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Pep Guardiola backs Claudio Bravo after serene start turns into horror show

Manchester City's Fernandinho and Claudio Bravo

As this 172nd Manchester derby began, the chief subplot centred on how Claudio Bravo would fare on his City debut as Joe Hart’s replacement. His £17m acquisition had been Pep Guardiola’s headline summer move as the England man was sent to Torino because his ball skills are not up to the Catalan’s desired standard. Bravo’s first appearance would offer clues about Guardiola’s judgment and the new keeper’s ability.

The joke has been on Nicklas Bendtner for far too long

Nicklas Bendtner 2

It was an upstairs room of Arsenal’s training ground, October 2009, and I imagine I am not the only person in this profession who has sat opposite Nicklas Bendtner, listening to him setting out his master plan and wondered if he might be in danger of running out of breath, such was the energy he put into blowing his own trumpet.



Golf - British Open

Phil Mickelson tames Open wind and rain in superb show for an old-timer

Phil Mickelson, at 46, will become the oldest golfer to win the Open since 1867 if he carries off the Claret Jug here. And there were a few moments on Friday when Scotland stopped trying to pretend it was Bermuda, when the rain cascaded over the links and the wind seemed keen to join the wrecking party that the American looked every one of his years.