Australia retained the Ashes after moving 2-1 up in the series with one game to play following a 185-run win over England in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

The tourists regained the urn in 2017 and will head to The Oval knowing it will remain in their hands irrespective of what happens in London.

England started day five on 18-2, requiring a further 365 runs to win but, more realistically, knowing they had to bat out three sessions to keep their hopes alive.

They lost two wickets in each of the first two sessions and the tail could not keep out an Australia attack led by Pat Cummins, who took 4-43, as Australia sealed victory with under an hour remaining.

Joe Denly top-scored with 53 for an England side likely to undergo major surgery before the tour to New Zealand later this year.

Australia retained the Ashes after moving 2-1 up in the series with one game to play following a 185-run win over England in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

The tourists regained the urn in 2017 and will head to The Oval knowing it will remain in their hands irrespective of what happens in London.

England started day five on 18-2, requiring a further 365 runs to win but, more realistically, knowing they had to bat out three sessions to keep their hopes alive.

They lost two wickets in each of the first two sessions and the tail could not keep out an Australia attack led by Pat Cummins, who took 4-43, as Australia sealed victory with under an hour remaining.

Joe Denly top-scored with 53 for an England side likely to undergo major surgery before the tour to New Zealand later this year.

Antonio Brown is set to join 2019 Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, according to reports.

Brown was released on Saturday, with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden saying the team had "exhausted everything" to keep the wide receiver, who had joined from the 
Pittsburgh Steelers on a three-year deal reportedly worth more than $50million per season.

Reports now claim the 31-year-old will link up with the Patriots, signing a one-year, $15m contract, with Brown then seemingly confirming the move on his official Twitter account.

Brown's spell at Oakland took a turn for the worse last week after a reported incident between the receiver and general manager Mike Mayock.

On Wednesday, Brown aired his frustration against the Raiders for fining him for missing practice time and a walk-through.

The situation then escalated from there as it was reported Brown got into a verbal altercation with Mayock, which ultimately resulted in another fine.

Brown apologised to his team on Friday, and Gruden claimed he would play in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.

However, Brown’s latest social media post proved the final straw.

"You are gonna p*** a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you," Brown posted to Instagram.

"And that's fine!" it continued. "I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines (sic). Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years 'I'm not mad at anyone. I'm just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong.' Release me. @raiders #NOMore."

The Patriots will face the Steelers, who selected Brown out of the 2010 draft, on Sunday.

Brown, however, cannot face his former team without the switch becoming official, which will likely happen on Monday.

After a drama-filled 48 hours between the Raiders and disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown, Oakland have decided to move on a day before the season starts.

The team officially announced his release on Saturday, just hours after the star wideout asked to be let go on Instagram.

Brown shared a message that read: "You are gonna p*** a lot of people off when you start doing what's best for you."

In the same post, he added: "And that's fine! I have worked my whole life to prove that the system is blind to see talent like mines [sic]. Now that everyone sees it, they want me to conform to that same system that has failed me all those years.

"I'm not mad at anyone. I'm just asking for the freedom to prove them all wrong." Release me @raiders #NOMore #theyputblindersonahorseforareason #NoMoreFake."

Oakland soon confirmed they had parted company with Brown. The briefest of statements, released on Twitter and their official website, read: "The Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown from the team today."

According to ESPN, the Raiders fined Brown $215,073.53 on Friday for conduct detrimental to the team - following a reported row with GM Mike Mayock - and voided his guaranteed money.

Brown told ESPN that the Raiders took away more than $29million in guaranteed money from his contract, stating there's "no way I play after they took that and made my contract week to week."

He had also been fined nearly $54,000 earlier in the week for missing practice time and a walk-through, also considered to be conduct detrimental to the team.

Brown posted his displeasure with his first fine on Instagram while taking a shot at the Raiders. Shortly after, multiple reports indicated Oakland was considering suspending the wideout.

After 24 hours of speculation and uncertainty about his status with the Raiders, Brown apologised to the team on Friday and head coach Jon Gruden said the plan was for Brown to play in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. 

That plan has changed rather quickly.

Antonio Brown has been released by the Oakland Raiders, the team announced on Saturday.

Ezekiel Elliott has ended his holdout by signing a six-year contract worth $90million with the Dallas Cowboys.

Star running back Elliott had been holding out for a new contract for 40 days and the team confirmed on Wednesday they had reached an agreement on a deal that includes $50m guaranteed.

Elliott, who had one year left on his rookie contract as well as a fifth-year team option, is under contract with Dallas through the 2026 season.

The $15m average annual value of the deal and $50m in guaranteed money takes Elliott past the Los Angeles Rams' Todd Gurley ($14.375m/$45m) to make him the NFL's highest-paid running back.

Elliott had been training in Mexico with Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk during his holdout, but he returned to Dallas on Tuesday and is expected to participate in practice on Wednesday.

A workhorse in the team's offense, Elliott earned his second rushing title in three years in 2018 with 1,434 yards on a league-high 304 carries with six touchdowns. He added 77 receptions for 567 yards with three scores.

The Cowboys open their 2019 campaign against the New York Giants on Sunday, and Elliott will now be available to spearhead their rushing attack.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out for around six months after having surgery on a damaged anterior cruciate ligament.

The experienced centre-back injured the ligament in his right knee during a training session last Friday.

The Serie A champions said in a statement on Tuesday: "This afternoon, Giorgio Chiellini underwent surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee.

"The intervention, performed at the Hochrum clinic in Innsbruck by Professor Christian Fink in the presence of the Juventus Club Doctor, Dr. Tzouroudis, was perfectly successful.

"The expected recovery time is around six months."

Chiellini is likely to return in March, meaning he could be fit for the Champions League quarter-finals should, Juve reach that stage.

The 35-year-old has made 384 league appearances since joining Juve from Roma in 2005.

An eight-time Serie A champion, he was a key part of the defence under former coach Massimiliano Allegri, although muscle problems restricted him to just 22 league starts last season.

In April, the Italy international told DAZN he expected to play "for another year or two" and then take up a backroom role at Allianz Stadium.

Mauro Icardi has completed an initial season-long loan move to Paris Saint-Germain after penning a one-year contract extension with Inter.

The striker's San Siro soap opera took its latest turn on deadline day as he flew to Paris to undergo a medical before signing with Thomas Tuchel's team.

The agreement includes an option to buy for PSG, with the required fee reportedly set at €70million.

Inter allowed their former captain to leave only after securing his signature on a new deal, although it seems likely he has played his last game for the Nerazzurri.

The fresh terms safeguard against the Argentina striker potentially leaving on a free at the end of next term.

Icardi's move to Parc des Princes comes after weekend reports by La Gazzetta dello Sport that his legal team were threatening to sue Inter over his exclusion from the first team.

Inter coach Antonio Conte overlooked the former Sampdoria forward for wins over Lecce and Cagliari as a long-running saga dragged into the new season.

In February, Conte's predecessor Luciano Spalletti stripped the ex-Sampdoria player of the captaincy in the wake of criticism his wife and agent Wanda Nara levelled at the club, when she accused them of a lack of protection for the forward.

Icardi returned to the first team towards the end of the campaign but left a pre-season training camp controlled by new head coach Conte in July.

He will likely compete with Edinson Cavani for a starting spot at PSG.

Paris Saint-Germain have signed Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Real Madrid.

Navas has penned a four-year deal in a transfer reported to be worth in the region of €15million.

PSG's Alphonse Areola has joined Madrid on a season-long loan as part of the deal.

Navas moved to the Santiago Bernabeu from Levante after starring during his country's unlikely run to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

He proved a key performer as Los Blancos claimed three consecutive Champions Leagues between 2015-16 and 2017-18.

However, since returning as head coach, Zinedine Zidane has elected to put his faith in Thibaut Courtois as his number one, who now has France international Areola as cover.

Navas' honours for Madrid also include LaLiga in 2016-17, the Supercopa de Espana in 2017, two UEFA Super Cups and four Club World Cups.

"I'm really excited to sign for Paris Saint-Germain," he told PSG's website." After my experience in Spain, I'm coming to France with high hopes.

"Paris Saint-Germain is a very prestigious club in Latin America and I am keen to be part of the adventure that started several years ago. I will do everything I can to help PSG win new titles, bringing all my experience and professionalism.

"And I will also try to win the hearts of the Parisian fans, famous throughout Europe for their passion."

On Sunday, PSG signed Sergio Rico on a season-long loan from Sevilla and the Navas deal completes an overhaul of their goalkeeping department, with veteran Gianluigi Buffon having returned to Juventus before the start of 2019-20.

Nacho Monreal has left Arsenal after more than six seasons and signed a two-year deal with Real Sociedad.

The 33-year-old started each of the Premier League side's opening three fixtures but Unai Emery admitted his departure was possible following last weekend's 3-1 loss to Liverpool.

An experienced and versatile defender, Monreal moved to north London from Malaga in January 2013 and made 250 appearances in all competitions, scoring 10 goals.

Neither club has confirmed the transfer fee involved.

"We would like to thank Nacho for his contribution to the club and everyone at Arsenal wishes him the best for his future," read a statement from the Gunners.

"The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes."

Monreal's days at Arsenal appeared numbered when the younger Kieran Tierney, a left-sided defender of similar profile, arrived from Celtic on deadline day.

Head coach Emery further strengthened his options at the back by signing David Luiz and William Saliba, who is spending the season on loan at Saint-Etienne.

The Spain international is due to be presented by Sociedad on Monday and could debut in front of his new fans when Imanol Alguacil's men host Atletico Madrid after the international break.

Giorgio Chiellini has damaged the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee and must undergo surgery, Juventus have confirmed.

The experienced centre-back will begin treatment in the coming days after tests at J-Medical revealed the extent of the injury, which was sustained during training on Friday.

Juve have not offered a timescale on the recovery of the 35-year-old, who scored the only goal of the game in last week's 1-0 Serie A victory over Parma.

"During today's training, Giorgio Chiellini sustained a sprain of his right knee," Juve said in a statement.

"The diagnostic tests performed at J-Medical showed a lesion of the anterior cruciate ligament.

"It will be necessary to have surgery in the coming days."

The news is likely to mean Juve will keep Daniele Rugani and Merih Demiral, who had each been linked with moves away from Turin before Monday's transfer deadline.

Chiellini has made 384 league appearances since joining Juve from Roma back in 2005.

An eight-time Serie A champion, he was a key part of the defence under former coach Massimiliano Allegri, although muscle problems restricted him to just 22 starts in the top flight last season.

In April, the Italy international told DAZN he expected to play "for another year or two" and then take up a backroom role at Allianz Stadium.

Juve face Napoli on Saturday and could consequently hand Matthijs de Ligt a competitive debut.

Roma have signed Chris Smalling on a season-long loan from Manchester United, the Serie A club announced.

Smalling signed a contract extension at Old Trafford running until 2022 last December, three days before then-manager Jose Mourinho was sacked.

The 29-year-old continued to feature under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the arrival of Harry Maguire during the close season left him down the pecking order at centre-back.

He has consequently opted for a temporary move to Roma, who paid United €3million (£2.7m) to seal the deal.

"This is the perfect opportunity for me," Smalling said in a statement.

"The chance to experience a new league, with a big team that has got big aspirations is exactly what I needed.

"Hopefully I can hit the ground running. I'm looking forward to joining up with my team-mates."

Roma sporting director Gianluca Petrachi added: "We are pleased to bring a player like Chris, who has so much experience, to Roma. We are convinced he will help the growth of this squad and all the lads he plays alongside."

Like the similarly long-serving Phil Jones, Smalling has not managed a minute of first-team action this season, with Solskjaer preferring Axel Tuanzebe as back-up to Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

Smalling has 31 caps for England but has not featured since June 2017, having fallen out of favour with national team boss Gareth Southgate.

Roma shared a thrilling 3-3 draw with Genoa on the opening weekend of the Serie A season.

Smalling was identified as the man to shore up a Roma defence shorn of the influential Kostas Manolas, who joined Napoli ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

James Anderson has been ruled out of the rest of the Ashes series due to pain in his right calf, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

England’s record Test wicket-taker limped out of the action on day one of the opening match in the series at Edgbaston, and has not been involved since.

However, the 37-year-old seamer clung to the hope he would be able to prove his fitness in time for the matches at Old Trafford and The Oval.

His prospects looked to be improving as he took part in two second XI matches for his county Lancashire, but Anderson suffered a setback on Thursday, and medical checks dealt him bad news.

The ECB said on its website: "England and Lancashire seamer James Anderson has been ruled out for the rest of the Specsavers Ashes series.

"Whilst bowling in the ninth over on Thursday in Lancashire’s second XI four-day friendly against Durham at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club, Anderson became aware of right calf pain following on from 20 overs he had bowled on Tuesday

"He immediately sought a medical assessment from Lancashire and was withdrawn from the remainder of the game. Further review with the ECB medical team has confirmed that he will be unavailable for the remaining two Specsavers Ashes Tests."

Given his track record, Anderson looked sure to return to the England squad at Old Trafford, where a stand is named in his honour, providing he came through his low-profile county outings.

England have instead been prompted to look elsewhere to find competition in the bowling department, with Somerset’s Craig Overton called up for the first time since March 2018.

The fast-medium bowler has played in three Tests, including defeats to Australia in Adelaide and Perth in the 2017 Ashes.

He has 32 wickets at 21.34 apiece in the County Championship this season, and together with Sam Curran could rival Chris Woakes for a place in the team for Old Trafford, with the fourth Test due to start on September 4.


England squad for fourth Test: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.
 

 

Alexis Sanchez's Manchester United nightmare has come to a temporary end after he joined Serie A side Inter on loan.

Neither club confirmed if there is a purchase option included in the deal, which was announced on Thursday.

Inter were keen to land Roma striker Edin Dzeko before he extended his contract with the capital club and the Nerazzurri then turned to Sanchez, who returns to Italy after leaving Udinese for Barcelona in 2011.

There were high hopes for Sanchez at United following his arrival from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January 2018 – a deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Gunners.

However, Chile international forward Sanchez failed to make an impact at Old Trafford, where injuries and poor form contributed to a miserable spell.

Sanchez only managed five goals in 45 appearances across all competitions, with three of those strikes coming in the Premier League.

The 30-year-old, who featured at the Copa America, did not make an appearance for United in 2019-20, having not taken part in any pre-season fixtures following his international commitments with Chile.

Sanchez will become the fifth Chilean to play for Inter, following in the footsteps of Ivan Zamorano, David Pizarro, Luis Jimenez and Gary Medel.

Robert Lewandowski has signed a new four-year contract, Bayern Munich have confirmed.

Lewandowski, who has scored five goals in two Bundesliga games this term, has committed his future to the club through to 2023.

The 31-year-old could therefore spend the rest of his career at the Allianz Arena, having established his place as one of the world's top strikers since joining from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2014.

Lewandowski's new contract is a two-year extension and the striker is thrilled to have secured new terms.

"Bayern has become my sporting home," he told the club's official website. "Besides, my family and I are happily settled in Munich.

"I'm convinced we'll achieve a lot in the next few years. Bayern are one of the three biggest clubs in the world, and we have an outstanding team. I'm proud to be part of this club."

Lewandowski's future was not always certain the Poland international has previously intimated he would consider leaving the club.

Real Madrid were linked with a move for the player, who has previously questioned the lack of back-up for his position in the Bayern squad.

However, it emerged this week a new deal for Lewandowski was close and executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is relieved the contract has been sorted.

"For me, Robert is the world's best centre-forward, and he's been a mainstay of our team for years," Rummenigge said. "So, we're extremely pleased he'll continue to play for Bayern for a long time.

"We're certain that together with Robert we'll achieve our ambitious goals in the upcoming season and in the years to come."

Lewandowski scored his 200th Bundesliga goal in April, reaching the milestone in a Klassiker victory over old club Dortmund as Bayern took a crucial step closer towards another title.

He won the league in all of his first five seasons at Bayern and has been compared to veteran wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, both of whom left at the end of their contracts, by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

"Robert has developed into a leading personality at the club and is on course to become as important a player for Bayern and its fans as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were," Salihamidzic said. "I hope he can maintain his outstanding strike rate in the years to come."

Lewandowski has hit 207 Bundesliga goals for Dortmund and Bayern and is already the most prolific non-German scorer in the league's history.

He is fifth overall in the all-time rankings, having scored at least 20 league goals in seven of his past eight seasons in Germany.

Gerd Muller is Bayern's all-time top scorer on 508 but Lewandowski is only 20 behind second-place Rummenigge, having scored 197 goals in 246 competitive matches for the club.

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