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Gardner and Blackwell star as Australia draw first blood in Women’s Ashes

Ashleigh Gardner starred with ball and bat as Australia drew first blood in the Women’s Ashes by beating England in a tense series opening one-day international in Brisbane.

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Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ( Daniel Hambury/Empics)

Jose Mourinho expects Ibrahimovic to return from injury by end of the year

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects to have Zlatan Ibrahimovic back fit before the end of the year.

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Exciting prospect Saxon Warrior could run in the Racing Post Trophy for Aidan O'Brien (PA Wire/PA)

Aidan O’Brien has Derby big guns in line for Doncaster

Aidan O’Brien has nominated Saxon Warrior and The Pentagon as his likely runners in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday, when he could attempt to break the late Bobby Frankel’s record for number of Group One wins in a year.

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Gareth Bale has a calf injury (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale steps up comeback trail

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is on the comeback trail.

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Louis Moult celebrates with his Motherwell team-mates and fans after scoring the first goal (Jane Barlow/PA)

Louis Moult brace books Motherwell’s Hampden final place

Louis Moult’s double sent Motherwell into the Betfred Cup final as Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha and opposite number Stephen Robinson were sent to the stand during a bad-tempered semi-final.

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Ronald Koeman is under huge pressure at Everton (Martin Rickett/Empics)

Arsenal score five at Everton to increase pressure on Ronald Koeman

Beleaguered Everton manager Ronald Koeman was left clinging on to his job after they slipped into the Premier League’s relegation zone with a 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal.

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Dan Ashworth is under scrutiny (PA)

Ashworth’s position at FA is untenable, says former board member Rabbatts

Dan Ashworth’s position as technical director of the Football Association is “untenable”, according to former FA board member Heather Rabbatts.

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Lewis Hamilton secured another pole in the US (Eric Gay/AP)

Lewis Hamilton secures another pole

Lewis Hamilton will start the United States Grand Prix from pole position after blitzing his rivals in Austin on Saturday.

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Siobhan Chamberlain's error proved costly (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Defeat to France adds to misery for England Women

England Women crashed to a late defeat in France as their first match since Mark Sampson’s sacking failed to bring any feel-good factor after another damaging week for the national side.

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Usain Bolt attended the United States Grand Prix (Martin Rickett/PA)

Lewis Hamilton takes Usain Bolt for a spin in Austin

Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the planet. He has eight Olympic gold medals to prove it.

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Harry Kane celebrates scoring Tottenham's fourth goal (John Walton/Empics)

Harry Kane helps himself to double against generous Liverpool

Harry Kane capitalised on another defensive horror show from Liverpool by scoring twice for Tottenham in a ruthless 4-1 victory.

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Stuart Broad is spending Christmas in Australia (Adam Davy/PA)

Christmas comes early for Stuart Broad

Christmas came early for England cricketer Stuart Broad on Sunday.

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John Stones feels enhanced competition drives Machester City to be better (Mike Egerton/PA)

Stones believes competition for places is bringing the best out of City

John Stones believes Manchester City’s free-scoring attack is being fuelled by the competition for places among forwards.

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Karolina Pliskova eased to victory over Venus Williams (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Pliskova races to convincing win in opening WTA Finals match

Karolina Pliskova made the ideal start to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals with a convincing victory over Venus Williams in Singapore.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or four times (John Walton/Empics)

Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar to learn FIFA player of the year verdict on Monday

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar will learn on Monday which of them has been named FIFA player of the year for 2017.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is aiming to retain the FIFA player of the year award (Francisco Seco/AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo in the running to retain FIFA player accolade

Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to retain his crown as FIFA men’s player of the year in London on Monday night.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no Wembley worries (Anthony Devlin/Empics)

Liverpool boss Klopp insists he has no fear of Wembley ahead of Tottenham trip

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he has no fear of Wembley despite suffering only heartbreak on his two competitive visits there.

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Lewis Hamilton is closing in on a fourth world title (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Lewis Hamilton vows F1 title will have been hard-earned despite Vettel troubles

Title favourite Lewis Hamilton has insisted he will be a worthy champion despite Sebastian Vettel’s recent implosion clearing the road to glory.

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Cesar Azpilicueta, left, netted for Chelsea on Saturday (Victoria Jones/PA)

Azpilicueta sees win over Watford as “first step” on right path for Chelsea

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta hopes the dramatic 4-2 victory over Watford can help the Premier League champions get their season back on track.

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Ander Herrera angered Jose Mourinho with his post-match comments (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ander Herrera says Manchester United must show reaction to Huddersfield setback

Ander Herrera angered Jose Mourinho with his comments after the shock defeat at Huddersfield, but the Manchester United midfielder knows they cannot afford to wallow in self-pity.

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