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Leicester v Tottenham: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-offPremier League: 10 things to look out forGet in touch! Email Rob here 11.36am BST Some pre-match reading Related: Dennis Praet: ‘I started at Leicester with somebody else’s boots’ Related: Mauricio Pochettino not c…

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Southampton v Bournemouth: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm BST kick-off Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can get in touch with Rob here 7.30pm BST Pre-match reading Related: Southampton’s Jan Bednarek: ‘We have to be a really nasty opponent’ Rel…

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Five steps England must take to regain the Ashes in 2020-21 | Rob Smyth

To regain the urn in Australia in two years’ time England have plenty of work to do and no time to wasteIn the second half of the Ashes series, England’s batsmen hinted at a move away from “it’s the way we play”. They need to run with that mood – or ra…

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Watford v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Live updates from Vicarage Road, kick-off 4.30pm (BST)Guendouzi can thrive in Arsenal engine roomFlores must plug Watford’s defensive leaksFeel free to email Rob your thoughts 3.42pm BST Bournemouth are beating Everton 3-1 in the early Premier League g…

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Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday: Championship – live!

Live updates from the 12pm BST kick-offCowley brothers target another ‘miracle’Feel free to email Rob your thoughts 11.37am BST Danny Cowley’s pre-match thoughts“It’s been a really good week – a bit of a whirlwind, but it’s been great to meet the peopl…

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Ben Stokes, hero of Headingley, is England’s buccaneering totem

The all-action miracle man will never be perfect but belongs to that rare group of sporting giants with superhuman willIn the delirious aftermath of the World Cup final in July, Jos Buttler had a quick chat with Michael Vaughan on the Lord’s outfield. …

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Burnley v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offSouthampton 1-1 Manchester United: our match reportGet in touch! Email Rob with your thoughts 5.38pm BST 8 min That was a lovely effort from Salah, because he shaped to go across goal – as he usually d…

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Southampton v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-offSolskjær admits United are one striker shortGet in touch! Email Rob with your thoughts 12.30pm BST 1 min Peep peep! 12.30pm BST “Solskjaer played in the infamous grey kit game at the Dell,” says the B…

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Wolves v Torino: Europa League qualifying play-off second leg – live!

Minute-by-minute updates as Wolves bid to make the group stageFirst-leg match report: Torino 2-3 WolvesNicky Bandini: Serie A returns with goals and Sinisa MihajlovicEmail: rob.smyth@theguardian.com 7.03pm BST Pre-match reading Related: Champions Leagu…

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Champions League 2019-20 group-stage draw – live!

Updates as the 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of fourKlopp says Champions League has never been strongerMore Champions League enrichment would risk great costEmail: rob.smyth@theguardian.com 4.43pm BST It’s 37 years since English teams won the Eu…

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Ben Stokes’s rampage should not be sullied with a judgmental asterisk | Rob Smyth

England all-rounder’s 135 not out was not compromised by a turned-down lbw shout that, rather, showed much-touted infallibility of cricket’s technology may be in doubtBen Stokes: 135*. His euphoric rampage at Headingley will forever be accompanied by a…

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Wolves v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

Follow all the action from Molineux in the 8pm BST kick-offSolskjær adamant Pogba will stay at Old TraffordEmail Rob with your thoughts on the match 7.48pm BST Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks“[Dan James] has made an impact from day one. We’ll chop and chan…

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Chelsea v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 4.30pm BST game at Stamford BridgeLampard’s shortcomings echo those of his playing daysAshley Cole plans move into coaching after retirementGet in touch! Email Rob your thoughts 4.11pm BST If you’re a cricket fan, you might want to joi…

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Chelsea v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 4.30pm BST game at Stamford BridgeLampard’s shortcomings echo those of his playing daysAshley Cole plans move into coaching after retirementGet in touch! Email Rob your thoughts 4.11pm BST If you’re a cricket fan, you might want to joi…

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Mission possible: is this how you get Steve Smith out? | Rob Smyth

England will put their faith in two bowlers who did not play at Edgbaston, Jack Leach and Jofra Archer, to cause the imperious Australian batsman a few problems at Lord’sJack Leach might have played at Lord’s anyway, given Moeen Ali’s loss of confidenc…

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The Joy of Six: football and the outside of the boot | Rob Smyth

From Brazilian screamers to an extravagant shank via Peruvian insouciance, we celebrate one of football’s most difficult skillsNB: The point of the Joy of Six is not to rank things, only to enjoy them Continue reading…

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Manchester United v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

Latest updates from the 4.30pm BST kick-offNewcastle v Arsenal – live with Ben Fisher!Mourinho: City ‘B team’ closer to title than UnitedAnd why not email Rob with your thoughts 3.34pm BST Manchester United give debuts to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Ma…

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Liverpool v Manchester City: Community Shield – live!

Live updates from the 3pm BST kick-off at WembleyGuardiola: I won’t risk Premier League treble for European gloryGot something to say? Email Rob 2.03pm BST Some pre-match reading Related: Pep Guardiola: I won’t risk Premier League treble for European g…

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Women’s Ashes: England v Australia, third and final T20 – live!

All the action from the day-night game in Bristol (6.30pm BST start)Meg Lanning back firing and still unfathomable to England bowlersEmail rob.smyth@theguardian.com with your thoughts 5.24pm BST Pre-match readingHere’s Geoff Lemon on the great Meg Lann…

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Women’s Ashes: England v Australia, third and final T20 – live!

All the action from the day-night game in Bristol (6.30pm BST start)Meg Lanning back firing and still unfathomable to England bowlersEmail rob.smyth@theguardian.com with your thoughts 5.24pm BST Pre-match readingHere’s Geoff Lemon on the great Meg Lann…