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My favourite game: Sheff Utd v Nottm Forest, Division One play-off 2003 | Sport

Michael Brown’s deflected free-kick gets the Blades back into the game.

There are moments in football fandom that, in retrospect, you realise were the emotional high-water mark. The time when it mattered that much more, when the blade, now long dulled by experience, cut right through to the core. For me, that peak came at Bramall Lane on 15 May 2003. …

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Razor sharp: Cheltenham players and coaches shave heads for NHS | Football

Cheltenham’s manager, Michael Duff, says the initiative is ‘brilliant’ and he is ready to take part.

When Cheltenham Town next reconvene for a video conference call, the mosaic of on-screen faces will resemble a game of ‘Guess Who?’ with a twist, given several players and staff are sporting buzz cuts after shaving their heads to raise funds for the NHS. The club captain, Ben Tozer, was …

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A return to suburban grounds would offer a chance to reawaken the AFL’s soul | Adam Collins | Sport

The opening game of the AFLW at Princes Park

“The whole of consumerism is based on us wanting the next thing rather than the present thing we already have,” Matt Haig laments in the book, Notes on a Nervous Planet. “This is an almost perfect recipe for unhappiness. We aren’t encouraged to live in the present, we’re trained to …

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‘What would Shankly do?’ Not what Liverpool are doing, that’s for sure | Football

Six months ago the Liverpool chief executive, Peter Moore, was asked what distinguished his club from other European football giants. “We had this amazing historical figure: Bill Shankly, a Scottish socialist who built the foundation,” he told El Pais. “Even today, when we talk about business, we ask ourselves: ‘What …

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Premier League clubs to go it alone in pay cut talks with players | Football

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has established a fund for professional footballers to donate directly to NHS staff.

Premier League clubs anticipate having to start individual negotiations over wage reductions with their players after attempts to reach a collective pay agreement in response to the coronavirus crisis were frustrated during talks on Saturday. While players have been told clubs may lose £1.137bn because of the disruption caused by …

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Will Miller: ‘Ugo passed and I said let’s turn this into a song. Emotion flew out of me’ | Football

Burton v Manchester City

I have been playing a song about life and death on a loop today. While waiting to interview Will Miller, the former Spurs and Burton Albion footballer who wrote and sang the song just days after the death of Ugo Ehiogu, his former coach who died in April 2017 aged …

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Golden goal: Keith Houchen for Coventry City v Tottenham (1987) | Daniel Harris | Football

When is a question not a question? When it’s an exclamation! Consider: “Did you see that!” – I know you did; “Are you kidding me!” – I know you’re not; “What on earth!” – neither of us have a clue. Reactions like these distill what makes sport sport, shared moments …

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Shane Lowry: ‘I’m not happy to live off winning one Open title’ | Sport

Shane Lowry at the 2016 US Open

Shane Lowry has always been blessed with a candour that makes his depiction of trying to cross the line at an Open Championship no surprise. “It’s not a nice place to be,” he says. “It’s where you want to be as a golfer, I hope I’m in that situation again, …

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My favourite game: Cubs v Indians, World Series 2016, Game 7 | Sport

Chicago Cubs v Detroit Tigers, 1908 World Series

In 1989 a scriptwriter called Bob Gale needed to sort out a plot twist for Back to the Future Part II, the one where Marty McFly ends up riding a hoverboard in 2015. “What was the most absurd thing you could think of in 1989?” Gale said, many years later. …

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Wayne Rooney leads footballers’ backlash against pay cut criticism | Football

Gary Lineker has said players he has spoken to are ‘desperately keen’ to start offering financial support.

Wayne Rooney has criticised the government and Premier League for putting Britain’s top-flight footballers in a “no-win situation” over the issue of pay cuts, with Gary Lineker and Gary Neville also speaking out. Writing in the Sunday Times (£), Rooney claimed his fellow professionals were being lined up as “easy …

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