World Rugby issues new contact training load guidance after global study in bid to reduce injuries | Rugby Union News

World Rugby and International Rugby Players publish new contact training load guidance in effort to reduce injuries; follows global study on almost 600 players from the men’s and women’s games; players recommended to have just 15 minutes of full contact training, across two days, per week By PA Media Last Updated: 23/09/21 7:41am Tom Curry (left) and Tadhg Furlong train during the Lions tour this summer New contact training load guidance has been published by World Rugby and International Rugby Players (IRP) following a global study on almost 600 players…

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Corrine Hammond opens up on her World Championship aspirations, and the future of women’s darts | Darts News

Corrine Hammond finished fourth on the Women’s Series Order of Merit last year (Chris Sargeant/TipTopPics) The prospect of competing at the PDC World Championship is the pinnacle for any darts player. The bright lights, the historic Alexandra Palace stage, and the prestige of competing in the sport’s flagship event – where dreams are made and shattered in equal measure. Former BDO World Championship finalist Corrine Hammond will be among the hopefuls bidding to sample that occasion with success at the PDC Women’s Series, which gets under way in Milton Keynes…

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Ryder Cup 2020: Steve Stricker admits US have not known how to contain Europe’s talisman Ian Poulter | Golf News

Ian Poulter has played in six Ryder Cups and remains undefeated in singles; Englishman was handed a wild card for this year’s event at Whistling Straits; watch the Ryder Cup live on Sky Sports, with coverage of the Foursomes on Day 1 beginning at 1pm on Friday By PA Media Last Updated: 23/09/21 6:52am Ian Poulter is set to make his seventh Ryder Cup appearance Steve Stricker admits he is the latest US Ryder Cup captain with no idea how to “contain” European talisman Ian Poulter. Poulter has been a…

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Arsenal 3 – 0 Wimbledon

Eddie Nketiah’s superb, back-heeled flick helped Arsenal claim a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon at the Emirates Stadium as they set up a Carabao Cup fourth-round tie against Leeds United. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the much-changed Gunners when he converted from the penalty spot after Gabriel Martinelli had been brought down (10). Arsenal were made to wait to extend their lead, the League One visitors defending resolutely, but substitute Emile Smith Rowe finally turned home a loose ball (77) before Nketiah’s moment of inspiration capped the victory (80).…

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Chelsea 1 – 1 A Villa

Chelsea are through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Aston Villa. The two sides could not be separated in normal time at Stamford Bridge, as second-half goals from Timo Werner and Cameron Archer led to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night. But it was the Blues who eventually prevailed, as misses from Ashley Young and Marvelous Nakamba allowed Reece James the opportunity to score the decisive kick. They will host Southampton in round four of the competition, with the game taking…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises players for ‘having a go’ in Carabao Cup defeat by West Ham | Football News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his players for “having a go” despite being knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the third round by a much-changed West Ham. Manuel Lanzini fired West Ham to a 1-0 win, their first victory at Old Trafford since 2007, as underwhelming United bowed out of the competition they had reached the semi-finals in the last two seasons. Both sides made a combined 21 changes but United played a second string that included the likes of Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial and that were joined from…

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Juventus pick up first win of season, while PSG need last-minute winner to beat Metz – European round-up | Football News

Achraf Hakimi struck deep in stoppage time to earn Paris Saint-Germain a 2-1 victory at bottom side Metz and maintain their perfect Ligue 1 record this season. The Morocco full-back scored after five minutes and added his second five minutes into added time to put PSG on 21 points from seven games, three days after the capital side beat Olympique Lyonnais by the same scoreline thanks to another late winning goal. PSG lead second-placed Olympique de Marseille, who drew 0-0 at Angers and have a game in hand, by seven…

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Dundee 0 – 2 St J’stone

St Johnstone advanced to the semi-finals of the Premier Sports Cup after a comfortable 2-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park. Saints are the current League Cup holders and they showed they will not give up the trophy without a fight. Perth goalkeeper Zander Clark had kept Dundee at bay but the deadlock was finally broken in the 70th minute by Shaun Rooney with Ali Crawford netting a second six minutes from time. Clark was called into action early on, making a fine reaction save when a Paul McGowan corner…

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Rangers 2 – 0 Livingston

Half-time substitute Ianis Hagi unlocked a stubborn Livingston defence as Rangers progressed to the Premier Sports Cup semi-finals following a 2-0 Ibrox victory. The Romania international set up Kemar Roofe to break the deadlock with little over two minutes of the second half gone. Livingston then began to shoot themselves in the foot and Alfredo Morelos scored his first goal in six matches following a gift from visiting goalkeeper Max Stryjek in the 63rd minute. David Martindale’s side did not manage any efforts on goal whatsoever. Rangers ensured they would…

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Naomi Osaka confirms withdrawal from Indian Wells | Tennis News

Naomi Osaka had said at the US Open that she planned to take a break from the sport; the 23-year-old won her first WTA title at Indian Wells in 2018; Johanna Konta has also pulled out of the upcoming WTA events in Chicago and Indian Wells Last Updated: 22/09/21 11:12pm Naomi Osaka will not participate at Indian Wells Naomi Osaka, who said at the US Open that she planned to take a break from tennis, has officially pulled out of next month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The four-time…

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Carabao Cup: Holders Man City to face West Ham in fourth round, Arsenal host Leeds United, Liverpool visit Preston | Football News

Manchester City will continue their pursuit of a fifth successive Carabao Cup triumph with a fourth-round tie at Premier League rivals West Ham. The Hammers claimed a shock victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to advance to the last 16, while City thrashed League One Wycombe 6-1 on Tuesday. Elsewhere, Championship side Preston will host Liverpool, while Sunderland, the only League One side left in the competition, will travel to QPR. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Highlights from the Carabao Cup…

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Millwall 0 – 2 Leicester

Ademola Lookman scored his first goal for Leicester and Kelechi Iheanacho blasted home a second as the Foxes progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win over Millwall at The Den on Wednesday evening. The Premier League side had been restricted to just one off-target effort during the first half of the tie but on-loan RB Leipzig winger Lookman reacted quickest to Iheanacho’s parried shot on 50 minutes to break the deadlock. Foxes frontman Iheanacho eventually grabbed a goal for himself two minutes from time,…

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Moselle Open: Andy Murray defeats Vasek Pospisil to reach first ATP Tour quarter-final since October 2019 | Tennis News

Andy Murray said his body felt good and admitted he can feel his confidence growing with each game as he overcame Canadian Vasek Pospisil to reach the last eight in Metz, where he will face either Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz or Frenchman Lucas Pouille. By PA Media Last Updated: 22/09/21 8:29pm Andy Murray marched on to the next round in Metz (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Andy Murray moved into the quarter-finals of the Moselle Open in Metz with a convincing 6-3 6-3 win over Vasek Pospisil on Wednesday.  The Scot had…

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Ryder Cup 2020: Europe turn on ‘cheesehead’ charm with Green Bay Packers tribute at Whistling Straits | Golf News

European players adopted the team colours of the Green Bay Packers and threw ‘cheesehead’ souvenirs into the crowd ahead of their Ryder Cup practice round in Wisconsin on Wednesday; watch the Ryder Cup live on Sky Sports Ryder Cup from Friday to Sunday Last Updated: 22/09/21 6:19pm Padraig Harrington explains why his team chose to pay tribute to the Green Bay Packers and their ‘cheesehead’ fans on the first tee at the Ryder Cup Padraig Harrington explains why his team chose to pay tribute to the Green Bay Packers and…

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Ezekiel Elliott: Are the Dallas Cowboys better with Tony Pollard as their starting running back? | NFL News

Good Morning Football’s Kyle Brandt: “Tony Pollard should be playing more; he is the starter by every metric except for fame and his contract. Zeke should absolutely still be part of the offense, but he should be the ‘change of pace’ back” Last Updated: 22/09/21 6:13pm The Good Morning Football team discuss the running back situation in Dallas and whether the Cowboys would be better off starting Tony Pollard over Ezekiel Elliott. The Good Morning Football team discuss the running back situation in Dallas and whether the Cowboys would be better…

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Ryder Cup 2020: ‘Veteran’ Dustin Johnson looking forward to ‘great week’ with Team USA at Whistling Straits | Golf News

“It’s going to be a great week. I’m looking forward to it. I feel like we’ve got a really strong team, and it’s going to be fun,” says Dustin Johnson; Collin Morikawa hoping to “turn the tide” as USA’s youngest player; watch the Ryder Cup live on Sky Sports Ryder Cup from Friday to Sunday Last Updated: 22/09/21 5:30pm Dustin Johnson is looking forward to a different role for Team USA this week at Whistling Straits, where the former world No 1 is the oldest player in Steve Stricker’s side…

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Blackmore could be back ‘in next couple of weeks’ | Racing News

Rachael Blackmore is planning on being back in the saddle within the next fortnight. Blackmore, who won the Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle and the Grand National on Minella Times last season, suffered ankle and hip injuries in a fall at Killarney in July. While no jockey ever wants to be on the sidelines, if there is a good time for it to happen to a National Hunt jockey it is in the summer and she will be back in time for Henry de Bromhead’s big guns. “The recovery has gone…

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England vs New Zealand: Heather Knight hails ‘warrior’ Katherine Brunt ahead of fourth Women’s ODI at Derby | Cricket News

Watch the fourth ODI between England Women and New Zealand Women live on Sky Sports Cricket from 12.30pm on Thursday, with over-by-over commentary and in-play clips on the Sky Sports App and skysports.com Last Updated: 22/09/21 3:40pm England’s Katherine Brunt celebrates bowling New Zealand’s Suzie Bates during the third ODI England captain Heather Knight says Katherine Brunt’s workload will be carefully managed ahead of next year’s Ashes and 50-over World Cup defence. Brunt, 36, top-scored with 49 not out and then took 4-22 in Tuesday’s third ODI to turn what…

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Andre Fabre eyes second Tattersalls title with Trident | Racing News

Trident is a hot favourite to provide Andre Fabre with his second victory in the Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket. It is 30 years since the French maestro landed Thursday’s Group Three contest with the Pat Eddery-ridden Tertian, and Trident will be a short price to add his name to the roll of honour after filling the runner-up spot in last month’s Prix Morny at Deauville. The Wootton Bassett colt will step up to seven furlongs for the first time on the Rowley Mile, and Fabre is in confident mood. “The…

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Jockey Ray Dawson living the dream with Zain Claudette | Racing News

Ray Dawson hopes Zain Claudette has the ability to provide him with the first Group One success of his career – if not in Saturday’s Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes then at some point in the future. Trained by Ismail Mohammed, the No Nay Never filly has won three of her four starts, including an Ascot Group Three and last time out when taking the prized scalp of Andrew Balding’s Sandrine in the Lowther Stakes at York. She is doing her bit to propel both her trainer and jockey into the…

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