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Ronaldinho, Francesco Totti and a host of other football stars join Diego Maradona in

Ronaldinho and Francesco Totti were among the star names to join Diego Maradona in a charity match in Rome on Wednesday evening. The 'United for Peace' game, organised by Pope Francis, took place at the Stadio Olimpico, its importance underlined by the huge number of former players who made the effort to attend the match. Former Argentina star Maradona was unsurprisingly the headline act, with local hero Totti and former Barcelona and Brazil man Ronaldinho also making the headlines. And Maradona showed his fiery temper is still in tact as he clashed with countryman Juan Sebastian Veron (far right), a player he once coached, during the charity match. 

Tyson Fury vacates his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles with immediate effect  

Tyson Fury has voluntarily vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles with immediate effect. In a statement released on Wednesday night, Fury said:  'I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring, but I'm unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured World titles and wish the next in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.'

Mauricio Pochettino says his Tottenham team can achieve 'big things' this term, provided the players learn from the 'mental problem' which cost them in last season's Premier League title run-in.

Manchester United have appointed 50 new scouts in a matter of months as part of their rigorous behind-the-scenes revamp. Club bosses want to scour the world for the best young talent.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: The FA are blaming legal confidentiality issues for their failure to explain why Sam Allardyce was given a £1million pay-off after being sacked by England.

SAMI MOKBEL: Despite underwhelming performances against Malta and Slovenia, a win against Scotland in November could be enough to land Southgate the role.

UFC president Dana White announced that Ronday Rousey will be the main event of UFC 207, where she will face Amanda Nunes at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 30.

Premier League power brokers: Money men and women in English football

It's a hobby that only a select few can afford to try. For most of us, owning a Premier League football club is a forlorn dream. Not this lot. This eclectic bunch come in all shapes and sizes: An heiress, an oil baron, a printing mogul, a one-time blue movie producer, an Egyptian runaway,an online gambling pioneer and many, many more. They hail from the USA, Russia, China, Switzerland, Wales, Iran, Thailand and the Potteries and boast frankly incomprehensible wealth. Sportsmail examines the Premier League power brokers. The men and women whose money makes our football world go round.

England complete one-day series victory over Bangladesh after making record run chase in

PAUL NEWMAN IN CHITTAGONG: Eoin Morgan has not shared his views with the world since his ill-advised tweet thanking a sponsor for their hospitality on the day England began work in Bangladesh, but it would be fascinating to hear from him now. The England one-day captain would not be human if he did not feel the slightest pang of regret as he saw the team who came here without him pull off a notable and hard-earned 50-over series victory.

That was a special achievement by England. Some people will say 'it's only Bangladesh let's not get too giddy,' but let's just think about what happened here.

Burnley defender Michael Keane has gone on to establish himself as one of this country's most promising central defenders – underlined by his recent international call-up.

West Ham have endured a terrible start to the Premier League season and they currently find themselves sitting 18th in the league after seven games, winning one and losing five matches.

United clash is the perfect way to kick off my second year at Anfield, says Klopp as Liverpool reveal shirt they'll wear for charity

DOMINIC KING: Jurgen Klopp believes there is no better game to start his second year in charge of Liverpool as he called for Anfield to raise the roof for Manchester United's visit. It will be a year to the day on Monday since Klopp took charge of his first Liverpool game away to Tottenham, which ended in a 0-0 draw, and he hopes his squad can show how far they have progressed in the past 12 months when their most bitter rivals arrive on Merseyside. Klopp, who was speaking at an event to mark the start of the Seeing Is Believing campaign which is promoted by their main sponsors Standard Chartered, had his appetite whetted for this fixture last season in the Premier League and the Europa League.

Liverpool players gear up for crucial Monday night clash with Manchester United as Jurgen

Liverpool's players face a crunch meeting with Manchester United at Anfield on Monday night in one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season so far. And as the Merseyside giants prepare to host Jose Mourinho's United, the Reds have been training at Melwood and using some unusual stretching methods to boot.

Reece Oxford has scoffed at suggestions he is close to signing a new contract at West Ham. Having seen the reports, the 17-year-old tweeted: 'Been hearing some funny stuff recently.'

JOE BERNSTEIN: As Roberto Di Matteo's Aston Villa were struggling to a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle United on September 24, Steve Bruce was completing an extended summer break.

Derby's new manager Steve McClaren is targeting promotion to the Premier League after his return to the Championship outfit was confirmed on Wednesday. 

55-year-old Steve McClaren has returned to Derby County just 17 months after he was sacked for failing to get them promoted to the Premier League during both seasons in charge.

The ex-Manchester United defender's track record in the Championship - a division from which he has won promotion on four occasions - was a major factor in the club's decision to hire him.

'I will do anything to keep the ball out of the net': Joe Hart's summertime blues are over

DOMINIC KING: This time there was no stomping around the tunnel. This time he didn’t screech the national anthem or have his face contorted as though he was preparing for a ruckus. And this time there were no mistakes. Watching Joe Hart keep Slovenia at bay with a sequence of stunning saves, you could not help but compare the calculated way he went about his business to how things were for him at Euro 2016. Back in the summer, Hart continually made himself centre of attention with his antics in the moments before kick-off.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney receives fan mail from a young supporter giving him £3 as

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney has shared an endearing letter received from what appears to be a young fan, who also sent him £3 as a gesture of thanks. The 25-year-old Cairney uploaded a picture of the letter alongside the coins with the caption 'the little things'.  The letter has been written with purple felt-tip and green crayon.

Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave out Rooney could have left Henderson in a difficult position, but he revealed that the Three Lions captain was one of the first to congratulate him.

La Liga have confirmed the match will get underway at 3.15pm on December 3, and a UK rule prevents live football from being televised between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturdays.

Chelsea are set be allocated 5,200 tickets for their EFL Cup visit to the London Stadium as West Ham brace themselves for the biggest security challenge yet in their new home.

Nick Kyrgios crashes out of Shanghai Masters in disgrace and tells his critics: 'If you're

Nick Kyrgios' growing portfolio of moments of madness has a new addition after he exited the Shanghai Master in farcical circumstances on Wednesday. During a 6-3, 6-1 second round defeat by Mischa Zverev, the 21-year-old appeared to serve without making any effort, even walking off the court before his opponent had returned the ball. It comes only days after he fought back from a set down to beat David Goffin in the final of the Japan Open for the biggest win of his career to date.

Andy Murray eases into Shanghai Masters third round with win over Steve Johnson 

STUART FRASER IN SHANGHAI: Andy Murray made a comfortable start to his Shanghai Rolex Masters campaign with a straight-sets victory over Steve Johnson. Second seed Murray was in control throughout as he earned his seventh win in a row, beating world No 24 Johnson 6-3, 6-2 in the second round.

CHRIS FOY: Tensions arising from last week’s damaging England training camp are in danger of lingering, as several club directors of rugby are set to miss a meeting with Eddie Jones.

DEREK LAWRENSON: Lee Westwood has admitted he felt like he let down his great friend Darren Clarke with his pointless performance at the Ryder Cup.

Yorkshire won the right to host the 2019 Road World Championships and cups of local ale were raised in celebration. But amid the jubilation, the crisis currently facing British cycling was unavoidable.

INVESTIGATION BY MATT LAWTON: The courier who took a mystery package to France for Team Sky finally spoke out this week, but succeeded only in highlighting more alarming inconsistencies.

MATT LAWTON: The position of British Cycling on the use of performance-enhancing drugs has been further scrutinised after it emerged UK anti-doping chiefs wanted to ban two drugs.

Barcelona and Real Madrid's new multi-million pound stadiums compared

PETE JENSON: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will have new homes in around three years time as both Barcelona and Real Madrid unveil plans for multimillion euro upgrades on their existing arenas. They'll cost around €400m each and have eye-catching designs. Now, Sportsmail looks at how the two super stadiums belonging to these two huge rivals match-up.

Serge Aurier helps save Moussa Doumbia's life after Mali midfielder collapses

PSG defender Serge Aurier helped save the life of one of his opponents during Ivory Coast's win over Mali. Moussa Doumbia collapsed during the early stages of the World Cup qualifier between the west African rivals and is said to have started swallowing his tongue. Right back Aurier was quick to help and later visited the player in hopsital. 

After Sam Allardyce left, how interesting to read that our England captain Wayne Rooney dismissed reports that he does what he wants with the national team.

Sportsmail's JOHN GREECHAN goes down the Tartan Army rabbit hole to ask why things are so bad north of the border and how the Scots' decline under Strachan might be arrested...

The agent who set up the meeting that led to Sam Allardyce losing his job as England manager has broken his silence to reveal his regret over the affair.

Mike Ford is back in business with Toulon after his axing at Bath: Even the best coaches

NIK SIMON - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: It was a conversation with his youngest son, Jacob, which convinced Mike Ford not to quit coaching altogether after the powerbrokers at Bath handed over his P45. Sacked after a calamitous season, Ford drove out of Farleigh House, Bath's training ground, asking whether the stress on his family – including England No 10 George - was really worth it. ‘It hit me hard,’ says Ford. ‘It hit my family hard, too. I told them that I don’t want to do this anymore. Why not just live the easy life? Go and work with kids or something.'



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Chris Coleman does not know reason behind Wales' ridiculous team photos but says he will

Chris Coleman has his Wales team well organised during matches, but even he cannot explain his squad's bizarre formations during their team photos.  Wales have garnered a reputation for their fluid line-ups during their pre-match snaps, with their most recent effort ahead of their 1-1 draw against Georgia the latest in a long line of amusing photos. When asked about Wales' quirky habit, Coleman revealed that he is just as dumbfounded as the rest of the footballing world.

Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger hit with parking ticket fine

Frozen out by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and no longer a German international, Bastian Schweinsteiger has plenty of spare time these days. So it was no surprise that the 32-year-old German midfielder, who isn't part of Mourinho's Old Trafford plans, was spotted enjoying an afternoon off with wife Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday.

Oscar, Philippe Coutinho and Co fly back to England complete with Brazil neck pillows

Brazil's Premier League contingent have made their way back to England following a successful week on international duty. Chelsea pair Oscar and Willian were joined Fernandinho and Liverpool duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino for a photo as the players prepared to board the plane back to Britain. PSG defenders Thiago Silva and Marquinhos were also present as the seven Samba stars posed complete with Brazil neck pillows.

Despite refusing to be drawn on his future the 3-0 defeat to Slovakia, Strachan was left bitterly disappointed by an outcome that significantly damaged hopes of reaching the World Cup.

Jesse Lingard has revealed that he was standing up for close pal Marcus Rashford after being involved in a heated confrontation towards the end of England's 0-0 draw with Slovenia.

Pep Guardiola's decision to cut wi-fi inside Manchester City's training ground is thought to have come after one player was caught on his phone while having a massage.

The Frenchman was dismissed from his role at Liverpool in 2012 for failures in the transfer market - which included being told that current captain Henderson was a 'waste of money

TfL are believed to want £12million for the alterations but Spurs are confident of paying less. In the meantime, TfL have submitted plans to carry out improvements to the existing station.

Since Alex Iwobi broke into the Arsenal first-team last season, he has impressed many and cemented his place in the starting line-up. He has made seven appearances so far this season.

'Welcome to my personal museum': Chelsea striker Batshuayi 'shows off collection of TOYS... including Dragon Ball Z statue!

The Belgian loves cartoons but let his Instagram followers see just how much as he danced around what calls his 'personal museum' whilst wearing a snazzy pair of slippers featuring 'Grumpy' from the Seven Dwarfs. The exhibits were most collectable toys, either in a class cabinet or still in their original boxes, but the room was dominated by a life size character from popular anime cartoon Dragon Ball Z.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet opens coffee shop in his hometown of Sint-Truiden in

Flat whites are currently on the agenda for Liverpool Simon Mignolet following his recent flat spell at Anfield. Mignolet, who has been relegated to second-choice goalkeeper behind summer signing Loris Karius on Merseyside, has opened a coffee shop in his hometown of Sint-Truiden in Belgium. 'TwentyTwo Coffee', named in homage to his  jersey number at Liverpool, opened for business earlier this week.

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey joins an all-star cast at Pro-Am event

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was one of many sporting stars to take part in the Hero Pro-Am event at The Grove on Tuesday in the lead up to the British Masters. The Welshman, who has returned to training after being absent since the opening day of the season with a hamstring injury, was accompanied by several other footballers at the star-studded event in support of charity The Golf Foundation.

Mark Warburton's weekly meeting with the media was cut shot temporarily after the Rangers boss was advised to stop out of the press conference after fielding questions about Joey Barton.

A statement on Madrid's official website read: 'Real Madrid C. F. and Toni Kroos have come to an agreement on a contract extension which will see the player linked to the club until 30 June 2022.'

Craig Gardner has signed a new two-year contract with West Brom. The midfielder has committed to the club at least until the summer of 2018, at which point an option exists for a further 12 months.

Kieran Richardson admits he 'can't wait to get started' after joining Cardiff City on a short-term deal until January. Richardson was a free agent after being released by Aston Villa in the summer.

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has been given until Wednesday to respond after he was charged with placing 44 bets on matches between July 1 and September 15 this year.

Manchester United expect to wrap up Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s new long-term contract by the end of next week. The defender has impressed his new manager, Jose Mourinho.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his huge Mercedes 'family' after third straight

Lewis Hamilton admits it's 'humbling to represent' Mercedes and labelled his team as a 'big family' after celebrating their third straight constructors' championship win. The F1 star fell further behind team-mate Nico Rosberg in the title race last weekend following a dismal start at the Japanese Grand Prix, with the Brit going on to finish in third while his German rival was victorious. But the pair's finishes at Suzuka on Sunday saw Mercedes clinch the constructors' championship - and they celebrated at their Brixworth and Brackley factories on Tuesday.

The lesser-spotted Tiger! Recuperating legend filmed swinging clubs in same week he canned comeback over 'vulnerable' game

Those wondering what might be 'vulnerable' - to use his own word - about Tiger Woods's game have been offered a tantalising glimpse into the state of his swing. Woods admitted his game was not fit to go under the microscope at the PGA Tour's season-opening event, but videos have emerged of the 14-time major champion swinging a club at a golf clinic this week.

Tony Bellew prepares for showdown against BJ Flores with public workout in the blue of his

Tony Bellew was working hard preparing for his maiden defence of his WBC world cruiserweight title on Tuesday. The 30-year-old takes on American BJ Flores in his native Liverpool on Saturday and was put through his paces during a public workout at JD Gym in his hometown. Bellew, who was kitted out in the blue of his beloved Everton, claimed the crown with an impressive third round stoppage of Ilunga Makabuat at Goodison Park, home of the Toffees, in May.

South Africa seal 5-0 whitewash over Australia in one-day series despite David Warner

South Africa secured a first-ever 5-0 one-day international series whitewash of Australia with a 31-run victory in Cape Town. Man of the series Rilee Rossouw struck a 118-ball 122 to lead the Proteas to an imposing 327 for eight and despite a brilliant 173 from David Warner, Australia yet again fell short. South Africa's innings was built around a 178-run partnership between Rossouw and JP Duminy (73) and Warner lacked any real support in the tourists' chase.

England made the highest score to win a one-day international in Chittagong, clinching the series 2-1 by chasing 278 with four wickets and 13 balls to spare in front of a partisan home crowd.

England have been told that Maro Itoje has all the attributes required to solve their crisis at openside. Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is certain he would make a success of the move.

Greig Laidlaw will leave Aviva Premiership club Gloucester and will continue his career in France, with heavyweights Clermont Auvergne announcing he has signed a three-year deal.

Sean Abbott, the bowler whose delivery inflicted the injury that killed Phillip Hughes, has described how he tended to the stricken batsman in the moments after he was hit on the head.

Stuart Hogg became the highest-paid player in Scottish rugby history on Wednesday after signing a bumper £375,000-a-year deal to stay at Glasgow Warriors.

STUART FRASER IN SHANGHAI: Fourth seed Nadal is heading home to Mallorca earlier than expected after he lost 6-3, 7-6 (3) to Troicki on Wednesday. He could call an end to his season early.

MARCUS TOWNEND: Standing outside the Windsor weighing room, Jim Crowley is reflecting on the season of his life when a female racegoer approaches.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his hottest selections ahead of Thursday's meetings at Carlisle, Uttoxeter, Chelmsford City and Brighton.

Paul O'Connell: I fear for the Lions... rugby is all about money now but Maro Itoje must

CHRIS FOY- EXCLUSIVE: Paul O'Connell fears that financial priorities in rugby may soon leave the British and Irish Lions an endangered species. Ireland’s retired lock colossus went on three tours, so he knows better than most how those epic ventures to the Southern Hemisphere are still regarded as career peaks for all those involved from the home nations.

Martin Ling knew over lunch. He knew, as he glared at a plate of untouched food, that it was coming back and that's when the fear started. 'What if it's like last time?' he thought.

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham are brilliant at tiring out their opponents and reading individual games. They have outrun the opposition in 71 of the Spurs manager's 83 league games in charge.

SHERIDAN BIRD: Hart was the most high-profile victim of the Pep Guardiola revolution at Manchester City, but he's landed on his feet at a club that adores him in Piedmont, northern Italy.