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6 hour 25 minute

Oceania review – marvels of the human mind that were ripped off by modernists

In around 1900, an artist portrayed a woman with an oval abstract face bisected by a long rigid slash of a nose, who sits with her legs wide apart to expose her triangular pubic hair framing a well-observed vagina. And no, this artist was not Picasso. This wooden figure that an islander created in today’s Republic of Palau, in the western Pacific, bears an astonishing resemblance to one of the women in , the revolutionary painting Picasso made on the far side of the world in his Montmartre studio in 1907. There’s a similarly squatting figure in Les Demoiselles and...
6 hour 58 minute

Kevin Keegan: 'No, I'm not going to take a compliment from Mike Ashley'

You can feel the energy as soon as Kevin Keegan walks into the room – barrel chest, big biceps, warm smile, small man, tough handshake. His hair is white these days, the perm long gone, and his belly more rounded, but otherwise he is little changed. Keegan is as passionate and outspoken as he ever was. We meet in a hotel in Manchester. It’s funny that he’s written another memoir, he says, because he hates looking back. “I don’t like player reunions because all you get is the lads talking about whatever year you won something. A lot of them...
6 hour 58 minute

Frank Lampard prepares Derby for meeting with mentor José Mourinho

Frank Lampard remembers watching the press conference in 2004 at which , freshly arrived at Chelsea, announced that he was “a special one”. He says: “I saw it and I liked it. It was something different. British culture is not to walk in and call yourself the special one, I don’t think. That’s the way he was and I admired him for it and actually, if you make those statements, you had better back them up, and he certainly did.” If many people believe Mourinho’s aura has started to fade, Lampard is not one of them. The Portuguese remains, in...

6 hour 58 minute

West Ham need to secure Declan Rice’s signature, says Pablo Zabaleta

Pablo Zabaleta has urged West Ham to prioritise securing Declan Rice to a new contract following the teenager’s hugely impressive start to the season. Rice has operated in defensive midfield over recent weeks and contributed heavily to the win at Everton and encouraging draw at home against Chelsea on Sunday which have lifted West Ham from the foot of the league table. Manuel Pellegrini heaped praise on the youngster’s performance in that derby, yet Rice has entered the final 12 months of his deal having rejected a new offer over the summer. The 19-year-old is understood to have turned down...
8 hour 56 minute

Sunderland sack Didier Ndong, saying he breached contract by going awol

have served Didier Ndong notice that they intend to terminate his contract, saying their record signing went awol in the wake of relegation to League One. The club have also indicated their readiness to take legal action to recoup the Gabon midfielder’s value should he join another club. A said: “Sunderland has given notice under its contract with Didier Ndong. The player, who was under contract with Sunderland until June 2021, failed to return to Sunderland for pre-season training in July as scheduled, nor in the subsequent months that followed. “No reason was given for his failure to report and...
8 hour 59 minute

Luka Modric and Marta win Fifa player of the year awards in London

has been named the Fifa men’s footballer of the year at a ceremony in London, with Brazil’s Marta crowned the world’s best female player. The 33-year-old Modric won the Champions League for the third time in a row with his club, Real Madrid, in May before leading to the 2018 World Cup final, where they lost 4-2 to France. Modric won the award, officially called The Best Fifa Men’s Player, ahead of his former Real Madrid teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, with Liverpool forward third. Ronaldo had won the two previous editions of the revamped award in 2016 and 2017. Marta was...

11 hour 33 minute

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

1) What’s going on at Liverpool? Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Brighton came at the end of a difficult week, in which Neil Redfearn quit as manager. Chris Kirkland, who had been the goalkeeping coach, became caretaker-manager but he was otherwise engaged on Sunday so Vicky Jepson took charge. WSL clubs should have a full-time goalkeeping coach and a manager with a Uefa A licence, and soon they might have neither. Redfearn’s departure suggests trouble behind the scenes, and it seems fair to ask whether Liverpool are fully committed to the women’s team. Why, for example, are the girls training at...
11 hour 36 minute

What’s that odd feeling? It’s sympathy for Mourinho amid Pogba’s malaise

I know it’s over. And it never really began. But in my heart it was so real. Paul, José. It’s been two years now. There are times in a relationship like this when you just have to take a step back and accept that things aren’t working out. Although, for the sake of the team, who really shouldn’t be asked to choose between you, we could at least try to be civilised about this. Another wobble, another public snipe between José Mourinho and Paul Pogba. United may be listing a little this season but there are some things that do...
11 hour 36 minute

The heat is on as conflict deepens in fight for Spanish football's soul

At the one end of the ground that is an end and not just a wall, a small gang of Rayo Vallecano fans in bright high-vis jackets and yellow hard hats started leaping up and down, testing the foundations. Around them, drums beat, flags waved and supporters laughed as they took out their tools to fix the place up, . If it looked silly, it was supposed to – and it was no dafter than the real thing – but at least they were here now. Rayo, promoted in the summer after two years away from primera, hadn’t been home...

11 hour 43 minute

National Theatre Wales is neglecting Welsh talent

Last week, a group of playwrights , making public conversations that have been going on behind closed doors for many months. NTW’s low production rate (no performances for 346 days in 2017, despite an annual Arts Council grant of more than £1.5m), short runs and constant commissioning of non-dramatists caused us to take action. Forty of us signed the letter. I’ve since been approached by more writers, directors and actors voicing support. We listed three points we hoped the bulk of the artistic community could rally around in a bid to effect change. Read more The first is that all...
11 hour 45 minute

How we made the Doors' Hello, I Love You

John Densmore, drummer wrote the words for when we were still in a band called . “Sidewalk crouches at her feet / Like a dog that begs for something sweet.” That’s a crazy great lyric! He couldn’t play an instrument but he’d come up with melodies in order to remember his incredible words. We’d been walking around the boardwalk of Venice, one of the few diverse areas in LA in the 60s, when Jim saw an African American girl. She was the “dusky jewel” who inspired the song. We recorded with Ray Manzarek on keyboards and his two brothers playing...
11 hour 46 minute

Sean Levey targets comeback in Sun Chariot Stakes on Billesdon Brook

Sean Levey, the Classic-winning jockey who has been sidelined since high summer, hopes he can return to the saddle at the beginning of next week in time to retrieve something from his season. If he can persuade his medical examiners and himself that he is fit to make his comeback, he will be just in time for a reunion with his shock Guineas winner, Billesdon Brook, a week on Saturday in the Sun Chariot Stakes. “Obviously it’s taken a bit more time than was originally anticipated,” said a rueful Levey on Monday as he reflected on his recovery from a...