Monday 23 October 2017

Armitage vows to clear his name

Steffon Armitage.
Steffon Armitage.

Steffon Armitage is confident that he will clear his name after a doping test returned an "abnormal" result.

The 26-year-old England flanker tested positive for the prohibited substance morphine after Toulon's defeat by Toulouse in the the Top 14 final.

He is scheduled to appear before the French anti-doping commission on August 21 and has been provisionally suspended.

Toulon issued a statement insisting the result was caused by a side-effect of painkillers and anti-inflammatories prescribed for back pain, which they say are approved by the French Anti-Doping Agency.

Kaka's future still up in the air -- Mourinho


Kaka's future at Real Madrid is still up in the air, according to Jose Mourinho.

The Brazilian, who has been plagued by injuries, has shown only flashes of his former brilliance since joining from AC Milan for around €65m and found himself playing second fiddle to Mesut Ozil for most of last season.

He has been linked with a move to Paris St Germain, the Ligue 1 club coached by his former boss at Milan Carlo Ancelotti, as well as a loan deal back to Milan, and even a move to MLS side New York Red Bulls.

Morgan captains

England Lions


Eoin Morgan has been named captain of a strong-looking England Lions squad for two four-day games against Australia 'A' next month.

The 25-year-old former Ireland batsman was one of four players with Test caps -- along with Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow, Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell -- included in the 13-man group for the matches at Old Trafford on August 7 and Edgbaston on August 14. All members of the squad have already been capped for England Lions.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "The Lions team plays an important role in the development of future England players, and this fixture will present an opportunity for our players to show us that they are capable of representing England at Test level in the future."

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