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Fifa exco members took bribes for Qatar World Cup votes, US prosecutors allege | Football

Prosecutors in New York have revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to Fifa executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup. An indictment unsealed on Monday in the US District Court in Brooklyn says Nicolás Leoz, the Paraguayan then president of the …

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Talking Horses: a win for the north as Brian Hughes is champion jockey | Sport

Three weeks after horse racing in Britain was stopped by the coronavirus, the authorities have confirmed that Brian Hughes is champion jockey for the season that was supposed to end at Sandown a fortnight on Saturday. Hughes got the news on Monday while celebrating the first birthday of his daughter, …

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Wolves’ Diogo Jota: ‘I’m coaching Telford United on Football Manager’ | Football

Diogo Jota celebrates a goal against Tottenham earlier this season.

Diogo Jota has not been making headlines recently because, like most people, he has been observing the British government’s lockdown. But in the simpler time before football and society were placed into suspended animation, Jota looked to be building towards something sensational. His devastating bursts from the left side of …

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English football’s blame culture makes it unable to come together | Jonathan Liew | Football

Mike Ashley is one of many billionaire owners attracting criticism.

I don’t expect to make too many friends saying this, but perhaps it’s time we all gave Matt Hancock a break. Isn’t it typical how, as soon as things take a turn for the worse, everyone starts singling out the health secretary? Yes, clearly he could be doing more to …

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NRL Island: recipe for ruin or world-leading game-changer? | Larissa O’Connor | Sport

This week we will find out just how desperate the NRL is to get the competition back up and running, when the league’s brains trust reconvene on Thursday to consider an idea so seemingly outrageous it might just work. The NRL’s so-called Apollo mission is gaining momentum and has been …

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Tom Brady, JJ Watt and Aaron Donald headline NFL’s All-Decade Team | Sport

Tom Brady, JJ Watt and Aaron Donald headline NFL's All-Decade Team | Sport

Tom Brady, JJ Watt and Adrian Peterson are among eight unanimous selections to the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team announced on Monday by the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also chosen on every ballot of the 48-member Hall of Fame selection committee are Von Miller, Aaron Donald, Joe …

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Liverpool reverse decision to furlough staff after fierce criticism | Football

Liverpool have reversed a controversial decision to put around 200 non-playing staff on furlough following widespread criticism of their plans to use the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme. The world’s seventh-richest football club announced on Saturday that it was to follow Newcastle, Tottenham, Norwich and Bournemouth in furloughing non-playing staff …

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Jos Buttler wants England’s salary donation to help grassroots cricket | Sport

Buttler holds up his shirt from the 2019 World Cup final.

Jos Buttler has said England players want their recent £500,000 wage donation to help cricket’s grassroots initiatives during the coronavirus pandemic. Last Friday England’s 16 centrally-contracted players agreed the equivalent of a 20% pay cut for three months but split the amount between good causes and the England and Wales …

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The Fiver | Sean Dyche spreadeagled on a chaise longue in his red silk kimono | Football

Ivan Jovanovic: being told to Do One despite playing none

SEAN’S WORLD Considering the Fiver’s pre-conceived notion that Sean Dyche would be spending the current lockdown spreadeagled on a chaise longue in his red silk kimono drinking endless martinis while watching reruns of The Sweeney on ITV4, we were pleased to see he’s putting his spare time to more productive …

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