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F1 practice abandoned after Sainz crash

Carlos Sainz crashed out. Credit: PA

Final practice at the Russian Grand Prix has been abandoned following a crash involving Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz.

Sainz's Toro Rosso was pictured submerged in the tyre barrier at the high-speed turn 13 section of the track which runs through Sochi's Olympic Park.

The red flags were deployed and with 14 minutes remaining the decision was taken not to restart the session.

Sainz, 21, was attended to by medical staff at the scene of the crash. Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost told Sky Sports F1 the driver was "conscious" and that a decision would be taken later on whether he could play any further part in the race weekend.


Man City wait on David Silva injury news

David Silva went off injured for Spain. Credit: PA

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque admits he is in the dark about the level of injuries to two of his key players after they secured Euro 2016 qualification with victory over Luxembourg.

Manchester City midfielder David Silva was forced off after just 11 minutes as he failed to run off a leg injury, while Alvaro Morata was stretchered off.

La Roja wrapped up a 4-0 win which sealed their passage to France next year, as a brace each from Santi Cazorla and Morata's replacement Paco Alcacer saw them home.

Spain's players and coach were concerned about the medical situation around the duo, but Del Bosque said after the game: "I do not know the extent of the injuries.

"Our doctors will inform you when they know something. We know nothing for now."

England fans 'backing Wales' as host team bows out

Many England fans will backing Wales as they take on Australia in Twickenham Credit: Reuters

Large numbers of England fans will be backing Wales now that their team is heading out of the Rugby World Cup, according to a survey commissioned by bookmaker William Hill.

Of those surveyed, 24% said they would be following Wales for the rest of the tournament.

England are due to play Uruguay in Manchester late on Saturday, in what will be their final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but the fixture has lost much of its appeal for fans since England's defeat by Australia.

Wales, meanwhile, are due to play Australia at Twickenham at 4.45pm, and appear able to rely on a good deal of support from England fans.


Sam Allardyce appointed new Sunderland boss

Sunderland have named Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a two-year deal.

The Premier League club announced the news on Friday evening, having opened talks with him in a bid to replace Dick Advocaat, who left his post last Sunday.

The news of Allardyce's arrival to the Stadium of Light means the Black Cats will have someone in place ahead of their trip to West Brom on October 17.

Allardyce has been on holiday in Spain as Sunderland's interest in him became an open secret, but chairman Ellis Short has persuaded him to resume his career on Wearside following his exit from West Ham after four years at the end of last season.

Short said on Sunderland's official website: "I am very pleased to welcome Sam to our football club."

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