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  Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa. Before the arrival of Bielsa, Leeds had essentially spent the better part of 17 years being a punchline, a disaster zone, or both. Photograph: Action Images

When the actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show this week, he was not there only to talk about his role as Jaime Lannister in G(...)

Shay Given: “You know what I’m like, I love the craic, the buzz around the lads. When you’re a coach, it’s tough if you lose, it is quite draining. But when you win, it’s mad, it’s magnified.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

He strides in smiling wearing his new work gear: an all-black kit, a little white ram above his heart, ‘SG’ initials alongside. He is sweaty after a s(...)

 Dan Burn and Cheyenne Dunkley of Wigan Athletic challenge Bournemouth’s Benik Afobe at the Vitality Stadium. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Bournemouth looked destined to be another Premier League team embarrassed in the FA Cup third-round by lower league opposition until Steve Cook rescue(...)

Claudio Ranieri: the manager has been unable to clear heads, reset the dials, engender enough fear and competitive desperation to reboot the machine.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Like all the best fairytales, Leicester City’s title story came to an end on Thursday night with a bracing little touch of cruelty. This is usually t(...)

Pedro heads home Chelsea’s opening goal in the FA Cup fifth-round game against Wolves at  Molineux. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

FA Cup round-up: Chelsea were made to work by Wolves but the Premier League leaders eventually triumphed 2-0 at Molineux to keep hopes of a league and(...)

 Jose Fonte: played a big role over seven years in Southampton’s rise from League One to Premier League respectability.  Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

You have to wonder how Jose Fonte felt. As Southampton made their way to Wembley by outstaying Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night, Fonte was at W(...)

The EuroMillions could consider a holiday to the Caribbean island of Necker, which costs around  €74,000. Photograph: Getty

The first thing Ireland’s newest EuroMillions winner is likely to want to do is take a holiday and where better to do that than on the Caribbean islan(...)

Northern Ireland’s Conor McLaughlin: “Crewe, then Lewandowski? It’ll be a big difference won’t it? Mad.”

As footnotes go, perhaps only Conor McLaughlin, his family and the Northern Ireland manager of the time, Nigel Worthington, will have jotted down this(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill admits his side were overpowered by Poland in Nice on Sunday.  Photograph: EPA.

Disappointed but refreshingly honest, Michael O’Neill and his Northern Ireland players accepted there was a gulf in class against Poland despite the s(...)

Southampton’s Shane Long celebrates scoring the team’s first goal against Aston Villa. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Stoke City will be clearer over the coming days if Shay Given will be fit for next weekend’s Premier League game against Sunderland or, if he misses (...)

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