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England’s players will need convincing they can win without Stokes, says Vaughan

Joe Root may have to “con” England into believing they win the Ashes without talisman Ben Stokes, according to Michael Vaughan.

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Lewis Hamilton (Toru Takahashi/AP)

Lewis Hamilton unlikely to kneel for anthem but backs protest movement

Lewis Hamilton has launched a veiled attack on President Donald Trump on the eve of the United States Grand Prix – but says he has rowed back on plans to protest during the Star-Spangled Banner.

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Dr Richard Freeman has resigned from his role with British Cycling due to ill health (Tim Goode/PA)

Dr Richard Freeman leaves British Cycling due to ill health

Dr Richard Freeman has resigned from his role with British Cycling due to ill health.

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Paul Scholes (Mike Egerton/PA)

Paul Scholes wanted Oldham job and does not rule out future move to coaching

Paul Scholes had his managerial interest piqued by Oldham and has not ruled out applying for more jobs in the future.

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Olivier Giroud (Darko Vojinovic/AP)

Giroud earns Arsenal win while Lazio deny Nice

Olivier Giroud struck a late winner against Red Star Belgrade to preserve Arsenal’s unblemished start to their Europa League Group H campaign.

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More woe for Ronald Koeman as Everton are beaten once more

Everton boss Ronald Koeman was forced to endure more disappointment as Lyon consigned his side to an ill-tempered defeat and more Europa League misery.

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Fernando Alonso (Martin Rickett/PA)

Fernando Alonso staying with McLaren for 2018

Fernando Alonso will remain at McLaren next season after signing a new contract with the British team.

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Olivier Giroud (Darko Vojinovic/AP)

Olivier Giroud’s moment of magic gives Arsenal victory over Red Star Belgrade

Olivier Giroud scored a stunning winner as a much-changed Arsenal side saw off 10-man Red Star Belgrade in their Europa League clash.

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Mesut Ozil has been linked with a move to Manchester United (Tim Goode/PA)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has told his team-mates he will sign for Manchester United, according to the Mirror. The Germany international is out of contract at the end of the season and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has admitted they could end up selling him in January. The paper says he is confident he will move to Old Trafford.

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Clippers forward Blake Griffin, centre, scored 29 points and recorded 12 rebounds (Mark J. Terrill/AP/PA)

Los Angeles Clippers keep debutant Lonzo Ball quiet to earn bragging rights

The Los Angeles Clippers won a dramatic derby match to dampen the hotly-anticipated debut of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

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Paul Pogba looks to be closing in on a return for Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Paul Pogba steps up his recovery

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba looks to be closing in on a return from injury after posting a video of himself doing sprint drills.

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Floyd Mayweather won all 50 of his professional fights (Scott Heavey/PA)

Floyd Mayweather still in perfect shape despite retiring from boxing

Could Floyd Mayweather come out of retirement again?

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Premier League opts against Christmas Eve matches

The Premier League has opted against staging fixtures on Christmas Eve.

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Death Duty was one of six winners for trainer Gordon Elliott at Punchestown (Niall Carson/PA)

Six of the best for Gordon Elliott at Punchestown

Gordon Elliott dominated proceedings on a high-class card at Punchestown, winning six of the eight races.

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Norman Williamson is all smiles after winning at Punchestown on Pallasator (Niall Carson/PA)

Norman Williamson storms home on Pallasator in Punchestown legends race

Norman Williamson rolled back the years at Punchestown as Pallasator emerged a dominant winner of the John Shortt Legends Challenge Race.

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Daniel Sturridge and Nathaniel Clyne put their signing to the test in 'Carpool Karaoke' (Nigel French/PA)

Liverpool quartet hit the high notes

FAO Simon Cowell… We may have found you a new boy band.

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FA opens inquiry into Eni Aluko’s claim a coach spoke to her in Caribbean accent

Eni Aluko’s claim that England women’s goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall repeatedly spoke to her in a Caribbean accent is being investigated by the Football Association.

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Olympic bronze medallist Kristian Thomas retires from gymnastics

Olympic bronze medallist Kristian Thomas has announced his retirement from gymnastics.

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Mark Sampson was sacked by England last month (Mike Egerton/PA)

Sports minister urges FA to learn lessons after Mark Sampson affair

Sports minister Tracey Crouch has described the Football Association’s handling of the crisis surrounding ex-England women’s team manager Mark Sampson as a “sorry saga”.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan was in action in Barnsley (Simon Cooper/PA)

Ronnie O’Sullivan unfazed by stage invader at English Open

Ronnie O’Sullivan had to deal with a stage invader after booking his place in the fourth round of the English Open.

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