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Author Archive for Niall McVeigh

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Football quiz: runaway title winners

Liverpool are 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League. What do you remember about previous strolls to silverware?Liverpool are 22 points clear at the top of the league and look all but certain to win their 19th league title. What is the highes…

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Women’s Super League, Championship, Scottish Premiership: clockwatch – live!

Live updates from all Wednesday’s matchesScoreboard: follow all the goals as they go in!Why won’t clubs invest properly in WSL teams?Get in touch! Email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 5.52pm GMT Bit quiet with the winter break, isn’t it? In a word, no. T…

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Football quiz: guess the stadiums in these artistic images

Do you know the San Siro from Selhurst Park, Anfield from the Amex? Test your skills hereLet’s start with a relatively easy one. Which top-flight club plays here?Manchester CityNewcastleArsenalBrightonWhich ground is bathed in sunlight here?St Mary’sBr…

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Real Madrid dumped out by Real Sociedad in Copa del Rey thriller

• Real Madrid 3-4 Real Sociedad• Ten-man visitors hold on in frantic finaleReal Madrid have been dumped out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage, losing 4-3 to Real Sociedad at the Bernabéu.Alexander Isak struck twice for the Basque side as t…

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The Fiver | Honestly, when was the last decent Friday night game?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Like Weird Uncle Fiver, the Premier League appears hellbent on sticking with its ill-advised Friday night plans. Honestly, when was the last decent Friday night game? Admittedly, Wolves 3-2 Man City wa…

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Premier League team news, transfer latest and more: weekend countdown – live!

Press conference updates, injury news and the latest transfersTransfer window – every deal from Europe’s top five leaguesEmail Niall here, tweet @niallmcveigh or comment below 10.29am GMT Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has pledged his support to Austr…

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Premier League team news, transfer latest and more: weekend countdown – live!

Press conference updates, injury news and the latest transfersTransfer window – every deal from Europe’s top five leaguesEmail Niall here, tweet @niallmcveigh or comment below 10.29am GMT Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has pledged his support to Austr…

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Sport in 2020 calendar: your month-by-month guide to the year ahead

The Olympics and Paralympics head to Tokyo, Euro 2020 sends football fans around Europe, plus the return of the Ryder CupThe sporting year’s traditional raucous curtain-raiser, the PDC world darts final, takes place on New Year’s Day. The BDO champions…

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Fallon Sherrock becomes first woman to beat a man at PDC world darts

Sherrock defeats Ted Evetts 3-2 at Alexandra Palace‘I’ve proved women can beat the men,’ says 25-year-old Fallon Sherrock has made darts history, beating Ted Evetts 3-2 to become the first woman to win a PDC world championship match. The 25-year-old hi…

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Darts: Gary Anderson relieved to avoid PDC upset after beating Brendan Dolan

2015 champion Anderson wins opening game 3-021-year-old Callan Rydz knocks out Steve LennonThe seeds have been falling fast at this year’s PDC world darts championship, but Gary Anderson comfortably avoided an early exit with a 3-0 victory over Brendan…

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Michael van Gerwen survives scare from Jelle Klaasen on PDC opening night

Van Gerwen recovers from set and a break downKim Huybrechts and Luke Humphries also throughThe defending PDC world champion, Michael van Gerwen, came through a big scare against Jelle Klaasen before winning 3-1 at Alexandra Palace.The world No 1 was fa…

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Euro 2020 draw: teams, venues and everything else you need to know

With 12 host cities, play-off permutations and serious air miles, Saturday will see a draw with a difference in BucharestEuro 2020 will be a tournament unlike any other. Hosted across 12 cities stretching from Dublin to Baku, it will feature 24 teams w…

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The Fiver | A reliable barometer of Emery’s second-tier status as a manager

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Good evening! The Unai Emery era is over at Arsenal and well, it was something. If you were feeling generous, you could call it a microcosm of the Wenger Years – pride, passion and excitement giving wa…

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Football rumours: Nuno Espírito Santo to take over at Arsenal?

Today’s fluff is going undercoverAt time of writing, Unai Emery is still the Arsenal manager, but it’s not looking good. The Spaniard’s office has been relocated to a trestle table in the basement, and Granit Xhaka is using his parking space. Metaphori…

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New Zealand v England: first Test, day three – live!

Over-by-over updates from Bay Oval in Mount MaunganuiCurran felt ‘bleak’ before delivering Williamson’s wicketDrop Niall an email | Tweet @niallmcveigh 9.47pm GMT “Following the progress of this game from a very wet Medellin,” writes the intrepid Will…

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New Zealand v England: first Test, day three – live!

Over-by-over updates from Bay Oval in Mount MaunganuiCurran felt ‘bleak’ before delivering Williamson’s wicketDrop Niall an email | Tweet @niallmcveigh 9.47pm GMT “Following the progress of this game from a very wet Medellin,” writes the intrepid Will…

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From Vardy to Lewandowski, vintage traditional No 9s are thriving again

The modern game was supposed to have left such centre-forwards behind, so why are they topping the scoring charts?Ever since Hungary swaggered into Wembley in 1953, deploying Nandor Hidegkuti as a “false nine” and shattering England’s superiority compl…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Croatia survive Slovakia scare to join Germany in finals

Croatia fight back to win 3-1 and secure qualificationGermany and Austria both wrap up place in finalsGermany, Croatia and Austria all sealed their places in the Euro 2020 finals with wins on Saturday, while a draw in Northern Ireland also confirmed qu…

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Football transfer rumours: Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech to join Tottenham?

Today’s fluff never cared for what they knowIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, less than 50 days until the January window creaks open, which means there may (or may not) be some actual substance to the latest chunks of hot gossip t…

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Football transfer rumours: Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech to join Tottenham?

Today’s fluff never cared for what they knowIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, less than 50 days until the January window creaks open, which means there may (or may not) be some actual substance to the latest chunks of hot gossip t…