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Mark Cavendish pulls out of Tour de France

The Isle of Man sprinter has decided to leave the Tour early ahead its conclusion in Paris on Sunday. Credit: Ian Parker/PA Wire/Press Association Images

British cyclist Mark Cavendish, who is known as the Manx Missile, has pulled out of the remaining five stages of the Tour de France in order to concentrate on the Olympic games, his team Dimension Data has announced.

The Isle of Man sprinter, 31, won four stages, including the first at Utah Beach, to take the yellow jersey for the first time in his career. His overall tally is now 30, second only to Eddy Merckx.

Cavendish has opted to leave the Tour early, ahead of Sunday's conclusion in Paris, to focus on his dream of achieving gold at the Rio Olympics next month.

He said he took the decision "with great sadness" and added: "I'm at a point that would have a detrimental effect on my other big goal for the year, the Olympic Games."

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Liverpool's Liam Smith comes face to face with Canelo Alavarez

Liverpool's Liam 'Beefy' Smith will defend his world title against Mexico's Canelo Alvarez. Credit: ITV News.

There's a huge fight looming in September, when Liverpool's Liam 'Beefy' Smith defends his world title against the great Canelo Alvarez.

He's the Mexican middleweight who knocked out Amir Khan back in May.

And the challenge was clear when Liam came face to face with his rival inside the stadium where they'll do battle.

And where's that?

Here's david Chisnall with more:


Manchester United take off to China

Manchester United have set off on their pre season tour of China.

United take on Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on Friday and then head to Beijing for a friendly against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on Monday.

England internationals Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Chris Smalling are included in the 25-man travelling party, so too David De Gea and Paddy McNair after also exiting Euro 2016 at the last 16.

Travelling squad: De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Bailly, Blind, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, McNair, Rojo, Shaw, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Valencia, Carrick, Herrera, Januzaj, Lingard, Mata, Memphis, Mkhitaryan, A Pereira, Young, Keane, Rashford, Rooney.

Never mind football - Wigan boss says they need to get better wine in ahead of Mourinho and Klopp visit

It's a big sporting weekend for Wigan with football fans treated to the return of Premier League glamour.

On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp brings Liverpool to town for a pre-season friendly.

But before that, on Saturday, Wigan will host the small matter of Jose Mourinho's first match in charge of Manchester United.

Latics boss Gary Caldwell says he's looking forward to welcoming two of the world's best managers to the DW Stadium.

However, he admits their visit does mean he needs to get some better wine.


Liverpool boxer Jazza Dickens hopes to be the 'Scouse Rocky' as he fights for a world title

The North West already has five boxing world champions and Liverpool's Jazza Dickens could become the sixth when he fights for the WBA Super Bantamweight title in Cardiff.

He faces Guillermo Rigondeaux, a fighter who many think is the best in the world right now.

But as David Chisnall has been finding out, Jazza is taking inspiration from the movies to achieve his dream.

Team GB netball coach Tracey Neville collects MBE

England Netball Tweeted a picture of the squad's head coach Tracey Neville collecting her MBE at Windsor Castle today.

The 39-year-old from Bury said she was 'really honoured and privileged' to receive the recognition.

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