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The Manchester United striker trained separately from the rest of the squad and remains a doubt for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina

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Norwich's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel hopes an impressive debut season in the Barclays Premier League can end with a place in Holland's World Cup squad.

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Jim Armitage: Politicians put all eggs in one basket on energy

It's really little wonder fracking is such a big deal for our political leaders. Because they some years ago bet our energy future on the hissing stuff when deciding on the next generation of electricity power stations.

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Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is already targeting the start of the new season as he continues his recovery from surgery.

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Aston Villa sign giant striker Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg

The 6ft 5in frontman was the second-highest scorer in the Danish league last season

Richard Nieuwenhuizen's life support machine was switched off on Monday afternoon

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BBFC plan traffic light system of classification for YouTube

New scheme would allow users to rate the content they upload 'green', 'amber' or 'red'

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Pat McQuaid has failed to secure the nomination of his own national cycling organisation in his bid for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union.

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Concerns over David Moyes' training methods cause Rene Meulensteen to reject opportunity to be No 2 at Manchester United

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MPs hit the road to find out why the Netherlands is bicycling heaven

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