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County cricket: T20 Blast group stage is proving enjoyably competitive

Ball one: Stokes fires up DurhamOne point separates five teams at the top of the North Group – it’s almost as if the ECB has a popular and ultra-competitive competition

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César Azpilicueta urges sluggish Spain to take inspiration from Chelsea

On edge and written off, Spain can take inspiration from Chelsea according to the man who lifted the club’s second European Cup last month. After two draws in their opening

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Crystal Palace hold talks with Lucien Favre over vacant manager’s role

Crystal Palace have held positive talks with Lucien Favre over potentially replacing Roy Hodgson but could face competition from Everton to appoint the 63-year-old as manager. Favre, out of work

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Mark Cavendish back at Tour de France for first time since 2018

Mark Cavendish will return to the Tour de France for the first time since 2018 this summer as his resurgence continues. The 36-year-old was named in Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s eight-man squad for

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Jos Buttler frustrated to miss England Tests but has ‘no perfect answers’

Jos Buttler has said there are no perfect answers to the scheduling overkill that has led to him missing five of England’s eight Test matches this year in order to

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Daniëlle van de Donk leaves Arsenal and joins mammoth Lyon overhaul

Lyon have announced the signings of the goalkeeper Christiane Endler and the forwards Signe Bruun and Daniëlle van de Donk to kickstart the big summer of transfers promised by the

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Lionel Messi remains Argentina’s best hope of glory even in his twilight

The ball comes to Lionel Messi in midfield. He returns it with a disdainful flick of the foot that says: I can’t do anything with this. I don’t want it.

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