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The Spin | Bessie Stone’s head injury and the court case that threatened cricket

When a club cricketer’s six hit a passer-by in a Manchester street, a legal battle ensued that is still quoted todayIf you’re the type of person who enjoys perusing old newspapers, every now and then you’ll come across a story that is more than a mere …

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Eoin Morgan’s World Cup parade is a reminder of cricket’s kinship | Simon Burnton

When greats go back to their clubs to mingle with the merely good it shows cricket is an unusually democratic sportIt was a big year, 2009, in the career of Eoin Morgan. In May, he scored a brilliant 161 off 136 balls for Middlesex against Kent to conf…

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Football League: Crewe top League Two as Morecambe slip to bottom

Bristol Rovers move third in League One by beating LincolnWimbledon continue improvement under Glyn HodgesWith the top two out of action Peterborough were the day’s outstanding achievers, leaping from seventh to third courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Lin…

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Georgia v Republic of Ireland: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the Group D qualifierThe Fiver: sign up for our daily football emailGet in touch with Simon on email or Twitter 1.24pm BST The teams in full, then:Georgia: Loria, Kakabadze, Kashia, Tabidze, Grigalava, Kankava, Kiteishvili…

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Scotland v Russia: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the Pool A fixture in ShizuokaPool permutations: who needs what from the final round?Get in touch with Simon via email or twitter 8.32am BST 13 mins: Scotland manage to convert a Russia scrum into one of their own, deep in Russian territor…

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South Africa v Canada: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Rugby World Cup updates from the teams’ final group gameWorld Cup pool permutations: who needs what?And you can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 11.40am BST 20 mins: This all comes from a brilliant crossfield kick from Jantjies which releases Gelant…

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The Spin | The Hundred sees ECB double down on ludicrous marketing-drivel

The ECB has been burrowing itself into a Hundred-shaped hole, and instead of seeking a way out it ordered up a diggerSince it was first announced, back in the heady, innocent days when it lacked a name and the England and Wales Cricket Board was assume…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal join race for Aleksandr Sobolev?

Today’s fluff likes itty bitty boys The front page of Spanish paper AS is entirely taken up by a large picture of Gareth Bale, and the words: Bale says, enough. Zinedine Zidane’s decision to leave him out of the matchday squad for the Champions League …

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal join race for Aleksandr Sobolev?

Today’s fluff likes itty bitty boys The front page of Spanish paper AS is entirely taken up by a large picture of Gareth Bale, and the words: Bale says, enough. Zinedine Zidane’s decision to leave him out of the matchday squad for the Champions League …

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Rugby World Cup 2019: New Zealand v Canada – live!

Updates from the Pool B game in OitaRugby World Cup fixtures, results and tablesGet in touch! Email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.50am BST Rain is forecast all night in Oita. This is bad news for anyone attending the game, and there’s more bad news …

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Scotland v Samoa: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the Pool A match in KobeSamoa could punish Scotland for wading into tackle rowEmail Simon here or tweet @Simon_Burnton 12.08pm BST 42 mins: From the line-out they push to within inches of the line, but the ball gets stuck …

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England v USA: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Rugby World Cup updates from the game in KobeLatest tables, fixtures and results from Japan 2019And you can mail Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.48am BST I’m not sure what’s going on here, but it looks extremely suspicious. 10.44am BST Here’s a bit by…

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MK Dons v Liverpool, Manchester United v Rochdale: Carabao Cup – live!

Updates from Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round tiesLive scoreboard: the latest from all tonight’s matchesOllie Rathbone: ‘Leaving United was best thing I’ve done’And you can contact Simon by email or Twitte 6.42pm BST Liverpool have announced their t…

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The Spin | What should sport’s position be in the British honours system?

In the entire history of cricket, only one British player has been knighted or made a dame before they retired from playingIn 2009, aged 33 and four years before he retired from active competition, the cyclist Chris Hoy was knighted. “To become a knigh…

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Fuji hogs the horizon as ITV fails to park stereotypes but passes World Cup test | Simon Burnton

Japanese cliches, popular victors and a confusing tackle ‘demonstration area’ made for interesting viewing on day oneClose your eyes and design, in the realm of your imagination, a Japan-themed TV studio. Come back whenever you’re ready. Of course you’…

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Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offOlympiakos v Tottenham: Champions League – follow it live!PSG v Real Madrid: Champions League – follow it live!And you can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.58pm BST And out they come! As the crowd …

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Chelsea v Valencia: Champions League – live!

Updates from the Group H game kicking off at 8pm BSTLive scoreboard: the latest from all Tuesday’s matchesValencia respond to crisis with statement that infuriates fansLampard wary of Valencia threatAnd you can email Simon here or tweet him here 7.05pm…

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Manchester United v Leicester, Wolves v Chelsea: clockwatch – live!

Updates on the 3pm matches, plus EFL and European actionLive scoreboard! Keep up with all the day’s goals and gamesAny thoughts? You can mail Simon or tweet @simon_burnton 2.48pm BST “Looking through those line-ups (and now Eden Hazard is gone) Jamie V…

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Returning Quique Sánchez Flores must plug Watford’s defensive leaks | Simon Burnton

Manager built a side that was renowned for its solidity at the back during his previous stint in charge at Vicarage RoadThe second coming of Quique Sánchez Flores was completed on Friday when the Spaniard was introduced to the media following his retur…

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Beer dispensaries and ball pimples: 10 bits of Rugby World Cup miscellany

Rugby union’s showpiece event will see eye-catching kits, facial recognition for journalists and spontaneously dancing mascots1 Major Japanese sports, particularly baseball, keep spectators lubricated thanks to vendors who patrol the stands dispensing …