Football “mini-cities” offer a first-class green training ground

Football “mini-cities” offer a first-class green training ground

Stadiums are a great environment in which to trial sustainability measures because of the number of people who regularly attend sporting and entertainment events, according to those involved in their day-to-day running. Plastic-free football matches, ample bike-parking facilities, clean energy and water-recycling systems are just some of the environmental ideas football grounds around Europe are looking to roll out. Fans and the wider general public are more and more concerned with green issues – be they climate change, plastic litter or air pollution – and sport is looking to tap…

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Jürgen Klopp presses the reset button and insists that defeat can help Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp presses the reset button and insists that defeat can help Liverpool

Liverpool’s defeat at Watford can be used as a moment to “restart”, according to Jürgen Klopp, who expects the experience to provide a jolt that helps them to recapture the dazzling form they have shown this season. Klopp said their first Premier League defeat of the campaign, which followed a run of relatively sluggish performances, may have come at a good time to hone their focus for the next three months. The centre-back Dejan Lovren thought similarly and suggested Liverpool have lacked their usual aggression since the winter break. When…

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According to the Minister, the Australian Grand Prix will continue, despite concerns about the coronavirus

According to the Minister, the Australian Grand Prix will continue, despite concerns about the coronavirus

The Australian Grand Prix will go ahead next month despite concerns that the spread of coronavirus may impact the start of the Formula One season, the Victorian government has said. Concerns about the viability of the season are growing with the spread of the outbreak in northern Italy, where Ferrari and the Alpha Tauri team are headquartered. On Wednesday local time, Italian authorities said the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases had surged to 400, with 12 deaths. The Formula One chief executive, Chase Carey, told reporters that the three opening…

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The steering system may be the beginning of Formula 1 for Lewis Hamilton

The steering system may be the beginning of Formula 1 for Lewis Hamilton

The Formula One season has yet to begin but Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes may have already stolen a race-winning march on their rivals. Hamilton took to the track for the second day of testing in Barcelona using an innovative steering system but one whose legality may still be called into question. Having already been the fastest driver on day one, Hamilton completed 106 laps of relentless running in the morning session. While doing so he was observed to be using the new system, understood to be dual-axis steering and referred…

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Ewald Lien: football rebel for the sake of the future

Ewald Lien: football rebel for the sake of the future

German football veteran Ewald Lienen is convinced that football is political and bears social responsibility. Today, the technical director of FC St. Pauli is committed to climate protection, and not only on the pitch. Lienen shows like none other in Germany that football and social commitment go together. “I’ve always been a rebel” is how the professional footballer titled his biography. Since the beginning of his career, Lienen has used his celebrity status to draw attention to societal issues – right up until today. Lienen, now 66, fights for climate…

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World Athletics and Grand Prix of China in danger due to coronavirus

World Athletics and Grand Prix of China in danger due to coronavirus

The Chinese Grand Prix has joined the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing as being under threat unless the coronavirus is urgently brought under control. With the virus still spreading, World Athletics will make a decision in the next 10 days as to whether the event, which is due to take place between 13-15 March can go ahead. However, the Great Britain team is expected to pull out regardless of its decision after the Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to China. Meanwhile, both F1 management and the…

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Griezmann the party pooper in Ibiza as late double spares Barcelona blushes

Griezmann the party pooper in Ibiza as late double spares Barcelona blushes

Antoine Griezmann struck two late goals as Barcelona came from behind to beat third-tier UD Ibiza 2-1 and avoid an embarrassing Copa del Rey last-32 exit. Javi Pérez put Ibiza ahead at the Can Misses municipal stadium after nine minutes and the hosts had a second goal disallowed before Raí Nascimento hit the post with Barcelona floundering. Quique Setién’s side dominated the ball, as they did on the coach’s debut against Granada last weekend, but failed to create chances until Griezmann fired home in the 72nd minute. The French forward…

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I would leave if I knew about Alberto Salazar, says Mo Fara

I would leave if I knew about Alberto Salazar, says Mo Fara

Sir Mo Farah has claimed he would have been the “first one out” of the Nike Oregon Project if he had known about Alberto Salazar’s dubious practices – despite sticking with his former coach for two years after serious allegations were made against him in 2015. Farah had previously refused to be overly critical of Salazar after he was banned by the US Anti-Doping Agency for four years last October, instead turning his crosshairs on reporters when they asked him whether he felt let down by his former mentor. But…

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Pat Cummins takes five before Australia breaks ahead over New Zealand

Pat Cummins takes five before Australia breaks ahead over New Zealand

Australia will ask New Zealand to attempt a world-record run chase after their pace attack, led by Pat Cummins, gave the hosts a seemingly unassailable lead in the Boxing Day Test. The Aussies went to stumps at 137-4 on day three, leading the Black Caps by a mammoth 456 runs after they rolled them for just 148 at the MCG on Saturday. No team has ever chased more than 418 in a Test, with the Aussies having set a similar target of 468 in Perth just a fortnight ago in…

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Russia suspended from the Olympics in Tokyo and the World Cup

Russia suspended from the Olympics in Tokyo and the World Cup

The World Anti-Doping Agency has voted unanimously to ban Russia from international sport for four years for doping offences. Russia now have 21 days to appeal against the sentence, which would see the country banned from participating at next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo and the Qatar 2022 World Cup. They will, however, still be able compete in next year’s European football championships, where they will also be one of the host countries. Individual Russian athletes will furthermore be able to compete under a neutral banner at the Olympics, providing they…

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