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Ange Postecoglou’s ‘sole focus’ on World Cup qualification amid reports he will quit

  • Coach reportedly to leave post before World Cup even if Australia qualify
  • Postecoglou says he will ‘not let anything compromise team’s journey’

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has refused to confirm or deny reports he is planning to quit his post before next year’s World Cup final, even if the Socceroos qualify.

News Corp reported on Wednesday the national team coach would walk away following next month’s final qualifying playoff against Honduras that will determine Australia’s fate.

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Wallabies jump to third in world rankings after Rugby Championship

  • Australia move above Ireland and South Africa
  • Michael Cheika’s side sit behind world No1 All Blacks and England

Despite recent concerns over the health of Australian rugby union, the Wallabies have jumped up two spots to third in the latest world rugby union rankings.

Michael Cheika’s side finished second in the Rugby Championship behind world No1 New Zealand to move ahead of Ireland and South Africa, with England ranked second behind the All Blacks, who went undefeated in the southern hemisphere competition.

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Mo Salah’s late penalty gives Egypt first World Cup qualification since 1990

• Liverpool forward scored twice in 2-1 win over Congo
• Poland also seal spot in Russia after beating Montenegro

An injury-time penalty from Liverpool’s Mo Salah ensured Egypt qualified for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia after beating Congo 2-1 on Sunday to move into an unassailable position at the top of their group with one match still to complete.

The Pharaohs, who have not reached the World Cup finals since 1990, needed victory in Alexandria to guarantee their place next summer after Uganda and Ghana drew on Saturday. They looked on course when Salah put Héctor Cúper’s side ahead just after the hour, only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise with his first international goal, , firing past 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam Al Hadary with three minutes left.

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Colin Kaepernick tells CBS he’ll stand for anthem if given chance to play again

  • Free agent tell CBS his ‘sole focus’ is being a quarterback in NFL again
  • Kaepernick is living in New York and working out privately in New Jersey

Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he’s continued to stay in shape and is dedicated to a return to the NFL, saying he would stand during the national anthem if given a chance to play, CBS reported on Sunday.

Related: Cam Newton’s sexism controversy is the perfect parable for our time

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Colin Kaepernick tells CBS he’ll stand for anthem if given chance to play again

  • Free agent tell CBS his ‘sole focus’ is being a quarterback in NFL again
  • Kaepernick is living in New York and working out privately in New Jersey

Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he’s continued to stay in shape and is dedicated to a return to the NFL, saying he would stand during the national anthem if given a chance to play, CBS reported on Sunday.

Related: Cam Newton’s sexism controversy is the perfect parable for our time

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Cam Newton dropped by sponsor over sexist remark to female reporter

Cam Newton’s sexist comment to a female reporter has cost the Carolina Panthers quarterback a side gig as a yogurt pitchman amid national backlash.

Dannon, the maker of Oikos yogurt, has dropped Newton from all advertising campaigns following what the company perceives as “sexist” remarks he made on Wednesday to Jourdan Rodrigue, a beat reporter with the Charlotte Observer.

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Hope Solo settles grievance with US Soccer after controversial six-month ban

  • National federation reaches settlement with goalkeeper to avoid arbitration
  • Solo had her contract terminated for calling Sweden ‘a bunch of cowards’
  • ‘I want to reiterate my regret for the comments I made,’ she says in statement

Hope Solo has settled her grievance with the US Soccer Federation after she had her contract terminated last year for calling the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards”, it has been reported.

In a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle, the controversial goalkeeper said that she and US Soccer “have amicably resolved the matter and are moving forward in a positive way”.

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Aaron Hernandez lawyer says ex-NFL star had ‘severe’ case of CTE

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star who killed himself in April while serving a life sentence for murder, was found to have a “severe case” of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the progressive degenerative brain disease that’s been linked to repeated blows to the head.

Attorney Jose Baez, who represented the former Pro Bowl tight end, said Hernandez’s brain was found to have one of the most severe forms of the disease in a news conference on Thursday.

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Chelsea confirm agreement to sell Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid

• Spain striker set for medical ahead of return to La Liga
• Costa has not played for Chelsea this season

Chelsea have confirmed that they have reached agreement with Atlético Madrid over the sale of Diego Costa, with the Spain striker now expected to complete his return to La Liga subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.

The Spain striker has yet to feature for the Premier League champions this season after being told he was not part of Antonio Conte’s plans. But despite Atlético currently being subjected to a transfer ban, a statement from Chelsea on Thursday confirmed that the 28-year-old is set to rejoin the club three years after he moved to London for £32m.

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Champions League squads: Chelsea’s Costa left out but United include Ibrahimovic

• Spain striker not selected in Antonio Conte’s 25-man squad
• Vincent Janssen and Erik Lamela not included by Tottenham

Diego Costa has been omitted from Chelsea’s Champions League squad, while Zlatan IBrahimovic has been included in Manchester United’s list despite the veteran striker not being expected to return from injury until the new year.

Costa was included in Chelsea’s official Premier League list, but has been left out of their 25-man squad for European competition.

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Tottenham sign Fernando Llorente and PSG’s controversial Serge Aurier

• Spurs clinch Chelsea target Llorente from Swansea for around £14m
• ‘This is a fresh start,’ says Aurier barred from UK last year over assault

Tottenham have completed the signing of Fernando Llorente from Swansea for around £14m after sealing Serge Aurier’s £23m move from Paris Saint‑Germain earlier on deadline day.

The 32-year-old Spaniard, who was also a reported target for Chelsea, has sealed a move to north London after agreeing a two-year contract. He is likely to be predominantly used as back-up to England striker Harry Kane.

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Transfer roundup: Stoke sign Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham for £18m

• Austria defender agrees five-year deal with Stoke
• Lyon sign Tottenham target Pape Cheikh Diop

Stoke have completed the signing of Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham for £18m, the 24-year-old Austria defender agreeing a five-year deal.

Mark Hughes, the Stoke manager, said: “Kevin is an undoubted talent and he will significantly add to the quality of the group of players at my disposal. We put a real emphasis on trying to enhance the defensive areas of the squad this summer and we feel that we have been able to do that.”

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New York City police take a knee at rally in support of Colin Kaepernick

Frank Serpico, now 81, joins NYPD officers and alumni at rally for quarterbackKaepernick remains unsigned three weeks before NFL season gets under wayDozens of current and former New York City police officers, including famed corruption whistleblower F…

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Gerard Piqué feels ‘inferior’ to Real Madrid for first time as Barcelona player

• ‘It is the first time I feel inferior to Madrid’ says Barça defender
• Piqué joined Barcelona from Manchester United for £5m in 2008

Gerard Piqué admitted he felt “inferior” to Real Madrid for the first time in his nine years as a Barcelona defender, after they were beaten 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup. A 2-0 defeat at the Bernabéu on Wednesday night saw Barcelona humiliated by their rivals, with Sergio Ramos winding up Lionel Messi by throwing the ball over him after the Argentine readied his hands to collect.

Related: Asensio stunner helps Real Madrid brush aside Barça for Super Cup success

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New York Red Bulls dash FC Cincinnati’s fairytale US Open Cup run with late rally

  • Red Bulls rally from two down to stun Cincinnati in US Open Cup semi-final
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips scores two of New York’s three unanswered goals
  • FC Cincinnati were trying to become first non-MLS team in final since 2008

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored two of New York’s three unanswered goals and the Red Bulls advanced to the title game of the US Open Cup with a 3-2 victory over FC Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

It was a crushing defeat for FC Cincinnati, a second-year club of the United Soccer League, which shares second-division status with the NASL in the United States pyramid.

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Transfer roundup: Stoke close in on loan signing of PSG striker Jesé

• Spanish striker expected to move to Bet365 Stadium
• Newcastle to sign former Real Madrid striker Joselu from Stoke

Stoke City are close to confirming a loan deal for the Paris Saint-Germain striker Jesé Rodriguez.

Officials from the Potteries club are in negotiations with the Ligue 1 team about the 24-year-old and are optimistic they can reach an agreement which would bring the former Real Madrid player to the Bet365 Stadium.

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Transfer roundup: Leicester City sign George Thomas and Adam Legzdins joins Burnley

• Leicester-born 20-year-old can play either as a forward or in midfield
• Birmingham City goalkeeper Adam Legzdins joins Burnley

Leicester have completed a move for the highly rated George Thomas from Coventry on a three-year deal.

The Leicester-born 20-year-old, who can play either as a forward or in midfield, came through the ranks at the Ricoh Arena and scored nine times in 36 senior appearances, including the winner in last season’s EFL Trophy final against Oxford.

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Neymar to PSG: Fifpro demands investigation into ‘anti-competitive’ transfer rules

• Players’ unions bemoans dominance of ‘rich European clubs’
• Barcelona confirm bonus payment to Neymar and father will not be paid

Neymar’s world-record €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain has encouraged international players’ association Fifpro to demand an investigation into “anti-competitive, unjustified and illegal” Fifa transfer rules.

The 25-year-old Brazil forward on Thursday signed a five-year deal with PSG after his legal representatives paid Barcelona €222m (£198m) to secure an early release from his contract at the Camp Nou.

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James Forrest fires Celtic past Rosenborg into Champions League play-offs

James Forrest’s second-half goal gave Celtic a 1-0 aggregate win over Rosenborg and took Brendan Rodgers’ side into the Champions League play-offs, the final round before the lucrative group stage.

The Scotland international was thwarted in the first half but Forrest hit a shot high past André Hansen in the 69th minute to take the visitors into the play-off draw with a 1-0 win on the night and overall.

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Hearts sack manager Ian Cathro four days before start of the season

• Former Newcastle and Valencia coach dismissed after seven months in charge
• Hearts suffered embarrassing loss in the Betfred Cup qualifying rounds

Hearts have sacked head coach Ian Cathro just four days before the start of the Ladbrokes Premiership season, after only seven months in charge at Tynecastle.

The Edinburgh club acted swiftly following their failure to reach the Betfred Cup second round after finishing behind Dunfermline and Peterhead in their group.

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