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Manchester City v Huddersfield Town: Premier League – live!

Updates as Manchester City host Huddersfield, kick-off 1.30pm (BST)De Bruyne injury blow exposes chink in City’s armourAnd feel free to email Rob to get in touch 1.28pm BST The players emerge from the tunnel to the familiar sound of Right Here, Right N…

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Wolves v Everton: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offYou can email Rob here with your thoughtsScoreboard: all Saturday’s results and latest scores 5.02pm BST An email! By my estimation. we’ve had bubbles burst in the Premier League all afternoon, the bigger boys s…

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Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the 12.30pm Premier League kick-offYou can email Rob here with your thoughtsPochettino: costs of Brexit helped lead to no signings 12.18pm BST The MBM season does not truly start until we receive the first email from the great Gary Na…

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India’s record-equalling generation face their defining Test at Lord’s this week | The Spin

Virat Kohli’s team for Edgbaston had eight men over 29 and probably need to win this series and the one in Australia to satisfy the captain’s stated ambition for his No 1-ranked sideIn Phoenix from the Ashes, his book of the 1981 series, the England ca…

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The weird and wonderful world of football conman Karlos Kaiser | Rob Smyth

In an extract from his new book Kaiser!, which accompanies the film of the same name, Rob Smyth looks at some of the tricks used by football’s greatest con artistEri Johnson, one of Brazil’s most famous actors, will never forget the first time he met f…

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Determining whether FH Hafnarfjardar play 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver will never forget the moment we realised our love of football had become an addiction. It was when Granny Fiver asked where the spiralizer was and we instinctively replied, “CAN’T YOU FIND IT…

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Football transfer rumours: Gonzalo Higuaín to join Chelsea?

Today’s prattle moves with a purpose and it is so magnificentWe start with the big breaking gossip that Stoke will have to pay £10m if they want to take Tom Ince from Huddersfiel-Ach, let’s try that one again. Continue reading…

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How Alex Ferguson snatched Roy Keane out of Blackburn’s hands | Rob Smyth

The midfielder became one of Manchester United’s greats but he had almost signed for Kenny Dalglish’s team insteadHistoric moments usually have an epic quality. But sometimes, all it takes to change the world is for a few office staff to get that Frida…

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We’ve found almost nothing to moan about | World Cup Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver bloody loves the World Cup. Nothing else allows such wall-to-wall indulgence of our greatest passion: moaning about how much better things were in the old days. Every time some “twentysomethi…

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We thought we’d seen everything with England | World Cup Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver is a pacifist. By that, we mean when that discoloured buffoon starts World War III, we’ll come up with any excuse possible to ensure we’re nowhere near the line of fire. If it means eating fl…

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Switzerland v Costa Rica: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group E updates from the 7pm BST kick-offFollow Serbia v Brazil – live!Any thoughts? You can email Rob here 6.04pm BST Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Embolo; Gavranovic…

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Switzerland v Costa Rica: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group E updates from the 7pm BST kick-offFollow Serbia v Brazil – live!Any thoughts? You can email Rob here 6.04pm BST Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Embolo; Gavranovic…

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The biggest problem with technology is humans | World Cup Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver knows all about the perils of technology. Take the time our Social Media Disgrace Twitter account was hacked and some ne’er-do-well posted a picture of the masculine phallus to our followers,…

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Jos Buttler: matchwinner with the courage and ability not to become ordinary | Rob Smyth

From the very beginning of his ODI career Jos Buttler looked the part, and he has now developed into England’s perfect all-weather batsmanMany batsmen look the part as soon as they step into international cricket. Not many do so while barely scoring a …

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Spain v Morocco: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group B updates from the 7pm BST kick-offSuárez leads way for Uruguay to spoil 10-man Russia’s partyAnd feel free to email your thoughts to Rob Smyth 5.47pm BST Spain (4-2-3-1) De Gea; Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Thiago; Silva, Si…

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World Cup 2018: England v Panama – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the Group G gameHernán Darío Gómez: ‘You need the pressure, fear, players – the ball’2018 World Cup: your complete guide to all 736 playersEmail Rob your thoughts 12.15pm BST An email!“Methinks that Trent Alexander-Arnold …

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Football transfer rumours: Ronaldo to Manchester United? Again?

Today’s gossip ain’t ’fraid of no GOATsHaving proved beyond sane dispute that he is the GOHG, Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly heading back to where it all started. No, not his mother’s womb; we mean Old Trafford!Reports suggest Ronaldo is thinking more…

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When Costa Rica lowered the colours of Brazil and then some

Just over 58 years ago in San José the home side got the better of the World Cup holders, still the only time they have avoided defeat in 10 meetingsThe Panamerican Championship is one of those international tournaments that time forgot. It ran every f…

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England v South Africa: women’s T20 international – live!

Live updates from the first match of the tri-seriesYou can email Rob here with your thoughtsBeaumont wraps up ODI series win for England 5.58pm BST 5th over: England 53-0 (Wyatt 28, Beaumont 25) Masabata Klaas comes into the attack, although with the w…

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Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to sign Robert Lewandowski?

Today’s fluff is playing by the rulesThe Mill stops for nothing: not Christmas, not the World Cup, not even our beloved Nana Mill’s 100th birthday. Oh eff that was yesterday, wasn’t it? She’s going to have a seriously affronted coupon when we explain t…