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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Garry Lo will play at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle from next season (Nigel French/Empics)

Garry Lo gets Super League opportunity with Castleford

Castleford have made Papua New Guinea international Garry Lo their second signing for 2018.

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.

Alexis Sanchez could be on his way out of the Premier League (John Walton/PA)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Manchester City could see their bid for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez overtaken by Paris St Germain, according to the Sun. Following an unsuccessful £60million attempt in the previous transfer window, City could lose out again as the Ligue 1 side look prepared to give the Chilean a generous signing-on fee and wages above City’s £275,000-a-week offer, the paper says.

Michael Carberry has secured a permanent move to Leicestershire (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Former England opener Michael Carberry signs for Leicestershire

Leicestershire have announced the permanent signing of former England opener Michael Carberry from Hampshire on a two-year contract.

Jonathan Joseph has been left out of the England squad (David Davies/PA)

Joseph, Kruis, Sinckler and Haskell left out of England training camp squad

Jonathan Joseph is among four British and Irish Lions omitted from England’s squad for their three-day training camp in Oxford.

Joe Root celebrates the 2015 Ashes win over Australia (Philip Brown/PA)

England to name eagerly-anticipated Ashes squad on September 27

England have confirmed they will name their squad for this winter’s Ashes at The Oval next week.

Alex Walmsley helped St Helens to the brink of the semi-finals (Martin Rickett/PA)

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.

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.

Jurgen Klopp's side have struggled in recent weeks (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jurgen Klopp still craves free-flowing football despite defensive deficiencies

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will encourage his players to continue being their normal, attacking selves as he seeks to end a run of four matches without a win.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Singapore Grand Prix (Yong Teck Lim/AP/PA)

Lewis Hamilton grateful to see rival Sebastian Vettel making mistakes

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he is grateful that Sebastian Vettel’s weaknesses have been exposed this season in the wake of the Ferrari driver’s catastrophic crash in Singapore.

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.

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