Simon Burnton

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Feb 23

France 34-17 Italy: Six Nations – as it happened

Italy were comfortably beaten by France, who delivered a powerful, pacy but error-strewn performance 10.25pm GMT Related: Hugo Bonneval settles France’s nerves with vital try against Italy 10.00pm GMT Right then, I’ll be off. Bye! 9.58pm GMT Sergio P…

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Feb 17

Huddersfield Town v Manchester United: FA Cup – as it happened

Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Manchester United as they beat Huddersfield, despite a Juan Mata goal being disallowed in a confusing VAR moment 7.34pm GMT VAR was a distraction here, and I hope that the confusion that surrounded the end of the first ha…

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Feb 17

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Swansea City: FA Cup – as it happened

Nothing much happened, and then the referee blew his final whistle and even that stopped happening 3.03pm GMT Related: Swansea off the hook as Sheffield Wednesday’s Lucas João shoots wide 2.27pm GMT And with that, I’m off. It’s been, well, not as goo…

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Feb 13

Ireland hope to avoid falling victim to slimmed down Cricket World Cup | The Spin

In March 10 sides will fight for two remaining places at the 2019 tournament and in-form Ireland face a tough battle to qualifyOn Thursday, Ireland play a Northerns/Easterns XI in Pretoria. This is the opening skirmish in a battle of the utmost importa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/13/the-spin-ireland-hope-to-avoid-falling-victim-slimmed-down-cricket-world-cup

Feb 05

Javi Gracia faces a Chelsea visit threatening new torment for Watford | Simon Burnton

It all went wrong for the Hornets at Stamford Bridge and the reverse fixture forces them to relive that pivotal timeThe reunion with Chelsea on Monday will probably prompt some short‑term nostalgia at Watford. The last time they met, after all, represe…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/05/javi-gracia-chelsea-watford-moment-when-it-all-went-wrong

Feb 04

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

A manic match erupted into outright lunacy in stoppage time, when Mohamed Salah scored a wonderful goal only for Tottenham to equalise with a penalty 6.45pm GMT Time for me to hang up my keyboard for the evening. It’s been a blast. Here’s a kind-of mic…

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Jan 30

Huddersfield Town 0-3 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened

Emre Can’s long-range volley, Roberto Firmino cheeky second and Mohamed Salah’s penalty secured victory for Liverpool against Huddersfield 9.55pm GMT And here’s Paul Wilson’s match report. I’ll be off then. Bye! Related: Liverpool’s Robert Firmino bamb…

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Jan 27

Peterborough 1-5 Leicester City: FA Cup fourth round – as it happened

A much-changed Leicester side strolled to victory at Peterborough, with Kelechi Iheanacho and the new signing Fousseni Diabaté both scoring twice 2.37pm GMT And with that, I’m gone. Bye! 2.33pm GMT Christian Fuchs talks on the telly:We knew Peterboroug…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jan/27/peterborough-v-leicester-city-fa-cup-fourth-round-live

Jan 27

Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win Australian Open women’s title – as it happened

Caroline Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title, and went to the top of the women’s rankings, after beating Simona Halep in an excellent Australian Open final 11.47am GMT And that is very much that. A great final ends with a new champion and a new wo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jan/27/simona-halep-caroline-wozniacki-australian-open-womens-singles-final-live

Jan 23

Australian Open: Wozniacki advances as Nadal goes out – as it happened

Caroline Wozniacki is in the semi-finals at Melbourne Park after overcoming Carla Suárez Navarro in three sets after Rafa Nadal was forced to retire with injury in the deciding set against Marin CilicEdmund stuns Dimitrov to set up semi-final against C…

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Jan 20

Australian Open 2018: Roger Federer too strong for Richard Gasquet – as it happened

The men’s singles champion won a game of tight margins in straight sets to reach round four, while Angelique Kerber bettered Maria Sharapova in similar style 12.40pm GMT And with that, I’m done. The live sport doesn’t end there, inevitably – there’s fo…

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Jan 16

West Ham 1-0 Shrewsbury, Leicester 2-0 Fleetwood: FA Cup replays as they happened

Kelechi Iheanacho scored a VAR-assisted goal for Leicester, Cardiff booked a date with Manchester City and West Ham needed extra time to see off Shrewsbury 10.23pm GMT And with that, I will take my leave. It’s been historic. Bye! 10.21pm GMT Fair play …

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Jan 15

Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City: Premier League – as it happened

With Paul Lambert watching from the stands Stoke missed a few first-half chances before eventually being steamrollered by Manchester United, for whom Paul Pogba was excellent 9.58pm GMT And here’s your match report. Bye! Related: Romelu Lukaku rounds o…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jan/15/manchester-united-v-stoke-city-premier-league-live

Dec 27

Newcastle United v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

All the latest from the 7.45pm GMT kick-off at St. James’ ParkEmail Simon or Tweet: @Simon_BurntonKompany keen to extend ‘special feeling’ of winning run100 best footballers in the world: the full list 9.56pm GMT If your appetite for words about this m…

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Dec 26

Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City: Premier League – as it happened

Liverpool ruthlessly punished a lengthy series of Swansea mistakes in a Boxing Day rout at Anfield, scoring an assortment of eye-catching goals 7.55pm GMT Related: Roberto Firmino double leads Liverpool’s rout of sorry Swansea 7.36pm GMT And with tha…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/dec/26/liverpool-v-swansea-city-premier-league-live

Dec 26

Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 Southampton: Premier League – as it happened

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick to smash all sorts of goalscoring records and end 2017 as the greatest goal-getter in all of Europe’s major leagues as Spurs crushed Southampton 2.36pm GMT There is a sublime confidence about Spurs sometimes, when they win…

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