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Title race will go ‘right to the wire’, says Liverpool’s Andy Robertson

• Full-back says victory at Brighton was ‘massive’• Liverpool open up seven-point gap on Manchester CityAndy Robertson believes the title battle between Liverpool and Manchester City will be fought to the bitter end and that, with the margin for error …

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Everton v Bournemouth: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 2.15pm kick-offSilva knows he may have little time to get it right at EvertonSend your emails to Nick here | Or tweet @NickAmes82 1.48pm GMT And while we wait for this one, Arsenal and Chelsea are facing off in a big W…

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‘Everybody is coming out to beat us’: England look to deliver in Quad Series

England go into the series with targets on their backs but Helen Housby expects her team to cope with the added pressureWhen England Netball sat down with three of their closest rivals to create the Quad Series this decade, their motivation was twofold…

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The Fiver | A crack class of PhD students in undelivered promise

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver knows a good deal when it sees one. If we were, to pluck an image out of thin air, a highly capable 28-year-old midfielder who had never quite been fully appreciated in a decade’s service to …

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Egypt wins right to clean up another avoidable Africa Cup of Nations mess | Nick Ames

Football mad fans and the presence of Mohamed Salah can revive flagging tournament but for the fifth time in a row the original hosts – this time Cameroon – have had to be replacedSix weeks ago the notion that Egypt might host this summer’s Africa Cup …

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Newport County v Leicester: FA Cup third round – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the game at Rodney ParadeBarnet shock Sheffield United | Man City score seven past RotherhamEmail nick.ames@theguardian.com | Tweet @NickAmes82 5.17pm GMT The half ends with an Okazaki booking. This has been everything you…

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West Ham v Arsenal: Women’s Super League – live!

The WSL returns from its winter break with a 12.30pm kick-offWSL leaders Arsenal make the short trip to play West HamSend your emails to Nick here or tweet him @NickAmes82 12.34pm GMT Arsenal, in light blue, start us off and kick left to right. 12.29pm…

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Serena Guthrie’s stellar homecoming puts wind in sails of English netball

The sport’s ascent into the mainstream was confirmed by flair and fervour on show at Superleague’s showpiece eventWhen Serena Guthrie left Team Bath in 2015, relocating to the netball strongholds of New Zealand and Australia for the peak years of her c…

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Woking’s Geoff Chapple: ‘If you group together then never write off a shock’

The Cards’ manager when they pulled off FA Cup upsets in 1991 and 1997 believes the Surrey non-league side can do it again when they host Watford on Sunday“If I could I’d have marching bands out there, the Royal Marines, everything.” Geoff Chapple is s…

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Brighton’s Chris Hughton warns against ‘looking upwards’ after Everton win

• Manager says win against Everton proves club’s progress• But Brighton must not ‘start thinking we’re better than we are’Chris Hughton marks four years in charge of Brighton on Monday and, while he has never been one to luxuriate too fondly in his suc…

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Southampton v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from St Mary’s, kick-off 2.15pm GMTFernandinho’s absence reveals flaw in the City masterplanAnd feel free to email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 10.03am GMT What have we here? Manchester City *scrambling* to stay in the title race? N…

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The Joy of Six: Norwegians in English football

From Lars Bohinen to Morten Gamst Pedersen, some of the most enjoyable (but not necessarily the best) cult heroes from across the North Sea Just as Belgians were à la mode for the early and middle parts of this decade, for a while in the 1990s there wa…

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Football transfer rumours: José Mourinho back to Real Madrid?

Today’s rumours are MSG-fuelledWhat does every manager want? No, not a Christmas hamper. Every manager wants a WAR CHEST! Ole Gunnar Solskjær wouldn’t get through the winter nights without one and, once we’re into January, the new Manchester United car…

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Kevin De Bruyne denies exhaustion caused six-week absence

• Denial follows Guardiola suggesting player was ‘so exhausted’• Made comeback as substitute in Saturday’s Everton matchKevin De Bruyne has denied he felt tired at the end of last season but admits a summer break of three weeks was not long enough afte…

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Liverpool v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 4pm GMT kick-off at AnfieldKlopp and Liverpool sense chance to inflict killer blow on MourinhoYou can email Nick your thoughts or via Twitter @NickAmes82 3.56pm GMT The teams are on their way out! Mourinho, very animated…

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Football transfer rumours: Paul Pogba heading back to Juventus?

Today’s rumours are worth getting out of bed forSomebody has just informed the Mill that we are halfway through a full schedule of midweek Premier League fixtures, but we all know how success and failure are really measured. They’re tallied up by sensa…

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can be the league’s top scorer, says Unai Emery

• Arsenal striker heads Premier League scoring chart• Aubameyang has scored 20 league goals this yearUnai Emery wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to embrace the challenge of maintaining his hot streak to finish the season as the Premier League’s top goal…

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‘Nobody accepts this kind of behaviour’: Emery condemns banana-skin incident

• Four men charged over incidents during north London derby• Emery wants team to repeat fine display at Manchester UnitedUnai Emery has condemned the incident during Sunday’s north London derby in which a banana skin was thrown from the stands towards …

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Liverpool v Everton: Premier League – live!

Live updates from Anfield, kick-off 4.15pm (GMT)Feel free to email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 your thoughts 3.47pm GMT David Wall sets us up for a 5-5 thrilla:“Inevitably this game will go on to prove me wrong, but can anyone remember the last really gr…

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Manchester City v Arsenal: Women’s Super League – live!

Updates from the top-of-the-table clash, kick off 12.30pmSuzanne Wrack: How Arsenal swept to the WSL summitEmail Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 with your thoughts 12.52pm GMT 20 min: Now what do Arsenal have? Is there enough of a goal threat out there beyon…