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Ronnie O’Sullivan unfazed by stage invader at English Open

Ronnie O’Sullivan had to deal with a stage invader after booking his place in the fourth round of the English Open.

Norman Williamson is all smiles after winning at Punchestown on Pallasator (Niall Carson/PA)

Norman Williamson storms home on Pallasator in Punchestown legends race

Norman Williamson rolled back the years at Punchestown as Pallasator emerged a dominant winner of the John Shortt Legends Challenge Race.

Paul Pogba looks to be closing in on a return for Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Paul Pogba steps up his recovery

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba looks to be closing in on a return from injury after posting a video of himself doing sprint drills.

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.

Floyd Mayweather won all 50 of his professional fights (Scott Heavey/PA)

Floyd Mayweather still in perfect shape despite retiring from boxing

Could Floyd Mayweather come out of retirement again?

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.

Mark Sampson was sacked by England last month (Mike Egerton/PA)

Sports minister urges FA to learn lessons after Mark Sampson affair

Sports minister Tracey Crouch has described the Football Association’s handling of the crisis surrounding ex-England women’s team manager Mark Sampson as a “sorry saga”.

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.

Fernando Alonso (Martin Rickett/PA)

Fernando Alonso staying with McLaren for 2018

Fernando Alonso will remain at McLaren next season after signing a new contract with the British team.

Premier League football (Steven Paston/EMPICS)

Premier League opts against Christmas Eve matches

The Premier League has opted against staging fixtures on Christmas Eve.

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.

Prince William jokes with West Ham captain Mark Noble (Arthur Edwards/PA)

‘Right colours, wrong team!’ – Villa fan Prince William cracks West Ham joke

Former Prime Minister David Cameron famously mixed up the two claret and blue clubs but Prince William did not make the same mistake when presented with West Ham shirts for his children.

Alex Lozowski has been rewarded with a new deal (Paul Harding/PA)

Alex Lozowski signs Saracens contract extension

England international back Alex Lozowski has agreed a contract extension with Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens.

Hugo Lloris was at his best against Real Madrid on Tuesday (John Walton/PA)

Hugo Lloris feels vindicated by decision to stick with Tottenham

Hugo Lloris feels his decision to stay at Tottenham has been justified by the team’s remarkable progress under Mauricio Pochettino.

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.

Nemanja Matic has enjoyed an impressive start to life at Manchester United (Richard Sellers/PA)

Jose Mourinho is the best because he is never satisfied – Nemanja Matic

Jose Mourinho’s appetite for success means “sometimes it isn’t easy to work with” the Manchester United manager, but Nemanja Matic has never played under a better boss.

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.

Cesar Azpilicueta admits Chelsea are in a bit of a rut (Tim Goode/PA)

The mood at the moment is not the best – Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted morale at Chelsea is low due to their three-match winless run.

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.

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.

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