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From Leicester-Fleetwood to Mainz-Freiburg, VAR’s highs and lows so far | Paul MacInnes

After the farcical scenes in Germany, here are some good and bad examples from the video assistant referee’s back catalogueMainz v Freiburg, 16 Apr 2018 Continue reading…

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Premier League clubs vote against introducing VAR next season

• Decision follows meeting on Friday to discuss trials• Premier League agrees advanced testing will continueVideo Assistant Referee will not be used in the Premier League next season after clubs voted to extend trials for another year.A decision to def…

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Mauricio Pochettino says Daniel Levy’s £6m salary is good for Tottenham

• Spurs coach believes revelation on chairman’s pay is ‘positive news’• Stoke trip deemed more important than last week’s Chelsea gameMauricio Pochettino has responded to revelations over the salary of Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy, by saying it is…

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Phil Neville wants England Women to play with ‘arrogance, swagger and style’

• Manager staying focused before World Cup qualifier against Wales• SheBelieves Cup experience will prove valuable, says NevillePhil Neville wants his England Women team to play with “arrogance, swagger and style” as they face Wales in their first Worl…

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Serena Williams is now a mother, but don’t expect the hate to stop | Paul MacInnes

The greatest champion of the modern era has had to achieve it all to a backdrop of thinly veiled racism and unjust criticism. Sadly her having a baby is unlikely to change anythingWould someone please give Serena Williams a break? Two weeks into her co…

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ParalympicsGB’s Kelly Gallagher: It’s a special atmosphere to be part of

The Northern Irishwoman won GB’s first ever gold at Sochi and she tells Paul MacInnes the team now have three medal prospects in the visually impaired Alpine skiing for the return at PyeongchangIn her decade-long career as a ski racer Kelly Gallagher h…

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José Mourinho, the pundit without portfolio or World Cup footage | Paul MacInnes

Manchester United’s manager finally finds himself in the right TV chair and after four days with RT YouTube at the start of Russia 2018, he will phone in his thoughts on the finalHaving seen José Mourinho slumped at a desk at Selhurst Park on Monday ev…

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Well done Team GB but can we have a decade off the Olympics, please? | Paul MacInnes

We should not be obsessed with winning sporting medals, we should be obsessed with playing sport and getting as many people as possible to do itIt’s been a month of incredible success at the Winter Olympics. It was a month, right? It certainly felt lik…

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The first rule of Celebrity Fight Club: post about it, then post about it again | Paul MacInnes

Chris Eubank Jr’s tweets, Conor McGregor’s Instagram posts and sparring YouTubers risk cheapening boxing but it is a sport that strips you bareChris Eubank Jr’s Twitter feed has been recuperating these past few days. Last week it pushed through the pai…

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Coventry City travel to Brighton for a free hit in the FA Cup

Coventry City may be desperate for promotion but they do not intend to be pushovers at the Amex StadiumMark Robins says he does not want to use the word but it keeps coming up: Coventry City, according to their manager, are “desperate” to climb back up…

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Peterborough’s Darragh MacAnthony: ‘FA Cup is not just a romantic thing’

Owner says a good Cup run would mean he could avoid having to use his own money to keep the club going“Before I came, we trained in a field and there were dogs crapping all over it. Now look at it. The 3G pitch outside, that’s a £600,000 facility. We s…

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‘It looks like a Gaviscon ad’ – Leeds United criticised for new club crest

• Crest result of ‘consultation involving more than 10,000 people’• Supporters of the club seemingly underwhelmed by new crestLeeds United have revealed a new crest to commemorate the club’s centenary. It has not been universally welcomed.The crest, th…

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Paul Lambert may not be a sexy name for Stoke but his CV suggests survival | Paul MacInnes

The Scot initially worked miracles at Norwich but was the victim of bad timing at Aston Villa and is not undeserving of another crack at top-flight managementThere were many replies under the tweet announcing Paul Lambert’s arrival as Stoke City manage…

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Mark Hughes pays price for failure to organise and motivate Stoke players | Paul MacInnes

The former Stoke City manager signed 33 players permanently in four and a half years but few lived up to their billing and he can have few complaintsWith time running out against Coventry City, Stoke City had two forwards up front, two in central midfi…

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Big changes at Norwich City leave many fans cold as Chelsea arrive | Paul MacInnes

The Premier League champions visit in the FA Cup on Saturday but Norwich’s main concern after upheaval on and off the pitch is to get back to the top flight before the parachute payments stopAre Norwich City having a bad season? It seems hard to argue …

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Phil Taylor tips Rob Cross to dominate darts but throws a final warning

• Retiring legend says he lacks the energy to rule the world any more• ‘There’s a few players I wouldn’t go to the back garden and watch’In the end, it was time. Phil Taylor left the sport he dominated since the early 90s admitting he could no longer m…

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N’Golo Kanté should win Ballon d’Or, says Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

• Italian insists Frenchman deserves top award even more than Eden Hazard• Playing style means midfielder ‘does not get the recognition he deserves’N’Golo Kanté is currently more deserving of the Ballon d’Or than Eden Hazard, according to Antonio Conte…

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Antonio Conte unimpressed after Chelsea endure ‘scary’ flight from Qarabag

• Return flight from Azerbaijan forced to make two landing attempts• ‘You feel a bit afraid, you are a bit scared, but the captain was very good’Chelsea endured a frightening return from Azerbaijan on Thursday morning as their plane was forced to make …

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Érik Lamela in frame for Tottenham first-team return, says Mauricio Pochettino

• Lamela could be part of squad to face West Bromwich on Saturday• Final decision with player after more than year out, reveals PochettinoÉrik Lamela may finally make his return to the Tottenham first team on Saturday, though Mauricio Pochettino says t…

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Kevin De Bruyne says freedom and discipline help Manchester City thrive

Matchwinning Belgian thinks Pep Guardiola has found the perfect balance as his Premier League leaders continue to set the standard“If the ball goes on the left foot then you just try it,” said a typically relaxed Kevin De Bruyne on Saturday evening. “S…