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Kazakhstan v England, Albania v Scotland: Women’s World Cup qualifying – live!

Women’s World Cup qualifying updates from around EuropePalace Ladies’ players told to each raise £250 to keep club goingSend your emails to Nick here, or tweet @NickMiller79 4.23pm BST Double chance for Scotland: Cuthbert is put clean through but shoot…

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Virat Kohli and the greatest batting performances in a losing cause | The Spin

It’s not unusual for a batsman to sit astride a series, atop a pile of runs, but it is unusual for them to do so from a losing positionOf all the records that Don Bradman holds, his dominance of the 1930 Ashes series is up there with the most unbreakab…

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Virat Kohli and the greatest batting performances in a losing cause | The Spin

It’s not unusual for a batsman to sit astride a series, atop a pile of runs, but it is unusual for them to do so from a losing positionOf all the records that Don Bradman holds, his dominance of the 1930 Ashes series is up there with the most unbreakab…

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Jürgen Klopp: I’m really happy Alisson’s first Liverpool clanger is out of the way

• Goalkeeper’s mistake gave away goal against Leicester• ‘I am happy it happened … we don’t have to wait for it now‘When is a manager happy with his goalkeeper giving away a goal after trying a Cruyff turn in his own box? This is not the start of a jok…

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Europa League group stage draw – live!

Follow the group stage draw as it unfolds from 12pmBurnley’s Europa League dream ends against OlympiakosEmail Nick here or tweet him @NickMiller79 11.34am BST Pot oneSevilla Arsenal Chelsea Zenit St PetersburgBayer Leverkusen Dynamo Kyiv Be?ikta? Red B…

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Wolves’ attacking verve offers new approach to facing Manchester City | Nick Miller

Contained but courageous, Nuno Espírito Santo’s tactics posed Pep Guardiola’s champions serious problems at MolineuxTo give an idea of how well Wolves played on Saturday, Pep Guardiola did not seem especially upset that his side took only a point again…

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Charlton staff hit out at owner Roland Duchâtelet over bonuses

• Owner said to have reneged on ‘incentivised bonuses’ deal• Charlton still in limbo with Australian takeover dragging onStaff at Charlton Athletic have expressed “extreme disappointment” after bonuses they say were promised to them by the owner, Rolan…

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Real Madrid v Getafe: La Liga – live!

Updates from Real Madrid’s league opener at the BernabéuRonaldo’s Juventus debut ends in dramatic late winSend Nick an email | Tweet @NickMiller79 6.09pm BST Here we go then. The post-Ronaldo/Zidane era at Real Madrid begins in earnest. Of course it a…

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Manchester United start in style with Lizzie Arnot winner at Liverpool

• Fara Williams scores hat-trick in Reading’s 4-1 win over Durham• Manchester City held to draw by Birmingham CityManchester United Women’s first competitive game could not have ended in sweeter fashion as they beat Liverpool Women 1-0 in the FA C…

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The Joy of Six: footballers who can take or leave football | Nick Miller

Some players are happy to live their lives and not let careers on the pitch dominate their existence. Here are a few of themOf all the players who seemed to play football with a passion and joie de vivre, Batistuta seemed among the most passionate and …

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Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff: the best-prepared trio of promoted clubs ever?

The three teams to come up from the Championship are all on different paths, but all look capable of staying up and maybe doing a lot more besidesThe summer is ending, the new season is here, and three fresh clubs are joining the Premier League, charge…

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Premier League 2018?19 preview No 20: Wolves | Nick Miller

Nuno Espírito Santo’s Championship winners arrive looking well-prepared for life in the top flight where – for the first time ever – they will face none of their West Midlands rivalsGuardian writers’ predicted position: 10th (NB: this is not necessaril…

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The Fiver | A convenient time to request a one-way ticket on Do One Airways

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!If you’ve spotted Maurizio Sarri scrabbling around in the last few days, the chances are he’s looking for a trap door. At the end of last season, when it was mooted that Sarri would swap Napoli for Che…

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Football transfer rumours: Boateng to snub Manchester United?

Today’s flim-flam has a fenceOh, José. Manchester’s grumpiest man apparently has even more cause to be unhappy on Wednesday, because of a phone call from Germany, and whispers from within his own camp. First, the latter: according to the Daily Mail, Pa…

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Championship, Scottish Premiership and more: football clockwatch – live!

Live updates from Saturday’s 3pm kick-offsLive scores – every goal as it goes inAny comments? You can email Nick or tweet 1.59pm BST Here are a couple more EFL-related pieces that are worth your time.Dave Hytner, with some exceptional detail on Marcelo…

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The Fiver | Never fancied him anyway

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Barcelona have a new player. His name is Malcom. He joins new signings called Arthur and Clement, along with existing Barça players named Douglas and Miranda, meaning they’re only a Norman and Beryl aw…

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Aston Villa should stick with steady Steve Bruce after recent turmoil | Nick Miller

Bruce ultimately failed to deliver promotion last season but may be best placed to keep the team on track, even with new investors and financial worries easedFor every participant, the Championship play-off final always has plenty riding on it. This ye…

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The Fiver | A bloke in nets who can be relied upon to catch the ball

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Chris Rock once said that men are only as faithful as their options. Similarly, football managers generally only get morally huffy about the disgraceful and distorting amounts of money in the game when…

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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea want Petr Cech back from Arsenal?

Today’s flim flam is brought to you by snotWe all know the feeling of temptation to go back to something comforting. An old friend, that hoodie you’ve had since you were 16 which could thus tell your life story through stains, your bed instead of facin…

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England v New Zealand: third women’s ODI – live!

Over-by-over coverage from the third and final ODI Second ODI: England complete series win over New ZealandAnd feel free to email Nick or tweet @NickMiller79 1.31pm BST …and will bat. 1.03pm BST The main question ahead of this third and final ODI of …