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Diego Costa: Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart

Diego Costa regrets the manner of his Chelsea exit and admits to having “special affection” for people at the club.

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England bowler Toby Roland-Jones set to miss Ashes this winter

England seamer Toby Roland-Jones is set to miss this winter’s Ashes after scans confirmed he has a stress fracture in his back.

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Mourinho giving Shaw every chance to prove his worth after injury

Luke Shaw “has to improve” to get into Manchester United’s starting line-up, but Jose Mourinho is staying patient as the left-back returns from his latest injury lay-off.

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England head coach Eddie Jones leaves Jonathan Joseph out of training camp

Jonathan Joseph is among four British and Irish Lions dropped for England’s latest training camp, with Eddie Jones confirming that form influenced his decision.

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Pep Guardiola: Sergio Aguero will carry goalscoring talent to the grave

Pep Guardiola has claimed Sergio Aguero will be scoring goals until the day he dies.

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Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi (Martin Rickett/PA)

Superstar trio make FIFA player award shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar will again battle it out to be named the best player in the world in FIFA’s annual awards.

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Antonio Conte, left, has wished Diego Costa, right, well (Nick Potts/PA)

Antonio Conte thanks Diego Costa for Chelsea contribution

Head coach Antonio Conte thanked Diego Costa for his contribution at Chelsea on Friday, but declined to discuss the fractious conclusion to the striker’s spell at Stamford Bridge.

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Ollie Thorley grabs two tries as Gloucester heap more misery on Worcester

Worcester fell to a fourth successive Aviva Premiership defeat of the season as Gloucester claimed a hard-fought victory at Kingsholm.

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McGuire and Burrow on scoresheet again as Leeds down Huddersfield

Veteran half-backs Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow provided further evidence of their rich tryscoring ability as Leeds warmed up for next Friday’s play-off semi-final with a 36-12 rout of Huddersfield.

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Donald Trump criticises NFL players who protest during American national anthem

United States president Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on NFL players who protest during the American anthem, insisting their team owners should “fire” those who do.

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Zak Hardaker, Luke Gale and Albert Kelly on Man of Steel shortlist

Castleford’s domination of Super League in 2017 is recognised by the shortlist for the prestigious Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.

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Joe Root celebrates the 2015 Ashes win over Australia (Philip Brown/PA)

England to name eagerly-anticipated Ashes squad on September 27

England have confirmed they will name their squad for this winter’s Ashes at The Oval next week.

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Sam Cook’s five-wicket haul leaves Hampshire looking over their shoulders

County champions Essex left Hampshire looking over their shoulders as Sam Cook claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul in an extraordinary 108-run victory at the Ageas Bowl.

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Jonathan Joseph has been left out of the England squad (David Davies/PA)

Joseph, Kruis, Sinckler and Haskell left out of England training camp squad

Jonathan Joseph is among four British and Irish Lions omitted from England’s squad for their three-day training camp in Oxford.

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‘I’m not concerned’, says Zidane as Real look to recover from rocky start

Zinedine Zidane has no intention of pressing the panic button, despite a stuttering start to Real Madrid’s title defence which already sees them trailing leaders Barcelona by seven points.

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Neymar could miss out for PSG on Montpellier trip

Neymar has reportedly been omitted from Paris St Germain’s squad due to a minor foot injury as the capital club bid to extend their 100 per cent start to the season at Montpellier.

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Jurgen Klopp plays down Liverpool’s problems after frustrating week

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists their current problems are being over-exaggerated and he already has a plan of action to turn around a frustrating week.

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Proud Gerrard tastes victory in first derby as Liverpool Under-18s manager

Steven Gerrard admits his first derby victory as Liverpool Under-18s manager was not quite as satisfying as those he registered as a player, but he took great pride from the performance of his players in the 3-1 win over Everton.

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Pep Guardiola hopes to be enjoying his retirement by the age of 70 (Steven Paston/PA)

Pep Guardiola on course for an early retirement

Pep Guardiola says he will be on the golf course rather than in the dugout in his 70s as the Manchester City boss prepares to welcome former England manager Roy Hodgson to the Etihad Stadium.

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde dismisses suggestions of Real Madrid crisis

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not taking much notice of Real Madrid’s struggles.

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