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Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic 7-6, 6-3 to reach Italian Open final – as it happened

Rafael Nadal overcame Novak Djokovic 7-6, 6-3 in the 51st meeting between the two in Rome to reach the Italian Open final 4.27pm BST Rafael Nadal speaks. “It was a tough match, of course, playing against him [Novak] is always a big challenge. He playe…

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Premier League 2017-18 review: young player of the season

Man City, Liverpool and Spurs all gave youth a chance to telling effect but there were plenty more young pretendersPlayer of the season | Manager of the season | Goal of the season | Match of the season | Signing of the season | Flop of the seasonWelco…

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Fulham lead march of heavyweights in £200m Championship play-offs | Ben Fisher

Slavisa Jokanovic’s men have history on their side but there are reasons to believe for Middlesbrough, Derby and Aston VillaSome teams flourish, some fret and some freeze but there is nothing quite like the pressure-cooker that is the Championship play…

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Brentford’s Ollie Watkins: ‘We play some of the best football in the league’ | Ben Fisher

The Bees striker was toiling away in the Conference South only three years ago but he says experiencing life at the sharp end has helped him matureThree years ago Ollie Watkins was on loan at Weston-super-Mare, on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat away at …

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Norwich’s James Maddison: ‘I like having pressure on my shoulders’

Norwich have failed to reach the Premier League but James Maddison has caught the eye and it would be no surprise if the midfielder started next season at a top-flight clubJames Maddison has a habit of producing the spectacular, so it is no surprise he…

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Burton put reality check on hold in bid for Championship miracle | Ben Fisher

Nigel Clough’s side looked down and out but three wins have put them within sight of survival in a league where the odds are stacked firmly against themIt was last month, two days after a 5-0 humbling by Hull on home turf that left Burton marooned at t…

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Bristol City’s Bobby Reid: the ‘wind-up toy’ who cannot stop scoring

Reid was uncertain when his manager, Lee Johnson, switched him from midfield to a striking role last summer but he could end the season with the Championship’s golden bootAs Bobby Reid says, this season everything has clicked. A quick glance at his num…

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Wolves’ hunger to restore lost glory puts them back at the top table | Ben Fisher

Wanderers return to the Premier League has been built on a sprinkling of exceptional talent, an inspiring manager and a strong squad ethic – plus a little help from Jorge MendesWolverhampton Wanderers are back in the big time and, really, the only surp…

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Champions League semi-final draw: Liverpool land Roma – as it happened

Liverpool have been handed a semi-final against Roma, while Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich face Real Madrid in the last fourChampions League draw: Liverpool to face Roma in semi-finals 12.30pm BST Liverpool will need to overcome Serie A side Roma o…

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Europa League semi-final draw: Arsenal handed Atlético test – as it happened

Arsenal will face Atlético Madrid in the last four of the Europa League, while Marseille and Salzburg – who met in the group stages – meet againArsenal to duel with Atlético Madrid in Europa League semis 11.26am BST Arsène Wenger’s side must get past A…

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Football League: Cardiff grab last-gasp draw, Northampton sack Hasselbaink

Anthony Pilkington earns 1-1 draw with Sheffield UnitedJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink leaves Northampton after defeat• Cardiff City are eight points clear of third-placed Fulham but needed a last-gasp Anthony Pilkington equaliser to earn a point at Sheffield …

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Football League: Sunderland 1-3 Sheffield Wednesday, and more – as it happened

Sunderland’s hopes of securing another season in the Championship were dented while Brentford won at play-off chasing Bristol City 5.56pm BST Related: Football League: Sunderland survival hopes hit, Yeovil hit Coventry for six 4.59pm BST Charlton 3-1…

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Mauricio Pellegrino sacked by Southampton after club lose patience

• Saints’ 3-0 defeat at Newcastle proves final straw• Pellegrino’s assistants also leave after one win in 17 league gamesSouthampton have sacked Mauricio Pellegrino after a miserable run of one win in 17 Premier League matches left them embroiled in a …

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Garry Monk will draw on Leeds experience to heal Birmingham

• New manager confident of avoiding drop from Championship• Former assistant Pep Clotet will link up with Monk againGarry Monk has said he will use the experience from his time at Leeds United to galvanise Birmingham City after becoming the Championshi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/05/garry-monk-leeds-birmingham-championship-pep-clotet

Scotland 25-13 England: Six Nations – as it happened

Scotland shocked Eddie Jones’s side as Huw Jones scored two tries to earn a first Calcutta Cup victory in 10 years, beating England for the first time since 2008• Scotland 25-13 England: read Paul Rees’s report from Murrayfield 7.26pm GMT Read Paul Ree…

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Ireland 37-27 Wales: Six Nations – as it happened

Ireland remain on course for a Six Nations Grand Slam after a 37-27 win over Wales in Dublin, with Jacob Stockdale’s second try sealing victory late on 4.03pm GMT It’s all over. It’s never dull between these two. A fantastic, thrilling match-up in Dubl…

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