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Pep Guardiola and at least seven Manchester City players will miss tonight’s FA Cup match against Swindon Town after a Covid outbreak ripped through the club’s training ground | @hirstclass , @garyjacob 

Engine trouble in Bahrain, peasoupers and six stops to Melbourne... After Sam Billings’ long road trip to join the #Ashes  squad, here are six former players who also undertook convoluted journeys to answer SOS calls

London Irish signed Jackson but refused to acknowledge his story or that some of their fans would be offended. How much better if they had discussed it openly and used him to tell his story and discuss his mistakes, writes @owenslot .

Christian Eriksen hopes to seal remarkable return to Premier League by the end of the week – only seven months after cardiac arrest ✍️ @JNorthcroft 

😖 Disastrous preparation 🤦‍♂️ Burns falling first ball 🗣️ Captain's criticism of bowlers 🗣️ Bowlers' unhappy with batsmen @swildecricket  analyses the factors on and off the field that led to a humiliating 4-0 #Ashes  defeat for England


EXCLUSIVE by @martynziegler : Five of England's Big Six clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United, have signed up to a European Super League. The development is a direct challenge to Uefa's Champions League reforms due to be announced tomorrow

Forget any Qatari sensitivity; in fact it should be confronted. Sian Massey-Ellis is one of our best officials, it’s time Fifa gave her a chance on the world stage | @henrywinter 

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EXCLUSIVE: All football matches in England will be played behind closed doors under government plans to combat #coronavirus  that could be triggered as early as today. Full details from @mhardysport 

EXCLUSIVE: The Premier League will introduce “thicker lines” to VAR offsides next season in a bid to deal with hugely unpopular marginal decisions. The thicker lines aim give the benefit of the doubt back to the attacker. ✍️ @martynziegler 

"I don’t want kids to be in my situation and feel ashamed of themselves." Patrice Evra reveals he was sexually abused as a teenager by his former teacher. In an exclusive interview he talks to @allyrudd_times  about why he wants to tell his story

Mercedes are considering aborting their plan to launch a further appeal against the result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton’s team are moving towards putting the reputation of F1 before their desire to win | @becclancy  and @Matt_Lawton_DM