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Watford v West Ham United: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 4pm GMT kick-offEmail Lawrence here or Tweet him here, if you fancyLive scoreboard: the latest from Sunday’s matchesMoyes: West Ham job is not my last chance in management 3.21pm GMT Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Fem…

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Scotland v New Zealand: rugby union international – live!

All Blacks take on Scotland at Murrayfield (5.15pm GMT kick-off)England v Australia: all the action from Twickenham – live!And feel free to email your thoughts to Lawrence 5.54pm GMT 31 min Scrum for New Zealand in their own 22. I haven’t needed to bri…

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England v Australia: rugby union international – live!

Wallabies head to Twickenham for autumn international clashEddie Jones ready to throw his England pen if it makes great TVAnd feel free to email your thoughts to Lawrence 2.43pm GMT There have been the usual barbs flying between Eddie Jones and Michael…

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Manchester City v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Latest action from the 2.15pm GMT kickoff at the Etihad StadiumGuardiola predicts English charge in EuropeEmail Lawrence | Tweet: @lawrenceostlereTottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – live! 1.52pm GMT Full-time at Wembley… Related: Tottenham Hotspur v…

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F1: Mexico Grand Prix 2017 – live!

Updates as Lewis Hamilton looks to clinch fourth world titleGiles Richards: why Lewis Hamilton is one of the greatsFeel free to email Lawrence or tweet @lawrenceostlere 7.29pm GMT 1 Verstappen2 Bottas3 Ocon4 Hulkenberg5 Pérez6 Raikkonen7 Stroll8 Magnus…

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Kevin Nolan: ‘Young English managers have to believe there’s still room for us at the top’

The former West Ham midfielder discusses how he has transformed Notts County as player-manager, why he is happy to be likened to Sam Allardyce and his Champions League ambitionsIt is a sign of Notts County’s recent transformation that their self-assure…

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Kevin Nolan: ‘Young English managers have to believe there’s still room for us at the top’

The former West Ham midfielder discusses how he has transformed Notts County as player-manager, why he is happy to be likened to Sam Allardyce and his Champions League ambitionsIt is a sign of Notts County’s recent transformation that their self-assure…

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Football League: Wolves slip at QPR as Shrewsbury’s unbeaten run finally ends

Sheffield United stayed on top of the Championship, Bolton suffered late heartbreak at Craven Cottage while the teenage Harvey Barnes scored a stunner• Sheffield United started the day on top of the Championship following their Yorkshire derby success …

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The 10-year-old US soccer sensation and social media star snapped up by Roma | Lawrence Ostlere

Alessandro Cupini has more than 40,000 followers on Instagram and his own pitch in his basement in Kansas City which he will soon be leaving to join the Serie A club, getting around Fifa’s youth regulations thanks to dual-citizenshipIn the south of Kan…

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Football transfer rumours: Marcos Alonso to Barça, Julian Weigl to Manchester City?

Today’s tittle-tattle is asleepHaving spent their Saturday afternoon fruitlessly beating fists against José Mourinho’s brick wall, Liverpool reckon some fresh cut and thrust is in order. The man on Jürgen Klopp’s radar is Sheffield United’s rising star…

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Football League: Sheffield United keep pace at top while Luton hit seven

Sheffield United edge out Ipswich 1-0 in a result marred by an injury to Kieron Freeman, Leeds lose again and Wigan return to the top of League One• Sheffield United took their chance to draw level with Cardiff, the league leaders coming into the weeke…

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Slovenia v Scotland: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

4.15pm BST

Slovenia Oblak; Struna, Mevlja, Cesar (c), Jokic; Kurtic, Rotman; Repas, Ilicic, Verbic; Matavz.

Subs: Skubic, Viler, Sirok, Belec, Bezjak, Mlinar Delamea, Koprivec, Vetrih.

1.43pm BST

If football games lasted 85 minutes, Scotland would have nine points and presumably Gordon Strachan would be looking to secure a gig on ITV’s World Cup coverage next year. Instead Scotland head into their final group game with 17 points and a manager still hopeful of leading his team to Russia and their first World Cup for 20 years.

He has overseen the remarkable turnaround of a team almost down and out when they first played Slovenia six months ago. Having been thumped 3-0 by both Slovakia and England, Scotland were ambling towards an insipid draw – and quite possibly Strachan’s sacking – at Hampden Park when Chris Martin bobbled in a late winner off the post.

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Castleford v Leeds: Grand Final 2017 – live!

6.49pm BST

No try! Briscoe is adjudged to have pushed a defender off the ball before grounding for the try and for the second time Leeds are denied by the video referee. Despite everything, it’s still Castleford 0-6 Leeds.

6.48pm BST

37 min Moon pumps one into the sky but Castleford defend it well and come forward again – until Holmes fumbles one and a quick McGuire kick sets up a try opportunity for Leeds. Briscoe gets close to touching down before crashing into the advertising hoardings, and once again James Child refers to the television official…

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Football League: Hull thrash woeful Birmingham as Shrewsbury win again

Wolves downed Burton 4-0 to move within a point of Cardiff at the top of the Championship while League Two leaders Notts County suffered a surprise loss

• Steve Cotterill was in the stands at the KCom Stadium to see the enormity of his task as the new Birmingham City manager, having been appointed on Friday to take charge of the struggling Blues. He watched them receive a 6-1 thumping from Hull City sparked by Fraizer Campbell’s seventh-minute opener, in a rout that keeps Birmingham in the bottom three. Cotterill will need all his 20 years of managerial experience to reinvigorate a piecemeal squad patched together by three different managers who have accrued only one win in their past nine Championship games. The result brought timely relief for the Hull manager Leonid Slutsky, ending the Tigers’ five-match winless run.

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Marco Silva’s proactivity and patience are key to Watford transformation | Lawrence Ostlere

The anticipation of half-time changes by Swansea and being prepared to wait for his resulting new system to bed in while giving instructions from the sideline could be a defining weapon

How many other Premier League managers would have done what Marco Silva did? Watford were 1-0 up and looking comfortable against Swansea City on Saturday when half-time came. In the home dressing room at the Liberty Stadium, Paul Clement prepared two substitutions in an attempt to turn the game. In the away dressing room, Silva anticipated the changes and reacted by ditching the four-man defence Watford had used in every minute of the season so far to play three at the back.

“We changed at half-time as we know they will do this change to three up front,” Silva reflected. “They started to react in the last minutes of the first half. They changed in the second half to two strikers with [Jordan] Ayew in behind – three strong players to challenge in duels. We changed things in half-time as well, to prepare for this situation.”

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Football League: Alfred N’Diaye winner sees Wolves keep pace at summit

• Wolves, Leeds and Cardiff all win to create four-point table-top buffer
• Shrewsbury are Football League’s last unbeaten side as Exeter finally lose

• These are still early days, yet it is hard to ignore the four-point cushion the top three sides have built themselves. Leeds, Wolves and Cardiff all survived close calls, and ultimately all won, to find themselves level on 20 points with the rest looking up. Leeds benefited from a slice of fortune when Bartosz Bialkowski, Ipswich’s goalkeeper and player of the season last term, spilled a corner over his goal-line and a flash on referee Geoff Eltringham’s watch confirmed the error. That put Leeds 3-1 up at a time when Ipswich had their hosts under pressure and, despite Joe Garner’s reply, the home side held on for a 3-2 win.

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Southampton v Manchester United, Stoke v Chelsea and more: Premier League – live!

11.30am BST

Put down that delicious glass of Carabao – the Premier League is back! And how: Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all play on Saturday at 3pm for the first time this century, probably, in a stonking lineup:

West Ham v Tottenham (follow it here!)
Burnley v Huddersfield
Everton v Bournemouth
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Manchester United
Stoke v Chelsea
Swansea v Watford
Leicester v Liverpool (5.30pm BST)

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Vuelta a España 2017: stage 16 individual time trial – live!

1.57pm BST

@lawrenceostlere Don’t discount Gianni Moscon or Julian Alaphilippe putting in a very good dig at the ITT!

I certainly won’t – Julian Alaphilippe has just begun his time trial, though AG2R’s Alexis Gougeard is the Frenchman burning rubber right now. He went through the second checkpoint, at 28km, 11 seconds up on Daniel Oss.

1.51pm BST

Team Sky’s Ian Stannard clocked 50min 53sec, just shy of Koning’s then-leading mark which has been surpassed by BMC’s Daniel Oss and then Yves Lampaert a couple of minutes later. Oss edged out the Belgian by 18 seconds and leads the standings with a time of 48min 49sec. Plenty of riders to come, of course, but that is the mark to beat. Here was Stannard setting off:

Ya en carrera también ciclistas del @TeamSky
The first rider of @TeamSky is road to Logroño.#LV2017 https://t.co/ExV8k7kCMf pic.twitter.com/VjnoKxRrG1

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Golden Goal: Lionel Messi for Barcelona v Santos (2011)

Barça’s beautiful opening goal in the Club World Cup final epitomised more than any other Pep Guardiola’s vision for how he wanted his team to play

Should you ever happen to go for a beer with Pep Guardiola, tread carefully. Things might start off OK, discussing Oktoberfest or how to wear a rollneck with trainers, but inevitably conversation would turn to Barcelona’s glory years, at which point you would laud a famous European title or decisive clásico, and Pep would quietly place down his glass, straighten his rollneck and depart. Perfectionists always find flaws even in what others might consider their best work; to Guardiola, his pinnacle at Barcelona was never in beating Manchester United or Real Madrid, but on a December night in Yokohama when his team carved Santos to pieces.

Eight days before the 2011 Club World Cup final, Barcelona travelled to the Bernabéu in La Liga. For the past three years they had been an obscenely great football team, one of the best ever, dominating Spain and Europe. Carles Puyol led like an army general, Dani Alves’s flagrant disregard for defending was impossible to read, Xavi hadn’t misplaced a pass since 2008 – and they had Lionel Messi. They could be monotonous – tiki, taka, tiki, taka – but part of the thrill was not knowing when it would end or what they’d invent when it did.

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Football League: Bradford’s Charlie Wyke grabs hat-trick while Mansfield get lucky

Bradford City beat a limp Bristol Rovers 3-1 at Valley Parade, Peterborough’s perfect record came to an end and Wycombe downed Forest Green by half-time

• After Bradford lost to Blackburn two weeks ago – their first league defeat at Valley Parade for 32 games – the manager Stuart McCall bemoaned the recent absence of the injured Charlie Wyke; in the day’s early kick-off Wyke showed exactly what they’d been missing. The striker scored a hat-trick to see off Bristol Rovers with two goals from corners and a brave back-post header to wrap up the feat, before a late Billy Bodin consolation made it 3-1. City threw away a three-goal lead at Walsall last weekend but a repeat never looked likely, as Wyke’s first goals of the season restored some of that home aura which carried them close to promotion last year.

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