Allardyce praises his tactics against Liverpool

Allardyce hailed his players for exposing Liverpool’s weaknesses with limited possession PPAUK/RexSam Allardyce hailed the tactical masterclass that helped to expose Liverpool’s weaknesses “time and time again” as Crystal Palace took a significant step towards safety. Allardyce highlighted the frailties that allowed Christian Benteke to haunt Jürgen Klopp on his return to the club that jettisoned him after just one season on Merseyside. Palace moved up to 12th place, seven points clear of third-from-bottom Swansea City, after Benteke scored twice and Liverpool conceded a goal from another set piece. “I thought from start to finish we were tactically exceptional,” said Allardyce of his side, for whom defender James Tomkins left with his foot in a protective boot following a late challenge by Liverpool substitute Marko Grujic. “When you come as underdog and set out a game…

April 23, 2017 23:03 UTC

Redknapp insists Birmingham can survive

The changes at Birmingham City in little under a week have been sufficient to encourage Harry Redknapp to believe that his new side will escape relegation from the Championship. After collecting only two wins in 22 matches under Gianfranco Zola, Birmingham undid their hard work yesterday when they failed to clear the ball at a corner and conceded the only goal against Aston Villa. Birmingham have a two-point advantage but an inferior goal difference to Blackburn Rovers, with matches at home to Huddersfield Town and away to Bristol City. Redknapp calculates that they need to win one, at least, to survive. “I take a lot of encouragement from that,” Redknapp said.

April 23, 2017 23:03 UTC

Midlife health check: the doctor’s rules

What you see on the outside may determine how old others think you look, but it’s what is happening on the inside that determines how you feel. And feeling young is more important than looking young, although the two often go hand in hand. So plan your anti-ageing programme from the inside out. Doctors don’t always practise what they preach, but ageing worries us at least as much as everyone else. I was in my late thirties when I realised that my (mildly)…

April 23, 2017 23:03 UTC

Pupils could win dinner with Obama

The former president will be in Edinburgh on May 26 to give an address to business leaders and philanthropists Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty ImagesSchool pupils in Scotland are being given the chance to compete for a table at a dinner attended by Barack Obama. The Hunter Foundation is donating a table of ten to a secondary school group, but they must first write an essay on how they would change Scotland. Sir Tom Hunter, the businessman who established the foundation, laid down a challenge to Scottish school pupils asking them to write an essay on what their school would do if it ran the country. In return they could win a table at the former US president’s lecture at Edinburgh International Conference Centre on May 26. In the invitation, Sir Tom says: “If you ruled the world.

April 23, 2017 23:03 UTC

Tories give May freedom to axe pledge on tax rises

Theresa May could increase income tax, VAT or national insurance if she drops the “tax lock” pledge Chris Radburn/Getty ImagesTheresa May was given the all clear by senior Conservatives yesterday to abandon a pledge not to raise income tax, VAT or national insurance. Promises to continue to support lower-income families, however, will increase fears of a post-election tax raid on the better paid. Philip Hammond has hinted that the 2015 manifesto “tax lock” pledge, not to increase the three main levies, is to be dropped from this year’s prospectus. Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, dismissed Labour’s claims that the Tories were preparing a “tax bombshell” and gave an “absolute guarantee” that “taxes will always be lower under a Conservative government than they would be under a Jeremy Corbyn government”. Mr Green’s promise that poorer families would continue to be “supported” will increase…

April 23, 2017 23:03 UTC

American academic held in North Korea

Kim Sang-duk was said to have been teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology Associated PressA Korean-American academic has been arrested in North Korea, the third US citizen to be held in Pyongyang at a time of high tension and threats of military attack. Kim Sang-duk, who also uses the name Tony Kim, is a professor who had been teaching at a university in the North Korean capital. The Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles American consular matters in the absence of diplomatic relations between Pyongyang and Washington, confirmed that a Korean-American citizen was being held but gave no further details. Mr Kim, who is in his late fifties, had been teaching at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, (Pust) a unique establishment founded by a Korean-American Christian businessman. The chancellor, Park Chan-mo, told the NK News website: “Professor…

April 23, 2017 23:03 UTC

Ramsey: we’ll win cup for Wenger

Aaron Ramsey vowed last night to win the FA Cup for Arsène Wenger after admitting that he and his Arsenal team-mates had let their manager down with some poor performances this season. But Ramsey hopes yesterday’s extra-time win over Pep Guardiola’s side will ease the pressure on the Frenchman. “We have let him [Wenger] down at times this season, we want to win it for him and ourselves,” the Arsenal midfielder said. “Today we have shown the character we have in this team and it was important to win, to have something to look forward to. Now we have another seven cup finals…

April 23, 2017 23:03 UTC

Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kanté voted PFA player of the year

• Kanté sees off competition from team-mate Eden Hazard to take award • Spurs midfielder Dele Alli wins young player prize for second year runningThe Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté has been voted the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for the 2016-17 season. Kanté was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening. The Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won the young player prize for the second successive season, Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze won the women’s player of the year award for the second time having also won it in 2014, and Birmingham’s Jess Carter topped the voting in the women’s young player category. I’m pleased for him.”Alli’s young player prize is some consolation for his controversial omission from the six-man shortlist for the senior award. Birmingham midfielder Carter saw off competition from three Manchester City players to win the women’s young player.

April 23, 2017 22:52 UTC

Obesity blamed for sharp rise in kidney cancer in UK

Cancer Research UK says that new cases of kidney cancer have risen steeply, by 40% over the past decade. The charity’s projections show kidney cancer cases climbing by a further 26% by 2035, which would make it one of the fastest growing types of cancer. There are about 11,900 cases of kidney cancer in the UK each year, 7,400 in men and 4,500 in women. “It’s concerning to see kidney cancer cases rising like this. Being overweight or obese is linked to 13 types of cancer, including kidney which is becoming more and more common,” said Dr Julie Sharp of Cancer Research UK.

April 23, 2017 22:52 UTC

Arthur Collins charged over acid attack in London nightclub

Collins, 25, is charged with 14 counts of wounding with intent to cause GBH, while another man faces seven counts of the same chargeArthur Collins, the boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, has been charged in connection with an acid attack at an east London nightclub that left two revellers partially blinded and others disfigured. A second man, Andre Phoenix, 21, will appear at the same court charged with seven counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Twenty clubbers were doused with a corrosive substance during a night out at Mangle nightclub in Dalston on Easter Monday. A 22-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were both blinded in one eye, while several other revellers received burns. Collins had been in a relationship with McCann, best known for her appearances on The Only Way is Essex and I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!.

April 23, 2017 22:41 UTC

Antonio Conte’s new guard maintain Chelsea’s fighting spirit of old | Jacob Steinberg

Neutrals had admired the Chelsea of Gianfranco Zola, an entertaining, infuriating team that saved its best for the cups. A macho core of Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba kept Chelsea’s fighting spirit intact, with their refusal to lie down best summed up by that scrapping Champions League triumph in 2012. Branislav Ivanovic and Mikel John Obi said goodbye in January, while Terry will leave at the end of the season. Mauricio Pochettino sighed when he spoke about Chelsea bringing on Hazard, Costa and Cesc Fàbregas when the score was 2-2. “In this season, we have lost Ivanovic, Mikel and next season we lose John Terry.

April 23, 2017 21:30 UTC

Lionel Messi sinks Real Madrid in thriller to keep Barcelona in race

Marc-André Ter Stegen and Keylor Navas started making saves early and were not about to stop. Modric was stopped by Ter Stegen and Bale curled a shot over but then departed feeling his calf. Ter Stegen tipped wide from Toni Kroos, then blocked Benzema’s header. Still, it did not let up, Ter Stegen saving from Asensio before Ivan Rakitic stepped inside from the right and sent the ball arrowing into the far corner. Real Madrid v Barcelona: El Clásico – live!

April 23, 2017 20:48 UTC

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City: FA Cup semi-final player ratings

CB Laurent Koscielny 7/10 Made an excellent interception to deny Agüero early on and was alert throughout before helping Arsenal repel late pressure. AM Mesut Özil 6/10 Much closer to the action after half-time and shot wide after Agüero’s goal. AM Alexis Sánchez 7/10 Had barely had a sniff of goal before finding himself in the perfect position to convert the winner. Manchester CityGK Claudio Bravo 6/10 Had little to save and no chance for Arsenal’s goals. CF Sergio Agüero 7/10 Incorrectly denied a first-half goal but, with plenty to do after Touré’s pass, the one that did count was taken well despite a heavy touch.

April 23, 2017 19:52 UTC

Super Netball players stand united as low key protests make feelings known

And although the Australian Netball Players’ Association (ANPA) did not follow through with the mooted industrial action over the weekend, it is unlikely the final shot has been fired. Ellis organised a similar protest in 2006 when players’ rights and conditions were being significantly threatened. “I think the players were well within their rights to make their feelings known,” Ellis says. “When you’re a player you’re conscious of wanting to do the best thing for the sport. “Her job as a board member was to liaise with the players’ association, she was very aware of what the players felt they needed,” Ellis says.

April 23, 2017 19:52 UTC

The Guardian view on France’s election: a win for Macron and hope | Editorial

The defeat of the established parties is a humiliation for modern French party politics of left and right. Even so, between them Mr Hamon and Mr Fillon took only a quarter of the votes. Instead three French voters out of four, in a turnout of 78%, voted for change. Now France must stand up again in two weeks’ time and complete the job by electing Mr Macron. Mr Macron is the best hope of a deeply troubled but great country.

April 23, 2017 19:41 UTC

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