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Thursday, Oct 19


Liberia first round election results put football star Weah ahead

Final official results from Liberia's presidential election put former football star George Weah ahead with 38.4 percent of the vote, almost 10 percentage points ahead of his closest rival.


Football: English FA bosses face calls to quit over Sampson affair

English Football Association bosses were facing growing calls to quit on Thursday over their "shambolic" handling of the Mark Sampson affair following a damaging grilling from lawmakers.

Putin says IOC under US pressure to bar Russia from Pyeongchang Games

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was being pressured by the United States to prevent Russia from taking part in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Burnley's Dyche dismisses Leicester link, focuses on Man City

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has dismissed speculation linking him with the Leicester City vacancy as "paper stories", saying he is only focused on his side's Premier League trip to leaders Manchester City on Saturday.


Numerous parties interested in buying Newcastle United

A number of parties have expressed interest in buying Newcastle United after owner Mike Ashley put the Premier League club up for sale on Monday, his lawyer Andrew Henderson said on Thursday.

Alonso staying at McLaren in 2018

Double world champion Fernando Alonso will stay in Formula One with McLaren next season, the team said at the U.S. Grand Prix on Thursday.

FA must learn from 'sorry saga' says Sports Minister

The Football Association must learn from the "sorry saga" which led to the governing body apologising over comments made to England women's internationals Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said on Thursday.

Everton 'dirtiest' Premier League team in history, says study

Everton have been handed the dubious distinction of being the 'dirtiest' Premier League team after a study on the all-time cards and fouls by www.dirtyteams.co.uk.


'Talisman' Zaha cannot save Palace on his own, says Hodgson

Wilfried Zaha may be Crystal Palace's 'talisman' but it would be unfair to pin the struggling club's hopes of staying in the Premier League solely on his shoulders, his manager Roy Hodgson said on Thursday.

Berdych cuts season short with back problem

Czech Tomas Berdych is the latest player to end his season early after announcing he would miss tournaments in Vienna and Paris because of a back injury.

Improving Brighton's away form Hughton's toughest task

Picking up points on the road will be newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion's biggest challenge in the Premier League this season, manager Chris Hughton said ahead of Friday's trip to West Ham United.

English game still in debt to once mighty Huddersfield

In geographical terms 30 miles is all that separates Huddersfield Town to Manchester United yet for 45 years the two clubs may as well have existed in different football universes.


Anderlecht coach finds positives in four-goal defeat

A 4-0 home defeat in the Champions League by Paris St Germain on Wednesday did little to dampen the mood of new Anderlecht coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck, who claimed his side played a near perfect first half and could take a lot of positives…


Marcelino igniting hopes at Valencia

BARCELONA: Valencia have been the butt of many jokes in La Liga in the past few seasons as they veered from one crisis to the next, but they could have the last laugh this campaign as they serve up exciting, swashbuckling football while…

AS Monaco club owner under investigation in probe over art dispute

A Monaco judge is investigating AS Monaco football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev over allegations of complicity in invasion of privacy as part of a dispute with an art dealer, a source close to the Russian billionaire said on Thursday.


Napoli fear European hangover ahead of Inter clash

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is unhappy at facing Inter Milan so soon after visiting Manchester City in the Champions League while his opponents in Saturday's Serie A showdown believe their absence from Europe could prove a blessing.

Manager Koeman backed by Everton board despite poor start

Manager Ronald Koeman says he has the full support of Everton's board despite an underwhelming start to the Premier League campaign.

Olympics - Champions League winner Park to be first South Korean to carry Games flame

Champions League winner Park Ji-sung will be the first South Korean to carry the flame for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics after the torch lighting ceremony in Olympia next week, the Greek Olympic committee said on Thursday.

Swansea's Dyer wants Liberty Stadium to become fortress

Swansea midfielder Nathan Dyer has urged the club to become tougher to beat at the Liberty Stadium after the side registered a first Premier League home win of the season last Saturday.


Desperate Wallabies seek relief from All Black torment

MELBOURNE: The term 'dead rubber' has become drearily familiar for Australian rugby fans at the tail end of a Bledisloe Cup series but the Wallabies' desperation for any kind of win over the All Blacks should ensure a spirited clash in…


Dominant PSG still searching for right balance - Emery

Finding the right balance of individual talent and tactical discipline remains a challenge for Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery, even after the side's convincing Champions League win at Anderlecht on Wednesday. The 4-0 success in the…

Patience pays off for Sopoaga as second New Zealand start looms

A final couple of incident-free training runs and New Zealand flyhalf Lima Sopoaga's long vigil to start his second test match will end when he faces Australia in the last Bledisloe Cup showdown of the season in Brisbane on Saturday.

England plot revenge in women's Ashes

England's women will hope to build on the success of their World Cup triumph and wrest back the Ashes from an Australian side shorn of talismanic captain Meg Lanning.

Solomona hopeful of England call-up for autumn internationals

Sale Sharks winger Denny Solomona is hopeful of regaining his spot in the England squad for their upcoming tests in November after losing his place due to disciplinary issues.


Goalkeeper Adrian frustrated by lack of West Ham starts

West Ham United back-up goalkeeper Adrian believes he has not been given a chance to prove himself this season but is determined to fight for a place in the starting line-up.


New Zealand defender Durante out of World Cup playoff

New Zealand's hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Russia next year have suffered a setback after defender Andrew Durante was ruled out of the two-leg playoff against Peru in November due to injury.


Australia team to play All Blacks in final Bledisloe test

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika named the following team to play the All Blacks in the final Bledisloe Cup test in Brisbane on Saturday:


Conte unimpressed as Chelsea lose the plot

Antonio Conte was in no mood to wax lyrical about the virtues of free-flowing Champions League football after his Chelsea side lost the plot and threw away a two-goal lead before scrambling a 3-3 home draw with AS Roma on Wednesday.

Mourinho's pragmatism reaping rewards for United

Accustomed to winning trophies with prolific scoring more than by cagey, safety-first displays, Manchester United fans may have to get used to Jose Mourinho's preferred strategy if a dour 1-0 Champions League win over Benfica is anything…

Wednesday, Oct 18


Messi joins 100-goal club in Europe in Barca stroll

Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition as Barcelona moved close to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages by outclassing Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday despite playing the entire second half with 10 men.