Schlupp can go for the right price, says Leicester boss Ranieri

Leicester City will allow unsettled winger Jeffrey Schlupp to leave the Premier League champions for the right fee, manager Claudio Ranieri said on Thursday.

Schlupp, 24, has been reduced to a bit-part role this season and is nearing a 12 million pounds move to relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, according to British media reports.

"I spoke with him and he spoke with the club. Of course he's not happy," Ranieri told reporters on Thursday.

I conquered England in three months, says Ibrahimovic

Just three months since joining Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has already conquered England, having made a flying start to his career in the Premier League.

The 35-year-old Ibrahimovic has shrugged off suggestions he may struggle to adapt to the pace and intensity of the English game, scoring 18 goals since moving to Old Trafford on a free transfer in July.

Renault F1 see no need to replace departed Vasseur

BIRMINGHAM, England Renault were not shocked by Frederic Vasseur's sudden departure as Formula One team principal and have no immediate plans to replace him, F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul said on Thursday.

"We don't feel shocked, we don't feel weakened by yesterday's announcement, which is something that had been discussed at length with Fred," he told reporters at the Autosport International show.

"The team principal role is something unique from team to team... as far as I am concerned, we will not replace Fred in the capacity of team principal," said Abiteboul.

British lawn tennis chief Downey to step down after Wimbledon for Canada job

Britain's Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) said on Thursday its chief executive, Michael Downey, will step down after this year's Wimbledon tournament and return to his home nation to take over the reigns at Tennis Canada.

Downey began his tenure in January 2014 and has led the development and execution of a new strategy for British tennis.

"I've been honoured to have led the LTA over the last three years, as we've sought to drive grassroots tennis," Downey said on the LTA's website.

SHOWCASE - Five great Manchester United v Liverpool games

LONDON Manchester United host fierce north-west rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, with both teams in good form in the Premier League.

We look at five memorable clashes between them (Premier League unless stated).

Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1

May 1977 - FA Cup final

Liverpool were hoping to become the first English club to secure the treble, having already claimed the league title and with the European Cup final to come four days later.

Tottenham unlikely to offer Alli new contract - Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur will not offer Dele Alli a third new contract in 12 months, manager Mauricio Pochettino has said, despite the young midfielder reportedly attracting interest from clubs across Europe following his stellar form this campaign.

The 20-year-old Alli has earned plaudits in recent weeks, drawing comparisons with England greats Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, as his brace against Chelsea earlier this month took his goal tally to seven in his last five games.

Mourinho wants Old Trafford to be Liverpool's Theatre of Nightmares

By Ian Chadband

It is always risky to tick off your own supporters, but Jose Mourinho's pointed plea to Manchester United's faithful not to treat Liverpool's visit like a trip to the theatre indicates just how critical Sunday's Old Trafford clash feels to him.

Liverpool fans, who have never needed any encouragement to turn their Anfield home into an intimidating cauldron of noise for United, have evidently found it amusing that Mourinho should need to urge his side's fans to make themselves heard.

Europe's richest clubs growing faster than smaller rivals

By Brian Homewood
| ZURICH

ZURICH Europe's top clubs are expanding more rapidly than their smaller rivals, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Thursday, adding that tighter regulation had helped to prevent teams from running up big losses.

In a report based on the 2015 financial year, UEFA highlighted its concerns over the divide between a handful of rich Western European clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United and the rest.

Prosecutors consider charges against 23 suspects over Hillsborough stadium tragedy

LONDON British prosecutors are to consider whether criminal charges should be brought against 23 suspects over the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium disaster in which 96 fans died, the police watchdog said on Thursday.

The Liverpool supporters died in a crush in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure at the Hillsborough ground in Sheffield, northern England, at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. It remains Britain's worst sporting disaster.

Barcelona searching for consistency ahead of Las Palmas trip

BARCELONA Barcelona have dazzled at times in La Liga yet they head into Saturday's home game against Las Palmas in third position.

Inconsistency has left Luis Enrique's team five points adrift of Real Madrid, who have a game in hand and face second-place Sevilla for the third time in 11 days in their La Liga game on Sunday.

Luis Enrique believes his players can start to move up a gear after sparkling while overturning a 2-1 deficit in their King's Cup tie with Athletic Bilbao to progress to the quarter-finals, 4-3 on aggregate.

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