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Australian Olympic athletes moving into Rio village after problems fixed

  • Kitty Chiller ‘extremely happy’ with progress made since concerns raised
  • Plumbing issues remain in just three rooms following extensive works

Australian athletes arriving in Rio on Tuesday night will move straight into the Olympic village after nearly all plumbing and electrical problems were fixed.

Two days after deeming the apartment tower blocks uninhabitable due to myriad issues including blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring, Australian chef de mission Kitty Chiller said the hazards were all but eliminated.

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Johanna Konta cruises past Shelby Rogers in Rogers Cup in Montreal

• Konta beats American 6-4, 6-2 in first round with Rio 2016 in view
• British No1 continues winning streak after Stanford Classic title

Johanna Konta picked up where she left off as she eased past Shelby Rogers in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Related: Johanna Konta beats Venus Williams in first WTA final to win Stanford Classic

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Per Mertesacker: Arsenal defender to miss start of Premier League

Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker will miss the start of the Premier League season with a knee injury.Manager Arsene Wenger said the former Germany d…

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Everton meet Aston Villa’s £7.1m release clause for Idrissa Gueye

• Ronald Koeman lines up first signing at Goodison Park
• Senegal midfielder also attracting interest from France

Everton have triggered Idrissa Gueye’s release clause at Aston Villa. Ronald Koeman’s club have bid £7.1m for the Senegal midfielder as the manager aims to make his first major signing of the summer.

Gueye is attracting attention from elsewhere, with a return to France possible, and Everton face competition with more bids expected.

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Arsène Wenger confirms Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker is out for months

• Arsenal short of defensive options after German’s injury
• Knee problem means centre-half will miss start of season

Arsène Wenger has revealed Per Mertesacker will be out of action for “a few months” with a knee injury.

The centre-half suffered the problem during the friendly against Lens on Friday and was left out of Arsenal’s tour of the United States. There were reports the injury would rule out the 31-year-old for up to five months but Wenger could only confirm his defender, who was likely to be Arsenal’s new captain for the season, will miss a sizeable period of their Premier League campaign that starts against Liverpool at the Emirates on 14 August.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan driven by tragic premature death of his father

• Hamlet Mkhitaryan, also a footballer, died at 33 due to a brain tumour
• ‘It made me grow up quicker’ says new Manchester United signing

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is driven on by the premature death of his father, whom the Manchester United forward believes is “looking down from the sky” on him.

The Armenia captain was José Mourinho’s second summer signing, joining from Borussia Dortmund for around £30m. Mkhitaryan’s dad, Hamlet, was also a footballer, who played for some of his career in France, but died aged 33 because of a brain tumour.

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi a hair-raising sight for Sam Allardyce

Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were the two superstars in a young Barcelona squad training at the England manager’s new HQ in Burton upon Trent

No sooner was Sam Allardyce enthroned as England manager than the planet’s most celebrated team of soccer artistes appeared in the home of English football. Coincidence? Well yes, obviously. On Tuesday Barcelona were training at St George’s Park in Burton upon Trent, where they are spending this week before the friendly with Celtic in Dublin on Saturday. Lionel Messi sported a new look, possibly ensuring that something of him will rub off on the place, even if it is only peroxide dye on the hotel pillows.

Related: Pep Guardiola set to take Manchester City spend past £100m with triple move

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England’s former players prefer to become broadcasters, says FA’s Glenn

• Fewer and fewer of them look to become coaches, he adds
• ‘The last thing Gary Lineker would want to do is be a manager’

The Football Association is struggling to entice former England players into coaching due to more lucrative, less pressurised jobs available in broadcasting, its chief executive Martin Glenn has claimed.

Glenn and the FA’s technical director, Dan Ashworth, want to increase the number of former internationals taking Uefa qualifications and moving into coaching at the end of their playing careers. The national manager Sam Allardyce has backed plans for former England players to work with national teams of all ages at St George’s Park. But, while Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Tony Adams and Phil Neville have worked briefly with England’s development teams, the FA have found it difficult to encourage former players to become full-time coaches or take the qualifications available.

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Gaël Clichy reveals Pep Guardiola has banned pizza at Manchester City

• ‘He cut out some juice and pizza and all the heavy food is not allowed’
• Clichy: ‘If your weight is too high, you’re not training with the team’

Gaël Clichy has highlighted Pep Guardiola’s intense drive for perfection by revealing the Manchester City head coach has banned pizza and will not allow any player to train if overweight.

The left-back says Guardiola has already excluded some of his squad, with those players thought to be on individual conditioning programmes, and has impressed Clichy, particularly with his attention to detail.

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Holders Ross County out of Scottish League Cup

Ross County are out of the Betfred League Cup just four months on from lifting the trophy after defeat by Alloa at the Indodrill Stadium.League One hos…

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Buildup to Rio 2016 part of a chaotic and shameful tradition of Olympic hosts | David Goldblatt

Preparations have often been a mess but Rio’s buildup may be the most disorderly yet – and no matter how special the Games a disaster of unprecedented proportions will have already happened

The final days of preparation before the first modern Games in Athens in 1896 offered many of the tropes that still structure Olympic coverage a century later. Rumours persisted that the stadium would not be ready on time, leading to a furious exchange of letters in The Times. The New York Times correspondent came to dig for dirt and found it. “There were plenty of old tin cans and rubbish scattered where once the silver Ulysses sparkled to the sea: the grove of Academe reminded me of picturesque bits in shanty town.”

The refurbished stadium for the 1920 Antwerp Games, started just 15 months beforehand, was finished perilously late. The French occupation of the Ruhr and the flooding of the Seine in the winter of 1923 put Paris 1924 in question. The architect of the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic complex was harried in the local press for shady practices and sweetheart deals. Los Angeles 1932 was held in the very depth of the great depression. All feel remarkably familiar stories, not just from the distant past but from pretty much every Olympic Games since Atlanta 1996.

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Pioneers of their sport: Australia’s Olympics-bound women’s sevens team | Matt Cleary

This Australian team, the first ever to train professionally, full-time, in camp, has changed the way women’s rugby is played

Sevens rugby players are runners. They’re fit, hard, athletic sports people. Their bodies are fat-less and trim – strong thighs, cut calves. They’re not fit like competitive body-sculptors or cross-fit types. Sevens players are purpose-built to run.

We’re watching the Australian women’s team train at the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation in Narrabeen. It’s a couple of days before the team flies out for Rio. And though they’ve been doing this stuff coming up three years, there is alacrity in their work.

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Ben Stokes’ absence leaves England with a hole to fill, says Trevor Bayliss

• All-rounder likely to miss third Pakistan Test with calf injury
• Head coach Bayliss pleased by the form of Chris Woakes

Trevor Bayliss has described the expected loss of Ben Stokes for next week’s third Test with Pakistan at Edgbaston as “a hole in the England team” that is only eased by the form of fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes.

Related: England set to rehire Saqlain Mushtaq as team’s spin-bowling consultant

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Rory McIlroy ready for return to top gear at US PGA after season spent ‘in neutral’

• World No4’s fourth major arrived at Valhalla in 2014
• Baltusrol provides tough challenge for US PGA Championship

If it seems strange to be speaking of a year’s definition by late July, the nuances of golf’s rescheduled calendar because of the Olympic Games makes it a reality.

As he prepares for the US PGA Championship, the season’s final major, Rory McIlroy has admitted to recent battles with impatience on the biggest stages – not least in the Open at Royal Troon less than two weeks ago.

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Federations fear huge damage claims over Russia’s Olympic Games ban

• Bodies worried about being sued for blocking Russian athletes
• ‘Protected athletes’ withdrawn without a court’s ratification

The 28 sports federations which hold the fate of Russia’s Olympic athletes in their hands have been warned they face “huge damage claims” if they block anyone from competing who has not been sanctioned for doping.

On Tuesday modern pentathlon, canoeing and sailing joined swimming in barring those Russians mentioned by the independent investigator, Richard McLaren, as “protected athletes” – those who had positive results covered up by the state – in his report to the World Anti-Doping Agency last week.

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‘I don’t like to sugarcoat anything’: Gleason shows reality of living with ALS

When former NFL player Steve Gleason was diagnosed with the muscle-debilitating disease, he started on a film project to explain ALS to his infant son

Many people have cried (this writer included) watching The Theory of Everything, the drama that won Eddie Redmayne an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking. However, few were as likely to have been moved as Michel Gleason, wife to New Orleans Saints NFL player Steve Gleason. The former athlete was diagnosed with the muscle-debilitating disease ALS (also known as motor neurone disease), the same disease Hawking has, in 2011 at the age of 34. Michel has been by his side ever since.

“I went to a 10 o’clock showing with my parents,” Michel recalls. “I have never cried so hard at anything. My mom kept saying, ‘We don’t have to stay – we can go.’ I’m like, ‘Mom, I’m fine – I just need to cry it out.’ It was super cathartic and affirming for me to see that.”

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Bernie Ecclestone’s mother-in-law reported kidnapped in São Paulo

Aparecida Schunck, mother-in-law of the Formula One billionaire, reportedly held at ransom amid concerns about safety in Brazil ahead of Rio Olympics

The Brazilian mother-in-law of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly been kidnapped in São Paulo and is being held for ransom.

A ransom of $36.5m (£28m) has been demanded for the release of 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck, who was abducted last Friday night, according to the magazine Veja.

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Roger Federer will miss the Rio Olympics and rest of tennis season

• The 34-year-old says he needs more time to recover from knee surgery
• Federer: ‘I need more extensive rehabilitation’

Roger Federer has confirmed he will miss the Rio Olympics and the rest of the 2016 tennis season in order to recover from knee surgery.

The 34-year-old posted on his Facebook page and said he took the “very difficult” decision after consulting with his medical team. The 17-times Grand Slam champion underwent surgery on his knee in February before missing the French Open with a back problem.

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Horse racing tips: Wednesday 27 July

Bithynia (4.20) at Goodwood is rated the day’s best bet

2.00 Oceane 2.35 Qatari Hunter 3.10 The Gurkha 3.45 Global Applause 4.20 Bithynia (nap) 4.55 Sagely 5.25 Afjaan (nb)

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Glorious Goodwood glory for James McDonald on Dutch Connection

• Godolphin jockey nets latest winner in Group Two Lennox Stakes
• New Zealander set to return at end of week after impressive spell here

Some jockeys ride around this course for years yet still never quite seem to get the hang of it. James McDonald is not one of them. “For the past couple of days I’ve had the map out, studying which way to go,” he said here on Tuesday, and the New Zealander glided around Goodwood as though he had been doing it all his life on the way to victory on Dutch Connection in the Group Two Lennox Stakes.

Related: William Buick banned for one month by ‘offended’ Chantilly stewards

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