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England head coach Eddie Jones extends contract until 2021

Eddie Jones Wednesday, January 17, 2018 England head coach Eddie Jones has been given a two-year contract extension until 2021, the Rugby Football Union has announced. Jones was due to step down after the World Cup but having overseen a remarkable run of 22 wins from 23 Tests, his bosses have decided to lengthen his reign while inserting into the terms of the deal a performance break clause after Japan 2019. “I did not presume I would be asked to stay on but, once the conversations started very recently, it…

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Phil Neville a candidate for England women head coach role

Former Manchester United and England full-back Phil Neville is a contender to take over as England women’s boss. Mo Marley has been in temporary charge since Mark Sampson was sacked following evidence of “inappropriate behaviour” in a previous role in September. But Neville, who has previously coached with Manchester United, Valencia and England Under-21s, would represent a surprise appointment. England are ranked third in the world, with the 2019 World Cup due in France. The Football Association (FA) had planned to appoint a new head coach by the end of…

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Newcastle U23s coach Beardsley takes leave amid racism and bullying allegations

Media playback is not supported on this device Newcastle Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley will take a period of leave while the club investigates allegations of racism and bullying made against him. It comes after Beardsley had discussions with the club on Tuesday. The 56-year-old former Magpies player, who has been in his current role since 2009, faces multiple complaints. One of the complaints of bullying has been made by 22-year-old academy midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni. In a statement, Beardsley’s solicitors said: “Peter Beardsley is aware of inaccurate media reports which…

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Barry Bennell: Ex-football coach a 'predatory paedophile'

Former football coach Barry Bennell was a “predatory and determined paedophile” who abused young boys he trained, a court has heard. The former Crewe Alexandra coach “had pretty much unfettered access” to boys dreaming of a life in the professional game, prosecutors alleged. Liverpool Crown Court was told offences took place between 1979 and 1991. Mr Bennell, 63, who is now known as Richard Jones, denies 48 sex offence charges. Nicholas Johnson QC, prosecuting, told the jury Mr Bennell had worked as a youth football coach in Cheshire, Manchester and…

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England coach Bayliss to leave after 2019 Ashes

Trevor Bayliss will step down as England coach when his contract expires at the end of the 2019 Ashes. The 55-year-old, who was appointed in 2015, has just seen his side beaten 4-0 in Australia, but told England director of cricket Andrew Strauss of his plans a year ago. “I’m contracted to September 2019 and that will see me out,” the Australian told BBC Sport. “I’ve always felt that it’s time for a change around that four-year mark.” He added: “A new voice and a different approach reinvigorates things.” Bayliss…

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Ashes: England coach Trevor Bayliss denies ball-tampering claims in fourth Test

Fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (day four of five) Australia 327 (Warner 103) & 103-2 England 491-9 (Cook 244*) Australia trail by 61 runs Scorecard Coach Trevor Bayliss denied suggestions that England tampered with the ball in the fourth Ashes Test against Australia in Melbourne. Television cameras showed close-ups of James Anderson working on the ball during Australia’s second innings on day four. “I went to the umpires and there is no problem from their point of view,” Bayliss told BBC Test Match Special. “You are allowed to clean…

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Houston Astros first base coach recovering well after emergency brain surgery

Houston Astros‘ first base coach Rich Dauer miraculously beat the odds when he survived an emergency brain surgery on the day of the team’s World Series celebration. As the team paraded through the streets of downtown Houston on Nov. 3 in honor of its first-ever championship title, coach Rich Dauer suddenly began staggering and collapsed on stage during the official ceremony. The 65-year-old was rushed to Houston Methodist Hospital and was unresponsive by the time he arrived. Doctors determined Dauer had a subdural hematoma [brain bleed] and performed emergency surgery…

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