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Ron Saunders: Former Aston Villa manager dies aged 87

Ron Saunders managed Aston Villa between 1974 and 1982Former Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders has died at the age of 87, the club have announced.Saunders guided Villa to the First Division title in 1981, before departing during their European Cup-winning campaign the following season. He also won two League Cups during his eight years at…

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Bob Willis: Former England captain dies aged 70

Only James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ian Botham have taken more Test wickets for England than Willis’ 325Former England captain Bob Willis has died at the age of 70.The fast bowler took 325 wickets in 90 Tests from 1971 to 1984, claiming a career-best 8-43 to help England to a famous win over Australia at…

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Tom Smith: Former British and Irish Lions prop reveals stage four cancer diagnosis

Media playback is not supported on this device Tom Smith: Scottish and Lions legend discusses his cancer diagnosisThe British and Irish Lions squad that beat South Africa in 1997 was full of giants.The towering physical presence of Martin Johnson and Lawrence Dallaglio, the dominant personalities of Scott Gibbs and Keith Wood. And a diminutive, quiet,…

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Gary Neville: Former Manchester United player has no desire to return to coaching

Gary Neville retired as a Manchester United player in 2011Former Manchester United defender and Valencia manager Gary Neville says he has no desire to return to coaching.Neville, 44, spent four months in charge of Valencia from 2015 into 2016 and was part of the England coaching set-up from 2012 to 2016.He now co-owns League Two…

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Former US Olympian charged with attempted murder

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 54-year-old now trains other dressage competitors A US Olympian has been charged with two counts of attempted murder after a shooting in New Jersey. Michael Barisone, 54, was a member of the US dressage team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and now trains others.Police charged him after a…

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Former NFL star Petrus dies from heatstroke

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mitch Petrus died on Thursday after working outside in his family’s shop Former NFL player Mitch Petrus has died from heatstroke at the age of 32. He was working outside at his family’s business in Little Rock, Arkansas when he fell ill on Thursday. He died in hospital that…

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Sepp Blatter: Former Fifa president sues organisation over missing watches and ‘moral damage’

Media playback is not supported on this device ‘I’m an honest man’ – Blatter exclusiveFormer Fifa president Sepp Blatter has begun legal proceedings against football’s world governing body for “moral damage” and to reclaim around 60 of his watches he says are still in its possession.Blatter’s 17-year spell in charge of Fifa ended amid a…

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Phil Foden: Former Man City ball boy set for FA Cup final

Phil Foden has scored seven goals in 26 league and cup appearances in 2018-19FA Cup final on the BBC: Man City v WatfordDate: Saturday, 18 May Kick-off: 17:00 BSTCoverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website and app; live text commentary and in-play clips on the BBC Sport website.He…

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French Open: Former champion Maria Sharapova pulls out of tournament with shoulder injury

Sharapova won the last of her 36 WTA titles in October 2017Former French Open champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from this year’s tournament because of her long-standing shoulder problem.The 32-year-old world number 35 has not played since pulling out of an event in her native Russia at the end of January and had a small…

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Paul Scholes: Former Manchester United and England midfielder leaves role as Oldham Athletic manager

Paul Scholes played more than 700 times for Manchester United during his playing careerFormer Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes has left his role as Oldham boss after just 31 days.The 44-year-old took on his first managerial job on 11 February and was only in charge of the League Two club for seven games,…