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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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Families applaud as six face prosecution over Hillsborough disaster

Families of 96 Hillsborough victims broke into applause as they were told match commander David Duckenfield and five others are to face criminal charges nearly 30 years on from the death of their loved ones.

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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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Claudio Bravo the hero as Chile beat Portugal 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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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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Warburton to captain Lions in second Test as Sexton and Farrell start

Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions in the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday, with the tourists going for broke by starting both Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell.

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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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Bairstow ready to ‘learn on the job’ about pink ball as rain disrupts trial game

Jonny Bairstow accepts he and his England team-mates may well have to “learn on the job” when they first play Test cricket under lights this summer, after bad weather curtailed much of his trial match with the pink ball.

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Johanna Konta fends off Sorana Cirstea to set up clash with French Open champion

Johanna Konta denied she had been seeking revenge as she eased to victory over Romania’s Sorana Cirstea at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

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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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Ryan Sessegnon, 17, aiming to kick on after signing three-year Fulham deal

Teenager Ryan Sessegnon is looking forward to a bright Fulham future after signing a new three-year deal with the Sky Bet Championship club.

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Novak Djokovic feels pressure ease ahead of Wimbledon title tilt

Novak Djokovic feels “liberated” by the reduced expectations surrounding his prospects for Wimbledon.

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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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Swansea’s Leon Britton signs new one-year deal with option for further 12 months

Swansea captain Leon Britton has signed a new one-year deal at the Premier League club.

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Bianca Walkden spurred on to back-to-back world titles by Rio disappointment

Olympic disappointment drove Bianca Walkden to become the first Briton to claim back-to-back World Taekwondo Championship titles with heavyweight victory in South Korea on Wednesday.

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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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Gomis seals Swansea exit as he completes Galatasaray switch

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has completed his move to Galatasaray, the Premier League club have announced.

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Frank Lampard linked with vacant manager’s job at Oxford

Oxford are halfway through their interview process to appoint a new manager, amid reports that the League One club are interested in speaking to Frank Lampard about the vacancy.

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NBA star Stephen Curry to play at Tour event

Basketball star Stephen Curry has accepted a sponsor’s invite to compete in the Ellie Mae Classic on the Tour.

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Former European hurdles champion Rhys Williams retires

Former European 400metres hurdles champion Rhys Williams has announced his retirement from athletics.

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