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Chris Froome should be suspended, says ‘angry’ German rival Tony Martin

Four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin has called the decision not to suspend Team Sky leader Chris Froome immediately for his adverse drugs test a “scandal”.

A goal from Romelu Lukaku, centre left, was enough to get Manchester United back to winning ways against Bournemouth

Phil Jones encouraged by United spirit in Bournemouth victory

Phil Jones believes Manchester United showed fight and courage to get back on track after being rocked by the “magnitude” of their derby defeat.

Top Notch and Daryl Jacob on the way to winning he Peterborough Chase

Easy for Top Notch in rearranged Peterborough Chase

It is easy to see why Top Notch is such a favourite with trainer Nicky Henderson after he set up a return to the top table with victory in the Peterborough Chase at Taunton.

Dawid Malan's maiden Test century is also the first of England's Ashes campaign (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Dawid Malan enjoyed maiden Test century despite Australia’s imposing pacemen

Dawid Malan enjoyed every minute of the Australia pace barrage he had to withstand on his way to a maiden hundred which has breathed new belief into England’s Ashes campaign.

Dawid Malan hit a brilliant century (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Australia v England – story of day one

Dawid Malan harnessed England’s fleeting anger at Mark Stoneman’s controversial dismissal as his maiden Test century gave them the advantage on a spicy first day in Perth.

Steve Smith led the Australian reply in Perth (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Steve Smith leads from front but Usman Khawaja loss leaves Australia three down

Australia captain Steve Smith spearheaded the home side’s counter-attack as England looked for a strong finish to day two of the third Test in Perth.

Great Britain?s Matthew Hudson Smith is accosted by a member of the crowd during day 10 of the World Championships in the summer

Attendances soar to five-year high, analysis shows

Nearly 75 million tickets were sold for UK sports events in 2017 – the highest total since London hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

Loris Karius replaced Simon Mignolet on Wednesday night

Karius keen to ‘battle’ for Liverpool number one spot

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is keen to reignite the battle to become Jurgen Klopp’s first choice.

Harry Kane turned to former England number nine Alan Shearer for advice (Adam Davy/PA)

Harry Kane hails Alan Shearer influence and would love to land BBC award

Harry Kane has revealed how Alan Shearer’s advice helped him out of a “dry spell” as he aims to break the former Newcastle man’s Premier League calendar year scoring record.

LeBron James recorded another triple-double (AP)

LeBron James stars as Cleveland Cavaliers maintain good form against the Lakers

LeBron James dominated as the Cleveland Cavaliers continued their impressive run by winning 121-112 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Could Mesut Ozil be heading to Old Trafford (Nigel French/PA Wire)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Manchester United are said to be plotting a transfer for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the summer before replacing him with Mesut Ozil. According to the Mirror, Jose Mourinho knows he will need to trim his squad before any additions are made, and is ready to offload Mkhitaryan, who has struggled to make an impact at United. The Armenian joined the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund for £30million in summer 2016.

Ian Botham in action for Scunthorpe during his playing days

Sir Ian Botham named Scunthorpe president

Sir Ian Botham has been appointed club president of Scunthorpe.

Splash Of Ginge en route to victory in the BetVictor Gold Cup

Nigel Twiston-Davies and ‘Ginge Army’ out to make a Splash at Cheltenham

There are likely to be more scenes of wild celebration in the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure if Splash Of Ginge can achieve a notable double in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

Jose Mourinho has until 6pm on December 18 to respond to the request (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jose Mourinho asked to explain pre-Manchester derby comments

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been asked by the Football Association to provide his observations on comments he made ahead of last weekend’s derby against Manchester City.

Maro Itoje is a big player for England

England forward Maro Itoje set to return from injury in time for Six Nations

Maro Itoje will be available for the start of England’s Six Nations title defence after Saracens revealed he faces a maximum of four more weeks in rehabilitation.

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford faces no disciplinary action (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

FAW chief to face no further action over Wales boss comment

Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford will face no disciplinary action over his comment that the next manager of Wales would “definitely not” be English.

Romelu Lukaku (centre left)  celebrates the winner (Martin Rickett/PA)

Romelu Lukaku strike gives Manchester United victory over Bournemouth

Romelu Lukaku hit back at his critics with the only goal of the game as Manchester United beat Bournemouth 1-0 in the Premier League.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is staying at Everton

Dominic Calvert-Lewin signs new Everton contract

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin has signed a new long-term deal with the Premier League club.

David Silva celebrates his second goal (Nick Potts/PA)

Manchester City create history with 15th straight win after hammering Swansea

Manchester City set a new Premier League record of 15 consecutive wins with a 4-0 victory at bottom club Swansea.

Dawid Malan, left, and Jonny Bairstow shared an unbroken stand of 174 (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Ashes day one – in pictures and social

Dawid Malan’s maiden Test century gave England the advantage on a spicy first day in Perth.

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