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'We can challenge for title but must be much better to win Champions League'

Media playback is not supported on this device Manchester United are “better equipped” to win the Premier League this season but have to be “much, much better” to challenge for the Champions League, says manager Jose Mourinho. United won the League Cup and Europa League and finished sixth in the league in Mourinho’s first season in charge. Asked if he was targeting the domestic title this season, he told BBC Sport: “We are better prepared for that.” United have signed Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof so far this summer. “This…

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Daniel Sturridge must change his attitude to save his Liverpool career, insists Anfield legend Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness has urged Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to improve his attitude or risk ruining his last chance at a top club. Once the Reds’ main man up front, Sturridge’s role at the club is now unclear after steadily falling down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp. The 27-year-old made 20 Premier League appearances last season, but only seven of those were starts, and he scored just three league goals as he continued to struggle with fitness. Liverpool legend Souness joined talkSPORT on Wednesday to talk about the club’s transfer…

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'Cook must try to emulate Atherton' to save England in second Test

Alastair Cook must emulate a legendary innings by Michael Atherton if England are to save the second Test against South Africa, says Michael Vaughan. England were set 474 to win at Trent Bridge with two days of the match left. Atherton batted 10 hours 43 minutes for 185 not out to earn England a draw in South Africa 22 years ago. “England need Alastair Cook to play one of the great innings like Atherton did in Johannesburg in 1995,” said former England captain Vaughan. “We just want to see some…

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'England batsmen must respect Test cricket' – reaction & video

Media playback is not supported on this device England’s batsmen must “respect” Test cricket more after collapsing against South Africa, says Michael Vaughan. England were dismissed for 205 at Trent Bridge and the tourists have a lead of 205 in the second Test after reaching 75-1 at stumps on day two. Former England captain Vaughan was critical of their approach during his analysis on BBC Test Match Special. “The England batting has been appalling. Maybe it’s a lack of respect about what the game is,” he said. “They look like…

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Lessons must be learned in tainted blood inquiry, say campaigners

The UK inquiry into contaminated blood products must establish lessons that improve public safety, campaigners in Scotland have said. Thousands of NHS patients were given blood products from abroad that were infected with hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 80s. Prime Minister Theresa May ordered an inquiry into the scandal on Tuesday. But Haemophilia Scotland said there were still questions about how the UK-wide inquiry would be carried out. The prime minister has said the probe would establish the causes of the “appalling injustice” that took place. It…

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Mosul: US commander says Iraq must stop Islamic State 2.0

The senior US commander in Iraq has warned that the war against the so-called Islamic State (IS) is not over, despite a “historic” victory in Mosul. Lt Gen Stephen Townsend told the BBC there were still IS fighters in Iraq. He said the government should now reach out to Iraq’s Sunnis to stop the jihadist group from renewing itself. “If we’re to keep… ISIS 2.0 from emerging, the Iraqi government is going to have to do something pretty significantly different,” he said. “They’re going to have to reach out and…

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Chinese cinemagoers must watch propaganda clips before films

Cinemagoers in China are being obliged to watch propaganda videos featuring some of the country’s best-loved stars. Actors including Jackie Chan, Rogue One’s Donnie Yen and Transformers star Li Bingbing were filmed for the short clips, which launched this month. The four public-service ads promote President Xi Jinping’s vision of a new China and the “core socialist values” of the Chinese Communist Party. The films go under the title “The glory and the dream: our Chinese dream.” The stars are shown standing in front of a plain backdrop, with their…

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