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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Sheffield United vs Tottenham: Spurs will be careful not to repeat the Burnley near miss of 2009 against the Blades

Spurs fans may have a feeling of deja vu heading to Bramall Lane

African Cup of Nations 2015: Javier Balboa puts host nation on route to knockout stages

Tonight sees the climax of Group B, with 2012 winners Zambia, currently bottom, requiring victory against Cape Verde to make the quarter-finals

Iker Casillas: these wins earn you the league

Gareth Bale won and scored the last-minute winning penalty for Real to give the European champions a 15th win in 16 league games

Adrian Chiles has been voted the most gaffe-prone footballing pundit

Adrian Chiles is, was, football. Television will be sadder for his loss

I can’t help feeling ITV have made their move too soon

Former Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan

African Cup of Nations 2015: Ghana hope Asamoah Gyan's return can resurrect campaign while Sadio Mane could be back for Senegal

Ghana are hopeful over the chances of former Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan returning to reignite their African Cup of Nations campaign against Algeria on Friday night.

Raheem Sterling powers through the Chelsea defence

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Olivier Giroud (right) and Santi Cazorla
Fernando Torres celebrates his first goal since returning to Atletico

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Striker hits first goals since return to his boyhood club

The FA Cup trophy

Cambridge vs Manchester United FA Cup tie to be shown on BBC on Friday night

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