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Johanna Konta reaches China Open final to become first British woman to reach top-10 since 1984

Portugal 6-0 Andorra: Cristiano Ronaldo scores FOUR in rout as minnows have two men sent

PORTUGAL 6-0 ANDORRA: Cristiano Ronaldo showed off his trademark celebration (left) after dishing out brutal justice on Andorra's hatchet men by inspiring Portugal to a rout of the Group B minnows. The Real Madrid forward had missed Portugal's opening defeat by Switzerland last month due to a knee injury sustained in the European Championship final win over France. But he was back with a bang on Friday night, scoring four goals despite Andorra targeting him with some rough treatment (top right and bottom right).

Drug raid at Velodrome: Cycling in crisis as investigators swoop on dream factory

MATT LAWTON: British Cycling headquarters at the Manchester velodrome, the dream factory once described as 'the beating heart of Britain's ascension to the top of world cycling', was swooped on by investigators from UK Anti-Doping.

Wembley is sold out for the first of Gareth Southgate's four games in charge against Malta and he is committed to naming an attacking line-up, with captain Wayne Rooney starting in midfield. 

JOE DOWNES AT SUZUKA: Nico Rosberg remains unbeaten this weekend after dramatically snatching his third straight pole at the Japanese GP by just 0.013 seconds from Lewis Hamilton.

MATT BARLOW: Another week of inner turmoil draws to a close at London's culture club, where one tradition thriving despite a move from Upton Park to Stratford is the promise of wild inconsistency.

CHARLES SALE: The top brass at talkSport remain bemused by controversial pundit Stan Collymore's insistence he left the radio station on a point of principle after they were bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Zorya Luhansk chief executive Sergei Rafailov has described Manchester as a 'dirty city' in an extraordinary rant towards his side's recent Europa League opponents.

Ricky Burns beats Kiryl Relikh by unanimous decision to defend his WBA world

Ricky Burns claimed victory by unanimous decision as he held off the challenge of Belarusian fighter Kiryl Relikh in Glasgow to defend his WBA world super-lightweight title. Relikh came forward throughout but was wobbled in the eighth round, before finding a second wind in the 10th, although Burns was able to hang on to take the win by unanimous decision.

Seamus Coleman's warning to young players on pitfalls of modern game: 'Your job is to

IAN LADYMAN: However long Seamus Coleman stays at Everton, it will always be one day less than it should have been. February 2009 and the 20-year-old Coleman's flight to England from his home in County Donegal was cancelled because of snow. There was another from Belfast but he did not take it. He took the chance to have one last night at home. 'It was hard coming over,' said Coleman. 'I knew I had to come, knew I had to take my chance but I didn't want to, deep down. It was scary. I had to force myself to come here.'

PAUL NEWMAN IN DHAKA: A five-wicket haul from debutant Jake Ball and two late wickets from Adil Rashid to give him four in all turned this first ODI around and earned England a 21-run win.

Aston Villa will be thwarted in any attempts to land David Wagner as a replacement for Roberto Di Matteo with the Huddersfield Town manager committed to staying with his club.

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring against Eibar in La Liga earlier this season

The Spanish giants posted record revenues over the course of 2015-16, with earnings rising 7.4 per cent to €620million. They paid off €96m of debt during the 2015-16 period, figures have revealed.

'Manchester let's f****** do this!': Hometown hero Michael Bisping raring to go at UFC 204

Great Britain's Michael Bisping was at his provocative best as he came face to face with Dan Henderson for the final time before their highly-anticipated middleweight title fight at Saturday's UFC 204 showpiece.The pair both made the 185lb weight limit in Friday morning's official weigh-ins before coming together to take part in the ceremonial event at Manchester Central. The ever-brash Bisping (185lbs) was the polar opposite of his reserved long-time rival Henderson (184lbs) as they came together in front of a raucous crowd.

All-out attack for Gareth Southgate as England's interim boss takes centre stage with

It is hard to find someone who has a bad word to say about Gareth Southgate. Now he is England manager, that is likely to change. It comes with the territory. Southgate has reached the top of the tree, and it's a long way down from there. Intense scrutiny and snap judgments await the 46-year-old. Absolutely everyone will have an opinion. One FA official said this week that Southgate would be a success in any vocation, his drive and intelligence would see that. 'He's just an all round top guy,' said the official.

Amid all the huff and puff about Wayne Rooney this season, one piece of absolutely coruscating analysis all but passed under the radar.

The first thing that comes to Jordan Henderson's mind is the rage and fury. He is revisiting the defeat by Iceland, reliving English football's biggest on-field embarrassment.

Arsene Wenger appeared to take himself out of the running for the role of England manager. The Frenchman said it was 'very important' the national boss should be and Englishman.

Belgium 4-0 Bosnia: Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Toby Alderweireld get The Red Devils

BELGIUM 4-0 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA - ADAM CRAFTON AT THE KING BADOUIN STADIUM: It is a long time since a Roberto Martinez side has been applauded off the field quite like this. By the end of his reign at Everton, the best he could hope for was mild indifference from the terraces and on some of those particularly uncomfortable days at Goodison Park, the tenor from the terraces became really rather unpleasant. Indeed, only last month during his first match in charge of Belgium, there were groans to greet both the half-time and full-time whistle of a comprehensive 2-0 defeat by Spain.

Holland 4-1 Belarus: Vincent Janssen stunner caps dominant display

HOLLAND 4-1 BELARUS: Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen produced the finest of strikes as Holland eased past Belarus to rise to the top of Group A.

Gordon Strachan insists his Scotland skipper Darren Fletcher is the international poster-boy kids should want to be. The West Brom star will earn his 75th cap against Lithuania on Saturday.

Gareth Bale will not be 'too proud' to take his talent to the touchline if his long throws help Wales qualify for the World Cup finals. The Real Madrid star showed he's good with his hands as well as his feet.

Michael O'Neill has called on Northern Ireland's fans to create an intimidating atmosphere at the new Windsor Park on Saturday evening to kickstart their bid for World Cup qualification.

Conor McGregor is like a 'scared little kid' after his famous verbal tirades at press conferences according to Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone. The American said McGregor was disliked by fighters.

The former All Black No 10 and team-mates Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff were reported to have produced doping samples showing traces of a steroid after the Top 14 final in Barcelona on June 25.

Serious injuries to Bath wing Anthony Watson and Wasps flanker Sam Jones prompted claims by Premiership Rugby that they were concerned about the intensity of the sessions.

MARTHA KELNER: Team Sky and British Cycling share a home, the national velodrome in Manchester - raided by UK Anti-Doping officers - many of the same successful riders and several staff members.

France 4-1 Bulgaria:  Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro double act gets 2018 World Cup

FRANCE 4-1 BULGARIA: France produced a scintillating show as they put memories of one of the most painful moments in their soccer history to one side by crushing Bulgaria 4-1 in a World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday. Les Bleus had not hosted Bulgaria since an infamous qualifier in November 1993 when they conceded a late goal to lose 2-1, a defeat that meant they missed out on a place at the following year's World Cup in the United States.

Toulon's comic book magnate owner Mourad Boudjellal reveals why he put Jonny Wilkinson on

NIK SIMON: Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Mourad Boudjellal, whose office in Toulon is filled with figurines of trolls, hairless camels and babies carrying spears. On his desk is a placard reading: 'Quiet! There's world domination in progress!' But as well as power reforms in European rugby, the billionaire comic book magnate is talking through his latest animation idea - a story about England head coach Eddie Jones.

Substitute Valentin Stocker scored a late winner as Switzerland beat Hungary 3-2 in Budapest to make it back-to-back victories in Group B.

Rangers legend Mark Hateley insists Joey Barton must live up to the expectations of an Ibrox player as he seeks to revive his career at the club.

Eric Bailly has started learning English after bedding in at Manchester United. The £30million summer signing from Villarreal has taken Jose Mourinho by surprise after his fine start to the season.

Tyson Fury's trainer and uncle has hit out at the 't*****' friends who he believes have helped contribute to the boxer's downfall. Fury could lose his belts after failing a drugs test for cocaine.

Josh Charnley is a marked man as Wigan try king seeks to go out on a high in Grand Final

It is less than an hour's drive from Wigan to Sale - but Josh Charnley knows his code-switching journey across Greater Manchester could be lined with danger. The winger will bid a grand farewell to rugby league after Saturday's Grand Final, 12 years after arriving at his first training session as an underweight 13-year-old. He will make an identical switch to Jason Robinson and is determined to follow in the footsteps of 'Billy Whizz', rather than the recent trail of destruction of Sam Burgess.

Italy striker Graziano Pelle sent back to China after 'unacceptable' handshake snub with

Italy forward Graziano Pelle has been removed from the team's squad for refusing to shake coach Giampiero Ventura's hand after a substitution. The incident occurred on Thursday in the second half of Italy's 1-1 draw with Spain in a World Cup qualifier. The Italian soccer federation says Pelle has been sent back to his club Shandong Luneng in China, where he earns an estimated £260,000 a week, and will therefore miss Sunday's qualifier at Macedonia.

The Wigan and England loose forward has not played for two months because of injury and was not included in coach Shaun Wane's original 19-man for Saturday's Grand Final against Warrington.

BATH 30-3 SALE: The Sharks enjoyed plenty of possession and territory but had no answer to Bath's superior finishing as Matt Banahan, Kahn Fotuali'i and replacement prop Kane Palma-Newport crossed for tries.

Referee Lee Mason awarded Fulham a penalty in the fifth minute of time added on for Nedum Onuoha's alleged foul on Jozabed and was surrounded by protesting QPR players.



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England squad give their new boss the run around ahead of Malta World Cup qualifier

England interim manager Gareth Southgate picked up 57 caps for the national side during his career and appears happy to return to the fold in training. Southgate was active in Friday's training session at St George's Park, getting stuck into passing and defensive drills with the current crop of players. The former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa defender is gearing his Three Lions up for Saturday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley against Malta.

Bob Bradley comes out fighting during Swansea unveiling after becoming the Premier

The new drill sergeant of Swansea City intends to draw on the example of his war hero father as he begins his task as the Premier League's first American manager. Bob Bradley used his public unveiling at Swansea's Marriott Hotel yesterday to address the usual stereotypes and assumptions made about Americans who make their living in this game.

Pep Guardiola on Johan Cruyff: 'I am manager at Manchester City, was at Bayern Munich and

If his arms are moving Pep Guardiola is engaged and that was the case when the Manchester City manager spoke at length about the late, great Johan Cruyff on Thursday. Sat downstairs in a London bookshop as Cruyff's posthumous autobiography, 'My Turn', was unveiled, Guardiola looked alive when talking about how his own career was shaped.

Alvaro Morata revealed Real Madrid's stars are 'angry' about their recent dip in form. The Spanish striker was still optimistic that his side can get back to winning ways and are united behind their boss.

The 24-year-old was left severely bleeding after being elbowed in the face before an altercation with the referee led to a caution for dissent - prompting Brazil coach Tite to offer some words of advice.

EXCLUSIVE: Premier League champions Leicester City have taken Harrow Borough striker Ibrahim Meite on trial as they bid to uncover their next non-league gem after Jamie Vardy's success.

The road to the demi-world of endless loan spells is littered with great promises and tempting inducements.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted the Spanish giants had conversations about signing Paul Pogba in the summer, and a move to sign the star 'could have happened.'

Shane Long will be fit for the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier with Moldova tomorrow night, despite suffering an injury scare towards the end of the 1-0 win over Georgia on Thursday.

Wearing an oxygen mask, on a stretcher... and chased by police! Watch Valencia being followed by officers during match amid claims he didn't pay £13,000 child support

Enner Valencia's child support row appeared to take a new twist on Thursday as reports suggest police chased the Premier League star off the pitch. Valencia is said to owe the mother of his daughter £13,000 in child maintenance bills and police even turned up to Ecuador's training session ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifying clash with Chile.  And the local police in Quito, according to reports in Argentina, went one step further during the clash at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa after Valencia was forced off with altitude sickness in the 82nd minute.

Peru 2-2 Argentina: Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori goes from hero to villain

Argentina were held 2-2 by Peru in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, their second successive away draw without injured talisman Lionel Messi, which dropped them to fifth in the South American group. Defender Ramiro Funes Mori put Argentina ahead after 15 minutes but was responsible for Peru's late penalty equaliser that was converted by Christian Cueva. In between, Peru's veteran striker Paolo Guerrero equalised early in the second half and Gonzalo Higuain restored Argentina's lead in the 77th minute.

It will be three years next Tuesday since Townsend marked his debut with a goal against Montenegro at Wembley. He was man of the match in a 4-1 win that edged England towardsthe World Cup.

Italy players and mascots show the passion of football by belting out national anthem

Passion flared as the Italian national team faced Spain this week in their World Cup qualifying clash. The two giants of world football came head-to-head in what was a rematch of their Euro 2016 last 16 match in France. But it was the Italian players and their mascots who caught the eye after belting out the national anthem of Italy with patriotic fervour.

Lithuania have lost all four of their previous visits to Glasgow, but manager Edgaras Jankauskas is more concerned by the threats Gordon Strachan's hosts pose in the present day.

The Scotland manager watched his three left-backs produce the most impressive week of training he has ever seen, but it is not the only choice he has to make ahead of Saturday's game.

Neil Warnock is looking at the possibility of signing Marouane Chamakh as a free-agent. The new Cardiff boss is attempting to negotiate a deal to bring the striker in for the rest of this campaign.

Everton's out of favour defender Ramiro Funes Mori says he may look to leave Goodison Park this season unless he's given more game time under new manager Ronald Koeman.

Martin O'Neill admits he would have been powerless to prevent Harry Arter defecting to England - and the Republic of Ireland boss will have to wait until 2017 before Scott Hogan declares.

Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star. This week it's Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo under inspection...

Dillian Whyte beats Ian Lewison to claim the vacant British heavyweight title in Glasgow

Dillian Whyte took the vacant British heavyweight title after a bruising 10-round slug fest with Ian Lewison at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow. Lewison, the much heavier man, wore a kilt and from the first bell started throwing bombs with intermittent success. Whyte, 28, began returning with haymakers and both men took their share of punches as the rounds moved on.

Argentina return to Twickenham to face Australia with World Cup revenge on their mind as

Argentina captain Agustin Creevyhas challenged his side to secure a second Rugby Championship victory this weekend, to avenge their World Cup semi-final defeat to Australia at Twickenham. The former Worcester hooker also insisted that Argentina are keeping their eye on their world ranking ahead of May's pool draw for the 2019 World Cup.

Andy Murray wins 7-6, 6-2 in British battle against training partner Kyle Edmund in China

An all British affair at the quarter-final of the China Open was tightly contested and Kyle Edmund forced Andy Murray into a first-set tie-break. Murray edged out his Davies Cup teammate 11-9 to take control of the match which he said before the contest would make him 'uncomfortable'. The second set saw Edmund exhibit impressive resilience but the Wimbledon champion eventually had too much for him.

Saracens welcome rampant Wasps in the game of the weekend as Dai Young's side look to continue their unbeaten start to the Aviva Premiership season against the champions.

Former world number one Tiger Woods has officially entered next week's Safeway Open as he edges nearer to competing in his first PGA Tour event since August 2015.

In the latest setback to the planned expansion of Roland Garros, construction work at the home of the French Open has been halted again by a court decision.

JOE DOWNES AT SUZUKA: Nico Rosberg survived a scare before topping both of the first two practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix. The German eclipsed team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

World number two Andy Murray praised compatriot Kyle Edmund after defeating his Davis Cup team-mate 7-6 (11/9) 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the China Open.

PAUL NEWMAN: The first Test of next year's three-match series between England and West Indies in August will see an experiment aimed at attracting a new, younger crowd to the longer game.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his hottest selections ahead of Saturday's meetings at Newcastle, York, Newmarket, Chepstow and Hexham.

The conclusive triumph of O'Brien's Rhododendron in Friday's Dubai Fillies' Mile took O'Brien's tally to 20. He is four short of his best and five off the worldwide record set by the late Bobby Frankel.

From Samuel Eto'o to Luis Figo: What happens when players leave Barcelona

Some say the only way is down once you leave Barcelona.  But then try telling that to Samuel Eto'o who joined Jose Mourinho and won the treble in Italy, Luis Figo who joined Real Madrid was thrown a pig's head but won the European Cup, or to Yaya Toure who missed out on a birthday cake and some Champions League glory but won two Premier League titles at Manchester City.  Sportsmail looks at what happens when players walk away from, or are ushered out of, the most successful club of the 21st century.

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: I understand why people are scratching their heads and wondering what was going on when Sam Jones broke his leg during a judo session, but I don't think there is cause for alarm.

JEFF POWELL: If Tyson Fury is telling the truth when he says he is bi-polar, a manic depressive and suicidal, then he must be prohibited from boxing until he is completely cured.

MARK WEBSTER - EDGE OF THE BOX: The period of the game before the Premier League era's introduction was documented on ITV's 'When Football Changed Forever'.