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Football transfer rumours: Manchester City bid £143m for Kylian Mbappé?

Today’s fluff has got the skills to pay the bills

Welcome to the Rumour Mill on a day when Real Madrid could complete a £161m deal for Kylian Mbappé – a player who has, to date, scored 16 league goals. They once got Ferenc Puskás for free.

Anyway, this is where we are, although Real’s hopes of doing irreparable damage to the space-time continuum might be scuppered by Manchester City, who are preparing a £143m bid for Mbappé themselves. It wasn’t too long ago when their big summer spend was £3.8m on Lee Bradbury. The Mill feels very old today.

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A-League expansion further delayed as FFA focus on operating model

  • A-League not at decision-making stage, says Greg O’Rourke
  • Earliest and most likely entry date for two new clubs is 2019-20 season

A-League hopefuls, including South Melbourne, could be waiting until 2018 to learn of FFA’s criteria to enter the competition. A-League chief Greg O’Rourke, who visited the ex-NSL powerhouse on Wednesday ahead of their FFA Cup tie, confirmed the sport’s governing body was prioritising talks on the league’s operating model with current clubs.

Related: David Squires on … the possibility of A-League expansion

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A-League expansion further delayed as FFA focus on operating model

  • A-League not at decision-making stage, says Greg O’Rourke
  • Earliest and most likely entry date for two new clubs is 2019-20 season

A-League hopefuls, including South Melbourne, could be waiting until 2018 to learn of FFA’s criteria to enter the competition. A-League chief Greg O’Rourke, who visited the ex-NSL powerhouse on Wednesday ahead of their FFA Cup tie, confirmed the sport’s governing body was prioritising talks on the league’s operating model with current clubs.

Related: David Squires on … the possibility of A-League expansion

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‘A real gentleman’: Raiders team-mates stand up for banned Sia Soliola

  • Soliola handed five-week suspension after high shot knocked out Billy Slater
  • Junior Paulo says fellow Canberra player will learn from time on sidelines

Canberra’s Junior Paulo has described team-mate Sia Soliola as a “real gentleman” who will learn from his five-week NRL suspension for knocking out Melbourne’s Billy Slater.

Related: Losing control: outrage at non-send off highlights core problem with NRL referees | Nick Tedeschi

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Euro 2017: Germany beat Russia and win Group B as Italy stun Sweden

  • Russia 0-2 Germany (Peter 10, Marozsán 52)
  • Sweden 2-3 Italy (Schelin 14, Black’s 47; Sabetino 4 37, Girelli 85)

Germany took advantage of Sweden’s surprise 3-2 defeat to Italy by beating Russia 2-0 to win Group B and set up a Euro 2017 quarter-final with Denmark.

Sweden will now face the Group A winners, Holland, after losing an enthralling match with the Italians in which they came from behind twice to equalise in Doetinchem before Cristiana Girelli’s decisive late strike.

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Euro 2017: Germany beat Russia and win Group B as Italy stun Sweden

  • Russia 0-2 Germany (Peter 10, Marozsán 52)
  • Sweden 2-3 Italy (Schelin 14, Black’s 47; Sabetino 4 37, Girelli 85)

Germany took advantage of Sweden’s surprise 3-2 defeat to Italy by beating Russia 2-0 to win Group B and set up a Euro 2017 quarter-final with Denmark.

Sweden will now face the Group A winners, Holland, after losing an enthralling match with the Italians in which they came from behind twice to equalise in Doetinchem before Cristiana Girelli’s decisive late strike.

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Tom Westley and Dawid Malan wait for England chance in crunch third Test

Ben Stokes is calling for a more sensible approach against South Africa as the Test series resumes at The Kia Oval on Thursday

England’s Test cricketers reassembled for training at The Kia Oval on Tuesday after a week spent stewing on the defeat at Trent Bridge, with two fresh faces in the squad and their firebrand vice-captain, Ben Stokes, of all people urging a more sensible approach.

Tom Westley, the Essex No3, has already been assured of making his debut in place of the injured Gary Ballance when the Investec series with South Africa resumes on Thursday, while the similarly uncapped Dawid Malan of Middlesex was also pressing his claims in the nets in the hope that England bolster their batting at the expense of a bowler.

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Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris urges Moussa Sissoko to seek clarity on future

• Lack of playing time could hit France midfielder’s 2018 World Cup chances
• ‘Moussa is important for the French national team. He needs to play more’

Hugo Lloris has urged Moussa Sissoko, Tottenham Hotspur’s £30m record signing, to seek clarity on his future or risk the chances of missing out on next summer’s World Cup. Sissoko enraged the Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, at the end of May after revealing his unhappiness in north London to a French newspaper as well as detailing a falling out with the Argentinian.

Related: Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier hoping to steal Kyle Walker’s England shirt

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José Mourinho: Tottenham will be major rivals for Premier League title

• ‘They have kept hold of the players they wanted to keep’
• Manchester United manager claims his side are ‘not big candidates’

José Mourinho has identified Tottenham as strong rivals to win the Premier League title next season and compared his challenge at Manchester United to the one he faced previously at Real Madrid, insisting the club had been left behind in “the evolution of football” when he succeeded Louis van Gaal last summer.

Mourinho has previously won the championship in every second season of his managerial career but believes this will be difficult in the forthcoming campaign. The manager feels United are candidates to win a 21st league title but identified Spurs as major contenders because they have retained all their players so far apart from Kyle Walker, who Mourinho asserted was sold to Manchester City because his replacement, Kieran Trippier, may be as good.

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Paul Pogba’s big-game experience and academy roots key for José Mourinho

Manchester United manager believes midfielder’s three finals in Europe and relationship with club will mean he has ‘fantastic role to play’ next season

On a sunny morning at Georgetown University José Mourinho is discussing why Paul Pogba can be Manchester United’s driving force in the Champions League, how “it is difficult to like players” as he does his squad and the rare sadness felt when Wayne Rooney left for Everton.

United are back in Europe’s elite club competition after Mourinho led them to a Europa League triumph last season, defeating Ajax 2-0 in the final. Speaking before United’s training session at the university’s Shaw Field, the manager believes Pogba’s experience in some of the world’s biggest matches will be vital for the forthcoming campaign.

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Lucy Bronze: ‘Mum will ensure my Portuguese dad supports England’

The defender could have played for next Euro 2017 opponents Portugal but is closing in on a quarter-final place with Mark Sampson’s squad instead

Lucy Bronze may have grown up in north Northumberland and have the accent to prove it but her olive skin suggests a southern European heritage.

“My dad’s Portuguese, from Lisbon,” says Mark Sampson’s right-back, who looks set to be a star of Euro 2017. “My mum, who is English, met him in Faro and she’ll make sure he’s supporting England on Thursday night. He’ll be told who to support.”

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Cricket is on the verge of making its application for Olympic inclusion

The approval of India is needed before a bid can be put forward but Olympic status would help the sport’s image become more global and less colonial

For all that the Olympic Games has become a byword for corruption and greed, it is challenged by only the football World Cup in terms of global popularity. Inclusion brings exposure to new audiences and opens up cash from national governments and the International Olympic Committee itself. That is why rugby and golf rejoined in Rio last year and the World Squash Federation president was “heartbroken” to learn that squash would not feature in 2020.

Cricket has long been unique among major sports in its reticence about joining the Olympic Games: an oddity that speaks of the sport’s conservatism and the historic lack of concern of its largest members for increasing the sport’s global footprint.

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Shadow sports minister urges RFU to reconsider women’s contracts

• Rosena Allin-Khan felt decision not to renew contracts was disappointing
• System unfair for World Cup winners who are a ‘source of inspiration’

The shadow sports minister has criticised the Rugby Football Union’s decision not to renew the contracts of England women’s 15-a-side players and urged the governing body to reconsider.

In a letter to the RFU chief executive, Ian Ritchie, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan said the organisation was showing it was “far less than fully committed” to the women’s game. The contracts of the England players looking to defend their World Cup crown in Ireland next month will expire after the tournament, with the focus then shifting to sevens.

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Lucky Whitehead has dog kidnapped, is mis-ID’d in theft, released by Cowboys

  • Wide receiver’s identity was falsely used during shoplifting arrest
  • Dallas subsequently released player after report of missed court hearing
  • Move came week after player said his dog was ransomed for $20,000

Lucky Whitehead may want to consider going by his birth name of Rodney after an extraordinary week of bad news.

The wide receiver, who has played in the No13 shirt during his career, was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday after reports emerged he had missed a court hearing relating to a case in which he had stolen $40 worth of goods from a Virginia convenience store in June.

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Lucky Whitehead has dog kidnapped, is mis-ID’d in theft, released by Cowboys

  • Wide receiver’s identity was falsely used during shoplifting arrest
  • Dallas subsequently released player after report of missed court hearing
  • Move came week after player said his dog was ransomed for $20,000

Lucky Whitehead may want to consider going by his birth name of Rodney after an extraordinary week of bad news.

The wide receiver, who has played in the No13 shirt during his career, was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday after reports emerged he had missed a court hearing relating to a case in which he had stolen $40 worth of goods from a Virginia convenience store in June.

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Niels de Vos says future is bright as London prepares for Bolt and company

Head of UK Athletics and London 2017 wants the capital to be known for athletics every summer, just as it is for Wimbledon tennis

Niels de Vos has not slept much over the last six months, working 18-hour days as he combines being the chief executive of UK Athletics and London 2017. We meet on the top floor of a Stratford hotel, overlooking the stadium which has just hosted 300,000 spectators over 10 days of the World Para Athletics Championships.

“We sold more tickets than Wimbledon did and more than the Open golf,” says De Vos. “For a para athletics event that is incredible.”

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Enable stretches lead in King George market with rain forecast

• Prospect of softer ground is likely to suit the double Oaks winner
• Decision on filly’s participation at Ascot to be made on Wednesday

Enable, the Oaks winner in both England and Ireland, moved further clear of Highland Reel on Tuesday in the betting for Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, as Chris Stickels, the track’s clerk of the course, predicted that the going this weekend will be good at best and “could easily have soft in there somewhere”.

Enable won both the Cheshire Oaks and then the Epsom Classic on good ground earlier in the season and is unlikely to be inconvenienced by a little cut in the turfon Saturday. Highland Reel, though, has a marked preference for faster going and finished last of seven in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March when the ground was described as yielding after what was, by Dubai standards, significant rainfall.

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Implementation of AFLX idea could in the end do more harm than good | Craig Little

It is inherently sensible for the league to try and expand its reach and revenue in a crowded market, but flooding it with an inferior product could be dangerous

To hear Roger McGuinn sing it, to everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn. But with AFLX, the “fast-paced, scaled down version of traditional football” played by teams of seven on a rectangular field, the AFL is not for turning, nor is it for the antiquated notion of seasons. The alternate version of the game – initially slated to fill the gap created by the bye leading into week one of the finals – would likely to be rolled out to colour in those few squares of the calendar yet occupied by the AFL.

Related: Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert resigns from struggling AFL club

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LeBron James denies report he’d be ‘tempted to beat Kyrie’s ass’ over trade

  • Cavaliers star breaks silence on team’s offseason moves with tweets
  • James objects to report saying he’d be tempted to ‘beat [Irving’s] ass’

LeBron James turned to social media on Tuesday morning to correct an ESPN report on the frayed state of his relationship with disgruntled Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving, who is said to have requested a trade from the Cavaliers earlier this month.

The comments came one day after the reigning Eastern Conference champions signed point guard Derrick Rose to a one-year contract.

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LeBron James denies report he’d be ‘tempted to beat Kyrie’s ass’ over trade

  • Cavaliers star breaks silence on team’s offseason moves with tweets
  • James objects to report saying he’d be tempted to ‘beat [Irving’s] ass’

LeBron James turned to social media on Tuesday morning to correct an ESPN report on the frayed state of his relationship with disgruntled Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving, who is said to have requested a trade from the Cavaliers earlier this month.

The comments came one day after the reigning Eastern Conference champions signed point guard Derrick Rose to a one-year contract.

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