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Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho told to use ‘Mr Dependable’ without injured Eric Bailly

Smalling played the full 90 minutes as Manchester United beat West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns yesterday, taking over the captain’s armband when Antonio Valencia was forced off through injury. Last week, Mourinho confirmed Eric Bailly could be out for up to three months due to injury on an ankle injury. Which means Smalling could be set for an extended period in the side with a mounting fixture list over the festive period. The England defender began the season on the bench as Phil Jones and Bailly were Mourinho’s first…

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Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week: BBC pundit picks ultra-attacking best XI after GW18

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has selected another wild Team of the Week with an array of attacking Premier League stars making it into his line-up. Wilf Zaha and Raheem Sterling both wowed the crowds with lethal displays, while Kevin De Bruyne continued to stake his claim for the Player of the Year award. To accomodate the wide range of forward-thinking heroes in his line-up, Crooks has opted for a 3-4-3 with De Bruyne as his most ‘defensive’ choice across the midfield. Do you agree with his Premier League Team…

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Ashes: England give up the Urn after just three Tests in Australia after another collapse

The defeat was confirmed in predictable fashion, when Chris Woakes edged a vicious, short ball from Pat Cummins to wicketkeeper Tim Paine at just after 3.40pm, with England 281 all out. It gave the home side a thumping margin of victory and an unassailable 3-0 series lead with two Tests to come in Melbourne and Sydney. Defeat also completed a miserable first Ashes for captain Joe Root who has been outmanoeuvred and outplayed by his counterpart Steve Smith. And it is a series defeat which raised some question marks over…

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Real Madrid news: PSG, Man City and Juventus hoping to tempt Isco away from the Bernabeu

Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Manchester City are all said to be keen on signing the Spanish playmaker. Isco has been a permanent figure in Zinedine Zidane’s midfielder this season scoring five goals in 24 appearances. But his position is apparently about to be placed in jeopardy after Gareth Bale’s return to full fitness. The Welshman has struggled with persistent calf injuries since swapping Tottenham for Real in 2013. And he has missed majority of this season but returned to score the winning goal in the Club World Cup semi-final last…

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Arsenal news: Wayne Rooney makes HUGE Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud claims

The former Manchester United forward thinks that Giroud should be one of the first names on the Arsenal team sheet. He also believes that Wenger was wrong not to sell stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the summer – despite the latter’s decent start to the season. Giroud has made only one Premier League start this season which came against West Ham last week. However, the 31-year-old has eight goals already this term, and Rooney thinks he should be ahead of £46million forward Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order….

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Liverpool news: Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas hails Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The attacker made only his fifth Premier League start of the season as the Reds swept aside the Cherries 4-0 at the Goldsands stadium. Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino secured the win which keeps Liverpool fourth in the table, one point above Arsenal. But it was the performance of Oxlade-Chamberlain which caught the eye of Jenas. The former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder claimed that Oxlade-Chamberlain needed the first half of the season to settle in at Anfield, but he has backed him to now…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day five – live!

This is actually hilarious. The groundstaff are scrambling the big cover back on, the wind keeps blowing it away and nearly takes a few of them with it. They genuinely look like it’s never rained here before. Maybe it hasn’t? The ABC radio box is in hysterics watching the slapstick unfold. Between laughter, Chris Rogers is noting the holes in the technique. “It rained then, and hard, for a good 30 seconds before they got the hessian on. It’s almost like they were surprised again, and had to get to…

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Conor McGregor reveals next move on Instagram, KO’s boxing rumours

‘The Notorious’ hasn’t set foot inside the cage since his historic UFC 205 victory over Eddie Alvarez, a triumph which saw him become the first fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two titles simultaneously. The birth of his first child, Conor Jr, and a multi-million-pound boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr are the main factors for McGregor’s hiatus from the mixed martial arts, which began in November 2016. Earlier this month, McGregor hinted that his time away from the cage could be extended if the UFC brass don’t give…

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Sports Personality of Year 2017: BBC reveal voting figures as Mo Farah triumphs

The four-time Olympic champion secured 83,524 votes to take the crown ahead of superbike rider Rea’s 80,567.  Para-athlete and Strictly Come Dancing star Jonnie Peacock came third with 73,429 votes.  “It is pretty amazing and hard to think about,” Farah said after his win. “I didn’t imagine I was ever going to win this but anything can happen. If you work hard you can achieve your dreams.” Take a look through the gallery above to see the voting results in full.

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Antoine Griezmann fancy dress: Atletico Madrid star makes SHOCKING gaffe

The Atletico Madrid star revealed on his personal, verified account that he’s on his way to a 1980s fancy dress party. And, alongside his message which included a laughing emoji, he posted an image of himself covered in brown body paint while wearing an NBA kit. Griezmann’s tweet drew accusations of racism as the player himself is white and has intentionally made himself look Afro-Caribbean for the purposes of fancy dress. The France international followed up his post an hour later with his own explanation for why he had donned…

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