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Comment: Manchester City - a club of zany twists and turns

The beautification of Manchester City is a complicated thing and, as the Stakhanovite hit squad from Uefa’s financial control team might yet demonstrate, not without blemish. That City should be hounded about the corridors of power on an FA Cup final weekend when they could seal an unprecedented domestic treble, is in one sense just another zany plot twist in the vicissitudes of a club which, in the modern era at least, has been in perpetual search of a positive identity, of recognition.

Football
Tyson Fury shows off his shirt featuring drawings of former world heavyweight champions. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Tyson Fury is out to conquer America

None can say they did not see Tyson Fury coming. If the loudest threads in the suit kingdom, black and white with the faces of the great heavyweights in history, including his truly, sewed in the lining, doesn’t light up your eyeballs the dance steps might. Fury came shuffling into view like a Vegas crooner to announce his next step in the colonisation of the United States.

Boxing
Pep Guardiola described this season as his most challenging, Picture: PA.

Analysis: Liverpool have made it an epic title race but it’s City’s to lose now

Thirty-seven down, one to go. A draw might be enough in the final game at Brighton on Sunday. A defeat, even. Manchester City did what necessity demanded in beating Leicester to resume the summit of the Premier League by a point. It took the goal of the century to escape Leicester’s cultured clamp, the finest and perhaps the most important Vincent Kompany will ever score.

Football
Tiger Woods walks with his caddie Joe LaCava on the 13th hole during a practice round at Augusta. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The Masters: Tiger Woods has that winning feeling again

The Tiger Woods story is caught somewhere between awed nostalgia and anticipation. There could be no greater outcome for the Augusta stakeholders and the galleries filing through the gates than a Tiger Woods victory on Sunday. Woods is, in a sense, a witness to his own legend such is the fawning nature of the Masters experience for him, the green jacket community in thrall to the Tiger brand, making his appearance a thing of celebration and salutation from the moment he appears. That he is 43 years old with only one win in the past five years does not raise an eyebrow.

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Charles Leclerc on the Bahrain podium after engine trouble robbed him of a maiden F1 victory. Picture: Clive Mason/Getty

Charles Leclerc’s sheer talent shows up Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari

Victory would have embroidered a stunning weekend in Bahrain yet, in having the prize snatched from him through no fault of his own, Charles Leclerc left arguably a deeper imprint on Formula One and on us. He has our sympathy as well as our respect and that is a priceless commodity since it places him in our hearts. Now we care if he wins or loses.

Motorsport
Anthony Joshua, left, and Jarrell Miller square up during a press conference in London. Picture: Getty.

Anthony Joshua laughs off Jarrell Miller’s allegations of drug abuse

The panto phase of the London pageant was positively gentile. Only one profanity, “motherf****r”, although Jarrell Miller did add that Anthony Joshua looked like Scooby Doo. That, at least, was an original take on proceedings, and way more tolerable than last week’s “bitch” and “pansy” fest in New York.

Boxing
Gordon Banks will always be remembered for his save against Pele. The pair are pictured here in 2004 with a framed picture of the famous moment. Picture: PA.

Gordon Banks defied gravity as well as Pele with that unfeasible leap

Of course he will always be remembered for that save. It could not be otherwise. There had doubtless been a heap of improbable stops by excellent keepers in the previous 100 years of association football but none of that scale on such a stage against arguably the greatest player of them all before a global audience of immense reach in a World Cup involving two heritage teams. Gordon Banks defied gravity as well as Pele in making that unfeasible leap to his right, and in one priceless moment of goalkeeping exotica made the man between the sticks something more than an adjunct in gloves.

Football
Manchester City's Kyle Walker, top, celebrates after Ilkay Gundogan scored his side's third goal in the 3-1 win over Manchester United. Picture: Dave Thompson/AP

Man City 3 - 1 Man United: Pep Guardiola’s men back on top

As you were ladies and gentlemen. Manchester City re-establish hegemony in Manchester and England, returning to the top of the Premier League. Manchester United
continue to improve, responding more faithfully to the demands of the blood red shirt, but remain a league apart, or expressed in numbers, a dozen points adrift of their imperious rivals after as many games.

Football
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen celebrates after winning the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Picture: AP.

Lewis Hamilton denied title as Kimi Raikkonen powers to victory

The title will have to wait until Mexico. A top-six finish there will seal a fifth drivers’ crown for Lewis Hamilton no matter what. In a stunning finale in Texas Hamilton diced with Max Verstappen for the second place that might have made him king and Sebastian Vettel duelled with Valtteri Bottas for the fourth place that would extend the championship for seven days at least.

Motorsport
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho during the 0-0 draw with Valencia. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty

Manchester United defending the indefensible in Jose Mourinho

To the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Dr Eva Carneiro, we can add Greater Manchester Police to the list of bizarre targets of Jose Mourinho’s blame reflex, a sure sign he is losing his grip on reality and, as a result, his hold on the office of manager at Manchester United.

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Anthony Joshua. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Anthony Joshua: ‘The fear of losing is always there’

Here comes AJ. The initials are identification enough for Britain’s boxing superstar. In a windowless room in the bowels of Wembley, Anthony Joshua greets the assembled reporters with a handshake, and not the knuckle crusher beloved, for example, of Eubank and son, of Nigel Mansell, Lewis Hamilton and others in the iron-grip fraternity, rather a delicate, nothing-to-prove sort of contact. Joshua is beyond the macho gesture. Simply standing upright in a T-shirt, 20 inch, heavily pregnant biceps popping, gets that job done.

Boxing
Tiger Woods plays a shot as fans look on during a practice round prior to the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis. Picture: Sam Greenwood/Getty

Tiger Woods’ pulling power as strong as ever

Tiger Woods says he’s trending. He’s talking about his form. The game’s administrators are talking about something else, and rubbing their hands at the return of the Tiger dividend, golf’s golden fleece.

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