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Gareth Barry breaks Premier League appearance record

Gareth Barry has become the Premier League’s all-time record appearance holder.

FIFA has relaxed its stance on the home nations wearing remembrance poppies (Nick Potts/PA)

PM greets FIFA’s decision to drop ‘outrageous’ ban on players wearing poppies

Prime Minister Theresa May has joined the chorus welcoming FIFA’s climb down on its ban of players wearing poppies during international matches.

Craig Overton is considered an outsider for Ashes selection (David Davies/PA)

Somerset keep survival hopes intact on day one of Middlesex clash

Somerset kept their Specsavers County Championship survival hopes intact despite Middlesex spinner Ravi Patel claiming a career-best seven for 81 on an action-packed first day at Taunton.

Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not be crying over Tottenham's injury list (Steven Paston/PA)

Pochettino insists he will not be crying over Tottenham’s injury list

Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not be crying over Tottenham’s long list of absentees ahead of their Champions League game against Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday.

Brighton's match-winner Tomer Hemed faces a ban (John Walton/PA)

Tomer Hemed charged with violent conduct by Football Association

Brighton striker Tomer Hemed has been charged with violent conduct, the Football Association has announced.

Moeen Ali took centre stage at Bristol (David Davies/PA)

Moeen Ali hits second fastest England ODI ton in win against West Indies

Moeen Ali won the Bristol six-fest with England’s second-fastest one-day international century as they prevailed by 124 runs to go 2-0 up in the Royal London Series against the West Indies.

Ben Youngs is concerned about burnout (Paul Harding/PA)

Ben Youngs echoes concerns over strain of playing too many games

Ben Youngs has echoed the warnings issued by England team-mates Billy Vunipola and Joe Marler that players will go on strike if they are pushed beyond their capacity to play.

Liam Plunkett has been a stand-out performer for England in limited-over cricket (David Davies/PA)

Liam Plunkett focused on one-day role amid Ashes murmurs

Liam Plunkett will concentrate on the role he loves as England’s one-day international “bad guy” rather than waste energy fretting about his left-field Ashes prospects.

Mousa Dembele's niggling foot injury is a cause for concern for Mauricio Pochettino (Mike Egerton/PA)

Apoel Nicosia v Tottenham talking points

Tottenham will look to take one step closer to the Champions League knock-out stages on Tuesday when they face Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus.

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid have made a slow start in LaLiga (Martin Meissner/AP/PA)

Zinedine Zidane keen to silence Real Madrid critics with win in Dortmund

Zinedine Zidane knows ending a club hoodoo by masterminding a Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund would go a long way towards answering Real Madrid’s critics.

Johanna Konta has bowed out of the Wuhan Open in the first round (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)

Johanna Konta lets advantage slip away to crash out in China

Johanna Konta crashed out in her opening match at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open as she lost 6-0 4-6 7-6 (7/3) to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have been free-scoring so far this season (Martin Rickett/PA)

Can red-hot Manchester City break the Premier League’s goal-scoring record?

Manchester City’s red-hot start in front of goal has them top of the Premier League on goal difference – but can they keep it up?

Wins over Slovakia and Slovenia would guarantee Scotland second spot in Group F (Jane Barlow/PA)

Every player is relishing World Cup shot, says Scotland boss Gordon Strachan

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan can sense his players are relishing their date with destiny next month.

Mark Sampson was sacked as England Women's manager (Mike Egerton/PA)

FA board backs chief executive Martin Glenn over Mark Sampson sacking

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has been given a vote of confidence by the board for his handling of Mark Sampson’s dismissal as England Women’s manager.

Leroy Sane set Manchester City on their way to another high-scoring win (Nick Potts/PA)

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk talking points

Manchester City host Shakhtar Donetsk in their second Champions League Group F match on Tuesday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, centre, celebrates after putting Borussia Dortmund 3-0 up against Borussia Moenchengladbach  (Bernd Thissen/AP/PA)

Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid talking points

Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid face each other at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday in Champions League Group H.

Sergio Aguero and Kyle Walker are now team-mates at Manchester City (Martin Rickett/PA)

Kyle Walker happy to have Sergio Aguero on his side after years of torment

Kyle Walker is relieved he no longer has to deal with the “nightmare” threat of Sergio Aguero in games.

George Saville has been called into the Northern Ireland squad (Nick Potts/Empics)

George Saville lands Northern Ireland call for qualifiers against Germany and Norway

Millwall’s George Saville has received a maiden Northern Ireland call-up less than two weeks after boss Michael O’Neill became aware he was eligible to be picked.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool continue to struggle defensively (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Spartak Moscow v Liverpool talking points

Liverpool play their second Champions League group match against Spartak Moscow in Russia on Tuesday.

Tom Westley will learn his Ashes fate on Wednesday (Adam Davy/PA)

X-rays show no break for Ashes hopeful Tom Westley

Tom Westley’s Ashes prospects remain intact after X-rays on his right thumb revealed no serious injury.

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