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  • Guardiola keen to shake hands with Mourinho in Beijing

    Guardiola keen to shake hands with Mourinho in Beijing

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola downplayed today’s renewal of hostilities with Jose Mourinho, scoffing at the suggestion he would not shake his Manchester United counterpart’s hand. China is the unlikely setting for the rivals’ first meeting...

  • Chaotic end to United’s pre-season trip to China

    Manchester United’s pre-season trip to China is ending chaotically, with organisation as bad as the weather meaning Jose Mourinho just wants to get his players home in one piece. Following a friendly against Borussia Dortmund during a short and...

  • Pogba is not worth world-record fee, says Scholes

    Pogba is not worth world-record fee, says Scholes

    Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should pay a world-record fee for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba (picture), saying the 23-year-old is not in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel...

  • Higuain feels the wrath of Napoli fans over reported move to Juve

    Higuain feels the wrath of Napoli fans over reported move to Juve

    Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is feeling the wrath of the club’s fans following widespread reports he is about to jump ship and join bitter rivals Juventus. Italian media have reported that Juventus, Italian champions for the past five seasons,...

  • Dortmund boss tips Goetze to return to his best

    Dortmund boss tips Goetze to return to his best

    Borussia Dortmund’s general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke is expecting Mario Goetze to get back to his very best following his return to the Westphalians. Germany’s World Cup-winning goalscorer lost his way a little in three seasons with Bayern...

  • Origi ready to fight for Liverpool place

    Divock Origi believes greater competition in the Liverpool squad this season will help him to raise his level. Manager Juergen Klopp is currently fine-turning his squad ahead of the new season and has already added Sadio Mane and Georginio...

  • Football news

    Didier Drogba hit his second career MLS hat-trick to lift the Montreal Impact to a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at Stade Saputo. Ignacio Piatti made two of Drogba’s goals and added one himself as the Impact pulled to within a point of the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Mandzukic: West Ham United have reportedly made an approach for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic as the Bianconeri close in on Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain. According to Croatian site Vecernji.hr, West Ham aim to take advantage of Higuain’s imminent...

  • Froome seals Tour great status with third title

    Froome seals Tour great status with third title

    Briton Chris Froome cemented his status as one of the greatest Tour de France riders when he secured his third title yesterday after a three-week rocky ride. Germany’s Andre Greipel won the 21st and last stage, a 113-km ride from Chantilly ending...

  • Borg and Cini extend rich form

    Maltese duo Alex Borg and Brian Cini maintained their perfect start with a fourth consecutive win at the IBSF World Snooker Championships, being held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Having secured their passage to the knock-out stages in the previous...

  • Britain’s BAR win World Series regatta

    Britain’s BAR win World Series regatta

    Skipper Ben Ainslie and Britain’s team Land Rover BAR repeated their 2015 home victory in the America’s Cup World Series sailing regatta yesterday. The win moved the team into the lead in the overall race and secured points that bring Britain...

  • Australians stay away from Village due to poor conditions

    The Australian team will not move into the Olympic Village for next month’s Rio de Janeiro Games because of problems including “blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring”, the head of the country’s delegation Kitty Chiller said...

  • Sports round-up

    Athletics: Rio-bound US Olympian Sandi Morris soared to the highest outdoor pole vault in the world this year when she cleared 4.93 metres at Houston. The mark, during an American Track League meeting, superseded Russian Yelena Isinbayeva’s...

  • Malta Rugby wins European Sevens tournament

    The Malta Men’s team has won the Rugby Europe Sevens Conference 2 tournament after beating Montenegro in a convincing manner. Yesterday Malta topped group B with wins against Montenegro, Estonia and Belarus ending the day with a score difference...

  • Russia escapes blanket ban for Rio Olympics

    Russia escapes blanket ban for Rio Olympics

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said today it will not impose a blanket ban on Russia for next month's Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record but will leave decisions on individual athletes' participation with their sports...

  • Hamilton wins in Hungary and takes championship lead

    Hamilton wins in Hungary and takes championship lead

    Lewis Hamilton won the Hungary grand prix this afternoon and took the championship lead from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who came second. Red Bull's Ricciardo came third ahead of Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari. Verstappen in the second Red Bull...

  • England must draw on Euro upset – Allardyce

    England must draw on Euro upset – Allardyce

    New England manager Sam Allardyce wants to harness the “bitter experience” of Euro 2016 to motivate his players on the road to the World Cup. Allardyce will go to work immediately on picking up the pieces of the humiliating last-16 exit. Roy...

  • Rooney welcomes new Three Lions boss

    England captain Wayne Rooney has welcomed the appointment of Sam Allardyce as national team manager and confirmed he is not planning on retiring from international football after the country’s disappointing showing at the European...

  • Mihajlovic surprised to start his Torino stint away at Milan

    Mihajlovic surprised to start his Torino stint away at Milan

    Sinisa Mihajlovic told reporters he was surprised to be starting his first Serie A campaign as Torino coach against former club Milan at the San Siro following the 2016-17 league draws held on Friday evening. Mihajlovic’s stint on the Milan hot...

  • Juve coach Allegri ignores questions on Higuain deal

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri declined to give comments on multiple reports in Italy yesterday that the Italian champions had signed striker Gonzalo Higuain from Serie A rivals Napoli. Allegri was facing reporters after his team’s penalty...