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Toronto Wolfpack release three players with new season on the horizon

Promoted Toronto Wolfpack have released three of their high-profile players, including new signing Dave Taylor, with the new Betfred Championship season just around the corner.

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Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez and Mkhitaryan swap deal is “likely to happen” – Wenger

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a deal taking Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is “likely to happen” and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will move to Arsenal in exchange.

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Alexis Sanchez

Transfer round-up: Sanchez expected to depart the Emirates within 48 hours

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a deal taking Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is “likely to happen” and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will move to Arsenal in exchange.

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Steven Naismith

Steven Naismith joins Hearts on loan

Steven Naismith has joined Hearts on loan, the Edinburgh club have announced.

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Glasgow are keen to get Stuart Hogg back in action following injury

Glasgow keen to get Stuart Hogg back in action against Exeter

Glasgow assistant coach Jason O’Halloran is keen to get Stuart Hogg back on the park against Exeter this weekend.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan watches on during his quarter-final defeat to Mark Allen at the Masters

Rocket Ronnie crashes out of the Masters at the hands of Mark Allen

Defending champion and seven-time winner Ronnie O’Sullivan is out of the Masters after a magnificent 6-1 quarter-final victory for Mark Allen at Alexandra Palace.

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Cameron Jerome could make his Derby debut after moving from Norwich (Nigel French/PA Images)

Cameron Jerome eyeing Derby debut against Bristol City

Derby manager Gary Rowett will play to the strengths of Cameron Jerome to get the best out of their new striker in the push for promotion.

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Liverpool v Everton ? FA Cup ? Third Round ? Anfield

Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson return to Liverpool training

Liverpool’s record signing Virgil van Dijk and captain Jordan Henderson have both returned to full training ahead of Monday’s trip to Swansea.

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Kevin O?Brien

Ireland beat Scotland thanks to Kevin O’Brien’s big hitting

Michael Jones made it back-to-back half-centuries despite Scotland slipping to a second defeat against Ireland.

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Referee Graham Scott (centre) chose not to consult VAR during the FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge (Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images)

VAR is the future of the game despite its hiccups, says Arsene Wenger

The Video Assistant Referee system may have some “hiccups” along the way, but it remains the future of the game, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

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Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils share an embrace after their gruelling second-round match

Heat takes its toll as Djokovic overcomes Monfils

The heat took centre stage at the Australian Open on Thursday, with Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils in particular suffering before the six-time champion emerged victorious over four sets.

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Paul Downton

Kent appoint Paul Downton as director of cricket

Former England managing director Paul Downton has been appointed director of cricket at Kent.

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The IOC and Russian flags at Sochi 2014's closing ceremony

IOC stance on vetting Russians for Winter Games attacked by anti-doping experts

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has “undermined the rights of clean athletes” by failing to publish the criteria for approving Russian competitors at next month’s Winter Games, according to 19 national anti-doping agencies.

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Martyn Moxon, pictured, and Mark Arthur have put forward the proposals

Yorkshire bosses want to split County Championship into three conferences

A proposal to split the Specsavers County Championship into three conferences of six teams apiece has been put forward to the England and Wales Cricket Board by two high-ranking Yorkshire officials.

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Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth ? Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay ? DW Stadium

Sam Morsy wants to make DW Stadium ‘miserable’ for Hammers

Wigan’s Sam Morsy wants to make the DW Stadium feel like a miserable place for Marko Arnautovic and company when West Ham visit in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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Ireland?s Kevin O?Brien hit 46 off 24 balls in their win over Scotland

Ireland beat Scotland thanks to Kevin O’Brien’s big hitting

Michael Jones made it back-to-back half centuries despite Scotland slipping to a second defeat against Ireland.

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Soccer ? Coupe de la Ligue ? Second Round ? En Avant Guingamp v Vannes OC ? Stade du Roudourou

Jocelyn Gourvennec departs Bordeaux

Jocelyn Gourvennec has left his role as head coach of Bordeaux, the Ligue 1 club have announced.

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Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique signs new contract with Barcelona

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has agreed an extension to his contract at the Nou Camp until the summer of 2022.

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Team Scotland's Craig Howieson remains bitter about funding cuts

Craig Howieson frustrated by funding ahead of Commonwealth Games

Craig Howieson is delighted he will be going to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – but fears he will be left counting the cost of funding cuts.

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Stan Wawrinka looked to be in pain during his loss to Tennys Sandgren in Melbourne

Stan Wawrinka beaten by Tennys Sandgren

Stan Wawrinka’s comeback tournament ended with a second-round loss to Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open.

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