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El Clasico: Twitter has launched a set of emojis ahead of El Clasico as LaLiga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona go head-to-head. The social media site has released a set of temporary Clasico-themed emojis for fans to use online to mark the occasion. The names of three players on either side will generate an emoji of their face when used alongside a hashtag.

MLS: The New England Revolution and the San Jose Earthquakes shared a goalless draw in MLS. Both sides, inconsistent in the opening few weeks of the season, created chances but the goalkeeperswere on form. The Revs’ Cropper produced the best saves, none better than when he superbly denied Fatai Alashe with his legs in the second half.

Ehiogu: Tottenham’s Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu is in hospital after collapsing at the club’s training ground. Ehiogu, former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, has been on the coaching staff at Spurs since 2014. The 44-year-old was taken to hospital after falling ill at the Premier League club’s Enfield training centre earlier yesterday.

Whyte: Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte has gone on trial accused of a fraudulent acquisition of the club. He faces two charges relating to the 2011 purchase, one of fraud and another under the Companies Act. It is alleged Whyte pretended to then Rangers owner Sir David Murray, and others, that funds were available to make all required payments to acquire a “controlling and majority stake” in the club.

Sakho: Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho was suspended last season for taking a substance that was not in fact on WADA’s banned list, a UEFA report confirmed yesterday. He admitted taking a fat burner Higenamine without the permission of the club’s medical staff and was given a 30-day ban by UEFA, based on the belief that the substance was in the WADA Prohibited List of January 1, 2016.

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