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Scottish Premiership: Tavernier breaks Dundee United’s resistance

James Tavernier’s penalty earned Rangers a narrow victory over Dundee United to open up a seven-point gap on rivals Celtic. The Parkhead side have a game in hand and play Hibs in the League Cup final on Sunday. Despite the visitors fielding four teenagers due to Covid, Tam Court’s side put in a stoic performance […]

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Championship roundup: Ben Brereton Díaz stars again as Blackburn hit four

Ben Brereton Díaz scored twice as his fine run of form continued in Blackburn’s 4-0 win over Birmingham, lifting his side to third in the Championship. Blackburn needed just six minutes to open up their opposition, with John Buckley scoring his first of the campaign. Although the visitors rallied towards the end of the half […]

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Emma Raducanu and one of the most astonishing breakout years in sport

The first senior grand slam experience of Emma Raducanu’s career played out on court 18 in the quiet west side of the Wimbledon grounds this year. The crowd, not too familiar with the No 338, were drawn to Raducanu only by the flag beside her name. Raducanu faced the Russian Vitalia Diatchenko, the 150-ranked qualifier, […]

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Gabriel Martinelli double helps sink Leeds to continue Arsenal’s upturn

The Premier League show staggers on and, amid a decimated schedule, Arsenal stole it to strengthen their hold on fourth place. They made mincemeat of a weakened and thoroughly disorientated Leeds, effectively winning the game by half-time and threatening enough goals to fill an entire Match of the Day schedule on their own. A closer […]

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Another stodgy defeat weighs heavy on Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa

Heavy defeats can be purgative. In 1992, Marcelo Bielsa’s Newell’s Old Boys lost 6-0 to San Lorenzo in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, sending him into despair. He was an ambitious and idealistic young coach who had clinched the apertura in 1990-91 but then seen his side win only nine games in the […]

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Newcastle v Manchester City underlines the problem inherent in football

It has been another week of soul-searching for football. What is the game, what is it for and who does it belong to? With nine Premier League matches postponed in the past week and Dr Nikki Kanani, medical director of primary care for NHS England, suggesting that attending games is a needless risk, a return […]

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Police make arrest over alleged racist abuse of Arsenal substitutes at Leeds

The Football Association is set to investigate the alleged racist abuse directed at Arsenal’s bench by a Leeds fan during Saturday’s Premier League game. West Yorkshire police made one arrest following allegations that racist abuse was directed at the Arsenal dugout from among the home crowd in the first half of their 4-1 win at […]