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Middlesex leave Panthers behind

Middlesex will no longer call themselves the Panthers in one-day cricket the club have announced.

They will be referred to as Middlesex CCC, their traditional name, in all three formats of the game.

Middlesex are being more traditional. Credit: PA

Chief executive, Vinny Codrington explained: "When we launched our one-day Panthers brand back in 2009, there was a strong desire for each of the counties to have a vibrant and dynamic one-day name and image, resulting in names such as the 'Dragons', 'Sabres', 'Gladiators' and 'Lions' to name but a few, and we ourselves subsequently became the Middlesex 'Panthers'.

"A lot has changed in Middlesex cricket over the last five years and.... we therefore felt that one clear, consistent and immediately recognisable brand would offer greater clarity and assist us in terms of our awareness and recognition within and around the county and further afield as this work continues at pace.

"We are looking forward to being known now simply as 'Middlesex CCC', which to anyone in the game of cricket is a name that immediately invokes feelings of heritage, success and respect - values which we, as a club, pride ourselves on."

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Ten shortlisted for women's prize

FIFA have announced the ten women shortlisted for the 2014 Ballon d'Or award.

Brazilian Marta has been nominated. Credit: PA

Shortlist: Nadine Angerer (Germany), Veronica Boquete (Spain), Nilla Fischer (Sweden), Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan), Nadine Kessler (Germany), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Louisa Necib (France), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Abby Wambach (USA).

Pires 'beaten' by opposition coach in India

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has allegedly been punched by an opposing coach in the Indian Super League.

The Frenchman, currently playing for FC Goa, claims he was hit by Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas at half-time during a 2-1 loss.

Robert Pires is back in football after coming out of retirement. Credit: PA

"Both teams have written to the ISL and the incident has been referred to the regulatory commissioner," an ISL spokesperson told Reuters.

Cavin Lobo's scored twice for Kolkata to earn the points following Andre Santos' opener for FC Goa.

"The other thing that happened which is more serious is that one of our players said that he was beaten by the coach of the other team," FC Goa coach Zico said after the match.

"Pires said he was punched in the face by the Atletico coach and it is very shameful.

"I am telling you what my players told me and I didn't see that myself but I don't think that Pires will lie and say something that didn't happen."

Serbia awarded win after Albania abandonment

Serbia have been awarded a walkover 3-0 win following the abandonment of their Euro 2016 clash with Albania earlier this month.

UEFA have also deducted three points from Serbia for their involvement in the abandonment, after the match was cut short when a drone flew onto the pitch and fighting broke out.

Albania players clashed with home fans. Credit: PA

Serbia will have to play their next two qualifiers behind closed doors, the Serbian FA have announced.

Albania are set to appeal the decision, their coach Gianni De Biazi told AFP: "The UEFA commission's decision does not give justice. The three points belong to Albania and they've taken away from us what we've deserved."

UEFA are yet to comment.

Ched Evans' aunt: 'He will never show remorse'

Ched Evans' aunt has attacked the footballer for not apologising to the victim of the rape for which he was convicted.

Nina Evans, 56, told the Sun: “Ched won’t grasp or listen. He won’t admit he’s done wrong. He’ll never show remorse.”

Footballer Ched Evans outside court. Credit: PA

Ms Evans, who works as an addiction counsellor and sometimes treats rape victims, said she was very disappointed in a video apology her nephew made.

In the video Evans apologised to girlfriend Natasha Massey but did not mention his victim.

“It cut me like a knife. I hoped he’d come to his senses and say the right thing. What about his poor victim? It’s a massive insult to her," Ms Evans said.

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Balotelli accused of threatening woman for taking pictures

Footballer Mario Balotelli has been accused of threatening a woman who was taking photographs of his Ferrari.

Balotelli allegedly got "threateningly close" to the woman after she began photographing his vehicle at a housing estate in Wythenshawe, Manchester, this afternoon, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been accused of threatening a woman who was taking photographs of his Ferrari. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

The Liverpool striker was said to have demanded the woman stop what she was doing.

Greater Manchester Police said the alleged incident was reported to them but they have yet to speak to any of the parties involved.

Scenes as Everton fans clash with French police in Lille

Everton fans are seen on one side of Lille square while riot police are on the other. Credit: Voix Du Nord

Bangs can be heard as French riot police fire tear gas at Everton fans in Lille.

The city square, covered in litter, much of which appears to be alcohol containers, is filled with smoke.

An Everton fan is seen throwing what looks like a bottle towards where officers are standing. Credit: Voix Du Nord

One man asks police why they are firing tear gas as there are children around.

Watch a clip of the action below:

Video courtesy of Voix Du Nord.

Tear gas attack on Everton fans was unprovoked, fan says

An Everton fan has told ITV News the French police attack on the team's supporters in Lille was unprovoked.

Ellie Taylor said there was nothing malicious from the Everton side before officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas in the city's main square.

Any trouble has now died down ahead of the 6pm Europa League match.

But Ellie said some of her friends suffered stinging eyes and could not see properly from the tear gas.

Valdes offered chance to train with Man Utd

Victor Valdes has been linked with Liverpool recently. Credit: PA

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has offered former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes the chance to train with his side.

Valdes, 32, now a free agent, is recovering from a long-term knee injury and will have his recovery supervised by the United medical staff before training with the first team, as he bids to regain full fitness.

The goalkeeper had been linked with a move to Man Utd's rivals Liverpool in recent weeks.

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