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Author Archive for Simon Burnton

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France v Italy: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offCalcutta Cup can reveal real England and test ScotlandFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.57pm GMT And they’re out! Indeed, the Italians are already singing their anthem. With great …

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The Fiver | Precisely how many apologies are enough apologies?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There are an uncanny number of links between West Brom bench bandit Alan Pardew and religion. Pardew’s surname itself, of course. At Crystal Palace his chairman was called Parish, defined as “a small a…

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The Fiver | Precisely how many apologies are enough apologies?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There are an uncanny number of links between West Brom bench bandit Alan Pardew and religion. Pardew’s surname itself, of course. At Crystal Palace his chairman was called Parish, defined as “a small a…

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Huddersfield Town v Manchester United: FA Cup – live!

Live updates from the FA Cup fifth-round tieSheffield Wednesday take Swansea to FA Cup replayAnd you can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 5.07pm GMT More from Mourinho, first on the call-ups for Ethan Hamilton and Angel Gomes:I think it’s a beautifu…

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Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City: FA Cup – live!

FA Cup fifth-round updates from the 12.30pm GMT gameAnd send Simon an email or tweet @Simon_Burnton 12.48pm GMT 16 mins: Hunt crosses from the right, and Noughton flings a leg at the ball to stop Nuhiu from reaching it first. Good defending, but yet mo…

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Ireland hope to avoid falling victim to slimmed down Cricket World Cup | The Spin

In March 10 sides will fight for two remaining places at the 2019 tournament and in-form Ireland face a tough battle to qualifyOn Thursday, Ireland play a Northerns/Easterns XI in Pretoria. This is the opening skirmish in a battle of the utmost importa…

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The Fiver | Hang out the bunting, fetch your William Blake anthologies!

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!After 51 years, six months, one week and three days of hurt since England’s one previous moment of international football glory, the nation can’t turn its nose up at any kind of praise. It’s been a lon…

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Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Real Madrid?

Today’s fluff cried more, more, moreMircea Lucescu, currently in charge of Turkey’s national team but who spent 12 years at Shakhtar Donetsk between 2004 and 2016, has revealed the next career move of the Ukrainian side’s highly-coveted midfielder Fred…

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Delaying a win for lunch is hard to swallow but cricket’s rules make sense | The Spin

The rules around taking a break are hard to stomach at times, such as at Centurion, but they are for the good of the gameOn the last day of July in 1884 the touring Australian side arrived at The Oval for a game against the Players of England, a team m…

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The Fiver | In the name of custard, parrots and all that is good in this world

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Former ref Dermot Gallagher was in no doubt about what he had witnessed. During Liverpool’s drama-tastic draw against Tottenham, assistant referee Eddie Smart had, Gallagher insisted, “covered himself …

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Javi Gracia faces a Chelsea visit threatening new torment for Watford | Simon Burnton

It all went wrong for the Hornets at Stamford Bridge and the reverse fixture forces them to relive that pivotal timeThe reunion with Chelsea on Monday will probably prompt some short?term nostalgia at Watford. The last time they met, after all, represe…

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Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

All the latest updates from the 4.30pm GMT kick-off at AnfieldLloris backs fearless Spurs to harass Liverpool into submissionEmail Simon | or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 3.31pm GMT The team sheets have been handed in, and the names upon them were these:Li…

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Huddersfield Town v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm (GMT) kick-offSturridge never fitted the bill for Klopp at LiverpoolAnd feel free to email or tweet Simon to get in touch 7.39pm GMT “Simon, instead of just repeating Klopp’s allegation re BT, could you get one of yo…

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Cavalier cricket: when Bagenal Harvey brought stardust to the sport | Simon Burnton

Cricket was set on its lucrative path to the IPL by sport’s first super-agent and an all-star Sunday afternoon competition that forced the MCC into desperate actionIt was exactly 50 years ago this week that the MCC’s Advisory County Cricket Committee t…

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Football transfer rumours: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy?

Today’s fluff is like a doggy barking at your door Alexis Sánchez’s move to Manchester has convinced LA Galaxy the time could be right to resurrect their interest in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with someone telling ESPN that a deal is “the furthest along it ha…

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Peterborough v Leicester City: FA Cup fourth round – live

• Email: simon.burnton@theguardian.com • Tweet: @Simon_Burnton• Today’s other latest scores 12.07pm GMT Simon is not far away, he’s just been a touch busy bashing his keyboard for the Australian Open final, which was pretty ruddy entertaining. Will the…

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Simona Halep v Caroline Wozniacki: Australian Open women’s final – live!

Game-by-game report of the women’s singles final in MelbourneHalep and Wozniacki set for high-stakes final after riding luckEmail Simon here | Tweet @Simon_Burnton 8.26am GMT And they’re on their way! 8.23am GMT The players are on their way to court, a…

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Football transfer rumours: Aymeric Laporte to Manchester City?

Today’s fluff has been a liar, been a thiefAymeric Laporte is Manchester City-bound, according to the Sun, with the defender deciding that his decision to stay at Athletic Bilbao rather than head to England back in the summer of 2016 was, on reflection…

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Chris Jordan relishing most lucrative and unpredictable IPL yet | The Spin

Fresh from success in New Zealand, the 29-year-old is one of many England cricketers among the 578 players up for auctionWith the salary cap up by 20%, 578 players up for grabs and no team having retained more than three members of their last squads, t…

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Australian Open 2018 quarter-final: Rafael Nadal v Marin Cilic – live!

Live updates from quarter-final between top and sixth male seedsCarla Suárez Navarro versus Caroline Wozniacki to follow laterNovak Djokovic crashes out to Hyeon ChungEmail Simon or tweet: @Simon_Burnton 8.04am GMT Do they always play this when the bal…