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Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid to bid for Christian Eriksen?

Today’s fluff better take my directionIf Real Madrid really wanted to buy Paul Pogba, they would be selling a few players and saving up a bit of cash so they could perhaps meet Manchester United’s £150m asking price, or get near enough to it. Instead t…

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Football transfer rumours: Paul Pogba to get Manchester United pay boost?

Today’s fluff don’t need to be no deeper Manchester United have returned to Crystal Palace with a second offer for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, this time a downpayment of £35m with another £15m to come, but the Eagles are still not interested – the Mail and the …

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The Fiver | A tough shift at the coalface of relentless self-promotion

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!On 11 June Paul Pogba played in the France team that beat Andorra 4-0, after which he posted an update on social media disgraces. “Last game of the season we finish well,” he wrote. “Time to relax.” Th…

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Football transfer rumours: Neymar to leave PSG?

Today’s fluff despises that throwaway feeling Paul Pogba’s casual admission that “it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else” gets every English newspaper excited, though the Mirror says that Manchester United will adopt a “hardline…

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England v Argentina: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Women’s World Cup updates from the 8pm BST kick-offEngland’s Phil Neville explains the tactics he usesAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.04pm BST England: Telford, Bronze, Houghton, McManus, Greenwood, Mead, Moore, Scott, Kirby, Tay…

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Germany v Spain: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the 5pm BST kick-off in ValenciennesKirby fears VAR handball law is cynical way to win penaltiesEmail Simon here. Or tweet @Simon_Burnton 4.54pm BST They are out, and currently anthemising. 4.51pm BST The players are in the tunnel! Action…

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The Fiver | A performance that left all other shellackings lacking

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Of the 32 teams who took part in the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia, only three scored as many as 13 goals in the entire tournament. The two finalists, Croatia and France, scored 14 each, while third-p…

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Belgium v Scotland, Hungary v Wales and more: Euro 2020 qualifiers – live!

Live updates from Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifying gamesSign up for The Fiver and get our daily football emailAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.00pm BST No less than 11 European Championship qualifying fixtures kick off at 7.45pm BST…

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Belgium v Scotland, Hungary v Wales and more: Euro 2020 qualifiers – live!

Live updates from Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifying gamesSign up for The Fiver and get our daily football emailAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 6.00pm BST No less than 11 European Championship qualifying fixtures kick off at 7.45pm BST…

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The Fiver | A shock to make David’s takedown of Goliath look run-of-the-mill

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!In this world there are likely things, less likely things, unlikely things, outlandishly unlikely things and, several light years away from those at the extreme far end of the scale, just beyond the po…

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The Spin | India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai in 1987 was the first truly modern ODI

Largely forgotten match saw both teams score at more than seven an over, something which is now more commonplaceWhen England successfully chased a target of 359 to win the third ODI against Pakistan at Bristol last month it was the third time in five d…

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French Open quarter-finals: Stephens v Konta, Wawrinka v Federer – live!

Updates from Roland Garros, play starts at 1pm (BST)Konta profits from coach’s powers of persuasionGet in touch! Email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 2.06pm BST Second set: Konta* 6-1, 4-2 Stephens Konta’s fourth service game of the second set, and Step…

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Football transfer rumours: Giovani Lo Celso to Tottenham for €100m?

Today’s fluff makes you drool just like a pasta e fasul Tottenham have made a £53m bid for the Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, whose impressive loan move to Andalucía from Paris Saint-Germain – with headline figures of 16 goals and six assists …

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The Spin | A brief history of the Cricket World Cup

From its humble beginning in 1966, the tournament’s history is filled with English despair and southern hemisphere triumph• The Spin: listen and subscribe to our brand new podcastIn March 1966 Rothman’s and the influential agent Bagenal Harvey announce…

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French Open 2019, day two: Konta, Nadal and Djokovic in action – live!

Get all the latest updates from Roland GarrosKonta puts faith in good feeling to banish past failingsFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 11.26am BST The men’s No15 seed, Nikoloz Basilashvili, is in serious trouble on Court 9, at 4-6, 1-6, …

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The Fiver | The only two emotions that there are in Playoffworld

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There is a scene in the Blues Brothers when Jake and Elwood wander into an unknown bar and pass themselves off as the band booked to appear that evening. “Er, what kind of music do you usually have her…

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Football transfer rumours: six starlets heading to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is scented with joyA swarm of bees; a herd of deer; a pack of wolves; a kettle of vultures. What, though, is the collective noun for transfers? By common consent it would seem to be a spree, which is what the Sun’s back page suggests that…

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England’s 2019 Cricket World Cup squad – in pictures

From Eoin Morgan to Mark Wood: profiles of the 15 England players selected for the 2019 Cricket World Cup Continue reading…

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Troy Deeney ready for FA Cup final battle with ‘beast’ Vincent Kompany

• Watford striker says the pair have respect for each other• Deeney: ‘He comes back from injury bigger, better and stronger’Watford may be considered rank outsiders Saturday’s FA Cup final but Troy Deeney has promised to cause problems for Manchester C…

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Troy Deeney ready for FA Cup final battle with ‘beast’ Vincent Kompany

• Watford striker says the pair have respect for each other• Deeney: ‘He comes back from injury bigger, better and stronger’Watford may be considered rank outsiders Saturday’s FA Cup final but Troy Deeney has promised to cause problems for Manchester C…