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First family of mountain biking prepare to open a new front at the World Cup | Simon Burnton

Siblings Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton have dominated the sport for years and in Slovenia the family will race on their own brand of bikes for the first timeThe Athertons’ ride started when Dan, then 15 and the eldest of three siblings, first took to th…

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Best title race ever? Klopp forgets Huddersfield’s battle with Cardiff | Simon Burnton

Liverpool and Manchester City are neck and neck but it is too early to call this the most exciting season in living memory“It is,” Jürgen Klopp said, “the most exciting season for years.” We’ll be the judge of that, sunshine. The strangest thing about …

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Best title race ever? Klopp forgets Huddersfield’s battle with Cardiff | Simon Burnton

Liverpool and Manchester City are neck and neck but it is too early to call this the most exciting season in living memory“It is,” Jürgen Klopp said, “the most exciting season for years.” We’ll be the judge of that, sunshine. The strangest thing about …

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Watford v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm BST game at Vicarage RoadTen talking points from the weekend’s Premier League actionAnd you can send Simon an email or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.15pm BST Good stat from Bill Edgar in the Times this morning: if Watford d…

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Burnley v Cardiff, Juventus look to wrap up Serie A title and more – live!

Updates from Saturday’s afternoon kick-offsYou can email Simon here or tweet him hereLive scoreboard: the latest from Saturday’s matchesHow they stand: the latest league tables 1.54pm BST Juventus have named their starting line-up, which includes 17-ye…

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Football transfer rumours: Ilkay Gündogan to Inter? Saúl to United?

Today’s fluff plays for keeps ’cause it might not make it back According to Tuttosport Internazionale’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, was in London yesterday. His trip was partly intended to allow him to make a leisurely onward journey to Mancheste…

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England v Spain: women’s international friendly – live!

Updates from the World Cup warm-up kicking off at 7pm BSTYou can email Simon here or tweet him hereLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s matchesHow female players finally got their own kits 7.14pm BST 12 mins: England’s defence continues to hold f…

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Watford’s Andre Gray: ‘There was no doubt we would win it in extra time’

The Watford forward says his team felt victory over Wolves was ‘a matter of time’ after Troy Deeney’s stoppage-time penaltyAfter Michael Oliver blew his whistle to mark the end of normal time at Wembley on Sunday, less than 90 seconds after Troy Deeney…

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Consistency the key to Watford’s rise from relegation tips to best of the rest | Simon Burnton

Javi Gracia’s side were joint-third favourites for the drop, but are now the league’s best side when the top six are factored outBefore the season began, Watford were joint-third favourites for relegation, considered by bookmakers to be better only tha…

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Javi Gracia pleased to be confounding pessimistic expectations at Watford

• Manager recently rewarded with contract extension• ‘I’m happy because the club trusts me,’ says GraciaJavi Gracia has admitted that becoming Watford’s manager was a risk that carried the potential to derail his career. The Spaniard was aware of the o…

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England v Canada: women’s international friendly – live!

Live updates from the 7.15pm BST kick-offYou can email Simon here or tweet him hereNeville tells Lionesses to chase glory not moneyLive scoreboard: the latest from all Friday’s matches 7.21pm BST 5 mins: This time Bronze heads goalwards, and Taylor tri…

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The forgotten story of … the referee smuggled from irate fans in disguise

AH Blythe infuriated Newport fans by abandoning a game at 5-1 – and escaped in a police car disguised as an ambulancemanOn this day in 1951, Good Friday as it happened, promotion-chasing Norwich City travelled to Newport County for a game in the Third …

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Republic of Ireland v Georgia and more: Euro 2020 qualifiers – live!

Updates from the European Championship qualifying gamesLive scores: all the goals from around the UK and EuropeEmail Simon here. Tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.57pm GMT Norway: Jarstein, Elabdellaoui, Nordtveit, Ajer, Aleesami, Odegaard, Selnaes, Henriksen, Mo…

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The Fiver | Other meaninglessly limp sanctions are available

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!On Monday afternoon news broke that, in an attempt to frustrate English infiltrators attempting to gain access to the home stands at the Podgorica City Stadium in Montenegro, supporters would be denied…

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Wales v Slovakia: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Live updates from the Cardiff City Stadium, kick-off 2pmBale tips Wales’s mix of oldies and young talent to overcome oddsFeel free to email Simon or tweet @SimonBurnton your thoughts 2.07pm GMT 7 mins: Brooks runs infield from the right but his pass fo…

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How Luton lost a manager but soared back towards the big time

Club are unbeaten in League One in five months and on target for second straight promotion despite losing their managerAfter Luton secured promotion from League Two last season their defender Alan Sheehan made some bullish predictions. “The manager has…

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Football transfer rumours: João Félix to Manchester City for €120m?

Today’s fluff is the puzzle you can’t figure out Manchester City are in pole position to sign Benfica’s 19-year-old midfield prodigy João Félix – but he’ll come at a cost. According to the Sun, they can expect to pay the player’s €120m release clause i…

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Football transfer rumours: Saúl Ñíguez to Manchester City?

Today’s fluff heard it from those other boys Manchester City are desperate for another midfielder to add to their already glittering array of options in that area, with the Mirror saying they are “closing in on a £70m deal” for Atlético Madrid’s Saúl Ñ…

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Shane Warne says revitalised Australia can pull off World Cup shock

• Return of Steve Smith and David Warner could be crucial• Former spinner believes team spirit good in Australia campA week after Australia completed a dramatic series victory in India by winning their last three matches, ending a dismal run of 22 defe…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal back in for Gelson Martins?

Today’s fluff is in too deep. There’s no way outArsenal might have failed in their pursuit of Gelson Martins last summer, with the winger eventually deciding to join Atlético Madrid, but thankfully he has turned out to be absolutely rubbish so they cou…