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Wales boss defends Taylor after challenge on Coleman

Taylor was sent off, Coleman had his leg broken. Credit: PA

Chris Coleman defended Neil Taylor after Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman was left with a broken leg in their fierce World Cup qualifier in Dublin.

The Everton full-back was carried from the field on a stretcher after Taylor had been shown a straight red card for his 69th-minute tackle during Friday night's goalless draw.

The Football Association of Ireland confirmed later that Coleman had broken his right leg and the Republic captain is expected to undergo surgery on Saturday.

Television underlined the severity of the injury by choosing not to show replays of the incident which ended Coleman's season.

"Sadly for Seamus, obviously, it looks like it's a bad one," Wales manager Coleman said, adding Taylor had gone into the Republic dressing room at the end of the match to see the Ireland captain.

"Neil Taylor is not that type of player. He's had a serious injury himself. He's a great boy, he's a cracking lad. I've not seen the challenge, but I've seen the outcome, if you like, and it's a bad one for Seamus.

"Yes, it looks like he (Taylor) has got that one wrong on our part. I've only seen it in real time when it happened and I didn't see a lot. I saw the reaction. I have seen a picture of the outcome, so my thoughts are with Seamus.

"Of course, Neil is devastated himself. But, no, I never said to Neil, 'What were you thinking?'"

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No more Mr Nice Guy for Crolla in title bout

Anthony Crolla is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

But the Manchester boxer has turned to his dark side in the build up to his world title rematch with Jorge Linares.

Anthony Crolla Credit: ITV Granada

Crolla lost his WBA Lightweight title to the Venezuelan in his home city last September.

He returns to the arena tomorrow night looking for revenge.

And as Chris Hall reports this time there's no more Mr Nice Guy.

Hockey player Quek collects 'incredible' MBE

Hockey player Sam Quek has been given an MBE on what she called an "incredible" occasion.

The Prince of Wales presents Sam Quek with her MBE Credit: PA Images

The Liverpool-born gold medal winner was awarded alongside other Rio medal winners including cyclist Ed Clancy, given an OBE while MBEs were given to canoeist Joe Clarke and cyclist-turned-rower Rachel Morris.

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Manchester City accept FA charge

Manchester City have accepted a Football Association charge of misconduct relating to the behaviour of players in last weekend's game against Liverpool.

Players challenge for a header Credit: PA Images

The club were charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following a controversial penalty decision in the second half of Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at the Etihad Stadium.

City, who were given until Friday to respond, have now indicated they will plead guilty. The case will be heard by an independent regulatory commission in due course.

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Rugby big guns hoping to start firing soon

Warrington Wolves take on St Helens with both sides looking for a marked improvement in their current form. Warrington are still without a win after 5 matches and are bottom of the super league table. St Helens have two wins and 3 defeats so far this season and both sides will be hoping to turn things around. Here are the thoughts of Saints head coach Kieron Cunningham followed by Warrington's Tony Smith.

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