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Becky James quits cycling a year on from Rio Olympics silver double

Becky James, the two-time Olympic silver medallist and former world champion, has announced her retirement from cycling aged 25.

Will Cristiano Ronaldo win more silverware with Real Madrid this season? (Nick Potts/PA)

Five things you need to know about the new LaLiga season

The new LaLiga season starts this weekend with El Clasico foes Barcelona and Real Madrid getting their respective campaigns under way against Real Betis and Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has joined Everton from Swansea on a five-year contract (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ronald Koeman rates Everton new boy Gylfi Sigurdsson among Premier League elite

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has no doubt the club have landed one of the Premier League’s best playmakers in Gylfi Sigurdsson.

England's Emily Scarratt scores the first try of the game despite the attempts of USA's Cheta Emaba (Donall Farmer/PA)

Marlie Packer scores two tries as England beat USA to reach semi-finals

Marlie Packer led the charge with two tries as defending champions England swatted the USA aside 47-26 to book their place in the Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa wants to rejoin Atletico Madrid (Mike Egerton/PA)

Diego Costa not backing down over his wish to swap Chelsea for Atletico Madrid

Exiled striker Diego Costa has repeated his wish to return to Atletico Madrid and believes his stand-off with Chelsea will come to an end when he travels to Spain.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is heading for Barcelona, according to the general manager of the Spanish giants (David Davies/Empics)

Barcelona general manager Segura says signings of Coutinho and Dembele ‘close’

Barcelona general manager Pep Segura has said the signings of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are “close” after watching his side lose to arch-rivlas Real Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana final.

Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista looks likely to leave the Emirates (Daniel Hambury/EMPICS)

Gabriel heading towards Arsenal exit

Arsenal defender Gabriel is closing in on a move to Valencia as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger begins the process of trimming his squad.

Philippe Coutinho has put in a transfer request (Dave Howarth/PA)

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool are not in talks with Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed Barcelona claims that a deal for wantaway playmaker Philippe Coutinho is close to completion.

Alastair Cook helped England recover after a shaky start (Nick Potts/PA)

Alastair Cook in the pink as half-century papers over England top-order cracks

Alastair Cook was England’s constant in an ever-changing world as they reached a lunchtime 108 for two in the first session of pink-ball Test cricket in this country.

Victoria Azarenka is likely to miss the US Open owing to personal reasons (John Walton/PA)

Victoria Azarenka likely to miss US Open owing to personal reasons

Victoria Azarenka appears likely to miss the US Open later this month because of a dispute with her former partner over the care of their baby son.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester City (John Walton/PA)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Tottenham are yet to sign anybody during this transfer window, and are instead fending off further interest in their current players.

James Forrest scores Celtic's fourth goal against Astana (Jeff Holmes/PA)

Five-star Celtic on brink of Champions League group stages after routing Astana

Celtic confidently planted one foot into the Champions League group stages with a 5-0 thumping of Astana in the first leg of their play-off at Parkhead.

Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring Real Madrid's second goal against Barcelona (Francisco Seco/AP)

Real Madrid dazzle as they finish off poor Barcelona in Supercopa second leg

Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema scored brilliant first-half goals as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 on the night to register a resounding 5-1 aggregate Supercopa win.

Arsene Wenger says no progress has been made in striking a deal with star striker Alexis Sanchez (Nick Potts/PA)

Arsene Wenger willing to sacrifice hefty fee to keep Alexis Sanchez

Arsene Wenger is ready to accept the financial “sacrifice” of keeping Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal and admits there has been no progress on a new deal for the forward.

Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea shows Cristiano Ronaldo the red card (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo fails with appeal against five-match ban for pushing referee

Cristiano Ronaldo has failed in his bid to overturn his five-match ban for pushing a referee during Real Madrid’s Supercopa de Espana first-leg win over Barcelona.

Mark Sampson has been cleared of any "wrong-doing" following FA investigation (Mike Egerton/PA)

England Women boss Mark Sampson alleged to have made ‘racial’ remark to player

The Football Association has reiterated an investigation found no wrong-doing following claims made by striker Eni Aluko after it emerged England Women boss Mark Sampson was alleged to have made a remark with “racial and prejudicial connotations” towards one of his players.

Everton have signed Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a club-record fee (David Davies/PA)

Gylfi Sigurdsson leaves Swansea for Everton in club-record move

Everton have completed the club-record signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea for a fee believed to be around £45million.

Joselu has joined Newcasle from Stoke on a three-year contract (Daniel Hambury/PA)

Joselu completes move to Newcastle from Stoke

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez finally received some good news on the transfer front after signing Stoke striker Joselu.

Virgil van Dijk will not be leaving Southampton in this window (Martin Rickett/PA)

Virgil van Dijk is “not for sale in this window” – Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger is adamant Virgil van Dijk is “not for sale in this window” as keeping the defender is “the statement we need to make” at this juncture.

Conor McGregor is fighting Floyd Mayweather on August 26 (John Locher/AP)

Conor McGregor spurred on by ridicule as he prepares to face Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor has been driven on through the final stages of the training camp for his August 26 fight with Floyd Mayweather by the increasing ridicule he is receiving.

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