Leinster cruise past tame Wasps and train their sights on Ulster

• Wasps 19-37 Leinster• Home team end European campaign without a victoryAlmost three years ago to the day Leinster came here and were duly sent home, tails between their legs, having shipped more than 50 points. If ever there was a demonstration of how the tables have turned since then it was this routine bonus-point victory in which they were rarely required to find top gear.Wasps were better in the second half but here ends a European campaign in which they have failed to record a single victory. Back in 2016 they were one of five Premiership quarter-finalists and one of three to reach the last four. Wasps’s subsequent struggles neatly sum up those of the English sides as a whole, with the obvious exception of Saracens. Continue reading...

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Chelsea have a good manager and players – so why are they in a mess? | Jonathan Wilson

With no long-term strategy at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri is trying to impose his rigid style on players unsuited to itIn September 2016, after Chelsea had lost limply away to Arsenal, Antonio Conte laid into the “bad attitude” of his players. They went on to win their next 13 league games and by the end of the season were Premier League champions. Perhaps Maurizio Sarri hopes for something similar after his attack on the “mentality” of his players following Saturday’s limp defeat away to Arsenal which was, if anything, even more ferocious. Perhaps there will be a reaction. But at half-time in that 2016 defeat, Conte also made a major tactical shift, adopting the back three Chelsea would play for the rest of his tenure. Sarri seems unlikely to change anything. Related: Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea’s players are ‘extremely difficult to motivate’ Continue reading...

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'Rashford is playing the best football in his career,' says Solskjær after United win – video

Marcus Rashford marked his 150th appearance for Manchester United with a wonderful goal as his side won 2-1 at home to Brighton. Speaking after the match Ole Gunnar Solskjær said he believes the forward is currently the best striker in the Premier League with Harry Kane out injured Continue reading...

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Judd Trump hammers Ronnie O'Sullivan to win first Masters title

Trump beats O’Sullivan 10-4 at Alexandra Palace29-year-old wins title for the first time in emphatic styleJudd Trump won his first Masters title with an emphatic 10-4 victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan at Alexandra Palace.The 29-year-old began as an underdog in his first Masters final against a player seeking his eighth title, but made an impressive start, sweeping to a 4-0 lead and chalking up breaks of 89, 87 and 56. Continue reading...

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Ronnie O'Sullivan gives Ding Junhui a pep talk

Ronnie O'Sullivan gives Ding Junhui a pep talk and offers to help him in the future following their thrilling Masters semi-final.

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Fulham 1-2 Tottenham: Harry Winks scores in stoppage time for victory

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri says his side are "alive and will continue to fight" despite losing to Tottenham through Harry Winks' injury-time header at Craven Cottage.

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The unapologetic feminism that turned Andy Murray into a global icon | Jacob Steinberg

Murray’s views on equality and the women’s game have had huge impact, exemplified by his decision to hire a female coach in Amélie Mauresmo in 2014Once the empty feeling subsides and the lump at the back of his throat stops threatening to leap from his mouth, perhaps it will console Andy Murray to consider how much he means to people from all walks of life. Even at this early stage of the healing process, with the emotions swirling and his heart shattered as he contemplates how brutally his body has given up on him in the past two years, it might raise his spirits to know he is showered with affection not only for his achievements on a tennis court but also for what he represents on a human level. Related: 'He’s an idol': Dunblane reacts to Andy Murray's impending retirement Continue reading...

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must improve to win the league

• ‘We need more pace, more passes in a row,’ said City manager• Huddersfield set to announce new manager, Jan SiewertPep Guardiola says his team must improve if they are to overhaul Liverpool at the top of the Premier League and fulfil the sky-high ambitions they have for this season.Goals from Danilo, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané gave Manchester City a comfortable win at bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield and cut the distance to the leaders at the top of the Premier League back to four points. But Guardiola, whose team are pursuing trophies on four fronts, said better performances will be needed as the season approaches its climax. Continue reading...

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Huddersfield 0-3 Man City: Champions ease past managerless Terriers

Manchester City ease past managerless Huddersfield to move back to within four points of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

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Altior makes it 17 wins out of 17 with undemanding Ascot success

• Easy Clarence House Chase victory for 1-10 favourite• Only concern for Altior could be repeated jumps leftWhen horses are involved, there is always something to worry about but Altior once more rose above all concerns that could be invented about his chance to enjoy a facile success in the Clarence House Chase at odds of 1-10. He remains unbeaten in 17 races over obstacles and, when he turns out next in the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, will be attempting to match the record of 18 set by Big Buck’s.The pre-race tension this time was created by reports over the health of his stablemates at Nicky Henderson’s stable in Lambourn. Henderson admitted during the week that he was interested in the results of some trachea washes taken from his charges and on Friday he revealed that, after blood tests were carried out, he was sufficiently concerned to keep three horses at home rather than sending them out for their target races at Haydock. Continue reading...

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