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Sean Dyche insists it is no time for his Burnley side to go on the defensive despite their defeat to Chelsea.

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Edin Dzeko to stay at Man City for another 4 years

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Edin Dzeko Credit: PA

It has been confirmed that striker Edin Dzeko will be staying at Manchester City for another four years.

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Happy and proud to renew my contract with @mcfc. I'm there where I belong! #extension #until #2018 http://t.co/XsFDVUfbsC

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The captain of Bosnia Herzegovina has signed a contract extension that will keep him in a blue shirt until the summer of 2018.

This comes after David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany also committed their long term futures to the club.

Racer Stephen McIlvenna killed at Manx Grand Prix

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Stephen McIlvenna

The Manx Motor Cycle Club has announced the death of Stephen McIlvenna, who was killed during yesterday's qualifying session at the 2014 Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man.

The 39-year-old rider, from Co Antrim, died after an incident at the Mountain Mile.

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Mountain Mile Credit: ITV Granada Reports

The Manx Motor Cycle Club said:

"McIlvenna was an experienced racer who first competed in the Manx Grand Prix in 2005."

"The Manx Motor Cycle Club wish to pass on their deepest sympathy to Stephen's family and friends".

– The Manx Motor Cycle Club

An investigation into the accident is now underway.

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Rojo set to complete move to United

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Marcus Rojo

Louis van Gaal has made a breakthrough in his mission to reinforce Manchester United's defence after a deal was struck to bring Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford.

Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night sanctioned the sale of the Argentina international to United, with Portuguese winger Nani returning to his former club as part of the deal. Centre-back Rojo, 24, will become a United player should he pass a medical and agree personal terms, the Barclays Premier League club announced on Twitter.

Rojo is equally comfortable at centre-back as he is at left-back and played all 120 minutes of July's World Cup final as Argentina lost to Germany after extra-time in Rio de Janeiro.

"It's a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with Van Gaal.

"I spoke with Juan Sebastian Veron about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily."

– Rojo

United's move for Rojo had been complicated by a row between Sporting and a third-party ownership group, while the player upset his employers by initially refusing to train in a bid to push through the deal, although he later apologised and returned to work.

Rojo said. "If I made a mistake, I have already apologised because I didn't want to hurt the feelings of anyone at the club."

Prescott autobiography completed by player's wife

The wife of charity fundraiser and former Rugby League legend Steve Prescott, has completed her late husband's autobiography.

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Steve Prescott's autobiography has been completed by the player's wife Credit: Steve Prescott Foudation

Steve died in November 2013 from a rare form of cancer. During his illness Steve undertook many charity and endurance challenges, raising half-a-million pounds for charity.

Super League's Man Of Steel award was renamed for Steve Prescott.

You can find out more about the ongoing charity work of the Steve Prescott Foundation at www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk.

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Suarez: I'll never bite again

Luis Suarez has pledged that he will not bite again after finally being formally unveiled by new club Barcelona.

The Uruguayan has been banned from football for four months after he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

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Barcelona's Luis Suarez Credit: PA Images

"I say to all the fans: don't worry because I won't do that anymore," the Associated Press quoted the striker as saying.

Asked during a press conference at the Nou Camp what he was doing to ensure no repeats of the incident, Suarez said: "I am speaking to professionals - the right professionals," he added

Asked whether he should have apologised earlier for the bit on Chiellini, he added: "I don't like having to go back.

"That's something that happened and afterwards I was really depressed and didn't feel like doing anything.

"But then I spoke to my psychologist and he said I had to face it and say sorry.

"I did that and now I would rather focus on the present which is Barcelona."

Preston striker Garner agrees new deal with the club

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Preston North End are delighted to announce that Joe Garner has agreed to a new two year deal with the Club. http://t.co/slDYyJHA62

Preston North End have confirmed striker Joe Garner has signed a new deal with the club.

The frontman had been linked with a move away from Deepdale after a 24-goal season last campaign, but has secured a new contract with the Lillywhites until summer 2016.

Rojo hints at Manchester United move

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo has suggested his move to Manchester United is imminent, describing it as a 'dream' to play for the Old Trafford club.

The Sporting Lisbon player has emerged as a key target for United manager Louis van Gaal, with reports suggesting United will pay £16million for Rojo while sending Portuguese winger Nani back to his former club on a one-year loan deal.

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Marcos Rojo in action at the World Cup for Argentina Credit: PA Images

In an interview with the radio station Continental in his homeland, quoted in several national newspapers, Rojo said: "It's a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with [Louis] van Gaal.

"I spoke with Juan Sebastian Veron about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily."

United's move for Rojo has been complicated by a row between Sporting and his a third-party ownership group, while the 24-year-old player upset his employers by initially refusing to train in a bid to push through the deal, although he later apologised and returned to work.

"There was a misunderstanding, I never wanted to do something wrong at Sporting as I have always been very thankful to that team that gave me many chances for playing in Europe," Rojo said.

"If I made a mistake, I have already apologised because I didn't want to hurt the feelings of anyone at the club."

Burnley boss: we need strength in depth

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who led the Clarets back into the top-flight last term, was not too disheartened by the defeat, which came in front of a noisy capacity crowd at Turf Moor.

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Chelsea's Jose Mourinho Credit: PA Images

"Chelsea have quality in all areas," said Dyche.

"We kept going, which is important. The will and demand is there. "We have a strong mentality. Ian Holloway said last year we had the strongest jaw in the division.

"We know it is not a sprint, it is a marathon and it is going to be a tough marathon."

Dyche has brought in seven new players this summer, but he feels more additions are needed.

He said: "We need to build a squad. It is not just a starting 11. We are carrying light numbers. We definitely need strength in depth."

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