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Hey guys, David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on this afternoon.

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With Cristiano Ronaldo now in Turin, Real Madrid are turning to Gareth Bale to be their star.

According to the Sun, Madrid are prepared to offer Bale a new and improved contract, highlighting the Welshman’s importance to the Bernabeu.

Bale’s future with Real Madrid was previously in doubt as the former Tottenham man struggled for playing time under Zinedine Zidane, but with new boss Julen Lopetegui on board, he’s expected to stick around in an increased role.

Our man Alex Rea did a deep dive into Bale’s credentials as a replacement for Ronaldo and whether or not he can meet the high expectations now placed on his shoulders.

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In France, Thomas Tuchel expects Edinson Cavani to stay put at Paris Saint-Germain, effectively ruling out his move to Madrid. “He said he is looking forward to joining us [in pre-season]. He is a key player for us,” Tuchel said.

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Adil Rashid has been unable to escape criticism over his inclusion in the England Test squad for the India series, despite his self-imposed exile from first-class cricket with Yorkshire this year. Writing in the Daily TelegraphGeoffrey Boycott took aim at the leg-spinner, calling him a “spoilt brat”, while Michael Vaughan didn’t budge from his stance, hitting back at Rashid after he branded the former England captain’s comments as “stupid”.

As England and India prepare to begin their Test series on Wednesday, Ashish Peter looked at young English players who are rising through the ranks and could soon be on the radar for the senior team.

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With another Tour de France in the books, Matt Jones took a look at the winners and losers of the race. Peter Sagan tops the list for his triumph in the points classification, while Mark Cavendish missed the mark in his his chase of Eddy Merckx for most Tour de France stage wins in history.

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Barcelona target Quina features in top-five European U-19 Championship starlets

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A glimpse into a bright future was provided in the European U-19 Championship.

The action in Finland culminated, in some style, with Portugal’s 4-3, extra-time triumph against Italy in Sunday’s action-packed final.

Several hot prospects underlined their promise in a tournament with a recent track record of churning out future stars.

Kylian Mbappe ascent to scoring in World Cup 2018’s showpiece began with a prominent role in the 2016 running. New Manchester United signing Diogo Dalot and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon shone bright a year later.

Here, Sport360 picks out the cream of the crop from this summer’s edition.

JOAO FILIPE

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The talisman as Portugal became the first generation of players to win the U-17 and U-19 titles together.

A tally of five strikes – the joint best with team-mate Francisco Trincao – and two assists points to the omnipresent threat poised by a 19-year-old winger who is both lethal on the counter-attack and poised in front of goal.

Saved best until last with double in the final. His first-team bow at Benfica should come soon.

AMINE GOUIRI

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The group stages in Finland belonged to the 18-year-old Lyon forward.

Consecutive braces against Turkey and England saw him score four times in 93 electric minutes. This form was not to continue, with Italy keeping him quiet during a 2-0 semi-final win.

But this doesn’t detract from the fluidity in possession and supreme finishing from Gouiri.

Karim Benzema, Alexandre Lacazette and Anthony Martial have recently passed through Lyon. Another name should be added to this stellar collection.

DOMINGOS QUINA

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It was easy to see why La Liga behemoths Barcelona are rumoured to be enamoured by the box-to-box midfielder.

Shining on the left side of Portugal’s midfield three, Quina’s array of athletic prowess and technical ability was on show in the group stages when he was twice named man of the match.

First-team opportunities at West Ham have been rare since his 2016 defection from Chelsea. Barca are looking to offer a greater stage for a supreme, 18-year-old talent to shine.

VALERIY BONDAR

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Bar a mad 30 minutes against Portugal in the semis when a quick-fire 5-0 thumping was handed out, the 19-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk centre-back was a rock for Ukraine.

The skipper was instrumental to an unbeaten group stage, plus a preceding qualifying process in which only three goals were conceded in six matches.

The way he dealt with the threats of France’s Myziane Maolida and England’s George Hirst will have impressed any watching scouts.

MOISE KEAN

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The 18-year-old striker only started twice for Italy, yet this did not stop him becoming the tournament’s second-highest scorer with four goals.

Kean’s strength and refined technique was allied with an ice-cold ability to make a decisive impact.

The Juventus-owned starlet forced a crucial equaliser off the substitutes’ bench in the last Group A-fixture against Norway, added the second in the semis against France and then struck twice in two minutes as a replacement in the final.

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Watch former Man United star Wayne Rooney bags first MLS goal with DC United

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Wayne Rooney was on target as DC United brought a run of two consecutive defeats to an end with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.

Rooney latched onto a throughball from Luciano Acosta to beat Tim Howard and score his first MLS goal and it looked like that might be enough for victory until Kellyn Acosta, who earlier missed a penalty, levelled.

But DC United secured the win in stoppage time when Ulises Segura’s cross deflected off Niki Jackson and into the net.

There was a downside for Rooney on the night, though, as he needed stitches to fix a bloody nose sustained late in the game.

“I don’t think it’s the first time he’s bled in a game. He is a tough guy and I think that he will shake it off,” coach Ben Olson told his club’s official website.

“But again, it shows you what this means to him right now. He is in the box, putting his face on the line, understanding that this is a big moment.

“He has been fantastic in every aspect, in every way that we want him to be with this group… with his leadership and goal-scoring ability. Hopefully, it can continue to get better.”

Josef Martinez hit a brace to earn leaders Atlanta United a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact.

Martinez opened the scoring in the 31st minute and was on target again from close range in the 57th with his 24th goal of the season after Jukka Raitala saved Franco Escobar’s initial effort.

Ignacio Piatti hit a consolation three minutes from time but Montreal could not find an equaliser.

Toronto FC completed the double over the Chicago Fire with a 3-0 victory courtesy of goals from Jozy Altidore, Jonathan Osorio and Sebastian Giovinco.

Michael Barrios hit a hat-trick to give FC Dallas a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.

The Columbus Crew beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2, Vancouver Whitecaps overcame Minnesota United 4-2, the Portland Timbers edged past the Houston Dynamo 2-1 and San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake played out a 0-0 draw.

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