Simon Burnton

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Nov 23

BT Sport’s fine Ashes partnerships blighted by commercial breakdowns | Simon Burnton

Matt Smith and co had a solid opening despite a late wobble, while there’s an Ashes bromance in the air for Graeme Swann and Damien Fleming, but the adverts did jar a littleFade in. Interior, an extraordinarily messy room with a massage bed in the midd…

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Nov 22

Ashes beginner’s guide: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask | Simon Burnton

When it starts, where you can watch it, who’s going to win and which are players to watch – it’s all here in our guide for the uninitiatedThe first Test starts in Brisbane on Thursday morning local time, or for Blighty-based fans at 12 midnight GMT, wi…

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Nov 21

Sevilla 3-3 Liverpool: Champions League – as it happened

Liverpool stormed into a 3-0 lead in Seville but a 93rd-minute winner from Guido Pizarro earned the hosts a point in the Champions LeagueRead Andy Hunter’s match report 9.58pm GMT Here’s a match report. It’s been remarkable. Bye! Related: Liverpool’s d…

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Nov 20

Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Stoke City: Premier League – as it happened

Stoke twice took the lead but Brighton battled back to earn a point at the end of an entertaining encounter 10.01pm GMT And here’s a match report. It’s been a blast. Bye! Related: Brighton José Iziquierdo grabs share of the points from Stoke City 10.0…

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Nov 18

Leicester 0-2 Manchester City, West Brom 0-4 Chelsea and more – as it happened

Six top-flight games yielded 19 goals in an eventful afternoon of league football, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all winning 5.10pm GMT And with that, I’m off. But this doesn’t mean that your liveblog-based fun is over! Here’s Barry Glend…

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Nov 11

England 21-8 Argentina: autumn international – as it happened

Not England’s finest hour, but another win to put in their big box o’ victories, while a poor Argentina side barely threatened until the final 10 minutes 5.14pm GMT That was pretty forgettable, with a rusty England and a poor Argentina doing little to …

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Nov 08

Premier League: biggest hits and misses from the summer transfer window

From a bargain triumph at Brighton to a costly success at Manchester City, and from a struggling £25m Leicester striker to an unseen defender at Southampton, we assess how last summer’s transfer business looks so farPascal Gross (Ingolstadt to Brighton…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/nov/08/premier-league-hits-misses-summer-transfer-window-manchester-city-leicester

Nov 06

FA Cup second-round draw: Fylde host Wigan while Boreham Wood sent to Coventry

National League sides Fylde and Boreham Wood were drawn to play former FA Cup winners Wigan and Coventry City respectively in the second round 8.01pm GMT Non-league AFC Fylde will host the 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competitio…

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Nov 02

Arsenal 0-0 Red Star Belgrade: Europa League – as it happened

Jack Wilshere had a shot cleared off the line, Red Star hit the bar, and some other vaguely interestingish stuff happened, at the end of which Arsenal had qualified from their group 10.15pm GMT Related: Arsenal progress in Europa League but Red Star B…

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Oct 31

Tottenham threat involves more than Harry Kane says Real Madrid’s Marcelo

• Left-back says striker can ‘make a big difference’ but Spurs full of talent• Harry Kane not certain to play but Mauricio Pochettino confidentMarcelo has defended Tottenham Hotspur against accusations that they are, to use the phrase coined by Pep Gua…

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Oct 30

Burnley 1-0 Newcastle United: Premier League – as it happened

Amid credible scenes at Turf Moor on a night when some people played football, Burnley scored a goal and Newcastle didn’t 10.04pm GMT Right, I’m off. It’s been unforgettable. If you haven’t watched the match, and haven’t read enough about it, here’s Pa…

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Oct 29

Leicester City 2-0 Everton: Premier League – as it happened

Jamie Vardy capped a delicious first-half break to set Leicester on their way to an ultimately comfortable win over struggling Everton 6.18pm GMT And with that, I’m off. Here’s Stuart James’s match report, by way of further reading. Bye! Related: Claud…

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Oct 19

Everton 1-2 Lyon: Europa League – as it happened

Everton slipped to another Europa League defeat as they failed to capitalise on a second-half equaliser from a mystifyingly not-sent-off Ashley Williams 10.16pm BST I leave you with this match report from Paul Wilson at Goodison Park. Bye! Related: Lyo…

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Oct 17

Maribor 0-7 Liverpool: Champions League – as it happened

Liverpool scored early, they scored late, and they scored quite a few in the middle as well as Maribor were thoroughly outclassed 9.55pm BST And I’m going to leave you there. You’ve been wonderful. Here’s a farewell gift – Andy Hunter’s match report fr…

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Oct 17

David Warner’s talk of an Ashes war takes the joy out of cricket | Simon Burnton

The idea that a sportsman might, in order to motivate himself, need to despise his opponents is surely deplorableFor much of Monday, the Guardian’s cricket homepage led with two stories from two very different ends of the sport’s pyramid. In one, Austr…

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Oct 15

Southampton 2-2 Newcastle: Premier League – as it happened

Southampton twice came back from behind to claim a point against Newcastle, with Manolo Gabbiadini scoring a brace 6.23pm BST And with that, I’m gone. It’s been a blast. Bye! 6.23pm BST And Mauricio Pellegrino also does some talking:I think it was a ch…

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