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Football transfer rumours: Marouane Fellaini to Mourinho’s Tottenham?

Today’s fluff has a face like a magnetAccording to Belgian paper la Dernière Heure, José Mourinho has identified a Belgian player who would be an ideal recruit for his Tottenham revolution – and it’s Marouane Fellaini. Apparently after playing for Shan…

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Rangers v Celtic: Scottish League Cup final – live!

Live updates as the Old Firm rivals meet at Hampden Park Ewan Murray: Celtic fans fear the threat of Gerrard’s RangersGet in touch! Email Simon or tweet him 2.22pm GMT Weather latest: it is absolutely ratting down in Glasgow. The pitch is “absolutely s…

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Manchester United v Tottenham, Leicester v Watford: Premier League – live!

Updates from the latest round of Premier League matchesLive scoreboard: the latest details from Wednesday’s gamesAnd you can email Simon here or tweet him here 4.10pm GMT Tuck in your bib, you’re about to salivate. We have six top-flight fixtures on ou…

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The Spin | Cricketer, comic, artist, innovator: ‘Felix’, the ultimate all-rounder

Under a pseudonym, Nicholas Wanostrocht made his mark by inventing bowling machines, protective gloves and moreIn late 1860 there was a bit of a squabble in the English clergy provoked by the Bishop of Rochester’s condemnation of some of the unbecoming…

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The Spin | Alfred Mynn: a cricketing colossus who fell foul of the amateur code

Remembering a great on the anniversary of the day cricket scrapped the distinction between amateurs and professionals It was on this day in 1962 that the Advisory County Cricket Committee decided to scrap the distinction between amateurs and profession…

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Aston Villa v Newcastle United: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off at Villa ParkFootball Weekly: The new Mou, Emery on the brink and fishEmail Simon here or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.22pm GMT In only one of the last seven games between these teams has either of them sco…

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Eni Aluko will leave Juventus early and return to Britain at end of month

• Former England striker won three trophies with club• ‘My time in Juventus is complete and fulfilled’The former England striker Eni Aluko is to leave Juventus at the end of this month, six months earlier than planned. She will return to Britain to con…

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Kane Williamson: New Zealand’s world-class captain who ‘wasn’t like other kids’ | Simon Burnton

The 28-year-old, who excelled at basketball, volleyball, football, rugby as a child, has become a batsman without obvious flawsAs England prepare for the start of their Test series in New Zealand, history suggests they should be wary of unintended cons…

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Kane Williamson: New Zealand’s world-class captain who ‘wasn’t like other kids’ | Simon Burnton

The 28-year-old, who excelled at basketball, volleyball, football, rugby as a child, has become a batsman without obvious flawsAs England prepare for the start of their Test series in New Zealand, history suggests they should be wary of unintended cons…

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The Spin | Sweet peas, ships and now spiders: the wider world inspired by cricket

News that a spider has been named after Sachin Tendulkar prompts a look back at other cricketers honoured differentlyAs Shakespeare so very nearly said, shall I compare thee to an Asian jumping spider? Last week news broke about a newly-identified spec…

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Republic of Ireland v Denmark: Euro 2020 qualifying – live!

Updates from the crucial Group D game in DublinIreland v Denmark: an unlikely footballing hellGet in touch! Email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.42pm GMT The team news again, now with added handy Twitter graphics:Here is how Ireland will line out toni…

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Kosovo v England: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the Group A matchEuro 2020 qualifying fixturesEmail Simon here and tweet to @Simon_Burnton 4.38pm GMT I think it’s fair to say that this is not the reception England are used to receiving when they play away: 4.25pm GMT Th…

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Before England’s 1,000th, the story of the first full football international

The 1872 match between Scotland and England attracted the cream of Queen’s Park … and a 124-word report in the Guardian“The laws of the Association game are exceedingly simple, numbering only 12, as against some 40 in the Rugby code,” wrote the Scotsma…

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The Fiver | Nobody wants to cause a terrible topsy turvy jumble, after all

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!“Mr Topsy Turvy was a funny sort of a fellow. Everything about him was either upside down, or inside out, or back to front – topsy turvy in fact. It was all very extraordinary!” Continue reading…

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Football transfer rumours: André Onana to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is the only bee in your bonnetLiverpool are monitoring Bournemouth’s 25-year-old mobile assist factory Ryan Fraser, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, and might even be able to snag him in January, reports the Sun. “Liverpo…

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Liverpool v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Minute-by-minute report as league leaders meet the championsLiverpool’s trident v Man City’s front three: which has the edge?‘We are never underdogs’: Pep Guardiola undaunted by AnfieldEmail simon.burnton@theguardian.com | Tweet @Simon_Burnton 3.25pm G…

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Football transfer rumours: Kai Havertz to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is taking chances, bold advancesBehind the scenes at Old Trafford Manchester United’s massive chequebook is flexing and preening as it continues its own gruelling pre-season training, ahead of a short but perhaps rather busy January campa…

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The Spin | How umpire sparked riot in India v Australia series of deadly disorder

Fifty years ago this week, Srinivas Venkataraghavan was given out in Mumbai, prompting mayhem that disfigured the first Test and beyondSrinivas Venkataraghavan is one of the great figures of Indian cricket. His Test career lasted nearly 18 years, since…

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Crystal Palace v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 2pm GMT kick-off at Selhurst ParkLive scores: all the goals as they go in around EuropeGet in touch! Email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 1.14pm GMT Brendan Rodgers has a chat:The consistency of the team’s important. We’ve tweaked it a …

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Crystal Palace v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 2pm GMT kick-off at Selhurst ParkLive scores: all the goals as they go in around EuropeGet in touch! Email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 1.14pm GMT Brendan Rodgers has a chat:The consistency of the team’s important. We’ve tweaked it a …