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Eoin Morgan has been a game-changer who merits a chance to go out his own way

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One of Napoleon’s favourite generals, the glamorous, reckless Joachim Murat, was famous for riding into battle ahead of his cavalry regiment carrying nothing but a small whip. For all the bloodshed around him Murat ma...

Cristiano Ronaldo the inevitable headline star of a cinematic thriller

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With nine minutes to play on a thrilling, increasingly wild night at Old Trafford Cristiano Ronaldo made one of those half-runs, the run that isn’t quite the run, then stretched his stride as he picked up the flight o...

Loftus-Cheek offers hint Tuchel Reboot can unlock his ‘special’ talent

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Thomas Tuchel has always been a puzzle-solver. One early interview lists his chief hobby as “an interest in furniture design”. A famous long afternoon with Pep Guardiola spent furiously shuffling pepper pots around a ...

Liverpool v Atlético placed fans in danger: will anyone be held to account?

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It has been the way of the last 18 months that each week seems to bring some new moment of double-take. Horrors, failures, bodge-jobs. They just keep on looming up into view like icebergs in the fog. It happened again...

Southgate must not ditch newfound attacking intent: Fail again. Fail better the same way

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“Failure is a figment of your imagination.” Kobe Bryant had a pretty good line on the importance of trial and error, on failure as the father of success, on disaster on Monday as a signpost to triumph on Friday. To be...

Hungary fans provide Wembley with another dark and bruising night

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We came for the football. What we got, with the anthems still fresh, was 10 minutes of violent culture clash in the Wembley seats. This was a tableau of viciousness played out via the fists of Hungary’s travelling ult...

Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho rise above squabble to shine for England

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Start the bus. Download the boarding passes. Count the pointless yellow cards (two of them, for the record). Mission just about accomplished. England’s footballers may take some happy memories from this 5-0 defeat of ...

Glazers’ heritage-hawking risks making Manchester United a 90s theme park

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“It’s a write-off.” “A write-off of what?” “Jerry, all these big companies, they write off everything.” “You don’t even know what a write-off is.” “Do you?” “No.” When the business affairs of the Glazer family are me...

Newcastle’s Saudi takeover will cause faux morality of football to collapse

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Welcome, Mohammed bin Salman, to the billionaire boys club. No need to wipe your feet. Although maybe, on reflection, do wash your hands. Those damned spots, eh? In the meantime pull up a chair, deploy the comms team,...

The extraordinary talent of Mohamed Salah and how to quantify it

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There were 76 minutes gone at Anfield as Mohamed Salah took a pass from Curtis Jones near the right touchline. Three blue shirts loomed close by. Salah was facing the crowd. Shortly before Manchester City had levelled...

No pressure, Joe, but the future of Test cricket depends on this Ashes series

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At first glance it seems a minor oddity that the two longest-serving England men’s Test cricket captains of all time are the current one and the one before him. Every linen-shirted custodian of the Golden Age, every h...

Jack Grealish finds a different rhythm to dance Chelsea into submission

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There were four minutes to play as Jack Grealish left the pitch. Manchester City were still deep in the boiler room, seeing out a 1-0 lead in a game they had for long periods dominated to a strangulating degree. But t...

After 25 years of the Suits, is the spinning, self-interested ECB still fit for purpose?

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Do you remember “The Blazers”? Cobwebbed and liver-spotted, ranged around the walnut-inlaid committee table in kipper-stained tie, regimental cufflinks and masonic under-truss, The Blazers were a kind of management cl...

Pep Guardiola the frustrated antihero seeks out drama at Manchester City

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Never, ever get comfortable. Watching Pep-era Manchester City cruise through the past five years of beautifully engineered success, backed by perhaps the most supportive, frictionless, economically impregnable environ...

Jimmy Greaves: peerless player whose legacy is etched in football history

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Farewell, then, Jimmy. Sporting celebrities come and go but Greaves, who has died at the age of 81, was something different, not just a peerless English goalscorer but a footballer who remained etched in the memory of...

We should relish results that jolt the toxic Ronaldo and Messi fanfare

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When talking about Young Boys of Berne, who are always funny, and always funny in exactly the same way, it is important to remember that Young Boys are in on the joke. In fact it was their joke in the first place, the...

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