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Bournemouth wary of Vardy threat, says Howe

(Reuters) – Bournemouth are prepared to deal with the threat provided by Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy even though he is doubtful for Saturday’s Premier League game due to a hip problem, manager Eddie Howe said on Friday. England international Vardy has scored twice in four league appearances against Bournemouth …

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England have no chance in Ashes without Stokes, says Chappell

(Reuters) – Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes England “haven’t got a hope in hell” of winning the Ashes if all-rounder Ben Stokes is sidelined following a street brawl outside a Bristol nightclub. Stokes, vice-captain of the test side, was named in England’s 16-man squad for the Ashes tour starting …

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Springboks go back to basics for Australia test

BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) – South Africa have been working hard on improving their line-out for Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against Australia, captain Eben Etzebeth said on Friday. The imposing lock admitted the Springbok set-pieces had been shambolic in their record 57-0 drubbing by New Zealand last time out. “There definitely were …

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Elgar, Amla power South Africa to 411-1 versus Bangladesh

POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (Reuters) – Dean Elgar posted his highest test score and Hashim Amla scored a 27th century as South Africa continued to put Bangladesh’s bowlers to the sword and reached lunch at 411 for one at lunch on the second day of the first test on Friday. Elgar, …

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Formula One: Chinese GP extended for three years

Shanghai (AFP) – The Chinese Grand Prix will remain in the Formula One calendar for at least three more years, according to a contract extension announced by F1 on Friday. Under ambitious new US-based owners Liberty Media, F1 had released its 2018 race schedule in June with the Shanghai leg …

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Ramos criticises Pique for pro-referendum comments

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain captain Sergio Ramos has criticised international team mate Gerard Pique for speaking out in favour of Catalonia’s controversial planned referendum on independence, risking a rift in the team a week before two crucial World Cup qualifiers. Pique, who is regularly booed by large sections of Spain …

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Wallabies coach way of Springboks 'retribution'

BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika has warned his side to be careful of a possible backlash from South Africa in Saturday’s Rugby Championship test at the Free State Stadium. South Africa will be determined to put in a good performance following their 57-0 defeat to New Zealand in …

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Ireland's Doyle retires after concussion-related headaches

(Reuters) – Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle has announced his retirement from football as the 34-year-old struggles with persistent headaches. The striker had been named in Ireland’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales next month but his decision means he will not add to his 63 …

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Reds must stop leaking silly goals to contend – Robertson

(Reuters) – Liverpool need to stop conceding “silly goals” if they are to match their attacking prowess and play a major role in the Premier League title race this season, full back Andy Robertson has said. Robertson, who signed from Hull City, was the only defender Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp …

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Stoke's Hughes waits on defenders ahead of Southampton visit

(Reuters) – Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is facing a defensive crisis ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Southampton as a dearth of fit central defenders leaves him sweating on the fitness of several key players. Already without Kevin Wimmer (hamstring), Geoff Cameron (hamstring) and Ryan Shawcross (back) against …

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