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Dec 13

ICC to investigate Ashes spot-fixing plot claims but says no evidence of corruption

• Newspaper report claims fixers offered to rig periods of play at third Test• ICC, Cricket Australia and ECB distance Ashes players from claimsThe International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit has confirmed a full investigation will be held int…

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Dec 13

Australia to bid for 2027 Rugby World Cup and 2021 women’s tournament

Rugby Australia also announces national women’s competition for 2018Women’s World Cup has never been held in southern hemisphere beforeAustralia will bid to host the Rugby World Cup for a third time in 2027 and the women’s version for the first time, i…

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Dec 11

Antonio Conte tips Premier League clubs for Champions League glory

• Chelsea manager expects first English winner since 2012• ‘I think the first round showed great power for their teams’Antonio Conte believes this could be the season when Premier League clubs break a run of five years without a Champions League title,…

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Dec 11

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Sean Dyche takes Burnley into lofty territory, José Mourinho miscalculated in the Manchester derby and Tiémoué Bakayoko fails to justify his costly transferThere is a temptation to regard Burnley’s presence in the upper reaches of the division as an ea…

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Dec 07

Manchester United’s 12-year live FA Cup run comes to an end at 58 games

• Liverpool v Everton Mersey derby will take place on Friday 5 January• Brighton v Crystal Palace to trial VARs in Monday night slotAfter a 58-match run going back to their third-round replay against Exeter City in 2005, Manchester United’s FA Cup…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/07/manchester-united-fa-cup-live-third-round-end-58-games-derby

Dec 07

Champions League draw: who can the Premier League five meet in last 16?

We break down the record-breaking achievements of the English quintet in the Champions League and look ahead to who they could meet in the next stage Yes it is. Never before have so many clubs from one country reached this stage of the tournament. It b…

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Dec 04

Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

Danny Care continues to improve for Harlequins (and England), Northampton are on the ropes and Exeter are really hitting the high notesThe rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as…

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Dec 04

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Manchester City chasing record number of records, Hazard challenged to get better still, Puel proves his worth again and Pochettino unfazed by wobble• Sign up now and get our weekly email, The Recap, every Friday Related: Pep Guardiola happy as Man Cit…

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Dec 03

Hull City and manager Leonid Slutsky part company ‘by mutual consent’

• Former Russia manager Slutsky leaves after just 19 games in charge• Hull are 20th in the Championship after relegation from the Premier LeagueHull City have parted company with manager Leonid Slutsky by mutual consent, the Championship club have anno…

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Dec 03

FA Cup round two: Woking earn replay as Crewe peg back nine-man Blackburn

• Wycome Wanderers leave it late to see off non-league Leatherhead• Luton Town thrash Gateshead 5-0, AFC Wimbledon sink CharltonThe best of Sunday’s FA Cup ties came at Ewood Park, where League One’s Blackburn Rovers made a storming start and were thre…

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Dec 03

Ben Stokes out for just two runs on his return to cricket in New Zealand

Stokes endures brief first innings since incident in BristolAll-rounder is clean-bowled on his debut for CanterburyBen Stokes’s much-anticipated return to cricket with the bat was disappointingly brief for Canterbury at the Rangiora Oval on Sunday. The…

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Nov 30

Ben Stokes signs for Canterbury to maintain fitness and connection to game

ECB agree to deal with New Zealand provincial clubAshes recall ‘not a consideration’ for suspended all-rounder, say CanterburySuspended England all-rounder Ben Stokes has signed as an overseas player for Canterbury in New Zealand as he seeks to maintai…

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Nov 27

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Is there a possible straw for Manchester City rivals to clutch at? Jack Wilshere has an impact off the bench and Riyad Mahrez is treading water at LeicesterManchester City proved they possess the spirit to match their skills in fighting back from an un…

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Nov 20

Jana Novotna, former Wimbledon tennis champion, dies aged 49

• WTA confirms death of 1998 Wimbledon women’s singles champion• Novotna also won 16 grand slam doubles titles in her careerJana Novotna, who has died of cancer at 49, will forever be remembered for a moment of tears in defeat on Centre Court at Wimble…

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Nov 20

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Hugo Lloris’s top-four focus for Spurs is telling, Callum Wilson is making up for lost time and can Paul Pogba yet be compared with Steven Gerrard?After challenging for the title for the past couple of seasons, it was significant to hear Hugo Lloris co…

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Nov 06

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Eden Hazard may tire of being kicked, Tony Pulis is under pressure at West Brom and Pep Guardiola may seek more firepower in JanuaryEden Hazard was fouled six times at Stamford Bridge. At one point in the second half the Belgium international was foule…

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