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Hey everyone, it’s David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on in the world of sport.

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Cesc Fabregas has praised departing boss Antonio Conte

Cesc Fabregas has praised departing boss Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte’s reign at Chelsea seems to be over with Cesc Fabregas paying tribute to the Italian manager. On Thursday, reports claimed Conte has been sacked although there has been no confirmation from the club.

It looks like it will only be a matter of time before they do announce the worst-kept secret in football, with former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri expected to be his replacement.

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Manchester City’s new signing Riyad Mahrez revealed that winning the Champions League was the main reason he moved to the Etihad Stadium. The Algerian winger completed a a club-record £60million move and was unveiled to the media on Thursday.

“It’s a club who wants to win this type of trophy. The Champions League is for big clubs and Manchester City are a big club. That’s why I’m here, why I made the decision to come here, because I want to be part of this,” he said.

Meanwhile in London, it looks like there will be no more new faces arriving at Arsenal this summer after Unai Emery suggested he’s happy with his squad.

France Under-20 international Matteo Guendouzi is the club’s latest signing with Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira also arriving. “We signed the players who we needed and only if one player is a big opportunity for us will we sign them. We will only sign a player in the next month if he’s a big opportunity,” said Emery.

CRICKET

India drew first blood in the three-match ODI series after an unbeaten 137 from Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav’s six-wicket haul sealed an eight-wicket triumph against England on Thursday. Read the main talking points from that game here.

The teams will meet again on Saturday and England skipper Eoin Morgan says it’s crucial that his batsmen play better against Yadav after his impressive performance at Trent Bridge.

CYCLING

It was a day to remember for UAE Team Emirates as Dan Martin gave them their first Tour de France stage in on Thursday. It was Martin’s second Tour de France stage win and he will be back on the bike when the seventh stage begins today.

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Joe Hart played cricket for local club Shrewsbury as England defeated Sweden at World Cup 2018

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Joe Hart opted not to cheer on England against Sweden on Saturday and played cricket for hometown club Shrewsbury instead.

Hart, 31, omitted from Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for Russia 2018, turned out for Shrewsbury Cricket Club while the Three Lions secured their place in the World Cup semi-finals with victory over the Swedes.

The Manchester City goalkeeper, batting at number nine, made six before being caught out as Shrewsbury lost by one wicket in their home Birmingham League Premier Division match against Knowle & Dorridge.

Hart, who also held a catch to remove visiting batsman Ethan Brookes, played cricket for his local club as a youngster before focusing on his football career at Shrewsbury Town.

He has 75 caps for England, but made two costly errors at Euro 2016 in games against Wales and Iceland and has struggled to recapture his best form since.

City boss Pep Guardiola dropped Hart down the pecking order when he arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2016, choosing Willy Caballero and Claudio Bravo instead.

Hart went out on loan to Torino for the 2016/17 campaign and, after spending last season on loan at West Ham, will return to City for pre-season training next week. He played in nine of England’s 10 World Cup qualifiers, but missed out on a squad place for the finals as Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope were all given the nod.

Hart’s last England appearance was in the goalless draw against Brazil in a friendly at Wembley in November 2017.

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Rangers head coach Steven Gerrard plans to sign more players this summer

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Man in charge: Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard will do more business in the coming weeks as he looks to finalise his Rangers squad.

The new Gers boss has already made seven signings since taking over in June but is still keen to bolster his options.

Defensive arrivals Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson all played in the 6-0 win over Bury at Ibrox on Friday night, while Scott Arfield was on the scoresheet twice.

Gerrard has been linked with a move for Roma striker Umar Sadiq to provide competition for Alfredo Morelos, and he hinted that there could be movement on a deal in the near future.

“At the moment he is still a Roma player but it has been well documented that I am a fan, but it’s just a case of watch this space,” he said.

On the prospect of further movement, he added: “It is difficult to say whether it will be done before the first leg (of Europa League qualifying on Thursday), but we will be doing more business.”

Meanwhile Wes Foderingham looks like he could be on his way out of the club as Gerrard weighs up his goalkeeping options.

The arrival of McGregor, the continued development of Robby McCrorie and presence of Jak Alnwick in the squad mean they are top-heavy on goalkeepers and Foderingham could be forced to move on if he wishes to get regular game time, with Gerrard hinting as much.

He said: “I don’t have a number one or number two or three, I have three excellent goalkeepers with decent experience.

“I thought it was very decent to get Robbie a feel of the atmosphere because he’s got a bright future.

“I have three fantastic goalkeepers but somewhere down the line one of them is not going to be happy, and there is nothing I can do about that.

“At some point one of them won’t be around because three top goalies don’t go and I will have to make a difficult decision.”

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