Podolski Podolski stunner helps Germany beat England

Podolski Podolski stunner helps Germany beat England

Podolski stunner helps Germany beat England Jamie Vardy had a first-half penalty appeal turned down Gareth Southgate suffered his first defeat in charge of England as Lukas Podolski’s spectacular second-half winner provided a fitting farewell to his Germany career in Dortmund. Southgate had been undefeated in four games as interim manager following Sam Allardyce’s abrupt departure from the England post after one match – and he will feel this loss in his first match in permanent control was harsh on his side after a creditable performance against the World Cup…

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Six Nations: England equal the All Blacks – but are they on their level?

Six Nations: England equal the All Blacks - but are they on their level?

Six Nations: England equal the All Blacks – but are they on their level? Nations : “We’re one year into a four-year project. We’ve done reasonably well in the first year.” It sounds like something a college lecturer might say to a room of young undergraduates, or the owner of a small tech start-up to his three staff after filing the company’s first year-end accounts. It is not the sort of thing you expect to greet a world record-equalling victory, one that puts your team alongside arguably the greatest outfit…

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Joe Root New England captain ready made for role – Michael Vaughan

Joe Root: New England captain ready made for role - Michael Vaughan

Joe Root New England captain ready made for role – Michael Vaughan New England Test captain Joe Root is ideally suited to the role, says former skipper Michael Vaughan. Root, 26, takes over from Alastair Cook despite having led in only four first-class matches – three for Yorkshire and one for England Lions. “People who say he’s not quite ready are talking nonsense. He’s driven and got the right attitude,” ex-Yorkshire batsman Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 live. “He’s ready-made for the England captaincy.” Root, who has played 53 Tests,…

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Super Bowl LI: Patriots win after unprecedented comeback

Super Bowl LI: Patriots win after unprecedented comeback

Super Bowl LI: Patriots win after unprecedented comeback The New England Patriots won a fifth crown after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime following a remarkable 25-point comeback at Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday. Nobody could have imagined the result after a devastating first-half performance saw Atlanta lead the Pats 21-3 at half time. Pre-game favourites New England and quarterback Tom Brady struggled from the off, and after a scoreless first quarter it was Atlanta who drew first blood when Devonta Freeman skipped into the end zone…

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Top cleric says Church of England risks becoming a ‘suburban sect’

Top cleric says Church of England risks becoming a ‘suburban sect’

Top cleric says Church of England risks becoming a ‘suburban sect’ Plans to reverse decline in congregations may alienate even more people, says Oxford dean Justin Welby wants management courses for bishops. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Saturday 13 August 2016 21.32 BSTLast modified on Saturday 13 August 2016 22.00 BST One of Britain’s senior theologians has warned that the Church of England is in danger of becoming a narrow sect “driven by mission-minded middle managers” who are alienating clergy, congregations and the general public. Martyn Percy, dean of Christ Church, Oxford, writes in…

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Six Nations: Jeremy Guscott on Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales

Six Nations: Jeremy Guscott on Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales

Six Nations: Jeremy Guscott on Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales The Six Nations opening weekend has prompted as many questions as it has provided answers. Is Scotland’s win over Ireland the start of some sustained success? Was England’s scrappy, but nonetheless victorious, performance against France a sign of greatness or a symptom of something amiss? And will Wales’ failure to score a fourth try in beating Italy be the first significant part that bonus points have to play in Six Nations history? Here is my attempt to pick through the…

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