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Holders Manchester United handed trip to Swansea in Carabao Cup draw

• Tottenham host local rivals West Ham at Wembley in fourth round
• Crystal Palace will be wary of an upset when they travel to Bristol City

Manchester United, the holders, will travel to Swansea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. José Mourinho’s side beat Burton of the Championship 4-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday to secure their place in the draw.

Chelsea, 5-1 winners against Nottingham Forest, will welcome Everton – who beat Sunderland 3-0 – to Stamford Bridge. Tottenham host West Ham at Wembley and Manchester City entertain Championship side Wolves. Arsenal will also welcome Championship opposition to the Emirates in the shape of Norwich.

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Racing news and tips: Winx in frame for ambitious European adventure in 2018

• Royal Ascot could be on agenda for Australian horse after 20th win
• Expert Eye must progress if he is to contest Dewhurst Stakes

Australian racemare Winx is under consideration for a European campaign in 2018 after taking her winning tally to 20 races at the weekend when she claimed victory in the George Main Stakes at Randwick.

Winx will now have a prep run before she takes aim at winning the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley for a third consecutive year, but her trainer, Chris Waller, has also raised the intriguing possibility of sending her to Europe next year, when she might have Royal Ascot on the agenda.

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Burnley demand explanation from Ladbrokes after sponsor taunts players

• Official Ladbrokes account tweeted middle-finger emoji at Burnley players
• Ladbrokes signed up as Burnley’s official UK betting partner in August

Burnley are seeking an explanation from their official betting partner Ladbrokes after the firm tweeted an offensive emoji aimed at players Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor.

Ladbrokes, who are the club’s “official UK betting partner” and sponsor the Cricket Field Stand at Turf Moor, sent the message in the wake of Burnley’s loss to Leeds United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

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Lionel Messi hits four to lead rampant Barcelona’s hammering of Eibar

Lionel Messi turned on the style once again with four goals as Barcelona maintained their 100% start in La Liga with a crushing 6-1 win over Eibar at the Camp Nou. The Argentinian launched a devastating second-half display to sink the visitors, with further goals coming from Denis Suárez and Paulinho, while Sergi Enrich replied.

Ernesto Valverde made a number of changes, with Luis Suárez dropping to the bench and the new signing Ousmane Dembélé ruled out for four months with a hamstring injury. There were few signs of the performance to come as the hosts once again struggled in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind. Enrich raced clear on to a David Juncà through ball with just three minutes on the clock but fired a tame shot straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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Durham council investigates collapsed stand at England T20 match

• Durham county council confirms inquiry into cause of accident
• Three injured and woman left with broken leg at Chester-le-Street

Durham County Council has confirmed it will investigate the cause of the partial collapse of a stand which left a female spectator with a broken leg at Chester-le-Street.

Related: Jonny Bairstow to open for England in first ODI match with West Indies

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Jonny Bairstow to open for England in first ODI match with West Indies

• Eoin Morgan: ‘This is an opportunity to make the opening position his’
• Captain confirms Bairstow will open with Alex Hales at Old Trafford

Jonny Bairstow will open for England in the first Royal London Series one-day international against West Indies at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Jason Roy will therefore not regain the position he lost to Bairstow in England’s Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to Pakistan in Cardiff three months ago.

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Bookmaker apologises after offering odds on Ugo Ehiogu for Birmingham post

• Paddy Power offered 66/1 on late defender succeeding Harry Redknapp
• Former Tottenham coach Ehiogu passed away in April

A gambling firm has apologised after it allowed customers to bet on a dead former footballer becoming a manager.

Paddy Power briefly advertised odds of 66/1 on ex-Aston Villa and England defender Ugo Ehiogu taking charge of rivals Birmingham, following the sacking of manager Harry Redknapp on Saturday.

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Geoff Wragg, father figure of Newmarket trainers, dies at 87

• Wragg provided Lester Piggott with ninth Derby success on Teenoso in 1983
• ‘He was an absolute gentleman … it leaves a big hole in the community’

Tributes have been paid to Geoff Wragg, the multiple Classic-winning trainer, who has died at the age of 87. The Newmarket trainer John Berry, a former mayor of the town, hailed Wragg as the “father figure of Newmarket trainers”.

During his first season after taking over the licence from his father, Harry, Wragg provided Lester Piggott with his ninth Derby success when saddling Teenoso to win the 1983 renewal of the Epsom showpiece. Twenty-three years later Wragg memorably came close to causing one of the biggest upsets in Derby history when his 66-1 shot Dragon Dancer was beaten a short head into second place by Sir Percy.

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Geoff Wragg, father figure of Newmarket trainers, dies at 87

• Wragg provided Lester Piggott with ninth Derby success on Teenoso in 1983
• ‘He was an absolute gentleman … it leaves a big hole in the community’

Tributes have been paid to Geoff Wragg, the multiple Classic-winning trainer, who has died at the age of 87. The Newmarket trainer John Berry, a former mayor of the town, hailed Wragg as the “father figure of Newmarket trainers”.

During his first season after taking over the licence from his father, Harry, Wragg provided Lester Piggott with his ninth Derby success when saddling Teenoso to win the 1983 renewal of the Epsom showpiece. Twenty-three years later Wragg memorably came close to causing one of the biggest upsets in Derby history when his 66-1 shot Dragon Dancer was beaten a short head into second place by Sir Percy.

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Forrest and Dembélé steal the show as Celtic thrash Ross County

The returning Moussa Dembélé scored his first goal of the season as Celtic reaffirmed their domestic dominance with a crushing win over Ross County. Celtic moved two points clear of second-placed Aberdeen and five points clear of traditional rivals Rangers before the Old Firm derby at Ibrox next week

Celtic were crushed 5-0 at home by Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener on Tuesday but they were more at ease in this encounter, with Australia midfielder Tom Rogic driving them ahead in the 13th minute.

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Jamie Vardy penalty secures Leicester City a point at Huddersfield Town

Laurent Depoitre scored on his full Premier League debut as Huddersfield and Leicester City fought out a 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Depoitre, a £3.5m summer signing from Porto, broke the deadlock 40 seconds into the second half before Jamie Vardy brought the visitors level four minutes later from the penalty spot.

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Everton’s misery continues with Europa League defeat against Atalanta

Everton produced another hugely disappointing display as they were soundly beaten for the third successive game, this time Atalanta inflicting the damage in their Europa League Group E opener in Reggio Emilia.

Ronald Koeman’s misfiring team went into the match having endured a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea and lost 3-0 at home against Tottenham Hotspur. Koeman, the Everton manager, had warned they would “need to react” in Italy after that last performance.

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Arsenal v Köln delayed on safety grounds as 20,000 away fans travel

• Europe League match put back an hour for crowd safety reasons
• Visiting fans given only 3,000 tickets for Emirates Stadium

Kick-off for Arsenal’s Europa League tie with Cologne has been delayed by an hour because of crowd safety after about 20,000 German supporters earlier flooded into central London.

The fans were filmed thronging the streets in the West End ahead of the Bundesliga side’s game at the Emirates Stadium, their first in European competition for 20 years.

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Serena Williams shares first photos of daughter Alexis Olympia

In a video welcoming her first child, the singles champion who won 23 grand slams says there were ‘a lot of complications’

Serena Williams has released the first images of her newborn daughter Alexis.

The 23-time grand slam singles champion gave birth on 1 September, and announced on Wednesday that she and her fiance, Alexis Ohanian, have named their daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

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Wales’s Sam Warburton to miss autumn internationals with neck injury

• British and Irish Lions skipper in New Zealand faces four months out
• Misses Tests against Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa

Cardiff Blues and Wales star Sam Warburton is to undergo surgery following the recurrence of a long-standing neck injury.

The Blues said that former Wales skipper Warburton, who captained the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand this summer, faces up to four months out.

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Racing news and tips: Cheltenham runners to be declared 48 hours before races

• BHA’s radical move backed by Cheltenham and Bettors’ Forum group
• Switch in response to feedback from various sections of racing industry

The British Horseracing Authority has announced that all races at next year’s Cheltenham Festival will declare at the 48-hour stage.

Previously, only the non-novice Grade Ones declared two days in advance, with the other races sticking to the usual National Hunt 24-hour stage.

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Liverpool to appeal against length of Sadio Mané’s ban after red card

• Mané sent off after high boot in challenge with Manchester City’s Ederson
• Forward set to miss two league games and Carabao Cup fixture

Liverpool are to appeal against the length of Sadio Mané’s three-match ban for his dismissal against Manchester City.

Mané was sent off for raising his foot in a challenge with the City goalkeeper Ederson in the first half of Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat on Saturday. Mané’s boot caught Ederson in the face on the edge of City’s penalty area, and the 25-year-old was shown a straight red card by the referee Jon Moss.

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Antonio Conte set to rotate Chelsea side against Qarabag in Champions League

• ‘It’s normal when you have to play seven games in 21 days to rotate players’
• ‘I’m very calm about this because I trust my players’

Antonio Conte is poised to rotate his players when Chelsea make their Champions League return on Tuesday night. The Premier League winners play their second of seven games in September when their Group C campaign opens against Azerbaijan’s Qarabag.

Sunday’s league match at home to Arsenal follows and Conte is not prepared to ask too much of players so early in the season. “You are never relaxed in England because you have to play a tough league and also FA Cup and also Carabao Cup,” the manager said. “Now we are starting to play the Champions League. To play 60, 65 games it’s normal but it’s not easy.

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Mo Farah becomes first athlete to win Great North Run four times in a row

• Farah came home in one hour and six seconds
• Runner equals Benson Masya’s four titles won in the 1990s

Mo Farah made history on Sunday as he won his fourth successive Great North Run title.

Related: Mo Farah calls time on GB career after victory in final track outing

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Lionel Messi fires Barcelona past Espanyol with Camp Nou hat-trick

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick and Ousmane Dembélé came off the bench to set up a late goal for Luis Suárez as Barcelona romped to a 5-0 win in the Catalan derby against Espanyol at the Camp Nou.

With their title rivals from Madrid, Real and Atlético, having dropped points with draws earlier in the day, Barcelona were looking to strike an early blow at the top of the table.

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