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Lionel Messi double powers Barcelona to victory over Alavés in opener

Barcelona began the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Alavés with the help of an under-the-wall free-kick from Lionel Messi, who scored twice, and a curling shot from the substitute Philippe Coutinho.The champions had dominated the late kick-off at a qu…

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Tyson Fury sees off Pianeta then confirms Deontay Wilder fight

• British former heavyweight champion to fight for WBC title • Fury and Wilder grandstand in Belfast ring after Pianeta boutTyson Fury has agreed to a fight against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and the date and venue will be announced next w…

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Brighton’s Bernardo: ‘In my school, I was the only black guy. It bothers me’

Brighton’s new defender had a privileged upbringing in Brazil but kept his feet on the ground by training with the poor kids“I think I have a Brazilian soul,” Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior says as he prepares to delve into a discussion about Brazi…

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Brighton’s Bernardo: ‘In my school, I was the only black guy. It bothers me’

Brighton’s new defender had a privileged upbringing in Brazil but kept his feet on the ground by training with the poor kids“I think I have a Brazilian soul,” Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior says as he prepares to delve into a discussion about Brazi…

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José Mourinho says Manchester City’s TV series shows they lack class

• United manager infuriated by appearances in City documentary• Mourinho defends David de Gea and says new deal is imminentJosé Mourinho has criticised Manchester City over their new documentary All or Nothing, accusing the club of lacking class and re…

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Chris Woakes: ‘Ben Stokes is a big-game player, he’s worked extremely hard’

• Woakes’s fellow all-rounder catches Virat Kohli on 97• ‘He made that catch look quite easy … it was a big wicket‘Chris Woakes praised the big-game temperament of Ben Stokes after his fellow all-rounder punctuated a low-key return to the England team …

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Maurizio Sarri emerges with points from new boys’ wild helter-skelter | Amy Lawrence

Italian has good fortune Chelsea have started with two wins while Unai Emery must feel aggrieved Arsenal are stuck on zeroFor two managers new to English football, bringing their own ideas and cultures to these shores, it did not take long to experienc…

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Ben Stokes turns damp squib into cathartic release by pouching Kohli | Ali Martin

Roar at catching India’s captain on 97 shows England all-rounder’s relief at being back centre stage for the right reasonsWho writes your scripts? So asked Graham Gooch of Ian Botham at the Oval in 1986 after the all-rounder picked up a wicket with his…

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Marcos Alonso strikes late as Chelsea beat Arsenal in five-goal thriller

This ended up feeling like a vindication of all the caution expressed publicly by Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery in the campaign’s early days. Chelsea, relieved to have a player of Eden Hazard’s calibre to fling on to make a difference, triumphed here a…

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Virat Kohli inspires India fightback but misses century in third England Test

• India 307-6 vs England• Virat Kohli dismissed three short of century by Adil RashidMarshalled by their captain, Virat Kohli, India reignited this series as a contest. After their humiliation at Lord’s India finished a fine day of Test cricket on 307 …

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus debut ends in dramatic late win at Chievo

Juventus came from behind to snatch a dramatic 3-2 win at Chievo as Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for the Turin side on Saturday, although the Portugal captain was not among the scorers in his first Serie A match.Ronaldo was thwarted several times t…

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Harry Kane to Mauricio Pochettino: ‘In the end I scored, gaffer’ – video

Mauricio Pochettino gives his verdict after Tottenham Hotspur beat Fulham 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday. Harry Kane scored in August after failing to find the net in 14 previous games in the opening month of the seasonHarry Kane breaks August goal drought…

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Reece Prescod’s late surge fractionally short of catching Christian Coleman

• Briton loses 100m at Birmingham Grand Prix by 0.001sec• Matthew Hudson-Smith fails in 400m British record attemptUnder gunmetal skies Britain’s Reece Prescod fired a shot that will surely be heard around the sprinting world. This time, however, he wa…

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Mark Johnston equals Richard Hannon’s British record of 4,193 winners

• Dr Richard Kimble win at Ripon puts Johnston on all-time high• Trainer watched winner on TV from bar in DeauvilleA pair of 9-2 shots took Mark Johnston alongside Richard Hannon Sr as the most successful British trainers, a title they now share for wh…

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Salford’s Jackson Hastings shows no mercy to leave Widnes in despair

• Salford 32-6 Widnes• Widnes in peril after two losses from two QualifiersThe Qualifiers is a fortnight old, but it is becoming increasingly clear that Widnes Vikings’ seven-year sojourn in Super League may well be approaching its end.There are five g…

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Football League: Roofe strike secures Leeds win, Middlesbrough stay top

Soudani saves Forest, Sharp’s late strike takes points for BladesPeterborough and Portsmouth cruise, Morecambe still goallessLeeds completely dominated possession against Rotherham but were made to wait until four minutes after half-time to take the le…

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Tired Dina Asher?Smith falls just short to Shaunae Miller-Uibo in Birmingham

• Toll of European Championships tells in Grand Prix 200m• Asher?Smith second behind Bahamian Miller-UiboSo now we know: Dina Asher?Smith is human after all. As usual Britain’s brightest track star gave her all at the Birmingham Grand Prix but the effe…

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Harry Kane breaks August goal drought in Tottenham win over Fulham

Harry Kane broke his August duck in the Premier League and there were echoes of England’s World Cup summer as Tottenham overcame a committed effort from new boys Fulham at Wembley.A goal late in the first half from Lucas Moura, his first in the league …

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Richarlison’s fast start continues as Everton see off Southampton

It was not victory that distinguished the first home game of Marco Silva’s Everton reign from what had preceded it but the entertainment and enjoyment that accompanied a hard-fought win over Southampton. Goodison Park endured a tense, nervous finale bu…

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Matt Phillips at the double in West Brom’s 7-1 dismantling of QPR

West Brom ran riot in their Championship encounter at The Hawthorns. Six second-half goals meant they romped to victory and leave QPR still looking for their first point of the season.Matt Phillips had given Albion a 29th-minute lead against his former…