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Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Speculation is mounting about the vacant managerial position at West Brom after they parted company with Tony Pulis on Monday. The Daily Mail reports that Sam Allardyce is in the frame to take over at the Hawthorns, with the paper reporting the former England and West Ham boss is “featuring highly” in discussions about succeeding Pulis.

Tony Pulis has been sacked as West Brom manager following their 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday (Adam Davy/PA)

West Brom keen to appoint boss with top-flight experience to replace Tony Pulis

West Brom want a manager with Premier League experience to replace the sacked Tony Pulis.

Alastair Cook has exchanged pleasantries with Australia's new chief 'sledger' Nathan Lyon (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Cook sees funny side of Lyon’s pre-Ashes sledging

Alastair Cook sees the funny side of Nathan Lyon’s pre-Ashes rant about the frightening challenge facing England this winter.

Jana Novotna was Wimbledon champion in 1998 (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died from cancer aged 49.

Peter Crouch coming on as a substitute

Peter Crouch makes record Premier League substitute appearance

Peter Crouch made a record 143rd Premier League appearance as a substitute when he came on for Stoke against Brighton on Monday night.

Boston Celtics? Kyrie Irving, middle, battles for the ball

Boston Celtics extend winning run to 16 games with victory over Dallas Mavericks

The Boston Celtics’ unbeaten streak now stands at 16 games but they needed overtime to beat the league’s basement side the Dallas Mavericks.

Tottenham duo Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier battle for the ball with Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic (Adam Davy/Empics)

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham talking points

Tottenham will go through to the Champions League last 16 as group winners if they can beat Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Nathan Lyon thinks Australia's bowling attack will 'break' England during the Ashes series (Nick Potts/PA)

Nathan Lyon says Australian attack will leave England “broken” again

Nathan Lyon claims Matt Prior was so scared he wanted to fly home less than halfway through England’s last Ashes tour – and warned Joe Root’s team to expect an even tougher time this winter.

Liam Williams suffered an abdominal injury at the weekend. (David Davies/PA Wire)

Liam Williams misses out on All Blacks clash due to abdominal injury

Wales have lost a second injured British and Irish Lion in their autumn Test campaign.

England's Kevin Brown

Brown to start for unchanged England in semi-final if fit after head blows

Veteran stand-off Kevin Brown has been named in an unchanged England team for Saturday’s World Cup semi-final but must prove his fitness.

Liverpool could qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League if results go their way (Peter Byrne/PA)

Jurgen Klopp: It’s crunch time for Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it is now crunch time for his side in the Champions League.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Stoke City ? Premier League ? AMEX Stadium

Glenn Murray: Brighton are in good mood ahead of testing run

Glenn Murray says Brighton will head into a hectic and daunting run of fixtures full of confidence.

Tonia Couch holds up her medal

Olympic diver Couch announces retirement

Three-time Olympian Tonia Couch has retired from diving.

Oumar Niasse  has been charged with simulation by the Football Association (Anthony Devlin/EMPICS Sport)

Oumar Niasse charged with simulation by FA over controversial penalty

Everton striker Oumar Niasse has been charged with simulation by the Football Association after he won a controversial penalty in Saturday’s Premier League draw at Crystal Palace.

Moeen Ali plays football in a training session

See the alternative way Moeen Ali has been offered to watch the Ashes

Moeen Ali will have one of the best views of the Ashes but that hasn’t stopped someone offering him an alternative.

Danielle Wyatt struck England's first T20 century (Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport)

Danni Wyatt hits century as record-breaking England end Ashes series on a high

England made the highest successful run chase in a Women’s T20 International to draw the Ashes series with Australia at 8-8.

Matt Prior in action for England

Matt Prior hits back at Nathan Lyon over ‘scared’ claim

Former England wicket-keeper Matt Prior has launched a staunch defence of himself in the wake of criticism from Australia spinner Nathan Lyon.

David Warner is confident he will be fit to face England at the Gabba (Jason O'Brien/PA)

David Warner: Absent Ben Stokes has let England down

David Warner believes Ben Stokes has “let a lot of people down” and will need to earn back the respect of his team-mates if he does eventually make it on to their Ashes tour.

John Bateman

England plan to stick with John Bateman ahead of Mark Percival at centre

England coach Wayne Bennett insists he is not for turning over his controversial choice of John Bateman at centre.

Jose Izquierdo, right, earned Brighton a point against Stoke  (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Brighton hit back twice to share spoils with Stoke

Jose Izquierdo snatched a point for Brighton as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Stoke.

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