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Doping

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.

Under-cooked Man United consider extra friendlies

Not involved in European competition and knocked out of the League Cup, Manchester United are considering playing midweek friendlies abroad to help manager Louis van Gaal prepare for Premier League matches. Van Gaal has used an astonishing 29 different players in the club's opening six league games of the season but a potential lack of competitive matches to keep a large squad match fit is causing concern.

McCaw rolls on and on to his 133rd Test cap for New Zealand

Another week, another trophy. For Richie McCaw and his New Zealand side, however, there is not the remotest sign of precious metal fatigue. A third straight Rugby Championship success, sealed with a week to spare thanks to a four-try beating of Argentina, has sent out the same old familiar smoke signal: catch us if you can, boys.

Giroud extends Arsenal stay until 2018

Olivier Giroud may be consigned to the sidelines as he continues his recovery from a broken tibia, but there is still a reason to celebrate as the Arsenal striker has agreed a new contract. On the day of his 28th birthday, reports emerged that claimed the French striker will put pen to paper on a new £80,000-a-week contract that will run until 2018, and is a further sign that he figures heavily in Arsene Wenger’s plans despite questions arising over his ability to lead a Premier League title challenge.

Sharapova wins in China, Bouchard dumped out

Bouchard, who lost in the final of last week's Wuhan Open, was beaten by unseeded German Sabine Lisicki 6-2 6-4, while Italian Roberta Vinci knocked out 2011 winner Radwanska 6-4 6-4. The defeats left the Polish world number six and seventh ranked Bouchard waiting to book a qualifying spot at next month's WTA's season-ending championships in Singapore.

Ibrahimovic to miss PSG’s Champion League tie with Barcelona

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for the match against Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain must find a way to cope without him. Ibrahimovic, the French league’s top scorer over the past two seasons, has been ruled out of Tuesday’s Champions League match with a left heel injury. He missed the last two PSG games because of the injury and coach Laurent Blanc said intensive treatment up until Monday morning failed to resolve the problem.

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