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The Fiver | Capable of destroying lesser defences like Star Wars films trash box office rivals

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Sure, they beat Liverpool 4-1 back in October, but Tottenham’s record against the very best teams this season is not exactly encouraging, what with the defeats at Manchester United and Ars…

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The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2017

Before the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday celebrate the best of 2017, here are our anti-heroes from the sporting world this yearThe retiring Taylor’s last year on the PDC circuit has not been without incident. There has of course…

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Football transfer rumours: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to Real Madrid?

Today’s fluff will put all other things aside Real Madrid aren’t doing very well. They sit fourth in La Liga, trailing Barcelona by eight points and by eight goals, with Cristiano Ronaldo having scored just four times in the league and Karim Benzema on…

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Europa League: round of 32 draw – live!

Updates from the Europa League round of 32 draw, 12pm start (GMT)Champions League last 16 draw: Real Madrid face PSG and Juve v SpursAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 11.39am GMT You wait for ages* for a decent draw and then two come…

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Champions League last 16 draw – live!

Updates from the Champions League draw, 11am start (GMT)Champions League power rankings: Manchester City the team to beatAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.08am GMT There seem to be a lot of draws about at the moment. The dust only…

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Tottenham v Stoke, Real Madrid v Sevilla and more: clockwatch – live!

Live updates from the Premier League and beyondLive scoreboard: all Saturday’s goals as they go inAnd you can email Simon or tweet @SimonBurnton 2.30pm GMT Here’s some evidence of snowfall: 2.24pm GMT Quite the start to our Premier League weekend: the …

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Football transfer rumours: Manchester United to swap Juan Mata for João Mário?

Today’s fluff puts too fine a point on itManchester United want to tempt João Mário away from Internazionale and are so keen on the Portuguese midfielder that they will offer his Italian employers Juan Mata in exchange. According to the Corriere dello …

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Chelsea v Atlético Madrid: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the Group C game at Stamford BridgeChelsea’s Conte warns Atlético to prepare for Europa LeagueAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 7.14pm GMT @Simon_Burnton not sure how stupid of a question this is but…

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World Cup 2018 draw – live!

Russia 2018 groups decided at draw in Moscow, from 3pm GMTStadium guide | Create your own draw | How the draw worksAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 2.13pm GMT Update: Diego Maradona has located a razor. And a suit. And a comedy …

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The Fiver | Nothing will stop Fifa from littering the world with mundanity

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Sometimes, upon reading a release from Fifa, there can be no response but to sit back in awed appreciation. These guys just get football, on a different level to most of us. This is why th…

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Football transfer rumours: Hatem Ben Arfa to West Ham or Leicester?

Today’s fluff clicks while there’s nobody there The likelihood of Hatem Ben Arfa bringing his rare combination of sensational skills and remarkable substitutes’-bench-based-looks-of-smouldering-discontent back to the Premier League increases with every…

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Herbert Chapman: from football life ban to glory at Arsenal and Huddersfield

Before the teams with whom Chapman enjoyed his greatest success meet in the Premier League on Wednesday, we recall arguably English football’s most influential manager – referred to as the ‘maker of champions’On Wednesday Arsenal and Huddersfield meet …

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Ben Stokes is on a plane – but is he any closer to playing in the Ashes?

The all-rounder’s absence has hung over England ever since the Ashes squad was announced, but does the fact he is currently flying to New Zealand mean he is any closer to joining them in Australia?Stokes is en route to Christchurch, having privately ar…

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Ben Stokes is on a plane – but is he any closer to playing in the Ashes?

The all-rounder’s absence has hung over England ever since the Ashes squad was announced, but does the fact he is currently flying to New Zealand mean he is any closer to joining them in Australia?Stokes is en route to Christchurch, having privately ar…

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Arsène Wenger rules out selling Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil in January

• Arsenal manager insists both players will remain at club until summer at least• Wenger says they could leave in January if ‘something unbelievable happens’Arsène Wenger has for the first time explicitly ruled out the possibility of selling either Ale…

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Huddersfield Town v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates as the leaders cross over to YorkshireAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 1.36pm GMT In six away games in the Premier League so far this season Manchester city have led for 229 minutes and been behind for jus…

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BT Sport’s fine Ashes partnerships blighted by commercial breakdowns | Simon Burnton

Matt Smith and co had a solid opening despite a late wobble, while there’s an Ashes bromance in the air for Graeme Swann and Damien Fleming, but the adverts did jar a littleFade in. Interior, an extraordinarily messy room with a massage bed in the midd…

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Ashes beginner’s guide: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask | Simon Burnton

When it starts, where you can watch it, who’s going to win and which are players to watch – it’s all here in our guide for the uninitiatedThe first Test starts in Brisbane on Thursday morning local time, or for Blighty-based fans at 12 midnight GMT, wi…

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Sevilla v Liverpool: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from Group E (7.45pm GMT kick-off)And you can drop Simon an email or ping him a tweet @Simon_Burnton 5.46pm GMT Simon will be here shortly. Continue reading…

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Stoke City: Premier League – live!

Live updates from the Premier League match at the AmexPremier League health check: overachievers and underachieversSend Simon an email; Tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.15pm GMT Ladies and gentlemen, a winner:@Simon_Burnton It’s not Shola, is it? Eternal glory? …