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STRUGGLING: Last year's Premier League champions Chelsea are showing how difficult it is to beat that second season syndrome as they linger near the bottom of the table

NEIL BONNAR COLUMN: Chelsea are showing us difficulty of title defence

DREAMING: Whitehawk fans celebrate the draw at Dagenham which got their manager hoping they would play Liverpool

NEIL BONNAR: It doesn't matter how bad things get, hope will always keep fans going

Liverpool's Divock Origi, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides fourth goal of their 6-1 win at Southampton in the Capital One Cup

CRAIG NELSON'S COLUMN: Full-strength sides should be picked whatever the competition

DESERVE PRAISE: David Moyes and Colin Todd, inset,

NEIL BONNAR COLUMN: More British managers need to ply their trade abroad

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OLD AND THE NEW? Wanderers owner Eddie Davies, left, chairman Phil Gartside, right, and potential new owner Dean Holdsworth

NEIL BONNAR: Bolton Wanderers' financial collapse proves overspending and growing debt will always end in disaster

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BITTER RIVALS: The world stopped to watch when Muhammad Ali, right, and Joe Frazier fought

NEIL BONNAR: Without rivalry sport is just games

BORROWED TIME: Uwe Rosler did not have long to make himself at home at Elland Road after lasting just 12 games as Leeds boss

NEIL BONNAR: Sacking a football manager should be the last resort, not a default reaction

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There's nothing like the atmosphere of the live game, but many people have been priced out

NEIL BONNAR: How disenchanted fans sidestep the escalating price of football

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ENOUGH: Arsenal and Manchester United supporters protest about high ticket prices last week

NEIL BONNAR: The only way to bring down football ticket prices... and it will never happen

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Frank Tyson is just one of a number of national sporting heroes to have come from Farnworth

NEIL BONNAR: Farnworth is a hotbed of special sporting talent

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JOKER: Wladimir Klitschko (centre) laughs as Tyson Fury enters a press conference dressed as Batman

CRAIG NELSON: Boxing needs a fresh approach to save it from the Jokers

Keep the Association name alive

NEIL BONNAR: Keep the name 'Association' alive in Bolton local cricket

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MEDIA FRENZY: Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell signs autographs at the Black Prince Community Hub in London as part of the NFL's battle for young hearts and minds in the UK

CRAIG NELSON: The NFL's return to mainstream British TV could be a marketing masterstroke

HISTORY MAN: Will Wayne Rooney be celebrating a record-breaking goal for England this week?

CRAIG NELSON: World Cup record makes Rooney's goal-scoring feats all the more remarkable

HEROIC: Jamaica's Usain Bolt adds the 2015 world 200m title to his gold haul

CRAIG NELSON: Drug peddlers, not Gatlin, are the true evil in athletics

HAPPY DAYS: England's Mark Wood leads the celebrations after the victory in the fourth Test match at Trent Bridge which secured the Ashes

CRAIG NELSON: Ashes home rule is becoming boringly predictable

ON THE BALL: Cristiano Ronaldo after scooping the 2008 Ballon D'Or, the first of his three wins

CRAIG NELSON: How do you become a sporting super hero?

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GOOD DAYS: Sam Allardyce brought success to Wanderers. But when it ended the club began to pay the price

CRAIG NELSON: Is it really worth football clubs spending so big just to get a little higher?

ACTION: Anthony Crolla after the fight against Darleys Perez

CRAIG NELSON: Every sport should adopt boxing's re-match rule

WELCOME: Tour de France fans in Yorkshire last year gave the British riders an altogether more friendly welcome than in 2015

CRAIG NELSON: Fans' abuse now goes with the territory for Tour de France leader

IRONMAN: Last year's winner Cyril Viennot from France

CRAIG NELSON: Ironman motivation remains a mystery to me

Joe Root celebrates reaching his century in the first Ashes Test

England must resist the temptation to make Root captain

LEADING LADY: Heather Watson will do battle with Serena Williams in the third round at Wimbledon today

CRAIG NELSON: I wonder if the Murray family could put the LTA's millions to better use

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English-born duo Chris Morris (left) and Mick McCarthy after the Republic of Ireland's defeat to hosts Italy in the 1990 World Cup

DAVID PYE: Let's welcome talent from overseas into the fold to make us better

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