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Manchester United post record revenue and operating profit

Manchester United have earned more than half a billion pounds for the second successive year, with a record-breaking revenue of £581.2million.

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Gareth Ellis warms up for the Challenge Cup final (John Walton/PA)

Gareth Ellis warns Hull not to expect any favours from Castleford

Hull captain Gareth Ellis is not expecting any favours from his home-town club when the Black and Whites take on Castleford for a place in the play-off semi-finals.

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Ilkay Gundogan lies on the floor injured (David Davies/PA)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola eases fears over new Ilkay Gundogan injury

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola eased any worries over Ilkay Gundogan’s fresh injury scare.

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Cristiano Ronaldo had a bad night at the office (Francisco Seco/AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo suffers shock defeat on Real Madrid return

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid return ended in frustration after a shock 1-0 home defeat by Real Betis.

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Anthony Martial was on form for Manchester United on Wednesday night (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United handed trip to Swansea in Carabao Cup

Holders Manchester United will travel to Swansea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

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Salford owner Marwan Koukash has rejected an offer to re-locate the club (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Koukash rejected offers to re-locate Salford

Salford owner Marwan Koukash has rejected an offer to re-locate the club.

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England bowler James Anderson celebrates his 500th Test victim (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

James Anderson reaches milestone as England take charge in West Indies decider

James Anderson’s 500th Test wicket provided the long-anticipated landmark moment Lord’s craved as England held the advantage in a tense, low-scoring match against West Indies.

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The Tour de Yorkshire will grow from three to four days next year, with the women's race increasing from one to two days (Danny Lawson/PA)

Calendar boost for Tour de Yorkshire as UCI grants it extra days

World cycling’s governing body has confirmed the Tour de Yorkshire will grow from three to four days next year, with the women’s race increasing from one to two days.

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Joe Root has had a successful start as England Test skipper (Nigel French/PA)

Andrew Strauss backs Joe Root to impress in his ‘biggest challenge’ Down Under

Andrew Strauss believes Joe Root could thrive as he prepares for an England captain’s toughest challenge – an Ashes series in Australia.

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Atletico Madrid's new Metropolitano Stadium has been chosen to host the 2019 UEFA Champions League final (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Metropolitano Stadium to host 2019 Champions League final

Atletico Madrid’s new Metropolitano Stadium has been chosen to host the 2019 UEFA Champions League final.

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Two Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in Edinson Cavani (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say At least two Premier League clubs have taken an interest in Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani after his spat with Neymar in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Lyon, Mail Online reports. Hostility between the Paris club’s new £200m forward and their established striker is said to have piqued Everton and Chelsea. However, either will reportedly have to outmanoeuvre his former side Napoli – and cough up over £120,000 a week – to secure his services.

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Mark Sampson has been the subject of allegations of racism, harassment and bullying (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

Focus turns to FA after Mark Sampson’s sacking raises questions of competence

Mark Sampson has been sacked as head coach of England Women in a move that raises significant questions about the governing body.

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Anthony Martial has been backed to become a "force" to be reckoned with by Jesse Lingard (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jesse Lingard backs Anthony Martial to become a ‘force’ for Manchester United

Anthony Martial has been backed to become a “force” to be reckoned with by Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard.

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The FA has been accused of an "inexcusable" lack of leadership following the sacking of Mark Sampson(Mike Egerton/PA)

MP accuses FA of lacking leadership over Sampson sacking

The Football Association has been accused of an “inexcusable” lack of leadership following the sacking of England Women’s coach Mark Sampson.

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Alexis Sanchez was a surprise starter as Arsenal hosted Doncaster in the Carabao Cup (John Walton/PA)

Wenger denies making example of Arsenal forward Sanchez

Arsene Wenger insists there is no ulterior motive to starting Alexis Sanchez in minor competitions and leaving him out of Arsenal’s Premier League side.

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Charly Musonda enjoyed a dream full debut for Chelsea (Mike Egerton/PA)

Charly Musonda enjoys dream full Chelsea debut alongside idol Eden Hazard

Charly Musonda enjoyed a dream full debut for Chelsea alongside his idol Eden Hazard.

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Marcus Rashford scored twice for United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Marcus Rashford at the double as Manchester United defeat Burton

Marcus Rashford’s brace inspired holders Manchester United to a comprehensive 4-1 Carabao Cup victory over Burton at Old Trafford.

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Brian Cookson's time in charge of the UCI is over (Tim Goode/PA)

Brian Cookson’s UCI reign ends in crushing defeat to David Lappartient

Brian Cookson’s hopes of serving a second term as president of cycling’s world governing body have ended in embarrassing fashion as he was beaten 37 votes to eight by French rival David Lappartient.

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Sean O'Brien believes the British and Irish Lions should have beaten New Zealand this summer (David Davies/PA)

Sean O’Brien: Lions coaches have a lot to answer for

Sean O’Brien says the British and Irish Lions should have “comfortably” beaten New Zealand this summer and claims the coaching team did not get preparations right before the Tests.

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Anthony Martial came into the Manchester United starting XI against Burton (Martin Rickett/PA)

All change: Midweek Carabao Cup starting line-ups averaged almost eight per team

Teams competing in the Carabao Cup third round averaged almost eight changes a side as questions continue over the competition’s relevance.

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