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Gareth Ainsworth: ‘It’s a unique model but it works for Wycombe’

Wycombe Wanderers have no academy, reserve team or goalkeeping coach but the club have gone from turmoil to second in League TwoIt is Tuesday, just after midday at the Wycombe Wanderers training ground, where an end-of-session shooting drill is coming …

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Liverpool’s Henderson and Milner provide base for front line’s fireworks | Ben Fisher

Jürgen Klopp’s team struck the perfect balance in Porto with Jordan Henderson and James Milner assuming midfield control and Sadio Mané profiting from their dominanceHow many will Mohamed Salah get this season? Forty? Fifty? A tired puff of the cheeks …

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Scotland v France: Six Nations – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the match at MurrayfieldTownsend shakes up Scotland as redemption is soughtEmail ben.fisher@theguardian.com or tweet @benfisherj 2.32pm GMT Two wounded animals, to use the cliche, will take to the Murrayfield turf today. W…

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Ireland v Italy: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the match in DublinThe Breakdown: Wales v England promises to be classicEmail ben.fisher@theguardian.com or tweet @benfisherj 3.17pm GMT 41 min: Quaglio has been stood down and replaced permanently as a result of that first-ha…

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Leeds’ move for Paul Heckingbottom is a gamble for both parties

Heckingbottom can focus on coaching in a way that became impossible at Barnsley but inherits a mishmash of a squad which looks meek beside most of Leeds’ promotion rivalsThis season was supposed to be different for Leeds United. But an embarrassing FA …

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Leeds United sack manager Thomas Christiansen after dismal run

• Leeds yet to win in 2018 and winless in past seven matches• High-flying Cardiff City won 4-1 at Elland Road on SaturdayLeeds United have sacked head coach Thomas Christiansen following a dismal seven-match winless run, with the Championship club yet …

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Why Josh Harrop gambled on Preston being a better bet than Old Trafford

He was on Manchester United’s books for 14 years but 33 days after scoring on his senior debut the midfielder upped sticks in order to be noticedFifteen minutes into his Manchester United debut he raced on to a nonchalant outside-of-the-boot pass by Pa…

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Neil Warnock dreams of inflicting more FA Cup pain on Manchester City

The veteran Cardiff manager has form of knocking out City and hopes memories of 1991 with Notts County can inspire his team against Pep Guardiola’s sideNeil Warnock is in his element, laughing at the memory of his biggest scalp in the FA Cup, a competi…

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FA Cup fourth round: Yeovil Town v Manchester United – live!

Latest updates from the 7.55pm GMT kick-off at Huish ParkEmail Ben or tweet @benfisherj with your thoughtsFA Cup: 10 things to look out for this weekend 8.04pm GMT 8 min: United play a cross-field ball but Mata can’t get it under control. And now Yeovi…

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Bristol City won’t play the brave losers, Lee Johnson warns Pep Guardiola

• Manchester City visit Ashton Gate in Carabao Cup semi-final• Johnson: ‘I hope Pep Guardiola picks his absolute best team’Lee Johnson said Bristol City have no desire to play the role of “brave losers” when Manchester City visit in the second leg of t…

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Football League roundup: Derby ease past Birmingham as Wolves are held

Wolves draw at Barnsley, Leeds’ poor run goes on at IpswichChesterfield upset League Two leaders Luton as Newport win again• A sixth win in eight matches for Gary Rowett’s Derby County ensured they remain hot on the heels of leaders Wolves. As integral…

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Buzzing Bristol City pit homegrown culture against Premier League leaders | Ben Fisher

The Robins’ motto – relentless in the pursuit of excellence – will be put to the ultimate test when they take on the Premier League leaders in the Carabao CupIt is Friday, just after 10am, but Ashton Gate is alive and kicking. Lee Johnson and his backr…

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Ex-Leeds manager Neil Redfearn named Doncaster Rovers Belles head coach

• Redfearn left Rotherham United in February 2016 after four months in charge• ‘The women’s game is on a steep upward curve,’ says former Leeds managerDoncaster Rovers Belles have appointed the former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn as the Women’s S…

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Football transfer rumours: Sturridge and Walcott to join Southampton?

Today’s fluff is just gathering paceWith no Virgil van Dijk to worry about after the defender said his goodbyes to his Southampton team-mates at the training ground on Thursday morning, manager Mauricio Pellegrino has already moved on, rapidly funnelli…

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Bournemouth’s Nathan Aké: I’ve got nothing to prove to Chelsea

• Defender returns to former club in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final• ‘I had a good time there so it will be good to be back at the Bridge’ says AkéNathan Aké insists he has nothing to prove to Antonio Conte when he returns to Chelsea with Bourne…

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Juventus v Internazionale: Serie A – live!

Live updates as leaders Inter take on defending champions JuveScoreboard: all Saturday’s goals as they go in!Email Ben or tweet @benfisherj with your thoughts 7.42pm GMT Kick-off is almost upon us in Turin … the teams are just navigating their way ou…

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Wales v South Africa: rugby union international – live!

Updates from the 2.30pm GMT kick-off at the Principality StadiumEmail ben.fisher@theguardian.com. Tweet @benfisherj 1.53pm GMT Wales head coach Warren Gatland speaks. “Saturday is an opportunity to continue to build on what we have done so far and rou…

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Wales v New Zealand: rugby union international – live

Minute-by-minute report from the action in CardiffNick Evans: Gatland is strong enough to keep faith with new Welsh stylePaul Rees: Wales seek spirit of 1953 for chance against All BlacksEmail ben.fisher@theguardian.com | Tweet @benfisherj 6.08pm GMT W…

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England v Samoa: rugby union international – live!

Minute-by-minute report from the action from TwickenhamGerard Meagher: England short of ball-carriers but not excitementAndy Bull: wealthy unions appear happy to keep Samoans under thumbEmail ben.fisher@theguardian.com | Tweet @benfisherj 2.36pm GMT Up…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign Leon Goretzka from Schalke?

Today’s fluff is only just warming upAfter a busman’s holiday to Gelsenkirchen proved so fruitful in landing Sead Kolasinac in the summer, Arsène Wenger has tasked Arsenal’s new recruitment head honcho, Sven Mislintat, with wooing his former team-mate …