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Ex-UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini: I will return to football

UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Aleksander Ceferin speaks exclusively with ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti about FIFA’s recent proposal of a Global Nations League. Banned former UEFA president and FIFA vice president Michel Platini says he is planning to return to football after Swiss federal prosecutors confirmed he was not being charged in an investigation into possible financial wrongdoing. Platini said in a statement it’s “the end of a long nightmare for my family and those close to me.” Since September 2015, the former France midfielder had the status of “between a witness and an accused person” in criminal proceedings opened against then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter. No criminal case was ever opened against Platini. The evidence related to Blatt...

British Superbike champion Byrne ‘broke ribs, neck and back’

Shane Byrne has more British Superbike Championship race wins than any other rider British Superbike champion Shane Byrne says he broke all of his ribs, his neck and four vertebrae after crashing during testing in Norfolk last week. Byrne had surgery on Monday following a crash at Snetterton on 17 May. Posting on social media, the Be Wiser Ducati rider, 41, said paralysis had been a “major issue and concern”. “The one at question from my surgeon after seeing my X-rays was how on earth are you not paralysed,” the Englishman added. After the crash, Byrne’s team posted on social media that he would have surgery and “make a full recovery”. Superbike Championship organisers said he was briefly unconscious on the track after the crash at Turn 3. “I...

Ronnie O’Sullivan ‘not sure punishing players’ is answer to match-fixing

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the world title five times Former world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan says snooker’s governing body should look at the reasons for match-fixing instead of sanctioning players. It comes after three players were suspended by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) over match-fixing allegations. O’Sullivan posted on social media: “The real question should be why do the players feel the need to do this? “I’m not sure punishing the players is the answer.” The latest players to be suspended by the WPBSA are former Welsh professional David John, along with Chinese pair Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng. Matches involving the trio were investigated and they were found to have a case to answer. They have been suspe...

UFC Fight Night 130: Darren Till fails to make weight for Stephen Thompson fight

Tickets for Darren Till’s fight against Stephen Thompson sold out within an hour UFC Fight Night 130 Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool Date: Sunday, 27 May Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from around 18:30 BST; text updates on the BBC Sport website & app Liverpool’s Darren Till has failed to make the weight for Sunday’s UFC welterweight fight against American Stephen Thompson. Till was given an extra hour to make the 171lb limit for the headline bout at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. But after tipping the scales on Saturday morning at 174.5lb, it remains unclear if the fight will go ahead. Thompson is the number one-ranked welterweight contender, and the bout headlines Liverpool’s first UFC event. The American earlier weighted in at 171lbs b...

England v Pakistan: Alastair Cook falls to Mohammad Abbas

Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas traps England’s Alastair Cook lbw for one after Pakistan take a first-innings lead of 179 on the third day of the first Test at Lord’s. FOLLOW LIVE: England v Pakistan – in-play clips, TMS and text Available to UK users only.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio gives Giovani dos Santos and players fitness deadline

After Mexico’s preliminary World Cup roster was announced, Herc Gomez talks about which players he wouldn’t take to Russia. LOS ANGELES — Giovani dos Santos returned from injury on Friday in L.A. Galaxy’s 1-0 victory over San Jose and will have until June 2 to prove he is fully fit to be included in Mexico’s World Cup squad. Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was at StubHub Center to watch the “California Clasico,” with Jonathan dos Santos playing the full 90 minutes and Giovani coming on for the final 15 minutes in his first game since May 6. Osorio confirmed earlier Friday that Dos Santos and Mexico’s other injured players — Diego Reyes, Hector Moreno and Andres Guardado — will have up until the farewell game against Scotland in Me...

Antoine Griezmann for ¬100m would be ‘a gift’ for Barcelona – Christophe Dugarry

Julien Laurens provides insight into the difficult decision Antoine Griezmann faces: staying with Atletico Madrid or joining Messi at Barcelona. Atletico Madrid fans produced a touching tribute to Fernando Torres before his final game at the Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone speaks about the future of his star striker. Antoine Griezmann was handed the man of the match award after inspiring Atletico Madrid to win over Marseille in the UEFA Europa League final. Gemma Soler reports pitchside on what was said regarding Antoine Griezmann’s future after Atletico Madrid’s win over Marseille. Former France international Christophe Dugarry says Antoine Griezmann would be a “gift” for Barcelona if they manage to sign him from Atletico Madrid for €100 mi...

‘It’s cold, wet and dark and you just want to keep sleeping’ – inside the Volvo Ocean Race

BBC Sport Wales explains why the Volvo Ocean Race could be the world’s toughest sporting event. Since October, seven boats have been racing around the world – battling storm-affected seas and freezing temperatures. Ahead of their next stop in Cardiff at the end of May, Welsh sailor Bleddyn Môn explains how tough the round-the-world race really is. Race footage courtesy of Volvo Ocean Race.

LA Galaxy not looking to sell Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos – Chris Klein

Ola Kamara rescued LA Galaxy with a decisive goal at Montreal after a Zlatan Ibrahimovic red card reduced the visitors to 10 men. LOS ANGELES — LA Galaxy don’t have plans to offload Mexico internationals Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos, team president Chris Klein confirmed on Friday. A report suggested the Galaxy could be keen to listen to offers for the duo after the World Cup, something that was flatly denied by Klein. “We’ve not even had that conversation, so it’s not even something that we talk about,” Klein told reporters at half-time of the team’s 1-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes. “You read rumors on the website and it’s nothing more than that.” Klein added that Jonathan had been at the club less than a year and that Giovan...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Wayne Rooney wants to join Major League Soccer’s D.C. United

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout the summer. TOP STORY: Rooney wants to come to MLS After Wayne Rooney’s whirlwind visit to the United States on a fact-finding mission to see if he’d be interesting in a move to Major League Soccer, the Washington Post is reporting that the former Manchester United striker wants to join D.C. United. Rooney, 32, scored a team-high 11 goals for Everton this season, making 37 appearances for his boyhood club. And he spent his time on this side of the pond checking out D.C. United’s new stadium Audi Field — still under construction — talking with head coach Ben Olsen and the team’s general manager and exploring neighborhoods in ...

Real’s Zinedine Zidane isn’t known for tactics or style, just ability to win

ESPN FC’s Dan Thomas and Stewart Robson head to Hydropark in Kiev to put their innovative way of predicting the Champions League winner to the test. Zinedine Zidane smiled that Zinedine Zidane smile, the one that sometimes seems to disarm them all. “I’m not the best coach, and I will always say that,” he said. “I am not the best coach tactically. And, well, I don’t need to say that…” There was a pause, and that was when that smile crept across his face and he added: “… because you lot always say that, anyway.” They laughed, but they knew he was right. Many a true word said in jest and all that, but beyond the smile, there was a hint of edge in his words, a point made. It was the Open Media Day at Valdebebas, Real Madrid̵...