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The Fiver | Lovren v Ramos, bad looks and the sense of box office

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!During the Ethics World Cup, Dejan Lovren was the darling among those grubbing for a sentence, a word, a mere arching of the eyebrow from footballers as they traipsed past hacks taking urgent phone cal…

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Football transfer rumours: Godín or Alderweireld to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff might be heading north soonIf Thursday felt like deadline day for the British cabinet then it follows that Friday should be a little woozy, a touch mellow, spent in a fug of regret and looming fear of whatever the Bad Thing was. Fortunate…

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Raheem Sterling broke ‘psychological barrier’ against Spain, says Southgate

• Coach sees new self-belief in Sterling after double in Seville• ‘We have got huge belief in him … the missing piece was goals’Raheem Sterling’s two goals against Spain last month took him through a “psychological barrier” that had been affecting hi…

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Celtic v RB Leipzig: Europa League – live!

Europa League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offEmail Nick or get in touch via Twitter @NickAmes82 7.49pm GMT Rangers hit the post in injury time but have lost 4-3 in Moscow – so Celtic fans’ evenings have, I’m guessing, started satisfactorily. 7.47pm G…

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The White Hart Lane club ready for action: Haringey living FA Cup dream

Seventh-tier side, whose season tickets are free, host AFC Wimbledon on their debut appearance in the first roundHalf an hour before he walks across the car park to oversee training, Tom Loizou is selling tickets behind the bar at Coles Park. A local c…

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

Updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off at Boreham WoodEni Aluko: Hats off to Emery – and Montemurro tooAnd you can email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 11.27am GMT Can anyone stop Arsenal? It doesn’t really look that way but if anyone can then it may well be…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off at WembleySimon Burnton: Wembley’s Hail Mary after NFL matchAnd why not email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 6.59pm GMT The pitch doesn’t look great, does it, and the NFL logo in the middle tells a few storie…

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Scotland v Portugal: International friendly — live!

Live updates from Hampden Park, kick-off 5pm (BST)Investments are protected and for now Ronaldo is too big to failEmail Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 4.05pm BST Scotland: Gordon, O’Donnell, Robertson, Hendry, McKenna, McGinn, Forrest, Armstrong, McBurnie, …

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Fulham v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 12pm BST kick-off at Craven CottageJean Michaël Seri: ‘You have to take risks in football’Email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 11.16am BST Interesting stuff there! No Mesut Ozil for Arsenal, he’s got a back injury apparently, while Aaron Ra…

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The farcical case of Virtus Entella: a ‘ghost’ club without a league to play in

Italy’s Serie B was plunged into chaos by three pre-season bankruptcies and Entella, who had hoped to profit, now find themselves in limbo between the second and third tiersOn Tuesday morning Gabriel Cleur and the rest of the Virtus Entella players, co…

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Cycling: men’s world road race championships – live!

Innsbruck is the venue for a fiendish courseAnna van der Breggen wins women’s road raceEmail nick.ames@theguardian.com or tweet @NickAmes82 9.32am BST Guten morgen from Innsbruck. It is an absolutely delightful day in this scenic Austrian outpost. The …

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Seema Jaswal: ‘We’re seeing more women in sports media, but there’s still a long way to go’

The Premier League presenter understands that as a woman with Asian heritage, she is both a pioneer and role model in a male-dominated industryThe idea that there might be barriers in her way did not occur to Seema Jaswal until, soon after deciding tha…

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Brighton v Liverpool: Women’s Super League – live!

WSL updates from the 12.15pm BST kick-offThe diehards helping football tackle taboo around periodsAnd feel free to email or tweet Nick your thoughts 11.46am BST Brighton: Gillett, Barton, Williams, Rafferty, Gibbons, Brett, Buet, Natkiel, A Whelan, Gre…

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F91 Dudelange welcome Milan with a sense of destiny and disbelief | Nick Ames

Dominant side in Luxembourg makes its Europa League debut against club that gave them their colours a century agoA five-minute drive from the centre of Dudelange, hugging a hill to the west of town, sits a community of colourful, tightly packed dwellin…

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Wolves v Burnley: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates as Wolves take on Burnley, 1.30pm (BST)Doherty is finally feeling at home in the company of WolvesAnd feel free to email Nick or tweet him to get in touch 1.04pm BST Wolves and Burnley first played each other in a league fixture …

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Wolves v Burnley: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates as Wolves take on Burnley, 1.30pm (BST)Doherty is finally feeling at home in the company of WolvesAnd feel free to email Nick or tweet him to get in touch 1.04pm BST Wolves and Burnley first played each other in a league fixture …

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Spain and Turkey victories augur well for Nations League’s future | Nick Ames

Scepticism and confusion over the Nations League have been overtaken by teams at all levels taking it seriouslyA pile-on by the corner flag in Stockholm said it best. Turkey had just come from two goals down to defeat a seemingly comfortable Sweden and…

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Spain and Turkey victories augur well for Nations League’s future | Nick Ames

Scepticism and confusion over the Nations League have been overtaken by teams at all levels taking it seriouslyA pile-on by the corner flag in Stockholm said it best. Turkey had just come from two goals down to defeat a seemingly comfortable Sweden and…

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Spain and Turkey victories augur well for Nations League’s future | Nick Ames

Scepticism and confusion over the Nations League have been overtaken by teams at all levels taking it seriouslyA pile-on by the corner flag in Stockholm said it best. Turkey had just come from two goals down to defeat a seemingly comfortable Sweden and…

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The Fiver | George Weah returns, but not everybody is left feeling fuzzy inside

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Timothy Weah has never scored three times against Gillingham. Timothy Weah is not a head of state. For both of those reasons, Timothy Weah has a way to go until he can match his father’s achievements, …