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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 free-agency grades: Seahawks, Packers, Eagles at head of NFC class — Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys Key additions: Greg Hardy (DE), Darren McFadden (RB), Jed Collins (FB), Jasper Brinkley (LB), Keith Rivers (LB), Corey White (CB) Key losses: DeMarco Murray (RB), Henry Melton (DT), Justin Durant (LB), Jermey Parnell (OT), Bruce Carter (LB), Sterling Moore (CB), George Selvie (DE) Obliged by salary cap constraints to part ways with either the NFL's leading rusher or one of the league's most talented wide receivers, Dallas plumped for the former.

NFL free-agency grades: New York Jets top the AFC — Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills Key additions: LeSean McCoy (RB, trade), Matt Cassel (QB, trade), Percy Harvin (WR), Jerome Felton (FB), Richie Incognito (G), Tyrod Taylor (QB), Charles Clay (TE) Key losses: Kiko Alonso (LB, trade) Da'Norris Searcy (S), CJ Spiller (RB), Scott Chandler (TE), Erik Pears (OT), Keith Rivers (LB) Rex Ryan is confident the Bills are already stronger than when he arrived.

Lazio’s Felipe Anderson lights up surreal Sunday with his ‘dance rock’ style — Just over two decades have passed since Serie A's first Sunday evening game. Many people opposed the innovation back then. Giampiero Boniperti growled that football was becoming a "slave to television". The prominent radio commentator Alfredo Provenzali likened the situation to churches introducing a Saturday evening service for worshippers who preferred to be elsewhere on the Sabbath.

Football: The Knowledge - The quickest sending-off of all time — "Chippenham striker David Pratt was sent off just three seconds into a game against Bashley last month," says Jimmy Finn. "Does that qualify as the fastest sending off ever?" Surprisingly it doesn't, Jimmy.

Paolo Bandini's Serie A Betting: Napoli To Keep Out Goal-Shy Atalanta

Napoli start to flounder with Rafael Benítez facing rotation criticism - again — Rafa Benítez has heard worse insults during his three-decade-long coaching career. "Ciccione! Ciccione! Ciccione!" cried Verona's supporters as he stalked the touchline at the Bentegodi on Sunday. It is the same nickname by which José Mourinho sometimes refers to him in conversations with the Italian press and might best be translated as tubby.

Paolo Bandini's Serie A Betting: Inzaghi's Weak Milan To Lose At Fiorentina — Fiorentina - Milan Soaring so high a week ago, Fiorentina's morale has been dented by first a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Lazio, and then a late equaliser conceded to Roma in the Europa League.

Paolo Bandini's Serie A Betting: Cagliari To Give Juventus a Run For Their Money — Palermo - Juventus Massimiliano Allegri is beginning to sound like a stuck record. "The title race is not closed," he protested once again this week, after seeing his team move 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Luca Toni rolls back the years to leave Filippo Inzaghi clinging to Milan job — Luca Toni did not spare a thought for Pippo Inzaghi as he lined up to take his penalty at San Siro. If he did, then perhaps the Verona striker even imagined that he would be doing his old friend a favour by nudging him closer to the sack.

Paolo Bandini's Serie A Betting: Shaqiri Can Shine As Inter Go To Napoli — Sampdoria - Cagliari Luis Muriel is practicing his moves in front of a mirror. The forward opened his Sampdoria account away to Atalanta last weekend, and said afterwards that he was looking forward to getting back to the Marassi so that he could score a goal in front of his new team's supporters, "and then celebrate with another little dance."
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Mar 23, 2015

@LazioAddict Doubt he's going anywhere soon. Happy at Lazio + with contract in place, Lotito has no need to sell. But there's always a price

Mar 23, 2015

Latest Guardian bit focuses on Felipe Anderson. A man worth turning over from the Clasico for, and scouted by #mufc:…

Mar 22, 2015

@MarkOHaire @JamesHorncastle Mostly because of the Europa League. Giving teams who played on Thursday extra rest.

Mar 21, 2015

So it's a betting tip for every Serie A game that you're after? Well, here's my @unibet blog, then:…

Mar 18, 2015

@GianlucaNesci Ref was very lenient in first half. Fortunately for Juve.

Mar 18, 2015

@JanuszESPN Agreed. One thing to overwhelm teams at home, quite another in Europe. CL opponents have too much confidence in their own game.

Mar 18, 2015

Buffon said at start of season that Juve's goals were Scudetto and CL 1/4-finals. Both, realistically, in the bag. Only positives from here

Mar 18, 2015

Injuries a concern, but Juve's QF prospects boosted further by avoiding a single booking tonight. Had 5 players one yellow away from a ban.

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