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Van Gaal buying time with skipper talk

UNDERSTANDABLY reluctant to discuss his transfer wish-list, Louis van Gaal has engineered a soap storyline to keep the pundits occupied ahead of the Premier League kick-off.

Highlighting his dilemma in choosing a captain, Van Gaal continues to tease fans and commentators with his deliberations.

"I need time," he's pleaded. "He needs to have the same philosophy and way of seeing life."

Following Manchester United's pre-season defeat of Liverpool, when captained by Wayne Rooney, the Red Devils appear to have found their skipper for next season.

But crafty Van Gaal continues to keep people guessing. He's had Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley wear the armband. Robin van Persie captained Holland and Patrice Evra, signed to Juventus, reveals he was promised the captaincy if he'd stayed at Old Trafford.

If Man United get their season off to a winning start, any individual player disappointment at being overlooked will quickly evaporate, even if captained by Jonny Evans.

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Having survived cancer, Lance Armstrong created an aura of sporting invincibility by winning the Tour de France seven times in a row.

Hopefully Armstrong's disgrace won't detract from the achievements of Brooklyn boxer Daniel Jacobs (pictured, right) who, in 2011, was diagnosed with a malignant tumour on his spine.

As he underwent operations and treatments, Jacobs set a personal goal of one day getting to fight at his new local venue the Barclays Centre.

Following a successful recovery, Jacobs did fight and win at the venue.

On Saturday he'll be back there fighting Australian Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBA world middleweight title. "Boxing got me through cancer," insists Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs), who's set up the Get In The Ring Foundation, a charity for sick children.

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One Direction star Louis Tomlinson's bid to take over Doncaster Rovers failed last month when he and former chairman John Ryan failed to raise the necessary €2.5million.

Now, Jon Bon Jovi (pictured, left)is pleading with fans of NFL team Buffalo Bills to back his plan to buy the franchise, which is expected to sell for close on €1billion. "This is not a hobby," he says. But, worried that Bon Jovi's Canadian business partners are planning to re-locate their team to Toronto, protesting fans have organised a ban on the rock star's music in a 'Bon Jovi Free Zone' campaign.

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A week after being injured in Paris, English cyclist Lizzie Armistead (pictured, right) won gold in the Commonwealth Games women's road race in Glasgow. It's her first major victory.