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Elliot Daly’s late attempt at a 57-metre match-winning penalty fell just short as the British and Irish Lions lost narrowly to the Highlanders.

Second-half tries from returning captain Sam Warburton and Tommy Seymour looked to have put the Lions in control, before the hosts responded.

Owen Farrell dragged a Lions penalty wide before Marty Banks landed what proved the decisive kick in Dunedin.

It was a second loss in four games for Warren Gatland’s side in New Zealand.

Waisake Naholo’s try had given the hosts a first-half lead, before Jonathan Joseph replied with a converted score.

But Liam Coltman drove over for the Highlanders and Lima Sopoaga added his second penalty after the break to set up the nervy finish.

Source: BBC Sport

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World Cup: Fifa president Gianni Infantino wants 48-team tournament

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has proposed expanding the World Cup finals to 48 teams – after initially suggesting he wanted to boost it to 40.

According to the 46-year-old Italian, 16 countries would be eliminated after a preliminary knockout round.

The rest of the tournament would then be the same as it is now, with 32 teams competing in the group stages, followed by further knockout rounds.

Infantino said a decision on possible expansion would be taken in January.

“These are ideas to find the best solution,” he said. “We will debate them this month and we will decide everything by 2017.”

Infantino took charge of world football’s governing body in February.

One of his election promises was to expand the World Cup to 40 teams.

Source: BBC Sport

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Tyson Fury: World heavyweight champion says he has retired

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he is “here to stay” after earlier suggesting he had retired from boxing.

The British fighter, who withdrew from his 29 October rematch with Wladimir Klitschko because of reported mental health issues, had tweeted: “I’m the greatest, and also retired.”

But three hours later Fury, 28, was back on social media to suggest his earlier claim had been a joke.

“Hahahaha, you think you will get rid of the Gypsy King that easy?” he said.

“I’m here to stay. #TheGreatest. Just shows you what the media are like. Tut tut.

“Soon as I get better I’ll be defending what’s mine – the heavyweight throne.”

Fury had been scheduled to earn the biggest purse of his career for his second fight with Klitschko at Manchester Arena this month.

Source: BBC Sport

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News: Coventry road to be renamed ‘Jimmy Hill Way’

One of the main roads through Coventry will be renamed in honour of football legend Jimmy Hill.

The A444, currently known as Phoenix Way, is expected to be officially renamed Jimmy Hill Way at a special ceremony later this year.

Hill, who died in December aged 87, is seen by many as Coventry City Football Club’s most successful manager.

Coventry City Council’s decision comes after a campaign from the Coventry Telegraph newspaper.

Source: BBC Sport

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News: EFL Cup Football – Round 3

Sky Sports will broadcast Chelsea’s trip to Leicester and Manchester United’s trip to Northampton in the third round of the EFL Cup.

Premier League winners Leicester host 2015 EFL Cup winners Chelsea at the King Power Stadium, entering the competition in the third round stage having finished top of the pile last term.

Chelsea saw off Bristol Rovers 3-2 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the week to reach the third round, and are looking for their sixth success in the competition.

The tie will be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday, September 20 live on Sky Sports 1. 

Sky Bet League One side Northampton, who beat Premier League West Brom in the second round after a penalty shoot-out, have been rewarded with a home clash against Manchester United.

Rob Page’s side are unbeaten since January 19, and have drawn all six of their games this season in normal time, with two wins coming from shoot-outs in the EFL Cup.

The tie will be played at 7.45pm on Wednesday September 21, live on Sky Sports 1. 

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News: Rashford scores hat-trick on England Under-21 debut

Marcus Rashford scored a hat-trick on his England Under-21 debut as they thrashed Norway in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

The Manchester United man has scored on his debuts in the Premier League and Europa League, as well as for England’s senior side and now the U21s.

The 18-year-old struck from 18 yards before adding a deflected second and scoring a penalty for his third.

Nathaniel Chalobah, Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker also scored.

The comfortable win means Gareth Southgate’s men are now two points clear of Switzerland at the top of their group, with two games left to play and a game in hand on their nearest opponents.

Norway, who had briefly made it 4-1 through Ghayas Zahid’s header, remain third. The top team in each group is assured of reaching next year’s tournament in Poland, with the team finishing second going into a play-off.

Source: BBC Sport

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Prince Harry makes Rio Paralympics ticket donation

Prince Harry has made a donation to a campaign that aims to help Brazilian children watch the Rio Paralympics.

The #FillTheSeats initiative is working with Paralympics organisers to buy 10,000 tickets for local children.

Before Prince Harry’s contribution, the campaign had raised $53,773 (£40,300) towards a target of $300,000 (£225,000).

In August, Rio organisers said just 12% of available tickets had been sold for the Games, which begin on Wednesday.

But on Monday, they said that had risen to 1.5 million from a total of 2.5 million.

A former soldier, Prince Harry, 31, founded the Invictus Games – a Paralympic-style competition for injured servicemen and women – in 2014.

Source: BBC Sport

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News: England keeper Fraser Forster replaced by Southampton team-mate Alex McCarthy

Injured Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been replaced by club-mate Alex McCarthy for England’s World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on Sunday.

Uncapped McCarthy, 26, was called up after Forster, 28, returned to his club for treatment on an arm injury.

The ex-Crystal Palace keeper has played three times for England’s Under 21s.

Joe Hart, on loan at Torino from Manchester City, and Burnley’s Tom Heaton are the other goalkeepers named in Sam Allardyce’s first England squad.

McCarthy joined Saints in the summer as deputy to Forster but has yet to feature in a game.

Source: BBC Sport

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