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Sports minister urges FA to learn lessons after Mark Sampson affair

Sports minister Tracey Crouch has described the Football Association’s handling of the crisis surrounding ex-England women’s team manager Mark Sampson as a “sorry saga”.

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Olivier Giroud’s moment of magic gives Arsenal victory over Red Star Belgrade

Olivier Giroud scored a stunning winner as a much-changed Arsenal side saw off 10-man Red Star Belgrade in their Europa League clash.

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Lewis Hamilton unlikely to kneel for anthem but backs protest movement

Lewis Hamilton has launched a veiled attack on President Donald Trump on the eve of the United States Grand Prix – but says he has rowed back on plans to protest during the Star-Spangled Banner.

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FA opens inquiry into Eni Aluko’s claim a coach spoke to her in Caribbean accent

Eni Aluko’s claim that England women’s goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall repeatedly spoke to her in a Caribbean accent is being investigated by the Football Association.

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Paul Scholes (Mike Egerton/PA)

Paul Scholes wanted Oldham job and does not rule out future move to coaching

Paul Scholes had his managerial interest piqued by Oldham and has not ruled out applying for more jobs in the future.

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More woe for Ronald Koeman as Everton are beaten once more

Everton boss Ronald Koeman was forced to endure more disappointment as Lyon consigned his side to an ill-tempered defeat and more Europa League misery.

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Fernando Alonso staying with McLaren for 2018

Fernando Alonso will remain at McLaren next season after signing a new contract with the British team.

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Olivier Giroud (Darko Vojinovic/AP)

Giroud earns Arsenal win while Lazio deny Nice

Olivier Giroud struck a late winner against Red Star Belgrade to preserve Arsenal’s unblemished start to their Europa League Group H campaign.

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Death Duty was one of six winners for trainer Gordon Elliott at Punchestown (Niall Carson/PA)

Six of the best for Gordon Elliott at Punchestown

Gordon Elliott dominated proceedings on a high-class card at Punchestown, winning six of the eight races.

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England’s players will need convincing they can win without Stokes, says Vaughan

Joe Root may have to “con” England into believing they win the Ashes without talisman Ben Stokes, according to Michael Vaughan.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan unfazed by stage invader at English Open

Ronnie O’Sullivan had to deal with a stage invader after booking his place in the fourth round of the English Open.

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Norman Williamson is all smiles after winning at Punchestown on Pallasator (Niall Carson/PA)

Norman Williamson storms home on Pallasator in Punchestown legends race

Norman Williamson rolled back the years at Punchestown as Pallasator emerged a dominant winner of the John Shortt Legends Challenge Race.

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Paul Pogba looks to be closing in on a return for Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Paul Pogba steps up his recovery

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba looks to be closing in on a return from injury after posting a video of himself doing sprint drills.

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Daniel Sturridge and Nathaniel Clyne put their signing to the test in 'Carpool Karaoke' (Nigel French/PA)

Liverpool quartet hit the high notes

FAO Simon Cowell… We may have found you a new boy band.

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Marcus Rashford stuns Benfica record-breaker as Manchester United win in Lisbon

Manchester United continued their charge towards the Champions League knock-out phase as Benfica’s Mile Svilar, the competition’s youngest-ever goalkeeper, was embarrassed by a Marcus Rashford free-kick.

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Three and easy for Bayern as Celtic ruthlessly brushed aside in Munich

Celtic discovered Bayern Munich are still very much a European force as the Hoops suffered a 3-0 drubbing in their Champions League clash at the Allianz Arena.

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Eni Aluko accuses FA chief of borderline ‘blackmail’ on her day of vindication

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has denied trying to “blackmail” Eni Aluko into making a statement that the governing body is not institutionally racist.

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Olympic bronze medallist Kristian Thomas retires from gymnastics

Olympic bronze medallist Kristian Thomas has announced his retirement from gymnastics.

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Floyd Mayweather won all 50 of his professional fights (Scott Heavey/PA)

Floyd Mayweather still in perfect shape despite retiring from boxing

Could Floyd Mayweather come out of retirement again?

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Premier League opts against Christmas Eve matches

The Premier League has opted against staging fixtures on Christmas Eve.

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