Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has been ruled out of Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign due to medial knee ligament damage, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Bailly started a first Premier League game for United since February in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Chelsea but was withdrawn in the 71st minute.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed after the match that the 25-year-old would not feature again for his club this season and the damage is severe enough to mean Bailly cannot take part in Ivory Coast's matches in Egypt when the 2019 continental tournament begins in June.

Ibrahim Kamara's side have been drawn alongside Morocco, South Africa and Namibia in Group D.

Alex Hales is set to miss the Cricket World Cup after he was axed from all England squads ahead of the international season.

The opening batsman was reportedly suspended for 21 days last week for what his spokesman described as an "off-field incident".

Hales was on Monday withdrawn from England's preliminary World Cup squad, as well as the one-day international against Ireland on Friday and the ODI series and T20 against Pakistan.

Director of England Cricket Ashley Giles made the decision "having considered what is in the best interests of the England team" but insisted it did not signal the end of Hales' international career.

He said: "We have thought long and hard about this decision. We have worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team, to ensure they are free from any distractions and able to focus on being successful on the pitch.

"I want to make it clear this is not the end of Alex's career as an England player.

"The ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] and the PCA [Professional Cricketers' Association] will continue to aid Alex and work alongside his county club Nottinghamshire to give him the support he needs, to help him fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer."

Hales, 30, and Ben Stokes were last year given backdated bans and fined by the ECB for their part in an incident outside a nightclub in September 2017.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award after a sterling Premier League campaign.

Netherlands international Van Dijk has played a pivotal role in the Reds' thrilling title challenge with Manchester City this season, a battle that looks set to go to the wire.

And his performances have not gone unnoticed, with the 27-year-old's peers anointing him the competition's best at a ceremony in London on Sunday.

Raheem Sterling, scorer of 17 goals in a superb season for Manchester City, was considered by many as Van Dijk's closest rival, but the England star had to settle for being named the Young Player of the Year.

City team-mates Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero were also up for the main gong, as were Liverpool forward Sadio Mane and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for a widely reported fee of £75million, a world record for his position, and was part of the side that reached the Champions League final last term.

The towering defender, who is the first centre-back since John Terry in the 2004-05 season to win the prize, has played all 36 league matches for Jurgen Klopp's side this term.

Last season, Liverpool conceded 38 goals in as many matches, but they look set to massively improve on that this season, having seen their defence breached on just 20 occasions – giving them the best record in the division.

It marks the second season straight that a Liverpool player has won the prestigious individual award, with Mohamed Salah having done so 12 months ago.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 600th goal of his incredible club career against Inter on Saturday, beating rival Lionel Messi to his latest landmark.

The Juventus star struck in the 62nd minute to equalise after Radja Nainggolan had given Inter the lead.

He was set up by Miralem Pjanic as part of a neat one-two, finding the bottom-right corner with a powerful low drive from the edge of the area.

Ronaldo reached the milestone before Messi, the Barcelona star having scored 597 times for the Catalans.

Although Juve suffered Champions League disappointment in the quarter-finals against Ajax, Ronaldo's €112million move from Real Madrid has brought silverware.

The 34-year-old has scored 20 goals in 28 Serie A appearances, helping the Bianconeri win the Scudetto for an eighth successive season.

Neymar has been banned for three European matches following his outburst on social media after Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of this season's Champions League by Manchester United.

The Brazil star was charged by UEFA for insulting/molesting acts against a match official after he reacted furiously to the decision to award United a penalty for handball via a VAR review, which Marcus Rashford converted to secure a 3-1 win and passage to the quarter-finals.

"This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR," wrote Neymar, who was watching the game at Parc des Princes due to a foot injury.

"There is no penalty. How can it be a handball when it hits his back?! Go f*** yourselves!"

UEFA appointed an inspector to investigate Neymar's remarks and has now decided to suspend him for the next three European competition matches for which he will be eligible.

Should he still be at PSG next season, it means he will miss the first three games of the 2019-20 Champions League group stage.

UEFA has also issued a €12,000 fine and a warning to Bayern Munich for blocking stairwells and a kit infringement in their 3-1 last-16 home defeat to Liverpool, although it has closed a case related to illicit banners.

Schalke have been fined €5,000 for causing damage to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.

Dynamo Kiev, meanwhile, have been ordered to pay €60,000 for a raft of offences during their 5-0 Europa League loss to Chelsea, while Zenit were fined €10,000 for damaging Villarreal's Estadio de la Ceramica.

The Arizona Cardinals selected Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Despite having traded up to the 10th overall pick to select quarterback Josh Rosen in 2018, the Cardinals opted to select a signal-caller for the second year running in a move that will likely spark a bidding war for Rosen.

Murray going with the opening selection had long been seen as the draft's worst kept secret, the former Oklahoma star enjoying an incredible rise since deciding to forego a career in baseball to pursue one in the NFL in February.

Picked ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in last year's MLB Draft, Murray played only one season of college football as a starter at Oklahoma. However, it was a stunning 2018 campaign in which he led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff semi-finals and saw him win the coveted Heisman Trophy.

Talk of the Cardinals taking him with the top pick spawned after an interview with head coach Kliff Kingsbury during his time in charge of Texas Tech, in which he said he would select Murray if he had the first overall pick, resurfaced.

Arizona did not do enough to dispel rumours that grew increasingly persistent, and they will now look to Murray to revitalise the fortunes of a Cardinals team that went 3-13 in 2018.

Meanwhile, talk will quickly turn to where Rosen will land. The Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots have all been mentioned as teams who could potentially be in the market to trade for the man who this time last year was seen as the future of the Cardinals.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) after he was sent off during the Blues' draw with Burnley on Monday.

Sarri was dismissed in the 94th minute at Stamford Bridge when referee Kevin Friend deemed the former Napoli coach's reaction to a fracas between his Chelsea players and their Burnley counterparts was out of line.

Said to be incensed by the decision, Sarri did not conduct his post-match media duties, with assistant Gianfranco Zola claiming that Chelsea's manager had been sent off due to a misunderstanding.

Zola also stated that the 60-year-old had been offended by comments made by members of Burnley's coaching staff and frustrated by the Clarets' "time wasting".

Reports later emerged that Sarri had allegedly been the target of discrimination, with staff on Burnley's bench accused of calling Chelsea's boss a "s*** Italian".

Sarri did not appear to be involved in a touchline melee that developed at the end of the game, when Antonio Rudiger - who did not feature in the match - seemingly clashed with a member of Sean Dyche's coaching staff.

However, the Italian has still been hit with a misconduct charge for his dismissal.

"Maurizio Sarri has been charged with misconduct in relation to his behaviour in the 94th minute of Monday’s Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Burnley," an FA statement released on Wednesday read.

Sarri will have until 18:00 on Friday to respond to the charge.

Paris Saint-Germain wrapped up the Ligue 1 title without having to kick a ball on Sunday.

Second-placed Lille drew 0-0 away at Toulouse, leaving them 16 points behind leaders PSG with just five games remaining.

The result finally sees the capital club crowned champions for a sixth time in seven seasons ahead of facing Monaco in the late kick-off.

Thomas Tuchel's men squandered several earlier opportunities to retain the crown, failing to win any of their previous three matches as they stumbled towards the finish line.

But, in truth, the title has long been a formality, with PSG enjoying a comfortable buffer in yet another dominant domestic campaign.

It is the club's eighth Ligue 1 title in their history. Only Saint-Etienne and Marseille have won France's top flight on more occasions.

PSG can make it a double in Tuchel's maiden campaign at the helm by retaining the Coupe de France when they face Rennes at the Stade de France next weekend.

Juventus have won the Serie A title for an eighth successive season after a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina on Saturday.

Massimiliano Allegri's men have been dominant pacesetters for much of the campaign and a dramatic triumph over AC Milan earlier in April put them on the brink.

Napoli's subsequent draw at home to Genoa delayed the Bianconeri's celebrations by another week, while a defeat at SPAL that saw Allegri rest players for their Champions League quarter-final with Ajax - which Juve lost 3-2 on aggregate - extended the wait.

And it looked as though the party would be spoiled once again when La Viola took an early lead through Nikola Milenkovic at the Allianz Stadium, before Juve turned the match around via Alex Sandro and German Pezzella's own goal.

Juve's clinching of the title rounds off a hugely impressive season domestically, having dropped points in just five matches.

Allegri's side have sealed the Scudetto with five games still to play, making it one of the earliest title triumphs in history across Europe's big five leagues - and a joint-record in Italy's top flight.

Cristiano Ronaldo has undoubtedly been key to their success, having scored 19 Serie A goals from just 27 appearances, while he was rested for Juve's two defeats this season, against Genoa and SPAL.

The Portugal superstar was a surprise arrival from Real Madrid in a €112million deal last year and his transition to Italian football has been almost seamless.

Juve's eighth straight title has looked a formality for much of the campaign, particularly considering they beat closest challengers Napoli home and away.

It may still not be enough for Allegri to retain his position, however, with the surprise home defeat to Ajax ensuring the club's wait for a first Champions League triumph since 1996 goes on.

Allegri has now had five attempts at clinching European club football's biggest prize, reaching the final twice, though speculation is sure to continue as to whether Juve's patience with their head coach will remain intact.  

Juventus have won the Serie A title for an eighth successive season after a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina on Saturday.

Massimiliano Allegri's men have been dominant pacesetters for much of the campaign and a dramatic triumph over AC Milan earlier in April put them on the brink.

Napoli's subsequent draw at home to Genoa delayed the Bianconeri's celebrations by another week, while a defeat at SPAL that saw Allegri rest players for their Champions League quarter-final with Ajax - which Juve lost 3-2 on aggregate - extended the wait.

And it looked as though the party would be spoiled once again when La Viola took an early lead through Nikola Milenkovic at the Allianz Stadium, before Juve turned the match around via Alex Sandro and German Pezzella's own goal.

Alex McLeish has left his role as Scotland head coach after making a dreadful start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign last month with a 3-0 loss in Kazakhstan.

Scotland recorded a 2-0 win away to San Marino to recover some pride but the Scottish Football Association (SFA) still opted to end McLeish's second spell in charge after just 14 months.

McLeish led Scotland to promotion in their inaugural Nations League campaign last year but defeat in Kazakhstan piled pressure on the former Rangers boss.

And McLeish's departure was confirmed by the SFA on Thursday, with Scotland not returning to action until a double-header against Cyprus and Belgium in June.

Assistants Peter Grant, James McFadden and Stevie Woods will also leave their posts.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to have managed my country for a second time and leave knowing that I gave my all in the pursuit of success," McLeish said in a statement.

"I am proud that together we finished top of our Nations League group and qualified for the Euro 2020 play-offs, which gives us a real opportunity to reach a major tournament for the first time in over 20 years.

"I am also pleased to have given many younger players a first taste of international football that will stand them – and the country – in good stead for the future."

Scottish Football Association chief executive Ian Maxwell said the country's status as one of the co-hosts for Euro 2020 was partly behind the move to change manager.

"The decision to part company was not an easy one, especially given Alex's status as a Scotland Hall of Fame member, earning 77 international caps, having played in three World Cups and taken charge of the national team for two spells," Maxwell said.

"It was only taken after full consideration by the board and after an honest and respectful conversation between myself and Alex earlier in the week. Ultimately, the performances and results as a whole in the past year – and, in particular, the manner of the defeat in Kazakhstan – did not indicate the progress expected with a squad we believe to be capable of achieving more.

"With that in mind, it was agreed that we would seek to recruit a new management team to take us forward for the remainder of European qualifying campaign.

"At this point I would like to pay tribute to Alex for the good grace with which he has accepted the decision and for remaining unstinting in his support of the team for the remainder of the campaign. It befits his status as a Scotland legend and Hall of Fame inductee.

"We firmly believe we have the potential to recover from the opening group defeat and unlock the potential of this exciting squad of players for the remainder of the campaign, safe in the knowledge we also have the play-offs as an additional route to Euro 2020."

Ireland captain Rory Best has announced that he will retire following this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Ulster star's contract expires after the tournament and he will take the opportunity to call time on his rugby union career on the biggest stage.

Best has played 116 times to date for Ireland, winning the Six Nations on four occasions - including two Grand Slams, one of which came as skipper.

The 36-year-old, who has made 219 appearances for Ulster, was also part of the British and Irish Lions tours to Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

He says he now intends to bow out at "the right time", playing "at the top of my game".

"It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement from Ulster Rugby as of the end of this season," Best said in a statement on the Ulster website.

"This feels like the right time for me to go out on my terms, a luxury for which I feel very privileged.

"I am very excited for the end of the season with Ulster Rugby and for the upcoming World Cup with Ireland, both of which I hope to finish with a massive high, playing at the top of my game.

"In my 15 years at this brilliant club, I have been lucky to have met, played alongside, been coached by and supported by many great people.

"I would like to thank every individual for the time they have invested in me since 2004.

"I grew up supporting Ulster Rugby, have been fortunate to play and captain Ulster Rugby, and now look forward to supporting Ulster Rugby in the future with my family."

Star goalkeeper Jan Oblak has extended his contract at Atletico Madrid through to June 2023.

The Slovenia international still had two years to run on his previous deal, but LaLiga side Atletico have moved to secure his future for the next four seasons.

The fresh agreement reportedly includes a release clause set at around €100million.

Oblak joined Diego Simeone's side from Benfica in July 2014 and has established himself as a worthy successor to Thibaut Courtois.

The 26-year-old has started all 32 of the club's league matches this term and his signature comes as another significant boost following Antoine Griezmann's commitment to a long-term deal during last year's World Cup.

"I'm very happy to have signed a contract extension and to be here," Oblak said.

"I'm going to defend these colours to the best of my abilities and continue working hard."

Atletico are set to lose Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich at the end of the season, while Diego Godin is expected to join Inter.

The Rojiblancos are second in LaLiga, four points ahead of city rivals Real Madrid and nine adrift of leaders Barcelona.

Star goalkeeper Jan Oblak has extended his contract at Atletico Madrid through to June 2023.

Tiger Woods ended a major drought stretching back to 2008 and completed the most extraordinary comeback from injury by claiming a one-shot victory at the Masters on Sunday.

Woods, who expressed doubts over whether he would play professional golf again only 19 months ago, secured his fifth green jacket with a closing round of 70 to finish on 13 under, as overnight leader Francesco Molinari dramatically faltered with two double-bogeys on Augusta's back nine.

The tension was unbelievable as the tournament neared a conclusion, with five players sharing the lead at 12 under before Woods birdied the 15th to pull clear.

A stunning tee shot to the next hole ensured the 43-year-old picked up another shot and he duly secured his 15th major title, 14 years on from his last win at Augusta.

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