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Sturridge hoping to be fit for weekend

Title-chasing Liverpool are hopeful striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit for this weekend's Barclays Premier League trip to Norwich.

The England forward, who has scored 23 goals for the Reds this season, was forced off after 66 minutes of Sunday's 3-2 win over Manchester City with an apparent hamstring injury.

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Stoke reject Jones fine appeal

Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones has had an appeal against a fine imposed on him by his former club Stoke rejected by the Potters, PA Sport understands.

Jones was fined the equivalent of two weeks' wages in January after he sent Stoke boss Mark Hughes a text message on the night before the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool to say he was unavailable for selection.

It is understood Jones went back to Stoke last week to argue the level of his fine was unjust, but Potters chairman Peter Coates has since concluded that not to be the case and that the 29-year-old player can now either pay up or take the matter to the Premier League.

Conte will have to wait for new Juventus deal

Juventus will not renew the contract of coach Antonio Conte until the end of the Serie A season.

Conte, whose current deal expires in June 2015, is expected to be offered a long-term contract with the Turin giants this summer.

Juventus are delighted with the work done by Conte, he has a contract with us and he is the leader of our group.

We have already spoken regarding this matter and we will discuss this issue at the end of the season.

We will talk once we have achieved something important, the scudetto and eventually the Europa League title.

– Juve club administrator Giuseppe Marotta speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport

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