Derby County are through to the play-offs but have had to sell their stadium NICK POTTS/PAThe growing gap between the Premier League and lower-league clubs has been starkly illustrated by figures that show nearly three quarters of English Football League sides are losing money. Premier League teams had record revenues of £8.4 billion and 12 of the 20 top-flight clubs made a net profit in 2017-18. By contrast, 52 of the 72 clubs in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two ended the season in the red. Taking into account all profits and losses, the 20 Premier League clubs made a surplus of £304 million while the 72 EFL teams had a collective net deficit of £388 million. The financial struggles of lower-league clubs have been brought sharply into focus in the past season.
Fears of a US-China trade conflict have sent investors off in search of safe havens GETTY IMAGESFears that trade relations between the United States and China could worsen soured investor sentiment and pushed global equity markets sharply lower last night. A sell-off that began in China and Japan at the start of the day spread to Europe and later to Wall Street. The world’s two largest economies exchanged accusations over their trade talks after President Trump’s ban on American companies doing business with Huawei. The US accused the Chinese telecoms giant of lying about its ties to the government and Beijing said Washington must end its “wrong actions” if it wanted trade talks to continue. In London the FTSE 100 closed down 103.15 points, or 1.4 per cent, at 7,231.04 while Germany’s Dax and the CAC 40 in Paris both finished…
Official figures showed 275 known cases in the first three months of last year, falling to 97 in October to December. However, the outbreak flared up again in the first quarter of this year with 231 cases. The number of mumps cases tripled to 795 in the first quarter of this year against last year. Two thirds of measles cases are in London and are thought to have been brought back from outbreaks in Europe, where there have been more than 100,000 cases since the start of last year. London also has the lowest coverage of the measles, mumps and…
Three arrested after attack on officers called to suspect device that was ‘elaborate hoax’Police have been attacked with petrol bombs during “orchestrated disorder” near a polling station in Northern Ireland. They attended a security alert involving a suspicious device close to a school in Derry being used for the European election vote when they were targeted. Five petrol bombs were thrown at them. Officers recovered six more petrol bombs, along with 20 paint bombs and two crates of empty bottles. McCalmont said: “I would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding during the course of this policing operation.
May 23, 2019 21:36 UTC
The Light Blues had a £400,000 bid for the young defender turned down earlier this week. The highly-rated 21 year-old has also been the subject of failed offers from Hull City and Peterborough, while there is also interest from Wigan Athletic, Stoke City and Derby County. Oldham are aware of the growing interest and are trying to maximise the player’s value. The Latics have offered Edmundson a new long-term contract on improved terms, but he has knocked that back.
May 23, 2019 21:33 UTC
Derek McInnes is keen to sign the 23-year-old, who is set to become a free agent at the end of next month. Aberdeen will also make an offer to Wilson if he tells them he would be open to a return to the Granite City. Wilson was tipped for big things when he broke through under Louis Van Gaal and was handed a big contract. Aberdeen transfer news: James Wilson is considering a permanent moveAberdeen transfer news: James Wilson could join Aberdeen on a permanent dealAberdeen transfer news: James Wilson will NOT continue at Manchester UnitedManchester United have already confirmed that Wilson’s contract won’t be extended beyond this summer. Express Sport understands that the Englishman is currently giving a return to Aberdeen serious consideration.
May 23, 2019 21:22 UTC
Curbishley gave Bowyer his debut as a Charlton player at the age of 17 in September 1994, Parker at the same age in August 1997. Sir Alex Ferguson told Alan Curbishley to keep busySir Alex Ferguson said to me: ‘Don’t be out for too long.’ Alan Curbishley“I watch football all the time. He admits: “Sir Alex Ferguson said to me ‘Don’t be out for too long.’ “But I felt at the time with my record, that I wanted a Premier League club. I am not being disrespectful, but I was getting offered Championship clubs, and I was thinking I have 10 years as a Premier League manager under my belt. “The crazy thing is I am still in the top ten of managers with games in the Premier League.
May 23, 2019 21:22 UTC
It now lags far behind Queensland, where technology introduced in 2017 requires money to be declared within seven days. In Victoria, donations are now revealed within 21 days, and NSW requires funding to be disclosed within 21 days during elections. WorldFacebook Twitter Pinterest Julian Assange has been charged with violating the US Espionage Act. Thinking time: Complicated QueenslandFacebook Twitter Pinterest ‘Regions have been doing it tough economically for the last decade. Sign upIf you would like to receive the Guardian Australia morning mail to your email inbox every weekday, sign up here.
May 23, 2019 21:00 UTC
Wales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations after Premiership Rugby agreed to the early release of their players following landmark changes to World Rugby legislation. Danny Cipriani targets World Cup place after player of the season award Read moreWales, for example, would have been denied access to Biggar, Faletau and Liam Williams for their opening World Cup warm-up match against England on 11 August. World Rugby has now agreed to raise that threshold to £500,000 as of 1 July, meaning PRL has softened its stance. “This announcement is more than a regulatory change, it is a statement of commitment to players, unions and clubs. Everyone now has certainty ahead of the Rugby World Cup of an appropriate and proportional level of guaranteed cover.”
May 23, 2019 19:41 UTC
The Democratic speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said the White House was “crying out for impeachment” and called for Donald Trump’s family to intervene in the president’s wellbeing “for the good of the country”. The dramatic statements came one day after Trump stormed out of a meeting in the Oval Office with Pelosi and the Democratic Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, about infrastructure legislation, and then held a hastily called press conference to say he wouldn’t work with Democrats until they stop investigating him.
May 23, 2019 19:41 UTC
Rafael Nadal could hardly have asked for an easier entry into the French Open – two qualifiers to lift his spirits while Novak Djokovic has a far tougher time of it at the other end of the draw. But the real conundrum of the draw ceremony on Thursday night was the surprise appearance of Katie Boulter, only 17 days after announcing her withdrawal. There was no immediate explanation for her reappearance although it seems she might have left her name in the draw accidentally. But never about the French Open’ Read moreIf so – presuming she has not made a remarkable recovery and does actually play – she will have some explaining to do. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The two champions, Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep, at the French Open draw.
May 23, 2019 19:23 UTC
An “astonishing and unparalleled” 2,300-year-old shield made of tree bark has been discovered in Leicestershire, the only example of its kind ever found in Europe. Archaeologists say the discovery of the shield, made between 395 and 250BC, has completely overturned assumptions about the weapons used in the iron age, sparking breathless reactions among experts of the period. “This is an absolutely phenomenal object, one of the most marvellous, internationally important finds that I have encountered in my career,” said Julia Farley, curator of British and European iron age collections at the British Museum. “So often it is gold which grabs the headlines, but this bark shield is much rarer.”The shield was discovered in 2015 by archaeologists from the University of Leicester Archaeological Service in a site close to the River Soar. However experiments to remake the weapon in alder and willow showed the 3mm-thick shield would have been tough enough for battle but incredibly light.
May 23, 2019 16:30 UTC
Adams, 32, is in his third spell at the club and was key to the club’s promotion from League Two PETE NORTON/GETTY IMAGESMembers of Bury’s Sky Bet League Two promotion-winning squad may soon be forced to sell their homes after 12 weeks without receiving their salaries, according to the winger Nicky Adams. The squad released a joint statement on Wednesday revealing their dismay at their treatment from the club’s owner, Steve Dale, who has so far refused to sanction a sale of the financially stricken club. “We achieved everything we set out to on the pitch this season,” Adams, the 32-year-old who is in his third spell at the club, said. We had a meeting with the owner in March. He should have done his due diligence; surely you…
May 23, 2019 16:12 UTC
Berlin was one of the cradles of social democracy. It was here that the German Social Democrats (SPD) became the Reichstag’s largest party in 1912, more than a decade before the first British Labour government. It was here that the Nazis met with their staunchest resistance, as Sturmabteilung thugs fought vicious street battles in their efforts to subjugate what Goebbels called “the reddest city in Europe outside Moscow”. In the years after the war it was two SPD mayors, Ernst Reuter and Willy Brandt, who turned West Berlin into the symbolic vanguard of the free world. In what was once an international beacon of socialism, the SPD has withered…
May 23, 2019 16:12 UTC
Southgate has said it was a shame that the Nations League is on subscription-only television CATHERINE IVILL/GETTY IMAGESThe FA is in talks with Sky Sports about the broadcaster making the Uefa Nations League final available free-to-air if England win their semi-final against Holland next month. It is understood that Sky Sports is considering a range of options and will announce its decision after the semi- final in Guimarães, Portugal, on June 6, when England could reach their first final of a senior tournament since the 1966 World Cup. Gareth Southgate, the England manager, expressed frustration that many fans will be unable to watch the tournament when naming his squad last week, describing it as a “shame” that the Nations League would only be available to watch on subscription television in contrast to the mass audiences attracted by last year’s World Cup, but…
May 23, 2019 16:09 UTC