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Chelsea latest, Liverpool v Manchester United buildup and more – live!

Countdown to weekend’s football in the Premier League and beyondPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendEmail Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 9.59am GMT For the second season in a row, Arsenal have broken the record for the highest squa…

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Celtic v RB Salzburg: Europa League – live!

Europa League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offLive scores: keep up to date with all the Europa League goalsEmail Simon with any thoughts or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.05pm GMT The team sheets are in, and these are the names upon them:Celtic: Gordon, Lusti…

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The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2018 | Simon Burnton

While the more deserving await the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award verdict on Sunday night, here is our list of sporting anti-heroes from 2018Rahman has managed to squeeze a single Test, eight ODI appearances and the same number of T20s into…

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Liverpool v Napoli: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm GMT Anfield gameBarcelona v Tottenham – live! Join Paul Doyle for MBM updatesSend your emails to Simon here or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.03pm GMT “Oh my god, there’s two jerseys in the corner of that photo facing the …

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Everton v Watford: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm GMT game at Goodison The Fiver: sign up now for our free daily football emailAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.07pm GMT A couple of big calls there from Javi Gracia. Ken Sema makes his first leag…

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Leicester City v Tottenham: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offChelsea v Manchester City – live with Barry GlendenningYou can email Simon your thoughts or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.25pm GMT The final whistle goes at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester City are unbeaten n…

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Arsenal v Huddersfield, Man Utd v Fulham and more: clockwatch – live!

Follow the 3pm games in the Premier League and beyondBournemouth 0-4 Liverpool | Saturday scoreboardEmail Simon your thoughts or tweet @Simon_Burnton 3.15pm GMT Phwoar! Rashford passes to Young on the left, and he jinks inside, gets past his marker and…

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Premier League, Chelsea v Man City and Copa Libertadores buildup – live!

Live updates to team news before the weekend’s actionThe 100 best female footballers in the world: Nos 10-1Email Simon with any thoughts | Tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.36am GMT Jose Mourinho has stated that despite being the manager’s sole marquee summer si…

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The Spin | 81 declared: a tale of torrential rain and two extraordinary Tests

In only two Test matches have both captains declared with a score below 150 and both involved England and plenty of rainIn only two Test matches have both captains declared with scores below 150 and in those games, by definition extraordinary, the high…

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The Spin | 81 declared: a tale of torrential rain and two extraordinary Tests

In only two Test matches have both captains declared with a score below 150 and both involved England and plenty of rainIn only two Test matches have both captains declared with scores below 150 and in those games, by definition extraordinary, the high…

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Football transfer rumours: Cesc Fàbregas heading for Valencia?

Today’s fluff wants to ruin my life, yeahCesc Fàbregas has played just 48 minutes of Premier League football this season and is preparing to leave Chelsea in search of regular game time, with a return to Spain being his most likely course of action. El…

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FA Cup third round draw – live!

Live updates from Stamford Bridge as the big boys enter the draw Guardian to reveal the 100 best female footballers in the worldDrop Simon an email | Tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.11pm GMT Woking (ball number 54), second in the National League South, are the …

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Cardiff v Wolves: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.16pm GMT At the end of the interview Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher shake Warnock’s hand. Which i…

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Cardiff v Wolves: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.16pm GMT At the end of the interview Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher shake Warnock’s hand. Which i…

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Vorskla Poltava v Arsenal: Europa League – live!

Europa League updates from the 5.55pm GMT kick-off‘As an Arsenal supporter in Kiev, it feels business as usual’And feel free to email Simon or to tweet @Simon_Burnton 5.20pm GMT Here they are!Vorskla: Shust, Perduta, Dallku, Chesnakov, Artur, Sapai, Sk…

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The forgotten story of … ‘evil’ Football League test matches

At the end of the 19th century, the battle for First Division places involved unwisely scheduled post-season test matchesAs the 1897-98 season roared towards its final furlong, the battle to avoid relegation from the First Division was white hot. Seven…

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Premier League number crunch: who has run furthest and missed most chances? | Simon Burnton

After 12 games the statistics are revealing and at times surprising and José Mourinho will be all too aware of what some meanTwelve games into the Premier League season, we have probably learned enough about each team, using the most basic statistical …

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The Fiver | The Nations League and a prolonged bout of unhatched egg-counting

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!When Uefa commissioned an anthem for the Nations League it hoped to “capture the unity of the supporters, plus the importance of the competition”. It might also have proved quite popular with “the kids…

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Football transfer rumours: Marcus Rashford to Real Madrid or Juventus?

Today’s fluff can see the world in all his fireThe Mirror leads with news of “transfer drama at Old Trafford”, after Paul Pogba allegedly “told his Juventus pals he wants to quit Manchester United and rejoin them”, with Barcelona – who have been more f…

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Harry Redknapp sets out tactics in crab-stroking I’m A Celebrity debut

The former Spurs and West Ham manager’s no-nonsense approach won admirers as he choked down emu in the jungle with Nick Knowles and ‘the brainy lady off The Chase’“They’ve got a football manager on the other team. That’s a bit of a problem because he’s…