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Cristiano Ronaldo returns from suspension as Real Madrid take on Real Betis

Real Madrid welcome their talisman back on Wednesday night as Cristiano Ronaldo returns from suspension when Real Betis visit the Santiago Bernabeu.

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand is to take up boxing (Nick Potts/PA)

Ferdinand ready to ‘walk the walk’ after confirming attempt to become pro boxer

Rio Ferdinand has stressed he is ready to “walk the walk” after it was announced he will attempt to become a professional boxer, with the ultimate aim of challenging for a title.

Durham's Paul Coughlin will leave his home county to join Nottinghamshire ( Martin Rickett/Empics)

Durham chairman Sir Ian Botham frustrated as Paul Coughlin joins Nottinghamshire

Durham chairman Sir Ian Botham has voiced his frustration after seeing Paul Coughlin reject a new contract at his hometown club in favour of joining Nottinghamshire.

Jonny Bairstow's century led England to a comfortable win over the West Indies  (Martin Rickett/PA)

Jonny Bairstow hits maiden ODI century as England ease to win over West Indies

Jonny Bairstow bagged a maiden one-day international hundred as England eased to seven-wicket win over West Indies to go 1-0 up in the Royal London Series.

Scott McTominay in action for Manchester United (Martin Rickett/Empics)

Scott McTominay eager to make his mark at Manchester United

Scott McTominay wants to repay Manchester United’s faith and patience by making a first-team impact like fellow late developers Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

Danny Welbeck has a hamstring injury (John Walton/Empics)

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck out for at least four weeks with groin injury

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will be out until after next month’s international break with a groin injury sustained against Chelsea on Sunday.

Rio Ferdinand is aiming to become a professional boxer (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Rio Ferdinand’s new venture: Others who have turned to boxing from other sports

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has announced he is to attempt to become a professional boxer, with the ultimate aim of challenging for a title.

Sergio Aguero is in fine form (Nigel French/PA)

West Brom tasked with stopping free-scoring Manchester City in Carabao Cup clash

West Brom are the next side tasked with stopping free-scoring Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s side travel to The Hawthorns in the Carabao Cup.

Eden Hazard could be making his first start of the season for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup (Adam Davy/Empics)

Eden Hazard set to start as Chelsea host Nottingham Forest in Carabao Cup

Eden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest.

Jack Buchanan will leave Widnes at the end of the season (Martin Rickett/PA)

Australian forward Jack Buchanan to leave Widnes at end of season

Widnes are releasing Australian forward Jack Buchanan at the end of the season after failing to agree terms on a new deal.

Wayne Rooney was driven to training on Tuesday (Peter Byrne/PA)

Wayne Rooney gets lift into training as driving ban commences

Everton striker Wayne Rooney was driven in to training on Tuesday morning after being banned from driving for two years.

Rio Ferdinand is to step into the ring (Matt Alexander/PA)

Rio Ferdinand yet to apply for boxing licence

Rio Ferdinand has yet to apply to the British Boxing Board of Control for a boxer’s licence.

Diego Costa is a target for Atletico Madrid (Mike Egerton/PA)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Absent Chelsea striker Diego Costa is the subject of a £57.25 million offer from Atletico Madrid, who have told the Premier League champions to either take it or leave it, according to Spanish sports daily Marca.

Tony Bellew, right, won in London in March (Nick Potts/PA)

David Haye: All terms agreed for Tony Bellew rematch

David Haye says all terms have been agreed between his camp and Tony Bellew’s for the pair to meet again in the ring.

Eoin Morgan hopes his side  will get over their Champions Trophy semi-final (Joe Giddens/PA)

Eoin Morgan: England will start one-day series against West Indies with ‘angst’

Eoin Morgan admits England will start the Royal London Series against West Indies with “angst” hanging over their one-day international credentials after their Champions Trophy semi-final exit to Pakistan.

Ousmane Dembele injured his hamstring against Getafe (Francisco Seco/AP/PA)

Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele undergoes successful surgery on injured left leg

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has undergone successful surgery on the hamstring injury which is likely keep him sidelined until the end of the year.

Rory McIlroy will tee up at the British Masters next week (Richard Sellers/PA)

Former world number one Rory McIlroy to tee it up at British Masters

Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will play in the British Masters at Close House next week.

Romelu Lukaku has proved a big hit at Old Trafford since signing (Martin Rickett/PA)

Kick It Out urge Manchester United fans to drop ‘racist’ Romelu Lukaku chant

Kick It Out has called for Manchester United fans to stop a “racist” chant about striker Romelu Lukaku.

Manuel Neuer is out until the new year with a foot injury (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Manuel Neuer out until 2018 with broken foot

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been ruled out until 2018 after he sustained a broken foot in training on Monday.

Ander Herrera believes there is more pressure on Manchester City than MUnited (Nick Potts/PA)

Ander Herrera says there is more pressure on Man City than United this season

Ander Herrera says Manchester City’s summer spending makes them Premier League favourites, with Pep Guardiola’s trophyless first season meaning they currently have a greater obligation to win titles than Manchester United.

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