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FA 'appalled' by rape & death threats to England's Carney

FA 'appalled' by rape & death threats to England's Carney

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Warning: Some readers may be offended by the content in this articleThe Football Association has urged police to tackle abuse on social media after rape and death threats were made to England midfielder Karen Carney.Chelsea's Carney, 31, received the messages on Instagram after Wednesday's Champions League win over Fiorentina.The user has been removed from Instagram, with the FA saying it is "appalled" and "dismayed", but Carney will not be reporting it to police. England boss Phil Neville described the messages as "absolutely disgraceful".Chelsea said they were "abhorrent and totally unacceptable".The posts began: "How many chances you need to score in second half bitches" before making rape...
Are ODIs too batsman friendly? Analysis & vote after England's record 481-6

Are ODIs too batsman friendly? Analysis & vote after England's record 481-6

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Media playback is not supported on this device England's batsmen caused carnage once again, returning to Trent Bridge to break the record for the highest total in a one-day international for the second time in two years.Their 481-6 to destroy Australia by 242 runs beat the 444-3 made against Pakistan in 2016.It continues a trend of devastating batting that has rippled through the ODI game in the past five years. The magic 400 mark was first passed by Sri Lanka in 2006 and was matched on nine other occasions until the end of 2011.What followed was a wait of almost three...
James Anderson to take six-week break to rest long-standing shoulder injury ahead of England's Test series with India

James Anderson to take six-week break to rest long-standing shoulder injury ahead of England's Test series with India

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Sunday, June 10, 2018 England pace bowler James Anderson is to miss Lancashire's next two matches as he rests a long-standing shoulder injury ahead of the forthcoming Test series with India. Anderson will sit out the games against Worcestershire and Hampshire as part of a six-week period of rest in a bid to be ready to face the tourists in a five-match series which starts on August 1. Anderson starred in the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley as England fought back to draw the series 1-1 but will now rest a shoulder injury which he has managed for some time. "We have five Tests against India in a six-week period from August 1, which will be an intense and challenging period for all our bowlers, and therefore it's vital that we ensure...
England's losing run continues as South Africa win 10-try thriller

England's losing run continues as South Africa win 10-try thriller

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First Test: Australia v IrelandSouth Africa (29) 42Tries: De Klerk, Nkosi 2, Le Roux, Dyantyi Cons: Pollard 4 Pens: Pollard 3England (27) 39Tries: Brown, Daly, Farrell, Itoje, May Cons: Farrell 4 Pens: Daly, FarrellEngland lost their fourth Test in a row as South Africa launched an astonishing fightback to win the first Test.England raced into a 24-3 lead as Mike Brown, Elliot Daly and Owen Farrell crossed for converted tries.But the Springboks led 29-27 at the break via Faf de Klerk, S'busiso Nkosi (2) and Willie le Roux tries. Aphiwe Dyantyi then went over for the hosts, and two Handre Pollard penalties meant scores from Maro Itoje and Jonny May were not enough for England.It meant new Sout...
'You're never out of the game' – Ben Stokes is England's match-winner according to Jos Buttler

'You're never out of the game' – Ben Stokes is England's match-winner according to Jos Buttler

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Ben Stokes' mere presence in an England team gives Jos Buttler renewed belief that victory is almost always within their grasp.Stokes very nearly proved the point at his first attempt, returning from five months of unavailability, when in an unscripted second spell he conjured up two wickets which briefly made England favourites in Sunday's series opener against New Zealand.Ultimately, the tourists' go-to match-winner was outdone by centurion Ross Taylor and then Mitch Santner's muscular late hitting as the Kiwis nosed ahead 1-0 in the one-day international series which resumes in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.Nonetheless, Stokes provided an instant reminder of the capabilities which instil such confidence in fellow world-class talents such as Buttler.England's white-ball wicketkeeper has n...