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Wenger ‘not worried’ about future

Arsene Wenger says he isn’t worried about his future as Arsenal manager, despite reports linking former Gunners captain Patrick Vieira with the role. Wenger says he’s deserves ‘some credit’ for what he has done at the club and his ‘priority’ remains Arsenal. The Frenchman also praised the ‘faithful’ fans for their support.

Fed Cup can’t be ignored – GB captain Keothavong

Great Britain beat Hungary 2-0 in Estonia in February to move into the World Group II play-offs Japan v Great Britain – Fed Cup 2018 play-offs Venue: Bourbon Beans Dome, Miki, Japan Dates: 21-22 April Coverage: Live TV streaming on the BBC Sport website and mobile app, Radio 5 live updates, plus live text commentary on 22 April Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong says the Fed Cup must not be “ignored” while so much “time and energy” is being devoted to Davis Cup reform. GB will be promoted to the World Group for the first time since 1993 if they beat Japan in a play-off this weekend. In February, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced plans for a new-look Davis Cup. “I hope the ITF value the Fed Cup as much as the Davis Cup – and giv...

Fifa dismisses England’s Under-17 racial abuse claim

Brewster (above) and Gibbs-White scored as England came from 2-0 down to win the Under-17 World Cup final Fifa has dismissed a complaint by England of racial abuse during last year’s Under-17 World Cup final due to a “lack of sufficient evidence”. Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, 18, told the Guardian in December that Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White was racially abused during the 5-2 win over Spain. Fifa said any sanction could be imposed only “on the basis of clear evidence”. Last month Uefa found “no evidence to corroborate” claims Brewster suffered racial abuse in the Uefa Youth League. Uefa initially charged Spartak Moscow defender Leonid Mironov over the incident during the game at Prenton Park in December. Mironov admitted swearing at Brews...

ECB holds secret talks to introduce 100-ball format to new competition

Notts Outlaws won the 2017 T20 Blast – the ECB introduced the original Twenty20 Cup in 2003 The England and Wales Cricket Board wants to introduce an innovative ‘100 balls’ format into its new eight-team, city-based tournament. The concept could see innings consist of 15 traditional six-ball overs, and a final 10-ball over. That would be 20 balls shorter than traditional T20 matches. Those devising the competition believe a 100-ball ‘countdown’ would attract new audiences and be popular with broadcasters. The proposed approach was presented by the ECB to the chairmen and chief executives of the first-class counties and MCC on Thursday. ECB’s chief executive officer Tom Harrison said: “This is a fresh and exciting idea which will appeal to a younger...

Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata returns to Juventus would be ‘exceptions’ to policy – chief

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United and the argument for sacking Ernesto Valverde. Jose Mourinho was asked to rate Paul Pogba and respond to Paul Scholes’ scathing criticism of the Frenchman after the West Brom match. The ESPN FC guys debate whether Alvaro Morata is overrated or just a bad fit for Chelsea. Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta told Mediaset his club cannot afford to buy back Paul Pogba or Alvaro Morata but said “there are also exceptions.” Pogba is reportedly unsettled at Manchester United and Morata has not had the expected impact since joining Chelsea during the summer. Both are highly regarded in Turin and would be welcomed back with open arms, although Marotta said their price tags are likely beyond ...

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso banned for three games over Shane Long challenge

Alison Bender, Peter Walton and Stuart Robson sit down to discuss the controversial challenges made by Marcos Alonso and Hugo Lloris at the weekend. Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says rivals Manchester City have the potential to dominate domestically and in Europe. Marcos Alonso will miss his side’s next three matches after the Football Association ruled he committed an act of violent conduct with a challenge on Southampton striker Shane L...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic return at World Cup may disrupt Sweden ‘collective’ – Johnsson

The ESPN FC crew are divided on whether Sweden should bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back into the squad for this summer’s World Cup. Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his first MLS start with the winning goal in LA Galaxy’s win over Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Chicago Fire. Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks exclusively to ESPN about his move to MLS, playing under Jose Mourinho and whether or not he’ll play with Sweden at the World Cup. The return of “individualist” Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Sweden squad for the World Cup could disrupt the dynamic that earned them a place in Russia, goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson has said. Ibrahimovic retired from international football after his country were knocked out of Euro 2016, but since Janne Andersson’s squad saw off Italy in a dr...

Atletico Madrid’s Keidi Bare gets nine-game ban for foul-mouthed referee rant

Diego Simeone is becoming increasingly confident Antoine Griezmann will remain with Atletico Madrid next season. ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti delves into the Europa League semifinal matchups as Arsenal take on Atletico Madrid and Marseille square off with Red Bull Salzburg. Fernando Torres has announced he will be leaving his boyhood club Atletico Madrid at the end of the season. Atletico Madrid youth team player Keidi Bare has been banned for nine games for insulting the referee who sent him off in last weekend’s Segunda B defeat to Deportivo Fabril. Bare, 20, is a regular for Atletico’s B side and featured for the senior team in the Copa del Rey earlier this season. The attacking midfielder launched a tirade at referee Jose Joaquin Gallego Gambin, which continued outside the ...

Champions Cup: Can Scarlets shine on their Dublin date with European destiny?

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac wants to make history in Champions Cup European Champions Cup semi-final: Leinster v Scarlets Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday, 21 April Kick-off: 15:30 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app History looms large at Parc y Scarlets, a stadium only a decade old but one which has inherited the rich heritage of the 143-year-old rugby team it houses. From the statue of the great Ray Gravell to the rooms named after Llanelli’s favourite sons and the many reminders of their 1972 triumph over the All Blacks, the past is omnipresent in this part of west Wales. However, the current incumbents of the fabled red jersey are in the midst of writing their own chapter in their story. Scarlets won the...

All Blacks great Carter targets Champions Cup swansong

Dan Carter has won two World Cups playing for the All Blacks in 2011 and 2015 All Blacks great Dan Carter says he is more motivated than ever as he looks to end his top-level career by winning the Champions Cup. Carter’s Racing 92 side face Munster in Sunday’s semi-final showdown in Bordeaux. And despite being in the twilight of his career, the 36-year-old has vowed not to let up. “I’ve been able to win plenty of trophies, and there is no better feeling in rugby,” he said. Carter added on the Rugby Union Weekly podcast: “I want the younger guys in this team to experience that, and that’s why I’m trying to push this team and put the team first. “I’m 36 and I may not be playing the best rugby of my career, but I still feel like I ha...

Scotland’s Hawkins will ‘learn’ from Commonwealths marathon collapse

Scotland’s Hawkins collapses in marathon Scotland’s Callum Hawkins says collapsing close to the end of the men’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games will make him a “better athlete”. The 25-year-old was leading the race when he fell just over a mile before the finish line, after succumbing to the hot conditions. He was discharged from Gold Coast University Hospital on Monday. Writing on Twitter, Hakwins said: “I will use the whole thing as a big learning experience.” He continued: “The response has been overwhelming. Thanks everyone for the messages of support, they’re very much appreciated and mean a lot to me. “I’m absolutely gutted as I had put everything in to getting a medal at the CG [Commonwealth Games] over the past s...

Champion Selby faces Perry while O’Sullivan plays Maguire at Worlds

Ronnie O’Sullivan is seeking a sixth world title in Sheffield 2018 World Championship Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 21 April – 7 May Coverage: Watch live across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app. Five-time winner and favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan faces a difficult first round match against Stephen Maguire at the World Championship in Sheffield. Defending champion Mark Selby, chasing a fourth title in five years, plays Joe Perry, while last year’s beaten finalist John Higgins was drawn against Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. China’s Ding Junhui is up against fellow countryman Xiao Guodong. Selby begins his quest on Saturday at 10:00 BST, live on BBC TV and online. The draw, originally scheduled f...