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Birmingham City v Aston Villa: Championship – live!

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 07:52

11.52am GMT

The atmosphere is starting to pick up and the ground is starting to fill up. Is St Andrews the coldest place in the country to watch football? I know there are those who’d go Boundary Park, but it’s certainly top of my league.

11.50am GMT

Keith Andrews reckons John Terry has been more important off the pitch than on it. I’m not sure about that, but it’s strange hearing people talk about his professional attitude and it being true, given all the other stuff that’s true.

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Justin Rose wins WGC Champions after stunning Dustin Johnson collapse

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 07:02
• Rose hit five birdies on back nine to overhaul eight-shot deficit
• Johnson slumped to closing round 77 and says: ‘I just chunked it’

Justin Rose produced a brilliant finish to take advantage of a stunning collapse from the world No1 Dustin Johnson and win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Rose began the final round eight shots behind Johnson and was still six adrift at the turn, but fired five birdies in a back nine of 31 to complete a closing 67, with Johnson slumping to a 77.

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Why Lewis Hamilton has secured his place among the greatest F1 drivers | Giles Richards

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 06:01
Damon Hill joins other experts in paying tribute to his fellow Briton who is celebrating 10 years at the top of his sport

A decade ago, the opening to what was to be a dramatic season heralded the arrival of an exceptional talent in Formula One. Back then, as the sport came to terms with the remarkable start made by the 22-year-old Lewis Hamilton, no one could quite foresee the impact this precocious and fearless youngster would make. Ten years on, the jury is in and the verdict is unanimous: Hamilton is now within a race of securing his fourth world championship, that early promise more than fulfilled. The Briton is not the same man, nor the same driver, but his place in the pantheon of great F1 drivers has been assured.

Related: Lewis Hamilton on way to being the greatest F1 driver, says Toto Wolff

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Kevin Nolan: ‘Young English managers have to believe there’s still room for us at the top’

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 05:00
The former West Ham midfielder discusses how he has transformed Notts County as player-manager, why he is happy to be likened to Sam Allardyce and his Champions League ambitions

It is a sign of Notts County’s recent transformation that their self-assured manager cannot get into his own team. At 35, Kevin Nolan is younger than some of his squad members but the former Premier League midfielder, who is registered to play, knows the side sitting top of League Two are doing pretty well without him. “At the minute I’m not in physical condition to play, that’s my excuse, but I don’t think I’d get in the team even if I was,” he says with a grin.

Sitting in his office, Nolan reflects on a remarkable year. Notts County were in a state of “intensive care” according to the owner, Alan Hardy, when he bought the club in January. They were in serious debt, under a transfer embargo and in danger of slipping out of the Football League for the first time, having lost 10 league games in a row. Hardy’s first move was to appoint the inexperienced Nolan; he wanted an instant impact and he certainly got one.

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No Stokes is not no Ashes hope if England stick together in Australia | Vic Marks

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 04:00

The 2017 Ashes tourists are not as high maintenance as the 2013 squad but, with only seven cast-iron Test cricketers, their plans must be unusually fluid

The arrival of late October and the departure of England’s team to Australia can do funny things to the most pragmatic of cricketing folk. Forget mists and mellow fruitfulness. This is the time of year for dreams and blind optimism when somehow, discounting all evidence to the contrary, the English at home persuade themselves that at the end of the first week in January England will have the Ashes secured after a gobsmackingly brilliant victory in the final Test. Solid cricketing common sense can easily be subsumed by wayward wish fulfilment when the Ashes are up for grabs. Maybe that is part of the allure.

This will be the 10th time your correspondent has been in Australia – in various guises – when the Ashes are being contested there. Out of those nine series England have won twice – in 1986-87 (I did my best to console Western Australia team-mates returning to Perth after another defeat by Mike Gatting’s motley band) and in 2010-11 under Andrew Strauss. Australia have won the rest.

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