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Number eight Zach Mercer ready to make most of potential England chance

Zach Mercer’s hand would tremble every time Eddie Jones called during his apprenticeship, but the Bath number eight is now ready to fill the vacancy available in England’s back row.

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Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy takes route 66 to underline his title threat in Abu Dhabi

Rory McIlroy saved the best until last to surge into contention for his first win since September 2016 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Shooting at the 2014 Commonwealths

Birmingham’s decision to drop shooting from 2022 Games backed by CGF boss

Commonwealth Games Federation boss David Grevemberg has taken the unusual step of writing an open letter to explain why shooting has not been included in Birmingham’s plan for the 2022 event.

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Ben Youngs

Ben Youngs stays at Leicester

England scrum-half Ben Youngs has agreed a new two-year contract with Leicester, the club have announced.

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Manchester United v Stoke City ? Premier League ? Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho calm over Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United move

Jose Mourinho claims he is calm over Alexis Sanchez’s proposed move to Manchester United and confirmed Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not feature at Burnley while negotiations continue.

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Liverpool v Manchester City ? Premier League ? Anfield

Klopp tells Karius: You have to deliver

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Loris Karius it is now time for him to deliver after installing the goalkeeper as his first choice.

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Leon Goretzka has 12 caps for Germany (Adam Davy/Empics)

Bayern-bound Goretzka issues message to Schalke fans

Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka admits nothing he can say will ease the disappointment of the Schalke fans following his decision to join Bayern Munich in the summer.

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez knew the takeover was off

Rafael Benitez: I was aware Newcastle takeover was off

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has admitted Mike Ashley told him weeks ago that Amanda Staveley’s takeover would not go through.

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Manchester City pulled out of the race to sign Arsenal?s Alexis Sanchez

Man City boss Pep Guardiola congratulates rivals on Alexis Sanchez deal

Pep Guardiola has offered his congratulations to Manchester United as they close in on the signing of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

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Soccer ? Barclays Premier League ? Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur ? Stadium of Light

Seb Larsson looking to help Hull to victory at Sunderland

Seb Larsson insists there will be no room for sentiment on his return to the Stadium of Light.

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Alan Pardew

Pardew eager to keep rivals within reach as Baggies battle for survival

West Brom boss Alan Pardew is aiming to keep the relegation scrap wide open as the Baggies battle for survival.

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Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis is set for an extended spell on the sidelines

Heel injury sidelines Filipe Luis

Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after sustaining a heel injury in training.

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New Everton signing Theo Walcott is keen to get going at Goodison Park (PA Video).

Walcott left Arsenal carrying his belongings in bin bags – but bears no ill will

Theo Walcott signed off after 12 years at Arsenal with a night-time departure carrying his belongings in bin bags but he bears the club no grudges as he starts a new career at Everton.

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Rangers manager Graeme Murty insists his club have the right to demand value for money in the transfer market

Graeme Murty defends Rangers transfer tactics

Graeme Murty has dismissed Kris Boyd’s claims that Rangers are unsettling their transfer targets with lowball offers.

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Joe Root has excelled in recent matches

Joe Root relishing the winning feeling after his Ashes agony

Joe Root admits he is savouring England’s white-ball dominance over Australia all the more after captaining his country to defeat in the Ashes.

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Kyle Edmund was delighted to survive Nikoloz Basilashvili and the heat and reach the fourth round

Edmund keeps British hopes alive at Australian Open

Kyle Edmund kept the British flag flying at the Australian Open in searing heat with a gutsy five-set victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili on Friday.

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Stoke striker Peter Crouch playing against Chelsea

Antonio Conte ‘very calm’ as Chelsea are linked with strikers Dzeko and Crouch

Head coach Antonio Conte is prepared to be patient over Chelsea’s transfer activity this month and again declined to comment on the Blues’ rumoured targets.

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Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal shines again as Bangladesh thrash Sri Lanka

Bangladesh made it two wins out of two in the triangular one-day internationalseries by thrashing Sri Lanka in Mirpur.

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Claude Puel File Photo

Claude Puel vows to keep Foxes focused

Leicester manager Claude Puel does not want to encourage talk of European football among his players.

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Caroline Wozniacki feels she is playing with house money at the Australian Open

Jelena Ostapenko beaten at Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina avoided more drama to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open but French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was knocked out by Anett Kontaveit.

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