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Eberechi Eze’s Palace win hurts Liverpool’s title ambitions

The response to the final whistle provided insight into a week in which Liverpool suffered severe damage. Oliver Glasner's performance in Jürgen Klopp's loss for Crystal Palace resonated at both ends of the table. Following his congratulatory remarks, Glasner sigmoidly rubbed his head in despair. Andy Robertson entered a trance and slumped to his haunches. Despondent spectators exited the building in silence. Liverpool blink first in a championship contest with the narrowest margins.

Boland excited about championship stint; always wanted to play

Since Boland's sensational debut in the Boxing Day Test at his home ground, which secured the 2021-22 Ashes for Australia, he torched England with six figures for seven on a fiery MCG pitch two years ago. Counties have been vying for his signature in anticipation of the havoc his relentless, muscular seamer-up could wreak on the four-day game.

Real Madrid’s Fede Valverde equalises Manchester City in thriller

Once more, Real Madrid orchestrated an improbable European revival, but Manchester City did so. Then Madrid proceeded to repeat the action. The previous two European champions provided us with yet another unforgettable night. Carlo Ancelotti had urged for bravery and character, and that was abundant in addition to talent and six goals at the Santiago Bernabéu to set the stage for what ought to be an outstanding rematch at the Etihad the following week.

Trossard’s equaliser against Bayern boosts Arsenal’s hopes

Arsenal had waited seven years to demonstrate they were on par with Bayern Munich, and they did so with a scintillating performance last night that has left this quarterfinal tensely poised. This second-half comeback was even more remarkable, considering they had previously relinquished an early lead and, for a moment, recalled the 5-1 defeats they had inflicted in their previous three meetings.

Matondo saves Rangers in thrilling Old Firm match

The Scottish championship race, which has been the closest in over a decade, is still too close to declare definitive following Rangers' potentially season-changing comeback. Despite an initially improbable draw, Brendan Rodgers' Celtic led Philippe Clement's side by one point at the table's summit. However, this lead may prove to be crucial. Furthermore, by effectively utilising his substitutes to rejuvenate the team, the Belgian possibly gained a psychological edge; during an extraordinary second half, he tarnished Rodgers's formidable reputation as the tactical monarch of Glasgow.

Hendy’s double propels Saints into Champions Cup quarters

It was not until after the birth of George Hendy that this renowned Nottingham stadium ­hosted a Champions Cup knockout match. In 2000, the Saints advanced to the quarterfinals against Wasps by a narrow three points. They won the cup by edging Munster in the subsequent month, and two years later, a future-flying winger was born.

Max Verstappen dominates qualifying to win Japanese GP pole

After securing the prime position for the Japanese Grand Prix, Max Verstappen has maintained an unblemished record in the single lap this season, going four from four. With remarkable ease, the world champion put his Red Bull through its tests at Suzuka, a track he adores, despite the formidable challenge that awaited him. Because comrade Sergio Pérez finished in second place, it was indisputable that Red Bull had definitively established its early season dominance.

Tayla Vlaeminck shines in Australia’s Bangladesh tour sweep

In the third Twenty20 international, Australia's women's cricket team concluded a successful tour of Bangladesh with a 77-run victory, bolstering Tayla Vlaeminck's return from injury. On Thursday at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, pace bowler Vlaeminck claimed 3-12 from four overs as Bangladesh were dismissed for 78 after Australia posted 6-155 from 20 overs.

‘I’d love it if he came back’: Hamilton supports Vettel at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has expressed confidence in Sebastian Vettel's ability to return to Formula One by assuming his responsibilities at Mercedes following his departure to Ferrari after the current season. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who retired in 2022, has previously disclosed that he has been in discussions with several teams, including Toto Wolff, the principal of the Mercedes team. Before this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, Hamilton believed Sebastian Vettel should return to Mercedes for a revival.

Scheffler shines with talent, not flashy style

The British golf media reacted with disbelief prior to the 2006 Masters when the driver's identity was buried in the report of a car being fired at in Augusta. Former Open champion and US Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman was unharmed when Troy Smith fired a projectile at his Cadillac. Five years later, Smith was incarcerated. Unsurprisingly, Lehman failed to cut his final Masters appearance. Presumably, he had no immediate intention of revisiting that specific region of Georgia.

Ben Stokes skips England’s T20 World Cup this summer

After bowling in the final Test in India last month, Stokes appeared poised to be selected as an all-rounder for the Twenty20 World Cup, a result that Matthew Mott, England's white-ball coach, had anticipated and planned for. Stokes has determined, however, that his priorities lie elsewhere, given his status as Test team captain and the fact that the team will face West Indies and Sri Lanka in two three-match Test series during the summer.

New Zealand allows gymnastics shorts over leotards

The governing body stated that the modifications were implemented in response to a survey of more than two hundred competitive gymnasts, which revealed that the athletes desired to "feel safe and comfortable" in the sport. "In our opinion, the pants regulations were ambiguous, inconsistently enforced, and, to be candid, a bit antiquated," said Andrea Nelson, chief executive officer of GNZ, in a statement.

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Police threaten arrest of ‘openly Jewish’ man near pro-Palestine march

Last Saturday in London, the leader of the Campaign Against Antisemitism was prevented from crossing a road near a pro-Palestine demonstration. A supporter of antisemitism was threatened with arrest mere yards from a pro-Palestine march, with one Metropolitan Police officer characterising his presence as "antagonising."

G7 nations criticise Chinese funding for Russia’s weapons industry

The "strong concern" expressed by foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) nations regarding transferring weapon components and materials from Chinese enterprises to Russia in preparation for its military offensive in Ukraine has been documented. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken exhorted his counterparts on Friday at a meeting on the Italian island of Capri to increase pressure on China, which the United States accuses of assisting Russia's war effort by supplying critical components for weaponry.

Israel’s attack on Iran: Crisis demonstrates Iran-Israel miscommunication

The Israeli assault on Iran did not elicit the severe reaction that Western leaders, including US President Joe Biden, had anticipated. They have been advocating for Israel to establish a clear boundary in the perilous sequence of occurrences that commenced on April 1 with the assassination of a senior Iranian general in Damascus by Israel. The conflict in Gaza has persisted for over six months after the Hamas assaults on Israel, and it has extended to the vicinity encompassing the Lebanon-Israel border and the Gulf.

Saga boosted by ocean and river cruise demand

New results indicate that Saga's cruise and travel divisions returned to profitability in 2018 due to a significant increase in demand. According to preliminary annual results, the group's ocean cruise division generated an underlying pre-tax profit of £35.5 million in the year ending in January, compared to a loss of £700,000 in the prior year. The organisation stated, "Bookings for ocean cruises continue to be exceptionally robust, and we have already secured a 78% load factor and £3,679 per diem for 2024/25."