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Tour de France 2018: race heads to Alpe d’Huez on stage 12 – live!

Live updates from the third day in the French AlpsFroome salutes Thomas after Sky teammate takes yellowAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 11.35am BST 163km to go: Edward Theuns of Sunweb has set off on his own, apparently intent on a …

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The rush after Russia – Premier League clubs struggle with new transfer deadline

With only three weeks until Premier League window closes activity will be squeezed into an uncomfortably small windowThere are only three weeks until the Premier League transfer window closes, the day before the season begins and 22 days before top-fli…

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Unicorns, chickens … none of this was real | World Cup Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!And so, it was all a dream. We should have known, really, when our visions started to include footballers riding unicorns, or flinging bright blue rubber chickens at each other. None of this was real. …

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Six things you may not know about Harry Kane | Simon Burnton

The lowdown on England’s captain and World Cup Golden Boot contender Continue reading…

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Football transfer rumours: Everton to sign Barcelona’s Yerry Mina?

Today’s fluff will fight until the whistle goesEverton have giant ambitions in this summer’s transfer market, the giant in question being England-bothering 6ft5in centre half Yerry Mina. Barcelona want to replace him with Sevilla’s Clément Lenglet – wh…

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England v India: first Twenty20 international – live!

Over-by-over updates as India’s tour begins at Old TraffordThe Spin: Dry spell puts heat on groundskeepersEmail Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 3.43pm BST Hello world!So we have a sporting fixture clash, which is a little irritating. The ECB have known s…

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One more serving of stimulation and we might explode | World Cup Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!“Colombia in fear of a Kaning!” roars the Sun, whose highly trained operatives have spent the days before tonight’s game against Colombia putting a curly wig on a statue of Carlos Valderrama in his hom…

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World Cup 2018: Belgium v Japan – live!

World Cup last-16 updates from the 7pm BST kick-off???????2018?W?????????Neymar and Firmino take Brazil past Mexico into last eightAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.11pm BST Today’s referee, Malang Diedhiou, lists his occupation as…

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World Cup 2018: Belgium v Japan – live!

World Cup last-16 updates from the 7pm BST kick-off???????2018?W?????????Neymar and Firmino take Brazil past Mexico into last eightAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.11pm BST Today’s referee, Malang Diedhiou, lists his occupation as…

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The best passers, hardest workers and slowest players of the World Cup so far

When it comes to passing, shooting and crossing one team outclassed all others in the World Cup group stage. When it came to winning, sadly, Germany didn’t do quite so wellThe group stage is over, 48 of the 64 matches have been played, 122 goals have b…

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World Cup 2018: Senegal v Colombia – live!

World Cup Group H updates from the 3pm BST kick-offJapan v Poland: live updates of Group H’s other gameComplete guide to all 736 players at Russia 2018You can email your thoughts to Simon or tweet @simon_burnton 2.43pm BST “Neither Belgium nor England …

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey out, Lucas Vázquez in?

Today’s fluff wants to go where everybody knows your nameMarco Asensio has refused to rule out a move to Liverpool this summer, after being linked with a £158m transfer. “When the World Cup is over, we’ll talk about that sort of thing,” the Real Madrid…

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Iceland v Croatia: World Cup 2018 – live!

World Cup Group D updates from the 7pm BST kick-offArgentina v Nigeria – live with Jacob Steinberg!Feel free to email Simon or tweet: @Simon_Burnton 6.09pm BST The teams in full:Iceland: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Ingason, Ragnar, Sigurdsson, Magnusson, …

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Football transfer rumours: Juventus to win race for Aleksandr Golovin?

Today’s fluff is looking for litter to trundle awayParis St-Germain want Paul Pogba, says the Sun, and will fund the move by selling their Italy midfielder Marco Verratti, or by offering him to Manchester United in part-exchange. There are still many u…

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World Cup 2018: Iran v Portugal – live!

World Cup Group B updates from the 7pm BST kick-offSuárez leads way for Uruguay to spoil 10-man Russia’s partyAny thoughts? You can email Simon or tweet @simon_burnton 5.18pm BST To start with, the bare facts: Iran need to win; Portugal must not lose. …

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Football transfer rumours: Kylian Mbappé on his way to Manchester?

Today’s fluff is side by side in orbitParis St-Germain are already committed to spending £166m this summer to make Kylian Mbappé’s transfer from Monaco permanent, but rumours that they might be forced to squirm out of the deal at the last minute have g…

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World Cup 2018: Poland v Colombia – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the Group H game, kick-off 7pm BSTSenegal and Japan keep World Cup knockout hopes alive with 2-2 drawAny comments? You can email Simon to tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.20pm BST So James Rodriguez is fit to start for Colombia, as …

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England have gone from inflated egos to inflatable unicorns | Simon Burnton

Gareth Southgate’s willingness to let England players engage has few parallels beyond 1966These have been an unusual few days for England’s players. Since beating Tunisia in their opening game they have gone bowling and ridden inflatable unicorns, they…

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England v Australia: third one-day international – live!

Over-by-over updates on the ODI at Trent BridgeAny thoughts? You can email Simon or tweet @Simon_BurntonEngland drop Malan for T20 series 2.19pm BST Australia think so, the umpire did not. There was definitely a sound as the ball travelled through to P…

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England v Australia: third one-day international – live!

Over-by-over updates on the ODI at Trent BridgeAny thoughts? You can email Simon or tweet @Simon_BurntonEngland drop Malan for T20 series 2.19pm BST Australia think so, the umpire did not. There was definitely a sound as the ball travelled through to P…