Middleton return for Lah Ti Dar

Last Updated: 26/03/19 12:06pm

Lah Ti Dar

Lah Ti Dar

Lah Ti Dar looks likely to make her seasonal debut in the Middleton Stakes at York on May 16.

The John Gosden-trained filly was sent off favourite for the St Leger at Doncaster in September, hitting her stride late in the day to be beaten two and a quarter lengths by Aidan O’Brien’s Kew Gardens.

Her final start of the campaign came in the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot, where she had to settle for third to Magical, another O’Brien runner.

Gosden said: “She is in great form and we are looking towards the Middleton. We will start her off there and whether we go for the Pretty Polly after, I’m not sure, but that will be the initial route.

“We’ve had a clear run with her. She is not like her brother (Too Darn Hot), who has got a ton of speed. She is a middle-distance winner all over.

“She was very green in the Leger, she didn’t start rolling until the last furlong and it is not often you run out of real estate in that.”

The Newmarket trainer also had news of Angel’s Hideaway, who rounded out a busy season with a runner-up finish to Mot Juste in the Oh So Sharp Stakes at Headquarters in October.

Gosden said: “She won the Princess Margaret and I think we’ll start her off in the Nell Gwyn.

“She gets the seven furlongs well, but I’m not sure about the mile.”

Liverpool vs Spurs: Who went furthest?

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Last Updated: 26/03/19 10:17am

Liverpool and Tottenham players collectively travelled almost halfway to the moon during the international break – but which team covered more distance ahead of their blockbuster clash at Anfield this Sunday?

Mauricio Pochettino’s men could be suffering from fatigue more than their hosts this weekend, with 16 players collectively racking up 61,883 air miles on international duty over the past fortnight.

The Reds endured nearly 30,000 fewer miles than Spurs, with 13 players covering 33,977 miles – which still amounts to nearly one-and-a-half trips around Earth.

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Spurs centre-back Davinson Sanchez racked up the greatest distance with 12,185 miles, representing Colombia in Japan before facing team-mate Heung-Min Son – who clocked the second-highest mileage (11,398 miles) – in South Korea.

Eric Dier represented England without travelling a mile after suffering a muscle injury during the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic at Spurs’ temporary home Wembley – missing out on the trip to Montenegro.

Eric Dier was injured early in England's European Qualifier against Czech Republic

Eric Dier was injured early in England's European Qualifier against Czech Republic

Eric Dier was injured early in England’s European Qualifier against Czech Republic

The international ‘break’ inflicted a second blow for Pochettino after Serge Aurier (6,410) sustained a suspected hamstring injury during Ivory Coast’s 3-0 win over Rwanda in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Victor Wanyama (6,364) featured during Kenya’s 1-0 win in Ghana, while Belgium duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen (4,027 each) played in a 3-1 win over Russia in Brussels and a 2-0 victory in Cyprus.

Liverpool

Of the Liverpool players, Sadio Mane covered the most miles with a 5,580-mile round-trip – beating Madagascar 2-0 in his homeland Senegal.

Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi each clocked 4,329 miles after joining Spurs centre-backs Alderweireld and Vertonghen on duty with Belgium.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino joined Alisson and Fabinho in the Brazil squad

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino joined Alisson and Fabinho in the Brazil squad

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino joined Alisson and Fabinho in the Brazil squad

Brazil trio Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino (2,934 each) return from duty fresher than usual after travelling for their two friendly fixtures on European soil – facing Panama in Portugal and the Czech Republic in Prague.

Andrew Robertson (1,916) did not travel for Scotland’s shock 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan due to a dental issue, but featured in the uninspiring 2-0 win in San Marino – while Xherdan Shaqiri withdrew from the Switzerland squad with a groin injury.

Meanwhile, key duo Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum emerged unscathed after a modest 704-mile journey on duty with the Netherlands – beating Belarus and losing to Germany in their homeland.

So will the extra mileage tire Spurs first at Anfield on Sunday, or can Pochettino’s side end a run of torrid form and dent Liverpool’s title challenge?

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Woods faces Wise in WGC opener

Last Updated: 26/03/19 11:48am

Tiger Woods won the Match Play in 2003, 2004 and 2008

Tiger Woods won the Match Play in 2003, 2004 and 2008

Tiger Woods will begin his bid for a record fourth WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play title against PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Aaron Wise on Wednesday.

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Woods, making his first appearance at the event since 2013, has been drawn in an all-American Group 13 alongside Wise, Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Cantlay.

Players Champion and 2015 winner Rory McIlroy will play alongside Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Harding and Luke List, while world No 1 Dustin Johnson – the 2017 champion – has Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace and Chez Reavie in his group.

McIlroy is chasing a third World Golf Championship title

McIlroy is chasing a third World Golf Championship title

McIlroy is chasing a third World Golf Championship title

A repeat of the 2016 Open tussle between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson is the highlight of Group 12, as Eddie Pepperell and Justin Rose – who played alongside each other in the final round of The Players – have both been drawn in Group 2.

Defending champion Bubba Watson starts his defence in an all-American group that includes former FedExCup champions Jordan Spieth and Billy Horschel, while last year’s runner-up Kevin Kisner kicks off his week against Ian Poulter.

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Rickie Fowler is the only player inside the world’s top 20 not featuring at Austin Country Club, where a 64-man field is split into 16 groups for three days of round-robin match play golf.

The winners of each group then progress to the knockout stage over the weekend, with the winner on Sunday evening collecting $1,745,000 in prize money.

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P Nev: Five players I want at Utd

Last Updated: 26/03/19 11:57am

Gareth Bale would be one of a number of new arrivals at Manchester United in the summer if Phil Neville had his way

Gareth Bale would be one of a number of new arrivals at Manchester United in the summer if Phil Neville had his way

Phil Neville has revealed the five players he wants Manchester United to sign in the summer – and the former defender’s wishlist is certain to whet the appetite of the Old Trafford faithful…

United are yet to confirm their next permanent manager, although caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the favourite to secure the job having impressed since replacing Jose Mourinho in December.

But that hasn’t stopped Neville from flashing the fantasy cheque book ahead of the summer, with the 42-year-old naming his dream arrivals at United…

“Gareth Bale is ready-made,” Neville told Premier League Today.

Neville wants United to splash the cash in the summer ahead of next season

Neville wants United to splash the cash in the summer ahead of next season

Neville wants United to splash the cash in the summer ahead of next season

“Ole has said he wants to buy a hungry player. I think [Jadon] Sancho is that hungry player. But Bale has won Champions Leagues and played at the top level.

“I don’t think wages are an issue at Manchester United. You are talking guaranteed quality who can play across the front line.”

But the spending wouldn’t stop there for United if Neville had his way, with the defence and midfield also being strengthened.

Bale has come in for criticism from the Real Madrid fans and the Spanish press in recent months

Bale has come in for criticism from the Real Madrid fans and the Spanish press in recent months

Bale has come in for criticism from the Real Madrid fans and the Spanish press in recent months

“The two signings in the back four would be Raphael Varane from Real Madrid and Joao Cancelo from Juventus,” Neville said.

“Cancelo, I worked with him at Valencia and have seen him at Juventus and I think he’s top drawer.”

He added: “Eric Dier as the holding midfield player and Philippe Coutinho, who there has been a bit of speculation about.

Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move to United in recent months

Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move to United in recent months

Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move to United in recent months

“You have to have British players in a title-winning team. [Ander] Herrera, Fred and [Scott] McTominay are part of the squad. [Nemanja] Matic, this season, has had a dip.”

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Scott returns to England Women squad

Jill Scott, Millie Bright and Jade Moore back in squad after missing SheBelieves Cup through injury

Last Updated: 26/03/19 11:43am

Jill Scott returns to the England squad for April's friendlies

Jill Scott returns to the England squad for April’s friendlies

Jill Scott, Millie Bright and Jade Moore have been named in the 25-woman England squad for the friendlies against Canada and Spain in April.

The three players return after missing the victorious SheBelieves Cup campaign through injury, while Manchester City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck has also been called up.

Lyon midfielder Izzy Christiansen has been ruled out after picking up an ankle injury in the 3-0 win over Japan, however, and remains a doubt for this summer’s World Cup in France.

Orlando Pride striker Chioma Ubogagu, who was a late call-up to the SheBelieves party, retains her place in Phil Neville’s squad.

England will be looking to build on an impressive SheBelieves Cup campaign in the USA that saw them beat Brazil and Japan and draw with the hosts to claim the trophy.

Attention now turns to preparations for the World Cup, with Neville’s side facing Canada at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium on April 5, before they play Spain at Swindon’s Energy Check County Ground four days later.

Izzy Christiansen is still struggling with an ankle injury and misses out on selection

Izzy Christiansen is still struggling with an ankle injury and misses out on selection

Izzy Christiansen is still struggling with an ankle injury and misses out on selection

Further international friendlies follow against Denmark on May 25 and New Zealand on June 1.

England then begin their World Cup campaign against Scotland in Nice on June 9, with Argentina and Japan their other Group D opponents.

England Squad:

Goalkeepers – Karen Bardsley, Mary Earps, Ellie Roebuck, Carly Telford

Defenders – Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus, Demi Stokes, Leah Williamson

Midfielders – Karen Carney, Jade Moore, Jill Scott, Lucy Staniforth, Georgia Stanway, Keira Walsh

Forwards – Toni Duggan, Fran Kirby, Beth Mead, Nikita Parris, Jodie Taylor, Chioma Ubogagu, Ellen White

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Montenegro charged with racist behaviour

Last Updated: 26/03/19 12:01pm

England's Danny Rose was subject to racist chanting after he was booked late on

England’s Danny Rose was subject to racist chanting after he was booked late on

Montenegro have been charged with racist behaviour by UEFA after England’s players were subjected to abuse in Monday’s European Qualifier.

Gareth Southgate confirmed England would report racist chanting he heard directed at Danny Rose during his side’s 5-1 win, which prompted Raheem Sterling to call for a stadium ban for Montenegro.

The regulations of European football’s governing body state that if supporters engage in racist behaviour then “the member association or club responsible is punished with a minimum of a partial stadium closure”.

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Article 14 also states that additional disciplinary measures can be imposed depending on the situation, while “disciplinary measures may be combined with specific directives aimed at tackling such conduct”.

Though Sterling said he had not heard the abuse personally, Southgate said he heard Tottenham defender Rose abused after a booking in the 93rd minute, while Callum Hudson-Odoi also insisted he heard monkey chants from the home fans.

Montenegro head coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic insisted he did not hear any racist chanting aimed at England players.

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Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett details the events of Monday night’s racist abuse aimed at England’s Danny Rose in Montenegro

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett details the events of Monday night’s racist abuse aimed at England’s Danny Rose in Montenegro

The PFA’s deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes, the FIFPro European President, said he had spoken to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin about the incidents and received assurances it would be dealt with.

“Aleksander Ceferin has expressed his equal frustration with myself that racism had raised its ugly head again,” Barnes said.

“Aleksander reiterated his commitment to dealing with this stain on our game and to taking strong action once the evidence has been properly examined.

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UEFA must put an end to their ‘gimmicky’ sanctions and take the strongest possible action against racism, says Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend.

UEFA must put an end to their ‘gimmicky’ sanctions and take the strongest possible action against racism, says Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend.

“I know from working with him directly on various incidents in the recent past that he has exerted his influence to ensure action has been taken over racist incidents such as this, I firmly believe he intends to tackle this issue.”

UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings over five match incidents in total:

  • Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations
  • Throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) DR
  • Racist behaviour – Art. 14 DR
  • Crowd disturbances – Art. 16 (2) DR
  • Stairways blocked – Art. 38 of the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary on May 16.

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Where will Jose go next?

Last Updated: 26/03/19 11:34am

Jose Mourinho is looking for a new job, but where could he end up?

Jose Mourinho is looking for a new job, but where could he end up?

Jose Mourinho says he wants to return to management by June, but where will the next stop be on his eventful career? Sky Bet look at the odds.

One of his former clubs, Inter Milan, are among the favourites but there are a number of other big names and a few surprising ones among the market leaders.

Here, Sky Bet look at the names in the frame for Mourinho…

Inter Milan (Sky Bet odds 4/1)

The Italian side make a lot of sense as Mourinho left on good terms to join Real Madrid. He won a famous treble there so would be a popular choice to return and replace Luciano Spalletti, who has his team in third in the league but 22 points behind Juventus.

Juve are on course for a ninth league title, winning every single one since Inter last won it, so the Milan side are desperate to try and break Juventus’ stranglehold on Italian football, and what better way to do it then to bring Mourinho back to repeat the job he did last time?

Jose Mourinho won the treble at Inter Milan

Jose Mourinho won the treble at Inter Milan

Jose Mourinho won the treble at Inter Milan

Everton – 5/1

A surprise name on the list as the Premier League doesn’t seem to be the place for Jose anymore, but could billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri really push the boat out to try and take his team to the next level?

The team is still hoping to move into a new stadium on the banks of the River Mersey with Mourinho potentially the man to lead them there. The money is the big sticking point here though – Mourinho has not been known for being an underdog since his Porto days in Europe so right now, this one seems a bit far fetched.

Monaco – 8/1

Thierry Henry could not make it work at Monaco and it is hard to see Mourinho making a go of things. The club is not blessed with the biggest ground or fan base in the world and one which has become a team of developing young players and selling them on over recent years.

Paris Saint-Germain – 8/1

Could Thomas Tuchel be replaced by Jose Mourinho at PSG?

Could Thomas Tuchel be replaced by Jose Mourinho at PSG?

Could Thomas Tuchel be replaced by Jose Mourinho at PSG?

Despite not being the favourites to sign him as yet, Mourinho looks like the perfect man for the job on paper. The wealthy owners of PSG are desperate to make a splash on the Champions League after hitting a glass ceiling with Unai Emery, and seemingly Thomas Tuchel, having been knocked out in the last 16 for the last three years.

Star-studded names like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe mean they can win the French league with ease, but the Champions League is much bigger, and Mourinho knows exactly how to set a side up to win it. A dominant domestic champion with bottomless pockets and desperate for European glory sounds right up Mourinho’s street while winning a league title in a fifth different country would also enhance his legacy.

Bayern Munich – 9/1

There are signs that Bayern ailing slightly this season, with their big names getting older and Dortmund giving them all they can handle in the Bundesliga title race. Bayern could do with at least a bit of a revamp and manager Niko Kovac has not been a huge hit even with those inside his own club.

Mourinho would want assurances of a hefty transfer budget, but as with PSG, it would give him the chance to win a league title in a fifth different country.

Others in the betting:

  • Benfica – 9/1
  • Real Madrid – 10/1
  • Chelsea – 12/1
  • Juventus – 14/1
  • Wolves -14/1

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Masar making progress in Dubai

Last Updated: 26/03/19 11:14am

Masar ridden by jockey William Buick coming home to win the Investec Derby

Masar ridden by jockey William Buick coming home to win the Investec Derby

Derby hero Masar is due to start cantering again this week as he continues building up towards a racecourse return.

Charlie Appleby’s colt has been off the track since his Epsom success, with a leg injury bringing a premature end to his campaign last July.

Masar has been training in Dubai since January, and Appleby reports plenty of positive progress – although the Godolphin team are in no hurry to map out any plans.

The Newmarket trainer said: “He is in good shape and is stepping up each week out there (in Dubai).

“He will start cantering at the end of this week. He has done everything right, what we’ve asked of him. He still remains very exciting, going forward.

“The aim would be that we are probably looking towards Ascot, but there is still a lot of water to go under the bridge and we are not really putting an aim on when he will be back.

“We would rather just get him back to the UK with a good level of exercise in him – then we will be able to make more firm decisions from there.”

No date set for Quorto return

Last Updated: 26/03/19 11:05am

Quorto

Charlie Appleby is hoping his sidelined star Quorto will have his chance to clash with Too Darn Hot later this summer.

National Stakes hero Quorto was set to meet last year’s top juvenile Too Darn Hot in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4 but suffered a soft-tissue injury earlier this month while training in Dubai.

Appleby is uncertain how long Quorto will be on the easy list but still hopes to have him back at some point this summer to face Too Darn Hot, who is odds on with some bookmakers for Guineas glory.

“He is off for a re-scan in Dubai this week, and we will then have a better indication of the time scale he will be on the sidelines for,” said the trainer.

“I’m not saying the 2000 Guineas was going to be a two-horse race, but I was looking forward to Too Darn Hot and them having a crack at each other. Hopefully it can happen later in the season.”

While Quorto misses out on the first Classic of the season, stablemate Line Of Duty may still take his chance.

Winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, Line Of Duty also has the French 2000 Guineas on May 12 as a possible option.

Appleby added: “He is wintering away well, is just tipping away under the radar at the moment.

“He is in the French and English 2000 Guineas, and nearer the time we will make a decision which is the preferred route.

“He will not have a prep run. He will head straight to one of those Guineas.”

Fantasy Football Transfer Tips

Manchester United duo could be a worthy consideration

Last Updated: 26/03/19 11:17am

Alexandre Lacazette should be favoured over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when Arsenal play on Monday

Alexandre Lacazette should be favoured over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when Arsenal play on Monday

Former Sky Sports Fantasy Football champion Dan Cox highlights some players for you to consider for your Fantasy Football XI this week.

We return to Premier League business after the international break with a bumper week of live action. There are plenty of live games on Sky Sports this week with players involved that you should keep your eye on.

Sergio Aguero – £12.8m

If he starts, then surely Sergio Aguero is the captain and transfer of choice. The Argentine is having another great season for Manchester City with 18 goals this term, giving him a good chance of taking home the Premier League Golden Boot. In fact, Aguero has only won the award once, despite scoring over 20 goals in each of his last four seasons.

Sergio Aguero is in prime position to land the Golden Boot

Sergio Aguero is in prime position to land the Golden Boot

Sergio Aguero is in prime position to land the Golden Boot

Aguero sits on 179 points for the season from the previously mentioned 18 goals, with six assists and three Sky Sports Man of the Match awards to add to his goal haul. The City talisman is currently in 30 per cent of teams so while he is a popular pick, he is not the most-owned striker.

Sadio Mane – £11m

Forget Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah because there is a new main man in town – Sadio Mane. The Senegal international has been in blistering form since the overhaul, with five goals, one assist and three MOTM awards resulting in an impressive 58 points in his last five games. You cannot argue with an average points-per-game return of 11.6 over five games.

Sadio Mane will seek to continue his glorious form when Liverpool welcome Tottenham

Sadio Mane will seek to continue his glorious form when Liverpool welcome Tottenham

Sadio Mane will seek to continue his glorious form when Liverpool welcome Tottenham

Currently on 190 points for the season, his ownership has greatly increased over the last few weeks and now finds himself in 24.3 per cent of Fantasy Football teams.

He has taken over the mantle as Liverpool’s most lethal asset, which has clearly come at the right time considering Salah has scored just once in Liverpool’s last eight Premier League games. Liverpool host Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, where there could be another Mane points haul.

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Alexandre Lacazette – £11.4m

Monday Night Football brings us Arsenal against Newcastle at the Emirates. An Arsenal player looks essential given their solo game days on the horizon – four in total – and the only problem is who to pick, as you need to be confident they will start each game.

Alexandre Lacazette seems to play more than most, given Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.5m) has only started seven of the last 10 games whilst Lacazette has started nine out of the last 10 over the same period.

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Just three points separate the Arsenal duo, so there is not much in it. Aubameyang has 157, while Lacazette narrowly trails on 154. The Gabon international has 17 goals this season and is owned by 12 per cent of teams, while Lacazette has five goals fewer, but does boast an impressive 10 assists compared to Aubameyang’s five. Lacazette is in just five per cent of teams, so if he can grab a goal or two, it should ensure you climb the leaderboard considerably.

Romelu Lukaku – £12.7m or Marcus Rashford – £10.4m

Wolves host Manchester United on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be seeking revenge for their FA Cup defeat. The only other game on Tuesday is Watford vs Fulham and with an FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, Watford may rest a few players.

Romelu Lukaku could return from a foot injury for Man Utd

Romelu Lukaku could return from a foot injury for Man Utd

Romelu Lukaku could return from a foot injury for Man Utd

A striker would be a good choice, with Romelu Lukaku or Marcus Rashford the best options. As with the Arsenal pairing, there is not much between Lukaku and Rashford points-wise. The Belgian is on 125 points from 12 goals, with just one assist and one MOTM, while Rashford sits on 129 points from just nine goals, but does boast seven assists and three MOTM awards.

Raheem Sterling – £11.5m

While Chelsea and Tottenham are a bit out of sorts, Manchester City look the best bet and Raheem Sterling is as good a choice as any in his current form.

Raheem Sterling scored his first England hat-trick in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic

Raheem Sterling scored his first England hat-trick in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic

Raheem Sterling scored his first England hat-trick in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic

Sterling has 198 points so far this season from 15 goals, 11 assists and three MOTM awards, but is currently in just 14 per cent of teams. However, his recent hat-trick for England against the Czech Republic and another goal against Montenegro in the European Qualifiers will have no doubt caught people’s attention.

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