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Aston Villa v Manchester United: match preview

Manchester United’s place in the Champions League next season is virtually guaranteed but a win against Aston Villa would still be another step to confirming their place. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side will be in high spirits after cruising into the Europa League final but the manager will implore his side to maintain their momentum as he eyes a first trophy since taking charge at Old Trafford. Dean Smith will want the exact the same after a great win against Everton while Villa’s Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Ollie Watkins will be eager to keep impressing Gareth Southgate to make England’s squad for the European Championship this summer. Graham Searles Sunday 2.05pm Sky Sports Premier League Continue reading…
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Sports quiz of the week: Canelo Álvarez, Champions League and the Lions

Who is stuck at home? Who moved away? Who reached for the sky? How did Chelsea make history this week? They became the first club to reach a Champions League final after sacking their manager midway through the season They became the first club to reach two Champions League finals in the same season They became the first English club to reach a Champions League final while not being champions of England They became the first English club to defeat Real Madrid in England It’s another all-English final in the Champions League. Who were the first club to win a men’s Champions League final that featured two clubs from the same country? Real Madrid Manchester United Milan Juventus Mark Selby won his fourth Snooker World Championship on Sunday night. Who holds the all-time record of winning seven world titles at the Crucible? John Higgins Ronnie O’Sullivan Stephen Hendry Steve Davis Saúl Álvarez and Billy Joe Saunders are fighting in Dallas in front of more than 60,000 fans on Saturday night for three boxing world titles. Why was the fight nearly called off this week? Both fighters wanted to walk out last and neither would back down They both wanted to use the same walk-on music They could not agree on the size of the ring Saunders was called up for jury duty in the UK and had to apply to postpone it Arsenal’s defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals means they will almost certainly miss out on European football next season. When was the last time that happened? 15 years ago 20 years ago 25 years ago 30 years ago There have been 339 matches in the Premier League so far this season. What made the game between Everton and Aston Villa last Saturday unique? It’s the only time so far this season that both teams have worn the same sponsors on the fronts of their shirts It is the only game this season that was won by an own goal It was the only game this season that featured two red cards for both teams It’s the only game of the 339 so far that was played in front of a full stadium of fans Manchester United have not won a league title since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. However, how many of their former players won the Serie A title in Italy this week? Two Three Four Five Warren Gatland has announced his squad for the Lions tour to South Africa this summer. Which of the 37 players in the squad plays his club rugby outside of the British Isles? Maro Itoje Stuart Hogg Finn Russell Iain Henderson England beat France in a women’s rugby union match in Lille at the weekend. The result keeps England at the top of the world rankings, so why did the team’s captain, Sarah Hunter, say it was “a bit of an anti-climax obviously”? She was dropped from the squad before the game but still had to turn up on the day to do post-match interviews The match was stopped 18 minutes before full time due to a floodlight failure in the stadium They played the game in a local school due to a mix-up between Lille’s football club and the RFU France had a Covid-19 outbreak in their squad so sent their Under-18s team to play instead The Rosario derby between Newell’s Old Boys and Rosario Central is one of most fiercely contested games in Argentinian football and their meeting this week was no different. Why was Newell’s midfielder Pablo Pérez shown a yellow card in the third minute of the derby? He saw a drone flying over the pitch, grabbed it, smashed it, stood on it and, in one final act of antipathy, threw the ball at it He took a pair of scissors from his shorts and cut off a Rosario player’s ponytail He walked off the pitch and spat on an advertising hoarding that was marketing a betting company, later informing the press that “gambling is a curse on our game” He celebrated scoring a goal by taking off his shirt and putting it on to the Rosario Central mascot, kicking off a 22-man and one-mascot brawl 1 and above. Have a great weekend 2 and above. Have a great weekend 3 and above. Not bad. Have a great weekend 4 and above. Not bad. Have a great weekend 5 and above. Nicely done. Have a great weekend 6 and above. Well played. Have a great weekend 7 and above. Well played. Have a great weekend 8 and above. Well played. Have a great weekend 9 and above. Well played. Have a great weekend 0 and above. Have a great weekend 10 and above. Perfection. Well played. Have a great weekend Continue reading…
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