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The dressing room is a tough place to be if you have anxiety or depression

The former St Johnstone and Falkirk striker writes about how mental health issues affected his careerThere is a definite expectancy in life that men should sort themselves out, get on with it and cheer up. But I want to write about my troubles in footb…

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The Fiver | Rope-a-dope tactics working like a dream

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Antonio Conte’s Chelsea very nearly did a number on Barcelona. The Catalan giants aren’t quite what they were, so the Londoners were more than happy to let them amble about in midfield for ages achievi…

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Referees’ body to meet Manchester City over concerns about bad tackles

• PGMOL unlikely to consider retrospective upgrading of cards• City claim there has been dangerous run of tackles on their playersManchester City have been granted a meeting with the governing body of Premier League referees to discuss Pep Guardiola’s …

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Nathan Hughes’s 15-20 carries will have England’s backs licking their lips | Nick Evans

If Eddie Jones does decide to put Nathan Hughes straight into the starting lineup against Scotland on Saturday, my guess is he will play for 60 minutes before the cavalry come onIt comes as no surprise to hear England’s coaches have been glowing about …

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Eve Muirhead stuns Canada to steer GB women into curling semi-finals

• Muirhead scores two points on final end in 6-5 defeat of favourites• GB men face play-off against Switzerland for semi-final spotBritain’s women curling team are within touching distance of a Winter Olympics medal after beating the favourites Canada …

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David Ospina to start for Arsenal in Europa League and Carabao Cup final

• Arsène Wenger refuses to change policy and play Petr Cech• Mesut Özil out of Östersund match as Lacazette makes progressArsène Wenger has confirmed that David Ospina will start against Östersund in the Europa League on Thursday night and Manchester …

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Disjointed, vulnerable and slow: Barça exposed by Chelsea’s tactical rigour | Jonathan Wilson

Chelsea stifled Barcelona’s key players, proving that the Spanish side should not be so feared as they once wereThe first leg, you suspect, went just as Antonio Conte would have wanted it to go – apart from the bit about not playing a square ball acros…

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Don’t believe everything you read about football on the internet

Was Ryan Giggs eligible for England? No. Did a dog bite Ally MacLeod? No. Did Denis Law relegate his old club? No, no, noBy Neil Andrews for When Saturday ComesThere’s a wonderful story about Ally MacLeod and a stray dog that ran up to him during a pre…

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USA clinch first ever gold in ladies’ team sprint – video

* Available to UK viewers only.America’s Jessica Diggins held on during an enthralling final straight to clinch gold for USA, for the first time in the ladies’ team sprint. Stina Nilsson of  Sweden claimed silver, whilst Norway’s Marit Bjorgen pic…

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Winter Olympics day 12 – in pictures

Airborne skiers, Marit Bjørgen, Finnish celebrations and pin collections. The best of today’s pictures from PyeongchangSee the best photography from previous days Continue reading…

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Gregor Townsend names unchanged team to face England in Six Nations

• Coach resists calls to drop fly-half Finn Russell• WP Nel, Tim Swinson and Nick Grigg named as replacementsGregor Townsend has kept faith with the players that beat France as the Scotland head coach named an unchanged team for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup…

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Mourinho: Manchester United not among Champions League favourites – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has denied that his team are among the favourites to win the Champions League, ahead of taking on Sevilla on Wednesday night. The Portuguese insists it is too early to be thinking of lifting the trophy before fac…

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Antonio Conte says he needs to settle differences with Chelsea board to stay

• Manager expects ‘several different’ job offers if he leaves Chelsea• Conte: ‘In our line of work we always have a bag packed’Antonio Conte has admitted he would need to settle his differences with the Chelsea board if he is to see out the final year …

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Talking Horses: Brain Power is one to consider, reckons Nicky Henderson

Nothing has gone right for the novice chaser, who could be overpriced at 16-1 for Cheltenham’s Arkle TrophyBrain Power was one of the names I had rattling around in my head after yesterday’s media morning at Nicky Henderson’s yard. It has become a disa…

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What is the longest acrostic spelled out in a football table? | The Knowledge

Plus: more players who made a sharp exit, revisiting some finals played in extreme weather and a 26-club journeyman. Mail us your questions and answers or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Has there ever been a longer acrostic spelled out in a table than the oft-…

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Sevilla’s danger men: five players who can pose Manchester United trouble

United may be favourites in the Champions League last 16 but Sevilla have players who can hurt themIt’s Jesús Navas, but not as we know him. The former Manchester City winger has been converted to right-back and, although he is diligent, that does occa…

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Gareth Ainsworth: ‘It’s a unique model but it works for Wycombe’

Wycombe Wanderers have no academy, reserve team or goalkeeping coach but the club have gone from turmoil to second in League TwoIt is Tuesday, just after midday at the Wycombe Wanderers training ground, where an end-of-session shooting drill is coming …

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Australia wrap up T20 tri-series with DLS win over New Zealand

New Zealand 150-9; Australia 121-3 (14.4 overs, target 103)Win soured slightly by dislocated shoulder to Chris LynnAustralia put in another accomplished Twenty20 performance to win the Trans-Tasman tri-series with a whimper not of their choosing. Victo…

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I wasn’t ready to let go of Olympic dream, says Elise Christie

Injured Christie was disqualified in 1,000m heats in final medal tiltShort-track star has talked to other sports but ‘heart lies on the ice’Elise Christie has acknowledged that she had little chance of a Winter Olympics medal after damaging her ankle –…

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The Crew want to move to Austin – but does Austin want the Crew?

The MLS franchise is planning to leave Columbus and move 1,200 miles to the south. But not everyone in their proposed home would welcome themIt could have been the day when the Columbus Crew’s planned move to the Texan capital evolved from possible to …