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Style over substance: what matters more to fans, entertainment or winning? | Ed Aarons

Supporters of many different clubs talk about the ‘way’ their teams must play, yet it seems in the age of high finance such scruples are fading away and success by any means will sufficeThe Arsenal way. The Manchester United way. The Tottenham way. The…

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Billy Joe Saunders fined £100,000 after emergence of ‘sickening’ video

• Video appears to show boxer offering woman drugs for a sex act• BBBofC fine levied for bringing sport into disreputeBilly Joe Saunders has been fined £100,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control after the emergence of video footage in which he app…

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Manchester United earn record revenues but still have huge debt

• Club earned £590m in financial year to June 2018• Debt stands at £487m from Glazers’ 2005 buyoutManchester United earned record revenues of £590m, though the Glazers’ debt from buying the club 13 years ago stands at nearly at nearly half a billion – …

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Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet set to start for Liverpool against Chelsea

• Defender and goalkeeper will likely to play in Carabao Cup tie• Jürgen Klopp expected to rest Virgil van DijkDejan Lovren could make his first appearance since the World Cup final when Liverpool host Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Related: …

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Rory McIlroy: ‘My proudest moments are majors; my best experiences are Ryder Cups’

The Northern Irishman will tee off in his fifth Ryder Cup on Friday and having tasted defeat for the first time two years ago he is desperate to be back on the winning sideRory McIlroy; the Ryder Cup years. It is difficult to know where to start. Even …

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The NFL’s current “roughing the passer” rule might be historically bad

The rule is so unpopular that even quarterbacks – the players it is supposed to protect – don’t like it. Don’t expect a quick reaction from the league thoughMiami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes was trying to avoid a penalty, instead he tore his A…

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FA technical director Dan Ashworth in talks over Brighton role

• Ashworth is close ally of England manager Gareth Southgate• Brighton one of several clubs to have shown interestThe Football Association is braced to lose its technical director, Dan Ashworth, to Brighton & Hove Albion as the man credited with pl…

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Talking Horses: excellent end to Sophie Doyle’s summer in Chicago

American success for the British jockey suggests we made poor use of her talents while she rode hereThose of you who remember Sophie Doyle might like to know that she’s just finished third among jockeys this year at Arlington, where the season finished…

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County cricket: Surrey v Essex, Warwickshire v Kent and more – live!

Day two updates from County Championship final roundWarwickshire close on Division Two titleEmail Tanya, tweet or comment below the line 11.35am BST Stop all the clocks: Trott is in at Edgbaston for possibly the last time. 11.28am BST Jamie Overton’s b…

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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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Nilla Fischer: ‘Being a gay woman playing soccer provokes a lot of hate’

The Wolfsburg player and Sweden captain is an outspoken advocate of women’s football and LGBT rights who sees her profession in perspective“We take one step in the right direction and two back if we don’t keep up the fight.” Wolfsburg’s Nilla Fischer h…

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David Squires on … no country for proper football men

Our cartoonist on the latest chapter of a season that seems to so far have been exclusively of interest to Liverpool fansView all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading…

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Oxford’s Cameron Norman: from tier seven to facing Manchester City

Five months ago the right-back was at King’s Lynn. Now a Carabao Cup test against the Premier League champions awaitsOf all the ways to react to “a massive blow”, Cameron Norman chose the best. That is why he can expect to play for Oxford United agains…

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MLS Ultras: plastic wannabes or sign of a thriving league?

Football in North America has been on a quest for authenticity for decades. It’s debatable whether hardcore fans are helping or hindering that goalWhen Major League Soccer kicked off for the first time back in 1996, European football’s Ultras culture w…

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Sydney summit feels like a pivotal moment in rugby’s modern history | Robert Kitson

Agustín Pichot’s plan for a World League would reinvigorate an international scene under threat as the clubs wield their powerNot for the first time the world of international rugby union is holding its breath. As outlined to the Guardian a fortnight a…

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Football transfer rumours: Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Götze to Liverpool?

Today’s tish and fipsy is snottyThe Rumour Mill has a confession. We know little of the Eredivisie these days. Between the Premier League, the Football League, the Champions League, the Europa League, bits of Serie A, La Liga and the Bundesliga, plus o…

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Tony Jacklin’s Ryder Cup 2018 player guide: Tiger Woods gives USA the edge

Europe’s most successful Ryder Cup captain runs the rule over the 24 players who will battle it out in France later this weekPaul Casey (England) Continue reading…

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Roethlisberger’s Steelers hold off late Buccaneers rally as ‘FitzMagic’ runs dry

Roethlisberger tosses for 353 yards and three scores in winSteelers hold on narrow win after leading 30-10 at halftimeTampa Bay’s Ryan Fitzpatrick throws three first-half picksBen Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pitt…

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Sam Kerr snubbed by Fifa again as Marta wins sixth gong

Australian striker finished ninth in Fifa vote for women’s best playerVeteran rewarded for captaining Brazil to Copa America winMatildas striker Sam Kerr has been overlooked by Fifa for a second year running, with Brazilian legend Marta picking up the …

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Sam Kerr snubbed by Fifa again as Marta wins sixth gong

Australian striker finished ninth in Fifa vote for women’s best playerVeteran rewarded for captaining Brazil to Copa America winMatildas striker Sam Kerr has been overlooked by Fifa for a second year running, with Brazilian legend Marta picking up the …