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Nathan Ake’s move from Chelsea to Bournemouth set to include buy-back clause

Chelsea are expected to have the option of re-signing Nathan Ake once the defender completes a switch to Bournemouth.

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Zak Hardaker the best full-back in Super League – Castleford coach Daryl Powell

Coach Daryl Powell is tipping Zak Hardaker to take his game to a new level as his Castleford team seek to close in on a maiden Super League title.

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Button: Vettel should not be punished further for collision with Hamilton

Jenson Button has weighed into Lewis Hamilton’s row with Sebastian Vettel by insisting that the Ferrari driver should not face further punishment for causing a deliberate collision in Azerbaijan.

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Gatland confident Sexton and Farrell can handle All Blacks star Williams

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland insists Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell can “do a job” on New Zealand battering ram Sonny Bill Williams in Saturday’s second Test.

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Warner claims 2018 World Cup bid demands were ‘nothing out of the ordinary’

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner insists he asked for “nothing out of the ordinary” in the controversial race for the 2018 World Cup.

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Andy Murray pulls out of Hurlingham event

Andy Murray pulls out of Hurlingham event

World number one Andy Murray will not play at Hurlingham tomorrow due to a sore hip, his spokesperson has announced.

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Murray pulls out of Hurlingham match to rest sore hip

Andy Murray’s Wimbledon preparations have taken a further blow after it was confirmed the world number one will not play at Hurlingham on Friday.

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UK Sport’s new boss Dame Katherine Grainger defends ‘no compromise’ philosophy

New UK Sport chair Dame Katherine Grainger has warned against diluting the funding agency’s ‘no compromise’ approach, predicting Great Britain would slide down the medal table.

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Lawn Tennis Association investing £250m in bid to make the sport more accessible

The Lawn Tennis Association is ploughing £250million into grass-roots facilities in an effort to make tennis more accessible.

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Injured Jake Ball out of One-Day Cup final and first Test

Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball has been ruled out of Saturday’s Royal London One-Day Cup final against Surrey with a knee strain that will also sideline him for the start of England’s Test series with South Africa.

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Sebastian Vettel under investigation over collision with Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel is under investigation by Formula One’s governing body after he deliberately collided with title rival Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Claudio Bravo the hero as Chile beat Portugal to reach Confederations Cup final

Chile are into the Confederations Cup final after the semi-final with Portugal in Kazan was decided by Claudio Bravo’s penalty shoot-out saves.

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New Zealand boss Steve Hansen ‘disappointed’ by Warren Gatland caricature

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has leapt to Warren Gatland’s defence after the New Zealand Herald mocked up the British and Irish Lions boss as a cartoon clown.

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Sunderland striker Fabio Borini undergoing medical at AC Milan

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini was undergoing a medical in Italy on Thursday as he closed in on his move to AC Milan.

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Football rumours from the media

What the papers say The Daily Mirror says Manchester City have become the favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez after Bayern Munich were put off by the Arsenal forward’s wage demands.

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Chris Froome reiterates full trust in Team Sky ahead of Tour de France

Chris Froome admitted he understands where sceptics are coming from as he reiterated his full trust in Team Sky ahead of the Tour de France.

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Alastair Cook continues fine form as Essex pile on runs against Middlesex

Former England captain Alastair Cook led Essex to a commanding lead over Middlesex on day three of the day-night Specsavers County Championship Division One match at Chelmsford.

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Jordan Pickford challenges England Under-21s to kick on after penalty heartache

Jordan Pickford has called on England Under-21s to harness their penalty pain and return stronger for Euro 2019 – or gatecrash the senior squad.

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‘No need to worry’ about Ronaldo future, says Real Madrid chief Perez

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists he remains relaxed about Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid future.

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Nathan Redmond apologises over England Under-21 penalty miss

Nathan Redmond has apologised for his penalty miss and vowed to conquer the “mental and physical challenge that lies ahead” following England Under-21s’ exit from the European Championships.

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