How did Barcelona end up signing Kevin-Prince Boateng? | Sid Lowe

The arrival of the former Milan forward makes some sense, but also hints at a certain improvisation in Barça’s planningBarcelona’s latest signing is football royalty, just not the way they expected. Late on Monday night, in the club store just across the concourse from the Camp Nou, closed to the public, he stood smiling and holding up his new shirt: “Prince, 19”. From Hertha to Tottenham, from Dortmund to Portsmouth and, five clubs and nine years later, from Sassuolo to Barcelona, Kevin-Prince Boateng’s 10th club is the biggest of them all. It was also the biggest surprise; their new centre-forward comes from leftfield, unforeseen by anyone.Boateng described this as a huge “opportunity”. It is one he did not expect, echoes of the day that his agent told him he was going to Milan and Boateng thought he was joking. Some in Spain reacted similarly when the news broke with the deal already done. Boateng joins on loan, with an €8m optional purchase clause in the summer. The headlines in the Catalan papers came with exclamation marks. Boateng, the “hidden option”, “the surprise”, ran the front pages. Continue reading...

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Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

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The goalscoring streaks of the season: Rashford, Messi and ... Quagliarella

Marcus Rashford has scored in his last four league games but no one in Europe can compete with Fabio QuagliarellaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWhen Marcus Rashford curled in Manchester United’s winner against Brighton at the weekend, he stretched his scoring streak to four league games in a row. Prior to this run of goals, Rashford had only ever scored in two straight league games but now he has a chance to do something Harry Kane has never managed: score in five consecutive league games. Eleven players have done just that in Europe’s big leagues this season – with one even scoring in 10 straight games. Continue reading...

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From Blissett to Bendtner: eight of football’s most unlikely transfers

In light of the transfer of Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo to Barcelona, here are eight unlikely transfers with mixed results that raised eyebrows in the football worldKevin Prince-Boateng’s move to Barcelona from Sassuolo has certainly raised a few eyebrows among those who remember his spells in England with Tottenham and Portsmouth. But as the Ghana international joins forces with Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez et al at Camp Nou, here are some other unlikely transfers from down the years. Continue reading...

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Jasmin Paris’s feat of endurance was a welcome antidote to modern sport | Sean Ingle

The runner’s remarkable story evokes a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sportClose the books. Ready the gongs. We may have already seen the most remarkable performance from a British athlete in 2019. The fact that Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile Spine Race, which swaggeringly bills itself as one of the toughest endurance contests in the world, was jaw-dropping enough. In addition, to beat her nearest male rival by 15 hours and set a course record by 12 – while pumping milk for her baby daughter at feeding stations – marked it out as a feat for the ages.But there was another reason why Paris’s story resonated so deeply it made the BBC’s News at Six, received enormous traffic on the Guardian’s website and was tweeted by Chelsea Clinton. There was a purity which harked back to a bygone age of pushing at impossible boundaries for the sheer love of sport and unfettered adventure. Continue reading...

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Wayne Rooney spoke 'broken English' at time of arrest, says police report

Footballer was arrested in December for public intoxicationFormer England captain plays for DC United in MLSThe former England captain Wayne Rooney was speaking “broken English” when he was arrested for public intoxication and swearing at a Washington DC airport last month, it has emerged.Deadspin obtained the incident report from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, and published the details on Tuesday. According to the report, the arresting officer was dispatched after receiving a report of a person trying to go through a secure door. Continue reading...

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Masters Snooker 2019: Watch the best shots from the tournament

Watch the best shots of the 2019 Masters, featuring Ding Junhui, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson.

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Kit Carson died of traumatic brain injury, inquest hears

Fatal car crash happened just before former football coach’s sexual abuse trial was to beginA former youth football coach and scout whose car crashed into a tree on the day he was due to go on trial over historical sexual abuse charges died of a traumatic brain injury, an inquest has heard.Michael “Kit” Carson, 75, had denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The allegations involved 11 boys under the age of 16, covering the period between 1978 and 2009. Continue reading...

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Benjamin Mendy could make Manchester City return against Burton

• Defender has not featured since November injury• ‘This is an unusual situation to be in when it is a semi-final’Pep Guardiola has confirmed Benjamin Mendy has the opportunity to begin his comeback from his latest injury in Manchester City’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at Burton.The Premier League club are 9-0 up from the first leg and appear to be as good as in next month’s final already, but Guardiola intends to use the fixture to give match time to Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne and a handful of youth players. Continue reading...

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Para Alpine World Championships: Fitzpatrick and Kehoe win giant slalom bronze

Britain's Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jen Kehoe win bronze in the visually impaired giant slalom at the Para Alpine World Championships.

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‘We'll fight again if you want’: Manny Pacquiao to Floyd Mayweather after Broner fight – video

Manny Pacquiao showed Saturday night he's still got plenty of fight for a someone on the wrong side of 40. Whether Pacquiao's dominating win over Adrien Broner gets him a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, though, is a question that will have to be answered another night. In a press conference after the match Pacquiao sent a message to Mayweather: ‘I’m still active, go back to the ring … challenge me, I'm a champion.’ With Mayweather watching from ringside, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight titleManny Pacquiao beats Adrien Broner on points to retain welterweight title – as it happened Continue reading...

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Super Bowl: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs

Tom Brady reaches an unprecedented ninth Super Bowl after leading his team to a 37-31 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Pickle juice: Why athletes are turning to an unusual drink to boost performance

Frances Tiafoe credited pickle juice with his run to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open - but what is the science behind it?

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West Indies v England: Joe Root says it does not matter who scores his team's runs

England Test captain Joe Root says it does not matter who scores his team's runs, as long as they are winning.

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