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Benfica v Manchester United talking points

Manchester United will look to continue their winning start to the Champions League at Benfica on Wednesday.

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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.

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Maria Sharapova suffered a first-round loss in the Kremlin Cup (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

Maria Sharapova crashes out of Kremlin Cup in the first round

Maria Sharapova suffered a first-round exit at the Kremlin Cup in her native Russia just two days after winning her first WTA title since returning from a drugs ban.

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Warren Gatland will not lead the Lions again (David Davies/PA)

Warren Gatland: I wouldn’t subject myself to Lions tour to South Africa

Warren Gatland has ruled himself out of contention to coach the British and Irish Lions in 2021.

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Roberto Firmino scored twice in Liverpool's emphatic win (Darko Bandic/AP/PA)

Liverpool ease to record-breaking victory in Maribor

Liverpool finally found their form in front of goal in a record-breaking 7-0 European away victory against hapless Maribor to kick-start their Champions League campaign.

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Gabriel Jesus scored in Manchester City's win (Martin Rickett/PA)

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus on target as Manchester City sink Napoli

Early goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus saw Manchester City maintain their winning start in the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Napoli.

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Could Sam Allardyce return to Premier League management? (Paul Harding/PA)

Contenders for the Leicester manager’s job

Leicester are on the hunt for a new boss having sacked Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday.

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Brendan Rodgers is wary of a rejuvenated Bayern Munich (Jeff Holmes/PA)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wary of Jupp Heynckes-inspired Bayern Munich

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is wary of the Bayern bounce ahead of their Champions League encounter at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.

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Spurs went ahead when Serge Aurier's cross to Harry Kane was diverted home by Real defender Raphael Varane (John Walton/Empics)

Tottenham hold champions Real Madrid while Man City and Liverpool post victories

Tottenham held Champions League holders Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in Spain to remain undefeated in Group H.

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Craig Shakespeare was sacked as Leicester boss on Tuesday (Mike Egerton/PA)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say The papers are dominated by speculation surrounding who could replace sacked Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare. The Mirror reports that the club do not have anyone immediately lined up, and says former boss Nigel Pearson, who has taken over at Leuven, Leicester’s sister club in Belgium, will not be considered. The paper says names reportedly in the frame include former Foxes boss Martin O’Neill and former England manager Sam Allardyce. According to the Daily Star and the Daily Express, Sean Dyche is top of the shopping list for Leicester, with the club looking to offer a £2million per year deal, while the Telegraph reports that the club’s owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, wants to sign a “big name” from outside the current staff. The Sun reports that Wales manager Chris Coleman is the early favourite for the job, with the second favourite being current Leicester assistant boss Michael Appleton.

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Middlesex were penalised for a slow over-rate against Surrey (David Davies/PA)

Middlesex relegation confirmed after slow over-rate appeal fails

Middlesex have failed in their bid to overturn a two-point deduction that contributed to their relegation from Specsavers County Championship Division One.

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Craig Shakespeare has been sacked by Leicester (Mike Egerton/PA)

Craig Shakespeare sacked by Leicester

Leicester have announced the sacking of manager Craig Shakespeare.

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Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus host Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Juventus v Sporting Lisbon talking points

Juventus host Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League Group D clash on Wednesday night.

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Conor McGregor celebrated in extravagant style (Scott Heavey/PA)

Conor McGregor reveals fairground-themed christening for his son

Conor McGregor and partner Dee Devlin celebrated the christening of their son with their own personal fairground.

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Lionel Messi has been in excellent form of late (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Barcelona v Olympiacos talking points

Barcelona aim to make it three straight Champions League wins this season when they take on Group D rivals Olympiacos at Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

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George North is set to miss Wales' entire autumn series after sustaining a knee injury (Paul Harding/PA)

Wales wing George North ruled out of autumn internationals with knee injury

George North is set to miss Wales’ entire autumn series after sustaining a knee injury in Northampton’s Champions Cup defeat by Saracens on Sunday.

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Mark Sampson was sacked as England Women's manager last month (Mike Egerton/PA)

FA’s third probe into Mark Sampson racism claims to be published on Wednesday

On the eve of what promises to be a bruising encounter in Westminster, the Football Association has given the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee the findings of its third investigation into racism claims against Mark Sampson.

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Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel to rest his right knee (Andy Wong/AP/PA)

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Swiss Indoors on doctor’s advice

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel to rest his right knee.

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Jose Mourinho has said he does not plan on signing a new contract with Manchester United imminently, but has played down suggestions he will leave for Paris St Germain (Niall Carson/PA)

Mourinho plays down PSG links by affirming commitment to Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has said he does not plan on signing a new contract with Manchester United imminently, but has played down suggestions he will leave for Paris St Germain.

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Mike Ashley is looking to sell the club (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Newcastle takeover approaches emerge as Turkish billionaire rules out bid

The man tasked with finding a buyer for Newcastle has already been inundated with enquiries.

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