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Wales tap into knowledge of Delme Thomas ahead of New Zealand showdown

Wales have tapped into the knowledge of All Blacks tamer Delme Thomas prior to Saturday’s clash against New Zealand in Cardiff.

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Leinster second row James Ryan

Ireland captain Rory Best urges James Ryan to prove himself against Argentina

James Ryan must show his leadership “presence” right from the start of his Test career, according to Ireland captain Rory Best.

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Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton ready for tougher challenges as Brighton head to Old Trafford

Brighton boss Chris Hughton knows his side must raise their game to another level as they start a testing run of Premier League fixtures at Manchester United.

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Mauricio Pochettino is trying to balance the workload in his Tottenham squad

Wembley proving an unknown quantity to Tottenham boss Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino admits he cannot be sure how playing at Wembley might affect Tottenham’s energy levels over the chaotic Christmas period.

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Arsenal?s Alexis Sanchez (left) celebrates scoring his side?s second goal of the game with Mesut Ozil during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London

Premier League talking points

Liverpool go up against Chelsea on Saturday as both sides look to avoid losing further ground on runaway leaders Manchester City.

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England v Samoa talking points

England conclude their autumn series against Samoa on Saturday.

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England's Tom Burgess

Tom Burgess: England ready to take World Cup chance

England are determined to seize a glorious opportunity to reach their first World Cup final for 22 years, says forward Tom Burgess.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Alberto Moreno (Peter Byrne/PA)

Klopp has ‘100 per cent’ trust in Moreno despite mistakes against Sevilla

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted he still trusts Alberto Moreno “100 per cent” after the left-back’s performance against Sevilla.

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Michael Owen rides Calder Prince during the Prince?s Countryside Fund charity race at Ascot

Delight for Michael Owen following second place on riding bow at Ascot

Former England striker Michael Owen was not ruling out taking to the saddle again after enjoying one of the biggest thrills of his life when finishing second on his race-riding debut at Ascot.

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Pep Guardiola wary of Huddersfield after their win over Manchester United

Pep Guardiola believes Huddersfield’s recent defeat of Manchester United serves as a good warning to his Manchester City side this weekend.

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Ostersund players celebrate

Potter’s wizardry helps Ostersund defy the odds in Europa League

Graham Potter will be the last English coach standing in continental competition this season after leading Swedish minnows Ostersund to an improbable place in the Europa League knockout stages.

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Two Australia cricket fans get engaged during the Ashes

Is there anything more Australian than a pool-side proposal at the Ashes?

Getting down on one knee at the Gabba usually indicates a sweep shot is on its way, but not this time.

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Michael Vaughan fears Australian century will swing Ashes momentum their way

Vaughan concerned Australia could capitalise on Smith fightback

Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes the tourists have missed an opportunity to post a daunting total in their first innings.

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Marouane Fellaini has performed well this season (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jose Mourinho fears Marouane Fellaini will leave Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is worried Marouane Fellaini will leave Manchester United in the summer as contract talks continue to drag on.

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Jake Ball in the nets ahead of the first Test in Brisbane (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Jake Ball hails England planning as first Test remains evenly poised

England seamer Jake Ball insists the team are “very happy” with how the first Ashes Test is going with the match still too close to call after two days at the Gabba.

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Australia v England ? 2017/18 Ashes Series ? First Test ? Day Two ? The Gabba

Ashes day two – in pictures and social

Australia captain Steve Smith led a spirited fightback by the home side on the second day of the first Test at the Gabba.

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A campaign by Ebbsfleet United helped raise money for Prostate Cancer UK with a special edition 'Mambo No5' shirt

Lou Bega loves Ebbsfleet’s own Mambo No5

Ebbsfleet United finally made defender Yado Mambo their honorary number five – and after becoming the talk of Twitter to help raise more than £1,500 for the fight against prostate cancer, it could even end up with Lou Bega making a trip to Stonebridge Road.

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Sehrou Guirassy scores the only goal from the penalty spot ( John Walton/Empics)

Arsenal to top Europa League group despite defeat in Cologne

Arsenal fell to defeat at Cologne on Thursday night but will still progress into the knockout stages of the Europa League as Group H winners.

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Desmond King returns an interception for a touchdown for the Los Angeles Chargers

Cowboys suffer more misery with home defeat to Chargers

Dak Prescott threw a pair of interceptions – after getting picked off three times last week – as the Dallas Cowboys lost 28-6 to the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Steve Smith helped settle Australia with the hosts' first half-century of the 2017-18 Ashes series (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Steve Smith settles Australia on intriguing second day of the Ashes

The Ashes delivered on its pre-series hype as Australia captain Steve Smith edged an epic battle of will and skill with England’s bowlers on an absorbing second day at the Gabba.

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