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Bob Fisher, former world champion sailor and Guardian writer, dies aged 85

Fisher reported for the Guardian from 1958 to 2013‘He gave a huge amount to sailing,’ says Ben AinslieBen Ainslie has led the tributes to Bob Fisher, the former Guardian sailing correspondent known as “Mr America’s Cup”, who has died at the age of 85.F…

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Anger management: study suggests lack of fans has made players calmer

Researchers find fewer of fans means fewer arguments on pitchBut incidents of self criticism appear to increaseMore insight into the weird world of football behind closed doors has arrived from Austria, where research into Red Bull Salzburg matches fou…

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Tottenham manager Mourinho warns Gareth Bale he ‘cannot give’ minutes

Bale likely to feature in FA Cup fourth-round tie at WycombeThe forward has struggled for game time since his returnJosé Mourinho has warned Gareth Bale that he “cannot give minutes” on the pitch, as the forward continues to struggle for a first-team p…

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Lockdown gives England Euro 2020 planning headache, says Southgate

‘We are all disconnected. We’re not interacting in the same way’England unable to operate in a bubble like club squadsGareth Southgate says all England’s preparations for Euro 2020 are currently having to be made on Zoom as he revealed the impact of th…

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‘Like Disney and Real Madrid’: the man taking esports to another level

G2 Esports founder Carlos Rodríguez has a partnership with Adidas and intends to attract the eyeballs of new generations“I cannot tell you whether we are more like a football team or more like a media company”, says Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez. “Whether…

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Lampard vows to stop hugs as Allardyce hits out at government ‘nonsense’

Clubs given stern warning to stop hugging after scoringAllardyce tells government not to intervene in football Frank Lampard has admitted he is trying to coach his players out of the urge to celebrate, as teams received their sternest warning yet that …

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Footballers deserve respect, not to be treated by ministers as punchbags | Paul MacInnes

Rather than suggesting that players are flouting rules, the government would be better off examining its own mishandling of the pandemicIf you’re celebrating a goal in the coming weeks, or thinking of celebrating a goal, or know someone who might be, t…

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Clubs reminded to observe strict Covid-19 protocols after FA Cup controversy

Marine, Chorley and Crawley ties attracted scrutinyRumours circulate about suspension of elite sportThe Football Association is to write to clubs for the second time in a week to remind them of the importance of following coronavirus protocols, after s…

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Karen Carney deletes Twitter account after abuse over Leeds comments

Carney made comments in role as television punditLeeds mocked her, then ‘completely condemned’ abuseKaren Carney has deleted her Twitter account after remarks she made in her role as a TV pundit about Leeds United were mocked by the club’s official acc…

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Football and Brexit: a guide to the new rules and their impact on clubs

Clubs know that bringing in players and managers from overseas will change dramatically on 1 January“Taking back control” is not something most football clubs have had on their to-do list in recent years, at least not outside of possession statistics. …

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Christmas may be cancelled but sport on TV can save the day once again

There is even less to do than usual over the festive break so why not watch live sport and when that has finished a few decent sport documentaries? In a year when solace has been in greater demand than multipacks of loo roll, thank goodness for televis…

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Lewis Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Formula One driver claimed seventh world title this year, bringing him level with Michael SchumacherLewis Hamilton was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, putting the seal on a year of exceptional professional achievement and political activi…

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Lewis Hamilton favourite as BBC aims to hit right tone with musical Spoty | Paul MacInnes

Sports Personality of the Year awards will be a socially distant affair but Rick Astley and Celeste will aim to raise spiritsSadly for the residents of Salford, there will be no opportunity to watch the nation’s finest athletes totter in heels and tail…

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David Elleray defends VAR but accepts it has damaged football’s flow

Ifab technical director rejects call for time limits on reviewsFootball is fairer and behaviour better with VAR, Elleray saysDavid Elleray has admitted VAR has “had an impact on the flow of the game” but says that will have to be accepted as the game p…

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Concussion substitute trials get go-ahead and FA ready to act in Cup

Models approved allowing one or two permanent substitutionsFA prefers two-sub model which also gives opponents changesFootball’s rule-making body, Ifab, has approved two trials of concussion substitutes that will come into effect from next month.The tw…

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Taylor’s PFA reign similar to last days of Wenger at Arsenal, says Gary Neville

Four chosen to oversee recruitment of new PFA chief executiveNew appointment is ‘massive opportunity’, says NevilleGary Neville has compared Gordon Taylor’s position at the PFA to the last days of Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, as the process of finding a n…

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Taylor’s PFA reign similar to last days of Wenger at Arsenal, says Gary Neville

Four chosen to oversee recruitment of new PFA chief executiveNew appointment is ‘massive opportunity’, says NevilleGary Neville has compared Gordon Taylor’s position at the PFA to the last days of Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, as the process of finding a n…

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Taylor’s PFA reign similar to last days of Wenger at Arsenal, says Gary Neville

Four chosen to oversee recruitment of new PFA chief executiveNew appointment is ‘massive opportunity’, says NevilleGary Neville has compared Gordon Taylor’s position at the PFA to the last days of Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, as the process of finding a n…

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Taylor’s PFA reign similar to last days of Wenger at Arsenal, says Gary Neville

Four chosen to oversee recruitment of new PFA chief executiveNew appointment is ‘massive opportunity’, says NevilleGary Neville has compared Gordon Taylor’s position at the PFA to the last days of Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, as the process of finding a n…

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Taylor’s PFA reign similar to last days of Wenger at Arsenal, says Gary Neville

Four chosen to oversee recruitment of new PFA chief executiveNew appointment is ‘massive opportunity’, says NevilleGary Neville has compared Gordon Taylor’s position at the PFA to the last days of Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, as the process of finding a n…