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Premier League, Championship and Europe: the weekend’s talking points | Football

Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser looks to get the better of Sheffield United’s George Baldock

1) Brighton need to find right formula fast Brighton have been chopping and changing, looking for a formula that might help them beat the drop. They remain outside the relegation zone by three points and have a better goal difference than their rivals. But they have not won since December …

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Austin Gilgronis: why would a US rugby club name itself after a cocktail? | Sport

It is said that Austin’s celebrated weirdness is being alloyed by corporate conformity as the Texan capital gentrifies, but its Major League Rugby club is here to show that rampant commercialism can be off-the-wall, too. In a nation known for quirky team nicknames (hello, Hartford Yard Goats, Batavia Muckdogs and …

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Six Nations: talking points from a stormy second weekend | Sport

George Kruis catches a lineout ball during a dominant display at Murrayfield from the lock.

1) Wales’ ability to recover will be tested by France Wayne Pivac suffered his first defeat, but while the greater emphasis he places on attack was evident in the off-loads and running angles the Six Nations champions indulged in when they managed to generate quick ball, they came a distant …

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Ireland’s Andy Farrell shuns talk of family duel at Twickenham | Sport

The Farrells practically exude impatience when questions turn to the matter of each other, so Andy Farrell and his son Owen, coach of Ireland and captain of England respectively, had better prepare to have their patience tried over the next fortnight. Ireland travel to Twickenham a week on Sunday in …

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Six Nations begin investigation into beer bottle incident at Murrayfield | Sport

The Six Nations organisers have launched an investigation into the incident before England’s Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland when a member of England’s coaching staff was struck on the head by a beer bottle. Eddie Jones lashed out after his side’s scrappy 13-6 win, accusing Scotland supporters of lacking respect …

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Eddie Jones hails ‘most satisfying win’ after England weather the storm | Sport

Ellis Genge ignores the deluge as celebrates scoring England’s try against Scotland.

Sometimes the most forgettable of games leave the most indelible of impressions. Not for 20 years has a Calcutta Cup fixture been played in more atrocious conditions and seldom have so many travelling fans experienced so many problems getting home afterwards. For those left stranded by cancelled trains and planes, …

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Anger is the energy fuelling Ellis Genge’s rise in the England ranks | Andy Bull | Sport

“No comment, mate,” says Eddie Jones. “No comment.” The press conference has just begun and all the journalist wants to know is how Jones feels about the criticism his England team got after they lost in France last week. “No comment‚“ says Jones again. “Fun this, isn’t it? Think we …

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Pontus Jansson: ‘Bielsa had bad sides but I learned so much from him’ | Football

Pontus Jansson (left) in discussion with Marcelo Bielsa (fourth from the left) during the game against Aston Villa in April, 2019.

“I think I was almost this tall, 1.94m [6ft 4in] but like 25kg [4st] less,” says Pontus Jansson, smiling as he recalls his previous life as a prodigious striker. For an 18-year-old in the academy at Malmö, whose club crest is emblazoned on his right arm, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a …

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Rangers’ Ianis Hagi next in line for bumpy ride in football’s junior league | Simon Burnton | Football

Diego Maradona’s football career has proved a burden for his son

My father was a lawyer and, in my childhood imagination and so far as I can ascertain also in fact, quite a good one. From time to time, as I blundered towards adulthood with no obvious idea what to do when I got there, he would encourage me towards the …

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West Ham left staring at the drop as Brady bunch spark anger in stands | Football

David Gold, Karren Brady and David Sullivan outside the unpopular London Stadium

When West Ham write to one of their season-ticket holders to tell him that his recent pitch-side protest against David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady contained provocative messaging that was “deliberately intended to incite” his fellow supporters, one retort is that nobody has done more to inflame tensions at …

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