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Lewis Hamilton feels competitive in Abu Dhabi after topping second practice

Lewis Hamilton moved to the top of the order in second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after trading blows with Sebastian Vettel at the final round of the season.

Steve Smith helped settle Australia with the hosts' first half-century of the 2017-18 Ashes series (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Steve Smith settles Australia on intriguing second day of the Ashes

The Ashes delivered on its pre-series hype as Australia captain Steve Smith edged an epic battle of will and skill with England’s bowlers on an absorbing second day at the Gabba.

Australia's Steve Smith celebrates his century (Jason O'Brien/PA Wire)

Steve Smith’s century puts Australia on top in first Test

England suddenly had to battle to stay in the match on day three of the Ashes after Steve Smith’s outstanding hundred helped to pile the pressure back on them at the Gabba.

Jermaine McGillvary scored for a 10th successive game as England beat Tonga 20-18 in the World Cup semi-final (Dave Howarth/PA)

England survive late Tonga fightback to reach World Cup final

England withstood a dramatic late fightback from a passionate Tonga to reach their first World Cup final for 22 years.

Mesut Ozil

Arsene Wenger denies Mesut Ozil has agreed a move to Barcelona

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied reports suggesting Mesut Ozil has agreed a switch to Barcelona.

Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic players battle for the ball

Boston get back to winning ways by downing Orlando

The Boston Celtics bounced back from their first defeat in 17 to beat the Orlando Magic 118-103.

Cricket balls

Cricket team in India bowled out for two runs

An Indian cricket team were bowled out for just two runs on Friday.

Alastair Cook and Josh Hazlewood

Australia v England – story of the match

England suddenly had to battle to stay in the match on day three of the Ashes after Steve Smith’s outstanding hundred helped to pile the pressure back on them at the Gabba.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane and a football graphic

Is Jeff Stelling right to be wary of Expected Goals analytics?

Sport and data have long had a difficult relationship, and Jeff Stelling is the latest to criticise what he deems “the most useless stat in the history of football”.

Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo

Real boss Zidane eager to slash Barcelona’s LaLiga lead

Real Madrid will hope to cut into Barcelona’s 10-point lead when they host resurgent Malaga in LaLiga on Saturday.

John Barclay

Scotland skipper John Barclay expects sterner test against Australia

Scotland captain John Barclay is anticipating a revitalised Australia when the two sides line up at BT Murrayfield this weekend.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Alberto Moreno (Peter Byrne/PA)

Klopp has ‘100 per cent’ trust in Moreno despite mistakes against Sevilla

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted he still trusts Alberto Moreno “100 per cent” after the left-back’s performance against Sevilla.

Cue Card on the way to winning his third Betfair Chase at Haydock

Big-race stalwart Cue Card ‘should be vying for favouritism’ in Betfair Chase

Colin Tizzard believes age will not prove a stumbling block as Cue Card bids to emulate Kauto Star by winning the Betfair Chase for a fourth time at Haydock on Saturday.

Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona wishes Pep Guardiola was Manchester United boss, not Jose Mourinho

Manchester United great Eric Cantona wishes Pep Guardiola was his former side’s manager and not Jose Mourinho.

Brendan Rodgers File Photo

Rodgers and Celtic get into the festive spirit

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and several Hoops stars are already in the Christmas spirit if the club’s new festive video is anything to go by.

Manchester Arena Boxing

Carrick reveals irregular heart rhythm but targets swift return

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has undergone a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm and hopes to make a swift return to action.

Wayne Rooney and his Everton team-mates stand dejected after conceding the second goal (Peter Byrne/PA)

Everton continue to slide as five-star Atalanta serve up Europa League hammering

Everton’s season – like their search for a manager – continues to drift apparently rudderless after an insipid display in the 5-1 defeat against Atalanta.

Jake Ball in the nets ahead of the first Test in Brisbane (Jason O'Brien/PA)

Jake Ball hails England planning as first Test remains evenly poised

England seamer Jake Ball insists the team are “very happy” with how the first Ashes Test is going with the match still too close to call after two days at the Gabba.

Sochi Winter Olympic Games ? Day 16

Team GB edge closer to bobsleigh bronze as four more Russians get Sochi bans

Great Britain could soon have another Winter Olympics medal after double bobsleigh champion Aleksandr Zubkov was named among four more Russian athletes banned for doping at the 2014 Games.

Sehrou Guirassy scores the only goal from the penalty spot ( John Walton/Empics)

Arsenal to top Europa League group despite defeat in Cologne

Arsenal fell to defeat at Cologne on Thursday night but will still progress into the knockout stages of the Europa League as Group H winners.

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