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Atletico Madrid stay in the hunt for Champions League last-16 place

Antoine Griezmann’s “phenomenal” goal kept Atletico Madrid’s Champions League hopes alive as they grabbed a vital victory over Roma.

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Oumar Niasse, left, has been hit with a retrospective ban (Steven Paston/PA Wire)

Oumar Niasse gets two-game ban as David Unsworth voices concern over decision

Everton striker Oumar Niasse was hit with a two-match ban for diving on Wednesday as caretaker boss David Unsworth spoke about a “dangerous precedent” being set.

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James Vince and Mark Stoneman record half-centuries on first day of the Ashes

James Vince and Mark Stoneman both responded with maiden Ashes half-centuries following the early loss of England’s lynchpin opener Alastair Cook on day one of the first Test in Brisbane.

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Alastair Cook has exchanged pleasantries with Australia's new chief 'sledger' Nathan Lyon (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Cook sees funny side of Lyon’s pre-Ashes sledging

Alastair Cook sees the funny side of Nathan Lyon’s pre-Ashes rant about the frightening challenge facing England this winter.

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Jake Ball will play in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Ball wins battle for England fourth seamer slot ahead of Ashes opener

England have confirmed Jake Ball as their fourth seamer for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

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Peter Wright puts on a show for Children in Need

Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is no stranger to the hairdressers’ chair – his wife Jo prepares a new do for him every day.

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England Training Session and Press Conference ? Enfield Training Centre

Arsene Wenger tips a fit Danny Welbeck for England spot at next year’s World Cup

Arsene Wenger believes Danny Welbeck will go to the World Cup with England if the Arsenal striker can remain fit in the coming months.

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Eden Hazard celebrates with his Chelsea team-mates after scoring the opener (Pavel Golovkin/AP/PA)

Chelsea hammer 10-man Qarabag to secure Champions League progress

Willian scored twice and was fouled for two penalties as Chelsea cruised into the Champions League knockout stages with a 4-0 win over 10-man Qarabag at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.

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Michael Lang celebrates scoring the winner (Patrick Straub/AP/PA)

Michael Lang late strike stuns Manchester United in Basel

Manchester United were denied a place in the Champions League knockout phase as Michael Lang’s late strike secured Basel a memorable, and deserved, victory.

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Miami Heat end Boston Celtics’ winning run

The Boston Celtics’s winning run of 16 games was halted as the Miami Heat served up a 104-98 win.

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James Vince hit his maiden Test half-century for England before falling for 83 (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Ashes day one – story of the match

James Vince blunted the much-hyped Australia attack but fell foul of England’s new number one enemy Nathan Lyon just when he was all set to tame the Gabba on day one of the Ashes.

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George North is returning to Wales at the end of the season (Mike Egerton/PA)

George North to leave Northampton and return to Wales on national dual contract

George North will return to Wales from Northampton next season – and a decision on his regional destination is said to be announced in the new year.

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The former tennis star and her footballer husband are extending their family (Adam Davy/PA)

Ana Ivanovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger announce pregnancy

Former tennis star Ana Ivanovic and footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger have announced they are having a baby.

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Football rumours from the media

What the papers say The saga surrounding Alexis Sanchez looks set to continue, with the Mirror reporting that Paris St German are looking at taking on the Arsenal man – and could even be tempted to make a move in the January transfer window. The Ligue 1 leaders will face competition from Manchester City for the Chile international, the paper reports.

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Haye injury forces postponement of Bellew rematch (Adam Davy/PA)

Haye injury forces postponement of Bellew rematch

David Haye has been forced to postpone his rematch with Tony Bellew after tearing his biceps during training.

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Eddie Jones has to decide whether to play Chris Robshaw at openside flanker against Samoa (Nigel French/PA)

Chris Robshaw a candidate to fill in for Sam Underhill against Samoa

Chris Robshaw could make his first start at openside under Eddie Jones after Sam Underhill was ruled out of England’s Test against Samoa on Saturday.

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Jose Izquierdo, right, earned Brighton a point against Stoke  (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Brighton hit back twice to share spoils with Stoke

Jose Izquierdo snatched a point for Brighton as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Stoke.

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Neymar celebrates scoring his second goal of the night (Adam Davy/Empics)

Paris St Germain outclass Celtic in seven-goal rout

Celtic suffered another night of European anguish against Paris St Germain in a 7-1 thrashing in the Parc des Princes.

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David Warner is confident he will be fit to face England at the Gabba (Jason O'Brien/PA)

David Warner: Absent Ben Stokes has let England down

David Warner believes Ben Stokes has “let a lot of people down” and will need to earn back the respect of his team-mates if he does eventually make it on to their Ashes tour.

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The all-rounder will be sentenced on Friday after being convicted last week (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Shiv Thakor sacked by Derbyshire following conviction

Derbyshire have terminated the contract of Shiv Thakor after the all-rounder was found guilty of exposing himself to two women.

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