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Luis Suarez omitted from FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist

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Football: Luis Suarez omitted from FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist as result of biting ban.

Tennis: Novak Djokovic plays down importance of world ranking ahead of Paris Masters.

Rugby Union: Chris Robshaw delighted to be renamed England captain for autumn internationals.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has been omitted from the 23-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award - a result of his controversial bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup this summer.

The list is without a single Englishman, but five Premier League players make the cut with Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois, Angel di Maria and Yaya Toure all nominated.

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In tennis, Novak Djokovic says he is not concerned about his number one ranking as he returns to action after becoming a father for the first time.

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Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw says he is "extremely privileged" to be reappointed England captain for the autumn internationals.

The 28-year-old, who was first named skipper in 2012, will lead the side in Test matches against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia.

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