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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde dismisses suggestions of Real Madrid crisis

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not taking much notice of Real Madrid’s struggles.

Sam Cook (second left) (Martin Rickett/PA)

Sam Cook’s five-wicket haul leaves Hampshire looking over their shoulders

County champions Essex left Hampshire looking over their shoulders as Sam Cook claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul in an extraordinary 108-run victory at the Ageas Bowl.

Zak Hardaker (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Zak Hardaker, Luke Gale and Albert Kelly on Man of Steel shortlist

Castleford’s domination of Super League in 2017 is recognised by the shortlist for the prestigious Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.

Danny McGuire (Danny Lawson/PA)

McGuire and Burrow on scoresheet again as Leeds down Huddersfield

Veteran half-backs Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow provided further evidence of their rich tryscoring ability as Leeds warmed up for next Friday’s play-off semi-final with a 36-12 rout of Huddersfield.

Ollie Thorley (right) (Nigel French/PA)

Ollie Thorley grabs two tries as Gloucester heap more misery on Worcester

Worcester fell to a fourth successive Aviva Premiership defeat of the season as Gloucester claimed a hard-fought victory at Kingsholm.

Steven Gerrard (Nigel French/EMPICS)

Proud Gerrard tastes victory in first derby as Liverpool Under-18s manager

Steven Gerrard admits his first derby victory as Liverpool Under-18s manager was not quite as satisfying as those he registered as a player, but he took great pride from the performance of his players in the 3-1 win over Everton.

Diego Costa spent three years at Chelsea (John Walton/PA)

Diego Costa: Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart

Diego Costa regrets the manner of his Chelsea exit and admits to having “special affection” for people at the club.

Luke Shaw (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mourinho giving Shaw every chance to prove his worth after injury

Luke Shaw “has to improve” to get into Manchester United’s starting line-up, but Jose Mourinho is staying patient as the left-back returns from his latest injury lay-off.

David Willey is determined to keep his place in the England side (Paul Harding/PA)

David Willey striving to make new-ball position his own

David Willey is determined to take the second chance England have given him to prove he is the white-ball wicket-taker they need.

The NFL heads to London this weekend

President Trump withdraws White House invitation to NBA champions Golden State

United States president Donald Trump followed up his scathing comments about protesting NFL players by withdrawing an invitation to NBA champions the Golden State Warriors to attend the White House.

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi (Martin Rickett/PA)

Superstar trio make FIFA player award shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar will again battle it out to be named the best player in the world in FIFA’s annual awards.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring Celtic's second goal against RangersLeigh Griffiths celebrates scoring Celtic's second goal against Rangers

Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths on target as Celtic claim Old Firm derby victory

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic once again underlined their Old Firm superiority as they claimed a 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

Jonathan Joseph (David Davies/PA)

England head coach Eddie Jones leaves Jonathan Joseph out of training camp

Jonathan Joseph is among four British and Irish Lions dropped for England’s latest training camp, with Eddie Jones confirming that form influenced his decision.

Tottenham's Harry Kane scores his second goal of the game against West Ham

West Ham leave comeback too late as 10-man Tottenham hold on

Tottenham survived a late West Ham onslaught to emerge with a 3-2 win from a ding-dong derby.

Sergio Aguero (Martin Rickett/PA)

Pep Guardiola: Sergio Aguero will carry goalscoring talent to the grave

Pep Guardiola has claimed Sergio Aguero will be scoring goals until the day he dies.

Jonny Bairstow hit a century against West Indies in the first ODI (Martin Rickett/PA)

5 talking points ahead of England’s third ODI against West Indies

England face West Indies in the third one-day international at Bristol on Sunday with the hosts looking to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Toby Roland-Jones (Adam Davy/PA)

England bowler Toby Roland-Jones set to miss Ashes this winter

England seamer Toby Roland-Jones is set to miss this winter’s Ashes after scans confirmed he has a stress fracture in his back.

Antonio Conte, left, has wished Diego Costa, right, well (Nick Potts/PA)

Antonio Conte thanks Diego Costa for Chelsea contribution

Head coach Antonio Conte thanked Diego Costa for his contribution at Chelsea on Friday, but declined to discuss the fractious conclusion to the striker’s spell at Stamford Bridge.

Jurgen Klopp has had a difficult week (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jurgen Klopp plays down Liverpool’s problems after frustrating week

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists their current problems are being over-exaggerated and he already has a plan of action to turn around a frustrating week.

Zinedine Zidane (Francisco Seco/AP)

‘I’m not concerned’, says Zidane as Real look to recover from rocky start

Zinedine Zidane has no intention of pressing the panic button, despite a stuttering start to Real Madrid’s title defence which already sees them trailing leaders Barcelona by seven points.

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