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Paul Nicholls

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Sydney based writer with a particular interest in the history and culture of sport. Likes Sydney FC in the A-League and Cronulla Sharks in the NRL. Follow me on Twitter @70s_mo

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Trophy? Please make those enquiries Stuart. I’m clearing a space on my mantle piece just in case.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 20

My bad. Castro of course. Well spotted Haydos.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 19

So my one point was actually good? Well it’s certainly tight at the top. Should be another cracking round this week.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 19

I’d agree with all of these but I think you’ve left out the biggest one – that is to ensure that the best Australian players are available for most of the tournament – which can only happen if Internationals end after the Sydney test. People are getting sick and tired of watching 2nd rate teams going around. If international white ball games must be played, do that later in Feb after the BBL

What Cricket Australia must do to fix the Big Bash for 2020

Relax Mike, things will change next season when we have one more match a weekend to watch… actually with 11 teams we won’t really… hmmm….look I am on a commuter bus in Sydney and although I have my earphones in, all the buzz is about Tarneit (is that how you spell it?) some hipster has a t-shirt that reads: New York London Paris Tarneit

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Congratulations on the Perth ABC gig Evan. Nemesis has a good summary which I concur with wholeheartedly (although I’m kind of hoping you drop out of the tipping comp.) Good show lad, keep those Sandgropers on their toes.

An illustrated review of Australia's 3-2 win over Syria, and my last column

My line “Brisbane coach John Aloisi’s position seems to be safe for now” – famous last words.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 10

I’ve got it. The expansion decision came through on a Friday (I think) …so…. Tarneit Friday. (comp. Sheffield Wednesday). Fridays in Oz are all about happy hours and POETs days – a good day in Oz culture.
For SWS I’d definitely have Fisher’s Ghost in there somewhere – Macarthur Ghosts.

An aesthetic assessment of the A-League's new expansion teams

They are calling it the Miracle in Miami.

NFL Week 14 wrap: The Patriots fumble, the Texans stumble, and the Rams take a tumble

Baltimore Colts! Talk about old school! Thanks for pointing that out Tom – I’ll see if the editors can change it.

NFL Week 14 wrap: The Patriots fumble, the Texans stumble, and the Rams take a tumble

Hi Peter. No problems. The Super Bowl is contested between the winners of the two conferences: the AFC and the NFC. Each conference has four divisions – East, South, North and West. For each conference I have listed the divisional leader: so LA Rams lead NFC West; New Orleans lead the NFC South; Chicago lead NFC North and Washington lead NFC East. Not sure if I have explained that too well mind you!

NFL Week 11 wrap: Spectacular Rams help unite Los Angeles

Cheers for your comments Kangas. I do have a soft spot for the Bears as well. Let me know if there are any tweaks you’d like to see in the article format – I’ll see if I can accommodate them.

NFL Week 11 wrap: Spectacular Rams help unite Los Angeles

Awesome update Spinksy. I’d like to think Mayfield and the Browns could do well. Maybe they need a bit of luck – do you think they could give it a shake?

Five takeaways from the NFL thus far

Thanks for the extra facts Greg. Very interesting.

Mothering the Matildas: The trailblazers who kickstarted Australian women's football

Cheers, Maggie.

Mothering the Matildas: The trailblazers who kickstarted Australian women's football

* that should read “unexplored” (d’oh)

Mothering the Matildas: The trailblazers who kickstarted Australian women's football

Cheers Fad. Reasonably unexpected territory I think.

Mothering the Matildas: The trailblazers who kickstarted Australian women's football

You can’t keep those Novocastrians down Kangas.

Mothering the Matildas: The trailblazers who kickstarted Australian women's football

Cheers, Mike.

Mothering the Matildas: The trailblazers who kickstarted Australian women's football

Cheers, Mid.

Mothering the Matildas: The trailblazers who kickstarted Australian women's football

Good call, Tim. Hadn’t thought of that. If France get up at least we can claim some kind of moral victory.

World Cup Final expert tips and predictions

@Waz – I’ve started to avoid tipping draws because we aren’t seeing many of them. The three points just seems too much of a carrot. Famous last words of course – you’ll probably be spot on.

World Cup tips and predictions: Day 11

Come on lads. Awesome first half.

France vs Socceroos: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, scores, blog

Have a big one Stu, and go the might ‘Roos.

France vs Socceroos: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, scores, blog

Match result:

England have won this friendly match at Wembley Stadium by 2 goals to 1. They started off the match in great touch with some neat work from Dele Alli, Sterling, Harry Kane and Young.
England went ahead through a long range header from a corner in the 7th minute by Cahill. England dominated most of the first half and although Sterling got into some great positions, there would be some concerns about his finishing.
No such concerns for Harry Kane, who capped off a neat move that he was also also involved in, by firing a low hard shot The keeper might have been slightly at fault as it passed under his body, however he was possibly unsighted by the defender. England led 2-0 at the break
The game changed completely after half-time, no doubt helped by the three substitutions for Nigeria. After a good lead up a shot hit the post and rebounded to Iwobi who hit the ball first time into the back of the net.
For the rest of the match Nigeria played assured football and almost forced the equaliser. England only had a few moments towards the end of the second half with some of their replacements putting in good performances.

Final score
England 2
Nigeria 1

Match preview:

England vs Nigeria: Pre-World Cup Friendly live scores, blog