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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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Lyon president backs Alexandre Lacazette to stay with club this summer

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is confident reported Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette will not leave the Ligue 1 club this summer.

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England youngsters can feel proud of Euros showing, says Ward-Prowse

England Under-21 skipper James Ward-Prowse insists the Young Lions will learn from their agonising Euro 2017 penalty defeat to Germany.

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Garcia report: England World Cup bid team broke rules when courting Jack Warner

The England 2018 World Cup bid team was found to have “accommodated or at least attempted to satisfy the improper request” of FIFA executive committee members, including former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, by the Garcia report.

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Michelle Payne stood down after positive test for banned substance

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne has been stood down from riding after she tested positive for a banned substance at a meeting at Swan Hill racecourse on June 11.

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Wilfried Bony wants to stay at Manchester City

Wilfried Bony believes he could still have a future at Manchester City.

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England Under-21s crash out of Euro 2017 to Germany on penalties

England Under-21s suffered more penalty semi-final heartbreak against Germany after Nathan Redmond’s miss sent them out of Euro 2017.

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Kumar Sangakkara passes 1,000 runs as Surrey take charge

Kumar Sangakkara’s unbeaten 180 put Surrey in charge against Yorkshire in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship at Headingley.

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German paper reveals secret FIFA report into Qatar 2022 corruption allegations

Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup looks set to become mired in fresh controversy after the leaking of a secret FIFA report into the 2010 bidding contests.

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FIFA makes shock move to publish report into 2018/2022 World Cup bidding race

FIFA has taken the dramatic step of publishing a controversial internal report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process after it was leaked to a German newspaper this week.

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Former Italy defender Paolo Maldini suffers defeat in professional tennis debut

Former footballer Paolo Maldini’s professional tennis debut ended in defeat at the Aspria Tennis Cup in Milan.

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Muir set for 1,500m and 5,000m at World Championships despite Black claim

Laura Muir and her coach have contradicted comments made by British Athletics performance director Neil Black that the Scot had only “a one per cent” chance of competing in both the 1,500 metres and 5,000m at the World Championships in August.

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Football rumours from the media

What the papers say The Daily Telegraph writes that Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is so eager on completing a move to Manchester United that he has taken a short break from his honeymoon.

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Jordan Rankin keen to make an impact during Huddersfield spell

Huddersfield’s latest signing Jordan Rankin reckons Super League has yet to see the best of him and he is hoping to prove it over the next few years.

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Alves says he doesn’t play football for money after confirming Juventus exit

Dani Alves insists he is not leaving Juventus for a more lucrative contract elsewhere as he confirmed his departure in an emotional goodbye note to the club’s fans.

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Dell and Russell have no regrets about controversial mid-tour Lions call-up

Allan Dell and Finn Russell insist they have no regrets about joining the British and Irish Lions as mid-tour reinforcements.

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The New Saints facing uphill battle after home defeat against Europa FC

The New Saints suffered a blow to their hopes of progress in the Champions League after suffering a 2-1 home defeat to Gibraltar’s Europa FC in the first qualifying round opening leg in Wales.

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Yellow card takes shine off Iain Henderson’s performance against the Hurricanes

British and Irish Lions lock Iain Henderson believes his performance against the Hurricanes was “probably overshadowed by the silliness of a yellow card.”

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Injury scare for Murray ahead of Wimbledon title defence

Andy Murray has pulled out of his scheduled Wimbledon warm-up match at the Hurlingham Club on Tuesday because of a sore hip.

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Lions held to draw by Hurricanes after surrendering second-half lead

The British and Irish Lions were held to a dispiriting 31-31 draw in Wellington after succumbing to a final-quarter fightback by the Hurricanes.

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