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1hIan Holyman

Di Maria signing close - Blanc

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc feeling "rather positive" Angel Di Maria will soon join the Ligue 1 champions from Manchester United.

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Nevill chosen over Haddin for third Test

Australia's wicketkeeper Brad Haddin may have played his last Test match after being told Australia will retain Peter Nevill as gloveman for the third Ashes Test in Birmingham.

'We will respond' - Root (1:11)
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14hGeorge Dobell at Edgbaston

Bell prepares for a make-or-break Test

He is not at an age where the reflexes should have slowed. He does not lack for desire. Yet he has been bowled four times in his last 11 innings and, worryingly, has started to look more fallible in the field, writes George Dobell.

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Britons climb rankings with Challenger titles

Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta close in on top 100 in the men's and women's rankings respectively after claiming titles in North America.

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Edgbaston using cannabis lamps

Head groundsman Gary Barwell, who is preparing his first Ashes surface, is using lights normally used for the cultivation of cannabis in the hope of preparing the perfect pitch.

14hESPN staff

Drogba seals move to Montreal

The Montreal Impact have completed a deal to sign former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, the MLS club announced on Monday.

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12hPeter O'Rourke

Spurs set to make Berahino bid

Tottenham are set to firm up their interest in Saido Berahino with a bid for the West Bromwich Albion striker in the next 48 hours.

1dRichard Jolly

Van Gaal: I will retire in 2017

Louis van Gaal has vowed to retire in 2017 and has promised his wife his current contract with Manchester United will be his last.