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The man who changed the world of sports mascots forever

Mascots were quite dull until Dave Raymond came along. He changed that, winning friends – and an enemy – along the wayYou probably know Dave Raymond. Or, at least, if you’ve paid any attention to sport and particularly American sport over the last 40 y…

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Brazil v Jamaica: Women’s World Cup – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the game in Grenoble10 young players to watch from the Women’s World CupSend your emails to Nick here or tweet him @NickMiller79 1.55pm BST A dramatic finish to the preceding game, where Italy have just beaten Australia wi…

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Football transfer rumours: Liverpool and Man City want James Maddison?

Today’s fluff is scepticalThe Rumour Mill sometimes feels out of step with the modern world, with the kids playing snake on their mobile telephones while listening to Smashmouth on their MP3 players and chatting away on MSN Messenger. We also often fee…

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England v New Zealand: women’s international friendly – live!

Live updates from Amex Stadium, 1pm (BST) kick-offGeorgia Stanway: ‘It’s been a whirlwind. I don’t think it’s real’Feel free to email Nick or tweet @NickMiller79 1.29pm BST 28 mins: New Zealand create more problems where there were none with some poor …

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The Spin | When Lance Klusener set the standard for cricketing all-rounders

The 1999 World Cup ended in tears for Klusener and South Africa but his work with bat and ball was still astonishingFor years, cricket was a game of specialists. You were expected to be good at what you were good at, and that was it. In the last couple…

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Sex, respect and a big mistake: who gave these quotes this season?

Who gave up? Who couldn’t believe it? Whose eyes don’t lie? Who said: “Three for me and two for them, two. So respect man, respect, respect, respect”?Pep GuardiolaJosé MourinhoJürgen KloppZinedine Zidane”It was the right decision. He made a big mistake…

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Liverpool v Wolves: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from Anfield on the final dayBrighton v Manchester City! Get the latest match updatesSend your emails to Nick here, or tweet @NickMiller79 10.23am BST Here we are, then. Odd as it sounds, it is a little tricky to work out if this…

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Frank Lampard insists ‘Spygate’ is no concern ahead of Leeds meeting

• Derby will face Bielsa’s team on Saturday• ‘I don’t care about the talk of spies,’ says LampardFrank Lampard has claimed he no longer cares about “Spygate” ahead of Derby County’s play-off semi-final against Leeds United, but confirmed that he has no…

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Championship play-off battle: Derby close to Spygate showdown | Nick Miller

Lampard’s side face huge uncertainty if they don’t go up but a win will seal sixth spot ahead of Middlesbrough and Bristol CityThe Championship is a division where form is temporary and flux is permanent. The top two spots are already decided (although…

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Arsenal v Valencia: Europa League semi-final, first leg – live!

Europa League semi-final updates from the 8pm BST gameAnd you can email Nick here or tweet him here 6.29pm BST This has been, by any standard, a bit of a weird season for Arsenal. At various points it’s looked absolutely calamitous, not least now after…

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The Fiver | The football equivalent of Wile E Coyote trying to catch Road Runner

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The hope for Tottenham when they built their big, brand new, shining home (that from the air rather unfortunately looks like a toilet seat), was it would be a venue where they could watch a young, vibr…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to move for Toby Alderweireld?

Today’s tittle tattle is full of mucusUnai Emery has a plan. The Arsenal manager has been watching Liverpool keenly this season and wants his own version of Virgil van Dijk, after noting the Dutchman has been pretty good and has transformed their team …

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Patience, scouting and the system: the story behind Norwich’s promotion

Sticking with Daniel Farke last summer,shrewd signings and players buying into the ideas of a collective spirit have lifted the Canaries into the top flightIt was just after a 3-0 home defeat that people at Norwich started to think they were on the rig…

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Patience, scouting and the system: the story behind Norwich’s promotion

Sticking with Daniel Farke last summer,shrewd signings and players buying into the ideas of a collective spirit have lifted the Canaries into the top flightIt was just after a 3-0 home defeat that people at Norwich started to think they were on the rig…

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The Joy of Six: sporting ‘sliding doors’ moments | Nick Miller

Imagine England losing the 2005 Ashes, Sir Alex Ferguson managing Spurs and women’s and men’s football being equalAustralians wishing to hush the buzz of your average Pom (read: most Australians) will never tire of pointing out the only two Tests Engla…

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Marcelo Bielsa is a success at Leeds, whether they’re promoted or not

Whites have been in the top three all season but face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday in patchy form for automatic promotionWhen the actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show this week, he was not there only to talk about his role a…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to make late bid for Ander Herrera?

Today’s rumours are wearyWell, this is interesting. Word on the street was that Ander Herrera’s free transfer to PSG in exchange for a mere £200,000-a-week wage was all wrapped up – but wait! According to L’Equipe, a gazumper has emerged in the shape o…

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Slavia Prague v Chelsea: Europa League quarter-final first leg – live!

• Follow all the first leg action from the Sinobo Stadium • Nick Ames: Behind Slavia Prague’s eccentric chairman lies danger• Email Nick Miller or get in touch with him via Twitter 7.26pm BST “Since you’ve already established a precedent of referencing…

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Slavia Prague v Chelsea: Europa League quarter-final first leg – live!

• Follow all the first leg action from the Sinobo Stadium • Nick Ames: Behind Slavia Prague’s eccentric chairman lies danger• Email Nick Miller or get in touch with him via Twitter 7.26pm BST “Since you’ve already established a precedent of referencing…

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Ajax v Juventus: Champions League quarter-final, first leg – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 8pm BST kick-offYou can email Nick here or tweet him hereManchester United v Barcelona – join Paul Doyle for the latestLive scoreboard: the latest from Wednesday’s games 6.58pm BST Onana; Veltman, De Ligt, Blind, Tagli…