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As the US Anti-Doping Agency prepares to present its case against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, the sport faces a crucial test of its credibility.

Louis van Gaal faces his first test ahead of LA Galaxy friendly

Louis van Gaal will make his first significant decision as Manchester United manager on Wednesday when he names his captain for the pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy in Pasadena. The absence from the United States tour of Robin van Persie, Van Gaal’s captain during the World Cup with Holland, and the ankle injury which has sidelined Michael Carrick for three months ensures that a decision on a permanent captain may still be some weeks away.

Rooney backed to become England captain

Former England striker Bryan Robson believes Wayne Rooney is ready to replace Steven Gerrard as captain. Gerrard announced his retirement from England duty after a 14-year international career on Monday, having led the team 38 times. He has left the scene as the country's third most capped player of all time behind Peter Shilton and David Beckham. Replacing him will be a tough task for manager Roy Hodgson but Robson, who represented England 90 times, believes Rooney is an obvious choice.

Hamilton hoping for ‘clean weekend’ at the Hungarian Grand Prix

After a weekend where he managed to turn disaster into a form of triumphant damage limitation, Lewis Hamilton is eager to maximise his position and change his luck in the title fight with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at next weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton ran a superb comeback drive at the German Grand Prix on Sunday, moving from 20th on the grid to finish third behind Rosberg – whom he now trails in the title race by 14 points – and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

Glasgow 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins to only ride in track event

England's Sir Bradley Wiggins will not compete in the road events at the Commonwealth Games, preferring instead to concentrate on the team pursuit in the velodrome. "All the preparation has been for the team pursuit and that has been the focus in training," he said. "I've put all my eggs in the one basket."

Ireland under-19 women beat Sweden

The Republic of Ireland Under-19s are the talk of European women’s football after they secured their place in the Uefa Championship semi-finals in style at the UKI Arena in Oslo. Requiring just a point in their concluding Group B against 2012 champions Sweden to progress, Dave Connell’s side fell behind after just eight minutes but saw out the mission with aplomb courtesy of goals from Savannah McCarthy and Megan Connolly