James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.

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Round-Up

Harry Arter (centre) celebrates with his Bournemouth team-mates during their win over rivals Middlesbrough at Dean Court

The Championship: Eight into three just won't go in the race for promotion to the top-flight

The battle for Premier League riches is tighter than ever with so many clubs in the hunt going into the double-fixture Easter weekend. James Mariner runs the rule over the contenders

Gibraltar celebrate after scoring against Scotland

Gibraltar score first ever competitive goal against Scotland in Euro 2016 qualifier

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Joe Hart saves from Neymar

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Barcelona won 1-0 to knock City out of Europe

Thiago Silva celebrates his goal

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David Luiz squares off with Diego Costa

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The return leg at Stamford Bridge takes place on 11 March

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