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Sam Cook’s five-wicket haul leaves Hampshire looking over their shoulders

County champions Essex left Hampshire looking over their shoulders as Sam Cook claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul in an extraordinary 108-run victory at the Ageas Bowl.

Zinedine Zidane (Francisco Seco/AP)

‘I’m not concerned’, says Zidane as Real look to recover from rocky start

Zinedine Zidane has no intention of pressing the panic button, despite a stuttering start to Real Madrid’s title defence which already sees them trailing leaders Barcelona by seven points.

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi (Martin Rickett/PA)

Superstar trio make FIFA player award shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar will again battle it out to be named the best player in the world in FIFA’s annual awards.

Toby Roland-Jones (Adam Davy/PA)

England bowler Toby Roland-Jones set to miss Ashes this winter

England seamer Toby Roland-Jones is set to miss this winter’s Ashes after scans confirmed he has a stress fracture in his back.

Jurgen Klopp has had a difficult week (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jurgen Klopp plays down Liverpool’s problems after frustrating week

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists their current problems are being over-exaggerated and he already has a plan of action to turn around a frustrating week.

Joe Root celebrates the 2015 Ashes win over Australia (Philip Brown/PA)

England to name eagerly-anticipated Ashes squad on September 27

England have confirmed they will name their squad for this winter’s Ashes at The Oval next week.

Jonathan Joseph (David Davies/PA)

England head coach Eddie Jones leaves Jonathan Joseph out of training camp

Jonathan Joseph is among four British and Irish Lions dropped for England’s latest training camp, with Eddie Jones confirming that form influenced his decision.

Zak Hardaker (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Zak Hardaker, Luke Gale and Albert Kelly on Man of Steel shortlist

Castleford’s domination of Super League in 2017 is recognised by the shortlist for the prestigious Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.

Neymar (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Neymar could miss out for PSG on Montpellier trip

Neymar has reportedly been omitted from Paris St Germain’s squad due to a minor foot injury as the capital club bid to extend their 100 per cent start to the season at Montpellier.

Ernesto Valverde (Francisco Seco/AP)

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde dismisses suggestions of Real Madrid crisis

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not taking much notice of Real Madrid’s struggles.

Scott Brown has a warning for Rangers ( Jane Barlow/PA)

Scott Brown warns Rangers that Celtic are stronger

Skipper Scott Brown sent out a warning to Rangers by claiming Celtic have improved since their comprehensive 5-1 victory at Ibrox.

Pep Guardiola is not a fan of the League Cup (David Davies/PA)

Pep Guardiola: League Cup can be a waste of energy

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes English clubs might be better without the “wasted energy” of a League Cup campaign.

Anthony Martial scored again on Wednesday (Martin Rickett/PA)

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho: Happiness key to Anthony Martial’s upturn in form

Jose Mourinho has been as impressed by Anthony Martial’s attitude as the Manchester United forward’s upturn in performances.

Antonio Conte, left, has wished Diego Costa, right, well (Nick Potts/PA)

Antonio Conte thanks Diego Costa for Chelsea contribution

Head coach Antonio Conte thanked Diego Costa for his contribution at Chelsea on Friday, but declined to discuss the fractious conclusion to the striker’s spell at Stamford Bridge.

The FA has been accused of an "inexcusable" lack of leadership following the sacking of Mark Sampson(Mike Egerton/PA)

FA chief Martin Glenn reveals he sought out black woman to lead Sampson inquiry

Martin Glenn, the Football Association’s under-fire chief executive, has revealed that a black woman was deliberately chosen by the governing body to investigate racist allegations surrounding former England Women’s manager Mark Sampson.

Jonathan Joseph has been left out of the England squad (David Davies/PA)

Joseph, Kruis, Sinckler and Haskell left out of England training camp squad

Jonathan Joseph is among four British and Irish Lions omitted from England’s squad for their three-day training camp in Oxford.

Atletico Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea to re-sign former striker Diego Costa (Mike Egerton/PA)

Chelsea agree terms with Atletico Madrid for transfer of Diego Costa

Diego Costa’s protracted return to Atletico Madrid after three years at Chelsea is almost complete after terms were agreed over the striker’s transfer.

Marcelo has suffered an injury blow (Paul White/AP/PA)

Real Madrid defender Marcelo faces month on sidelines

Real Madrid could be without defender Marcelo for a month due to a leg injury.

Wes Foderingham helped Rangers beat Celtic in the 2016 League Cup semi-final (Danny Lawson/PA)

Rangers’ Wes Foderingham: Last time we beat Celtic they were not a great side

Wes Foderingham admits the last Celtic team his Rangers side managed to beat were “not a great side”.

Pep Guardiola hopes to be enjoying his retirement by the age of 70 (Steven Paston/PA)

Pep Guardiola on course for an early retirement

Pep Guardiola says he will be on the golf course rather than in the dugout in his 70s as the Manchester City boss prepares to welcome former England manager Roy Hodgson to the Etihad Stadium.

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