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Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday set for switch to Azerbaijani side Qabala

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday is on his way to Austria to complete a season-long loan to Azerbaijani outfit Qabala.

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Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Liverpool have enquired about Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after talks over extending his stay at the Emirates Stadium stalled, according to the Daily Mirror.

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Lizzy Yarnold criticises omission of Russians from Winter Olympic checks

Lizzy Yarnold has criticised the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation for failing to include any Russian skeleton athletes on its official list of those who must commit to regular anti-doping checks for the Winter Olympic season.

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5 things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ draw with the Hurricanes

The British and Irish Lions’ final midweek match of their New Zealand tour ended in a gripping 31-31 draw against Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium.

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Defender Gabby George first to sign full-time deal with Everton Ladies

Everton Ladies defender Gabby George has become the club’s first full-time female professional after signing a two-year contract.

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Newcastle move to reassure Rafa Benitez that transfer targets are being pursued

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been told the club shares his frustration as they await a significant breakthrough in the transfer market.

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Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy ‘set on’ Bordeaux move

Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy could be set for a return to France with Bordeaux after reportedly saying he wants to join the Ligue 1 club.

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Lions held to draw by Hurricanes after surrendering second-half lead

The British and Irish Lions were held to a dispiriting 31-31 draw in Wellington after succumbing to a final-quarter fightback by the Hurricanes.

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Catalans Dragons scrum-half Richie Myler to join Leeds

Former England scrum-half Richie Myler will join Leeds on a three-year contract from next season.

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German paper reveals secret FIFA report into Qatar 2022 corruption allegations

Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup looks set to become mired in fresh controversy after the leaking of a secret FIFA report into the 2010 bidding contests.

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Injury scare for Murray ahead of Wimbledon title defence

Andy Murray has pulled out of his scheduled Wimbledon warm-up match at the Hurlingham Club on Tuesday because of a sore hip.

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Hamilton should accept some blame for Baku bust-up with Vettel – Jackie Stewart

Sir Jackie Stewart believes Lewis Hamilton must take some of the blame for an on-track bust-up with title rival Sebastian Vettel during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Williams to McEnroe: Keep me out of your statements that are not factually based

John McEnroe’s belief that Serena Williams would be ranked as low as 700 in the world if she played on the men’s tour has drawn short shrift from the 23-time women’s singles grand slam champion.

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Lions boss Gatland caricatured by New Zealand newspaper once again

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster says he would not like to be a victim of the newspaper clown treatment given to British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland.

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Liverpool set to avoid punishment for allegedly tapping up Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool are set to escape punishment for allegedly tapping up Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

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Jurgen Klinsmann denies Sunderland links

World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann has distanced himself from speculation that he could return to management at Sunderland.

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Bertrand Traore leaves Chelsea for Lyon

Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore has joined Lyon, the two clubs have announced.

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Safe standing in Football League moves closer as Shrewsbury apply for rail seats

Shrewsbury have become the first English club to apply for the introduction of safe standing at their ground.

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Courtney Lawes out to push Test claims as Lions take on Hurricanes

Courtney Lawes will aim to put himself in the Lions Test selection shop window on Tuesday when the tourists complete their schedule of midweek matches.

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England batsmen struggle as County Championship day-night games get under way

England’s batsmen struggled to adapt to the pink ball as 96 wickets tumbled during the first round of day-night cricket in the County Championship.

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