What is the longest Boxing Day away trip a football team has made? | The Knowledge

Plus: giving up big Christmas leads in the league and the ground that opened up to use its pitch for skating. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“What is the longest Boxing Day away trip a team has had to make?” enquires David Gregson.Let’s begin with a look at this year’s festive journeys (all the below are via the AA Route Planner, rather than as the crow flies). The longest trip on offer in the top flight will be taken by Rafa Benítez’s Newcastle, who must journey 174 miles to Anfield – four miles further than Cardiff’s away-day at Crystal Palace. The furthest trip in the country, meanwhile is Plymouth’s 211-mile trek to AFC Wimbledon. Continue reading...

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Watch: Who do the fans want next after Mourinho?

Man Utd fans voice their opinions on who they would like to replace Jose Mourinho, with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone and Mauricio Pochettino all cropping up.

19-12-2018

Qatar World Cup: What will it be like for fans in 2022?

It is four years until the 2022 World Cup final takes place in Qatar - Richard Conway finds out what a winter tournament could be like for fans.

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Watch: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer score for Man Utd against Liverpool

Watch Ole Gunnar Solskjaer score the winning goal for Manchester United against Liverpool in their FA Cup fifth round match in 1999.

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From defence to Sánchez, where did Mourinho go wrong? | Jonathan Wilson

David de Gea has been left increasingly exposed, as has José Mourinho’s reliance on Marouane Fellaini as a battering ramThere was a time when the prevailing attitude to José Mourinho was it might not be pretty but he got the job done. At Real Madrid that began to change. Why was he so obsessed by playing his “trivote”, his block of three holding midfielders, even against lesser sides? But still, the problem was at the back of the team: Mourinho sides did not concede goals. This United did: 29 in 17 league games this season, the fifth-worst record in the league. But the situation is even worse than that. David de Gea is widely considered to have surrendered his crown as the Premier League’s best goalkeeper but he has still made more saves than all but three. In other words, that defensive record could easily be even worse. Continue reading...

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British surfer Tom Butler conquers potential world record '100ft tall wave' – video

Briton Tom Butler believes he may have broken the world record for surfing the biggest ever wave after successfully riding a huge swell at Nazaré in Portugal on 14 December.The 29-year-old says the wave was estimated to be more than 100ft tall. The current official record is 80ft, which was set last year by Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa also at Nazaré.Butler said surfing the wave was like 'running away from a raging bull'. It is likely he will have to wait for the WSL Big Wave Awards in April 2019 for official confirmation on whether he broke the world record.Surfing and skateboarding receive huge Olympic boost from UK Sport Continue reading...

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The Breakdown | England’s dilemma: undermine Eddie Jones or risk scramble for a top coach

Looking for a successor could be a distraction in World Cup year but waiting could mean the talent is snaffled up and Wales and Ireland have already made their moveThe start of the World Cup is nine months away but countries are already thinking about their next coach. Wales are sorted, appointing Wayne Pivac in the summer knowing Warren Gatland would be off after his side’s final match in Japan, as are Ireland, with Andy Farrell to take over from Joe Schmidt.In New Zealand, Steve Hansen is due to announce this evening UK time as to whether he will seek a new contract after the World Cup. Rassie Erasmus has told South Africa he will not be carrying on after Japan, focusing on his director of rugby role instead. Australia’s Michael Cheika may not last that long after taking part in a performance review this month after the Wallabies’ worst year, in terms of results, for 60 years. A decision is expected before Christmas. Continue reading...

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World sport: 10 photos we liked this week - 22-28 October

A selection of the most striking sports photographs from around the world this week.

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Mauricio Pochettino does not need Manchester United job, says Unai Emery

• Arsenal manager praises Pochettino’s work at Spurs• Arsenal play Spurs in Carabao Cup quarter-finals on WednesdayUnai Emery has questioned whether Mauricio Pochettino would want to leave Tottenham to join Manchester United next summer.The Arsenal manager, whose team play Spurs in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, is friends with Pochettino and claimed the Argentinian does not need to move. Continue reading...

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FA Cup highlights: Blackpool 3-2 Solihull Moors

Watch highlights as a Jay Spearing penalty in extra-time help Blackpool edge past a spirited Solihull Moors and into the FA Cup third round where they will host Arsenal.

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Pete Shelley's Tour de force, Miami's Miracle and Premier Passions | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Paul Sherwen, NHL deflections and Dean Jones’s very bad idea1) It wasn’t always widely known, but Buzzcocks’ brilliant Pete Shelley, who died this past week, wrote the music for the iconic Channel 4 Tour de France theme, itself taken from within 1984 track Give It To Me. Another sad passing this week was Paul Sherwen. It’s well worth a listen to the Cycling Podcast’s tribute, while Sherwen recalls how he met his broadcasting partner Phil Liggett.2) The Miami Miracle! Obviously there’s already a Tecmo Super Bowl version out there. Gronk’s still stumbling. More laterals: here’s the Music City Miracle, which always features highly among some of the NFL’s most famous. There are more in college football, including … Miami (!) v Duke, Trinity v Millsaps and the classic: Cal v Stanford. Watch out for that band! More on The Play. Continue reading...

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The Superclásico final that became too big and too bad for Buenos Aires

For the last five years, Copa90 have been making films about the biggest derbies in the world. Now for the biggestA film by Copa90, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkOn the ground at the Superclásico final in Buenos Aires ... and MadridThe two biggest football clubs in Argentina? The fiercest rivalry in South America? The best derby in the world? Every superlative was used to describe the first ever Superclásico final in the Copa Libertadores. As the eyes of the world turned towards Buenos Aires, our team of filmmakers set off to experience the “final to end all finals” first hand. Everyone expects controversy from this fixture, but no one could have predicted what happened between these two teams over two legs in two continents.First off, Boca’s home tie at La Bombonera. After a biblical rainstorm led to a 24-hour delay, the football gods finally gave the fans the moment they had been waiting for all their lives on Sunday 11 November. The first of the two ties ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw. The away goals rule was not in play, so the tie was perfectly poised before the second leg. Continue reading...

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Manchester United fans on Mourinho: the 'serial winner' who had to go

Outside Old Trafford, fans reacted with an air of despondency to the inevitability of their manager’s sackingOn a wet and windy day outside Manchester United’s Old Trafford, an air of despondency met the news that José Mourinho had been sacked after the club’s worst start to a season in nearly 30 years. Most fans said they expected him to get the bullet but many expressed surprise at the timing.“He had to go. I think it was inevitable but not now,” said Neil Crawford, 72, out shopping at the club’s gargantuan megastore with his wife Liz, 77. “They may as well have waited until May as this season is more or less over for United.” Continue reading...

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Daryl Gurney into round three of PDC world darts with win over Ross Smith

• Gurney won 3-0 with match average of 100.3• Vincent van der Voort also through with 3-0 winDaryl Gurney shook off early double trouble to beat Ross Smith 3-0 and book his place in the third round of the PDC world championship at Alexandra Palace.The fifth seed appeared on course to take the opening set 3-0 before missing eight darts at a finish as Smith recovered to level at 2-2, only to see Gurney then hit double 12. Continue reading...

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McCann case may put bookies’ treatment of winning punters in the spotlight

• Teenager not paid after winning bets totalling nearly £1m• Remote Gambling Association denies ‘cartel-like’ behaviourThe legal case in which Megan McCann, a young punter from Northern Ireland, is suing the online bookmaker Bet365 for more than £1m in unpaid winnings promises to put the entire betting industry’s treatment of successful punters in the spotlight . Her legal team have submitted an amended statement of claim that is understood to allege “cartel-like” activity by major online operators.McCann’s case took another step towards a full hearing last Friday, when Bet365 was granted four weeks to consider whether it will continue with an attempt to strike out key parts of McCann’s claim. The parties will reconvene at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast on 18 January when it is possible that a date will be set for a full hearing of the case in the spring. Continue reading...

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Mourinho v the media: the road to his Manchester United sacking – video

José Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United after overseeing the club's worst start to a campaign for 28 years.The Portuguese coach was often criticised for the team's pragmatic playing style and his treatment of some players, leading to many tense exchanges during his meetings with the press.Mourinho started his two-year tenure at Old Trafford by winning two trophies – the League Cup and Europa League – but failed to win silverware in his second season before their dreadful start to his third campaignDavid Squires on ... José Mourinho's United exit Continue reading...

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal and Chelsea battle for Cengiz Under?

Today’s fluff has forgottenAs nothing especially surprising or notable happened yesterday, it falls to the Mill – the noble, brave saviour that is the Mill – to rescue this whole content operation and bring some big numbers to the party. What would they do without us?It sounds like both Arsenal and Chelsea could be removing their blazers and setting their pocket watches to one side in order to grapple for Roma’s Cengiz Under, who will set one of them back £54m. Continue reading...

19-12-2018

Carabao Cup: Burton Albion win 1-0 at Middlesbrough to reach semi-finals

Burton boss Nigel Clough says reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals for the first time after beating Middlesbrough is "absolutely remarkable".

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