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The Fiver | Mercury is in retrograde which is bad news for the Catalan Capricorn

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Given the predictably ludicrous levels of hype – Sky Sports News’s Countdown To Kick-Off timer tells us there’s (eek!) just two more days to go! – it’s tempting to suggest that, as with New Year’s Eve,…

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Football transfer rumours: Tottenham want Fernandes, Aarons and Mateta?

Today’s fluff is lateWhat time is it? Nope, not Dinner, Question or Hammer. It’s Rumour Time! Well, it’s probably more like half-past Rumour Time, in all fairness, but let’s not allow tardiness to diminish our fun, eh?First to Spurs, where Mauricio Poc…

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Manchester United v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 8pm BST kick-off at Old TraffordArsenal have edge as they and United chase old gloryThe Fiver: Barry Glendenning on tonight’s matchEmail John or tweet him with your thoughts 3.09pm BST Hello all. And welcome to what could be a wet and …

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Premier League 2019?20 preview No 15: Sheffield United

The club have broken their transfer record four times since promotion and in Chris Wilder they have an impressive managerGuardian writers’ predicted position: 20th (NB: this is not necessarily John Ashdown’s prediction but the average of our writers’ t…

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Tour de France 2019: stage 11 – live!

Rolling report of the 167km stage from Albi to ToulouseBrailsford keen to ‘twist knife’ into Team Ineos’s rivalsEmail John here or tweet @John_Ashdown 11.36am BST As this stage is short and pretty damn flat there’s a slightly later start today – racin…

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Tour de France 2019: full team-by-team guide

Our in-depth look at every team, the riders to watch and the cast of characters tearing through FrancePerennial French challengers who’ll come to the fore when the race goes uphill (which this year is pretty much straight away). Expect to see their bro…

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County cricket: Sussex v Durham and more – live

All the latest from the County ChampionshipIndia v West Indies: World Cup – live!Wednesday roundup: Surrey earn first win of seasonAnd you can email John here, tweet him here or comment BTL 11.21am BST Another wicket for Northants. Coles again, this ti…

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Cricket World Cup 2019: team-by-team guide

The complete rundown of the contenders, pretenders and outsiders as the tournament approachesProspects Their success remains one of the feelgood stories in international cricket but they’re now established regulars in the top international tournaments….

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Cricket World Cup 2019: team-by-team guide

The complete rundown of the contenders, pretenders and outsiders as the tournament approachesProspects Their success remains one of the feelgood stories in international cricket but they’re now established regulars in the top international tournaments….

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The Fiver | Have the Football Gods slaked their thirst for memorable moments?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It’s a golden time for great climaxes. Is that policeman a Good Policeman or a Bad Policeman? Will the Dragon Lady beat the Frosty Lads? Do Iron Face and Norwegian Jesus finally triumph over Big Daddy …

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Sheffield United ready for a Premier League walk on the Wilder side | John Ashdown

The former United player took over when the club were in League One and has achieved a remarkable transformation“Every three weeks I need my hair cutting.” There’s a video, much beloved of Sheffield United supporters, of Chris Wilder speaking to local …

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The Spin | Mexico all set for CAC 2019: ‘People think it’s the game from Alice in Wonderland’

Mexico may have only one proper cricket pitch but the country’s relationship with the sport goes way back and it plays host to the Central American Cricket Championships this weekThe umpires are flying in from Canada, the problems with Costa Rica’s hot…

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Football transfer rumours: Niklas Sule to Manchester United for £50m?

Today’s fluff is overdone and dry. OVERDONE AND DRY!Ah, Bank Holiday Monday. A lie-in. The prospect of a breakfast a grade or two up from the usual. Perhaps the pub at lunchtime? Perhaps. A hint, just a hint, of peace and quiet.NOT FOR THE MILL! Transf…

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Livermore’s late stunner seals dramatic West Brom win over Birmingham City

West Brom kept alive their slim hopes of an automatic promotion spot with Jake Livermore’s crashing half-volley sealing a dramatic comeback win against Birmingham at the Hawthorns, their third victory in succession under the caretaker manager, James Sh…

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The Joy of Six: great moments in cycling’s Monuments | John Ashdown

From peak Merckx and Hinault’s recovery from canine calamity to Cooke’s Ronde romp, six of the most memorable ClassicsIt’s probably fair to say Bernard Hinault was not in the best of moods as he approached the final few kilometres of the 1981 Paris-Rou…

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The Fiver | The two-footed knee-high lunge of a crocodile-filled moat

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Back in 2003 Romanian fourth division side Steaua Nicolae Balcescu had a problem. The Man was threatening to kick the club out of the league after a rash of pitch invasions and off-field violence. A dr…

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Football transfer rumours: Federico Chiesa to make £70m Spurs move?

Today’s fluff has it all under control After football’s Day Of Shame™ we could all do with some cheering up, so how about we tuck into the one thing that can put a smile on the face of even the most disillusioned fan: a bucketload of wild transfer spec…

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Jürgen Klopp says self-belief is key for ‘world class’ Sadio Mané

• Liverpool manager says forward’s confidence is growing• Everton go into Merseyside derby without a win for 10 yearsJürgen Klopp says Sadio Mané has begun to realise that he is a “world-class player” and that the confidence that brings can help the Se…

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Hernández and Bamford send Leeds back to the top with win over West Brom

Leeds United returned to the top of the Championship with an emphatic 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, sealed by Pablo Hernández’s first-minute strike, a Patrick Bamford double and Ezgjan Alioski’s late tap-in, enough to see Marcelo Bielsa’s side…

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Barnet v Brentford: FA Cup fourth round – live!

All the action from the 7.45pm GMT kick-off at The HiveThe Barnet fan who has seen 2,020 straight gamesFeel free to email John or to tweet @John_Ashdown 7.06pm GMT #BarnetFC line-up versus @BrentfordFC pic.twitter.com/61ekGUzTMB1?1?Here’s how we lineu…