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Author Archive for Niall McVeigh

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Football quiz: identify the stadiums pictured from a distance

Twelve football grounds in a dozen spectacular landscape photos. But how many can you name?We’ll start with an old-school English ground. But who plays there?Birmingham CityEvertonBlackburn RoversLeicester CityMoving to the continent – can you name thi…

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The Fiver | Teams That Are Quite Close And Don’t Get On That Well Sunday!

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver doesn’t really do Sundays. Turning out five whole days of tea-timely football chat generally requires a 72-hour, Tin-based recovery period before we do the whole thing again. But not this Sun…

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Footballer alive and well despite Irish amateur club’s report of his death

Ballybrack FC claimed Fernando Nuno La-Fuente had diedClub have apologised after player was tracked down in SpainAn amateur football team from Dublin has apologised after erroneously reporting that one of their players had died.Ballybrack FC had inform…

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Australia v England: Women’s World Twenty20 final – live!

Over-by-over updates from Antigua, 12am GMT startFour players who could decide the finalAnd why not email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 11.28pm GMT So it’s Saturday night in England, and Sunday morning in Australia. Who’s out there? Whether you’re in a …

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Football League: Boro and Leeds profit after Rotherham deny Blades

Leeds see off Bristol City, Middlesbrough win at BrentfordPreston rout Blackburn in derby, Sunderland snatch drawSheffield United lost ground in the promotion race after a dramatic South Yorkshire derby at Rotherham. Chris Basham thought he had earned …

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Roger Federer v Dominic Thiem: ATP World Tour Finals – live!

Federer must win to avoid early exit in LondonFederer in firing line over scheduling claimsEmail Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 8.18pm GMT First set: Thiem 1-0* Federer (*denotes next server) Thiem bundles a volley into the net to slip 0-30 behind, but r…

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Football transfer rumours: Wigan Athletic’s Nick Powell to Leipzig?

Today’s fluff has freedom of movementToday’s Mill is jam-packed with players poised to swap the continent for Britain, and vice versa. That could all change after Brexit – with some reports suggesting Premier League sides would be restricted to just 12…

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FA Cup second round draw – live!

There are 40 balls in the pot as the teams discover their fateFA Cup: Non-league Guiseley shock Cambridge, Chorley land replayEmail Niall.McVeigh@theguardian.com Tweet @niallmcveigh 5.58pm GMT There are 17 non-league teams in the hat for the FA Cup dra…

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Tony Bellew v Oleksandr Usyk: boxing world title fight – live!

Updates from the cruiserweight contest at Manchester ArenaEmail Niall your thoughts or tweet @niallmcveigh 10.44pm GMT And now it’s Oleksandr ‘The Cat’ Usyk, who enters to ‘Sweet Dreams’, mixed with what I have to presume is Ukrainian rock. He gives th…

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Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday: Championship – live!

Steel City derby updates, kick-off 7.45pm GMTBen Fisher: diverging rivals test their mettleThe Fiver: John Ashdown previews the gameYou can email Niall your thoughts or tweet @niallmcveigh 8.05pm GMT McGoldrick steps up and fires for the far corner – b…

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

Updates from the 5pm GMT kick-off at the BSFZ ArenaMoving the Goalposts: football changing lives in KenyaEmail Niall here or tweet @niallmcveigh 4.13pm GMT Today’s game is being broadcast live on Twitter (@Lionesses). Seems a shame the world’s third-be…

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Rangers v Spartak Moscow: Europa League – live!

Europa League Group G updates, kick-off at 8pm BSTSporting v Arsenal – live with Michael Butler!Live scores – follow all the goals as they go inEmail Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 7.27pm BST So, Gerrard makes three changes from the team that earned a fi…

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Watford v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offYoga, tackles, timekeeping: Gracia’s Watford revolutionClockwatch – live with Barry Glendenning!And feel free to email Niall or tweet him 5.17pm BST A brief pre-match chat with José Mourinho, who says …

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Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-offQuiz! Test your Spurs v Liverpool knowledgeSend your emails to Niall or tweet him @niallmcveigh 11.32am BST After that inconvenient international break, the Premier League is back with a bang. And w…

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Sports quiz of the week: Cook, Kaepernick and county cricket

Featuring an unusual coach in South America, David Beckham’s Florida franchise and Australian embarrassmentAlastair Cook will retire from international cricket after England’s fifth Test against India. The former captain is England’s all-time leading r…

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Sports quiz of the week: Cook, Kaepernick and county cricket

Featuring an unusual coach in South America, David Beckham’s Florida franchise and Australian embarrassmentAlastair Cook will retire from international cricket after England’s fifth Test against India. The former captain is England’s all-time leading r…

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Stray dog becomes ‘assistant’ to head coach of football team in Paraguay

• ‘Tesapara’ attends Club Sporting 2 de Mayo games and training• ‘She is the club’s guardian,’ says head coach Carlos SaguierParaguayan second-tier side Club Sporting 2 de Mayo have a secret weapon in their bid to reach the top flight – a stray dog who…

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Ten of the best value-for-money signings in the European transfer window

From William Carvalho’s switch to Sporting to Danny Ings’ Southampton loan, there were some shrewd-looking deals done across the continentThe crisis at Sporting has led to a summer exodus, with several players leaving Lisbon for cut-price fees. Goalkee…

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Manchester City: rating every signing in 10 years of Abu Dhabi ownership

City have bought David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero but also Eliaquim Mangala, Fernando and Scott Sinclair in their quest for Premier League dominanceSince completing their takeover of Manchester City 10 years ago today, Sheikh Mansour’s Ab…

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Transfer deadline day: updates from EFL, Scotland and around Europe – live!

Latest updates as the European transfer window closesTransfer interactive: catch up on all the dealsEmail Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 5.49pm BST Hazard leaves Chelsea, etc and so on:One more Hazard left at Chelsea. Kylian Hazard has joined Cercle Brug…