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Jofra Archer fiddle-faddle shows England still getting World Cup wrong | Barney Ronay

Pace bowler qualifies to play for England on Sunday but picking him this late for the tournament would be a bad decisionA weird thing kept happening during the TV broadcast of England’s white-ball series against West Indies. Whenever an English batsman…

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Football’s new-wave disorder presents a troubling symptom of trapped rage | Barney Ronay

The assault on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish reflects the airborne plague that has spread via Twitter and other areas of society“He might be a fan, he might be a nutter, but he’s on my turf and I’m gonna chop the mother down.” The words of Keith Richards…

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Real Madrid’s reign is over: now is the time to salute, not mock them | Barney Ronay

The humiliation by Ajax led to much mirth at Madrid’s expense but four Champions League crowns in five years is a period of dominance that history will look upon kindlyPlease allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste. I’ve been around…

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Nurture and nature the keynotes as Solskjaer displays complete knowhow| Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s interim manager gets what his club are all about – offering hope, excitement and a sense of belongingAt the final whistle inside the Parc des Princes, Manchester United’s players started running, haring across in a ragged, joyful ca…

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Gareth Bale’s bloodless brilliance needs rough edges and a new setting | Barney Ronay

The most successful British footballer of his era deserves better than the image of aloof corporate excellence he has exuded in Madrid, and still has time to add some deeper textureAt times it seems funny that we still call professional footballers “pl…

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Manchester City’s quadruple bid: no longer highly improbable, just improbable | Barney Ronay

The Carabao Cup is safely stored and City’s chances of a clean sweep may still seem fanciful but they are 20 games away from footballing nirvanaIt is probably fair to say Manchester City’s in-house team made the fawning soft-focus documentary All or No…

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Manchester United’s golden child Marcus Rashford finds his lost lustre | Barney Ronay

It’s been three years since the forward burst into Manchester United’s first team and he looks better than ever now José Mourinho has been sent packingThere is a famous photo of Marcus Rashford lining up with his teammates before an England Under-16s f…

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Meet Haris Rauf, Pakistan cricket’s latest speed-demon Cinderella man

The ballad of Haris Rauf is interesting to an English cricket fan. Mainly because it just couldn’t happen here at the momentGutted for Pitbull. It has been a hard week for the Miami-based chart ace, sport’s own king of the tournament opening ceremony. …

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Meet Haris Rauf, Pakistan cricket’s latest speed-demon Cinderella man

The ballad of Haris Rauf is interesting to an English cricket fan. Mainly because it just couldn’t happen here at the momentGutted for Pitbull. It has been a hard week for the Miami-based chart ace, sport’s own king of the tournament opening ceremony. …

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PSG and Dortmund sing it with pride as home crowds wallow in age of rage | Barney Ronay

Noisy away ends at Old Trafford and Wembley offered something of a throwback to several decades ago when fans revelled in their own identity rather than disdain for others’There was an exciting announcement this week about a new style of shoe “inspired…

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Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe’s biggest clubs

Governments wield power over many Champions League clubs and the ties that bind owners, sponsors and Uefa are strikingThe game is about glory, a wise man once said. For many years it has been about money, too. Right now an updated version of Danny Blan…

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Ashley Cole sets record straight on England’s Golden Generation | Barney Ronay

Derby County’s new left-back spoke well on television and refused to indulge the idea that England of 2002-06 should have won at least one major tournamentIt was fun to see Ashley Cole on Sky Sports on Monday Night Football. There wasn’t any obvious pe…

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Liverpool unlikely to freeze in their quest for Manchester City’s title | Barney Ronay

The next week could be pivotal for the two teams at the top and Jürgen Klopp’s side are still enjoying the view from the summitFebruary is the cruellest month. Or at least, it often feels that way when it comes to separating out the moving parts at the…

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Transfer window’s acquisitive hysteria is increasingly jarring and vulgar | Barney Ronay

We are a cash-strapped nation these days. But here is football with its millions, a drunken lord gurgling Pol Roger Winston Churchill at the back of the bus as it trundles to the cliff edgeIt was reported in December, quite casually, that 400 people ha…

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Qatar ready to make history in Asian Cup … but the world is not watching | Barney Ronay

The 2022 World Cup hosts are excelling on the pitch in the UAE but political turmoil in the region and poor crowds mean Fifa’s fervent interest is not matched across the globeWhen the Qatar 2022 World Cup was announced in Zurich by a sweating, slightly…

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Hugh McIlvanney invented new ways of describing sport’s beauty, power and fun | Barney Ronay

The work of McIlvanney, Britain’s most widely cherished sportswriter who died on Thursday aged 84, was marked by a powerful sense of character, place and a vivid internal lifeJohan Cruyff once said something very wise about the way the best footballers…

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Marouane Fellaini: forever tainted as Old Trafford’s king of dark times | Barney Ronay

Through successive managerial eras at Manchester United the big Belgian has fronted up gamely but remained an inherited burden, the embodiment of the post-Fergie wilderness yearsCarry on then, Marouane. After some suggestions this week that Marouane Fe…

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Can Franck Ribéry not have his gold-leaf steak and eat it? | Barney Ronay

The Bayern Munich forward has been vilified for his display of wealth in Dubai but that ire would be better directed at the excesses of the game rather than those who play itIn his book This One’s On Me Jimmy Greaves describes the pre-match meals of hi…

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Andy Murray: from gangly kid to genuine sporting grownup

Widely loved and politically progressive, the Scot will retire as arguably the greatest individual British sports person of the modern ageStop all the green and yellow Timex clocks. Put away that union jack tea towel. Stow the Pimms-sodden crash barrie…

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Resist the machine: Mo Salah should surely fight the urge to be a galáctico | Barney Ronay

In the past 10 years, any Premier League attacker who can maintain an A-list run has become a target of La Liga super clubs – but it would be a terrible idea for the Liverpool strikerIs English football in danger of losing Mohamed Salah to Real Madrid …