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The Guardian
Friday August 26, 2016 @ 04:24:02 PM mt

Russia launches appeal with Swiss federal court against Paralympics ban



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Friday August 26, 2016 @ 04:24:02 PM mt

Victor Wanyama: Failing is just when youre not ready to fight. I am ready to fight



Tottenhams new signing talks about growing up in Nairobi, having to walk miles to away fixtures, playing barefoot until they bled and Mauricio Pochettinos brutal pre-season

For Victor Wanyama, it was a statement of respect and ambition. When the Kenya midfielder joined Celtic in 2011, he asked to be given the No67 shirt. It was a move that acknowledged the clubs European Cup-winning team of 1967, the fabled Lisbon Lions and, also, one that advertised his dream to emulate them.

By any reckoning, it was a bold decision from an unheralded player who had arrived from Germinal Beerschot in Belgium for 900,000. Wanyama was 20 at the time. Was he setting himself up for a fall? I am somebody who is not afraid to try because I believe that failing is just when you are not willing to fight, he says. I was ready to fight. Thats why I was not scared to take the shirt.

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The Guardian
Friday August 26, 2016 @ 04:24:01 PM mt

Jenson Button: Im probably driving the best I have in my career



The 2009 world champion, currently with McLaren, believes he is driving as well as ever and has plenty of options for next season

While he will not be fighting for the win at Spa on Sunday, the urge to do battle, it seems, has diminished not a jot for Jenson Button. All the drivers love to come to this classic track, nestling in the Ardennes mountains, and face down what is a turbulent test and thrill-ride combined, but for Button enthusiasm for the challenge here perhaps also stirred his feelings for the sport as a whole as he reaffirmed both his commitment to Formula One and his own talent in the face of continuing questions about his future in the sport.

Strictly speaking, describing Button, who looks as youthful and fit as ever, as the grand old man of Formula One would be misleading. Kimi Raikkonen is the oldest driver on the grid, they are both 36, with the Finn three months older. But in terms of race starts the British driver is by some distance the most experienced in the field with 296 (third in the all-time list, behind Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher) in the 16 years since he first took to the track with Williams in 2000 as Britains youngest Formula One driver, aged 20. But rather than feeling those years, he exudes the air of a maturing fine wine in the paddock at Spa-Francorchamps.

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The Guardian
Friday August 26, 2016 @ 04:24:01 PM mt

Vuelta a Espaa: Jonas van Genechten wins first grand tour stage



Belgian rider secures third major stage win of year for IAM Cycling
Chris Froome suffers fall but remains third behind Darwin Atapuma

Belgiums Jonas van Genechten surged to his first grand tour stage victory as Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were caught up in a late crash on stage seven of the Vuelta a Espaa.

The Tour de France winner was unharmed but the Tinkoff team leader fell heavily on his left shoulder after touching wheels with another rider 500m from the finish line in Puebla de Sanabria.

Related: Vuelta a Espaa: Simon Yates claims maiden victory on stage six

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The Guardian
Friday August 26, 2016 @ 04:24:00 PM mt

Arsne Wenger denies panic buying on Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Prez



Arsenal spend 52m on Valencia defender and Deportivo striker
Arsne Wenger: Clubs will spend more than 1bn in this window

Arsne Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are close to completing the signings of Lucas Prez and Shkodran Mustafi for around 52m but denied suggestions he is panic buying and warned that football fans will be amazed at the amount of money spent by Premier League clubs before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.

Prez, from Deportivo La Corua, and the Germany defender Mustafi, of Valencia, were due to have medicals on Friday with fees of 17.1m and 35m respectively agreed with the two La Liga clubs but the Arsenal manager believes the late nature of the deals and the sizeable price is a natural consequence of the Premier Leagues new 5bn three-year TV deal. Look at my face. Is this the face of someone who tends to panic buy? Wenger said, smiling.

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The Guardian
Friday August 26, 2016 @ 04:24:00 PM mt

Nigel Clough haunts Derby as Jackson Irvine seals win for Burton



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Friday August 26, 2016 @ 04:23:59 PM mt

Newcastle Uniteds Ayoze Prez ready for lone role against Brighton



Prez set to be alone up front Im the only fit striker, he says
Chris Hughtons return to St James Park adds extra spice

Ayoze Prez already knows that in the Championship little is ever certain but Newcastle Uniteds young Spanish striker remains convinced about two things. Brightons going to be a special game, he says. And its going to be hard.

If Chris Hughtons return to St James Park on Saturday evening represents the special part of the equation, the former Newcastle managers Brighton side are out to capitalise on Rafael Bentezs loss of two principal strikers, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic to the Football Associations precautionary concussion rules.

Related: Rafael Bentez unmoved by Newcastles struggles | Louise Taylor

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Friday August 26, 2016 @ 04:23:59 PM mt

Jos Mourinho reassures Marcus Rashford after England demotion



Manchester United manager wants Rashford playing games
Mourinho says Henrikh Mkhitaryan must also wait his turn

Jos Mourinho has welcomed Marcus Rashford being dropped from the England squad, with the Manchester United manager believing the teenager will benefit more from being part of the under-21 setup.

Rashford has won three England caps and was in the squad at Euro 2016 but after failing to feature in either of Uniteds matches this season, Sam Allardyce decided he could not select him and so allowed Gareth Southgate to include him in the under-21 squad.

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Friday August 26, 2016 @ 04:23:58 PM mt

Jrgen Klopp backs Jordan Henderson as Liverpool rebuilding continues



Jrgen Klopp has no doubts about the form of his captain and midfield anchor heading into a telling away match against Mauricio Pochettinos Tottenham

Ten months and 55 games into his Liverpool adventure, Jrgen Klopp returns to the place where it all began, White Hart Lane, a game after which the German said there was no need to sprinkle magic dust to transform the team he inherited. on Saturday, well into the evolution he is working on, Klopp is pleased with the progress that has been made but is still searching for more improvement, more refinement, more consistency.

There was a big sign of quality. We have changed things, he says. Now there are quality players in defence, in midfield, on the wing and other players who can still improve like Divock [Origi], Phil [Coutinho] can improve, even Roberto [Firmino] can make the next step. Even the English guys can make the next step, Hendo [Jordan Henderson] had a difficult season with injuries and it is the first time he is fit since Ive been here over a long term. These are all the things I was thinking about. I still think I dont need magic dust.

Related: Jrgen Klopps impact injects self-belief and endeavour into Liverpool

Related: Hugo Lloris set to miss four weeks with Spurs after suffering hamstring injury

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Friday August 26, 2016 @ 04:23:58 PM mt

Antonio Conte frustrated in pursuit of top Chelsea defensive targets



Chelsea had bids rejected for Kalidou Koulibaly and Alessio Romagnoli
Marcos Alonso set to join Chelsea on loan from Fiorentina

Antonio Conte has admitted Chelsea are unlikely to secure his first-choice targets before Wednesdays deadline as the club face up to the reality that the landscape of the transfer market has changed radically in the wake of the latest Premier League broadcast deal.

Chelsea, who welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, went into the summer window without being able to offer prospective signings the carrot of Champions League football for the first time since Roman Abramovich purchased the club in 2003.

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