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Chris Hughton ready for tougher challenges as Brighton head to Old Trafford

Brighton boss Chris Hughton knows his side must raise their game to another level as they start a testing run of Premier League fixtures at Manchester United.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland

Wales tap into knowledge of Delme Thomas ahead of New Zealand showdown

Wales have tapped into the knowledge of All Blacks tamer Delme Thomas prior to Saturday’s clash against New Zealand in Cardiff.

Leinster second row James Ryan

Ireland captain Rory Best urges James Ryan to prove himself against Argentina

James Ryan must show his leadership “presence” right from the start of his Test career, according to Ireland captain Rory Best.

Michael Owen rides Calder Prince during the Prince?s Countryside Fund charity race at Ascot

Delight for Michael Owen following second place on riding bow at Ascot

Former England striker Michael Owen was not ruling out taking to the saddle again after enjoying one of the biggest thrills of his life when finishing second on his race-riding debut at Ascot.

England's Tom Burgess

Tom Burgess: England ready to take World Cup chance

England are determined to seize a glorious opportunity to reach their first World Cup final for 22 years, says forward Tom Burgess.

Mauricio Pochettino is trying to balance the workload in his Tottenham squad

Wembley proving an unknown quantity to Tottenham boss Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino admits he cannot be sure how playing at Wembley might affect Tottenham’s energy levels over the chaotic Christmas period.

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.

Mohamed Salah

Conte wary of “very dangerous” Salah

Antonio Conte believes Chelsea face a “very dangerous” Mohamed Salah and Liverpool on Saturday but warned they can have no excuses if they do not perform despite a trying week of travel.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola wary of Huddersfield after their win over Manchester United

Pep Guardiola believes Huddersfield’s recent defeat of Manchester United serves as a good warning to his Manchester City side this weekend.

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.

Lewis Hamilton (Luca Bruno/AP)

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.

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.

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.

Arsenal?s Alexis Sanchez (left) celebrates scoring his side?s second goal of the game with Mesut Ozil during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London

Premier League talking points

Liverpool go up against Chelsea on Saturday as both sides look to avoid losing further ground on runaway leaders Manchester City.

Dylan Hartley and Eddie Jones

England v Samoa talking points

England conclude their autumn series against Samoa 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.

Marouane Fellaini has performed well this season (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jose Mourinho fears Marouane Fellaini will leave Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is worried Marouane Fellaini will leave Manchester United in the summer as contract talks continue to drag on.

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.

Ostersund players celebrate

Potter’s wizardry helps Ostersund defy the odds in Europa League

Graham Potter will be the last English coach standing in continental competition this season after leading Swedish minnows Ostersund to an improbable place in the Europa League knockout stages.

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