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World Cup stunning moments: Clive Thomas denies Zico and Brazil

With six seconds of stoppage time played, Clive Thomas blew his whistle a moment before Zico scored to beat Sweden – a decision which reverberated around the world“Uncontroversial, non-dictatorial and magnanimous are not adjectives I would associate wi…

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Fran Kirby named Football Writers’ Women’s Footballer of the Year

• 24-year-old former Reading player picks up inaugural award• ‘To be the first recipient of this honour and award is so special’The Chelsea and England striker Fran Kirby has won the inaugural Women’s Footballer of the Year award from the Football Writ…

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Cricket for idiots: there are 100 reasons not to like the ECB’s big idea | Andy Bull

The Hundred is a baffling move from the ECB: an idea no one in cricket likes, and no one outside cricket knows they wantEach county ground has its own soundtrack, subtly distinct from every other. So at the Oval, there are the schoolchildren playing ov…

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Roma must avoid slipping into bunker mentality in face of Liverpool storm | Jonathan Wilson

Liverpool’s physicality and ferocious pressing mean the tactics that served Roma against Barcelona will have to be redesigned for the Champions League semi-final first legTwo problems dominate all others before Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final at …

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Football quiz: Liverpool in Europe

Today’s questions have got a big night ahead of themJürgen Klopp: ‘I have this helping syndrome. I care about people’Against which French team did Liverpool famously overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit in 1991-92?MetzLilleAuxerreParis Saint-GermainWho wer…

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County cricket talking points: Essex back to winning ways in title defence

Jamie Porter was the main man for Essex against Lancashire and he could do a job for EnglandBy Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogEssex won 10 of their 14 Division One matches last year and six of 16 in their promotion season (2016), so it shouldn’t…

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Klopp urges Liverpool fans not to repeat Man City bus incident against Roma – video

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has released a video message to fans of the club urging them to receive Champions League semi-final opponents Roma as guests and show ‘our very best to the world’. The message follows the incident in which the Manchester …

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David Squires on … Arsène Wenger’s 22 seasons at Arsenal

Our cartoonist looks back at the Frenchman’s highs and lowsView all of David’s cartoons here Continue reading…

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Talking Horses: Willie Mullins has quality to pip rival at Punchestown

Douvan can deliver again for Willie Mullins in his Irish trainers’ championship battle with Gordon ElliottA calculator will be an essential accessory for committed racegoers at Punchestown’s Festival meeting this week as, for the second year running, G…

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Lieke Martens: ‘Ronaldinho was my idol. Long hair, great dribbles … I loved him’ | Suzanne Wrack

The Netherlands midfielder, the reigning Fifa and Uefa player of the year, on life at Barcelona and the pressures of being a role modelThe unusual girl playing football in the small Dutch town of Bergen in the late 90s does not know there is a women’s …

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Manchester United to target full-backs with Danny Rose on shopping list

• José Mourinho ready to step up chase for Tottenham’s left-back• Rose has had difficult season after criticising Spurs’ transfer policyJosé Mourinho is targeting a right-back and left-back in the summer transfer market, with Manchester United’s manage…

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Football transfer rumours: Manchester City close in on Jorginho?

Today’s tell-all can’t knock Everton’s football but can knock some of their passing that went astrayWhile Liverpool have considerably larger Italian-based fish to fry at Anfield, their fans may be saddened by reports that Manchester City are in the box…

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Daniele De Rossi ends his long wait for dream date at Anfield | Paolo Bandini

Club captain has been with Roma for 16 years and is yearning to lead his hometown club into the final of the Champions LeagueDaniele De Rossi has waited a whole career to be part of a European night at Anfield. He was 18 the last time Roma played away …

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Starbucks and the San Antonio Spurs: a tale of two misguided boycotts

The emerging movements against Starbucks and the Spurs are not only unnecessary and doomed to failure, they manage to dilute the power of boycotting as an instrument of changeIn 1971’s Inner City Blues, Marvin Gaye gave voice to every marginalized and …

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Brad Shields needs to wear a Wasps shirt in anger before England call | Robert Kitson

To parachute the New Zealand-born forward into the England squad sight unseen recalls the unsatisfactory precedents of Ireland’s Michael Bent and Scotland’s Brendan LaneyThe story of Brad Shields is a tale of everyday modern professional sport. Born in…

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Pennsylvania golf club apologizes for calling police on black female members

Club reported women for playing too slowlyPolice ‘called for an issue that did not warrant charges’A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slow…

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Rockets throttle Wolves with 50-point quarter, most in playoff game since 1962

Harden and Rockets cruise past Wolves with 50-point third quarterHouston take three-games-to-one advantage in first-round seriesJazz push Thunder to brink of elimination with 113-96 Game 4 winJames Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of th…

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Fifa chief to hold meeting over plan to create 24-team Club World Cup

• Gianni Infantino to meet heads of six continental confederations• Fifa offered $25bn by Japanese-led consortium to revamp cupFifa will hold a special meeting next month over a $25bn offer to revitalise the Club World Cup and also create a global nati…

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Gary Cahill tires of having to show Chelsea he is still the main man

• Centre-half says he has nothing to prove at Chelsea• Cahill: ‘Wining the FA Cup would rescue our season’Gary Cahill hopes his return to the Chelsea starting XI can bring about a happy end to the season for himself and his club but admits it is tiring…

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Jürgen Klopp implores Liverpool to ‘show their very best’ for Roma visit

• Manager wants players and fans to create a great atmosphere• Roma seeking to avenge defeat in 1984 European Cup finalJürgen Klopp has filmed a message urging Liverpool fans to receive Roma as guests and show “our very best to the world” when an old r…