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Wenger denies making example of Arsenal forward Sanchez

Arsene Wenger insists there is no ulterior motive to starting Alexis Sanchez in minor competitions and leaving him out of Arsenal’s Premier League side.

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Nina Carberry, pictured after winning at Cheltenham in 2016 (David Davies/PA)

New mum Nina Carberry makes triumphant return at Ballinrobe

Leading amateur rider Nina Carberry made a victorious return to action at Ballinrobe following the birth of her daughter Rosie.

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The FA has been accused of an "inexcusable" lack of leadership following the sacking of Mark Sampson(Mike Egerton/PA)

Women in Football accuses FA of ignoring warnings before appointing Mark Sampson

The Football Association is facing questions over its competence after the Women in Football lobby group claimed the governing body was warned about Mark Sampson.

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Rain ruled in Nottingham (Mike Egerton/PA)

Second ODI between England and West Indies washed out at Trent Bridge

Rain wiped out all but 10 minutes of England’s second Royal London Series match which ended in a no-result against West Indies at Trent Bridge.

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Carlos Tevez does not appear to be a fan of Chinese football (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Carlos Tevez launches scathing criticism of Chinese football

Carlos Tevez has claimed Chinese football is 50 years behind the world’s top leagues.

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Brian Cookson's time in charge of the UCI is over (Tim Goode/PA)

Brian Cookson’s UCI reign ends in crushing defeat to David Lappartient

Brian Cookson’s hopes of serving a second term as president of cycling’s world governing body have ended in embarrassing fashion as he was beaten 37 votes to eight by French rival David Lappartient.

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Ilkay Gundogan was forced off against West Brom (David Davies/PA)

Man City’s Gundogan expected back soon after knee tests show no serious damage

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has been cleared of serious injury following tests on his left knee, the club have reported.

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Romelu Lukaku has spoken about the chant (Martin Rickett/PA)

Romelu Lukaku: United fans meant well but let’s move on from chant

Romelu Lukaku knows Manchester United fans “meant well with their songs” but hopes everyone can move on from chanting Kick It Out called “racist”.

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The EFL are set to follow the Premier League (Barrington Coombs/Empics)

EFL clubs support closing transfer window before start of season

EFL clubs have indicated they are in favour of an early closure to the summer transfer window from next season.

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Edward Byrom made 39 before being bowled by Gareth Batty (Tim Goode/PA)

Somerset’s hopes of avoiding relegation dented by Surrey

Somerset were again second best to Surrey at the Kia Oval to dent their hopes of avoiding relegation from Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.

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Jurgen Klopp has had a difficult week (Martin Rickett/PA)

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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Gareth Ellis warms up for the Challenge Cup final (John Walton/PA)

Gareth Ellis warns Hull not to expect any favours from Castleford

Hull captain Gareth Ellis is not expecting any favours from his home-town club when the Black and Whites take on Castleford for a place in the play-off semi-finals.

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Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to dig deep against West Ham (Adam Davy/PA)

Mauricio Pochettino demands fight and desire from Tottenham against West Ham

Mauricio Pochettino has told his Tottenham players to match West Ham’s fight and desire if they want to overcome their London rivals on Saturday.

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Charly Musonda enjoyed a dream full debut for Chelsea (Mike Egerton/PA)

Charly Musonda enjoys dream full Chelsea debut alongside idol Eden Hazard

Charly Musonda enjoyed a dream full debut for Chelsea alongside his idol Eden Hazard.

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Anthony Martial came into the Manchester United starting XI against Burton (Martin Rickett/PA)

All change: Midweek Carabao Cup starting line-ups averaged almost eight per team

Teams competing in the Carabao Cup third round averaged almost eight changes a side as questions continue over the competition’s relevance.

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Haseeb Hameed has not played for England since last winter (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ashes hopeful Haseeb Hameed fractures finger in Lancashire defeat

Ashes hopeful Haseeb Hameed suffered a fractured finger as Lancashire lost to Middlesex in their Specsavers County Championship clash at Lord’s.

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The Mexican Grand Prix will go ahead (David Davies/PA)

Mexican F1 Grand Prix to go ahead after circuit escapes ravages of earthquake

The Mexican Grand Prix is set to go ahead as planned despite widespread devastation caused by the country’s deadliest earthquake in more than three decades.

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Valentino Rossi has been passed fit to compete in Aragon this weekend (David Davies/PA)

Valentino Rossi cleared for return to action after leg break

Valentino Rossi has been passed fit to take part in Sunday’s Aragon MotoGP race three weeks after breaking his leg.

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Atletico Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea to re-sign former striker Diego Costa (Mike Egerton/PA)

Chelsea agree terms with Atletico Madrid for transfer of Diego Costa

Diego Costa’s protracted return to Atletico Madrid after three years at Chelsea is almost complete after terms were agreed over the striker’s transfer.

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Virgil van Dijk could start against Manchester United (Daniel Hambury/PA)

Pellegrino weighing up Van Dijk start against freescoring Man United

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is considering thrusting Virgil van Dijk into his starting line-up in an attempt to shackle free-scoring Manchester United.

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