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Mystic Marcus: is the World Cup’s psychic pig really 100% accurate?

Who will make the semis? Let’s ask Marcus, a pig who previously divined the Brexit vote and Trump’s victory – but who might have run out of steam this timeName: Mystic Marcus.Age: Eight. Continue reading…

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Socceroos World Cup squad: Jamie Maclaren survives the cut

Striker originally left out of Bert van Marwijk’s 27-man squad will go to Russia, as James Troisi, Nikita Rukavytsa, Josh Brillante and Fran Karacic miss outJamie Maclaren is going to Russia after all, as Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk named the Hibe…

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From gang life to team spirit: the youth mentor using cricket to turn lives around

Ex-convict and urban youth specialist Tanayah Sam knows first-hand the allure of gangs – and he’s using cricket to show youngsters an alternative pathTanayah Sam says things you wouldn’t expect to hear in the classroom. During his workshop, at St Edmun…

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Not the only game in town: how Liverpool discovered cricket

The city’s schoolchildren love their football, and few other sports get a look-in, but charity Chance to Shine is on a mission to bring cricket to the massesWhen you think about Liverpool and sport, you probably think of its Premiership football clubs,…

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Street cricket: the sport transforming Birmingham kids’ lives

In inner-city areas where children have few facilities, it’s easy to fall in with a bad crowd. One 12-year-old chose a different path, and is now a graduate, cricket coach and teacherAt 12 years old Siraj Ali wasn’t a bad kid. But, like many of the you…

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Can cricket become the game of choice for young BME women?

Cricket has a huge following among the BME community – particularly south Asians – yet few women try their hand at the sport. Two Leicestershire women have set out to change thatGrowing up in Pakistan, Nafeesa Katib remembers watching cricket with her …

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Huddersfield v Arsenal: match preview

Arsène Wenger takes charge of his final game against Huddersfield, fitting final opponents considering another Arsenal legend, Herbert Chapman, managed both clubs to huge success. Wenger one day should join Chapman immortalised in bronze outside the Em…

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Swansea v Stoke: match preview

A match many thought would have so much riding on it a few weeks ago is now effectively a dead rubber. Stoke are already condemned to the Championship and Swansea’s relegation will be confirmed at the final whistle. It promises to be a strange day, wit…

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Newcastle United v Chelsea: match preview

The consensus suggests this will be Antonio Conte’s last Premier League game in charge of Chelsea. Can he use it to somehow secure a top-four finish? Newcastle fans must trust this is not Rafael Benítez’s Tyneside swansong. The negotiations between the…

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Tottenham v Leicester: match preview

Leicester’s 3-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday was welcome, not least for Claude Puel but the mutterings continue that the manager is set to be replaced. Before midweek, his team had taken one point from an available 15 but three against Tottenham could…

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Liverpool v Brighton: match preview

Complaints over Liverpool’s recent league form have been excessive, given the limited midfield and forward options available to Jürgen Klopp while guiding the club into the Champions League final, but the last day equation is straight-forward on many l…

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Burnley v Bournemouth: match preview

Burnley are looking for their first win in five matches, against Bournemouth, but no one really cares about that at Turf Moor. Three points to see out a memorable season would be nice, but Burnley already have a hugely impressive 54 and have put themse…

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Southampton v Manchester City: match preview

Manchester City’s quest for 100 points come up against a Southampton side who are all but safe but technically still need a draw, after four away points in a week and with a 10-goal swing required if Swansea finally manage a win. Mark Hughes would give…

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Manchester United v Watford: match preview

Manchester United’s odd league campaign will have them end in second place whatever the result versus Watford despite José Mourinho’s side rarely exciting or convincing. The visitors arrive safe in 13th and could end as high as 10th should they beat Un…

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Crystal Palace v West Brom: match preview

Two of the division’s form teams meet on the final day, with the occasion little more than a celebration of the two managers. Roy Hodgson’s feat in steering Crystal Palace to safety, despite a chronic injury crisis, having been pointless in mid-October…

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West Ham United v Everton: match preview

David Moyes and Sam Allardyce face their former employers knowing that they could both be out of a job soon but supporters of both teams will probably feel more sentimental about Wayne Rooney. The Everton forward has an offer from DC United and this wi…

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Chelsea v Liverpool: match preview

Liverpool will arrive on a high with thoughts already fixed on the Champions League final later this month, but Chelsea could technically draw level on points with the team currently third should they win their next two fixtures. Antonio Conte’s side a…

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Arsenal v Burnley: match preview

This is the big one in terms of Arsène Wenger’s farewell – his final home game and Arsenal have lots planned, including ‘Merci Arsène’ T-shirts for the fans. Burnley will not play the obliging guests. Were they to win, they could end up finishing sixth…

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Manchester City v Huddersfield Town: match preview

On Saturday Manchester City will finally get their hands on the Premier League trophy, two weeks after claiming the crown. As always Pep Guardiola will ask his players to maintain focus as the manager’s intent is that every opposition should be blown a…

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Stoke City v Crystal Palace: match preview

It is do or die time for Stoke. A fourth successive draw would not be enough: Paul Lambert’s side must win this match if they are to have any chance of going into their final match of the campaign with survival still possible. Crystal Palace, though te…