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Curler David Murdoch criticises decision to leave him out of Olympic squad

Sochi silver medallist David Murdoch has criticised the decision to deny him a place at his fourth consecutive Olympic Games after curling selectors opted instead to make Pyeongchang 2018 a Muirhead family affair.

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Ireland and Afghanistan awarded Test status by ICC

Ireland and Afghanistan have attained Test status after they were granted full membership by the International Cricket Council.

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Pedro Caixinha reckons Rangers will be ready for Europa League opener

Pedro Caixinha reckons Rangers will be ready for Europa League opener

Pedro Caixinha reckons Rangers’ behind-closed-doors friendlies will have his new-look side in perfect shape ahead of their public unveiling.

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Lions captain Peter O’Mahony will draw on mentor when he faces All Blacks

Peter O’Mahony will lead the British and Irish Lions into Saturday’s first Test against New Zealand with the words of mentor Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley ringing in his ears: be yourself.

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Team Sky include Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa in Tour de France team

Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa have been named in the Team Sky squad to support Chris Froome’s bid for a fourth Tour de France title next month.

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Mohammad Amir welcomes support from Alastair Cook after joining Essex

Mohammad Amir hopes to inspire Essex to the County Championship title after revealing the extent to which new team-mate Alastair Cook has attempted to welcome him.

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Big Orange pips Order Of St George in Gold Cup thriller

Big Orange repelled the late thrust of defending champion Order Of St George to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

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Stoke chairman Peter Coates insists Xherdan Shaqiri is staying put

Stoke have “no plans” to sell winger Xherdan Shaqiri in this transfer window, according to chairman Peter Coates.

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Ross Ford set to break country’s caps record against Fiji

Scotland hooker Ross Ford is set to break his country’s caps record on Saturday after being named in the starting line-up to face Fiji.

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Frank de Boer in line for Crystal Palace job – reports

Crystal Palace look to be closing in on the appointment of Frank de Boer as their new manager, according to reports.

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Lionel Messi at 30: Barcelona star’s career in numbers

With Lionel Messi turning 30 on Saturday, we look at the Barcelona and Argentina star’s illustrious career in numbers.

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Eoin Morgan praises Mason Crane after debut in win over South Africa

Eoin Morgan believes debutant Mason Crane demonstrated he could develop into a long-term prospect for England as he made his bow in the nine-wicket Twenty20 victory against South Africa.

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Gatland wrong to ‘apply pressure’ on referee, says All Blacks coach

Gatland wrong to ‘apply pressure’ on referee, says All Blacks coach

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen appeared to accuse British and Irish Lions counterpart Warren Gatland of attempting to “bully” referee Jaco Peyper ahead of Saturday’s first Test in Auckland.

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Lewis Hamilton: It would be ‘fantastic’ if Mercedes supply engines to McLaren

Lewis Hamilton has called on his Mercedes team to end McLaren’s nightmare relationship with Honda by supplying engines to the British constructor next year.

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Tracy and Treadwell handed first starts as Ireland ring changes for Japan finale

Leinster hooker James Tracy and Ulster lock Kieran Treadwell have been handed their first Test starts for Ireland in Saturday’s rematch with Japan in Tokyo.

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Scott Sinclair targets Champions League success in bid to return to England fold

Scott Sinclair admits he may have to fire Celtic back to the Champions League if he wants to salvage his England career.

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Sauber’s Formula One team principal Monisha Kaltenborn steps down

Sauber team principal and CEO Monisha Kaltenborn has stepped down after the Formula One team denied drivers Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein were not being treated equally.

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Salah set for Liverpool medical after 39m euro fee agreed with Roma

Roma winger Mohamed Salah is to undergo a medical at Liverpool on Thursday after the clubs agreed a 39million euro fee.

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Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Chelsea are close to signing Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for £35million, reports the Daily Mail, a move that would allow Nemanja Matic to move north to Manchester United. Bakayoko, 22, won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals to capture Antonio Conte’s imagination and the Blues boss would listen to United offers for Serbian schemer Matic, once a title-winner under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

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Aston Villa make determined effort to sign John Terry

Aston Villa are making a determined effort to bring John Terry to the club.

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