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Kevin De Bruyne: There’s no rush to give me a new City deal

Kevin De Bruyne insists there is no rush to sign a new contract with Manchester City.

Lionel Messi celebrates his goal (John Walton/Empics)

Lionel Messi reaches European goals century as Barcelona see off Olympiacos

Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in Europe as 10-man Barcelona maintained a winning start to their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 victory over Olympiacos.

Lewis Hamilton said he will happily swap his F1 helmet for a spacesuit Toru Takahashi/AP)

Lewis Hamilton wants to be an astronaut

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton visited NASA on Wednesday and revealed he would happily give up his Formula 1 career to be an astronaut.

Eden Hazard puts Chelsea 2-0 up (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Eden Hazard rescues Chelsea after Roma roar back at Stamford Bridge

Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea battled to a 3-3 draw with Roma to stay top of Champions League Group C.

Wayne Rooney celebrates at the final whistle after scoring the winning goal against Arsenal (Mike Egerton/Empics)

‘Remember the name, Wayne Rooney’ – 15 years since THAT goal

When Arsenal arrived at Goodison Park on October 19, 2002 they would not have expected their 30-game unbeaten league run to be ended by a little-known 16-year-old.

David Beckham has been in Las Vegas this week (Steven Paston/PA)

David Beckham enjoys a day out at UFC’s Performance Institute

David Beckham bumped into MMA fighter Francis Ngannou on a trip to the UFC’s Performance Institute in Las Vegas this week.

Kevin Davies is the new Southport boss (Barrington Coombs/PA)

Ex-Bolton and Southampton striker Kevin Davies appointed Southport manager

Former Bolton and Southampton striker Kevin Davies has been appointed manager of National League North side Southport.

Jack Wilshere has stuck up for his team-mates (Darko Vojinovic/AP)

Jack Wilshere defends Arsenal’s character ahead of Red Star Belgrade clash

Jack Wilshere has defended the character of his Arsenal team-mates after it was called into question by Watford captain Troy Deeney.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first goal for Liverpool in Slovenia (Darko Bandic/AP/PA)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ready to seize Liverpool chance

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain accepts he faces a fight for a regular first-team place at Liverpool but insists he is ready to seize his chance.

A general view of Wetherby racecourse (John Walton/EMPICS Sport)

Ballotin shines on day Wetherby officially opens new £3.5million grandstand

Amateur rider David Maxwell was thrilled to steer Ballotin to a narrow success in the Bobby Renton Handicap Chase.

Johanna Konta has split with her coach (Adam Davy/PA)

Johanna Konta splits with coach Wim Fissette and announces end to her season

Johanna Konta has split from coach Wim Fissette after less than a year together.

Owen Coyle had a visitor (Danny Lawson/PA)

Young Ross County fan gets VIP treatment after applying for manager’s job

Ross County fan Blaine Thomas got treated to the day of his life after mischievously applying for the manager’s role last month.

Hugo Lloris was in fine form as Tottenham held Real Madrid (Francisco Seco/AP/PA)

Hugo Lloris’ heroics help Tottenham secure draw at Real Madrid

Harry Kane was the headline act but Hugo Lloris stole the show as the Frenchman’s stunning save helped earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid.

An FA investigation concluded that Mark Sampson (left) made a racist remark to Eni Aluko (centre) (Vaughn Ridley/Empics)

Mark Sampson made ‘ill-judged’ racial remarks to Eni Aluko, says barrister

The lawyer who initially cleared former England women’s manager Mark Sampson of bullying and racism has changed her mind and decided he did make two racist remarks to players.

Mile Svilar could not prevent the ball crossing the line (Nick Potts/Empics)

Marcus Rashford stuns Benfica record-breaker as Manchester United win in Lisbon

Manchester United continued their charge towards the Champions League knock-out phase as Benfica’s Mile Svilar, the competition’s youngest-ever goalkeeper, was embarrassed by a Marcus Rashford free-kick.

Celtic were outclassed in Munich (Steven Paston/Empics)

Three and easy for Bayern as Celtic ruthlessly brushed aside in Munich

Celtic discovered Bayern Munich are still very much a European force as the Hoops suffered a 3-0 drubbing in their Champions League clash at the Allianz Arena.

Cenk Tosun is playing Champions League football with Besiktas (Claude Paris/AP/PA)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Crystal Palace are reportedly ready to step up their interest in Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, according to the Mirror. The 26-year-old has been linked to Newcastle and Tottenham, but the paper says Roy Hodgson wants to take the transfer chase to the next level after another impressive display this week.

Gordon Hayward is introduced to the crowd on the scoreboard from his hospital bed (Charles Krupa/AP/PA)

I’m going to be alright – Gordon Hayward delivers message from hospital bed

Gordon Hayward sent fans a special message from his hospital bed ahead of their first home game against the Milwaukee Bucks but could not inspire the Boston Celtics to victory.

Eniola Aluko answers questions in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (PA)

Eni Aluko accuses FA chief of borderline ‘blackmail’ on her day of vindication

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has denied trying to “blackmail” Eni Aluko into making a statement that the governing body is not institutionally racist.

Marcus Rashford was taken off in the second half (Nick Potts/Empics)

Jose Mourinho hopes Marcus Rashford knee injury is not serious

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hoping for the best after Marcus Rashford limped off with a knee injury.

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