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Guardian chief sports correspondent

Alex Ferguson hits back at claims he left an ageing Manchester United squad

theguardian.com — Sir Alex Ferguson has taken aim at those who claim he left behind an ageing squad at Old Trafford by insisting that it was an "insult" to suggest he left the club in anything other than rude health.

Serbia’s charge sheet is absurdly long and Uefa needs to get tough

theguardian.com — "Politicians should take care of politics but sport needs to be a place of brotherhood which brings people together." So said Michel Platini earlier this year on one of the Uefa president's regular diversions down the blind alley marked "sport and politics should not mix".

Serbia awarded Euro 2016 win against Albania but docked three points by Uefa

theguardian.com — Serbia will have to play their next two European qualifying matches behind closed doors as punishment f or the chaos that enveloped their match with Albania in Belgrade last week but both sides have been sanctioned by Uefa.

Massive take-up of tickets for Rugby World Cup fuels touting fears

theguardian.com — Rugby World Cup organisers have issued a fresh warning against buying from unofficial sources after announcing record demand for next summer's tournament, with more than 5m applications for tickets. England Rugby 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans said she was "thrilled" with the response, after 23 matches sold out altogether and all 48 sold out in at least one of the pricing categories.

IOC president Thomas Bach promises to bring harmony to Olympic bids

theguardian.com — The International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, has promised to overhaul the bidding process for the Games as part of a wide-ranging reform programme to be voted on in December. Bach, who succeeded Jacques Rogge as president last year, said that the process would be made cheaper and involve more cooperation with bidders.

Olympic Stadium conversion will cost an extra £35.9m

theguardian.com — Work to convert the Olympic Stadium into a permanent home for West Ham United and athletics will cost £36m more than expected, it has been confirmed, taking the total confirmed spend so far to £619m.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay to leave after 10 years at the club

theguardian.com — Chelsea have announced that Ron Gourlay is to leave his role as chief executive. The Scot, who previously worked with Manchester United and sportswear manufacturer Umbro, departs on amicable terms to seek new opportunities.

Alex Horne will leave FA ‘after privilege of helping to develop football’

theguardian.com — The manner of departure for the Football Association general secretary, Alex Horne, who has announced he is leaving the top executive post at the governing body in January, will be most unusual.

Government to unveil ‘expert group’ to promote supporter-owned clubs

theguardian.com — Representatives from supporter-owned clubs Portsmouth, AFC Wimbledon and Wrexham will sit on a new government group seeking to find ways to break down barriers to increased fan involvement in how clubs are run.

Oscar Pistorius cannot compete until 2019, IPC confirms

theguardian.com — The International Paralympic Committee has ruled that Oscar Pistorius will not be allowed to return to competition until 2019 after he was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
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Oct 30, 2014

RT @jplumbum: Congrats to @RitzyLivingWage solidarity & fighting for decency "Bosses in U-turn on job cuts" standard.co.uk/news/london/ri… http://…

Oct 29, 2014

This statement encapsulates UK's cap in hand relationship with Qatar. Where is the pressure over kafala? gov.uk/government/new…

Oct 29, 2014

@adamsherwin10 To be honest, no one will ever top the Klaxons for toe curling embarrassment...

Oct 29, 2014

RT @Iandennisbbc: 1/4 final draw Derby v Chelsea. Spurs v Newcastle Bournemouth v Liverpool & Sheff Utd v Southampton

Oct 29, 2014

Nick Grimshaw? Who gave him the gig? Also, is it just me or do Polar Bear get nominated every year? #MercuryPrize

Oct 28, 2014

More background on the sports funding debate. My view is there needs to be some leeway for sports like basketball: theguardian.com/sport/blog/201…

Oct 28, 2014

UK Sport told us in Feb their 8 year funding model could become more like 10 or 12 to give sports time to deliver: theguardian.com/sport/2014/feb…

Oct 28, 2014

Interesting @danroan story on UK Sport public consultation. No compromise has delivered spectacularly but now needs revisiting.

Oct 27, 2014

RT @RogerPielkeJr: Cost to convert 6 fields turf to grass ~$6M (thx @CUBuffsTurf ) @FIFAcom has $1,400M in reserves Remind me why turf at issue for @FIFAWWC?

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