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José Mourinho can learn lessons from the greats of the music world | Tanya Aldred

A top conductor gets the best out of his players and can turn a good performance from an orchestra into a great oneJosé Mourinho prowls the touchline at Old Trafford. Skulking, swearing, coat fully zipped against the dirtiest weather Manchester can thr…

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Mollie and Rosie Kmita: the twins ‘breaking the mould’ for women in football – video

Twitter UK has launched a new #WomenInFootball campaign with sisters Rosie and Mollie Kmita telling the story of how they ‘broke the mould’ to earn respect in their sport. Rosie, a professional footballer at West Ham, and Mollie who plays for Gillingha…

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Jacqui Oatley: women’s football is generations away from equality, but it’s getting there – video

Broadcaster Jacqui Oatley believes it will take ‘a couple of generations’ to make football a more equal environment, but that change can already been seen in the women’s game. In a short film – part of series produced for Twitter UK as part o…

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Monday Night Football: Has Jason Witten ruined a US television institution?

The former Cowboy has been a disaster since he joined the most storied broadcast in American sports, but he’s not the show’s only problemThe NFL has a multitude of problems: players committing off-the-field violence, the Oakland Raiders in general and,…

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Coach is a Russian David and Goliath film tale – but twist is in the credits | Richard Williams

Russia’s equivalent of Grimsby Town overcome odds with the help of some powerful friends but crowd-pleasing morality tale is not quite what it seemsThe second-division team from a distant and ill-favoured coastal town are in the cup final. They’re play…

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How did the sports book of the year fail to select a winner? | Mark Lawson

Literary prizes aren’t meant to split decisions, but as a judge I felt it made sense for Paul Gibson and Tom Gregory to draw, just as it had when I helped decide the Booker Cricket and football matches often end as draws, and individual sporting events…

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William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize shared for first time

• Paul D. Gibson and Tom Gregory win joint prize• Award has never been shared before in 30-year historyFor the first time in 30 years joint winners of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award have been announced, with Paul D. Gibson’s The Lost So…

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William Hill award has done so much to help sports writing leap off the page | Sean Ingle

For the past 30 years the Sports Book of the Year has brought joy, sometimes bewilderment, and quite often a spike in sales as it forced a neglected genre to raise its gameThere was a time, a generation or so ago, when high street bookshops were a wast…

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Harry Redknapp sets out tactics in crab-stroking I’m A Celebrity debut

The former Spurs and West Ham manager’s no-nonsense approach won admirers as he choked down emu in the jungle with Nick Knowles and ‘the brainy lady off The Chase’“They’ve got a football manager on the other team. That’s a bit of a problem because he’s…

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Own a David Squires cartoon

David Squires’s latest book, Goalless Draws, is a selection of his Guardian football cartoons from 2014 to the 2018 World Cup. From the managerial roundabout to the absurdities of the transfer window, it’s a riotous reminder of the pitfalls of the mode…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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You have to keep fit to stay in gaming

The world of eSports is tough and competitive so professional gamers are following the fitness regime of sports starsTo make it as a professional gamer, players are increasingly hoping to hone their fitness as well as their gaming skills. With the Leag…

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Remembering Michael Jackson’s peculiar relationship with football

The King of Pop loved the Nice shirt, had a statue at Fulham, raised money for Exeter City and was a very astute punditBy Emmet Gates for The Set Pieces, of the Sport Network“Good luck to all of the World Cup finalists this weekend!” read one post on T…

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Larry Fink’s black and white boxing photography – in pictures

In examining the tough and unsentimental subculture of boxing, Larry Fink’s photographs capture everything from rowdy rings to overheated locker rooms and all of the characters that inhabit them. His work is currently on show at the Philadelphia Museum…

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Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual: hooliganism gave me a way to fit in

He dressed smart, carried a knife and wound up in jail. As his life story hits the stage, Riaz Khan reveals how, in 1980s Britain, soccer violence was very multiculturalIt wasn’t so much the violence that attracted Riaz Khan to football hooliganism as …

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KSI v Logan Paul: was the YouTubers’ fight more than just hype?

The pair’s boxing bout on Saturday drew a global audience of two million. For a fanbase used to fake online beef, it was a welcome next stepTo understand why millions of people watched two YouTubers duke it out in the Manchester Arena this weekend, you…

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All or Nothing leaves City fans with more questions than answers | Simon Hattenstone

As a Manchester City supporter it’s impossible not to take some pleasure in the documentary but it pulls its punches, fails to probe and is nothing but a gloriously glossy club commercialWhy am I so reluctant to watch All or Nothing: Manchester City? T…

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All or Nothing leaves City fans with more questions than answers | Simon Hattenstone

As a Manchester City supporter it’s impossible not to take some pleasure in the documentary but it pulls its punches, fails to probe and is nothing but a gloriously glossy club commercialWhy am I so reluctant to watch All or Nothing: Manchester City? T…

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‘I did a whole lot of crying’: the spectacular fall and rise of Ronda Rousey

Hailed as the world’s most dominant athlete until it all came crashing down, the ex-UFC star discusses battling depression, her eclectic second act and how to prepare for the apocalypseRonda Rousey was once again situated on the dais to promote an even…