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Back problem rules Owen Farrell out of Saracens' Aviva Premiership opener

Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell will miss the start of the Aviva Premiership season with a back problem that director of rugby Mark McCall insists is only minor.

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Mauricio Pochettino excited to get first taste of Champions League

Mauricio Pochettino cannot wait to take charge of his maiden Champions League game as he leads Tottenham back into Europe's elite club competition.

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Lewis Hamilton targets Belgian Grand Prix win despite engine penalty

Lewis Hamilton insists winning the Belgian Grand Prix remains his goal despite an engine penalty sending him to the back of the field on Formula One's return to action after its mid-season break.

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

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Bilic fumes as Hammers crash out of Europe, but reveals club close to Zaza deal

Simone Zaza will arrive too late to salvage West Ham's European dream after they were dumped out by Astra Giurgiu.

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England's tour of Bangladesh to go ahead despite recent security concerns

England's tour of Bangladesh this autumn will go ahead despite recent security concerns.

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Vladimir Putin hits out at Russia's ban from Paralympics

Vladimir Putin has branded Russia's ban from the Paralympics as immoral and inhumane.

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Manchester City face 'very tough' task after landing Barcelona and Celtic tests

Pep Guardiola will return to Barcelona with Manchester City as well as tackling Scottish giants Celtic after being handed a tough Champions League draw.

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West Ham dumped out of Europe by Astra Giurgiu

West Ham's European adventure was brought to an end before it had really begun - by a 35-year-old who used to play for Barnsley.

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Premiership chief executive does not like the idea of international breakaway

Premiership Rugby bosses have warned against a "nonsense" breakaway of individual nations from the global Test calendar.

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Roger Federer targets Australian Open for injury comeback

Roger Federer wants to be fit and firing again at next year's Australian Open after missing the second half of this season through injury.

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Warrington forward Joe Westerman set for Hull reunion at Wembley

Warrington's former Hull loose forward Joe Westerman has been cleared to face his old club in Saturday's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

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Gianni Meersman wins stage as Chris Froome remains third in Vuelta a Espana

Gianni Meersman avoided a massive pile-up to win a tense sprint finish and claim his second stage victory of the Vuelta a Espana on day five of the race.

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David Moyes closing in on the signing of Javier Manquillo

Sunderland boss David Moyes was closing in on his sixth summer signing on Wednesday night as defender Javier Manquillo underwent a medical.

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Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane announces international retirement

Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane has announced his retirement from international football after next Wednesday's friendly against Oman.

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Greg Clarke confirmed as FA chairman

Greg Clarke is the new chairman of the Football Association after being officially ratified for the position by the organisation's board.

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Justin Rose is back in action at The Barclays after Olympic gold success

Justin Rose does not have Ryder Cup qualification to worry about at The Barclays, but the Olympic champion is in need of some of the form which delivered an historic gold medal in Rio.

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Olympic hero Laura Trott annoyed by accusations against Team GB cycling squad

Olympic champion Laura Trott has revealed she is annoyed and frustrated by Great Britain's cycling rivals calling into question their all-conquering record at the Rio Games.

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Russia banned from Rio Paralympics after appeal is upheld by CAS

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Sir Philip Craven declared "it is not a day for celebration" despite the Court of Arbitration for Sport upholding Russia's exclusion from the Rio Paralympic Games.

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Alistair Brownlee targets third triathlon gold in Tokyo Olympics

Alistair Brownlee expects to bid for a hat-trick of triathlon golds at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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