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FA board backs chief executive Martin Glenn over Mark Sampson sacking

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has been given a vote of confidence by the board for his handling of Mark Sampson’s dismissal as England Women’s manager.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones kneels with his players (Rick Scuteri/AP)

Dallas Cowboys kneel before national anthem after weekend NFL protests

A weekend of protesting across the NFL extended to Monday, with the Dallas Cowboys and their owner displaying their own version of unity by kneeling on the field before rising as a group ahead of the national anthem.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring his second goal (John Walton/Empics)

Alexandre Lacazette takes centre stage to outshine record-breaker Gareth Barry

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal ruined Gareth Barry’s big night.

Jose Mourinho will face no further action (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Jose Mourinho escapes FA punishment for dismissal

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will face no further action from the Football Association following his sending-off against Southampton on Saturday.

Tony Pulis was not happy with Alexis Sanchez (John Walton/Empics)

Tony Pulis fumes over penalty decision and slams ‘cheating’ Alexis Sanchez

Tony Pulis accused Arsenal’s “cheating” Alexis Sanchez of diving and believes West Brom should have been awarded a penalty during their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

Wayne Rooney could be doing more tan showing off the Angry Birds logo (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Rooney could feature in Everton-themed Angry Birds game after sponsorship deal

Wayne Rooney is already a globally-recognised footballer but the Everton striker could be set for worldwide stardom of a different kind with his potential immortalisation in the Angry Birds online game franchise.

Gareth Barry created Premier League history on Monday (Nick Potts/PA)

Gareth Barry wins praise after making record-breaking Premier League appearance

Gareth Barry’s big night may have ended in disappointment but the congratulations still poured in for the Premier League’s new record appearance holder.

Jurgen Klopp during his press conference in Moscow (Ivan Sekretarev/AP/PA)

Jurgen Klopp ready to unleash fearsome attacking quartet in Champions League

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no qualms about unleashing his fearsome attacking quartet now all are at his disposal.

Philippe Coutinho could still join Barcelona (Aaron Chown/Empics)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Philippe Coutinho could be heading for a possible January exit from Liverpool after reportedly reiterating his desire to join Barcelona. According to Spanish newspaper Sport, the LaLiga leaders have not given up on the 25-year-old, despite the Reds rejecting a bid of more than £100million from the Catalan side during the summer transfer window. Everton are holding talks with Paris St Germain to sign star striker Edinson Cavani, according to Italian news site Tuttomercatoweb. The site reports that the club will meet with officials from PSG this week to discuss signing Cavani when the window opens.

Keaton Kennings will leave Durham (Nigel French/PA)

Keaton Jennings decides to leave Durham and join Lancashire

England batsman Keaton Jennings has agreed a four-year deal with Lancashire after becoming the latest high-profile player to leave Durham.

Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not be crying over Tottenham's injury list (Steven Paston/PA)

Pochettino insists he will not be crying over Tottenham’s injury list

Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not be crying over Tottenham’s long list of absentees ahead of their Champions League game against Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday.

Gareth Barry is the Premier League's all-time record appearance-maker (John Walton/Empics)

Gareth Barry’s career in numbers

Gareth Barry is the Premier League’s all-time record appearance-maker after starting Monday’s game with Arsenal, breaking the record previously held by Ryan Giggs.

Liam Plunkett has been a stand-out performer for England in limited-over cricket (David Davies/PA)

Liam Plunkett focused on one-day role amid Ashes murmurs

Liam Plunkett will concentrate on the role he loves as England’s one-day international “bad guy” rather than waste energy fretting about his left-field Ashes prospects.

Ben Youngs is concerned about burnout (Paul Harding/PA)

Ben Youngs echoes concerns over strain of playing too many games

Ben Youngs has echoed the warnings issued by England team-mates Billy Vunipola and Joe Marler that players will go on strike if they are pushed beyond their capacity to play.

FIFA has relaxed its stance on the home nations wearing remembrance poppies (Nick Potts/PA)

PM greets FIFA’s decision to drop ‘outrageous’ ban on players wearing poppies

Prime Minister Theresa May has joined the chorus welcoming FIFA’s climb down on its ban of players wearing poppies during international matches.

Craig Overton is considered an outsider for Ashes selection (David Davies/PA)

Somerset keep survival hopes intact on day one of Middlesex clash

Somerset kept their Specsavers County Championship survival hopes intact despite Middlesex spinner Ravi Patel claiming a career-best seven for 81 on an action-packed first day at Taunton.

LeBron James is preparing for the basketball season (Ron Schwane/AP/PA)

LeBron James salutes NFL players’ protests against Donald Trump

LeBron James has saluted the NFL players’ protests against Donald Trump and vowed not to let the United States president “use sports to try and divide us”.

Wins over Slovakia and Slovenia would guarantee Scotland second spot in Group F (Jane Barlow/PA)

Every player is relishing World Cup shot, says Scotland boss Gordon Strachan

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan can sense his players are relishing their date with destiny next month.

Mousa Dembele's niggling foot injury is a cause for concern for Mauricio Pochettino (Mike Egerton/PA)

Apoel Nicosia v Tottenham talking points

Tottenham will look to take one step closer to the Champions League knock-out stages on Tuesday when they face Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus.

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid have made a slow start in LaLiga (Martin Meissner/AP/PA)

Zinedine Zidane keen to silence Real Madrid critics with win in Dortmund

Zinedine Zidane knows ending a club hoodoo by masterminding a Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund would go a long way towards answering Real Madrid’s critics.

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