Daily Digest: France star Thomas Lemar set to sign for Atletico Madrid

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Hey everyone, it’s David Cooper here giving you a bitesize look at the sporting world this morning.

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Thomas Lemar is set to link-up with Diego Simeone.

Atletico Madrid have announced they have made an agreement in principle with Monaco to sign coveted France midfielder Thomas Lemar.

The 22-year-old, who had been linked with a move to Liverpool and Barcelona, now looks set to make the switch to Wanda Metropolitano.

Read more, here.

FOOTBALL

The Man United star netted a superb goal in friendly v Costa Rica.

England manager Gareth Southgate revealed forward Marcus Rashford picked up a “slight knock” before the squad travelled to Russia for the World Cup.

The Three Lions landed in St Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon en route to their training base in Repino, with the tournament getting under way when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

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Kiwi legend: Sir Richard Hadlee.

Kiwi legend: Sir Richard Hadlee.

New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee has been diagnosed with bowel cancer but is expected to make a full recovery.

Hadlee, whose 431 Test wickets are the most by a Kiwi and place him eighth on the all-time list, has undergone surgery to remove a tumour and will have chemotherapy over the course of the next few months.

Read the full story, here.

REGIONAL

Departing for the UK: The Dubai Mammoths.

After a busy domestic season in the UAE, Dubai Mammoths cricket team will test themselves against English opposition when they travel to the UK for a week-long tour on Saturday.

Also known as Sindhi Club, Dubai Mammoths will play five matches consisting of 35 and 40 overs against local clubs in Liverpool.

Denzil Pinto has more on the local story.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

Cristiano Ronaldo is a product of Sporting Lisbon’s youth academy.

The cream of the football crop can now be found in Russia ahead of World Cup 2018’s heralded kick-off on Thursday.

But every grand adventure must have a starting point. For these 736 elite athletes, that is in the academy system.

We’ve picked out a selection of elite breeding grounds in a bid to decide which one has made the greatest contribution to this summer’s main event.

Read Matt Monaghan’s article, here.

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Daily Digest: Romelu Lukaku scores twice as Belgium ease to World Cup warm-up win

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TOP STORY

Romelu Lukaku gave England something to think about as he warmed up for the World Cup with two goals in Belgium’s 4-1 win over Costa Rica.

That took his tally to 13 goals in the last nine international games, as he also provided an assist, and will be Belgium’s main threat in what should be the group decider against Gareth Southgate’s side on June 28.

Dries Mertens and Michy Batshuayi also scored for Roberto Martinez’s men after Bryan Ruiz had put Costa Rica ahead.

That proved to be enough for Martinez’s men as they signed off ahead of their World Cup opener with Panama next Monday.

Read our player ratings from the match.

FOOTBALL

Brazil striker Neymar insists the five-time champions are dreaming of winning the World Cup again in Paris.

The PSG forward scored his 50th international goal during their 3-0 win over Austria on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Lionel Messi said his international future will be determined by his country’s performances at the World Cup in Russia.

Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final, before suffering successive defeats at the Copa America 2015 and 2016.

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England’s limited-overs schedule will truly kick into gear with a one-day international series against Australia.

Eoin Morgan’s side will play five matches in the space of 15 days against the tourists, who are back in action for the first time since the calamitous tour of South Africa earlier this year.

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West Asia Champions Jebel Ali Dragons have announced the sensational appointment of former Wales and Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips as their new director of rugby.

The 35-year-old, who only retired in 2017 and quickly moved out to the UAE, will replace Henry Paul who left the club last month to take up a coaching role with Canada.

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Our man Matt Monaghan reviews how Brazil are shaping up for World Cup 2018 now that their final friendlies are out of the way

Brazil line-up before Austria win.

Brazil line-up before Austria win.

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Daily Digest: Nadal's 11th French Open crown, Scotland v England reaction, World Cup analysis

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Hello, David Cooper here with everything you need to know in the world of sport…

TOP STORY

Record-breaker: Rafa Nadal.

Rafael Nadal saved his best until last as he demolished Dominic Thiem to seal his 11th French Open title.

The 32-year-old continued his extraordinary domination at Roland Garros with a ruthless 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory.

Here, Reem Abulleil has the key takeaways from the showpiece final in Paris.

FOOTBALL

In fine fettle: Neymar.

Brazil came through a testing fixture against a tenacious Austria with a 3-0 triumph on Sunday, some of the football played by Tite’s side a joy to behold.

Our man Matt Jones brings you analysis of the Samba side, here.

With the World Cup only a matter of days away, Matt Monaghan analyses Argentina and Lionel Messi’s role in the side.

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Looking dejected: Eoin Morgan.

Looking dejected: Eoin Morgan.

Eoin Morgan admitted England deserved to lose after their humiliating defeat at the hands of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Read more reaction, here.

In Test cricket, West Indies stormed to victory in the first Test over Sri Lanka on Sunday.

REGIONAL

Al Faisal Al Zubair.

Al Faisal Al Zubair.

Oman’s Al Faisal Al Zubair and Khalid Al Wahaibi endured mixed fortunes in the second race at round two of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in Austria on Sunday.

Al Zubair climbed from a starting position of 16th to finish 11th out of a huge field of drivers at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, but Al Wahaibi sustained a puncture while lying in 15th position and was forced to retire after 13 of the 17 completed race laps.

He had started the race in 17th, one place behind his fellow Omani.

Read more, here.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

One to remember: Alasdair Evans (fourth left) celebrates with his team-mates

One to remember: Alasdair Evans (fourth left) celebrates with his team-mates.

Following Scotland’s sensational one-day international victory over England, Ajit Vijaykumar writes that it was further evidence that next year’s 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales is missing out by only having 10 teams competing.

Read his comment piece, here.

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Nadal’s 11th French Open crown was the talk of the social world on Sunday…

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