winning ways against a powerful football club. “These players have got a bit about them. We have to be positive in our approach. “We’ve h...

Result: Middlesbrough beat Stoke City to regain playoff spot

Britt Assombalonga‘s 14th goal of the season lifted Middlesbrough back into the Sky Bet Championship’s top six by securing a 1-0 win over Stoke at the Riverside Stadium. Assombalonga’s predatory flick in the second minute proved enough to ensure Boro made it three wins in a row for the first time since August and keep hopes of promotion alive. Boro boss Tony Pulis’ former club kept plugging away in search of an equaliser but found no way through to leave the Teesside crowd delighted. Stoke caused problems but they are already planning for next season under Nathan Jones. For Boro – in the midst of a defensive crisis following injuries to George Friend, Daniel Ayala and Dael Fry – Bristol City’s draw with Reading earlier in the day meant a win would mean climbin...

Chelsea team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Burnley

Sports Mole rounds up Chelsea’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of the Premier League encounter with Burnley on Easter Monday. Chelsea play host to Burnley on Easter Monday looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League. Maurizio Sarri‘s side have progressed through to the Europa League semi-finals, but the Blues remain outsiders to earn a spot in the top four of the league standings. Chelsea suffered a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool in their last top-flight outing, a result which has left the club sitting in fifth position and having played a game more than fourth-placed Arsenal. Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for Sarri’s team ahead of the match against the Clarets. CHELSEA’S INJURY LIST Β© Reuters Status: OutType of inju...

Stephen Robinson urges players to sign new contracts sooner rather than later

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has warned he will not wait all summer for players to sign new deals. Robinson has captured Livingston defender Declan Gallagher and Inverness midfielder Liam Polworth within the last fortnight and is close to another signing. The likes of Alex Gorrin, Elliott Frear, Chris Cadden, Curtis Main and Carl McHugh are out of contract in the summer while Robinson has already admitted that winger Jake Hastie appears very unlikely to sign a new deal. Gboly Ariyibi and Tom Aldred are on loans which could potentially be turned into permanent deals but Robinson is continuing to look elsewhere. “We have offered contracts to five or six people, verbally and written,” he said. “Those contracts can only stay on the table so long. I am signing players s...

Massimiliano Allegri dismisses Cristiano Ronaldo exit reports

Massimiliano Allegri has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo is β€œthe future” of Juventus as they look to soothe their Champions League disappointment by lifting an eighth successive Serie A title. Juve welcome Fiorentina to the Allianz Stadium on Saturday knowing victory will clinch another Scudetto four days after their hopes of European glory went up in smoke as Ajax claimed a famous quarter-final win in Turin. Ronaldo scored home and away against the Dutch side, who went through on the away goals rule, but while acknowledging that the 34-year-old’s brilliance alone was not enough, manager Allegri predicted he will lead the fight once again next season. He told a press conference: β€œCristiano is the future of Juventus. He did very well this year and will do so the next. Of course he is disapp...

Five talking points ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action

Manchester City and Tottenham provided a spectacle for the ages in their midweek Champions League clash and the two teams will meet again at the Etihad Stadium – this time with both needing Premier League points. Here, Press Association Sport looks at the fixture and four other talking points ahead of this weekend: Can City and Tottenham go again? Mauricio Pochettino’s side reached the Champions League semi-finals in midweek (Mike Egerton/PA) Even before these teams provided an instant classic on Wednesday night, the Saturday lunchtime kick-off looked to be the defining fixture of the weekend. But the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final has amped that up several notches, not least because of its dramatic denouement. The question now is: are both teams physically and ment...

How Liverpool could line up against Cardiff City

Sports Mole looks at how Liverpool could line up against Cardiff City as they attempt to take another step closer to a first top-flight title since 1990. Liverpool turn their attentions back to a fascinating Premier League title race on Sunday when they face a Cardiff City side fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table. The Reds make the trip to South Wales having comfortably sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, and a league and European double remains a realistic goal for Jurgen Klopp‘s side. However, they know that even a perfect end to the season may not be enough to pip Manchester City to the title and they could be knocked off top spot by the time they face Cardiff on Sunday. Here, Sports Mole looks at how the Merseysiders could line up for an...

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