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Olivier Giroud: ‘Winning the Premier League is my last dream as a footballer’

Chelsea striker and the French voice of the Green Goblin discusses his World Cup high, how he coped with once being jeered by France fans and how being a fringe player involves patienceFive months on and Olivier Giroud still struggles to get his head a…

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Pep Guardiola: Kevin De Bruyne is fresh, recovered … he is a special player

• Kevin De Bruyne could make his return against Everton• Manager believes Belgian’s injuries could prove a blessingPep Guardiola believes Kevin De Bruyne’s injuries may prove a blessing in disguise for Manchester City because the Belgian will return fr…

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Marco Silva rules out loan move for Everton midfielder Tom Davies

• ‘Tom is the present and the future of our club’• Phil Jagielka also remains in manager’s plansMarco Silva has said a loan exit for Tom Davies in January is impossible and that Everton’s club captain, Phil Jagielka, remains in his plans for the remain…

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Dina Asher-Smith a real contender for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

The athlete who won three European gold medals is likely to be up against Harry Kane, Geraint Thomas and Lewis HamiltonA hugely successful and exhilarating year for British sport will be acknowledged in time-worn fashion on Sunday night when the countr…

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Kieran Gibbs lifts West Brom to third with winner at Sheffield United

Sheffield United missed the chance to close the gap on second-placed Leeds United near the top of the Championship as they were beaten 2-1 by West Bromwich Albion at Bramall Lane. The win for Darren Moore’s side meant they overtook their hosts to move …

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Exeter keep hopes alive with hard-fought victory in Gloucester

• Gloucester 17-29 Exeter• Chiefs run in four tries to secure bonus pointA week in Europe can be a very long time, both in politics and in rugby. Last Saturday Exeter were desperately disappointed to lose at home to Gloucester in a result which appeare…

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Newcastle cancel Christmas party after deciding it would be a ‘wrong’ move

• Threat of relegation means no festive fun for players • ‘If something’s wrong, you have to realise,’ says Rafael BenítezNewcastle United’s players have cancelled their Christmas party for the second year running, and Rafael Benítez is suitably reliev…

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Watford v Cardiff City: match preview

Cardiff are going to lose or rather they will if the form book is to be believed. Neil Warnock’s side have followed up all of their wins this season with defeats. So how can they avoid such a fate? They might not need that much help. Watford are missin…

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Football should not carry the can for society’s ills – but can help to remedy them | Barney Ronay

Raheem Sterling kickstarted a welcome debate on racism this week and while the game should not shoulder all the blame perhaps everyone in football has learned somethingTo be fair to the more risque element of Chelsea’s matchday support, they have been …

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Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United: match preview

Huddersfield have been playing well in recent weeks but face a challenge continuing that form following an unfortunate slew of injuries. David Wagner will have to tweak his midfield, in particular, following the loss of Aaron Mooy and Danny Williams, t…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana misses another chance for world No 1 ranking

The defeated challenger to Magnus Carlsen lost again in speed chess, this time to Hikaru Nakamura in the London Classic semisFabiano Caruana, whose challenge for Magnus Carlsen’s world crown ended in a speed chess defeat earlier this month, has been el…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley: match preview

Tottenham’s physios will be busy before this match, with four defenders – Serge Aurier, Davinson Sánchez, Juan Foyth and Kieran Trippier – all facing late fitness tests. Mauricio Pochettino must refocus his team after their dramatic Champions League qu…

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Crystal Palace v Leicester City: match preview

Crystal Palace won this fixture at a canter back in the spring, rattling up their biggest ever Premier League victory en route to top-flight survival as Leicester wilted and left Claude Puel under pressure. Now it is Roy Hodgson in the spotlight. Palac…

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Formula E gears up: new batteries, Felipe Massa and ‘Mario Kart’ boosts | Giles Richards

There are new names, street circuits and a new ‘attack mode’ but batteries that last an entire race may be the key innovationFormula E has always enjoyed grand city centre destinations as a central tenet of the all-electric series. Beginning its fifth …

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Fulham v West Ham United: match preview

Fulham were desperately poor against Manchester United last time out but now face arguably a tougher task in hosting West Ham. A fourth win in a row is on the cards and with Felipe Anderson playing so magnificently Fulham’s notional defence could be in…

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Champions Cup preview: Carbery to start for Munster; Kruis back at Saracens

• Graham Kitchener makes return for Leicester• Newcastle ring changes against Edinburgh Related: Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson Continue reading…

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Ashley Giles appointed England’s new director of cricket

• Former England left-arm spinner replaces Andrew Strauss• Appointment follows month-long recruitment processAshley Giles was appointed the new director of England cricket on Friday. The former England left-arm spinner, who is currently sporting direct…

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The Fiver | How best to avoid a hiding with a team he clearly thinks isn’t up to the job

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver would give several pennies for the thoughts of José Mourinho as he sits in the suite he has called home for the past two-and-a-half years at the Lowry Hotel. With the thrill of frightening st…

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Liverpool ‘have to be angry’ against Manchester United, says Klopp – video

The Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has said that his side will be angry ahead of their game with Manchester United on Sunday, adding that ‘we fight for our points’. When asked about his counterpart José Mourinho Klopp praised what he called ‘one of the…

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World Cup squads face wait for Premiership players due to insurance dispute

• Premiership Rugby may hold back players until mid-August• Wales and Scotland among those who would be hardest hitAn insurance wrangle between World Rugby and the Premiership is threatening to severely hamper World Cup preparations for nations such as…