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fc barcelona 13 goals conceded in 27 games – is this the best Barcelona defence in history?

This season’s Barcelona is built on firm foundations. After 27 rounds of the Primera Division, the Blaugrana have conceded only 13 goals so far – a mark that is up there with their best-ever defensive stats at this stage. There were ...

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Eddie Jones tells England: ‘Playing France is a test of your manhood’

By the time England emerge from the dressing rooms at the cavernous Stade de France their Six Nations title prospects could be floating away down the Seine. For the first time in the Eddie Jones era they are playing catch-up ...

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AFN officials at war with sports minister over suspension of Vice President

The silent war between some board members of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung over his alleged interference in the day-to-day running of the federation may be heading to a dangerous twist. In the ...

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Serena Williams wins at Indian Wells in first WTA Tour match in 14 months

Serena Williams has won her first match in her comeback at the BNP Paribas Open after a 14-month layoff for the birth of her first child. The 23-time major winner beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in the first ...

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Manny Pacquiao announces Matthysse fight, but doubts emerge

Manny Pacquiao announced a world title fight against Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia, but doubts quickly emerged over the self-promoted bout on Friday. Pacquiao, 39, called himself the “underdog” for the June 24 fight against Matthysse, the World Boxing Association ...

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Guardiola refutes rumour on deal extension at Man City

 Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has rubbished speculation suggesting he could sign a contract extension in the coming weeks. Recent reports in Spain claimed Guardiola’s agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, had flown to Manchester to complete the negotiations. But the former ...

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Forget Coutinho – Losing Emre Can could be Liverpool’s biggest 2018 transfer fail

The Germany international continues to run down his contract and it will not be easy, or cheap, for the Reds to replace a Jurgen Klopp favourite Among the many compliments to have been paid to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and ...

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José Mourinho should let Manchester United off the leash – but will he dare?

Liverpool, a lunchtime kick-off, a packed Old Trafford, the fight for second place. The scene is set on Saturday for Manchester United’s juices to flow and José Mourinho to issue a battle cry to his players that would draw on ...

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Mourinho – Manchester United may not see best of Sánchez until next season

José Mourinho has admitted he is yet to get the best out of Alexis Sánchez, with the manager blaming the forward’s disappointing form on joining Manchester United midway through the season. Sánchez has scored once in eight appearances, from a ...

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No hiding place for Man United, says Klopp declares

Liverpool German manager Jurgen Klopp / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS Jurgen Klopp may have asked if Jose Mourinho invented “park the bus”, but he has no problems with the Manchester United boss doing it. The Liverpool manager travels to ...

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Salah wins Player of the Month award,Again

Liverpool Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah / AFP PHOTO Mohamed Salah has picked up the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for a second time this season after maintaining his sensational scoring form in February. The Egypt international – who ...

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The New spending records will continue to be set, says Zidane

Zinedine Zidane has tipped world football’s transfer fees to reach eye-watering new levels amid reports Real Madrid are considering a mega-money move for Neymar. Brazil international Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record €222million deal in August. The ...

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My special tribute – Chief Adegboye Onigbinde at 80

At the start, I did not like him at all.  And I was not alone that did not like his face in Ibadan in those days in the 1970s when I first met him. Indeed, a whole army of supporters ...

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Super Eagles central midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo has expressed his joy at being called-up for national duties in next month’s tune up friendlies against Poland and Serbia in preparation for the World Cup. The former Dream Team VI star has been ...

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