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  • Very Specific Football Question No.46: How far would Joey Barton go to publicise his book?

    Kevin Darling wonders if soon-to-be-former Rangers man Joey Barton has mastered the art of PR...

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    Joey Barton tells a story in his hard-hitting autobiography, No Nonsense, about the time his father, also named Joseph, intentionally ran over an Alsatian in his car – twice – after it bit his son in the face.

    It died, unsurprisingly. Joseph Snr made sure of that by reversing back over the dog following the initial hit, displaying a determination to get the job done that he evidently passed down to his boy.

    Joey Jnr has prided himself on being a man of action in his career – a rollercoaster of drama and controversy that is finally winding down in the hinterland of the Scottish Premiership.

    And in

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  • MLS: Meet the five hottest stateside soccer stars who could head to Europe

    We all know the established stars of the MLS - but what about the emerging talent who could make waves across the pond? Kristan Heneage shines a light on the brightest talents.

    For all the talk of MLS being a home to veteran stars, there remains a core of exciting younger talents. Increasingly a league in which value for money signings can be made, we chose five players aged 23 or under that could follow in the footsteps of Geoff Cameron and DeAndre Yedlin.

    Jack Harrison, New York City FC

    Jack Harrison of New York CityJack Harrison of New York City

    Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Jack Harrison has exploded onto MLS this season with a mix of speed and clever tricks. A member of Manchester United’s youth academy until he was 14-years-old, that education shines through in Harrison’s play. Direct, confident on the ball, and able to see a

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  • Hot Football Transfer Gossip: Arsenal ‘move for Benzema’, Man Utd ‘target Ramos’

    Boss of Goss Kevin Darlng stifles a yawn as the hardy perennial 'Karim to become a Gunner' begins to bloom - again

    Yes! Arsenal are trying to buy Karim Benzema again.

    It seems like months since Arsene Wenger was last linked with a swoop for his second-favourite Frenchman (after Gilles Grimandi). 

    It was as if he’d finally been put off by the (alleged) blackmail or the (alleged) sex tapes or the (alleged, disproven in fact) underage prostitutes. But no. Arsene was just playing it cool. Flirting with Lucas Perez and Jamie Vardy, making Karim think he wasn’t interested anymore.

    Oh but he is interested, claims the Daily Star. Big time. A £40m Gunners move for the striker next summer is “on the cards” in news

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  • EFL Cup: Payet spares West Ham's blushes with injury-time wonder strike

    Dimitri Payet scored a free-kick deep into injury time to earn West Ham a dramatic 1-0 win against League Two Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup.

    Dimitri Payet scored a free-kick deep into injury time to earn West Ham a dramatic win against League Two Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup.

    The tie seemed to be heading for extra time before the France midfielder struck in the 96th minute.

    Payet, who started on the bench, lashed the ball over the wall to beat QPR keeper Elliot Parish.

    West Ham, who finished with 10 men after Arthur Masuaku went off injured, will host Chelsea in the fourth round.

    Slaven Bilic's side have lost four of their opening five games in the Premier League and have suffered back-to-back 4-2 defeats.

    The West Ham manager

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  • EFL Cup: McNair doubles up as Black Cats see off Rangers

    Paddy McNair scored twice as Sunderland beat Championship side QPR 2-1 in the third round of the EFL Cup at Loftus Road.

    Paddy McNair scored twice as Sunderland beat Championship side QPR in the third round of the EFL Cup at Loftus Road.

    The visitors fell behind on the hour mark when Brazil midfielder Sandro hooked in a half-volley.

    Ex-Manchester United midfielder McNair levelled 10 minutes later, finishing off a one-two with Duncan Watmore.

    McNair then tapped in the rebound after Matt Ingram parried Ibrahim Ndong's strike to earn the Black Cats a trip to Southampton in the fourth round.

    Both of Sunderland's wins this season have come in this competition, with new manager David Moyes yet to record a Premier

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  • EFL Cup: Hull pile on the agony for Stoke with last-minute winner

    Hull midfielder Markus Henriksen scored an injury-time winner to knock Stoke out of the EFL Cup and heap more pressure on Potters boss Mark Hughes.

    Hull midfielder Markus Henriksen scored an injury-time winner to knock Stoke out of the EFL Cup and heap more pressure on Potters boss Mark Hughes.

    Marko Arnautovic gave Stoke the lead when he cut in from the left and struck a fierce drive into the net.

    Ryan Mason equalised for the Tigers with an equally spectacular effort when he volleyed home at the back post.

    Stoke dominated the rest of the contest but the Norway international finished from close range to send Hull through.

    Hughes' side have picked up just one point from their first five matches of the season and are bottom of the Premier

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  • EFL Cup: Austin on target as Saints down Eagles

    Charlie Austin netted a fourth goal in three games to help Southampton to a 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup

    Southampton made light work of Crystal Palace in their all-Premier League tie.

    Charlie Austin put the home side ahead with a penalty after Shane Long was fouled by Martin Kelly.

    Saints deservedly doubled their lead through midfielder Jake Hesketh’s first goal for the club just after the hour.

    Austin's fourth goal in the space of six days and three games gave Claude Puel's Southampton a deserved lead after half an hour.

    Palace lost captain Scott Dann early on to a suspected hamstring injury and it was his replacement Kelly who was at fault in the build-up to the opening goal.

    The central

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  • EFL Cup: Five-star Tottenham power past Gillingham

    Premier League Spurs turned on the style against League One Gillingham

    Christian Eriksen bagged a brace as Tottenham hammered Gillingham at White Hart Lane.

    Christian Eriksen scored twice and Vincent Janssen opened his Tottenham account in a 5-0 EFL Cup third round win.

    Mauricio Pochettino’s men were a goal up at half-time through Eriksen and ran away with the match after the break at White Hart Lane.

    The attacking midfielder struck again in the second half before goals from Janssen, Josh Onomah and Erik Lamela - who also had three assists - put the icing on the cake.

    Tottenham were runners-up in the competition in 2015 and their reward for progressing is a tough

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  • EFL Cup fourth round draw: United to face City, Liverpool at home to Spurs

    Pep Guardiola will travel to Old Trafford again as his side will take on Jose Mourinho's Reds in the last 16

    Manchester will have another derby in he EFL Cup.

    The Reds and the Blues were drawn against each other in the last 16 in the biggest tie of the round.

    Two weeks ago, City won 2-1 at United in the League.

    Elsewhere, Premier League big hitters Liverpool are at home to Tottenham, the sides having already drawn 1-1 at White Hart Lane this season.

    West Ham - who struggled past Accrington Stanley in round three - have been drawn at home to Chelsea, having suffered a 2-1 Premier League defeat to the Blues at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.  

    Arsenal are at home to Championship Reading.

    DRAW IN

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  • Premier League: How Jose Mourinho is losing the Manchester United dressing room

    It has been an awful week for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, but a 'source' has told Alex Netherton says it's not all the Portuguese manager's fault

    Jose Mourinho is on borrowed time at Manchester United. The complaints are coming in, and it all feels a little familiar. If it carries on in the same manner, then it surely cannot be long before he fails at yet another big club, and is left slumming it around clubs like Arsenal and Newcastle. The leaks have started to appear, with worries from players and insiders that he’s not going to be a popular man.

    His abrasive attitude is a change from the days of the craven David Moyes and the unsettling Louis van Gaal. Luke Shaw was surprised to be criticised for a mistake on the pitch, and Ander

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