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Rocket Ronnie crashes out of the Masters at the hands of Mark Allen

Defending champion and seven-time winner Ronnie O’Sullivan is out of the Masters after a magnificent 6-1 quarter-final victory for Mark Allen at Alexandra Palace.

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Steven Naismith has joined Hearts on loan from Norwich

Steven Naismith joins Hearts on loan

Steven Naismith claims Hearts’ desire to capture his services led to his move to Tynecastle.

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Liverpool v Everton ? FA Cup ? Third Round ? Anfield

Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson return to Liverpool training

Liverpool’s record signing Virgil van Dijk and captain Jordan Henderson have both returned to full training ahead of Monday’s trip to Swansea.

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Kevin O?Brien

Ireland beat Scotland thanks to Kevin O’Brien’s big hitting

Michael Jones made it back-to-back half-centuries despite Scotland slipping to a second defeat against Ireland.

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Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez and Mkhitaryan swap deal is “likely to happen” – Wenger

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a deal taking Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is “likely to happen” and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will move to Arsenal in exchange.

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James Haskell has been banned for four weeks.

Haskell says ‘exemplary record’ should have been considered before England ban

England flanker James Haskell believes his disciplinary record should have counted more in his favour after he received a four-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Jamie Roberts.

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Glasgow are keen to get Stuart Hogg back in action following injury

Glasgow keen to get Stuart Hogg back in action against Exeter

Glasgow assistant coach Jason O’Halloran is keen to get Stuart Hogg back on the park against Exeter this weekend.

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Steven Naismith

Steven Naismith joins Hearts on loan

Steven Naismith has joined Hearts on loan, the Edinburgh club have announced.

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West Ham striker Andy Carroll has an ankle injury

West Ham worry about Andy Carroll’s fitness

West Ham striker Andy Carroll has an ankle injury and faces a possible lengthy absence, Press Association Sport understands.

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Alexis Sanchez

Transfer round-up: Sanchez expected to depart the Emirates within 48 hours

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a deal taking Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is “likely to happen” and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will move to Arsenal in exchange.

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Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund ? UEFA Europa League ? Quarter Final ? Second Leg ? Anfield

Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to miss Dortmund trip to Hertha Berlin

Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left out of Borussia Dortmund’s squad to face Hertha Berlin on Friday as the German club believe he is “not fully focussed”.

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Josh Taylor, left, and Humberto Soto will fight in Glasgow

I’ll thrive on world title pressure, says Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor feels he will thrive on the pressure after being tipped to challenge for a world title if he gets past the experienced Humberto Soto.

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Jos Buttler (right) has promised to support Ben Stokes on his return to England colours

Jos Buttler says England squad will have Ben Stokes’ back

Jos Buttler has promised Ben Stokes the England dressing room will offer him all the support he needs on his return to international cricket.

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Trevor Bayliss (right) will not promise an immediate return for Ben Stokes

Bayliss refuses to promise immediate selection for returning Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes is not guaranteed to walk back into the England team when he eventually returns in New Zealand next month, according to head coach Trevor Bayliss.

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England coach Eddie Jones has named his squad

England preparing for battle without Billy Vunipola

England expect to be without Billy Vunipola for the entire NatWest 6 Nations in a development that sees Zach Mercer shed his status as apprentice player.

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Cameron Jerome could make his Derby debut after moving from Norwich (Nigel French/PA Images)

Cameron Jerome eyeing Derby debut against Bristol City

Derby manager Gary Rowett will play to the strengths of Cameron Jerome to get the best out of their new striker in the push for promotion.

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2018 Dafabet Masters ? Day Five ? Alexandra Palace

Rocket Ronnie crashes out of the Masters at the hands of Mark Allen

Ronnie O’Sullivan was “glad” his bid for an eighth Masters title was over after struggling with illness in his 6-1 quarter-final loss to Mark Allen.

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Watford forward Richarlison

Watford manager Marco Silva expects to keep his star men

Watford boss Marco Silva insists prized assets Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure will not be sold this month.

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Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth ? Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay ? DW Stadium

Sam Morsy wants to make DW Stadium ‘miserable’ for Hammers

Wigan’s Sam Morsy wants to make the DW Stadium feel like a miserable place for Marko Arnautovic and company when West Ham visit in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils share an embrace after their gruelling second-round match

Heat takes its toll as Djokovic overcomes Monfils

The heat took centre stage at the Australian Open on Thursday, with Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils in particular suffering before the six-time champion emerged victorious over four sets.

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