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England on brink of Ashes defeat as Steve Smith hits double century for dominant Australia

England on brink of Ashes defeat as Steve Smith hits double century for dominant Australia

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Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh's triple-century stand piled on the Perth misery to leave England on the brink of losing the Ashes.Joe Root's men mustered a solitary wicket on a grim third day at the WACA. Smith (229no) celebrated two centuries and fifth-wicket partner Marsh (181no) threatened to turn his maiden hundred into a double too on his home ground.There was next to nothing, armed with new ball or old, that England's bowlers could do to even slow the process as Australia powered to 549 for four and an already ominous lead of 146.An unfamiliar forecast in these parts promises disruption from rain over the final two days, but England will still have to excel themselves to avoid going 3-0 down in the series and losing the urn before Christmas.Smith ensured one-way traffic almost throughou...
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola's side suffer first defeat of the season

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola's side suffer first defeat of the season

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Manchester City slumped to their first defeat of the season with a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in their final Champions League Group F game.First-half goals from Brazilian pair Bernard and Ismaily stunned Pep Guardiola's side on a freezing night at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, with Sergio Aguero's injury-time penalty too late to affect the outcome.The result mattered little for City, with top place in the group already assured, but the tame end to their dazzling 20-game winning streak was hardly the ideal preparation for this weekend's Manchester derby.For Shakhtar the win prompted jubilant celebrations, with a place in the last 16 now secured. Their supporters can now look forward to seeing coach Paulo Fonseca fulfil a promise to wear a Zorro mask to a press conference if they qualif...
'Disappointed' O'Neill to discuss Republic future after play-off defeat

'Disappointed' O'Neill to discuss Republic future after play-off defeat

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will speak to the country's football association about his future after failing to reach the World Cup.The Republic were trounced 5-1 by Denmark in the play-offs. In October, O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane agreed contract extensions to remain until the Euro 2020 campaign."I thought there was an agreement. I'll speak to [FAI chief] John Delaney - I've not spoken to him since we spoke about the new contract," said O'Neill.O'Neill and Keane were appointed in November 2013 after the departure of previous boss Giovanni Trapattoni.They guided the Republic to Euro 2016, losing to France in the last 16.Match report: Republic or Ireland 1-5 DenmarkRelive Denmark's victory over the Republic of IrelandWhich teams have qualified for the World Cup?What you ne...
Northern Ireland seal World Cup play-off place before defeat in Norway

Northern Ireland seal World Cup play-off place before defeat in Norway

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Northern Ireland lost in Norway in their final World Cup group game after their place in the play-offs for Russia 2018 was confirmed by Scotland's draw in Slovenia prior to kick-off in Oslo.A Chris Brunt own goal in the second half gave the Norwegians the victory.NI are assured of being one of the best eight runners-up from the nine groups in the European qualifying series.But the defeat is a blow to their hopes of being one of the four seeded teams for the play-offs draw on 17 October.The four highest ranked countries in the Fifa rankings issued on 16 October will be seeded, with either Portugal or Switzerland already certain to be one of those teams, depending on which of them finishes second in Group B.Northern Ireland currently hold their highest ever position in the standings, 20th, b...
LISTEN: Antonio Conte insists he is 'happy' with Chelsea players despite defeat to Manchester City

LISTEN: Antonio Conte insists he is 'happy' with Chelsea players despite defeat to Manchester City

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Antonio Conte believes his team put in everythingSaturday, September 30, 2017Antonio Conte insisted he was happy with his Chelsea players despite their loss to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s side looked a class above, with their passing and movement, and Kevin De Bruyne’s second half strike was enough to separate the two sides.MATCH REPORT: Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City: Kevin De Bruyne's strike demonstrates Premier League title credentials of Pep Guardiola's menHowever, even though last season’s champions looked second best Antonio Conte felt he could only be proud of his players becaue they put everything into the game.“For sure there is disappointment for me, for my players and for the result but at the same time we gave everything,” said the Italian m