The Hundred: England Women’s Tammy Beaumont joins London Spirit

England Women opener Tammy Beaumont has been signed by London Spirit for the inaugural edition of The Hundred next summer.

Beaumont was one of eight new women’s signings announced during the men’s draft in London on Sunday, with Australia duo Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy joining Welsh Fire and Northern Superchargers respectively.

Sophie Molineux, another Australian, has linked up with Trent Rockets, while New Zealand pair Suzie Bates (Southern Brave) and Sophie Devine (Birmingham Phoenix) have also been picked up.

South Africa’s Lizelle Lee (Manchester Originals) and Dane van Niekerk (Oval Invincibles) will also play in the first staging of the tournament from next July, which will run alongside the men’s event.

BIRMINGHAM PHOENIX

England-contracted players: Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon

Overseas players: Sophie Devine (New Zealand)

Rest of squad:

Head coach: Ben Sawyer

LONDON SPIRIT

England-contracted players: Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Freya Davies

Overseas players:

Rest of squad:

Head coach: Lisa Keightley

MANCHESTER ORIGINALS

England-contracted players: Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone

Overseas players: Lizelle Lee (South Africa)

Rest of squad:

Head coach: TBC

NORTHERN SUPERCHARGERS

England-contracted players: Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith

Overseas players: Alyssa Healy (Australia)

Rest of squad:

Head coach: Danielle Hazell

OVAL INVINCIBLES

England-contracted players: Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson

Overseas players: Dane van Niekerk (South Africa)

Rest of squad:

Head coach: Lydia Greenway

SOUTHERN BRAVE

England-contracted players: Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt

Overseas players: Suzie Bates (New Zealand)

Rest of squad:

Head coach: Charlotte Edwards

TRENT ROCKETS

England-contracted players: Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt

Overseas players: Sophie Molineux (Australia)

Rest of squad:

Head coach: Saliann Briggs

WELSH FIRE

England-contracted players: Katie George, Bryony Smith

Overseas players: Meg Lanning (Australia)

Rest of squad:

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Man Utd ratings: Maguire is the leader of the club while Rashford delivered his best in months against Liverpool – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED came agonisingly close to securing the victory as Adam Lallana's late goal rescued an un-deserved point for Liverpool.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came up with a tactical masterclass to outfox Jurgen Klopp and his players responded with arguably their best performance of the season in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

SunSport's Duncan Wright gives his ratings on a bright day for United which deserved much more than a point.

DAVID DE GEA

A surprise name on the team-sheet after injury on Spain duty, he was a calming influence behind the defence. Hardly had anything to do, and no chance with the late goal. 6

AARON WAN-BISSAKA

Began by pushing a long way up the pitch to put the pressure on Andy Robertson and deny him the opportunity to attack down the left. But switched off to allow the Scot to cross for the killer equaliser to spoil an otherwise impressive display. 6

VICTOR LINDELOF

Helped restrict Liverpool any space or room to attack in behind him in the first half, though was fortunate the handball was spotted after Mane got in behind him to score before VAR ruled it out. 7

HARRY MAGUIRE

United need leaders and was on the front foot from the off, looking to establish himself as the dominant force. A commanding display which announced him as the number one leader in the Old Trafford squad. 8

MARCOS ROJO

In at the last second after the Tuanzebe injury and started slowly, losing possession just on the edge of the area and was fortunate to escape. But otherwise excellent and a welcome return to form. 7

ASHLEY YOUNG

Steady as you like and a calming influence for his players in an impressive first half for United. But a lapse in concentration saw Lallana run in off him to score. 6

SCOTT McTOMINAY

Stayed disciplined early on, then as the game settled down started to step forward and one driving run led to a low shot well saved. Firmly established as the main man in midfield – can become even better. 7

FRED

Effective in his role destroying Liverpool attacks and almost scored twice. Performances like this might finally show why he cost £50million, one of his best displays for the club. 7

ANDREAS PEREIRA

A constant menace pressing Liverpool's midfield and denying them the time to play out from the back in the opening half. Impressive again. 7

DANIEL JAMES

Playing up front, had the ability to drop off into space and it was his fine pass which found Rashford to score. Fearless and playing beyond his years. 7

MARCUS RASHFORD

Started by shrugging off Van Dijk in their first personal duel, then made a piercing run into the box. On hand to open the scoring and one of his best displays in a United shirt for some time. 8

SUBS

ANTHONY MARTIAL (for Rashford 84mins) 7

BRANDON WILLIAMS (for Pereira 89mins) 6

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ROMERO

WILLIAMS

GARNER

MATA

GREENWOOD

JONES

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Jose Mourinho blows kisses and smiles to adoring Man Utd fans in Sky Sports booth during Liverpool clash – The Sun

JOSE MOURINHO was spotted blowing kisses and waving to the Manchester United fans against Liverpool – ten months after he was sacked for losing against the Reds.

It was a happy return to Old Trafford for the Special One who watched the clash from the Sky Sports studio alongside Roy Keane and Graeme Souness.

Fans even called for him to return to the club after seeing Mourinho's love for the supporters still, as one person tweeted: "Bring him back."

Another added: "I still have respect for Mourinho."

A third simply stated: "Love that guy."

Though one suggested: "Kiss was for the ladies."

Despite the love being shown to Mourinho inside the stadium, supporters weren't smiling come the full-time whistle after Adam Lallana netted a late equaliser as Jurgen Klopp's men earned a share of the spoils.

United looked set to end Liverpool's unbeaten run in the Premier League after Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock in another goal marred by VAR controversy.

Speaking after the match, Mourinho insisted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be proud of the performance from his players.

He said: "Liverpool did something in the last 20 minutes of the game to give Man Utd problems.

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FIFA Set to Reward China With World Cup for Clubs

FIFA plans to grant China the rights to host the inaugural version of its expanded Club World Cup, a 24-team tournament scheduled for 2021 that will feature some of the world’s biggest club teams and provide a significant cash infusion for world soccer’s governing body.

The decision to award the hosting rights to China will be announced on Friday in Shanghai after it is confirmed in a vote of FIFA’s governing council at its quarterly meeting, according to several soccer officials with knowledge of the council’s intentions. European soccer officials, who had strongly opposed an expanded tournament for clubs when the plans were raised, now appear set to go along, and to provide a third of the teams in the expanded tournament.

The new quadrennial event, announced in March, will replace the unpopular Confederations Cup, an eight-team national tournament that in recent versions had acted as a tuneup for World Cup hosts. It also will mean the demise of the Club World Cup as an annual event; under its current format, seven teams will play in Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host, both this year and next year.

In choosing China as the first host of the expanded Club World Cup, FIFA will be rewarding a country that, since a 2015 government edict made soccer a national priority, has spent billions of dollars on coaching programs, sponsorship agreements and investments in a big spending domestic league that has lured top players with some of the biggest salaries in world soccer. Hosting the new club championship also could be a boost for a Chinese bid to host the 2030 World Cup, but it also will force FIFA to navigate the same tricky political ground that recently caused serious damage to the N.B.A.’s commercial relationship with China.

FIFA declined to comment on Friday’s vote, with a spokesman saying only that the agenda for the meeting in Shanghai would be released on Monday.

As it does for the World Cup, Europe will provide more competitors for the event than FIFA’s other five regional confederations. Under FIFA’s plan, Europe would have eight places in the 24-team field. South America would have the next largest allotment, with six, and the remainder would qualify from the other regional confederations, including three from CONCACAF, the representative body for North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

The new event is likely to produce a significant increase in revenue for FIFA, which has traditionally relied on the men’s World Cup for almost all of its income. FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, was forced to back out of a deal to include the tournament in a wide-ranging (and initially secret) deal worth as much as $25 billion with a consortium led by the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. Those secret talks led to a bitter and public breakdown in relations between Infantino and Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body. Infantino and Ceferin did not speak for a year after Infantino, at a meeting in March 2018, asked FIFA’s board to let him conclude a deal within 60 days with a group he refused to identify.

Infantino had wanted to include 12 European teams in the inaugural event but eventually backed down amid continued opposition from UEFA, which has grudgingly dropped its objections to the concept of the expanded tournament.

Deciding the identity of the participants will be the next step. And with the confederations wanting to take charge of that process, it will likely prove just as controversial as the decision to expand the event itself. Europe’s eight places are expected to go to the winners of its two top club competitions — the Champions League and the Europa League — over each four-year period. Under that proposal, the participating teams from Europe would include the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.

Other confederations are expected to send the winners of their own continental club championships, though the details of how the slots would be awarded could be contentious.

Infantino hopes to use the expanded Club World Cup as a springboard to raise the profile of teams outside Europe, notably in Asia and the United States, which will host the 2026 World Cup and is the likely site of the second expanded club championship in 2025.

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Antonio Brown drawing interest from desperate NFL teams

Antonio Brown may find his way back into the NFL this season.

Brown’s name has been discussed by several teams in need of a wide receiver, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, who reports Brown signing with a team after the Oct. 29 trade deadline “would not come as a surprise.”

The 31-year-old is the subject of an NFL investigation after his former trainer Britney Taylor accused Brown of rape in a civil suit filed on Sept. 10, three days after he was released by the Raiders and agreed to a deal with the Patriots. A second woman accused Brown of sexual misconduct and alleged to Sports Illustrated that Brown sent her intimidating text messages — which ultimately led to the Patriots cutting him on Sept. 20, five days after his lone NFL appearance of the season.

Former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin recently suggested that Dallas take a look at Brown.

Meanwhile, Brown’s quest to recoup his lost guaranteed money has hit a snag — specifically his grievance against the Raiders. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Raiders submitted text messages from Brown to Raiders owner Mark Davis in which Brown requested his release, hurting Brown’s chances of trying to get back the roughly $30 million in guaranteed money his lost.

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Yankees and Aaron Boone’s bullpen strategy goes up in flames

HOUSTON — Aaron Boone conceded games during the season, allowed a few nightmarish blowouts against his bullpen’s soft underbelly, all in the philosophy of lose the battle, win the World.

He recognized from the outset the Yankees were a playoff team. So Boone embraced the big picture. The Yankees manager protected his relievers, never asked any to pitch three straight days, making the Yankees the only team during the regular season in that column.

Boone turned September into a spa month for the best of his bullpen, so light was their workload. All the preservation was done with October in mind. The Yankees saw those special relievers as the strength of the team. Get those pieces into playoff games early and often and ride that to the Canyon of Heroes.

The strategy did not work. Boone got Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle and finally Aroldis Chapman into Game 6 on Saturday night and they allowed all the runs — the last of them Jose Altuve walking the Yankees out of their season with a two-run homer off Chapman with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Chapman stood wide legged on the mound unmoving after the no-doubt blast enabled the Astros to win 6-4 and eliminate the Yankees in the ALCS for the second time in three years.

In this dramatic ALCS, the Yankees lost a crusher in the bottom of the ninth and a game in extra innings in Minute Maid Park. And the big blow that turned the momentum of Game 2 was a tying homer by George Springer off Adam Ottavino in the fifth inning that was instrumental in the Yanks not stealing two games to open the series in Houston. That helped push Ottavino from the ring of relief trust.

DJ LeMahieu had delivered one of the most clutch hits in Yankees history, winning a 10-pitch battle against closer Roberto Osuna with a two-run homer with one out in the ninth. That knotted the score 4-4 and brought in Chapman, which soon brought the end to the Yankees season.

In Game 6, Boone could have gone with a traditional starter in J.A. Happ, but instead used one of his relievers of trust, Green, as an opener. Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer five batters into the bottom of the first. Kahnle, as the first Yankees reliever to be used a third straight day this season, surrendered a sixth-inning run. Chapman finished the misery.

It is possible the Yankees have been the second-best team in the majors the past three years, losing to the eventual champion Astros in the 2017 ALCS and Red Sox in a 2018 Division Series. There are no trophies for that. Houston advances to the World Series for the second time in three years to face Washington. The Yankees, meanwhile, are assured of not appearing in a World Series in a decade for the first time since the 1910s.

In this ALCS, the Astros were better — don’t overlook how good they are on defense and the bases. The Yanks’ chance to equalize matters was in the pen. But the losses of Dellin Betances (Achilles) and Domingo German (removed from action by MLB after domestic abuse charges) shortened the group of trust to Green, Kahnle, Ottavino, Zack Britton and Chapman.

That made Game 6 particularly tricky. Without German or total faith in Happ, the Yanks had no clear starter. So Boone turned to Green to try to deal with the righty might atop Houston’s lineup. But Green, even when getting outs this postseason, had been hit hard often. And among the problems with using pen guys so much in a series is showing them to hitters a lot. Relievers are generally relievers because they have one excellent pitch, perhaps a second.

Seen once in a while, that is a weapon. Seen frequently, overexposure sets in. When Gurriel batted with two on and two out in the first, he was making his fourth at-bat of this ALCS versus Green. Gurriel was just 1-for-20 in the series, but two of his outs were liners against Green. Gary Sanchez went to the mound to talk to Green, Happ warmed. Green tried to beat Gurriel with a first-pitch fastball up. Gurriel opened up and crushed it into the Crawford Boxes.

It was 3-0. Houston had won its previous 65 home games when it constructed a three-run lead — last losing in July 2018. Even with LeMahieu’s great at-bat, the Astros weren’t going to lose this time either.

The Yankees lost using exactly who Boone dreamed all season he would use. The plan had been incubating since February, hardened over the months of the season. Preserve the bullpen arms. Have them primed for October. Get them into the game over and over.

In the end — for the Yankees — that strategy did not provide relief.

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Wales vs France, Rugby World Cup 2019 LIVE: Latest score and updates from today’s quarter-finals

Follow the latest updates live from the Rugby World Cup as Wales take on France in the quarter-finals.

In what is a renewal of the 2011 semi-final, Wales and France meet for only the second time in World Cup history, with Warren Gatland’s side very much the favourites heading into the match after topping Pool D and also claiming a Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this year.

But the unknowing quantity that is Les Bleus remain a mystery and given the performance they produced in the first half against Argentina at the World Cup, they have shown just how big a threat they can be on their day. With kick-off scheduled for 8:15am BST, follow the live action below.

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When is the match?

Wales vs France takes place on Sunday 20 October at Oita Stadium.

What time does it start?

The quarter-final kicks off at 4:15pm Japan Standard Time, which is 8:15am BST.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on ITV and the ITV Hub online from 7:30am BST. Highlights will be shown on ITV4 from 7pm.

Teams

Wales: Liam Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies, Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (c), Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Josh Navidi.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhys Carre, Dillon Lewis, Adam Beard, Ross Moriarty, Tomos Williams, Rhys Patchell, Owen Watkin.

France: Maxime Medard, Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Yoann Huget, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont, Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (c), Rabah Slimani, Bernard le Roux, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Cyril Baille, Emerick Setiano, Paul Gabrillagues, Louis Picamoles, Baptiste Serin, Camille Lopez, Vincent Rattez.

Odds

Wales to win: 2/5

France to win: 11/4

Draw: 30/1

Prediction

Wales 25-10 France: Wales appear to have all of their big guns fully fit for the knockout clash, and if they can reach the levels that they achieved against Australia in the pool stage, they should reach the semi-finals for the third time in their history.

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Silver Ferns target era of dominance over dicey Diamonds

New Zealand skipper Laura Langman has declared her team's desire to finish the job and assert their newfound "dominance" over Australia after setting up a winner-takes-all Constellation Cup clash with a thrilling 54-53 win on Sunday.

The Silver Ferns took a 2-1 series lead by holding their nerve in a typically tense finale, while the Diamonds could only manage one goal in the frantic final four minutes at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

New Zealand’s Maria Folau with possession against Australia in their Constellation Cup win on Sunday.Credit:AAP

Ameliaranne Ekenasio (27/29) scored what proved to be the winner with barely 20 seconds left on the clock, with the Diamonds' last attacking assault chopped off by Langman to secure New Zealand's first triumph on Australian soil since 2016.

It means the Silver Ferns can win the Constellation Cup for just the second time if they prevail in Perth on Sunday, in what would be another statement of supremacy to back up July's World Cup final win over Australia.

"It would be massive," said Langman, who was crowned MVP of the match. "It's an opportunity for us, especially after the World Cup. We really do want to send this new-age Ferns [team] into the future and have a little bit of dominance on our side."

Australia’s Gretel Tippett under pressure from Karin Burger.Credit:AAP

The Diamonds have won the trophy eight times in the nine years it has been contested, including the last six in a row, and can still win this year's edition on goal difference if they beat New Zealand in Perth.

But coach Lisa Alexander said she felt tactically hobbled by the absence of Paige Hadley, who will miss the remainder of the series due to a fractured wrist sustained in Wednesday's game two in Auckland, and watched on from the sidelines along with the biggest netball crowd anywhere in the world this year.

"I see that very starkly now," Alexander said. "That's what's disappointing because I couldn't make the changes I probably would have liked to have made just to freshen up the centre court a bit more."

Alexander also conceded her decision to withdraw the electric Gretel Tippett (13/13) for Tegan Philip in the second quarter "didn't quite work" and suggested further changes might be necessary at the defensive end to quell the influence of New Zealand's star shooters Ekenasio and Maria Folau (27/31), both of whom regularly drained shots from distance.

Sarah Klau was sent on at goalkeeper midway through the third term to keep Folau on a leash and Alexander hinted she could be playing with her NSW Swifts teammate Maddy Turner next week.

"I've got some plans for that. We've got the two Swifts players who play a really good split circle and we might need to trial that. We need to see how that works," she said.

Caitlin Thwaites (16/17) led the way for the Diamonds after replacing captain and starting goal shooter Caitlin Bassett (19/21), who conceded she was too "static" with her movement at times, while Laura Scherian was a constant creative force with 24 assists.

Australia made a blistering start, passing the ball with incredible speed and precision to open up an early six-goal lead, but their momentum did not last for long enough and they squandered their opportunities to skip further ahead in the first and second quarters.

"We need to really lock down and make sure we bring that [more consistently] on Sunday but of course our opponent doesn't always allow us to do that," Alexander said.

Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua said it came down to "sheer determination and grit" in the dying moments.

"When things needed to happen, we were able to do it," she said. "[But] there's not much between one point. I'm really glad we're on the right side of the ledger."

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Four-time cancer survivor O’Brien plays for No. 20 Minnesota

It was a moment Casey O’Brien dreamed about, but thought would never occur.

The Minnesota walk-on, a four-time cancer survivor, made his first collegiate appearance Saturday in the Golden Gophers’ 42-7 victory over Rutgers. O’Brien was the holder on three successful PAT’s for No. 20 Minnesota (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten).

He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, when he was a freshman in high school. With Saturday’s outcome well in hand, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck called O’Brien’s No. 14 to hold for the point after for the Golden Gophers’ fourth extra point of the game.

After the kick, the entire team mobbed him on the field.

“Everything I’ve gone through was worth it,” O’Brien said. “It’s a moment I’ve been thinking about as a kid. It showed how much those guys cared about me.”

O’Brien’s parents flew in from Minnesota to witness what Fleck called ‘the most inspirational thing I’ve ever seen.”

“They said he (O’Brien) would never play,” Fleck noted. “Well, he just played for a 7-0 team. That’s what Minnesota is all about. He’s a motivator and a fighter.”

O’Brien hasn’t traveled much with the team and nearly got his chance last week at home in Nebraska.

“I was bummed that I didn’t get in,” he said, “but I went to practice on Sunday and continued to work hard.”

O’Brien had nine months of chemotherapy and reconstructive knee surgery that lasted more than eight hours after his freshman year of high school. He convinced his doctors to convert from quarterback to placeholder.

“I knew that I needed football in my life, and that had been something that had been there my whole life, and I just wasn’t ready to give it up.”

The hard work paid off.

“I look at myself as a football player. I just show up and play,” he said.

He got his chance against Rutgers.

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Solskjaer aims dig at Liverpool and says it won’t take Man Utd 30 years to win another title – The Sun

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has taunted Liverpool by claiming it will not take Manchester United 30 years to win back the title.

Solskjaer faces arguably the biggest game of his United reign on Sunday, when hated rivals Liverpool visit Old Trafford boasting a 100 per cent start to the season.


It has raised Kop hopes of becoming champions for the first time since 1990.

Solskjaer is under mounting pressure to get a result.

Yet when the United chief was asked if a rebuilding job based on youngsters will take years to blossom, he had a reply straight from the Sir Alex Ferguson book of mind games.

Solskjaer answered: “Look, I’m sure we will bounce back and win the league — and I’m sure it won’t be 30 years until the next Premier League that we win.”

It was pure Fergie, plucking a well chosen and even better directed barb at their fiercest rivals ahead of a crucial clash.

United are toiling just a point above the relegation zone in 14th and with just two wins all season.

And they go into this afternoon’s battle with bookmakers quoting them at their highest ever odds for a home game — 4-1.

By contrast, Liverpool have won all eight league games — and 17 in a row going back to last season.

Another today will equal Manchester City’s Prem record of two years ago.

Yet Solskjaer is not targeting anything but three points, however high Jurgen Klopp’s men are flying.


He insisted: “You never take a draw when you’re at Man United, you just don’t. I want to go out there and get three points.

“We need points, it doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool, Man City or Brighton.

“We want to win games, we need to start winning games, so let’s see how the game pans out.”

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