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Ball wins battle for England fourth seamer slot ahead of Ashes opener

England have confirmed Jake Ball as their fourth seamer for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

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Michael Lang late strike stuns Manchester United in Basel

Manchester United were denied a place in the Champions League knockout phase as Michael Lang’s late strike secured Basel a memorable, and deserved, victory.

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George North is returning to Wales at the end of the season (Mike Egerton/PA)

George North to leave Northampton and return to Wales on national dual contract

George North will return to Wales from Northampton next season – and a decision on his regional destination is said to be announced in the new year.

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Oumar Niasse, left, has been hit with a retrospective ban (Steven Paston/PA Wire)

Oumar Niasse gets two-game ban as David Unsworth voices concern over decision

Everton striker Oumar Niasse was hit with a two-match ban for diving on Wednesday as caretaker boss David Unsworth spoke about a “dangerous precedent” being set.

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Eden Hazard celebrates with his Chelsea team-mates after scoring the opener (Pavel Golovkin/AP/PA)

Chelsea hammer 10-man Qarabag to secure Champions League progress

Willian scored twice and was fouled for two penalties as Chelsea cruised into the Champions League knockout stages with a 4-0 win over 10-man Qarabag at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.

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England and Australia are playing for the Ashes urn (Jason O'Brien/PA)

England bat first as David Warner declared fit for Ashes opener

David Warner was fit to take on England after all in the first Ashes Test despite his sore neck.

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Atletico Madrid stay in the hunt for Champions League last-16 place

Antoine Griezmann’s “phenomenal” goal kept Atletico Madrid’s Champions League hopes alive as they grabbed a vital victory over Roma.

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Neymar celebrates scoring his second goal of the night (Adam Davy/Empics)

Paris St Germain outclass Celtic in seven-goal rout

Celtic suffered another night of European anguish against Paris St Germain in a 7-1 thrashing in the Parc des Princes.

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Arsene Wenger tips a fit Danny Welbeck for England spot at next year’s World Cup

Arsene Wenger believes Danny Welbeck will go to the World Cup with England if the Arsenal striker can remain fit in the coming months.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has criticised Premier League scheduling (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Antonio Conte questions fixtures as cause of Champions League struggles

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte thinks the schedulers of Premier League fixtures are hindering English clubs’ chances of winning the Champions League.

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Nathan Hughes is out of the England squad through injury (Paul Harding/PA)

Nathan Hughes drops out of England squad because of knee injury

Nathan Hughes has dropped out of the England squad for the autumn international with Samoa to undergo rehabilitation on a knee injury.

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Everton and Lyon players came together during their Europa League tie in October (Peter Byrne/PA)

UEFA fines Everton £26,600 following fan’s confrontation with Lyon goalkeeper

Everton have been fined £26,600 by UEFA after a fan hit out at Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes during their Europa League tie last month.

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The all-rounder will be sentenced on Friday after being convicted last week (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Shiv Thakor sacked by Derbyshire following conviction

Derbyshire have terminated the contract of Shiv Thakor after the all-rounder was found guilty of exposing himself to two women.

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Alastair Cook has exchanged pleasantries with Australia's new chief 'sledger' Nathan Lyon (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Cook sees funny side of Lyon’s pre-Ashes sledging

Alastair Cook sees the funny side of Nathan Lyon’s pre-Ashes rant about the frightening challenge facing England this winter.

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Danielle Wyatt struck England's first T20 century (Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport)

Danni Wyatt hits century as record-breaking England end Ashes series on a high

England made the highest successful run chase in a Women’s T20 International to draw the Ashes series with Australia at 8-8.

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David Warner is confident he will be fit to face England at the Gabba (Jason O'Brien/PA)

David Warner: Absent Ben Stokes has let England down

David Warner believes Ben Stokes has “let a lot of people down” and will need to earn back the respect of his team-mates if he does eventually make it on to their Ashes tour.

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Haye injury forces postponement of Bellew rematch (Adam Davy/PA)

Haye injury forces postponement of Bellew rematch

David Haye has been forced to postpone his rematch with Tony Bellew after tearing his biceps during training.

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Eddie Jones has to decide whether to play Chris Robshaw at openside flanker against Samoa (Nigel French/PA)

Chris Robshaw a candidate to fill in for Sam Underhill against Samoa

Chris Robshaw could make his first start at openside under Eddie Jones after Sam Underhill was ruled out of England’s Test against Samoa on Saturday.

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Jose Izquierdo, right, earned Brighton a point against Stoke  (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Brighton hit back twice to share spoils with Stoke

Jose Izquierdo snatched a point for Brighton as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Stoke.

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The friendly was taking place at Rhyl's Belle Vue Stadium (Martin Rickett/PA Archive)

Rhyl launch probe after brawling players force friendly to be abandoned

Rhyl FC have launched an investigation after a friendly with Leeds Under-23s was abandoned in the second half following a mass brawl.

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