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Louis van Gaal can break world transfer record for Manchester United

Van Gaal chasing Hummels, Blind and Vermaelen Ed Woodward gives green light to buy the bestLouis van Gaal has been told he is free to break the world transfer record to bring the right player to Manchester United.Last year Real Madrid set the record by signing Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for £86m, eclipsing the £80m they had paid United four years earlier for Cristiano Ronaldo. Van

James Rodríguez signs for Real Madrid for a reported £63m

Colombian to wear No10 shirt vacated by Mesut Özil Midfielder joins Toni Kroos at European champions Sid Lowe on how the new galáctico will fit inThe unexpected star of the World Cup finals, Colombias James Rodríguez, has signed for Real Madrid for a reported £63m.The 23-year-old follows the signing of another key midfielder from the World Cup, Germanys Toni Kroos who joined for a barga

Greg Dyke rules out any England bid for a future World Cup

Chairman says world body needs to replace Sepp Blatter FA walking out of Fifa is not an option at presentEngland will not bid again to host a World Cup until Fifa and its bidding processes have been reformed, the Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, has said.Dyke called for an overhaul of world footballs governing body and spelled out the FAs open opposition to Sepp Blatter standing fo

The Queen's Gold Cup winner Estimate tests positive for morphine

Buckingham Palace release statement on monarch's mare Contaminated feed believed to be reason behind shock news The racehorse owned by the Queen that won the Ascot Gold Cup last year has tested positive for morphine, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday night.Estimate, a five-year-old mare trained by Sir Michael Stoute, came second in the same race this year, and is one of five horses und

Commonwealth Games 2014: Glasgows day in the sun has finally arrived | James Riach

Organisers are eager to play down comparisons with Londons Olympics in 2012 and put on a world-class event of their ownGlasgows moment has arrived after seven years of waiting. The Commonwealth Games will officially get under way following the denouement of the opening ceremony on Wednesday evening and, just as before London 2012, the sun is shining on a city rippling with anticipation.The f

Jos Buttler replaces Matt Prior in England third Test squad to play India

Buttler will make Test debut at Southampton but Kerrigan out Prior taking break after Englands second Test defeat Alastair Cook vows to stay on as England captainJos Buttler will replace Matt Prior behind the stumps in the third Test at Southampton but Alastair Cook will remain as England captain.Buttler will make his Test debut in the game beginning on Sunday after Prior decided to take a

Don King reveals plans for Bermane Stiverne to fight King of the Nile

King wants fight in shadows of the Pyramids Promoter defies US advice by travelling to CairoThe hair doesnt quite have the lustre or ping of old, but Don King, at 82, has a few electric shocks left for his obituary writers. The latest of them is among his most outrageous: his announcement here on Tuesday that he hopes to bring the new WBC heavyweight champion, Bermane B Ware Stiverne, to Egypt

Henry Speight included in Wallabies squad for Rugby Championship

*Fijian Speight unavailable for first half of campaign *Squad otherwise little changed from France series Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has included Henry Speight in his squad for the Rugby Championship even though the Brumbies winger will be ineligible for selection for half of the campaign. The in-form Fijian will miss back-to-back Tests against New Zealand and the clash with South Afr

Celebrating the Gray Nicolls Scoop in pictures

*'The bat of the century', one of cricket's most most recognisable offensive weapons, celebtrates its 40th birthday this year*Russell Jackson on the bat every kid wanted for Christmas Continue reading...

Gray Nicolls Scoop, the bat every kid wanted for Christmas, turns 40

*The Scoop, made famous in the 70s by the Chappell brothers, was as an Anglo-Australian sports marketing phenomenon*40 years of the Gray Nicolls Scoop - in picturesI tell you what, youve hit the bonanza! says Robert Swan Richards as he pulls a pile of photo albums and scrapbooks out of storage containers under a desk in his office. Ive turned up to Richards cricket store in Collingwood, no

Wendy Houvenaghel announces her retirement from competitive cycling

Rider is forced to pull out of Commonwealth Games with injury Its not easy to make the decision to end your sporting careerNorthern Irelands Wendy Houvenaghel has announced her retirement from competitive cycling after injury ruled her out of a Commonwealth Games swansong.Houvenaghel, 39, had targeted a final podium appearance on Glasgow before calling time on her track career but has been

Darius Boyd admitted to mental health clinic

*No timeframe for full-back's return to action*NRL: 'football is secondary at this point'Newcastle full-back Darius Boyd has been granted indefinite leave from the NRL to seek treatment for depression. The Knights issued a statement on Wednesday to reveal the Australian and Queensland State of Origin representative had been admitted to a mental health clinic."We are ensuring Darius gets

Wiggins: Glasgow velodrome does not do justice to Chris Hoy

Cyclist criticises Commonwealth Games organisers for obscuring name of fellow Olympian with corporate brandingGold medal-winning cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins has complained that his fellow Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has been "done over" by the corporate branding on the velodrome in Glasgow that bears his name.Speaking on his arrival in the city to compete in the Commonwealth Games, which open on

Usain Bolt says Tyson Gays drug ban sends bad message to sport

Bolt not really happy with length of Gays suspension Gay given one-year ban after cooperating with UsadaUsain Bolt believes anti-doping officials have sent a bad message to the sport after the US sprinter Tyson Gay received only a one-year ban following a positive test for an anabolic steroid.Im not really happy with the situation and with how it was done, Bolt said. I think for someone lik

Lost luggage rules Malaysian gold medallist out of Commonwealth Games

Shooters clothes missing after luggage failed to arrive Rules state rifle shooter must wear competition jacketThe Commonwealth Games shooting gold medallist Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim has been ruled out of competing at Glasgow 2014 after turning up without a jacket. The Malaysian, who won pairs gold in Delhi four years ago, was due to compete in the 10m air rifle and 50m rifle prone events.

Yorkshire polish off Middlesex lower order to return to the top

Yorkshire 253 and 400-5 dec; Middlesex 232 and 201 Yorkshire win by 220 runsThe speed with which the end came may have raised eyebrows, with the last six Middlesex wickets falling for 38 runs in just over 14 overs, but the margin of the victory which took Yorkshire back to the top of the County Championship spoke volumes about the relentlessly high quality of their cricket over four absorbing

Englands status quo cannot prevail against India in third Test | Mike Selvey

Places must come under scrutiny after England were taught a lesson at Lords but the squad retains a familiar lookIt appeared to take a lot of selectorial deliberation to arrive at the conclusion that, with the exception of Matt Prior and Simon Kerrigan, the same England squad would travel to the Rose Bowl for the third Test as did to Lords for the second. Despite Alastair Cooks unwavering suppo

Welsh boxer Fred Evans refused Commonwealth Games accreditation

Olympic silver medallist cannot compete in Glasgow Welterweight was convicted of assault charge in AprilTeam Wales declared their bitter disappointment after the boxer Fred Evans, an Olympic silver medallist, was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games because organisers refused him accreditation for the event. Evans, the welterweight who finished as runner-up at London 2012, has been denied the c

Commonwealth Games 2014: Dwain Chambers out of Englands sprint relay

Sprinter will focus on 100m at the European Championships Jess Tappin replaces injured heptathlete Johnson-ThompsonDwain Chambers has withdrawn from the England mens sprint relay squad for the Commonwealth Games.Team England announced a number of changes across a variety of disciplines on Tuesday, with the inclusion of 24-year-old Jess Tappin in place of Katarina Johnson-Thompson hot favour

Commonwealth Games: boxer Paddy Barnes furious over drug tests

Boxer brands test timings in Glasgow a disgrace Barnes was kept up until 2am by doping officialsThe Northern Ireland boxer Paddy Barnes has branded Commonwealth Games drug-test timings a disgrace and insisted the procedure could have put his participation in Glasgow in doubt.Barnes and team-mate Michael Conlan were singled out for random testing after training on Monday and the 27-year-old

Ascot resume watering track for King George with little rain forecast

Clerk of course irrigating the round course overnight Chris Stickels aims to keep ground same for weekendAscot resumed watering of the track on Tuesday night with the strong possibility of negligible rain falling there before Saturdays keenly anticipated King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.Chris Stickels, the clerk of the course, said on Tuesday that he was planning to put 4mm of wat

Tour de France 2014: Michael Rogers wins stage 16 with late break - video

Australia's Michael Rogers wins stage 16 of the Tour de France - his first ever - while Italy's Vincenzo Nibali remains the overall leader of the race. Rogers, 35, says he has tried for many years to win a stage and was ecstatic at the result. Rogers waits until five kilometres out from the finish to make his move, and finishes nine seconds ahead of a group of four riders Continue reading...

Michael Rogers wins stage 16 of Tour de France for Tinkoff-Saxo team

Vincenzo Nibali remains overall leader of the race Thibaut Pinot moves up to third in the standingsIf the Pyrenees are a three-course meal in this years Tour, for some the starter stuck in the craw. While Michael Rogers devoured his first solo stage win in 10 attempts at the race with the aplomb of a man who has suddenly regained his appetite, the runner-up Thomas Voeckler had the bitter disgu

Jos Buttler is ahead of the game but must be shown patience | Vic Marks

Matt Priors replacement is one of Englands few potential match-winners but he must be allowed to make the odd errorThe Buttler plan has come to fruition rather more quickly than expected. After much agonising last season on both sides Jos Buttler severed his ties with Somerset, where he was educated and nurtured as a cricketer, in order to enhance his chances of playing Test cricket for England

County cricket as it happened

All the action from Scarborough, where Yorkshire are hosting Middlesex in the County Championship Division One 5.14pm BST Richard Rae reports on a resultIt's all over on the East coast, where Middlesex collapsed in startling fashion after tea. From 163-4, with Morgan and Simpson looking immoveable, they lost their last six wickets for just 38 runs in 14 or so overs, with Adil Rashid tak

Horse racing tips: Wednesday 23 July

Clive Coxs sprinter Perfect Muse is napped to win the concluding race at SandownLingfield2.00 Bannister Bell 2.30 Diminutive 3.00 Button Down 3.30 Misstemper 4.00 Panther Patrol 4.30 Dishy Guru 5.00 Red Passiflora Continue reading...

Tour de France 2014 stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon as it happened

Australia's Mick Rogers, at 34, brilliantly won his first stage of the Tour de France while Vincenzo Niballi retained his overall lead*Our readers' Tour de France photos: from Yorkshire to Paris 4.36pm BST That's all for me, then. Thanks for your attention and your emails there'll be a full report of the stage up sharpish, and come back tomorrow for coverage of stage 17, from Saint-Gaud

Tour de France 2014: stage 16 results

Stage results, general classification, points, mountain and young rider standings after stage 16 of the 2014 Tour de France, and more Continue reading...

Nick Matthew to be Team Englands flag bearer at Commonwealth Games

Squash star given honour for Glasgow opening ceremony 33-year-old won two golds at 2010 Delhi GamesSheffields Nick Matthew will lead Team England into the Commonwealth Games after being named as the squads flag bearer.The 33-year-old multiple squash world champion will walk out first at Wednesdays opening ceremony at Celtic Park after being nominated by his team-mates. It is deserved recogn

Mats Hummels to Manchester United for 20m? Forget it, says Jürgen Klopp

Dortmund manager says Hummels and Marco Reus will stay Klopp: With those kind of sums you can forget itFive youngsters who can prosper on Uniteds summer tourJürgen Klopp has ruled out Manchester United signing the central defender Mats Hummels and has said that Marco Reus will not be leaving Borussia Dortmund either. The attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich.I c

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