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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: five things we learned — It did not take long for amazement to give way to curiosity; for 'wow!' to be succeeded by 'how?' On Sunday night the NFL-watching world debated whether Odell Beckham Jr's one-handed touchdown grab against Dallas was the greatest catch in the history of the game.

Milan and Inter draw as Derby della Madonnina fails to live up to hype — Dalle stelle alle stalle. Literally, 'from the stars to the stalls'. It was a phrase repeated many times over as the Italian media looked ahead to Sunday's Derby della Madonnina - a match that has traditionally been among the most glamorous events on the nation's sporting calendar but which has lost a little sheen lately.

Napoli Are Back in Form but Are Rafael Benitez's Team Genuine Title Contenders? — Napoli's resurgence began with a breakfast bar. Well, that is one theory, anyway. In a post on his personal website before the international break, Rafa Benitez noted how starting the day together was helping to strengthen the bonds within his squad: Playing two games every three days, seeing the players having breakfast together in the new multifunctional room before the training session, it all helps to cohesion of the team.

NFL Talkboard and Pick Six week 12: Murray can hurry Cowboys past Giants — Rushing touchdowns were scarce in week 11, with only 10 scored - and only six by players not named Jonas Gray. But they were still a lot more common than winners in our weekly Pick Six contest. In fact just one person, simon57, called every game correctly.

Paolo Bandini: Of Roberto Mancini and Inter’s revival dreams — It always looks easier from the sidelines. Back in August, when Roberto Mancini was just another unemployed manager enjoying a restful summer, he got chatting to a reporter from the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Asked which teams could contend for the Serie A title, he named the most obvious o...

Jonas Gray carries Pats to victory, and Chiefs beats Seahawks at their own game — Robert Kraft has shown pretty good sporting judgement down the years. Many believed he had overpaid when he bought the New England Patriots for $175m in 1994, but, two decades on, the franchise is now estimated by Forbes to be worth $2.6bn.

Eye on the US: Monday — In association with Sportlobster, Paolo Bandini continues his column which recaps all the latest stories from overnight.

Mario Balotelli Deserves the Chance to Prove Himself in Conte's New-Look Italy — For a forward, timing is everything. Fractions of a second can make the difference between meeting a cross or missing it, taking a through-ball in stride or overrunning it, slipping a shot into the bottom corner of the net or watching a goalkeeper push it away with his fingertips.

NFL Talkboard and Pick Six week 11: Luck seeks fortune vs Brady — Sometimes, life just gets a little weird. In the past seven days, Justin Bieber has been blamed for a Steelers defeat, George RR Martin has waded into the Jets' quarterback controversy and a real life hawk issued a press release to apologise for landing on a human's head.

Seattle have Marshawn Lynch on their mind, and Browns look good for the postseason — The Seattle Seahawks have a funny way of showing that they're sick of Marshawn Lynch. On Sunday they handed him the ball 21 times against the New York Giants. He turned those opportunities into 140 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-17 win.
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Nov 25, 2014

@rcecilione4 Yes, because City>Roma but Roma>CSKA and CSKA>City. Basically becomes a mini-table of those 3, with Bayern results eliminated

Nov 25, 2014

@HasanMustafa92 Yes, in this case a three-way head-to-head. It becomes a mini league taking only results against each other into account.

Nov 25, 2014

@kassemnehme @jonawils To get to this scenario, City have to beat Roma. At that point, head-to-head is split 3 ways. Becomes mini-league

Nov 25, 2014

@MattGunner32 Sorry, meant to say no guarantees unless they win. That is the only result they can be sure will get them through.

Nov 25, 2014

@MattGunner32 Well Roma will have no guarantees now. Draw only good for them if CSKA fail to win. Likely, but not certain.

Nov 25, 2014

@AverageOnion @DavidAmoyal The goal difference here refers only to games between the three teams. Results vs Bayern removed from equation.

Nov 25, 2014

@MattyCusick Goal difference from the games between those three teams is used. This is how Napoli were eliminated last year.

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