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Rock solid John Stones shows quiet magnificence for Manchester City | Barney Ronay

The England defender, who has regularly been picked out for his mistakes in the past, often goes unnoticed when at his bestJohn Stones didn’t make much of an impression in the Manchester derby: didn’t register on the headline stats, wasn’t singled out …

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We will remember sport’s sacrifice this weekend, but let’s not forget the regret | Barney Ronay

Among the thousands who perished at Passchendaele in 1917 was the Kent and England cricketer Colin Blythe who hailed from Deptford in south-east London, where he is not forgottenThe blizzard of remembrance around sport at this time of year can be a lit…

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We will remember sport’s sacrifice this weekend, but let’s not forget the regret | Barney Ronay

Among the thousands who perished at Passchendaele in 1917 was the Kent and England cricketer Colin Blythe who hailed from Deptford in south-east London, where he is not forgottenThe blizzard of remembrance around sport at this time of year can be a lit…

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Manchester derby has been skewed by a decade of Abu Dhabi investment | Barney Ronay

City were light years behind United when their Emirati owners contested their first derby back in 2008 but their huge – and possibly dubious – investment has turned the tablesOh, what happened to me, whatever happened to you? What became of Robinho – a…

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Anderson can be England’s archaic weapon in modern one-day world | Barney Ronay

Who would World Cup opposition openers least want to face on a nibbly early-summer morning? Anderson, Wood or Stone?If I had to draw up a top-five list of eccentric 20th-century British army officers Jack Churchill would definitely be up there, at the …

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The day England created their own history in shoot-out against Colombia | Barney Ronay

In an extract from his new book on Russia 2018, the Guardian’s senior sports writer relives how Eric Dier’s penalty helped fashion ‘a triumph of personality, spirit and good sense’Mateus Uribe just needs to score and they’re almost there. One more kick…

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The day England created their own history in shoot-out against Colombia | Barney Ronay

In an extract from his new book on Russia 2018, the Guardian’s senior sports writer relives how Eric Dier’s penalty helped fashion ‘a triumph of personality, spirit and good sense’Mateus Uribe just needs to score and they’re almost there. One more kick…

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Can Mauricio Pochettino afford to tie his career to Tottenham’s stadium? | Barney Ronay

Overrun on White Hart Lane has begun to affect an overachieving manager who may tire of austerityFootball fans. Save money on expensive TV subscriptions. Create your own Sky Sports Monday Night Football debate by standing behind a desk shrieking “Twent…

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Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford a reminder of how life used to be | Barney Ronay

The Juventus forward is back on Tuesday for the first time since Alex Ferguson was still Manchester United managerAt some point on Tuesday night the home fans at Old Trafford will probably sing a round of Viva Ronaldo. From distant metro platforms to w…

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Paul Scholes should turn fire to those behind Manchester United’s demise | Barney Ronay

Their club’s former midfielder has turned into an effective pundit but his targets need to be more wide-rangingI remember having a discussion at least a decade ago about things you just couldn’t say in a football press box, the kind of stuff that could…

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Paul Scholes should turn fire to those behind Manchester United’s demise | Barney Ronay

Their club’s former midfielder has turned into an effective pundit but his targets need to be more wide-rangingI remember having a discussion at least a decade ago about things you just couldn’t say in a football press box, the kind of stuff that could…

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Mourinho’s career is like the plague. Has he run out of people to kill? | Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s trip to face Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea offers a clash of styles on and off the pitch and starts a defining run of matches for Mourinho One reason put forward to explain why the great plague did not just keep on ravaging the human rac…

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Investments are protected and for now Cristiano Ronaldo is too big to fail | Barney Ronay

Juve’s response to the Ronaldo rape allegations was to call him ‘a great champion’ but the important thing is to judge on factsAs the Uefa Nations League weekender rolls on from Friday into Tuesday it is hard not to luxuriate a little in the glow of in…

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Crisp, clear, fun – TalkSport’s cricket debut avoids the apocalypse | Barney Ronay

Roguish newcomer who stole radio rights to England’s winter tours bowls tidy opening over for listeners fearing loss of TMSThe barbarians are at the gates. The lunatics are on the grass. Ten kilo bags of mixed gravel aggregate are two?for?one at your l…

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Crisp, clear, fun – TalkSport’s cricket debut avoids the apocalypse | Barney Ronay

Roguish newcomer who stole radio rights to England’s winter tours bowls tidy opening over for listeners fearing loss of TMSThe barbarians are at the gates. The lunatics are on the grass. Ten kilo bags of mixed gravel aggregate are two?for?one at your l…

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King of the dummy Luis Suárez makes Wembley a world of pure imagination | Barney Ronay

The Barcelona forward’s pair of decisive feints against Spurs highlighted a dying art in an increasingly processed sportIn Chinese philosophy there is something called Wu Wei. This involves doing things by not doing things, becoming like the bamboo in …

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Eden Hazard and the virtue of staying put rather than going for the sake of it | Barney Ronay

Some feel it is just a matter of time before the Belgian leaves Chelsea for Spain but perhaps he realises he may never be quite so brilliant anywhere elseAlmost all of the world’s problems, from daily irritations to long-term catastrophe models, are ca…

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

The dynamic between Manchester United’s manager and star player is doing nobody any good – but can anyone really say Pogba is performing at the level of the Premier League’s best?I know it’s over. And it never really began. But in my heart, it was so r…

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Pochettino, respect, and the ‘never kicked a ball in your life’ theory | Barney Ronay

The Tottenham manager betrayed English football’s disdain for the views of those who did not play the sport but when those dry up it will be time to start worryingDeep down, behind the club loyalties, beneath the professional distance, everyone loves M…

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How Surrey created the best cricket production line in the world | Barney Ronay

Strong finances, passionate coaches, a flow of excellent raw material and a ban on ‘the Surrey strut’ have made the Oval an enviable talent nurseryRory Burns, England’s opener-in-waiting? An off-spinner coming up through the age groups. Batted No 8 unt…