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St Helens beat Salford to all but secure their place in Super League’s play-offs

Substitute forward Alex Walmsley grabbed two tries as St Helens overcame 12-man Salford 30-4 to effectively seal their place in the Betfred Super League semi-finals.

Carlos Tevez does not appear to be a fan of Chinese football (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Carlos Tevez launches scathing criticism of Chinese football

Carlos Tevez has claimed Chinese football is 50 years behind the world’s top leagues.

The FA has been accused of an "inexcusable" lack of leadership following the sacking of Mark Sampson(Mike Egerton/PA)

FA chief Martin Glenn reveals he sought out black woman to lead Sampson inquiry

Martin Glenn, the Football Association’s under-fire chief executive, has revealed that a black woman was deliberately chosen by the governing body to investigate racist allegations surrounding former England Women’s manager Mark Sampson.

Eric Dier has shown his versatility for Tottenham (Nick Potts/PA)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino urges Eric Dier to nail down best position

Mauricio Pochettino has challenged Eric Dier to prove he is indispensable in one position if he wants to avoid being used as both a defender and midfielder at Tottenham.

Edward Byrom made 39 before being bowled by Gareth Batty (Tim Goode/PA)

Somerset’s hopes of avoiding relegation dented by Surrey

Somerset were again second best to Surrey at the Kia Oval to dent their hopes of avoiding relegation from Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.

Alexis Sanchez was a surprise starter as Arsenal hosted Doncaster in the Carabao Cup (John Walton/PA)

Wenger denies making example of Arsenal forward Sanchez

Arsene Wenger insists there is no ulterior motive to starting Alexis Sanchez in minor competitions and leaving him out of Arsenal’s Premier League side.

Nina Carberry, pictured after winning at Cheltenham in 2016 (David Davies/PA)

New mum Nina Carberry makes triumphant return at Ballinrobe

Leading amateur rider Nina Carberry made a victorious return to action at Ballinrobe following the birth of her daughter Rosie.

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward revealed the club's increase in revenue (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Ed Woodward expects Amazon and Facebook to bid for Premier League rights

The likes of Amazon and Facebook will “absolutely” enter the bidding war when the next round of television rights come up for tender, according to Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Atletico Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea to re-sign former striker Diego Costa (Mike Egerton/PA)

Chelsea agree terms with Atletico Madrid for transfer of Diego Costa

Diego Costa’s protracted return to Atletico Madrid after three years at Chelsea is almost complete after terms were agreed over the striker’s transfer.

Rain ruled in Nottingham (Mike Egerton/PA)

Second ODI between England and West Indies washed out at Trent Bridge

Rain wiped out all but 10 minutes of England’s second Royal London Series match which ended in a no-result against West Indies at Trent Bridge.

Anthony Martial came into the Manchester United starting XI against Burton (Martin Rickett/PA)

All change: Midweek Carabao Cup starting line-ups averaged almost eight per team

Teams competing in the Carabao Cup third round averaged almost eight changes a side as questions continue over the competition’s relevance.

Haseeb Hameed has not played for England since last winter (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ashes hopeful Haseeb Hameed fractures finger in Lancashire defeat

Ashes hopeful Haseeb Hameed suffered a fractured finger as Lancashire lost to Middlesex in their Specsavers County Championship clash at Lord’s.

Romelu Lukaku has spoken about the chant (Martin Rickett/PA)

Romelu Lukaku: United fans meant well but let’s move on from chant

Romelu Lukaku knows Manchester United fans “meant well with their songs” but hopes everyone can move on from chanting Kick It Out called “racist”.

Ilkay Gundogan was forced off against West Brom (David Davies/PA)

Man City’s Gundogan expected back soon after knee tests show no serious damage

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has been cleared of serious injury following tests on his left knee, the club have reported.

Virgil van Dijk could start against Manchester United (Daniel Hambury/PA)

Pellegrino weighing up Van Dijk start against freescoring Man United

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is considering thrusting Virgil van Dijk into his starting line-up in an attempt to shackle free-scoring Manchester United.

Charly Musonda enjoyed a dream full debut for Chelsea (Mike Egerton/PA)

Charly Musonda enjoys dream full Chelsea debut alongside idol Eden Hazard

Charly Musonda enjoyed a dream full debut for Chelsea alongside his idol Eden Hazard.

The EFL are set to follow the Premier League (Barrington Coombs/Empics)

EFL clubs support closing transfer window before start of season

EFL clubs have indicated they are in favour of an early closure to the summer transfer window from next season.

Valentino Rossi has been passed fit to compete in Aragon this weekend (David Davies/PA)

Valentino Rossi cleared for return to action after leg break

Valentino Rossi has been passed fit to take part in Sunday’s Aragon MotoGP race three weeks after breaking his leg.

Brian Cookson's time in charge of the UCI is over (Tim Goode/PA)

Brian Cookson’s UCI reign ends in crushing defeat to David Lappartient

Brian Cookson’s hopes of serving a second term as president of cycling’s world governing body have ended in embarrassing fashion as he was beaten 37 votes to eight by French rival David Lappartient.

The Mexican Grand Prix will go ahead (David Davies/PA)

Mexican F1 Grand Prix to go ahead after circuit escapes ravages of earthquake

The Mexican Grand Prix is set to go ahead as planned despite widespread devastation caused by the country’s deadliest earthquake in more than three decades.

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