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Hartley on England bench for Samoa clash as Jones gives full debut to George

England will enter Saturday’s climax to the autumn series against Samoa without Dylan Hartley at the helm for the first time in a Test under Eddie Jones.

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Widnes half-back Rangi Chase has been banned for two years after testing positive for cocaine (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Chase banned for two years by UK Anti-Doping after testing positive for cocaine

Widnes half-back Rangi Chase has been banned for two years after testing positive for cocaine.

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The former tennis star and her footballer husband are extending their family (Adam Davy/PA)

Ana Ivanovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger announce pregnancy

Former tennis star Ana Ivanovic and footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger have announced they are having a baby.

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Australia v England ? 2017/18 Ashes Series ? First Test ? Day One ? The Gabba

Ashes day one – in pictures and social

James Vince blunted the much-hyped Australia attack but fell foul of England’s new number one enemy Nathan Lyon just when he was all set to tame the Gabba on day one of the Ashes.

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Michael Lang celebrates scoring the winner (Patrick Straub/AP/PA)

Michael Lang late strike stuns Manchester United in Basel

Manchester United were denied a place in the Champions League knockout phase as Michael Lang’s late strike secured Basel a memorable, and deserved, victory.

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Eden Hazard celebrates with his Chelsea team-mates after scoring the opener (Pavel Golovkin/AP/PA)

Chelsea hammer 10-man Qarabag to secure Champions League progress

Willian scored twice and was fouled for two penalties as Chelsea cruised into the Champions League knockout stages with a 4-0 win over 10-man Qarabag at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.

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Arsenal Training Session ? London Colney

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say The saga surrounding Alexis Sanchez looks set to continue, with the Mirror reporting that Paris St German are looking at taking on the Arsenal man – and could even be tempted to make a move in the January transfer window. The Ligue 1 leaders will face competition from Manchester City for the Chile international, the paper reports.

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Peter Wright puts on a show for Children in Need

Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is no stranger to the hairdressers’ chair – his wife Jo prepares a new do for him every day.

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James Vince hit 83 on the first day of the opening Ashes Test (Jason O'Brien/PA)

England’s James Vince intends to make himself a household name in Australia

James Vince intends to ensure everyone in Australia knows who he is for the rest of this winter’s Ashes.

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James Vince and Mark Stoneman record half-centuries on first day of the Ashes

James Vince and Mark Stoneman both responded with maiden Ashes half-centuries following the early loss of England’s lynchpin opener Alastair Cook on day one of the first Test in Brisbane.

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Miami Heat end Boston Celtics’ winning run

The Boston Celtics’s winning run of 16 games was halted as the Miami Heat served up a 104-98 win.

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Jake Ball will play in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Ball wins battle for England fourth seamer slot ahead of Ashes opener

England have confirmed Jake Ball as their fourth seamer for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

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England's James Vince walks off dejected after being run out by Nathan Lyon ( Jason O'Brien/PA Wire)

Vince helps England make solid start before Lyon strikes in Ashes opener

James Vince blunted the much-hyped Australia attack but fell foul of England’s new number one enemy Nathan Lyon just when he was all set to tame the Gabba on day one of the Ashes.

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George North is returning to Wales at the end of the season (Mike Egerton/PA)

George North to leave Northampton and return to Wales on national dual contract

George North will return to Wales from Northampton next season – and a decision on his regional destination is said to be announced in the new year.

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Oumar Niasse, left, has been hit with a retrospective ban (Steven Paston/PA Wire)

Oumar Niasse gets two-game ban as David Unsworth voices concern over decision

Everton striker Oumar Niasse was hit with a two-match ban for diving on Wednesday as caretaker boss David Unsworth spoke about a “dangerous precedent” being set.

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James Vince hit his maiden Test half-century for England before falling for 83 (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Ashes day one – story of the match

James Vince blunted the much-hyped Australia attack but fell foul of England’s new number one enemy Nathan Lyon just when he was all set to tame the Gabba on day one of the Ashes.

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Neymar celebrates scoring his second goal of the night (Adam Davy/Empics)

Paris St Germain outclass Celtic in seven-goal rout

Celtic suffered another night of European anguish against Paris St Germain in a 7-1 thrashing in the Parc des Princes.

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Atletico Madrid stay in the hunt for Champions League last-16 place

Antoine Griezmann’s “phenomenal” goal kept Atletico Madrid’s Champions League hopes alive as they grabbed a vital victory over Roma.

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Haye injury forces postponement of Bellew rematch (Adam Davy/PA)

Haye injury forces postponement of Bellew rematch

David Haye has been forced to postpone his rematch with Tony Bellew after tearing his biceps during training.

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Arsene Wenger tips a fit Danny Welbeck for England spot at next year’s World Cup

Arsene Wenger believes Danny Welbeck will go to the World Cup with England if the Arsenal striker can remain fit in the coming months.

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