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Australia will reduce sledging – new captain Paine

Australia will reduce sledging – new captain Paine

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New Australia captain Tim Paine says the team will reduce their levels of sledging under his leadership.Paine replaced Steve Smith as Australia skipper after Smith was banned for his part in the ball-tampering scandal.Australia have also been criticised for an aggressive on-field approach and Cricket Australia launched a review into the team's culture."I think what's said and how it's said will be very different going forward," wicketkeeper Paine, 33, said."A lot of this stuff we were actually starting to speak about under Steve [Smith's captaincy]."How do you tamper with a cricket ball?Ball-tampering & why it is so serious for AustraliaSmith and vice-captain David Warner were given year-long bans by Cricket Australia and batsman Cameron Bancroft a nine-month suspension after admitting...
Jose Mourinho responds to Paul Scholes' criticism of Paul Pogba and praises Frenchman's 'top performance'

Jose Mourinho responds to Paul Scholes' criticism of Paul Pogba and praises Frenchman's 'top performance'

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Jose Mourinho has spoken out in defence of Paul PogbaWednesday, April 18, 2018Jose Mourinho has rejected stinging criticism from Paul Scholes on Paul Pogba, insisting the France midfielder produced another "top performance" at Bournemouth.Manchester United prevailed 2-0 in Wednesday's Premier League clash, with Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling on target.Former Red Devils midfielder Scholes insisted Pogba's below-par showing in Sunday's 1-0 home loss to West Brom was "disrespectful" to united boss Mourinho.But Mourinho rejected that critique, choosing instead to praise Pogba for returning to form on the South Coast.Asked to comment on Scholes' criticism of Pogba, Mourinho replied: "I don't agree. I agree that it wasn't a good performance at all (against West Brom); with that I agr...
Timberwolves aim to slow down Rockets' James Harden

Timberwolves aim to slow down Rockets' James Harden

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At first blush the Minnesota Timberwolves got what they wanted in Game 1 on Sunday, limiting the Houston Rockets to a substandard shooting performance from the perimeter after being overrun by a hail of 3-pointers while being dismantled in all four regular-season meetings. But what went wrong proved costly for Minnesota. Despite the sound strategy of running multiple bodies in the direction of Rockets All-Star guard James Harden, the Timberwolves' defense resembled a sieve as Harden produced 44 points and eight assists in a 104-101 victory. If the Timberwolves can again harass Houston into 10-for-37 shooting from behind the arc on Wednesday at Toyota Center in Game 2 of this Western Conference first-round playoff series, they will have met one of their primary objectives. However, preventi...
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Tottenham: Lacklustre Spurs pegged back by Gross penalty

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Tottenham: Lacklustre Spurs pegged back by Gross penalty

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Tottenham got their FA Cup semi-final preparation to a bad start after they could only manage a 1-1 at Brighton. Mauricio Pochettino's men went into the game off the back of a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City and they struggled to play with their usual zip at the Amex Stadium against the resolute hosts. However, Harry Kane gave Spurs an early second-half lead, crashing the ball into the net after superb determination from Heung-min Son to keep the ball in. But that lead would only last a matter of moments as a clumsy Serge Aurier tackle on Jose Izquierdo handed Brighton a penalty, which Pascal Gross tucked away. STAR MANThis was not a game of high quality football but Spurs' Heung-min Son was a bright spark at points in the game. The South Korean...
Ray Parlour: 'Arsenal have not been good enough this season – If Burnley finish above them, they'll deserve it'

Ray Parlour: 'Arsenal have not been good enough this season – If Burnley finish above them, they'll deserve it'

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Listen back to Ray Parlour on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast below...Tuesday, April 17, 2018Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT the Gunners have ‘not been good enough’ this season and says Burnley will deserve to finish above them in the Premier League table.Arsene Wenger’s side face missing out on Champions League football for the second successive year as they currently sit sixth in the table, 13 points adrift of the top-four.They still have a chance to qualify if they win the Europe League, but after being drawn against tournament favourites Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, few expect the north London side to lift the trophy.But as well as finishing well below fourth-placed rivals Tottenham, the Gunners could suffer further embarrassment by ending the season below Se