'We can challenge for title but must be much better to win Champions League'

Media playback is not supported on this device Manchester United are “better equipped” to win the Premier League this season but have to be “much, much better” to challenge for the Champions League, says manager Jose Mourinho. United won the League Cup and Europa League and finished sixth in the league in Mourinho’s first season in charge. Asked if he was targeting the domestic title this season, he told BBC Sport: “We are better prepared…

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'That goal wouldn't have stood' – Maradona backs video referees

Diego Maradona has backed the use of video assistant referees (VARs) despite accepting that his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal would not have stood if the technology had existed in 1986. Maradona used his hand to score against England in Argentina’s 2-1 win in the World Cup quarter-finals 31 years ago. “Obviously I think about it whenever I show my support for the use of technology,” Maradona told Fifa.com. “I thought about it and, sure,…

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'Deep concern' over end of England women's contracts

The shadow sports minister has urged the Rugby Football Union to reconsider its decision not to renew the contracts of England’s women XV players. In a letter seen by BBC Sport, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan tells chief executive Ian Ritchie of her “deep concern”. Despite England preparing to defend the World Cup next month, the RFU said its focus will switch to the sevens game after the tournament. “To make this decision is deeply disappointing,” wrote…

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Watch: Peaty sets new world record in 50m breaststroke

Adam Peaty produces a new world record in the 50m breaststroke in the heats at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. Peaty swam 26.10 seconds, eclipsing the 26.42 secs he produced at the 2015 Worlds. WATCH MORE: What do you do when you’ve won everything? Available to UK users only. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC Sport – Sport

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Reigning long jump champion Rutherford out of Worlds

Reigning long jump champion Greg Rutherford has withdrawn from next month’s World Championships in London because of an ankle injury. Rutherford, who won Olympic gold at London 2012 prior to claiming the 2015 world title, said he was “gutted”. Richard Kilty, who was selected for the 4x100m relay, has also pulled out of the event with a broken finger. But Shara Proctor, Jazmin Sawyers, Lennie Waite, Marc Scott and Jess Turner have been added to…

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Kenedy: Brazilian sent home from pre-season tour after social media row

Chelsea have sent Kenedy home from their pre-season tour following the Brazilian’s social media comments before a match in China. The club had “solemnly and sincerely” apologised after fans accused the 21-year-old of xenophobia and racism over comments made in Instagram posts before a 3-0 pre-season win over Arsenal. Kenedy, who was booed by fans at the game, also later apologised. But he will now return from Singapore, where Chelsea are at present. In the…

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Adam Peaty: Olympic champion explains his Project 56

Adams Peaty successfully defended his world 100m breaststroke title in Budapest on Monday. Prior to doing that the Olympic breaststroke champion Adam Peaty explained Project 56, the new challenge he has set himself to surpass his own world record set at Rio 2016. WATCH MORE: Peaty wins 100m breaststroke gold And if you’ve been inspired by Adam to try swimming, find out how to get into it with the Get Inspired guide. Let’s block ads!…

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GB's Peaty breaks own world record in 50m breaststroke

Adam Peaty sliced more than three-tenths of a second off his own 50m breaststroke world record in the heats at the World Aquatics Championships on Tuesday. Peaty swam 26.10 seconds in Hungary, eclipsing the 26.42 secs he produced at the 2015 Worlds. The Briton retained his 100m breaststroke title on Monday. More to follow. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC Sport – Sport

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