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Football League: Cardiff end Wolves' unbeaten run to stay top as Wigan win again

31 min 56 sec ago
  • Ipswich beat Brentford to maintain 100% start, Aston Villa see off Norwich 4-2
  • Wigan go top of League One, Forest Green win thriller at Yeovil
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José Mourinho wary of roadworks despite Manchester United’s fast start

1 hour 29 min ago
• United score four goals in opening two matches for first time since 1907
• ‘It’s not always motorway. You always find difficult roads’

Manchester United continued their superb start to the season by again scoring four goals – the first time they have done that in their opening two matches since 1907 – but José Mourinho warned his players that “it’s not always motorway” and there will be “roadworks” ahead. The United manager did admit, though, that his team are playing with the sort of confidence they lacked last season after three late goals in four minutes against Swansea completed another emphatic victory.

Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all scored for the second game running, with Eric Bailly getting the other goal on an afternoon when Swansea imploded in the final 10 minutes. When it was pointed out to Mourinho that United had not made a start like this to a season for 108 years, the Portuguese replied: “I prefer to say we start last season with two matches, six points and we finished sixth. That’s not a lesson, it’s a reality of football – two matches are not the end of the world for people that lose and it’s not paradise for people that win. I am happy, of course, and the quality of the performance gives me even more confidence.”

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Manchester United are full of confidence, says José Mourinho – video

1 hour 49 min ago

José Mourinho has said that his Manchester United team is playing with confidence after their 4-0 win away at Swansea in Saturday’s early kick-off. The Swans manager Paul Clement defended his tactics, making it clear that he’s not interested in damage limitation, and wanted to try to get back into the game rather than sit back and keep the scoreline respectable

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Richarlison and Capoue strikes reward battling Watford at Bournemouth

2 hours 15 min ago

Marco Silva earned his first away win in the Premier League as his Watford team grew in strength to claim a deserved victory over Bournemouth.

It is early days in the season but Eddie Howe’s side were physically unable to cope with the visitors and failed to take the chances that came their way in the match.

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Hal Robson-Kanu seals West Brom win over Burnley then sees red for elbow

2 hours 16 min ago

Hal Robson-Kanu scored to earn West Bromwich Albion another 1-0 win before being sent off in a lively 20-minute cameo after coming off the bench at Burnley.

The Wales international held off two Clarets defenders to score in the 71st minute but he was then dismissed seven minutes from time when he caught Matt Lowton in the head with an elbow as the Burnley full-back nodded clear.

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Sadio Mané makes vital breakthrough for Liverpool against Crystal Palace

2 hours 21 min ago

Rejecting a series of Barcelona bids for Philippe Coutinho may be irritating for Liverpool but they are doing a decent job of minimising the disruption. Jürgen Klopp’s team recorded their first league win of the season, and first Anfield win over Crystal Palace for four years, courtesy of Sadio Mané’s poacher’s finish against Frank de Boer’s winless side.

Liverpool deserved victory on the balance of play but it was gifted them by an unforced error from Luka Milivojevic, who ran the ball into Mané’s path for the decisive breakthrough. Christian Benteke missed a glorious chance to open the scoring against his former club as Palace’s difficult start to the campaign continued through their own failings.

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Southampton’s Charlie Austin crushes West Ham’s 10-man fightback

2 hours 22 min ago

Charlie Austin snatched a stoppage-time winner from the penalty spot as Southampton beat 10-man West Ham United. Austin sent Joe Hart the wrong way as Mauricio Pellegrino clinched his first win as Southampton manager in dramatic crescendo. After going two goals behind, Javier Hernández had rolled back the years with two poachers finishes to very nearly get the Hammers off the hook.

Southampton had sailed into a two-goal lead, thanks to Manolo Gabbiadini and a Dusan Tadic penalty, before West Ham rallied. Slaven Bilic’s side played more than hour without Marko Arnautovic, given a straight red card for an elbow on Jack Stephens.

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Leicester’s Okazaki and Maguire give Brighton harsh lesson in top-flight life

2 hours 25 min ago

Buddhist monks blessed the King Power Stadium pitch in the days before this match but, with respect, they really needn’t have bothered. All Leicester City needed to register their first win of the season were toothless opponents, and in that respect, Brighton fitted the bill nicely.

City were unchanged from the side beaten 4-3 at Arsenal in their opening fixture, but it was immediately apparent Shinji Okazaki would be playing in a more advanced role for the Foxes, alongside Jamie Vardy rather than in the ’hole’ behind the England centre-forward.

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Stoke City v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

2 hours 51 min ago

4.37pm BST

So there’s a debut for Jesé. Here’s my favourite song about someone whose name is a bit like Jesé:

4.35pm BST

The teams are in! And these are those teams!

Stoke: Butland, Zouma, Shawcross, Cameron, Diouf, Allen, Fletcher, Pieters, Shaqiri, Jese, Choupo-Moting. Subs: Martins Indi, Johnson, Berahino, Crouch, Krkic, Sobhi, Grant.
Arsenal: Cech, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette. Subs: Mertesacker, Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Iwobi, Coquelin, Elneny.
Referee: Andre Marriner.

#SCFC Starting XI v @Arsenal: Butland; Zouma, Shawcross, Cameron; Diouf, Allen, Fletcher, Pieters; Shaqiri, Jese; Choupo-Moting.

Two changes for our first @premierleague away game of 2017/18#SCFCvAFC

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Leicester v Brighton, Southampton v West Ham and more – live!

4 hours 40 min ago

2.48pm BST

In the day’s early kick-off, Celtic have beaten Kimarnock 2-0 at Rugby Park, where James Forrest and Callum McGregor have chipped in with the goals for the reigning champions.

2.45pm BST

Winston Reid has injured himself in the warm-up at Saint Mary’s and it looks highly unlikely he’ll be lining up for West Ham. Presumably he’ll be replaced by Angelo Ogbonna.

Winston Reid having to be stretchered off during the warm-up. Ankle problem #WHUFC #SOUWHU

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James Forrest scores as Tom Rogic inspires win for Celtic at Kilmarnock

4 hours 40 min ago

Goals from James Forrest and Callum McGregor gave a much-changed Celtic side a 2-0 Scottish Premiership win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

The Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers had made eight changes for the 5-0 home thrashing of Kilmarnock in the Betfred Cup earlier in the month and this time he opted for half a dozen.

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Liverpool v Crystal Palace: Premier League – live!

4 hours 40 min ago

2.48pm BST

Here’s a look at today’s teams. Klopp has made five changes from the side who beat Hoffenheim on Tuesday. Daniel Sturridge, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, James Milner and debutant Andrew Robertson come into the team, replacing Mohamed Salah, Alberto Moreno, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Emre Can.

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer makes two changes: James Tomkins and Andros Townsend, replacing Jairo Riedewald and Wilfried Zaha.

2.25pm BST

Hello and welcome to Anfield for today’s Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace. Jürgen Klopp’s men are out to rebound from last week’s season-opening draw at Watford, where a moment of defensive negligence in injury time cost them points. A mid-week win over Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League play-off lifted the move somewhat and now they’ll look to notch their first league win against a side who’s had their number in recent years. Indeed, Crystal Palace have taken three straight at Anfield including a 2-1 scalp in April, but they enter on a down note after dropping their league opener 3-0 to newly promoted Huddersfield Town last week.

Plenty more to come with kick-off just over a half hour away. We’ll be back with the teams in short order.

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Manchester United rout Swansea City as Romelu Lukaku sparks late burst

4 hours 52 min ago

José Mourinho has been quick to stress that Manchester United are anything but a “dream team” but his players have made a perfect start to the season, collecting maximum points, scoring freely, failing to concede and looking like a side that have all the credentials to mount a legitimate challenge for the Premier League title.

These are early days, of course, and United will face much tougher examinations than those posed by West Ham United and Swansea in their opening two fixtures, yet there is something ominous about the fact that they have started with back-to-back 4-0 victories. Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have scored in each of those matches and Eric Bailly now has his first goal for the club and his first in league football in 67 attempts.

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England v West Indies: day-night Test at Edgbaston, day three – live!

5 hours 47 min ago

1.41pm BST

David Gower taking the piss supreme. “There are all sorts of ideas about making Test cricket more attractive. The pink ball is certainly one. Playing in summer... another.” Keep it droll, DIG. Now he’s talking about his preference for the 20 minute interval to be called a “cocktail break” instead of tea. My instinct is we should do whatever he tells us. Here’s a nice collation of the great man’s best moments from an interview earlier this year.

1.35pm BST

This is made for the OBO. A rain delay after one ball - has this happened before? The challenge: to find out and tell me.

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Ruthless All Blacks teach Wallabies lesson in Bledisloe Cup opener

6 hours 18 min ago
  • Australia 34-54 New Zealand
  • Kiwis run in eight tries in record tally against Wallabies

There was hope it would be the start of something big, the resuscitation of Australian rugby no less – a Wallabies-led recovery which would bring the game in this country back from a near death experience. But it turned out to be a sad, forlorn longing, crushed by the weight of 23 men in black.

Some claimed there were cracks in the All Blacks’ armour. Sex scandals, bugging dramas and even a spelling crisis, but the only cracks were in the Wallabies’ defence.

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Wallabies v All Blacks: Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship opener – live!

7 hours 48 min ago
  • Live updates as old foes Australia and New Zealand clash in Sydney
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11.40am BST

29min: The All Blacks almost go the length of the field after a bust from Sonny Bill Williams. Finally the Wallabies manage to drag the rampaging Kiwis down just metres out from the line, Will Genia doing well to recover. Scrum to Australia.

11.39am BST

28min: Missed tackles and dropped balls have caused all sorts of headaches for the Wallabies so far tonight. But in attack the Australians have found space and looked dangerous with the ball in hand. It’s not over yet, although another Kiwi try would make things very difficult for the Wallabies.

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Swansea City v Manchester United: Premier League – live!

7 hours 53 min ago

11.35am BST

It is, we’re told, the first time Manchester United have selected the same starting XI in consecutive games since last August.

11.34am BST

So José Mourinho selects the same team that crushed West Ham last week; Swansea make two changes, with Mesa and Bartley in and Britton and Routledge out.

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This week’s best radio: political portraits and on-the-ball podcasts

8 hours 28 min ago

George Osborne, John Cooper Clarke and others pose for artist Martin Rowson on Radio 4, while the new season sees the return of football punditry

In Life Drawing (21-25 August, 1.45pm, Radio 4), the Guardian’s own Martin Rowson creates likenesses of newspaper editor George Osborne, poet John Cooper Clarke, political journalist Julia Langdon, zoologist Sarah Christie and illustrator Ralph Steadman while talking to them about their lives and the part they have played in his. Osborne points out that cartoonists have one of two lenses through which they view politicians: they either despise them for being weak or despise them for being strong. It’s clear which category most prefer to be put in. Rowson’s finished artworks will be on the Radio 4 website for the duration.

Patrick Marber and Peter Curran return for the fourth series of quietly triumphant late-night conversations in Bunk Bed (24 August, 11pm, Radio 4). This time their recumbent musings encompass the upper class’s relationship with dogs, arguably the worst pop record ever made, how HG Wells would have dealt with being on the game, and the father who traumatised his child by wearing trousers made of horizontal corduroy.

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Bibiana Steinhaus: female referee who stood up to Pep is ready for Bundesliga

8 hours 29 min ago
Deft handling of patronising gestures and sexist remarks has helped a 38-year-old police inspector rise to become the first female referee in Bundesliga history

In hindsight it wasn’t very funny. In fact it wasn’t very funny at the time, either. Franck Ribéry, while putting the ball on the ground to prepare to take a free‑kick, lent over and undid the referee’s boot laces. It wasn’t a friendly and it wasn’t an exhibition game against an all-star team. This was a German Cup game, a competitive fixture, and as soon as he had performed his little “prank” the debate began: would he have done it if it had been a male referee?

Because this was the biggest game of Bibiana Steinhaus’s refereeing career. She has officiated in the 2. Bundesliga for 10 years but it was the first time she had taken charge of a Bayern Munich game, with all the extra attention that comes with the record German champions. Bayern won the game against Chemnitzer 5-0 last Saturday (they were 3-0 up in the 78th minute when Ribéry undid her laces) but the incident overshadowed the win and Steinhaus’s performance.

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Huddersfield’s wholesome unity shows another way to Newcastle’s dysfunction | Paul Doyle

8 hours 34 min ago
Dean Hoyle’s ownership of Huddersfield Town is based on a togetherness in stark contrast to Mike Ashley at Newcastle United, who they face on Sunday

Earlier this summer during a conversation with reporters at Huddersfield Town’s training ground, the club’s local-born chairman, Dean Hoyle, said it was important to him to tackle the Premier League “the Yorkshire way”. Asked what that meant, he replied: “By not spending any money.” Then he laughed to show he was joking; then he ensured the club’s actions showed what he really meant.

Related: Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United: match preview

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