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Premier League Show: ‘Everything was burning’ when I joined Swansea – Carlos Carvalhal

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal discusses how he’s steered Swansea four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone having inherited a situation where “everything was burning”. READ MORE: Carvalhal hails ‘beautiful flower’ Ayew Watch the full interview on The Premier League Show on BBC Two at 22:00 BST on Thursday, 12 April.

Cologne to part ways with coach Stefan Ruthenbeck at season’s end

Stefan Ruthenbeck Cologne coach Stefan Ruthenbeck will leave at the end of the season regardless of whether his side manages to stay in the Bundesliga. Bottom of the league with five games remaining, Cologne said on Thursday that thry had already agreed with Ruthenbeck not to extend his existing deal. “Stefan and his team overtook this team in a very difficult situation, but showed full engagement and continue to do a good job,” sporting director Armin Veh said. “We agreed back in December that we would continue to work in this constellation until the end of the season and not plan any further.” The former coach of Cologne’s under-19 team took over from the fired Peter Stoger in December, initially on an interim basis. Cologne hadn’t won any league games...

MLS hands Clint Dempsey additional one-match ban for elbow on Jacori Hayes

Seattle Sounders are reduced to 10 men in the first half against FC Dallas after Clint Dempsey is sent off for elbowing Jacori Hayes. Major League Soccer has given Clint Dempsey an additional one-game suspension for throwing an elbow at Jacori Hayes in the Seattle Sounders’ 3-0 loss to FC Dallas on March 18. Dempsey was shown a red card and sent off after the referee consulted with the video assistant and has already served a one-game ban on March 31 when the Sounders played the Montreal Impact. MLS also fined the Seattle striker an undisclosed amount for visual dissent for clapping at the referee following the sending off. Dempsey will sit out his team’s April 15 match against Sporting Kansas City and will be eligible to return for the Sounders’ home match against Minnes...

CONMEBOL asks FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2022

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar. CONMEBOL, South America’s football confederation, has implored FIFA to increase the number of nations competing at the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48. FIFA is already planning to expand its finals in 2026, but CONMEBOL wants more South American nations to be represented in Qatar four years earlier. In the current system, four South American nations automatically qualify or each World Cup, with the fifth-placed country entering an inter-confederation play-off. A formal letter was presented to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, signed by CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez and the region’s 10 member associations. Dominguez, speaking ...

Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi must be on different clubs – Pini Zahavi

ESPN FC’s Julien Laurens tries to make sense of the rumours linking Neymar with a move back to Spain. Neymar challenged his friends to play the ball in the kitchen, and the losers did the dishes. Argentina legend Diego Maradona backed up Neymar’s decision to join PSG. Football super-agent Pini Zahavi has suggested Neymar is unlikely to move to Real Madrid while Cristiano Ronaldo is still there, telling Polish news outlet Przeglad Sportowy there is only room for one superstar per team. But Zahavi also called his new client Robert Lewandowski the “best forward in the world,” following a report last month that claimed he had reached an agreement in principle for the Bayern Munich striker to move to the Bernabeu this summer. Zahavi, who helped broker the sale of Chelsea...

Chinese Grand Prix: Hamilton expects strong Ferrari challenge in Shanghai

Always in the spotlight – Lewis Hamilton was swarmed by the media as he arrived in Shanghai Chinese Grand Prix on the BBC Dates: 13-15 April Venue: Shanghai International Circuit Coverage: Practice and qualifying on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; race on BBC Radio 5 live. Live text commentary, leaderboard and imagery on BBC Sport website and app. Lewis Hamilton thinks the Shanghai circuit will make it difficult for him to take his first win of the year at Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. Hamilton has won five of the last 10 races in Shanghai but thinks the track will suit Ferrari, whose driver Sebastian Vettel has won both races so far in 2018. The Mercedes driver said: “They are going to be hard to beat. “Their straight-line speed has been faster than ours and we have ...

Notts County boss Nolan keen to sign Barton after betting ban

Joey Barton made one appearance for England in 2007 Notts County manager Kevin Nolan wants to sign former Newcastle team-mate Joey Barton in the summer. Midfielder Barton, 35, was suspended by the Football Association in April 2017 for breaching betting rules and is banned until 1 June. “Me and Joey are good friends,” Nolan told BBC Radio Nottingham. “He is a top player, a top lad and I really get on well with him. “We will always be in touch so let’s see what happens.” Nolan, who played with Barton for two and a half years at Newcastle from January 2009, expects several clubs to be interested in the former Manchester City, QPR, Marseille, Rangers and Burnley player. The Magpies are fifth in League Two and on course to make the play-offs, with an outside...

Somerset sign Australia batsman Renshaw to replace Bancroft

Matt Renshaw was recalled by Australia for their final Test against South Africa following the ball-tampering scandal in the third Test Somerset have signed Australia batsman Matt Renshaw as their overseas replacement for Cameron Bancroft. Bancroft was banned from cricket for nine months for his part in Australia’s ball-tampering scandal. Renshaw, 22, has scored 630 runs in 13 Test appearances with a top score of 184, while he has been capped once in Twenty20 cricket. He will be available in all formats until 30 June, before returning on 19 August for the rest of the season. “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play alongside some very experienced players and the exciting young talent that is coming through at Taunton,” he told the club website. “I’...

Kyle Edmund: British number one into Marrakesh quarter-finals

Kyle Edmund usurped Andy Murray as British number one in March British number one Kyle Edmund’s start to the clay-court season continued with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Moldova’s Radu Albot in the Grand Prix Hassan II. World number 26 and second seed Edmund, 23, won in an hour and a quarter in the last-16 match in Marrakesh. His first-round match on Tuesday lasted only 16 minutes as Jiri Vesely retired when trailing 5-0. Edmund reached the Australian Open semi-finals in January, but lost early on at Indian Wells and Miami. He will play Germany’s Mischa Zverev or Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri in the quarter-finals.

Aintree: Might Bite heads Nicky Henderson treble at Grand National meeting

Might Bite was clocking up the 10th win of his career Randox Health Grand National Venue: Aintree Meeting: 12-14 April Grand National: 17:15 BST Saturday Coverage: BBC Radio 5 live, sports extra and the BBC Sport website More details Might Bite jumped superbly to win the Betway Bowl as trainer Nicky Henderson celebrated a treble on the opening day of Aintree’s Grand National meeting. The Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up beat Bristol De Mai, while stablemates We Have A Dream and L’Ami Serge also won. Former soldier Guy Disney made history by becoming the first amputee jockey to ride over the National fences. Disney was the last of 12 finishers on Gallery Exhibition as Balnaslow won the Foxhunters’ Chase. ‘As good a round of jumping as you’ll see’ Might Bite,...

Sean Dyche: Burnley would welcome ‘challenge’ of Europa League

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has told ESPN FC the club are ready to embrace the “badge of honour” that would come with playing in Europe if they can hold seventh place and qualify for the Europa League. Dyche’s team face eighth-placed Leicester at Turf Moor on Saturday knowing a victory would put them nine points clear of their opponents in the race for the final Europa League spot. An FA Cup final victory for relegation-threatened Southampton, who face Chelsea in the semifinal at Wembley on April 22, could yet deny the seventh-placed club a place in Europe next season. But with qualification a growing possibility for Burnley — whose last appearance in Europe was a run to the quarterfinals of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1966-67 — Dyche said the club would be r...