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Predicted Coventry City team meets QPR

The Sky Blues get back into action at the Coventry Building Society Arena this weekend when they take on fourth-placed QPR (Author: Gardener)

QPRThe Sky Blues get back into action at the Coventry Building Society Arena this weekend when they take on fourth-placed QPR. Will Coventry City new signing Jake Bidwell be thrown straight into the field to make his debut against QPR? Team news, game updates and analysis straight to your inboxSomething went wrong, please try again later. Thank you for signing up. We have more newsletters. Show me Coventry City return to the CBS Arena this weekend, buoyed by a magnificent win and a new player to their ranks. The Sky Blues bounced back to Championship form with a 4-1 win at Peterborough United - a result that should restore much confidence after their first league double of the season. And while that feat was accomplished against a recently promoted club from League One struggling to make their way in League Two, Posh has been impressive at home and far from weak against some of the division's top teams. This Saturday's game against fourth-placed Queens Park Rangers will certainly test City's play-off credentials as Mark Robins' men look to fight their way back into contention in the second half of the season. He surprised some last weekend when he kept Ben Wilson in goal in front of number 1 Simon Moore, insisting the former had earned his place after his previous two performances against Millwall and Derby County. As for the back three, Kyle McFadzean returned to the matchday squad at London Road but was an unused substitute on the day as Michael Rose continued to occupy the central berth after an admirable performance against the Rams. Dom Hyam is also enjoying impressive form down the right, while Jake Clarke-Salter has been playing brilliantly since returning from an Achilles injury and finally seems to be bringing some consistency to his game - all making it another difficult selection. McFadzean has been Robins' player of the season so far and with three games in eight days next week, maybe a bit of squad rotation might come to mind. Todd Kane is a shoo-in at right-back, his stellar recent form says, and will likely be ahead of Fankaty Dabo in the pecking order when the former Chelsea prospect returns from injury, the player who is currently out for up to a month with a groin problem. Ian Maatsen is also out for up to a month on the opposite side, where Jordan Shipley showed some heroic deeds last weekend when he provided emergency cover and it remains to be seen whether the City boss will stay with him or throw in new signing Jake Bidwell straight into his full debut against his former club. Use the widget below to select your preferred team for QPR: Given his experience and the fact that he's played for Swansea for most of the season so far, there's a good chance he will. Central midfield berths are choosing themselves at the moment, with both Gustavo Hamer and Ben Sheaf in excellent form at Peterborough at a time when skipper Liam Kelly is trying to get back up to speed after a period of isolation. The other big decision is which formation to go up against Rangers. Robins has successfully deployed a boxing midfield in the last two games and if he continues that policy this weekend Callum O'Hare and Jamie Allen are expected to be deployed behind the lone striker. Matty Godden, who took his season tally to ten last weekend, is City's first-choice striker, while Viktor Gyokeres looked lively and back on form as he continued at Peterborough and set up his partner for his second goal. And that pairing will be favorites when Robins deploy a 3-4-1-2 formation, with Martyn Waghorn providing off-bench support in a week when Tyler Walker is on half-season loan at League One Portsmouth.

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Epstein's associate is expected to seek a retrial today after Prince Andrew doc

Ghislaine Maxwell news: Epstein staffer expected to seek retrial after Prince Andrew document today - Follow Latest Updates (Author: Gardener)

Prince AndrewConvicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is expected to file a motion for a retrial after a jury revealed after her conviction that he was a victim of sexual abuse. The disgraced British socialite's legal team was reportedly to file court papers requesting a new trial after she was convicted in December on five counts of assisting Jeffrey Epstein in sexually abusing girls as young as 14. After the trial, juror Scotty David told The Independent that he had been a victim of childhood sexual abuse and that he shared his experiences with other jurors. A second juror also came forward to tell the New York Times that they too had been sexually abused as children. According to The Mail on Sunday, Maxwell's legal team also believes they have found a third juror in the trial who did not disclose his own history of abuse on his jury questionnaire. Meanwhile, two acquaintances told an ITV documentary that Prince Andrew and Maxwell could have been more than just friends. Former Buckingham Palace Royal Guard Paul Page and Euan Rellie, who knew Maxwell from university, both hinted the couple's relationship was closer than previously thought. Prince Andrew is facing a civil lawsuit in New York alleging sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre and has firmly denied all allegations against him. Prince Andrew's representatives remained silent when asked by The Independent about the claims made by the ITV documentary. As Scotty David's original article appeared in The Independent Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Pedophile: Five things we learned from the new documentary What were Prince Andrew's connections to Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein? This is how the original article appeared in The Independent Wednesday 19 January 2022 5:43 PM , Graeme Massie This is how the original article with Scotty David appeared in The Independent earlier this month. "For those who have testified, for those who have come forward and for those who have found refuge not coming forward. I'm glad Maxwell was held accountable," a juror in Maxwell's sex trafficking trial told Lucia Osborne-Crowley. The Maxwell juror opens up to The Independent: "This verdict applies to all victims." Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell may have been in a relationship, a former friend claims Wednesday January 19, 2022 5:58 p.m. Graeme Massie Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, revealing claims the convicted sex trafficker was in and out of Buckingham Palace at will. Through a series of interviews with members of her community, associates and victims of Epstein and Maxwell, host Ranvir Singh revealed the story of the billionaire heiress and her ultimate child sex crimes trial. Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell may have been in a relationship, an ex-boyfriend claims. What connections did Prince Andrew have with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein? Wednesday 19 Jan 2022 6:16pm Graeme Massie ICYMI: Prince Andrew's presence at Ghislaine Maxwell's trial was most clearly felt in a photograph in which he was absent. US Government Exhibit GX-347 featured a picture of Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein on a porch seat in the grounds of the Queen's Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands. What connections did Prince Andrew have with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein? How Prince Andrew's Legal Defense Sparked Victim Blaming and Gaslighting Allegations Wednesday 19 January 2022 18:54 , Graeme Massie Details of Prince Andrew's planned defense of the sexual assault lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre have led to "victim blaming" and "gaslighting" allegations ' after his lawyers requested his accuser's mental health records — including confidential notes from her counseling sessions. It emerged last week that the king is facing a civil trial over allegations that he sexually assaulted Ms Giuffre in 2001 when she was just 17 - old. Allegations of victim-blaming and gaslighting plague Prince Andrew Wednesday 19 Jan 2022 7:18pm , Graeme Massie Convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is expected to file a motion for a retrial after a jury revealed after her sentencing that he was a victim The legal team for the disgraced British celebrity was reportedly destined to file court papers requesting a new trial after being convicted in December of five counts of complicity in the sexual abuse of girls as young as 14 by Jeffrey Epstein had been found guilty. After the trial, juror Scotty David told The Independent he had been a victim of childhood sexual abuse and shared his experiences with other jurors. He has since said he doesn't even remember the question asked on the jury form he filled out and says he answered honestly if he did. Maxwell's attorneys say he failed to provide the court with this information when he filled out a jury questionnaire before she was selected for the panel. Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison if she is convicted later this year Legal experts told Reuters there are no guarantees Maxwell will be granted a retrial, as this usually happens in cases where a juror has deliberately lied to order to be selected. Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Pedophile: Five things we learned from new documentary 01:01, Graeme Massie ICYMI: How British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell awaits conviction for soliciting and trafficking girls for the late Jeffrey Epstein for abuse , an ITV documentary has chronicled the story of the disgraced couple through exclusive interviews with the financier's friends, survivors and staff, which have resulted in unsavory new revelations about her relationship with Prince Andrew. Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Pedophile: Five things we learned from the documentary

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Newcastle United fans actually think these things should happen...

I do not believe it! Newcastle United fans actually think these things should happen... (Author: Gardener)

Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United fans actually think these things should happen... No two Newcastle United fans think the same. There will always be a wide range of opinions, for example if you're in the pub before a game you take in pretty much every angle of our club and you'll find someone who disagrees! Opinions are at the heart of being a football fan, sharing them and arguing with your buddies about them until all the bars close and you have to go home. Having said that, I have to admit that I've found three opinions quite bizarre since Saturday's game against Watford. It's all a matter of opinion Of course, BUT I think all three things that (some!) Newcastle United fans would like to see would be tantamount to turning around and smashing the ball into their own net. It's one of the few ways this Newcastle team haven't found so far to concede a goal this season a selection of some of the comments I've seen online about ASM since Watford. "Allan Saint-Maximin is a luxury player and we can't have that at the moment. "He doesn't get there 9 times out of 10." "Performance and fitness need improvement, as does Saint-Maximin's work ethic." "Needs to be benched and used as an impact sub. Unreliable.” I love the way some Newcastle United fans talk as if there are some brilliant players/alternatives who are amazingly overlooked. ASM is the only player running with the ball, the only one creating anything on a regular basis, while now with Wilson injured he's the only goalscorer until, hopefully, Wood starts shooting. Newcastle have scored just 20 goals in 22 games this season, Wilson 6, ASM 5, nobody else more than 1! Since the 20 the 3-3 with Brentford, apart from goals from Wilson and ASM, the only other goal in the last nine games has been that of Shelvey at Liverpool. Of the last six goals Newcastle have scored, ASM have three, Wilson has two and Shelvey has one. People seem to see Almiron as the obvious replacement and I really liked the Almiron we saw under Rafa in those early days. The Paraguayan hasn't scored or assisted a single goal this season and if he doesn't score against Leeds on Saturday it will be over a year since Almiron's last PL goal (3-2 win over Southampton - 6 February 2021) was achieved. Of the 20 goals this season, ASM was directly involved in 40% of them (eight), providing five and three assists. As such, a sizeable minority of Newcastle United fans would like to drop the only fit player to score and create in this team/squad currently... Only nine games in the Premier League, some Newcastle United fans think this is the way to go... "I would fire Eddie Howe, but the owners wouldn't know how to find anyone else." "Eddie Howe had to find a solution with these players and he can't." I don't care what anyone says, the accomplishments are clearly better under Howe compared to the nonsense we saw under Bruce. If you can't see that... I don't know what you're seeing. Newcastle have lost four PL games since Howe arrived, away to Liverpool, Leicester and Arsenal, home of Man City. The other five PL games were a win over Burnley and draws against Brentford, Norwich, Watford and Man Utd. Newcastle United could and should have won all four draws but Eddie Howe has been undermined by things beyond his control. In other words, once the players go onto the pitch (the players he inherited and could only choose from, apart from Trippier and Wood last weekend), Howe can't play the game for them. Two goals against Brentford were due to Darlow's mistakes and then Joelinton failed with a one-on-one at the very end when ASM ran off the halfway line and put it on his plate. While Newcastle were far the better team against Man Utd but didn't create many chances, Lascelles again defended poorly for Cavani's equaliser. Darlow, Anderson, Lewis, Krafth, Willock, Ritchie, Murphy, Almiron. Two goalies, a teenager who has never started a PL game, Lewis who wasn't fit enough to be in it, Krafth and Ritchie are so poor, Murphy clearly isn't good enough, Almiron is none as described above credible option, while Willock has been sad this season and hit a new low when he came on as a substitute against Cambridge. The team chose Eddie Howe on Saturday and NOT in a good way! Everton fans finally got their wish on Sunday. However… “I would sack Eddie Howe and bring in Rafa Benitez. "We failed to win 3 competitive games." I love Rafa, he did a great job at Newcastle in the most difficult of Mike Ashley's circumstances is history now. If the acquisition had happened in the summer, I'm sure Benitez would have been the choice of the NUFC owners. I am sure that with a proper summer of recruitment, Newcastle United would not be in the mess they are in now and Rafa would still be in a job, at NUFC. However, circumstances change things and Rafa's opportunities at Newcastle United, at least such a manager, are now gone. He was treated very badly at Goodison, especially the way Everton fans have acted disgracefully. However, the chaos they find themselves in on the pitch must see Rafa shouldering a lot of responsibility despite the lack of funds he faced for new players over the summer. Everton have won just one of their last 13 Premier League games, losing nine and drawing three. It would be crazy to ditch Eddie Howe now and even worse to replace him with someone who has had such a nightmare at another club. I hope Rafa Benitez recovers because I think he's one of the good guys and he's done well for us Newcastle United fans but that recovery has to come from elsewhere as we've all moved on. If you would like to appear in The Mag, send your article to [email protected]Everton warning to Newcastle United owners that cannot be ignored. "A perfect management solution is now possible at Newcastle United." Newcastle United in talks with 2 centre-backs: Hope to finish before the weekend - reportSteve Bruce Newcastle sacked vs Rafa Benitez Everton sacked - Very mixed media coverageDiego Carlos has now asked to leave Sevilla , so he can move to Newcastle United – Sky Sports you may also like a perfect manager solution now has an opportunity at Newcastle United'Everton warning for Newcastle United owners that cannot be ignoredThe Newcastle United left winger, who was the best of them all By submitting your details, you consent to The Mag sending you email marketing communications and processing personal information. By submitting your details, you consent to The Mag sending you email marketing communications and processing personal information. By submitting your details, you consent to The Mag sending you email marketing communications and processing personal information. 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UFC 270 Odds, Underdogs and Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 270 taking place this weekend (Sat, Jan. 22, 2022) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, including best bets, underdogs, favorites and more! (Author: Gardener)

270It's a night of extremes at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California this Saturday (January 1). The newly priced pay-per-view (PPV) main card (details here) will also see Michel Pereira in a duel against debutant Andre Fialho of welterweight knockout machines and top bantamweight prospect Said Nurmagomedov returns to fight against returning dangerous veteran Cody Stamann. Need some dough to make all those New Year's resolutions come true? Well, I can't say that's how I wanted to start the year. Like I said last time I recommended a bet on Barcelos, he basically beat Victor Henry everywhere. Sharper hands, better wrestling, superior submissions, you name it. All Henry really has in his favor is that he's difficult to finish, but I can't keep in mind that Barcelos ever slowed down due to the early stoppage. Della Maddalena has held her own against tough Aussie opponents and absolutely dominated the Contender Series. In other words, Della Maddalena by mangle. Gravely has his share of red flags, but Saimon Oliveira's poor takedown defense makes this a hugely winnable fight for him. The Brazilian was torn apart on the mat in his most recent loss by Ary Farias and while he's got strength and a good guillotine, Gravely's massive wrestling edge seems like too much to overcome. Same as last time with Juarez - she's a better forward than Demopoulos who lacks the takedown skills to bring her dangerous submissions to fruition... Not to cut but Frevola basically does what Genaro Valdez does only better. He's the stronger wrestler and cleaner forward by default, and while Valdez is the more durable of the two, he's superior everywhere else. Jasmine Jasudavicius often neglects her considerable size and reach in favor of clinching and wrestling, areas where Hansen greatly outperformed her. Even when Jasudavicius tries to punch, she couldn't keep the range in her Contender Series fight against Julia Polastri, who has almost the same proportions as Hansen. Hansen should either throw them around for an early sub or a unilateral decision. Thoughts: The main and co-main fights are far too volatile to invest in and while Michel Pereira almost certainly beats Andre Fialho, the latter has a ridiculous power that could turn things around in an instant. Admittedly, Cody Stamann is a lot better than I usually give him credit for, but Nurmagomedov has big plans. The Dagestani has significant size and range advantages alongside his more versatile offense, and he's no loser in wrestling either; He was on track to beat one of the division's best grapplers at Raoni Barcelos before executing an unwise spinning kick in the third. Yes, Vieira's collapse against Anthony Hernandez was an all-time disaster, but that's no reason to make him an easy favorite against a weaker grappler. * Parlay - Jack Della Maddalena and Said Nurmagomedov: Wager $60 to earn $62.40. Will UFC 270 be a fun map? Is it worth the new price? You have to decide that. See you Saturday, maniacs. Remember, MMAmania.com will be providing LIVE round-by-round, shot-by-shot coverage of the entire fight map of UFC 270 right here, starting with the early ESPN+ "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. ET, then remaining undercard balance on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, ahead of the main PPV map start time at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV. For the latest and greatest UFC 270: Ngannou vs. Gane news and notes, check out our comprehensive event archive right here.

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"You will never be forgiven if Derby County goes bust," say EFL MPs

The Government has announced Sport Minister Nigel Huddleston has stepped into Derby County's financial crisis after MPs in Parliament raised concerns and rebuked the EFL. (Author: Gardener)

EFLSport Secretary Nigel Huddleston has ordered the EFL to work harder and faster to resolve the financial crisis that threatens to engulf Derby County and put the club out of business within weeks. The Government announced Mr Huddleston has stepped in after MPs in Parliament raised concerns and rebuked the EFL for their lack of urgency as time is running out. Former Foreign Secretary and Derby South MP Margaret Beckett insisted no one in the Football League would ever forgive them if they let the Rams go under. The EFL have given Derby a deadline of February 1 to prove they have the means to complete the season and are believed to need around £5million. At the same time, two unresolved legal claims from Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers act as an obstacle for the club to find a buyer and exit administration. Supporters and MPs fear that if the EFL's deadline is enforced without a buyer clearing the way, Derby County will run out of time and money and the club, founded in 1884, will slide into liquidation. Conservative MP for Mid Derbyshire Pauline Latham, who secured the urgent question in the House of Commons that sparked yesterday's debate, said: "Derby County Football Club must not be removed from the English Football League (EFL) on 1 February. "Is the Minister satisfied that the EFL is acting fast enough? to solve the football debt problem before the deadline, or will they extend it? Culture Secretary Chris Philp, deputizing for Mr Huddleston, said "urgent pragmatism" was required from the governing body, the administrators (Quantuma) and the Rams. He said: "We would like the EFL to work urgently and pragmatically and quickly to resolve these outstanding issues which stand in the way of a takeover by a new owner who we hope will provide the money needed to turn the club around can invest. “He [Sport Secretary Nigel Huddleston] is pushing the EFL very hard on these points. “We should be aware that the governance surrounding the administration of Derby County Football Club is a matter for the EFL, the Administrator and the club. Derby have been in administration since September after former owner Mel Morris ran into huge debts in a reckless gamble to gain promotion to the Premier League. But instead of the top-flight riches, Derby found themselves in the ankle, administration and a relegation battle after the league imposed a 21-point deduction on the EST Midlands club. No one disputes that the point deduction - for going into administration and violating financial rules - was justified. However, Middlesbrough are demanding compensation estimated at around £40million, claiming Derby 'cheated' the financial rules and missing Boro a play-off spot in 2020 Rules Wycombe Wanderers owner Rob Couhig has a lawsuit filed against Derby County. Wycombe also wants compensation, estimated at around £5million, and claims Derby's breach of financial rules sent them to League One. Any Derby County buyer will face huge debts, but the prospects, which include former chairman Andy Appleby, ex-Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and a mysterious bidder, do not want to accept liability for the unresolved claims. The EFL are accused of not doing enough to break the impasse as time is running out quickly. The first step is to determine whether Middlesbrough and Wycombe will be treated as football creditors as part of the administrative process. Margaret Beckett, who served in Tony Blair's government and as leader of the opposition, said she met with the EFL when the club went into administration and was assured that they "have a serious desire to resolve this matter." to solve". "Should this happen inadvertently because the Football League was unable to remove the obstacles that seem to be putting so much in Derby County's path at the moment, none of the participants will be forgiven," said Ms. Beckett. Julian Knight, the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport selection committee, pointed out that the EFL has itself benefited from financial support during the Covid crisis. "With that in mind, the EFL has a duty to show decency and understanding to Derby County, a former league champion club, in this hour of need," he said. Meanwhile, Middlesbrough has issued a strong statement defending their right to compensation. The former Foreign Secretary and Derby South MP has said EFL will never be forgiven if Derby go bankrupt. Boro points out that they originally made their claim in May 2019 because Derby had 'systematically cheated', breaking English Football League financial rules in previous seasons. "The administrators' arguments have a certain inconsistency," Boro said. “For one thing, there is no prospect of the claim being successful, so there is no risk for a new owner. But on the other hand, the liquidator apparently cannot find a new owner because he will not proceed without the claim being settled, presumably because it is valid and could succeed. 'If the lawsuit has no prospect of success, MFC does not understand why a new owner would settle the matter by accepting that the arbitrator's award should be honored.' The Boro Statement made it clear that it "does not wish to see Derby County liquidated and that MFC is happy to be realistic in its expectations of Derby County leaving administration". To do this, however, the administrators would have to accept the merits of Boros' claim. The EFL said they were determined to resolve "a complex legal position" regarding the club's future. A statement said: "The current situation remains challenging as Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers believe their claims should be protected under the provisions of the Insolvency Directive. The EFL added that Derby County considers the claims to be "false", but current bidders "do not appear willing to take the risk of defending them".

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Gameplay for day four, when does Emma play Raducanu and who is her opponent?

Everything you need to know about this year's Australian Open, including the latest schedule and progress from Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray (Author: Gardener)

EmmaRaducanu defeated Sloane Stephens in the first round on Tuesday. Emma Raducanu resumes her Australian Open campaign on Thursday morning when she meets Danka Kovinic of Montenegro. After a three-set fight in the first round, the 19-year-old is hoping for a much more direct match at Margaret Court Arena and is setting up a match with her idol Simona Halep in the third round if she beats Beatriz Haddad Maia. Elsewhere, Andy Murray is back in action against Japan's Taro Daniel. "He's a solid player, moves very well," said Murray. Raducanu and Murray are two of four British players to advance to the second round along with Dan Evans and Heather Watson. Watson struggled in 2021 but has started this season with a renewed enthusiasm for the sport and impressed in beating Mayar Sherif in round one. Now she gets another shot at the 29th seed and last year's French Open semi-finalist Tamara Zidansek, against whom she lost a very close match in Adelaide last week. Evans, who continued his excellent start to the year by passing David Goffin on round one, meets another in-form player in Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech. Raducanu meets Danka Kovinic from Montenegro on Thursday. The 27-year-old Kovinic, a former top 50 player, is now just inside the top 100. She defeated Korean qualifier Jang Su-jeong in a sizzling first-round match on Tuesday, taking her three hours and nine minutes to complete 6: 3, 2-6, 6-4 win. A strong baseline hitter who prefers clay, Kovinic has 38 first-round winners, but also has 57 unforced errors and is prone to rollovers. She has been playing on the WTA Tour since 2013 and became the first player in her country to qualify for the French Open the following year. She is also the first player from Montenegro to reach a tour-level final. She achieved some of the best results of her career on clay last April when she reached the Charleston Open final after beating top-30 players Ons Jabeur and Petra Kvitova and overtaking US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez. It has proven she is more than capable of scaling against high-profile opponents but reaching the second round in Melbourne equals her best result at a Major and last year she completed two weeks of tough quarantine only to go 6-0, 6- getting hit. 0 to Ash Barty in 44 minutes. While that result will be a distant memory, it could be a sign of how Kovinic could hold his own on a showcourt against a high-profile opponent like Raducanu. Kovinic also lost in straight sets to Britain's No. 2 Heather Watson in the Adelaide qualifier last week and Raducanu is 17th seeded favorite to advance to the third round on Thursday. After surviving a tough five-setter on Tuesday, Andy Murray has a relatively sweet second-round draw on paper against Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel, who is seven places below him at 120th. Daniel's 7-6(1), 6-1, 6-1 victory over qualifier Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera was only his first at a major in three years. 3 Murray's body will hold up after his five-set thriller. The pair faced each other before, in a Davis Cup tie in 2016 when Murray was at the peak of his career, comfortably winning in straight sets. Alexander Zverev believes there are likely to be more players at the Australian Open who have tested positive for Covid-19, but they will not be tested, the third seed said on Wednesday. France's Ugo Humbert said earlier on Wednesday he had tested positive for the coronavirus a day after his first-round loss to compatriot Richard Gasquet, forcing him to isolate in Australia for a week. Players must be fully vaccinated to compete in the Australian Open, a rule that forced the government to deport world number one Novak Djokovic due to his unvaccinated status. "We're allowed to go outside to eat, we're allowed to do what we want, so I think it's natural that more people get Covid," Zverev told reporters after beating Australia's John Millman in straight sets in the second round had dealt with. "I think some players had it when they arrived. I think quite a lot of players have it now. We don't get tested so I think if we did get tested there would probably be more positives than there are now." Where is the Australian Open? Where is the Australian Open? The Australian Open is held at Melbourne Park in Victoria. Andy Murray vs. Taro Daniel: At his peak in 2016, Murray sent in straight sets with Daniel in their only previous meeting But the test for Murray now will be how his body holds up against the Japanese qualifier after surviving five brutal sets in the first round Emma Raducanu [17] vs Danka Kovinic: Raducanu's opponent, Kovinic ranked 98th from Montenegro, is a decent baseline hitter and a former top 50 player, but usually prefers clay when he wants to cause an upset Dan Evans [24] vs Arthur Rinderknech: Although Evans is the favorite for the first meeting between the two, proved France's Rinderknech at number 48 said he was on form after reaching the final in Adelaide last week Heather Watson v Tamara Zidansek [29]: O Although Watson pushed Slovenia's Zidansek to three sets in Adelaide last week, she needs to be at her best on Thursday to progress. Who is missing from the Australian Open? Two of the sport's biggest names - Roger Federer and Serena Williams - were absent from Melbourne as they continue to recover from injuries that disrupted their 2021 season. And of course Novak Djokovic will also be absent, meaning it will be the first time since 1999 that an Australian Open will be played without the Serb or Federer. 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu is also absent as she takes a break from the tour, while former British No. 1 Jo Konta announced her retirement from tennis in November. How to watch Australian Open 2022 on TV Eurosport has the broadcast rights to live action from Melbourne. 250 hours of live coverage will be broadcast, with Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 geared towards showing the best matches at Rod Laver Arena.

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You're not welcome, say Celtic fans to Denis O'Brien amid Actavo payments dispute

Denis O'Brien was targeted by Celtic fans who protested the pay of workers at his construction company during the Glasgow team's first home game since restrictions on going to games in Scotland were lifted. O'Brien, one of Ireland's richest men, owns a minority stake in Celtic (Author: Gardener)

Denis O'BrienDenis O'Brien was targeted by Celtic fans who protested the pay of workers at his construction company during the Glasgow side's first home game since restrictions on attending games in Scotland were lifted. O'Brien, one of Ireland's wealthiest men, owns a minority stake in Celtic through a company called Telsar Holdings. During Monday night's Celtic league game against Hibernian, supporters held up a banner reading 'Denis O'Brien not welcome to Celtic FC' and called for support for the scaffolding workers at O'Brien's Actavo company who were on strike. More than 60 Actavo workers at a British Steel site in Scunthorpe have taken industrial action since October 2021 over allegations that O'Brien's company pays them between 10 and 15 per cent less than the national agreement for the engineering construction industry. Workers and their supporters, such as the Unite union, are increasingly targeting O'Brien, the majority owner of Actavo, formerly known as Siteserv. Dougie Main, a Celtic supporter involved with the Celtic Support the Scaffs group, which organized the protest at Monday's home game, said he believes O'Brien's actions and views are at odds with the views of the majority of the Celtic fans stood. He helped organize the protest because he wants supporters to join the fight against the "race to the bottom" on workers' pay. "This is one of the richest men in Ireland and his company has decided it will not pay the minimum wage for the sector, which has been set out in a national agreement," Main said. “Most supporters, be they engineers, teachers or other workers, have their wages protected by national agreements. We don't think Denis O'Brien should be able to use his connection to Celtic as something to mention on the golf course because he's treating workers and undermining those agreements. Main, who said he has a union background, said his group distributed about 5,000 flyers calling on fans to support the striking Actavo workers. Unite, which operates in both Ireland and the UK, held an event in Dublin in December at which union activists dressed up as Scrooge to publicly criticize O'Brien over the wage dispute. Unite has also announced that it will ask organizations such as Trinity College Dublin to reconsider its relationship with Actavo over the salary issue. The union has also distributed leaflets to supporters of Leinster, a rugby team that O'Brien has helped financially, to raise awareness of alleged underpayment of Actavo workers. O'Brien's purchase of Actavo from the state's IBRC in 2012 has been the subject of a commission of inquiry since 2015. An Actavo spokesman said: “Actavo is aware of ongoing industrial action by members of Unite. The industrial action affects our workforce at British Steel who provide scaffolding services at the Scunthorpe site in Lincolnshire, UK. “While Unite states that the current situation 'breaks' the NAECI (National Agreement Engineering and Construction Industry) agreement, the NAECI agreement does not apply. We are aware that Unite has agreed the current tariffs on a local collective bargaining basis. The hourly rate of around £15 is broadly in line with the national average for scaffolding work in the steel industry, we believe. Since the industrial action began on October 4, 2021, there have been numerous inaccurate reports in the media and online against Actavo. The Company has made every effort to work with Unite on this matter and continues to work in good faith with Unite and together is keen to work towards negotiations towards an agreement.”

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Kheerat steps in to help Chelsea defeat Killer Gray in EastEnders

Desperate to buy Chelsea some time, Kheerat tries to get Gray to confess to his crimes while she's gone. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaKheerat Panesar (Jaz Deol) is a man on a mission in EastEnders - he has sworn to jail the evil Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) and he is willing to do anything to make it happen. Kheerat was, of course, in love with Gray's late wife, Chantelle. Over Christmas, Whitney (Shona McGarty) discovered Gray's long history of abusing Chantelle when she read Chantelle's posts on a domestic violence forum. When she shared this information with Kheerat, he burst into tears realizing how much Chantelle had suffered at Grey's hands. He and Whitney quickly discovered that Gray was responsible for Chantelle's death, and the two are determined that Gray will not escape justice for what he did. They play a cautious game, however, as they must also protect Chelsea (Zaraah Abrahams) from Gray's manipulation and violence while trying to get the evidence they need. Kheerat is eager to get Chelsea away from Gray and will organize an apartment for Chelsea and Jordan to escape to in upcoming episodes. In order to get Gray away from the square while Chelsea relaxes, Kheerat offers to give him a ride to the hospital. While they're there, he does his best to get Gray to confess.

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Andy Murray is working to finish matches faster at the Australian Open

Murray is looking to get into the third round smoothly in Melbourne (Author: Gardener)

Andy MurrayAndy Murray is enjoying the kind of five-set epic that got him into the second round of the Australian Open, but he'd happily take a boring three-setter against Taro Daniel on Thursday. Murray marked his return to Melbourne Park in typically dramatic fashion by beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in almost four hours - the third close match he has had against the Georgian in six months. But it's not just Basilashvili who finds a difficult opponent for Murray and the Scot has spent a great deal of time contemplating how best to try to be more efficient on the pitch. He said: "Obviously in some of the games I've played I wouldn't expect that I'd necessarily win in straight sets, even if I was playing at my peak. “A match like (Basilashvili) against someone who is in their 20s is always going to be difficult. “That's where I had this discussion with my team and we talked about trying to shorten games and finding ways to play points quicker. "It's difficult to find the balance because if I'm playing 20 in world-level tennis at the moment then those games are going to be very, very competitive and difficult when I'm playing someone who's in the top 50 to win. “If you're trying to play a different style of tennis and you're trying to cut points and everything, and maybe you're making a few more mistakes or not breaking serves as often, that can also lengthen games. “If I play my style of play but play at a higher level, I think I have the best chance of cutting games short. "Looking back at a lot of my games in 2015, 2016 I was pretty efficient and disciplined when I had opportunities and when I was in front of the guys I finished them quickly. "At the moment the games are maybe a little tighter because I'm not quite playing at that level. So if I can keep improving my level, hopefully I can shorten some of the games.” On paper, Daniel is a much less formidable opponent than Basilashvili. The Japanese qualifier is ranked 120th and took just five games in three sets from Murray in their only previous Davis Cup encounter in 2016. "He's a solid player, moves very well," Murray said. It will be a good test for me to see how I can back up the performance (against Basilashvili).” Murray is one of four British players to have made it to the second round, along with the other Grand Slam Champions Emma Raducanu, Dan Evans and Heather Watson. Watson struggled in 2021 but has started this season with a renewed enthusiasm for the sport and impressed in beating Mayar Sherif in round one. Now she gets another crack at the 29th seed and last year's French Open semi-finalist Tamara Zidansek, against whom she lost a very close match in Adelaide last week. "I'm really looking forward to playing them," said Watson. "I played well in that match, especially in the first set and I just lost my focus and that was all. Evans, who continued his excellent start to the year by passing David Goffin in round one, takes on another in-form player in Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech. The British number two has been working with Argentina coach Sebastian Prieto, Juan Martin Del Potro's longtime mentor, since last spring and has great faith in the partnership. "I was skeptical at first," Evans said. But it worked fine. He's very relaxed. I hope he enjoys it. He's still there. I really enjoy spending time with him. It's a different way of training and looking at the game. It definitely opened my eyes a bit.”

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Any Celtic and Rangers player who could miss the derby showdown due to international call-ups

Some of the top names will not be at Celtic Park as they represent their country around the world. (Author: Gardener)

RangersIt's the biggest game on the Scottish football calendar but could be missing some of the country's biggest stars. And the list of players who won't play for either Rangers or Celtic just keeps getting longer. The clash at the top of the table between rivals Glasgow has been postponed to February 2, which coincides with international matches around the world. The Africa Cup of Nations is in full swing and players from South America, North America and Asia are expected to take part in World Cup qualifiers. In fact, it's really only the UEFA countries NOT playing in late January and early February, leaving Ange Postecoglou and Gio van Bronckhorst on the run when their stars are called. Record Sport take a look at every player who could miss the crucial game at Celtic Park. The Celtic playmaker will almost certainly miss derby day for international action. His national team faces Vietnam and Oman to reach the qualifying spots. Boss Graham Arnold has already confirmed that he feels he needs the midfielder in his squad, who has found his way back to his best form under his old international coach. The Celtic forward faced St Johnstone on Boxing Day and did not feature in the squad against Hibs. Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu has admitted he is unlikely to be able to call up the Celtic star to his squad given his level of fitness, making it unlikely he will be ready for the 27th Arabia clash with China. If he is found fit, Moriyasu is likely to draft him into the squad. He has been capped twice for his national team, most recently against Chile in 2019. Hatate has become an instant fan favorite at Celtic Park after his outstanding performance against Hibs. But could it be that form that gets him derby day? After winning back-to-back J-League titles, he was drafted into the squad for the final round of Japan's World Cup qualifiers. His form is yet to be rewarded with a cap but Moriyasu appears to be in need of the versatile 24-year-old again. Ideguchi has 15 caps but has not been a mainstay for the Japanese team in recent seasons. Although he has been impressive for Gamba Osaka in recent years, he has not been part of an international squad as part of the pre-World Cup squad since 2018. A good run of form at Celtic could change all that after making his debut off the bench against Hibs - but it is from the quartet that he is least likely to get the call at the moment. The centre-back is enjoying a great season in defense for the Hoops and could secure an international recall. The States have a triple header game in World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador, Canada and Honduras from January 28 to February 3. The Rangers forward has previously suffered an insane rebound from international duty but would definitely be another attacking option missing for Gio van Bronckhorst. They play Mexico on January 28th, Panama on January 30th and Costa Rica on February 3rd. Roofe has been a regular in the squad in recent qualifiers and is likely to be called up again. But Rangers fans may be hoping that good form is about to end when the key playmaker risks missing the clash. If they reach the semifinals with the first game on February 2nd, he will definitely be eliminated from the visit to Parkhead. In addition to winning the MLS Cup with New York City FC, he made his debut for the national team at the Gold Cup in July. That impressive record earned him his move to Rangers but could be bad news for Van Bronckhorst. Morelos has been revived with the arrival of new Ibrox boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but that comes at a cost. That caught the attention of coach Reinaldo Rueda and he was called up to the Colombia squad for the first time since the Copa America. He will now be part of the decisive doubles game against Peru on January 28 and Argentina on February 1.

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