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Sports Reporter — Guardian
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Freelance writer/broadcaster specialising in Serie A, Premier League + NFL. Contribute to the Guardian, ESPN, BT Sport, The Score and NFL UK, among others

NFL Talkboard and Pick Six week nine: Pats to edge out Broncos — So here we are then, the midway point of the NFL regular season. Time to pause and reflect, asking big questions like: is this Arizona Cardinals team for real? Does anyone even want to win the NFC South? Could we really find ourselves watching the Bills and the Browns in the playoffs come January?

Mattia Perin Makes His Case to Be Considered Gigi Buffon's Heir — Mattia Perin will never forget his 20th birthday. That was the day when he spoke to Gigi Buffon, his goalkeeping hero, for the very first time. Sadly, the circumstances were not quite what Perin had been hoping for. He had just endured one of the worst afternoons of his young career, conceding six times as his team was routed by Buffon's .

Genoa’s Luca Antonini: angel of the mud and conqueror of Juventus — The night was supposed to belong to Gigi Buffon. Making his 500th appearance for Juventus on Wednesday, the goalkeeper had hoped to mark the occasion with his 300th Serie A win. He could not have asked for a much more fitting opponent than Genoa - a team he used to travel to watch with his uncle as a boy.

Serie A Betting: Roma To Keep The Heat On Juve With Easy Win — With Gonzalo Higuaín back among the goals and José Callejón top of the scoring charts after Sunday's 6-2 walloping of Verona, could the good times finally back for Napoli? Probably not, but they do at least have a promising midweek match-up to look forward to.

Cardinals embrace Bruce Arians's vision, and Brady makes the doubters look dumb — Bruce Arians was not taking any credit for Arizona's win over Philadelphia on Sunday. Although the Cardinals racked up 400 yards of total offense, more than 150 of those had come on two long passes, and the head coach blamed himself for the spluttering progress in between.

Sassuolo’s survivor strikes a joyful blow against cancer — Nine hundred and forty four days separated Francesco Acerbi's first Serie A goal from his second. It might as well have been a lifetime. The centre-back was just another fresh-faced kid when he deflected Cyril Théreau's header into the Siena net while playing for Chievo back in 2012.

Detroit Lions 22-21 Atlanta Falcons — The disappointment was tangible at Wembley Stadium as news filtered through that one of the NFL's biggest stars, Calvin Johnson, had been ruled out of Sunday's game between the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons. But a capacity crowd would ultimately get to savour something far more satisfying: a genuinely competitive game.

NFL Talkboard and Pick Six week eight: Percy Harvin to make Jets debut — The NFL touches down in London for the second time this season, with the Falcons squaring off against the Lions at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Or that's what we hope will happen, at least. There was some consternation on Tuesday, when the Falcons published an infographic which suggested they might have confused England with Spain.

Why Do Juventus Fail in the Champions League Despite Dominating Serie A? — In Athens, a familiar story. Arriving as favourites for their Champions League game against Olympiacos on Wednesday night, Juventus started slowly, gave up a goal, woke up too late and were then thwarted by a combination of poor finishing and an inspired goalkeeper.

Peyton Manning breaks another record but Aaron Rodgers is the NFL's best QB — It would be easy to take what Peyton Manning does for granted. Not a year goes by without the Broncos quarterback shattering another few records, from the obscure - no signal caller past or present can match his tally of six games with 400+ passing yards and no interceptions - right through to the kind he claimed this weekend, when he became the NFL's all-time leader for most career touchdown passes.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @br_uk: As Buffon played his 500th Juventus game his possible heir stole the show, says @Paolo_Bandini

Oct 31, 2014

A piece on Mattia Perin, linked to Liverpool in recent days, for @br_football / @br_uk. Is he the heir to Buffon?

Oct 30, 2014

@arammush @Busfield @ablade Heh - now I don't know if you were expecting American or Italian!

Oct 30, 2014

@chris_sloley @guardian_sport Ta very much, though you may be underestimating the number of pounds involved.

Oct 30, 2014

After grabbing a shovel to help Genoans after floods, Luca Antonini dug out a win vs Juve. my @guardian_sport latest:

Oct 29, 2014

A betting tip for every game in Serie A's midweek round, over on my @unibet blog:

Oct 28, 2014

@SwissRamble Cheers Kieron. Highlight of my football-watching weekend seeing him score.

Oct 28, 2014

RT @TMFootballUK: Spoke w/ @nfl_uk chief Alistair Kirkwood - 'no truth in the 5 games, but you know you're doing something right if there's that speculation'

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