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Liverpool reject improved Barcelona bid for Coutinho

Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for wantaway playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Manchester City prospect Patrick Roberts expected to make Celtic loan return (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Manchester City prospect Patrick Roberts expected to make Celtic loan return

Patrick Roberts is edging towards a return to Celtic on a season-long loan, Press Association Sport understands.

England declared as soon as Alastair Cook's innings of 243 came to an end (Nick Potts/PA)

Alastair Cook’s 243 gives England complete control at Edgbaston

Alastair Cook’s chanceless Edgbaston vigil ended at last on 243 but still maintained England’s dominant position on a rain-shortened second day of the first Investec Test against West Indies.

Andy Murray could play at the US Open after being a doubt because of a hip injury (Joe Toth/PA)

Andy Murray heading to New York to step up US Open preparations

Andy Murray will travel to New York later on Friday to step up his US Open preparations.

West Brom have rejected an offer from Manchester City for defender Jonny Evans ( Nick Potts/PA )

Pulis confirms City bid for Evans rejected but adds every player has a price

Tony Pulis confirmed West Brom have rejected a bid from Manchester City for Jonny Evans.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes his former club Chelsea will be the team to beat this season (Niall Carson/PA)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: Chelsea remain the team to beat

Jose Mourinho believes former club Chelsea remain Premier League favourites despite Antonio Conte struggling in some areas, the ongoing Diego Costa debacle and their chastening opening-weekend defeat.

Gabriel leaves Arsenal for Valencia challenge (Adam Davy/PA)

Gabriel leaves Arsenal for Valencia challenge

Valencia have signed defender Gabriel from Arsenal on a five-year deal.

Mathew Pillans kept his nerve to bowl a superb final over to guide Leicestershire to a crucial win (Steve Paston/EMPICS Sport)

Quarter-final line-up secured after thrilling final day of T20 Blast

A thrilling final day in the group stages of the NatWest t20 Blast saw the quarter-final line-up decided as Derbyshire, Birmingham and Leicestershire all won to join Nottinghamshire as the North Group qualifiers.

Centuries from Joe Root and Alastair Cook helped England to 348 for three on the opening day of the first test against the West Indies (Joe Giddens/PA)

Joe Root and Alastair Cook put England in commanding position at Edgbaston

Old-firm centurions Alastair Cook and Joe Root provided England’s bankable constants against the West Indies in an ever-changing world at Edgbaston.

Davinson Sanchez has joined Tottenham from Ajax for a reported club-record £42 million (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Tottenham capture Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez for club-record fee

Tottenham’s long wait for a summer signing ended with the announcement of a move for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez subject to a medical and the granting of a work permit.

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.

England prop Joe Marler has signed a contract extension with Harlequins (John Walton/PA)

Joe Marler commits to Harlequins with extended deal

England prop Joe Marler has signed a contract extension with Harlequins, keeping him at the Aviva Premiership club until 2021.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was saddened by Barcelona terror attack (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola saddened by Barcelona terror attack

Former Barcelona captain and coach Pep Guardiola has spoken of his sorrow following Thursday’s terrorist attack in his home city.

A fan encroaches onto the pitch during the Everton-Hajduk Split  Europa League tie (Nigel French/PA)

One man detained for pitch encroachment following Everton-Hajduk Split match

Merseyside Police detained one man as trouble flared during Thursday night’s Europa League play-off between Everton and Hajduk Split at Goodison Park.

Barcelona's players and coaching staff held a minute's silence before training on Friday in tribute to the victims of the terror attack in the city ( Francisco Seco/AP)

Barcelona players and coaching staff pay tribute to terror attack victims

Barcelona’s players and coaching staff held a minute’s silence before training on Friday in tribute to the victims of the terror attack in the city.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists Diego Costa "is in the past" (Richard Sellers/Empics)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte laughs off Diego Costa ‘criminal’ claims

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has laughed off Diego Costa’s suggestion that he has been treated like “a criminal” and says the striker is in “the past”.

The IBF and WBA heavyweight champion had been expected to defend his titles in November (Jonathan Brady/PA)

In video: Joshua admits ‘massive’ disappointment over Klitschko retirement

Anthony Joshua has revealed the “massive” sense of disappointment he felt when Wladimir Klitschko announced his retirement and ended their plans for a rematch in Las Vegas.

Idrissa Gueye's goal gave Everton a 2-0 lead against Hajduk Split in their Europa League qualifier (Nigel French/PA)

Everton take control of Europa League qualifier but game halted by crowd trouble

Everton hold a 2-0 lead in their Europa League qualifying play-off tie against Hajduk Split after a first leg at Goodison Park that had to be temporarily stopped due to crowd trouble in the away section.

Spurs will be playing at Wembley Stadium (PA)

Premier League talking points ahead of the second round of action

The new Premier League season continues with the second round of fixtures this weekend. Here we look at some talking points.

Jose Mourinho accepts Manchester United are unlikely to sign a winger before the end of August (Niall Carson/PA)

Manchester United boss Mourinho ready to abandon plans to bring in wide player

Jose Mourinho accepts Manchester United are now unlikely to sign the wide man he had hoped for this summer.

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