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Hibernian put Celtic’s title celebrations on hold with impressive victory

Celtic’s Scottish Premiership title celebrations were put on hold following this stunning 2-1 defeat. A high-energy Hibs side pressed the visitors to great effect and took the lead in the 24th minute through Jamie Maclaren.Try as they might in an enthr…

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Mark Hughes admits FA Cup is no escape from relegation worries

• Southampton manager says league predicament will in his mind• But Hughes adds: ‘The day itself is something we can enjoy’Mark Hughes has admitted Southampton’s Premier League survival battle will be in the back of his mind during this Sunday’s FA Cup…

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Gloucester power past Newcastle to make European Challenge Cup final

• Johan Ackermann says Gloucester have ‘a long way to go’• Dean Richards bemoans missed chances in semi-finalJohan Ackermann declared a sense of satisfaction after Gloucester reached their third European Challenge Cup final in four seasons.The Gloucest…

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Bradley Wood banned from football for six years for breaching betting rules

• Former Lincoln defender found guilty of 25 breaches of FA rules• Charges relate to bookings for Wood in team’s 2017 FA Cup runFormer Lincoln City defender Bradley Wood has been banned from football for six years after committing 25 breaches of the Fo…

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Michael Carrick says depression led to England exile

• Midfielder asked FA not to be picked for international duty• ‘ I was finding it hard going away with England’Michael Carrick has revealed he asked not to be picked for England after becoming “depressed” on international duty.The Manchester United mid…

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Horse dies at Cheltenham before race abandoned in sweltering heat

• Long-distance race called off on welfare grounds• Dame Rose collapsed and died after opening eventSoaring temperatures at Cheltenham on Thursday resulted in a steeplechase over three miles being abandoned on welfare grounds.On an unseasonably hot aft…

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London Marathon warnings issued with race set to be warmest on record

• Extra water, ice and showers will be available to runners• Temperatures expected to beat previous high in 2007Sunday’s London Marathon is expected to be the warmest on record. Extra water, ice and showers will be available to runners, while event org…

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Fifa dismisses racism charges against Spanish player in Under-17 World Cup final

• Rhian Brewster claimed Morgan Gibbs-White was called ‘a monkey’ • Fifa says case dismissed ‘in view of lack of sufficient evidence’No action will be taken against a Spanish player accused of racially abusing England Under-17 international Morgan Gibb…

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Gaëtan Bong stands by accusation of racial abuse against Jay Rodriguez

• Accusation against West Brom striker ‘was not proven’ last week• ‘I know what I heard and I did not mishear,’ says Brighton defenderGaëtan Bong has stood by his claim that Jay Rodriguez racially abused him during Brighton’s 2-0 defeat at West Bromwic…

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Premier League fans want standing … but not for a whole match

• Survey shows only one in 20 wants to stand throughout a game• League understands why minister blocked safe-standing planPremier League clubs have been told that a clear majority of fans want the option of being able to stand during a game but only on…

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Joey Barton to take Fleetwood manager’s job once betting ban ends

• Barton to take charge as head coach from 2 June on three-year deal• Former midfielder says he is ‘very excited by the challenge’Joey Barton will take over as head coach of Fleetwood Town on 2 June, when his suspension for breaking Football Associatio…

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Football League round-up: Accrington are promoted after win over Yeovil

• Goals from Billy Kee give Reds first promotion to third tier• Fan attacks referee after penalty award at RochdaleTwo goals from Billy Kee secured automatic promotion to League One for Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night as they beat Yeovil 2-0 at hom…

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Barcelona held at Celta Vigo and extend their undefeated run to 40 games

Barcelona’s charge towards the title was held up after a much-changed side was held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo, where Sergi Roberto was sent off. They held out to extend their unbeaten run to 40 matches, however, and move 12 points ahead of second-pla…

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West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez looks to the future after Gaëtan Bong case

• The truth always comes out, adds Albion striker• Winner at Old Trafford a good start for 28-year-oldJay Rodriguez wants to move on after a Football Association charge of racially abusing Brighton’s Gaëtan Bong was found not to be not proven, with the…

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Referees’ body condemns abuse of Michael Oliver and his family

• PGMOL statement after text messages sent to official’s wife• Juventus goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon repeats criticism of OliverThe Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) has condemned the abuse directed at referee Michael Oliver and his wife …

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Burnley close on Europe as Chris Wood and Kevin Long sink Leicester

Burnley made it five successive top-flight wins for the first time in half a century as the prospect of European football at Turf Moor next season drew ever closer.It is more than 50 years since the Clarets have been involved in a continental competiti…

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Curtis Main fires Motherwell past Aberdeen and into Scottish Cup final

Curtis Main struck twice as Motherwell swept Aberdeen aside 3-0 at Hampden Park to reach their second cup final of the season.Main and Ryan Bowman scored within two minutes of each other midway through the first half of the Scottish Cup semi-final, bef…

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Manchester City trio up against Salah, Kane and De Gea for PFA award

• De Bruyne, Sané and David Silva all in the running• Sessegnon, Rashford, Sterling competing for Young Player awardManchester City trio Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané and David Silva have been shortlisted for the Professional Footballers’ Association Pla…

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Manchester City trio up against Salah, Kane and De Gea for PFA award

• De Bruyne, Sané and David Silva all in the running• Sessegnon, Rashford, Sterling competing for Young Player awardManchester City trio Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané and David Silva have been shortlisted for the Professional Footballers’ Association Pla…

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Lewis Grabban goal boosts Aston Villa promotion bid against Leeds

Aston Villa moved to within two points of the Championship automatic promotion places with a 1-0 win over Leeds. Lewis Grabban’s first-half header was enough to give the hosts victory at Villa Park as Leeds fell to their 10th defeat of 2018.Villa, who …