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England not complacent despite New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup exit

England will not be distracted by the elimination of their World Cup nemesis as they look to reach their fourth consecutive final by defeating Ireland, last week’s conquerors of New Zealand, at Stade Français’s Jean-Bouin stadium in the first of Wednesdaynight’s two semi-finals.<p>England and the …

Ballon d'Or longlist shows stars shine elsewhere and emphasises Premier League true standard

Premier League action guarantees entertainment, but when it comes to individual talent look abroad<p>Of the 23 footballers on last season’s Ballon d’Or longlist only four will clock on for work in the Premier League this weekend. They are Robin van Persie – the only one to make the top 10 – Yaya …

European Super Cup: Real Madrid v Sevilla – in pictures

The best images from Cardiff City Stadium, where Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodríguez take on the Europa League winners

Cristiano Ronaldo scores a second

It's fair to say Cristiano Ronaldo is healthy. This is his second goal for Real Madrid against Sevilla, making it 2-0.<p>A lot of Madridistas were hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo would be rested for this game, since he played the World Cup while unfit and could have done with a bit more rest, but he's …

David Silva and Manchester City Agree on 5-Year Contract Extension

David Silva has signed a five-year contract extension with Manchester City, keeping him at the English champions until at least 2019.<p>Mark Booth of the Premier League side's official website reported comments from Silva, who is due to remain in Sky Blue until he reaches the tender age of 33:<p>From the …