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Sport in brief: Ireland’s Sexton forced out of Twickenham trip

RUGBY UNION: Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup clash with England at Twickenham following a scan on a hamstring injury. Fly-half Sexton (pictured) limped off in the first half of Friday’s 32-9 win over Wales. Centre Robbie Henshaw, who sustained an abductor strain against Wayne Pivac’s side, will also be unavailable at Twickenham.

Hull owner’s in hospital

RUGBY LEAGUE: Hull owner Adam Pearson is in a ‘stable’ condition after being admitted to hospital with Covid-19. Pearson, 55, will watch Hull face Wigan for a place in the grand final from his hospital bed on Thursday.

Djokovic makes short work of Schwartzman

TENNIS: World No.1 Novak Djokovic made a convincing start to his campaign at the ATP Finals in London. Djokovic (pictured) swept aside Argentinian debutant Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2 at The O2. It took five-time champion Djokovic’s record to 12-1 in opening matches at the ATP Finals, with his only loss coming to David Ferrer on his debut in 2007, and was a return to winning ways after the shock of a 6-2, 6-1 defeat by Lorenzo Sonego in Vienna last month.

They said it

‘It must have been devastating for Ray and he just carried on like normal. That’s the sort of character he had. I respect him totally for that’ — Peter Shilton pays tribute to former England goalkeeping rival Ray Clemence, recalling his reaction to having to settle for back-up duties at the 1982 World Cup