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Bristol City’s Jonathan Kodjia joins Aston Villa for Championship record £15m fee

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:50
• Fee for striker signed last season for £2m could rise to £15m
• Ivory Coast international joined City from Angers last summer

Jonathan Kodjia has joined Aston Villa from Bristol City in an £11m deal which could rise to £15m.

The striker has signed a four-year contract at Villa, who were relegated from the Premier League last term.

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Schweinsteiger has 'no problem' with Manchester United manager Mourinho – video

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:43

Bastian Schweinsteiger maintains that it is his dream to continue playing football under José Mourinho at Manchester United, despite the fact that the German has yet to feature for the club this season. Speaking at a news conference in Mönchengladbach, Germany, on Tuesday, Schweinsteiger says he there is no problem between him and Mourinho and that he will wait for developments over the next two months. Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

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Simone Biles' longtime coach Aimee Boorman accepts new job in Florida

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:37
  • Boorman leaving gym owned by Biles’ parents for new position
  • Biles is taking hiatus before deciding whether to return to sport

Aimee Boorman, the longtime personal coach of Olympic champion Simone Biles, is walking away from the suburban Houston gym that both called home during their rise to international renown.

Related: Simone Biles the bandleader of a US quintet that might never be bettered | Bryan Armen Graham

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West Ham's Michail Antonio thought England call-up was 'banter'

BBC Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:31
West Ham's Michail Antonio says he thought it was "banter" when he was told he'd been called up to the England squad.

Richard Cockerill admits Leicester look ‘a bit silly’ after McDonald’s incident

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:29
• Leicester player alleged to have taken food without paying in Italy
• ‘It made us all look a bit silly,’ says coach Cockerill

Richard Cockerill has admitted a run-in with Italian military police in a branch of McDonald’s near Treviso has made Leicester Tigers “look a bit silly”.

Cockerill, the club’s director of rugby, has confirmed a number of Leicester players have been disciplined internally after an incident following the club’s 33-10 pre-season victory over Treviso on Friday 19 August.

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Arsenal: Lucas Perez joins Gunners from Deportivo La Coruna

BBC Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:02
Arsenal sign Spanish forward Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna for £17.1m.

Transfer Deadline Day: Top 10 deals to look out for

BBC Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 09:58
Phil McNulty looks at the players worth keeping an eye on as the seconds tick down to the end of the summer transfer window.

Arsenal confirm signing of Lucas Pérez from Deportivo La Coruña

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 09:49
• Spanish striker joins for undisclosed fee believed to be around £17m
• Gnabry nears move to Werder Bremen

Arsenal have announced the signing of striker Lucas Pérez from Deportivo La Coruña for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £17m.

Related: Transfer news live: Hart to Torino, Barcelona sign Alcácer, Rémy joins Palace and more!

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Crystal Palace sign Rémy on loan and will reject new Tottenham bid for Zaha

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 09:28
• France striker joins from Chelsea until end of season
• Spurs make new bid worth initial £21m for winger Zaha

Crystal Palace have announced the signing of the striker Loïc Rémy on a season-long loan from Chelsea and will reject Tottenham’s new £21m offer for Wilfried Zaha.

Palace confirmed the move for Rémy, who made just three Premier League starts for Chelsea last season, on Tuesday, with the club understood to be paying loan a fee of around £3m for the 29-year-old.

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Loic Remy: Crystal Palace sign Chelsea striker on loan

BBC Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 09:27
Crystal Palace sign France striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan deal from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Chelsea close to signing Fiorentina’s Marcos Alonso for £20.5m

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:45
• Former Bolton player expected to move to Stamford Bridge
• Alonso has already agreed personal terms with Chelsea

Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal with Fiorentina for Marcos Alonso, with Antonio Conte’s side expected to pay a fee of around £20.5m (€27m).

Related: Transfer window live: Hart's agent confirms Torino move, Zaha, Wilshere and more!

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Wayne Rooney: England captain to quit internationals after 2018 World Cup

BBC Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:39
England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney confirms he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

England v Pakistan: third ODI – live!

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:35

1.32pm BST

Eoin Morgan has no hesitation in deciding that an unchanged England will bat first on a glorious looking sunny day. Morgan swashes away questions about Bangladesh – ‘we’ve still got 10 days’ – and just says ‘today is a day for playing cricket’. Azhar Ali says he would have batted first also on this pitch, though he reckons it will still be a decent enough surface to bat second on.

1.15pm BST

Bits and bobs: In other news, New Zealand are currently toiling at 69 for four in pursuit of an already unreachable-looking target of 400 in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion, though given that they were seven for four at one point, it could be even worse.

Alastair Cook has confirmed his place on the tour of Bangladesh, and Ian Bell has signed up for the Big Bash but hasn’t ruled out fluttering his eyelashes and beckoning an England return should he get back near his best.

Related: County cricket talking points: Yorkshire beat Notts to keep pressure on Middlesex

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Rio Paralympics 2016: Russian athletes appeal against IPC Games ban

BBC Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:33
More than 100 Russian competitors appeal to the International Paralympic Committee over the decision to ban Russia from the Rio Games.

Wayne Rooney confirms international retirement after 2018 World Cup

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:23
• England captain announces decision to step down in two years’ time
• ‘I know myself that Russia will be my last opportunity with England’

Wayne Rooney has announced the 2018 World Cup will be his final tournament with England after he was kept on as captain by new boss Sam Allardyce.

Rooney, 30, has led his country since August 2014 and is England’s record goalscorer having registered 53 in 115 appearances.

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Wayne Rooney: England captain to quit internationals after 2018 World Cup

BBC Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:17
England captain Wayne Rooney confirms he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Barcelona sign Spain striker Paco Alcacer from Valencia

BBC Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:17
Barcelona sign Spain forward Paco Alcacer for £25.5m from La Liga rivals Valencia, ending a summer-long search for a fourth forward.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: I have no problem with José Mourinho

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:16
• Manchester United midfielder excluded from the first-team squad
• Germany World Cup-winner rules out move to MLS

Bastian Schweinsteiger has told José Mourinho he could still help Manchester United if given a chance though the midfielder insisted there is “no problem” with the manager despite being excluded from the first-team squad.

Related: Transfer window live: Hart's agent confirms Torino move, Zaha, Wilshere and more!

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Ian Bell could join Botham, Boycott, Close and Thorpe in fairytale return

Guardian Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:08
The Warwickshire batsman’s possible England comeback for the tours to Bangladesh and India has divided opinion but history shows returnees can rediscover their magic touch

What is it about Ian Bell? In his own quiet way he has been almost as polarising a figure as Kevin Pietersen over the past decade or so. For some he was the ultimate cult hero, the most aesthetically pleasing cog in the England machine, the often-overlooked glue that bound the flashier elements together. For others, he was a flake, a fairweather friend, a frustration. And each camp’s existence helped entrench the other.

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Westwood, Kaymer & Pieters named as Ryder Cup wildcards

BBC Sport - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:00
Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer & Thomas Pieters are selected as Europe's wildcards by Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke.

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