Perez keen to confirm 2017 seat in coming week

By Abhishek Takle
| SEPANG, Malaysia

SEPANG, Malaysia Force India's Sergio Perez hopes to shed some light on where he will be driving in 2017 by the end of next week, with the Mexican conducting negotiations that he described as key to his Formula One career.

"I believe that next week is crucial to sort out my future," Perez told reporters at the Sepang circuit on Thursday as he prepares for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

"I really hope that by next weekend we will all know."

Lingard targets improved consistency to keep United place

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has said he needs to show greater consistency to cement his place in manager Jose Mourinho's starting side this season.

Lingard enjoyed a strong start to the campaign, scoring a superb solo opener in United's win over league champions Leicester City in the Community Shield last month.

After getting hauled off at halftime in United's Premier League defeat by Manchester City earlier this month, the 23-year-old produced an improved performance in their 4-1 victory against Leicester on Saturday.

England 'ultimate job' but Howe committed to Bournemouth

LONDON Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is delighted to be in the mix for the "ultimate job" of managing England but remains committed to his Premier League club.

England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate, Steve Bruce, Alan Pardew and Howe have been linked to the role in the media after Sam Allardyce was sacked on Tuesday.

Allardyce was deemed to have behaved "inappropriately" when seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters, bringing a crushing end to his dream job after one match and 67 days in charge.

Mundine backs anthem boycott at Australian finals

SYDNEY Former rugby league player Anthony Mundine has urged Australians to follow the lead set by NFL players in the United States and boycott the national anthem in the grand finals of two local competitions at the weekend.

The AFL's Australian Rules grand final is due to be held in Melbourne on Saturday before the National Rugby League (NRL) grand final is held in Sydney on Sunday. Both are considered marquee sporting events in Australia.

Southgate undaunted by step up to senior England role

England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate is confident his familiarity with the players will help him adapt quickly to a role he landed at short notice following Sam Allardyce's sacking on Tuesday.

Southgate, coach of the under-21 side, will take charge of the senior team for the next four matches, including 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Malta on Oct. 8 and in Slovenia three days later, and is due to name his first squad this weekend.

Tokyo favours venue changes as 2020 Games costs soar

By Elaine Lies and Chris Gallagher
| TOKYO

TOKYO A Tokyo panel on Thursday urged changes to three venues for the 2020 Olympics in the face of ballooning costs but organisers say such adjustments may prove difficult to instigate in time for the Games.

Tokyo touted access to a $4.5 billion war chest when it beat Madrid and Istanbul in its successful 2013 bid for the Summer Games but recently elected governor Yuriko Koike campaigned on reining in ballooning costs and ordered a review of expenses.

Injured Anderson to miss Bangladesh tour - report

LONDON England pace bowler James Anderson has been ruled out of the team's test series in Bangladesh next month after the 34-year-old failed to recover fully from a shoulder injury, according to local media reports.

Anderson, who is England's all-time leading test wicket-taker, sustained a stress fracture during the home series against Sri Lanka in June, though he did play three tests against Pakistan in July and August.

England are likely to announce his replacement on Thursday, the BBC reported.

Rookies could hold Ryder Cup key, says Jacklin

By Tony Jimenez
| CHASKA, Minnesota

CHASKA, Minnesota The destiny of the Ryder Cup may rest on how Europe's six rookies perform this week, according to Tony Jacklin, described by ESPN this week as the man who saved the biennial team event in the 1980s.

Jacklin, Europe's most decorated captain after winning twice and tying once in four Ryder Cups, says no one knows how Danny Willett, Chris Wood, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Andy Sullivan, Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters will fare under the microscope.

Unbeaten records at stake as top two clash in Premier League

By Neville Dalton
| LONDON

LONDON The Premier League's only remaining unbeaten records are on the line on Sunday when Tottenham Hotspur will hope to follow Celtic and inflict another dent in Manchester City's superb start to the campaign.

The City juggernaut had crushed all before them, winning every competitive game they had played this season, until they were held to a surprise 3-3 draw with Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday.

China's expansion into Europe, at home set to continue

By Chris Bertram
| MANCHESTER, England

MANCHESTER, England Chinese investors will continue to buy heavily into European clubs and the country's own clubs will step up their pursuit of big name players to compete in their Super League, two leading figures in Chinese soccer have said.

Alex Teixeira, Ramires and Jackson Martinez are among the players to recently move for huge fees from Europe to the Chinese Super League, while Chinese investors have stakes in major clubs such as Inter Milan, Manchester City and Espanyol.

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