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Sebastian Vettel tops Abu Dhabi first practice

Second practice is live on the BBC Sport website and 5 live sports extra at 13:00 GMT Sebastian Vettel pipped Lewis Hamilton to set the fastest time in first practice at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver was 0.12 seconds quicker than the Mercedes of his former title rival, who clinched his fourth championship two races ago in Mexico. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was just 0.028secs behind Hamilton, raising hopes of a three-way fight for victory. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. Can…

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Man Utd: Eric Cantona wants Jose Mourinho’s side to be more attacking

Eric Cantona (centre) scored 82 goals in 185 appearances for Manchester United Manchester United great Eric Cantona says he admires Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho – but would prefer the team to play more like a side led by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Cantona, who spent five years at United between 1992 and 1997, described Portuguese Mourinho as “a winner who will continue to win”. But the Frenchman also told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme: “He is playing in this defensive way, which is not the identity of Manchester…

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Wales v New Zealand: ‘Matavesi asked me to get Sonny Bill’s socks’ – Biggar

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar knows how big a game it is to face New Zealand – even players want All Blacks’ kit items. Biggar tells BBC Sport Wales’ Gareth Rhys Owen that one example is former Ospreys team-mate Josh Matavesi, Newcastle’s Fiji centre, wants him to ask New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams for his socks. Biggar and his Wales team-mates host New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday, 25 November hoping for a first win against them since 1953. Source link

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All Golf 

Jason Day lights up The Australian Golf Club

3:23 AM ET Greg GrowdenESPN Rugby Close After more than 30 years with The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media in Australia, Greg Growden now writes exclusively online for ESPN. Never afraid to step on toes, you can expect plenty of compelling insight from one of Australia’s most renowned writers. Jason Day mastered the treacherous winds that gusted around The Australian Golf Club on Friday to charge up the Australian Open leaderboard to be seven shots ahead of his chief international rival, Jordan Spieth. Seven shots may sound like a…

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Ashes: Steve Smith repels England as Australia fight back in first Test

Steve Smith’s fifty spanned 112 balls and contained five fours First Ashes Test, Gabba, Brisbane (day two of five) England 302: Vince 83, Malan 56, Stoneman 53 Australia 165-4: Smith 64*, Marsh 44* Australia trail by 137 runs Scorecard Australia captain Steve Smith withstood the charge of the England bowlers to leave the first Ashes Test delicately poised after two days in Brisbane. On a fascinating and, at times, thrilling day, Smith made an unbeaten 64 to lead his side to 165-4, 137 behind. That was a significant recovery from…

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Who will top qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit

Lewis Hamiton wrapped up a fourth drivers’ world championship in Mexico Nineteen races complete, just one more left to enjoy before the book is closed on another Formula 1 season. The throne is already occupied by a new world champion and a fresh entry written into the history books – Lewis Hamilton becoming the most successful British F1 driver in history when he secured his fourth title at the Mexico Grand Prix. The only slight dampener on the celebratory mood is Hamilton is yet to take the full applause of…

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Washington Redskins’ new big three lead win over New York Giants – Washington Redskins Blog

LANDOVER, Md. — The Washington Redskins lose playmakers and find more. But there’s a reason coach Jay Gruden, a day before beating the New York Giants 20-10, said he wasn’t worried about the team’s offense. No one was more aware of what the offense was missing. But, no one was more aware of what it still had. So here was receiver Jamison Crowder, continuing his recent solid stretch of play that many expected games ago. And here was Samaje Perine, running the way the Redskins had hoped he would when…

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Toronto Blue Jays investigating minor league PED use

The Toronto Blue Jays have begun an internal investigation after the suspensions last week of six minor league players for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. “This situation is very disappointing and disturbing to the organization; disappointing that the players made these choices, but more so disturbing that some failure of our environment allowed this to happen,” Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said in a statement released Thursday to Canadian media. “It is our responsibility to create an environment and culture where our players know that PED use is not…

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple is inactive for Thursday night’s game against the Washington Redskins.

LANDOVER, Md. — Among the notable New York Giants inactives for Thursday night’s game against the Washington Redskins was a name that wasn’t expected to be on the list without an injury: cornerback Eli Apple. Apple was a first-round pick, No. 10 overall, by the Giants last year. He was a healthy scratch Thanksgiving for the second straight week. The Giants said it was a “coach’s decision.” Apple, 22, missed time last week to attend to a personal matter. He was deactivated with little time to prepare for the Kansas…

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David Unsworth: Everton’s 5-1 loss to Atalanta ‘leaves a bad taste in the mouth’

David Unsworth has now lost four of his six games in caretaker charge of Everton Everton’s 5-1 Europa League loss to Atalanta leaves “a bad taste in the mouth” of their supporters, says caretaker manager David Unsworth. Just 17,431 turned up at Goodison Park to watch the Blues suffer a humiliating defeat in the final home group game of this season’s failed European campaign. It leaves them bottom of Group E with just one point from five games. “When you put on the shirt you have to play with pride…

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