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Geraint Thomas wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Welshman became only third Briton to win the Tour de FranceEngland women’s netball team win Greatest Sporting Moment The Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas told of his pride after he was named the BBC’s sports personality of the year.Thomas, the fi…

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Hand of clod? Brexit and Theresa May divide England’s 1986 World Cup squad

Peter Shilton and Peter Reid at odds over Jacob Rees-Mogg Gary Lineker tells Chris Waddle to ‘stick to football’ after tweetBrexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to E…

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Unai Emery: ‘Arsenal are conceding more goals than we want’

• Spanish manager remains focused solely on next match• Emery is working tactically to improve team’s balanceThis time last year Unai Emery came to the end of a 25-match unbeaten run with Paris Saint-Germain but the manager says he cannot remember a th…

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Mauricio Pochettino: ‘If you look at our budgets Spurs are the same as Leicester’

• Tottenham manager says money is not everything• ‘We are closer in points [to the top] than our budget says’Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Leicester are on Tottenham’s level when it comes to investment but insists money is not everything when it com…

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Arsenal’s Unai Emery tells Mattéo Guendouzi: get your hair cut

• Midfielder had hair pulled by Manchester United’s Fellaini• Initial news on Rob Holding’s knee injury is ‘not good’Unai Emery has brushed aside controversy over Mattéo Guendouzi’s hair by telling his youngster to get it cut.The French midfielder had …

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André Schürrle: ‘You change manager and you get that bit of luck’

The German international is relishing his return to Chelsea with Fulham but chicken will be off the menuSunday lunch is a good time for family reunions and when Chelsea host Fulham at midday there will be more than one. Joining the new manager and erst…

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Furore over £5m Scudamore gift overshadows Premier League meeting

• All 20 Premier League clubs to meet in London on Thursday• Supporters’ groups express dismay over proposed paymentPublic furore over a prospective £5m golden handshake payment to Richard Scudamore has cast a shadow over his last meeting as the Premie…

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Carlos Carvalhal: ‘I was surrounded by classical music, art and ballet’

The former Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday manager on parallels between gigs and football, studying chaos theory and why Descartes was wrong“I saw U2 in Vilar de Mouros in 1982 and I saw The Cure there too. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions also did a very…

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Norwich showing signs of promise as Daniel Farke’s methods hit home | Paul MacInnes

The Championship side are out to cause an upset at Bournemouth in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie and their young German manager has them on an impressive runWhen asked about Bournemouth’s Carabao Cup opponents, Eddie Howe described Norwich as “one of the fo…

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Max Whitlock: ‘I want to make gymnastics a cooler sport to be a part of’

The double Olympic gold medallist has struggled recently but has targeted the World Championships as the first step towards success at Tokyo 2020Max Whitlock is still learning. “A lot of it has been in developing new skills”, he says from his base at t…

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Max Whitlock: ‘I want to make gymnastics a cooler sport to be a part of’

The double Olympic gold medallist has struggled recently but has targeted the World Championships as the first step towards success at Tokyo 2020Max Whitlock is still learning. “A lot of it has been in developing new skills”, he says from his base at t…

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Ellie Downie: ‘My foot is very, very sensitive but I’m happy to be back’

The European all-around gold medallist is ready for the gymnastics world championships in Doha after 18 months of painThe Lilleshall National Sports Centre is buried in Shropshire woodland. It has the flavour of a public school crossed with an army bas…

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Should José Mourinho be punished for his foul-mouthed tirade? | Paul MacInnes

The Manchester United manager has been charged by the FA for using ‘abusive, insulting or improper language’ but it seems reasonable to raise the question: was it really offensive?In this week’s episode of the José Mourinho show the Manchester United m…

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Eleven Sports to stop showing live European matches at 3pm on Saturdays

• Digital-only broadcaster has rights to Italian and Spanish games• Andrea Radrizzani’s firm under pressure from stakeholdersEleven Sports are to abandon their controversial tactic of screening European football matches on Saturday afternoons.The digit…

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Spain 2-3 England: player ratings from the Nations League tie

The best marks for the home side were earned by the substitute scorer Paco Alcácer and Marcos Alonso – but England’s Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford were superiorJordan Pickford Horrible moment of overplaying should have resulted in conceding a pen…

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Cristiano Ronaldo left out of Portugal squad for Poland and Scotland games

• The 33-year-old was also missing from last Portugal squad• Investigation into rape allegations was reopened this weekCristiano Ronaldo has been left out of the Portugal squad for their upcoming international matches after an investigation into rape a…

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Cristiano Ronaldo hits out at rape allegations: ‘It goes against everything I am’

• Juventus forward denies allegations of rape• Kathryn Mayorga says she was assaulted in 2009Cristiano Ronaldo has strongly denied an accusation of rape made against him by Kathryn Mayorga, claiming such a crime was “against everything that I am and be…

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BBC Sports Personality shortlist will no longer be revealed in advance

• Announcement of contenders for award made on the night• Shortlist cut from recent rollcall of up to 16 nominationsThe BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards is to be revamped, with the shortlist for the main award to be shortened and made public…

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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder trade first blows of their phoney war

• Fury confident he can take Wilder’s WBC crown• Pair meet in Los Angeles on Saturday 1 DecemberIt might not have been obvious from the 30 minutes of constant cross-talking, post-watershed language and earnest incitement to body-sparring that passed as…

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Mauricio Pochettino hopes to be in Spurs’ new stadium before Christmas

• Pochettino has had updates from the chairman Daniel Levy• Spurs manager looking for win against Watford in Carabao CupMauricio Pochettino says he is “confident” Tottenham will move into their new stadium before Christmas, after he held talks with Dan…