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England captain Hartley set to miss out on Lions spot

LONDON (Reuters) - England captain Dylan Hartley looks set to be the highest profile absentee from the British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand, which will be announced by coach Warren Gatland later on Wednesday (1100 GMT).

Football

Sampaoli's last chance saloon at Barcelona

MADRID (Reuters) - Jorge Sampaoli takes his stuttering Sevilla to Camp Nou on Wednesday in his last chance to prove to Barcelona he has the quality to coach them next season.

Football

Messi behaviour on pitch 'impeccable', says Luis Enrique

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique defended the integrity of his team's talisman Lionel Messi on Saturday after the Argentine was hit with a lengthy ban from international football for insulting an assistant referee.

Football

Dubai Cup a good test for coach Bernhardt’s KL SEA Games squad

PETALING JAYA: The Dubai Cup Under-23 tournament will be a good test for the Malaysian team ahead of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.

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England's Itoje set for flanker role against France

LONDON (Reuters) - Maro Itoje looks set to step into England's blindside flanker void after being named on Tuesday alongside three locks in a 25-man squad for their Six Nations opener against France at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Jones needs more England leaders, but not Itoje

LONDON (Reuters) - England coach Eddie Jones has made developing more leaders in the team one of his top priorities but said forward Maro Itoje is not about to be fast-tracked towards captaincy.

Football

Wenger regrets Wilshere loan as injuries hit Arsenal

(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is now regretting his decision to allow Jack Wilshere to go on loan to Bournemouth this season after Francis Coquelin's injury left him with only two senior central midfielders available in Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka.

Football

Arsenal's Coquelin out for up to four weeks with hamstring injury

(Reuters) - Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin will be out for up to four weeks after injuring his hamstring during the Gunners' 3-3 Premier League draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Football

Klopp to unleash youngsters when needed as injuries mount

(Reuters) - Liverpool's growing injury list is becoming a concern for Juergen Klopp but the German manager has backed his academy players to make the transition when he does call them up to the first team.

Football

Jet-lagged Real ready for Club World challenge

TOKYO (Reuters) - Real Madrid are battling the effects of jet-lag but are fully focussed on their Club World Cup semi-final against Mexican team Club America, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Monday.