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Promotion would rival Manchester United achievements for Jaap Stam

Jaap Stam admits taking Reading to the Premier League would rival winning the treble with Manchester United.

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Eden Hazard eyes Wembley springboard to another Chelsea glory season

Eden Hazard believes Chelsea can lay down the challenge to their rivals for next season by completing a Premier League and FA Cup double on Saturday.

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The heroes and villains of the Football League play-offs

The Sky Bet Championship and League Two play-off finals take place this weekend, with Blackpool and Exeter vying for a place in League One on Sunday before Huddersfield take on Reading for a place in the Premier League on Monday.

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Blackpool v Exeter – talking points

Blackpool play Exeter in the League Two play-off final at Wembley on Sunday.

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Sebastian Vettel posts another record-breaking lap in Monaco final practice

Sebastian Vettel laid down a further championship gauntlet to Lewis Hamilton by blitzing his title rival in final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Ben Stokes passed fit to play in England’s second ODI against South Africa

Ben Stokes is fit to take a full part in the second Royal London Series match against South Africa.

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Jenson Button hit with Monaco grid penalty

Jenson Button is set to start last for what could be his final Formula One race after being hit with a 15-place grid penalty at the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Chris Woakes sidelined for England

England left Chris Woakes out as a precaution for the second Royal London Series one-day international against South Africa, recalling Jake Ball in his place.

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Antonio Conte to light a cigar if Chelsea complete the double

Antonio Conte will allow himself a proper celebration if Chelsea see off Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

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Gary Bowyer eager to repay Blackpool’s faith in him

Blackpool offered Gary Bowyer a route back into football when he was beginning to wonder what the future held for him and he hopes to be able to repay the club with immediate promotion.

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Neil Warnock struggling to pick a winner in the Championship play-off final

Former Huddersfield boss Neil Warnock believes Monday’s Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Reading is too close to call.

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Danny Rose: Tottenham can only do so much to keep stars

Danny Rose feels Tottenham could struggle to keep their key players – but has no fears that Harry Kane will leave the club.

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Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey in contention at Dean & Deluca Invitational

Masters champion Sergio Garcia and England’s Paul Casey moved to within one shot of the leaders at the Dean & Deluca Invitational.

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Matt Parcell’s hat-trick powers Leeds to rout of Warrington

Matt Parcell scored a hat-trick to continue his stunning start to life at Headingley as Leeds moved up to third in Super League with a 40-0 rout of Warrington.

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Manchester City sign Bernardo Silva from Monaco

Manchester City have announced the signing of Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva.

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Andy Murray embraces the struggle ahead of French Open challenge

Andy Murray is ready to enjoy the struggle of trying to get back to his best and has no doubt it will happen.

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Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Only one of Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte will be celebrating FA Cup success on Saturday night but both will soon be awarded new contracts, according to the Mirror.

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Greg Eden claims third-successive hat-trick to inspire Castleford comeback win

Greg Eden continued his remarkable scoring record with a third-successive hat-trick as leaders Castleford came from behind to beat bottom side Widnes 32-22 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

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Exeter coach Rob Baxter relishing Premiership showdown with Wasps

Rob Baxter is relishing another tilt at the Aviva Premiership title as Exeter look to be crowned English champions.

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Big win for Salford on emotional night of tributes

Salford kept the pressure on Super League leaders Castleford with a hugely impressive 50-12 victory over Catalans Dragons on an emotionally-charged night at the AJ Bell Stadium.

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