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Man Utd defender Eric Bailly out for ‘two or three months’, says Jose Mourinho

Manchester United will be without Eric Bailly for up to three months, with Jose Mourinho revealing the defender needs ankle surgery.

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Zinedine Zidane jumps to defence of Karim Benzema ahead of Club World Cup final

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has shrugged off criticism of Karim Benzema ahead of Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final and says he will defend his striker “to the death”.

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Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp: Draws nothing to do with player rotation

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended his player rotation and scoffed at any suggestion the club are “back in the dark days”.

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Jockeys at Cheltenham had an unexpected companion when a dog joined in the last race

Dog joins in to make it a race with a difference at Cheltenham

Runners in the final race at Cheltenham on Friday were joined by a four-legged friend of another variety after a dog escaped on to the track.

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Mauricio Pochettino is in confident mood ahead of Manchester City clash (Daniel Hambury/PA Wire)

No negative thoughts from Pochettino before Tottenham’s game at Manchester City

Mauricio Pochettino insists containing Manchester City will not be on his mind on Saturday as he believes Tottenham can beat the Premier League’s unbeaten leaders.

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David Silva celebrates his second goal (Nick Potts/PA)

Manchester City create history with 15th straight win after hammering Swansea

Manchester City set a new Premier League record of 15 consecutive wins with a 4-0 victory at bottom club Swansea.

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Cue Card seen winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock

Colin Tizzard planning three more runs and then retirement for Cue Card

Colin Tizzard expects Cue Card to have just three more runs before heading into retirement, with the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day looking increasingly unlikely.

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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal welcome Newcastle on Saturday (Adam Davy/PA)

Arsene Wenger thinks Arsenal are suffering from Man Utd hangover

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester United a fortnight ago is still having an adverse affect on his players.

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Tony Martin, pictured, has spoken out about Chris Froome's adverse drugs test  (David Davies/PA)

Chris Froome should be suspended, says ‘angry’ German rival Tony Martin

Four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin has called the decision not to suspend Team Sky leader Chris Froome immediately for his adverse drugs test a “scandal”.

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Dawid Malan, left, and Jonny Bairstow shared an unbroken stand of 174 (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Ashes day one – in pictures and social

Dawid Malan’s maiden Test century gave England the advantage on a spicy first day in Perth.

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FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford faces no disciplinary action (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

FAW chief to face no further action over Wales boss comment

Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford will face no disciplinary action over his comment that the next manager of Wales would “definitely not” be English.

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Jose Mourinho has until 6pm on December 18 to respond to the request (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jose Mourinho asked to explain pre-Manchester derby comments

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been asked by the Football Association to provide his observations on comments he made ahead of last weekend’s derby against Manchester City.

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Antonio Conte

Time running out in title race, says ‘realistic’ Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte reckons any side with aspirations of Premier League title glory is running out of time, even if Manchester City slip up.

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Steve Smith celebrates his fifty (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Ashes day two – in pictures and social

Steve Smith’s unbeaten 92 helped Australia reach 203 for three and seize the initiative in the third Ashes Test at Perth.

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Jonny Bairstow's fourth Test century put England in a strong position before Australia fought back (Jason O'Brien/PA)

England’s Jonny Bairstow savours first Ashes century at the WACA

Jonny Bairstow’s first Ashes hundred has instantly become his new personal favourite.

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England?s Joe Root hands Steve Smith his bat (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Australia v England – story of day two

England failed to cash in on centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan as familiar problems persisted on a fluctuating second day in the third Ashes Test.

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Paul Pogba

Your latest #poghair update

Paul Pogba is keeping himself amused during his suspension.

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Dawid Malan hit a brilliant century (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Australia v England – story of day one

Dawid Malan harnessed England’s fleeting anger at Mark Stoneman’s controversial dismissal as his maiden Test century gave them the advantage on a spicy first day in Perth.

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Steve Smith led the Australian reply in Perth (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Steve Smith shines for Australia after England collapse lets hosts off the hook

England failed to cash in on centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan as familiar problems persisted on a fluctuating second day in the third Ashes Test.

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Dawid Malan's maiden Test century is also the first of England's Ashes campaign (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Dawid Malan enjoyed maiden Test century despite Australia’s imposing pacemen

Dawid Malan enjoyed every minute of the Australia pace barrage he had to withstand on his way to a maiden hundred which has breathed new belief into England’s Ashes campaign.

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