Scottish League Cup draw sees Hearts face Inverness in group

Hearts thrashed Inverness 5-1 in August 2016 The Scottish League Cup draw has pitted Hearts against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the northern Group C. Hearts did not get past the group stage last year finishing third overall in a group with Dunfermline, Peterhead, East Fife and Elgin City. ⚽🏆 | Have a read below to see how the #BetfredCup First Round Group Stage draw works. pic.twitter.com/ojEIk8SQth — SPFL (@spfl) May 25, 2018 Inverness, who lost to Aberdeen in the 2014 final on penalties, failed to qualify for the second round…

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Joe Denly’s List A career-best seals Kent victory as Durham claim first One-Day Cup win

Joe Denly has scored seven List A centuries in his career so far Joe Denly struck an unbeaten List A career-best 150, having earlier taken 4-56, as Kent sealed a convincing four-wicket win over Glamorgan at Canterbury in the One-Day Cup. The all-rounder helped bowl the visitors out for 274 in 49.3 overs, as Nick Sleman top-scored with 92 and Australian batsman Shaun Marsh hit 45. Denly, batting at three, came to the crease for the hosts in the fourth over after Daniel Bell-Drummond was trapped lbw by Ruaidhri Smith…

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David Beckham begs Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane to beat Liverpool

Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham played together at Real Madrid Former England midfielder David Beckham has begged his former Real Madrid team-mate Zinedine Zidane to beat Liverpool in Saturday night’s Champions League final. Madrid are aiming for their third consecutive Champions League title – a feat that has not been achieved before – but they must beat Jurgen Klopp’s side in Kiev. Beckham played in Madrid alongside the Frenchmen from 2003 to 2006 – the latter year Zidane decided to retire from international and club football. Beckham won the La…

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Harry Arter hints his future could lie away from Bournemouth

Harry Arter has hinted his future could lie away from Bournemouth but has not ruled out staying with the Cherries next season. The midfielder is on Republic of Ireland duty, for their friendlies with France and the USA, after not kicking a ball for his club since January, with a succession of injuries seeing him lose his place and then fall out of favour with manager Eddie Howe. Arter has three years remaining on his contract at the Vitality Stadium and insists he would have no problem staying and fighting…

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Brighton agree deal for Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone

Florin Andone scored six goals in 29 La Liga games last season Brighton have agreed a deal to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone for a fee understood to be £5.25m. The Romanian will join the club on a five-year contract once the window opens for international transfers on June 8. Andone, 25, had a £17.5m release clause in his Deportivo contract, but the Spanish side’s relegation from La Liga is believed to have seen that cut to just £5.25m. He has made 69 appearances for Deportivo, scoring 18…

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Peterborough’s Conor O’Malley puts exams on hold for Republic of Ireland

Conor O’Malley has made nine appearances for Peterborough Peterborough goalkeeper Conor O’Malley has been drafted into the Republic of Ireland squad and puts his exams on hold. O’Malley has been called in for their friendlies against France and the United States with senior men Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot and Keiren Westwood all out injured. The 23-year-old headed for English football last summer after he graduated from Maynooth University in Mathematics while he played for St Patrick’s Athletic. Speaking on his call-up he said: “It’s once to have it [his degree]…

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Jurgen Klopp says Champions League is in Liverpool’s DNA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned Real Madrid that their experience of playing in Champions League finals will only take them so far on Saturday. Real are bidding to win the Champions League for the third successive year and Klopp admits that may give them a psychological edge prior to kick-off in Kiev on Saturday night. However, the German also pointed out that the teams have not met competitively during that period and Liverpool’s own record in Europe is not to be sniffed at as they chase a sixth crown.…

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Petra Kvitova will be among the favourites for the French Open after four WTA titles in 2018

Petra Kvitova will be fully rested in time for the French Open Even among sport’s most compelling narratives, you’d be hard pressed to find a comeback quite as moving, impressive, and delightedly-received as Petra Kvitova’s. In the process of fighting off a knife-wielding assailant in her own home in December 2016, employing the courage which makes her one of the game’s most formidably aggressive players, the two-time Wimbledon Champion suffered damage to tendons in each of the fingers of her playing hand. Thank you for all your messages. As you…

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Late decision over Defoe Curragh run

Defoe – late decision over whether he runs at the Curragh Roger Varian will make a late call as to whether to let Defoe take his chance in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on Sunday. The Newmarket trainer plans to walk the course on the day of the race before making his decision. Speaking to Tattersalls, Varian said: “Defoe has been declared to run in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, but his participation will depend on how quick the ground is and I intend to walk the course on…

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Peterborough sign Dundee midfielder Mark O’Hara

Dundee’s Mark O’Hara celebrates his goal to put Dundee ahead Peterborough have signed former Scotland U21 international midfielder Mark O’Hara from Dundee. Both clubs announced they had agreed a compensation package for the 22-year-old, whose contract expires at Dens Park next month, but he commanded a fee because of his age. The former Kilmarnock player has signed a three-year deal with the Sky Bet League One club, becoming the fourth new arrival at the ABAX stadium this summer. O’Hara, who can also play at right-back, told Posh’s club website: “I…

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