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Sporting world reaches out to Barcelona after terror attack

Barcelona stars past and present have expressed their shock and sadness at the terror attack in the city.

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Centuries from Joe Root and Alastair Cook helped England to 348 for three on the opening day of the first test against the West Indies (Joe Giddens/PA)

Joe Root and Alastair Cook put England in commanding position at Edgbaston

Old-firm centurions Alastair Cook and Joe Root provided England’s bankable constants against the West Indies in an ever-changing world at Edgbaston.

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Barcelona's players and coaching staff held a minute's silence before training on Friday in tribute to the victims of the terror attack in the city ( Francisco Seco/AP)

Barcelona players and coaching staff pay tribute to terror attack victims

Barcelona’s players and coaching staff held a minute’s silence before training on Friday in tribute to the victims of the terror attack in the city.

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Philippe Coutinho has put in a transfer request (Dave Howarth/PA)

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool are not in talks with Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed Barcelona claims that a deal for wantaway playmaker Philippe Coutinho is close to completion.

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West Brom have rejected an offer from Manchester City for defender Jonny Evans ( Nick Potts/PA )

Pulis confirms City bid for Evans rejected but adds every player has a price

Tony Pulis confirmed West Brom have rejected a bid from Manchester City for Jonny Evans.

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A fan encroaches onto the pitch during the Everton-Hajduk Split  Europa League tie (Nigel French/PA)

One man detained for pitch encroachment following Everton-Hajduk Split match

Merseyside Police detained one man as trouble flared during Thursday night’s Europa League play-off between Everton and Hajduk Split at Goodison Park.

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Idrissa Gueye's goal gave Everton a 2-0 lead against Hajduk Split in their Europa League qualifier (Nigel French/PA)

Everton take control of Europa League qualifier but game halted by crowd trouble

Everton hold a 2-0 lead in their Europa League qualifying play-off tie against Hajduk Split after a first leg at Goodison Park that had to be temporarily stopped due to crowd trouble in the away section.

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Diego Costa has accused Chelsea of pricing him out of a return to Atletico Madrid (Mike Egerton/PA)

Chelsea pricing me out of Atletico Madrid return – Diego Costa

Diego Costa has pleaded with Chelsea to lower their asking price to allow him to return to Atletico Madrid.

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England prop Joe Marler has signed a contract extension with Harlequins (John Walton/PA)

Joe Marler commits to Harlequins with extended deal

England prop Joe Marler has signed a contract extension with Harlequins, keeping him at the Aviva Premiership club until 2021.

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Spurs will be playing at Wembley Stadium (PA)

Premier League talking points ahead of the second round of action

The new Premier League season continues with the second round of fixtures this weekend. Here we look at some talking points.

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Anthony Joshua targeting Cardiff for his next fight (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Anthony Joshua targeting Cardiff for next bout

Anthony Joshua wants his next fight to be staged at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium despite the prospect of facing Kubrat Pulev in Las Vegas.

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Tottenham's Harry Kane has been shortlisted for top FIFA award (Danny Lawson/PA)

Harry Kane, Lucy Bronze and Jodie Taylor in the running for FIFA awards

Tottenham’s Harry Kane has joined England internationals Lucy Bronze and Jodie Taylor in being shortlisted for The Best FIFA Football Awards.

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Adam Lyth hit a domestic T20 record 161 for Yorkshire against Northamptonshire (Adam Davy/PA)

Record-breaking Adam Lyth leads Yorkshire to victory over Northamptonshire

Adam Lyth smashed a record 161 to keep Yorkshire’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast alive.

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A hamstring injury will deny Usain Bolt a game with his beloved Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Usain Bolt blow as injury denies sprint great a Manchester United appearance

Usain Bolt will be prevented from achieving his lifelong dream of playing for Manchester United by the hamstring injury sustained in his farewell race.

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England manager Mark Sampson acknowledges need to improve communication skills (Mike Egerton/PA)

Mark Sampson acknowledges need to improve communication skills

England manager Mark Sampson has acknowledged a need to improve his communication skills after being cleared of racial discrimination, bullying and harassment.

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Castleford beat Wakefield to win their first ever League Leaders Shield (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Castleford win League Leaders’ Shield for first time

Veteran centre Jake Webster grabbed four tries tries to help Castleford claim their place in history.

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Barcelona are keen on signing Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho (David Davies/PA)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say The Philippe Coutinho-to-Barcelona transfer saga could rumble on until the end of the window with the Catalan club admitting it will be difficult to prise the Brazilian playmaker away from Anfield, the Liverpool Echo reports.

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Victoria Azarenka is likely to miss the US Open owing to personal reasons (John Walton/PA)

Victoria Azarenka likely to miss US Open owing to personal reasons

Victoria Azarenka appears likely to miss the US Open later this month because of a dispute with her former partner over the care of their baby son.

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England's Emily Scarratt scores the first try of the game despite the attempts of USA's Cheta Emaba (Donall Farmer/PA)

Marlie Packer scores two tries as England beat USA to reach semi-finals

Marlie Packer led the charge with two tries as defending champions England swatted the USA aside 47-26 to book their place in the Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

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Becky James has announced her retirement (David Davies/PA)

Becky James quits cycling a year on from Rio Olympics silver double

Becky James, the two-time Olympic silver medallist and former world champion, has announced her retirement from cycling aged 25.

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