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Manchester United v Derby County: Carabao Cup clockwatch – live!

Carabao Cup third round updates, including Oxford v Man CityLive scoreboard! Keep up with all the goals as they go inAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him to get in touch 7.05pm BST I am scared of Christian Fuchs’ shin pads. 7.02pm BST Paul Pogba, …

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The age of the lobsters: when underarm bowling was king | Simon Burnton

It has not been seen regularly in a first-class game for almost 100 years but there was a time when ‘lob’ bowling was highly successful and used to humiliate batsmen into getting outThere is a particularly interesting episode of Revisionist History, Ma…

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Frank Lampard prepares Derby for meeting with mentor José Mourinho | Simon Burnton

The Rams’ manager, still close to his former Chelsea boss, believes the Portuguese’s influence shines as brightly as everFrank Lampard remembers watching the press conference in 2004 at which José Mourinho, freshly arrived at Chelsea, announced that he…

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Frank Lampard prepares Derby for meeting with mentor José Mourinho | Simon Burnton

The Rams’ manager, still close to his former Chelsea boss, believes the Portuguese’s influence shines as brightly as everFrank Lampard remembers watching the press conference in 2004 at which José Mourinho, freshly arrived at Chelsea, announced that he…

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Liverpool v Southampton, Man Utd v Wolves and more: clockwatch – live!

Cardiff host Man City in Premier League 3pm kick-offsYou can email Simon or tweet with your thoughtsFulham v Watford – live with Rob Smyth!The Fiver: sign up for our football email 2.10pm BST Headlines include a first Premier League start for Liverpool…

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PAOK Salonika v Chelsea: Europa League – live!

• Europa League updates from the 5.55pm BST Group L game• Eden Hazard misses trip after complaining of tiredness• And feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 5.39pm BST A peek inside the dressing-rooms at Toumba Stadium. Looks like lots of com…

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Football transfer rumours: Steven Caulker to Arsenal Kyiv?

Today’s fluff is taking up a fraction of my mind It says something about the quality of today’s transfer tittle-tattle that the most interesting rumour concerns the Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, who is leaving the Emirates after a decade to ta…

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Tackles and timekeeping: how Javi Gracia has transformed Watford

A new tactical approach, a settled starting line-up and fines for lateness have all played a part in the club’s flying startThis week Troy Deeney let slip details of the system of fines introduced by Javi Gracia this season. “They used to be done by th…

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Premier League team news and Tottenham v Liverpool buildup – live!

Latest news from Friday press conferences and beyondPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.40am BST This is a great yarn. You may want to tuck it behind your ear for some lunchtime readi…

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Premier League team news and Tottenham v Liverpool buildup – live!

Latest news from Friday press conferences and beyondPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.40am BST This is a great yarn. You may want to tuck it behind your ear for some lunchtime readi…

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Paul Pogba is a show-off but a nice guy too, says Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucouré

• Midfielder says former teammate ‘has a big personality’• ‘He liked to show off a little bit but he’s a very nice guy’The Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré has labelled Paul Pogba a “show-off” as he prepares to come up against his former internati…

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Why forward-thinking Southgate will resist quick fixes for England | Simon Burnton

Resting Harry Kane makes England’s striking ranks look a little impoverished but the manager will stick to his principles of building for the future rather than a short-term goals solutionHarry Kane will not start for England against Switzerland on Tue…

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Chelsea v Manchester City: Women’s Super League – live!

Women’s Super League: five things to look out for this seasonTime right for WSL revolution but mainstream is a tough askAny thoughts? You can email Simon | Tweet @Simon_Burnton 2.12pm BST 10 mins: Parris wins a header not far from halfway and Eriksson …

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The Fiver | Only 644 days before the big Euro 2020 kick-off

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It is more than 20 years since England and Spain played a competitive football match, two decades in which Spain became good, remained good and then ceased being quite so good, while England cleverly a…

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The Fiver | Only 644 days before the big Euro 2020 kick-off

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It is more than 20 years since England and Spain played a competitive football match, two decades in which Spain became good, remained good and then ceased being quite so good, while England cleverly a…

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Football transfer rumours: Paul Pogba to make January move to Barcelona?

Today’s fluff is gone with the fallen leavesPaul Pogba’s latest declaration of loyalty to Manchester United was so half-hearted that talk of a January move to Barcelona is back on the back pages. Asked by Sky Sport Deutschland whether he was happy at O…

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US Open quarter-finals: Sloane Stephens v Anastasija Sevastova – live!

Coverage of Juan Martín del Potro v John Isner to followMillman stuns Federer to reach quarter-finalsAnd you can email Simon here or tweet him here 4.07pm BST Action! Um, of sorts! Del Potro is on Arthur Ashe at the moment, doing a bit of warming up. T…

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US Open quarter-finals: Sloane Stephens v Anastasija Sevastova – live!

Coverage of Juan Martín del Potro v John Isner to followMillman stuns Federer to reach quarter-finalsAnd you can email Simon here or tweet him here 4.07pm BST Action! Um, of sorts! Del Potro is on Arthur Ashe at the moment, doing a bit of warming up. T…

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A first win in England: India and the elephant will never forget | Simon Burnton

The 1971 Oval Test was an historic one and memorable because of a sleepy captain and a pachyderm named BellaThere used to be two shops in Birmingham called Tyseley Pet Stores. While in one advert they boasted of their stocks of “puppies, rabbits, guine…

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A first win in England: India and the elephant will never forget | Simon Burnton

The 1971 Oval Test was an historic one and memorable because of a sleepy captain and a pachyderm named BellaThere used to be two shops in Birmingham called Tyseley Pet Stores. While in one advert they boasted of their stocks of “puppies, rabbits, guine…