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Ryan Kent strikes against Braga to send Rangers into Europa League last 16 | Football

Ryan Kent rocked Braga as his winner under the Estadio Municpal’s cliff-face enabled Rangers to climb into the Europa League’s last 16. Steven Gerrard’s team have stumbled out of the title race back home but in Europe they continue to scale new heights after claiming a 1-0 win in Portugal. …

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The forgotten story of … Manchester City flouting finance rules in 1906 | Football

Manchester City’s Billy Meredith (left) charges down the wing during the 1904 FA Cup final against Bolton Wanderers.

In May 2019, with Manchester City facing several investigations including one by Uefa regarding the alleged breaching of financial fair play regulations, the Guardian reported remarks made by the club’s chairman, Khaldoon Mubarak. “With success there is a certain level of jealousy, envy, whatever you call it,” he said. Almost …

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Deontay Wilder’s attempt to blame defeat on 40lb costume carries little weight | Marina Hyde | Sport

Fury arrives on his throne.

Can anyone confirm whether there’s a possibility Deontay Wilder may have suffered a bump to the head of late? However outlandish that theory might initially seem, it is one we have to work on after the heavyweight addressed the circumstances of his loss to Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on …

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Footballers celebrating in communal baths: a Knowledge special | Football

Lille’s forward Moussa Sow leads the celebrations.

“Footballers in dressing-room communal baths celebrating FA Cup wins used to be a sports pages staple,” reminisces Roger Kirkby. “When was the last such photo taken?” We’re guessing there are a number of reasons why we no longer see giddy footballers photographed in changing room baths, Roger. The first is …

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Punters fear Cheltenham Festival will fall victim to coronavirus outbreak | Sport

Gamblers believe the Cheltenham Festival is at serious risk of being postponed or abandoned as fear of the spread of coronavirus begins to seep into the world of British horse racing. A betting market opened online by Betfair this week offers punters the chance to bet on whether the highlight …

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Foreign stars, $325m fees and an eye on Mexico: MLS approaches Season 25 | Football

Teams such as Atlanta United have attracted big crowds in MLS

This is a story about MLS that begins not at the stadium where the Houston Dynamo will host the Los Angeles Galaxy as the league’s 25th season kicks off on Saturday, but in a converted warehouse across the street. Here, in a low-slung brick building, former USA and Dynamo striker …

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Invincible Zidane faces ‘hour of truth’ against his old friend Guardiola | Football

Real Madrid’s players train on the eve of their Champions League match against Manchester City.

“I’m not going to tell you what he told me,” Zinedine Zidane said smiling broadly, a glint in his eye, “but it was very, very interesting.” Whatever it was, it worked. In March 2015, when the Real Madrid manager was still doing his Uefa B licence and coaching Castilla, the …

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Heather Knight’s brilliant century propels England to win over Thailand | Sport

England got their T20 World Cup campaign back on track in convincing fashion against Thailand in Canberra on Wednesday, after captain Heather Knight struck her maiden T20 international hundred to lead her side to a record 98-run win. Knight’s partner for most of the England innings was Nat Sciver, the …

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Tokyo Olympic Games could be cancelled if coronavirus not controlled, IOC member says | Sport

Concern is growing over the impact of the coronavirus on the Olympic Games after new cases in Japan were confirmed and the domestic top-flight football competition was called off until next month. A senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said outright cancellation of the Games, rather than postponement …

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