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W-League grand final 2018-19: Sydney FC v Perth Glory – live!

Updates from the decider at Jubilee OvalAny thoughts? Email or tweet @rrjparkin 5.28am GMT Our players are out on the pitch, as we observe the national anthem.Your predictions? On paper, Sydney FC might just shade it position by position across the XI….

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Dyed beards and lucky stones: Crazy Gang lives on at AFC Wimbledon | Barry Glendenning

The successors to the 1988 FA Cup-winning side have revealed the unusual practices they hope will help them beat MillwallWhile his teammate Scott Wagstaff sits in the home dressing room at Kingsmeadow getting his bushy ginger beard dyed bright blue and…

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Bayern recover from 13-second own goal to beat Augsburg and close gap at top

• Bayern win 3-2 and are two points behind Borussia Dortmund• Cristiano Ronaldo scores in Juventus’s 3-0 defeat of FrosinoneBayern Munich twice came from a goal down to beat Augsburg 3-2, courtesy of Kingsley Coman’s two goals, and cut the gap with the…

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Étienne Capoue’s strike for Watford leaves QPR to rue missed chances

Queens Park Rangers had to wait for this moment. Their previous appearance in the FA Cup fifth round had come against Wimbledon in 1997 and it is doubtful whether any club has since endured a more dismal record in the competition. The London club had w…

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Newport County: the inside story of a club that rose from the dead

Before the League Two side host Manchester City in the FA Cup we hear the remarkable tale from four people who know it bestAlthough Newport County went out of business in 1989, after being relegated from the Football League the previous season, the sta…

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QPR v Watford: FA Cup fifth round – live!

FA Cup fifth-round updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offLive scores: all the goals as they go in around the UK and EuropeAnd you can email Paul here or tweet him @Paul_Doyle 6.51pm GMT Javi Gracia fielded entirely second-strong sides in the previous ro…

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Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi told to stay patient despite lack of game-time

• Gianfranco Zola says: ‘He’s always on the edge of the team’• Chelsea and Malmö charged by Uefa after fans throw objectsGianfranco Zola has defended Chelsea’s infrequent use of Callum Hudson-Odoi since the forward’s failure to push through a move to B…

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Chris Smalling: Manchester United are once again a team to be feared

• Defender says team playing their best since Alex Ferguson era• United away to Chelsea in FA Cup on MondayChris Smalling can draw on his own challenging childhood when talking to the pupils of Salford City Academy. He is there as the new patron of Foo…

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Wilfried Zaha loses appeal against extra ban for Southampton dismissal

• Zaha to miss Doncaster Cup tie for sarcastic applause of referee• Wayne Hennessey to contest charge over alleged Nazi saluteWilfried Zaha’s appeal against an additional one-match ban and £10,000 fine for sarcastically applauding the referee after a r…

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The Fiver | Feeling brave enough to even give Phil Foden a minute or two

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Given that Manchester City clobbered seven goals past Rotherham United of the Championship in the third round of the FA Cup, smashed League One’s Burton Albion 9-0 in their Milk Cup semi-final and hit …

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‘In some areas they’re better than us,’ says Guardiola before Newport tie – video

Manchester City travel to Newport County on Saturday in the fifth-round of the FA Cup. Pep Guardiola believes the Premier League champions will face a difficult test at Rodney Parade, with Newport having already beaten Leicester City and Middlesbrough …

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FA Cup fifth round: match previews for the weekend’s games

The team news for Saturday, Sunday and Monday matches as clubs bid for a place in the quarter-finals Continue reading…

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Manchester United’s Martial and Lingard ruled out for three weeks

• United pair suffer groin and hamstring problems respectively• Gomes, Chong, Sánchez and Lukaku in line to deputiseAnthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are out for up to three weeks because of injury, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær saying that means a chance f…

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must adapt to Newport County pitch

• City manager to name strong squad in FA Cup at Rodney Parade• ‘Newport are incredible at set pieces and throw-ins’Pep Guardiola says his Manchester City players will have to adapt to a difficult surface at Rodney Parade, following the Mansfield manag…

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Gazprom v Abu Dhabi: an alternative guide to the Champions League ties

Other states, hedge funds and a tax haven also feature in our look at how club owners and partners stack up in the last 16Schalke 04 Continue reading…

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Sportswashing and the tangled web of Europe’s biggest clubs

Governments wield power over many Champions League clubs and the ties that bind owners, sponsors and Uefa are strikingThe game is about glory, a wise man once said. For many years it has been about money, too. Right now an updated version of Danny Blan…

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In defence of Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole has won more FA Cups than any player in history. Isn’t it time we appreciated his achievements?By Sean Cole for WSC, of the Guardian Sport NetworkAshley Cole played for Derby County in the Championship last weekend, his first appearance in …

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Sports quiz of the week: managers, money, metal medals and monikers

Who defied his age? Who scored quickly? Who made a packet? Matt Kuchar earned $1.3m in prize money for his victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. How much did the golfer pay his caddie?$5,000$130,000 $300,000 $1.3m Why does Anthony Joshua’s next opponen…

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Rangers’ Steven Gerrard calls for ban on ‘dangerous’ artificial pitches

Players sign petition calling for end to synthetic turfGerrard: ‘My opinion is that players are safer on grass’Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says it is time the Scottish Professional Football League started listening to its players and outlawed “dange…

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FA Cup fifth round news and more: weekend football countdown – live!

Get all the latest news ahead of the weekend actionFA Cup fifth round: 10 things to look out for this weekendAnd you can email Nick here or tweet him here 9.36am GMT Here’s a nice interview to kick things off with. It’s Harry Wilson, the Derby youngste…