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World Grand Prix: Mark Allen has no regrets after controversially conceding match

World Grand Prix: Mark Allen has no regrets after controversially conceding match

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Mark Allen was unrepentant despite facing a fine for conceding his game against Ali Carter in bizarre fashion at the World Grand Prix in Cheltenham.The Northern Ireland man, 32, was 24-2 down in frame five when he conceded, having gone in off after missing a yellow, to leave Carter a 4-1 winner.There were 11 reds left on the table at the time - and a possible 115 points. Asked if regretted his actions, Allen replied: "Not at all. I don't regret much that I've done over the years."Describing the playing conditions of the match table as "disgusting", Allen added: "It's out of character but it's just the way I felt today. "What's the point of the audience watching me miss more and more?"I felt l...
Mesut Ozil reportedly out of Arsenal squad for Liverpool match due to knee injury

Mesut Ozil reportedly out of Arsenal squad for Liverpool match due to knee injury

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ABSENT The midfielder was not pictured among the players as they stepped off their bus after arriving in the city Mesut Ozil has reportedly suffered a knee issue and so will miss Arsenal’s match against Liverpool on Saturday, live on talkSPORT. The Gunners’ team bus arrived in the city on Friday evening, with every member bar one disembarking as expected. Mesut Ozil hasn’t featured consistently in Unai Emery’s team Ozil was the sole notable exception – not seen or pictured by photographers who witnessed the arrival – and it was later revealed by BBC’s David Ornstein that this was due to pain in his knee. It is understood that the German midfielder encountered the problem while training on Friday and w...
Gareth Southgate: What we learned from England boss on Match of the Day

Gareth Southgate: What we learned from England boss on Match of the Day

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Media playback is not supported on this device Match of the Day: Southgate's World CupWatch on iPlayer here and on Football Focus, Saturday, 29 December at 12:00 GMT on BBC OneIt is more than five months since the World Cup, that glorious summer during which the temperature soared and England fans fell back in love with their football team.Looking back on the tournament, England boss Gareth Southgate has spoken to the BBC as part of a special programme - MOTD: Southgate's World Cup - which is available now on iPlayer.From rubber chickens, to the famous waistcoat and that penalty shootout...
Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

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midweek clash Spurs will want to bounce back from north London derby defeat and claim a win against managerless Saints Tottenham will look to get back to winning ways when they return to Premier League action on Wednesday evening. Three days after losing to fierce rivals Arsenal in the north London derby, Spurs host relegation battlers Southampton at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino’s side faced the ignominy of losing a local derby Saints head into the match on the back of a 2-2 draw with Manchester United, though that result was not enough to keep Mark Hughes in a job. The former Wales striker was dismissed on Monday with Southampton legend Kelvin Davis stepping up from assistant coach to caretaker manager for Wednesday’s clash. He w...
Liverpool v Fulham: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups and more

Liverpool v Fulham: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups and more

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bounce-back The Reds will hope to restore normality after their shocking defeat to Red Star Belgrade in midweek, while Fulham simply must stop the rot Liverpool will look to bounce back from their shock Champions League defeat to Red Star Belgrade when they host basement boys Fulham on Sunday. Both sides come into the game off the back of poor results – the Reds were below par in Serbia, while Fulham lost to relegation rivals Huddersfield. Roberto Firmino has not scored a league goal since September A win would temporarily return Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table with Manchester City and Chelsea kicking off later. Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is under increasing pressure following six successive league defe...