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Australian Open 2019: Venus Williams in deciding set, plus Wawrinka, Djokovic and Halep – live!

Updates from the night session on day two at Melbourne ParkAny thoughts? Email or tweet @benfisherj 8.12am GMT Disbelief on Margaret Court, as the umpire calls for hindrance as Buzarnescu buries a winner against Williams at 30-15. Buzarnescu is pulled …

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Football transfer rumours: Morata to Atlético? Wilson to Chelsea for £50m?

Today’s fluff wants to go out with a bangThe hum around Álvaro Morata continues. With Chelsea keen to bolster their forward line, Maurizio Sarri is said to be ready to cast Morata off into the Spanish sunset, with Atlético Madrid joining Sevilla in the…

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Ten Football League teenagers to watch in 2019 | Ben Fisher

From Leeds United’s Jack Clarke to Middlesbrough’s Marcus Tavernier, these 10 talented teenagers are quickly becoming fixtures in the future of footballAfter several game-changing cameos off the bench, the York-born forward was finally handed his full …

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Rangers v Celtic: Scottish Premiership – live!

Scottish Premiership updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off at IbroxSocceroos boss denies Rogic is unhappy after club v country rowYou can email Ben your thoughts or via Twitter @benfisherj 11.49am GMT Some essential pre-match reading, courtesy of Ewan …

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 – live!

Latest updates and reaction from the awards show in BirminghamThe Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2018Feel free to email Ben or to tweet: @benfisherj 7.07pm GMT Gary Lineker introduces himself, Clare Balding tells us “sport has that special …

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Is the Championship the best league in the country? | Ben Fisher

Second tier may not match Premier League’s quality but its entertainment and unpredictability provide compelling dramaWhether it’s the absurdity of a 97th-minute Teemu Pukki winner, the way Marcelo Bielsa studiously refers to opposition players not by …

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Euro 2020 qualifying draw – live!

Updates from the draw in Dublin, starting at 11am GMTPolitics, weather and 55 nations – how the draw worksEmail Ben or tweet @benfisherj with your thoughts 11.05am GMT Before the off in Dublin, a few more things to run through. Five of the 10 groups wi…

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Daniel Stendel: the German England fan bringing success to Barnsley

Stendel, who has locked horns with Klopp as a player and Guardiola as a manager, has impressed with his positive styleAmong the hundreds watching the World Cup unfold on the big screen at The Garrison in Barnsley last summer was a German wearing an Eng…

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Formula 1 — live!

Live updates from Abu Dhabi, start time 1.10pm start (GMT)Alonso bows out with no regrets despite F1 disappointmentsFeel free to email Ben or tweet @BenFisherj 12.46pm GMT Max Verstappen is fed up of taking flak for that shove on Sebastian Ocon, with t…

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Spate of sackings shows how tough it is for managers to better themselves

Attempting to emulate Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche is a thankless task, and one seemingly getting harder, and moving up the ladder often ends in tearsA season barely three months old has already chewed up and spat out almost an entire matchday squad of ma…

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Michael Johnson: ‘I stopped counting after 42 rejected job applications’

A disillusioned Michael Johnson was ready to quit football when a kick up the backside from a friend and a Brendan Rodgers soundbite changed his life“I raced home,” Michael Johnson says as he recalls his cocktail of emotions after flying through the do…

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Jayce Olivero: from Abingdon United to facing Hazard with Gibraltar

Student and non-league defender on the thrill of turning out for his country and tears that greeted their first competitive winIf Craig David considers his 7 Days hectic, he clearly has never met Jayce Olivero. Take the international break last month w…

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Brazilian Grand Prix: F1 – live!

Lap-by-lap commentary as Lewis Hamilton starts on poleHamilton takes Brazilian F1 GP pole as he bids for 10th race winFeel free to email Ben Fisher | Tweet @benfisherj 4.40pm GMT This race is Kimi Räikkönen’s 150th – and penultimate – race for Ferrari…

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England v Sweden: women’s international football friendly – live!

Live updates from the 1.30pm kick-off in RotherhamStage set for England to honour HoughtonEmail Ben or tweet @benfisherj 12.33pm GMT Back on home soil after a convincing win in Vienna, Phil Neville’s side can extend their unbeaten run to nine matches w…

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England v Sweden: women’s international football friendly – live!

Live updates from the 1.30pm kick-off in RotherhamStage set for England to honour HoughtonEmail Ben or tweet @benfisherj 12.33pm GMT Back on home soil after a convincing win in Vienna, Phil Neville’s side can extend their unbeaten run to nine matches w…

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Which FA Cup team will run out to I Fought the Law? Met Police, of course

The club abandoned their police-only policy to avoid folding but links remain strong and they face Newport full of optimismMetropolitan Police FC, a team shrouded in myth and misunderstood in some quarters, are dreaming. The seventh-tier side, mid-tabl…

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Chelsea v Crystal Palace: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 4pm GMT kick-off at Stamford Bridge‘No secret’ we wanted Loftus-Cheek back, says HodgsonEmail Ben or tweet @benfisherj with your thoughts 3.26pm GMT There is another start for Ross Barkley, the midfielder transformed under Maurizio Sar…

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Back to the Bridge: Frank Lampard takes his Derby side ‘home’ | Ben Fisher

Rookie manager returns to Chelsea for a Carabao Cup tie and expects to be reunited with ‘40,000-plus friends’“It will feel nice,” says Frank Lampard, chuckling a little sheepishly when asked about the inevitable moment when the Chelsea supporters sing …

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Paul Hurst looks for a lifeline to pull Tractor Boys out of a deep rut | Ben Fisher

Ipswich’s new manager took a bulldozer to the squad but the revamp has left them bottom of the ChampionshipFor Ipswich, it was not supposed to be like this. One victory in 14 matches underlines a miserable few months since a changing of the guard at Po…

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FA Cup first-round draw – live!

Live updates from the draw at Hitchin Town’s groundIs football being damaged by too many games on TV? 7.18pm BST Barnet v Bristol Rovers 7.17pm BST Lincoln City v Northampton Town Continue reading…