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Focus turns to FA after Mark Sampson’s sacking raises questions of competence

Mark Sampson has been sacked as head coach of England Women in a move that raises significant questions about the governing body.

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The FA has been accused of an "inexcusable" lack of leadership following the sacking of Mark Sampson(Mike Egerton/PA)

MP accuses FA of lacking leadership over Sampson sacking

The Football Association has been accused of an “inexcusable” lack of leadership following the sacking of England Women’s coach Mark Sampson.

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England bowler James Anderson celebrates his 500th Test victim (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

James Anderson reaches milestone as England take charge in West Indies decider

James Anderson’s 500th Test wicket provided the long-anticipated landmark moment Lord’s craved as England held the advantage in a tense, low-scoring match against West Indies.

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Salford owner Marwan Koukash has rejected an offer to re-locate the club (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Koukash rejected offers to re-locate Salford

Salford owner Marwan Koukash has rejected an offer to re-locate the club.

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Atletico Madrid's new Metropolitano Stadium has been chosen to host the 2019 UEFA Champions League final (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Metropolitano Stadium to host 2019 Champions League final

Atletico Madrid’s new Metropolitano Stadium has been chosen to host the 2019 UEFA Champions League final.

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Ilkay Gundogan lies on the floor injured (David Davies/PA)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola eases fears over new Ilkay Gundogan injury

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola eased any worries over Ilkay Gundogan’s fresh injury scare.

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Joe Root has had a successful start as England Test skipper (Nigel French/PA)

Andrew Strauss backs Joe Root to impress in his ‘biggest challenge’ Down Under

Andrew Strauss believes Joe Root could thrive as he prepares for an England captain’s toughest challenge – an Ashes series in Australia.

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Cristiano Ronaldo had a bad night at the office (Francisco Seco/AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo suffers shock defeat on Real Madrid return

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid return ended in frustration after a shock 1-0 home defeat by Real Betis.

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Two Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in Edinson Cavani (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say At least two Premier League clubs have taken an interest in Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani after his spat with Neymar in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Lyon, Mail Online reports. Hostility between the Paris club’s new £200m forward and their established striker is said to have piqued Everton and Chelsea. However, either will reportedly have to outmanoeuvre his former side Napoli – and cough up over £120,000 a week – to secure his services.

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The Tour de Yorkshire will grow from three to four days next year, with the women's race increasing from one to two days (Danny Lawson/PA)

Calendar boost for Tour de Yorkshire as UCI grants it extra days

World cycling’s governing body has confirmed the Tour de Yorkshire will grow from three to four days next year, with the women’s race increasing from one to two days.

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The Premier League club are under investigation by FIFA (Scott Heavey/PA)

FIFA launches investigation into Chelsea’s recruitment of youth players

An investigation into Chelsea’s recruitment of youth players has been launched, FIFA has revealed.

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Chris Froome finished third in Bergen (Marit Hommedal/AP)

Chris Froome claims bronze at World Championship time-trial

Great Britain’s Chris Froome secured a bronze medal in the men’s individual time-trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Norway.

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Marcus Rashford scored twice for United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Marcus Rashford at the double as Manchester United defeat Burton

Marcus Rashford’s brace inspired holders Manchester United to a comprehensive 4-1 Carabao Cup victory over Burton at Old Trafford.

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Raging Bull boxer Jake LaMotta dies aged 95

Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight world champion boxer whose life was depicted in the film Raging Bull, has died at the age of 95.

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Jonny Bairstow took his chance in Manchester (Martin Rickett/PA)

Joe Root praises Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow after maiden ODI century

Jonny Bairstow continues to prove he is England’s batsman for all occasions.

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Anthony Martial was on form for Manchester United on Wednesday night (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United handed trip to Swansea in Carabao Cup

Holders Manchester United will travel to Swansea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

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England's Nikita Parris and her team-mates celebrate their side's first goal of the game with manager Mark Sampson (Nick Potts/PA)

Nobbs: Celebration with Sampson ‘natural’ for ‘together’ England Women team

Jordan Nobbs defended the England Women’s team right to celebrate with manager Mark Sampson during their six-goal drubbing of Russia.

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Karim Benzema has committed his future to Real Madrid for the next four seasons (Martin Rickett/PA Archive)

Karim Benzema signs new Real Madrid contract until 2021

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has agreed a new contract with the LaLiga champions.

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Kyle Abbott ripped through Essex (Martin Rickett/PA)

Champions Essex rally after Hampshire’s Kyle Abbott puts them on the back foot

Kyle Abbott helped skittle champions Essex for 76 in the first innings of their Specsavers County Championship match at Division One rivals Hampshire.

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David Haye and Tony Bellew embrace after their fight in March (Nick Potts/PA)

Haye and Bellew agree terms for heavyweight re-match at O2 Arena in December

David Haye and Tony Bellew have agreed terms for a heavyweight re-match at London’s 02 Arena on December 17, Press Association Sport understands.

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