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Neymar: Lionel Messi would have ‘loved’ Barcelona to re-sign Brazil forward

Neymar: Lionel Messi would have ‘loved’ Barcelona to re-sign Brazil forward

Lionel Messi says he would have “loved” for Neymar to return to Barcelona as his arrival would have “increased our chances of achieving our objectives.” Neymar, 27, joined Paris St-Germain from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m). “He was desperate to come back,” Messi told Spanish newspaper Sport. “I don’t know […]

Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton leads Verstappen & Vettel

Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton leads Verstappen & Vettel

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton headed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in a tight first practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton was 0.165 seconds ahead of the Dutchman. Vettel, who set his time with Ferrari’s latest aerodynamic upgrade, was just 0.001secs behind the Red Bull. Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly was fourth quickest, 0.449secs […]

Andy Murray could make singles return at Cincinnati Masters

Andy Murray could make singles return at Cincinnati Masters

Andy Murray says he could return to playing singles at the Cincinnati Masters next month. The Briton, 32, has been competing in doubles since June having had a hip resurfacing operation in January. He is playing doubles with brother Jamie at the Citi Open this week but had previously said it was “pretty unlikely” he would play singles […]

Maxim Dadashev dies after boxing injuries sustained against Subriel Matias

Maxim Dadashev dies after boxing injuries sustained against Subriel Matias

Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died at the age of 28 following injuries suffered in his IBF light-welterweight fight against Subriel Matias. Dadashev was reportedly unable to walk to the dressing room after his bout was stopped by trainer Buddy McGirt at the end of the 11th round on Friday. He was hospitalised with bleeding on the […]

Juan Mata: Paul Pogba ‘brings everybody at Man Utd together’

Juan Mata: Paul Pogba ‘brings everybody at Man Utd together’

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is a “positive influence” who “brings everyone together” at the club, says team-mate Juan Mata. There has been speculation about Pogba’s Old Trafford future after he spoke of finding “a new challenge” in June, while his agent has said the France international wants to leave. But pre-season has been going well […]

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward ‘very close’ to exit – Zinedine Zidane

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward ‘very close’ to exit – Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is “very close to leaving” the Spanish club, says boss Zinedine Zidane. The Wales international, 30, was left out of Real’s 3-1 pre-season defeat by Bayern Munich in Houston, USA. Speaking after the game, Zidane said: “We hope he leaves soon. It would be best for everyone. We are working […]

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates claims maiden stage win

Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates claims maiden stage win

Britain’s Simon Yates claimed his maiden Tour de France stage win with a shrewd victory on stage 12. Yates outsprinted Pello Bilbao and Gregor Muhlberger in a technical finish in Bagneres-de-Bigorre after the trio had broken clear with 32km remaining. He has now won stages at all three Grand Tours, having previously won at the […]

NRL: Belinda Sharpe to become first female referee in Australian league’s history

NRL: Belinda Sharpe to become first female referee in Australian league’s history

Belinda Sharpe will become the first female referee in Australia’s National Rugby League on Thursday. The former newspaper sub-editor, 31, will be in charge of the game between Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs (10:50 BST). Sharpe has been a part-time touch judge in the NRL since 2014 and joined the officials’ full-time squad in April. […]

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