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Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho told to use ‘Mr Dependable’ without injured Eric Bailly

Smalling played the full 90 minutes as Manchester United beat West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns yesterday, taking over the captain’s armband when Antonio Valencia was forced off through injury. Last week, Mourinho confirmed Eric Bailly could be out for up to three months due to injury on an ankle injury. Which means Smalling could be set for an extended period in the side with a mounting fixture list over the festive period. The England defender began the season on the bench as Phil Jones and Bailly were Mourinho’s first…

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Ashes: England give up the Urn after just three Tests in Australia after another collapse

The defeat was confirmed in predictable fashion, when Chris Woakes edged a vicious, short ball from Pat Cummins to wicketkeeper Tim Paine at just after 3.40pm, with England 281 all out. It gave the home side a thumping margin of victory and an unassailable 3-0 series lead with two Tests to come in Melbourne and Sydney. Defeat also completed a miserable first Ashes for captain Joe Root who has been outmanoeuvred and outplayed by his counterpart Steve Smith. And it is a series defeat which raised some question marks over…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day five – live!

This is actually hilarious. The groundstaff are scrambling the big cover back on, the wind keeps blowing it away and nearly takes a few of them with it. They genuinely look like it’s never rained here before. Maybe it hasn’t? The ABC radio box is in hysterics watching the slapstick unfold. Between laughter, Chris Rogers is noting the holes in the technique. “It rained then, and hard, for a good 30 seconds before they got the hessian on. It’s almost like they were surprised again, and had to get to…

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Russia ‘stop hunting spies to crack down on football hooligans’ and protect England fans

GETTY The FSB is conducting ‘intense’ scrutiny of Russian football fans Russia’s FSB – formerly KGB – is conducting “intense” scrutiny of Russian football fans under strict orders from the Government, according to Alexander Shprygin. Mr Shprygin is President of the Russian Union of Supporters and was blamed for orchestrating the mob in Marseille at Euro 2016 which left two English fans in comas and dozens injured. He said: “All the FSB agents are doing now is working on the World Cup. “They are no longer looking for foreign spies…

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Antoine Griezmann fancy dress: Atletico Madrid star makes SHOCKING gaffe

The Atletico Madrid star revealed on his personal, verified account that he’s on his way to a 1980s fancy dress party. And, alongside his message which included a laughing emoji, he posted an image of himself covered in brown body paint while wearing an NBA kit. Griezmann’s tweet drew accusations of racism as the player himself is white and has intentionally made himself look Afro-Caribbean for the purposes of fancy dress. The France international followed up his post an hour later with his own explanation for why he had donned…

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Manchester City to offer Pep Guardiola £100m new contract in bid to rival Man Utd dynasty

Guardiola, who is 47 next month, is only half-way through his three-year contract but City’s Abu Dhabi hierarchy are planning talks at the end of the season over rewarding the Spaniard with long-term extension. He is on around £15m a year and a new five-year deal could be worth £100m. Owner Sheikh Mansour’s board of directors are delighted not only with City’s stunning winning sequence but also the quality of their football. And they want Guardiola to emulate what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved across town at Manchester United by winning…

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Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruña: La Liga – live!

11 min: Depor get a shot on target as the ball falls to Borges on the edge of the box but his shot is very weak and straight at Ter Stegen. 9 min: Guilherme has just shot from about 60 yards. It was rubbish and went wide. Could be a long night for Depor. 8 min: Paulinho flicks the ball into Suarez who plays a superb one-two with Alcacer but Barcelona just can not find a final ball. 6 min: Disallowed! Messi plays in Alcacer in the box, with the…

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Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin sends message to Sam Allardyce ahead of January window

Calvert-Lewin has never shied away from a battle – he learned that from his no-nonsense, non-league days at Stalybridge Celtic. He remembers clearly his bruising time in the Conference North. Can almost feel the pain from an elbow in the face when he was welcomed to life a world away from the glamour and glitz of the Premier League. Shudders as he recalls having to go to A&E to check out his wounds. But that experience as a 17-year-old made him physically and mentally stronger with a new Everton contract…

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola hails ‘humble’ stars after 4-1 thrashing of Tottenham

City went into Saturday evening’s showdown with Tottenham knowing a win would move them 14 points clear at the top of the table. And Guardiola’s men delivered with Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling getting on the scoresheet to secure a 4-1 victory. Guardiola hailed his side in the wake of the result, saying his talented squad continues to knuckle down despite their 16 match top flight winning run. “It was solid, good, against one team demanding to be intense without the ball,” he said. “They have good…

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Ashes: Australia take giant step towards urn as Smith and Marsh hammer England in Perth

England captain Joe Rot endured his most difficult day in the job with the Australia pair flaying the tourists bowlers throughout a miserable day. Despite starting the day 203-3, still trailing England’s first innings score by 200, the hosts ended it with a 146 runs lead with Smith unbeaten on 229 – his highest Test score – and Marsh 181 not out. England need to win here in Perth to win the Ashes and while a draw would keep alive hopes they can retain them with victories in Melbourne and…

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