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Thikriyaat’s form makes him the one to back in Goodwood’s Celebration Mile, while Bryan Smart’s Alpha Delphini arrives at Beverley on an upwards curve

A pair of progressive three-year-olds line up for Goodwood’s Celebration Mile on Saturday for what ought to be a thrilling contest, despite the small field. But, while Zonderland and Thikriyaat (4.30) appear closely matched on the face of it, stable form suggests the latter is the one to be with this time.

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Laura Robson qualifies for US Open with win over Tatjana Maria

• Former British No1 defeats the German 7-6, 6-1
• Robson continues to bounce back from injury problems

Laura Robson’s comeback from injury is gathering pace after she beat Germany’s Tatjana Maria to qualify for the US Open first round.

Related: Djokovic hopeful problems are behind him while draw opens up for Murray

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Rangers held by 10-man Kilmarnock as Kris Boyd frustrates former side

The former Rangers striker Kris Boyd caused his old side more early season frustration as his goal helped Kilmarnock to a 1-1 Scottish Premiership draw at Rugby Park.

Related: Premier League: transfer window summer 2016 – interactive

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Robert Lewandowski’s hat-trick helps Bayern Munich thrash Werder Bremen

Robert Lewandowski’s hat-trick helped give Carlo Ancelotti a flying start to his first Bundesliga campaign as Bayern Munich cruised to a 6-0 win over Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena on Friday.

Related: Can anything stop Bayern making it five Bundesligas in a row? Only complacency | Raphael Honigstein

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Newcastle United’s Ayoze Pérez ready for lone role against Brighton

• Pérez set to be alone up front – ‘I’m the only fit striker,’ he says
• Chris Hughton’s return to St James’ Park adds extra spice

Ayoze Pérez already knows that in the Championship little is ever certain but Newcastle United’s young Spanish striker remains convinced about two things. “Brighton’s going to be a special game,” he says. “And it’s going to be hard.”

If Chris Hughton’s return to St James’ Park on Saturday evening represents the “special” part of the equation, the former Newcastle manager’s Brighton side are out to capitalise on Rafael Benítez’s loss of two principal strikers, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic to the Football Association’s precautionary concussion rules.

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Jürgen Klopp backs Jordan Henderson as Liverpool rebuilding continues

Jürgen Klopp has no doubts about the form of his captain and midfield anchor heading into a telling away match against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham

Ten months and 55 games into his Liverpool adventure, Jürgen Klopp returns to the place where it all began, White Hart Lane, a game after which the German said there was no need to “sprinkle magic dust” to transform the team he inherited. on Saturday, well into the evolution he is working on, Klopp is pleased with the progress that has been made but is still searching for more improvement, more refinement, more consistency.

“There was a big sign of quality. We have changed things,” he says. “Now there are quality players in defence, in midfield, on the wing and other players who can still improve like Divock [Origi], Phil [Coutinho] can improve, even Roberto [Firmino] can make the next step. Even the English guys can make the next step, Hendo [Jordan Henderson] had a difficult season with injuries and it is the first time he is fit since I’ve been here over a long term. These are all the things I was thinking about. I still think I don’t need magic dust.”

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José Mourinho reassures Marcus Rashford after England demotion

• Manchester United manager wants Rashford playing games
• Mourinho says Henrikh Mkhitaryan must also wait his turn

José Mourinho has welcomed Marcus Rashford being dropped from the England squad, with the Manchester United manager believing the teenager will benefit more from being part of the under-21 setup.

Rashford has won three England caps and was in the squad at Euro 2016 but after failing to feature in either of United’s matches this season, Sam Allardyce decided he could not select him and so allowed Gareth Southgate to include him in the under-21 squad.

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Antonio Conte frustrated in pursuit of top Chelsea defensive targets

• Chelsea had bids rejected for Kalidou Koulibaly and Alessio Romagnoli
• Marcos Alonso set to join Chelsea on loan from Fiorentina

Antonio Conte has admitted Chelsea are unlikely to secure his first-choice targets before Wednesday’s deadline as the club face up to the reality that the landscape of the transfer market has changed radically in the wake of the latest Premier League broadcast deal.

Chelsea, who welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, went into the summer window without being able to offer prospective signings the carrot of Champions League football for the first time since Roman Abramovich purchased the club in 2003.

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Arsène Wenger denies panic buying on Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Pérez

• Arsenal spend £52m on Valencia defender and Deportivo striker
• Arsène Wenger: ‘Clubs will spend more than £1bn in this window’

Arsène Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are close to completing the signings of Lucas Pérez and Shkodran Mustafi for around £52m but denied suggestions he is panic buying and warned that football fans will be “amazed” at the amount of money spent by Premier League clubs before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.

Pérez, from Deportivo La Coruña, and the Germany defender Mustafi, of Valencia, were due to have medicals on Friday with fees of £17.1m and £35m respectively agreed with the two La Liga clubs but the Arsenal manager believes the late nature of the deals and the sizeable price is a natural consequence of the Premier League’s new £5bn three-year TV deal. “Look at my face. Is this the face of someone who tends to panic buy?” Wenger said, smiling.

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Nigel Clough haunts Derby as Jackson Irvine seals win for Burton

Nigel Clough haunted his former employers at Derby County on Friday night as Burton Albion secured a 1-0 Championship win over Derby County in the first competitive meeting between the sides.

Related: Premier League: transfer window summer 2016 – interactive

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Jenson Button: ‘I’m probably driving the best I have in my career’

The 2009 world champion, currently with McLaren, believes he is driving as well as ever and has plenty of options for next season

While he will not be fighting for the win at Spa on Sunday, the urge to do battle, it seems, has diminished not a jot for Jenson Button. All the drivers love to come to this classic track, nestling in the Ardennes mountains, and face down what is a turbulent test and thrill-ride combined, but for Button enthusiasm for the challenge here perhaps also stirred his feelings for the sport as a whole as he reaffirmed both his commitment to Formula One and his own talent in the face of continuing questions about his future in the sport.

Strictly speaking, describing Button, who looks as youthful and fit as ever, as the grand old man of Formula One would be misleading. Kimi Raikkonen is the oldest driver on the grid, they are both 36, with the Finn three months older. But in terms of race starts the British driver is by some distance the most experienced in the field with 296 (third in the all-time list, behind Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher) in the 16 years since he first took to the track with Williams in 2000 as Britain’s youngest Formula One driver, aged 20. But rather than feeling those years, he exudes the air of a maturing fine wine in the paddock at Spa-Francorchamps.

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Rangers held by 10-man Kilmarnock

A stunning free-kick from James Tavernier earned Rangers a point against the 10 men of Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.The home side had the better of the first half and were rewa…

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Vuelta a España: Jonas van Genechten wins first grand tour stage

• Belgian rider secures third major stage win of year for IAM Cycling
• Chris Froome suffers fall but remains third behind Darwin Atapuma

Belgium’s Jonas van Genechten surged to his first grand tour stage victory as Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were caught up in a late crash on stage seven of the Vuelta a España.

The Tour de France winner was unharmed but the Tinkoff team leader fell heavily on his left shoulder after touching wheels with another rider 500m from the finish line in Puebla de Sanabria.

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Russia launches appeal with Swiss federal court against Paralympics ban

• Cas upheld decision to ban Russian athletes from Rio Games
• Appeal will be held on Monday

The Russian Paralympic Committee has launched an appeal in the Swiss federal court against the court of arbitration for sport’s decision to uphold a blanket ban on their athletes competing at next month’s Rio Games.

“The appeal has been launched in the Swiss court,” the Interfax news agency quoted the RFC president, Vladimir Lukin, as saying on Friday.

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England-qualified players at Man Utd, Chelsea & Man City playing less

As Sam Allardyce prepares to name his first England squad on Sunday, statistics show English players at the three Premier League title favourites are spending less time on …

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Victor Wanyama: ‘Failing is just when you’re not ready to fight. I am ready to fight’

Tottenham’s new signing talks about growing up in Nairobi, having to walk miles to away fixtures, playing barefoot until they bled – and Mauricio Pochettino’s brutal pre-season

For Victor Wanyama, it was a statement of respect and ambition. When the Kenya midfielder joined Celtic in 2011, he asked to be given the No67 shirt. It was a move that acknowledged the club’s European Cup-winning team of 1967, the fabled Lisbon Lions and, also, one that advertised his dream to emulate them.

By any reckoning, it was a bold decision from an unheralded player who had arrived from Germinal Beerschot in Belgium for £900,000. Wanyama was 20 at the time. Was he setting himself up for a fall? “I am somebody who is not afraid to try because I believe that failing is just when you are not willing to fight,” he says. “I was ready to fight. That’s why I was not scared to take the shirt.”

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West Ham’s long search for striker ends with £24m Simone Zaza from Juventus

• Italy international flies to London for medical ahead of transfer
• Zaza will join initially on loan with obligation to buy next summer

West Ham’s summer-long search for a striker which has taken them on a meandering trek around Europe was finally nearing completionon Friday night after Simone Zaza flew to London to complete his medical.

The Italy striker will initially move to the London Stadium on loan, although West Ham have signed a deal which means they will pay Juventus a club record £24m in 12 months’ time for the 25-year-old.

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West Ham’s long search for striker ends with £24m Simone Zaza from Juventus

• Italy international flies to London for medical ahead of transfer
• Zaza will join initially on loan with obligation to buy next summer

West Ham’s summer-long search for a striker which has taken them on a meandering trek around Europe was finally nearing completionon Friday night after Simone Zaza flew to London to complete his medical.

The Italy striker will initially move to the London Stadium on loan, although West Ham have signed a deal which means they will pay Juventus a club record £24m in 12 months’ time for the 25-year-old.

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Yorkshire win puts pressure on Middlesex at top of Championship

• Yorkshire beat Nottinghamshire by 305 runs
• Surrey beat Lancashire by 10 wickets

With four rounds of fixtures remaining, both divisions of the County Championship are beautifully poised. Yorkshire, by beating Nottinghamshire – for whom relegation seems increasingly likely – by 305 runs, sit five points behind Middlesex, who they meet at Lord’s in the final game of the season. Surrey beat Lancashire by 10 wickets to seal their fourth win in seven matches and, having played two games more than the top two, sit two points behind Yorkshire.

It took Surrey only 75 minutes on the final morning to take the final two Lancashire wickets and then knock off 38 runs and as a result the threat of relegation – which, after failing to win any of their first seven matches seemed not so much a threat as an inevitability – has eased considerably.

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Yorkshire win puts pressure on Middlesex at top of Championship

• Yorkshire beat Nottinghamshire by 305 runs
• Surrey beat Lancashire by 10 wickets

With four rounds of fixtures remaining, both divisions of the County Championship are beautifully poised. Yorkshire, by beating Nottinghamshire – for whom relegation seems increasingly likely – by 305 runs, sit five points behind Middlesex, who they meet at Lord’s in the final game of the season. Surrey beat Lancashire by 10 wickets to seal their fourth win in seven matches and, having played two games more than the top two, sit two points behind Yorkshire.

It took Surrey only 75 minutes on the final morning to take the final two Lancashire wickets and then knock off 38 runs and as a result the threat of relegation – which, after failing to win any of their first seven matches seemed not so much a threat as an inevitability – has eased considerably.

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