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Salah ready to sacrifice Champions League dream for domestic glory

(Reuters) – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is willing to put his Champions League ambitions on the back-burner to help the Merseyside club claim their first English league crown in 29 years, the Egyptian forward has said. Soccer Football – Champions League – Liverpool Training – Melwood, Liverpool, Britain – March 12, 2019 Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah during […]

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Bayern’s Alaba, Coman fit against Liverpool – Kovac

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Bayern Munich’s David Alaba and Kingsley Coman have been ruled fit for the Champions League last 16 second leg against Liverpool on Wednesday, coach Niko Kovac said. Soccer Football – Bundesliga – FC Augsburg v Bayern Munich – WWK Arena, Augsburg, Germany – February 15, 2019 Bayern Munich’s David Alaba celebrates […]

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Scotland call up three uncapped players for Euro qualifiers

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – League Two Play-Off Final – Exeter City vs Coventry City – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – May 28, 2018 Coventry City’s Marc McNulty in action with Exeter City’s Jordan Tillson Action Images/Andrew Couldridge (Reuters) – Scotland have called up three uncapped players and three inexperienced goalkeepers for their upcoming Euro […]

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South Africa’s Amla to miss ODIs on compassionate grounds

FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Sri Lanka v South Africa – Fourth One Day International – Pallekele, Sri Lanka – August 8, 2018 – South Africa’s Hashim Amla watches his shot. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (Reuters) – Veteran batsman Hashim Amla has pulled out of the South African One-Day International squad to play […]

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As FIFA eyes World Cup expansion, rights groups say workers at risk

DOHA (Reuters) – FIFA’s drive to expand World Cup 2022 and stage it beyond Qatar risks including host countries that do not meet the soccer governing body’s own standards on rights and labour, campaign groups said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A FIFA sign is seen outside the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland December 17, 2015. […]

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India count Shankar gain ahead of World Cup

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday’s series decider against Australia, India are already counting Vijay Shankar’s rise as a handy, nerveless all-rounder as one of their gains from the five-match series against the world champions. The hosts approached their last ODI series before this year’s World Cup more as an assessment […]

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Olympics – Pictograms unveiled 500 days before start of Tokyo 2020

TOKYO (Reuters) – The pictograms for next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics were unveiled on Tuesday at an event to mark 500 days to go until the Summer Games. Pictograms for each sport, including the five new sports that will feature at Tokyo 2020, will feature on tickets, television graphics and venues and are one of […]

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Osaka powers into fourth round at Indian Wells

(Reuters) – World number one Naomi Osaka powered into the fourth round at Indian Wells on Monday after a 6-4 6-2 victory over Danielle Collins. Mar 11, 2019; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) in her third round match as she defeated Danielle Collins (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian […]

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Commemorative Tokyo 2020 stamps go on sale

TOKYO (Reuters) – Stamps celebrating next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games went on sale on Tuesday, 500 days before the start of the summer showpiece. Employees of Japan Post Co. Ltd. show off the sheet of commemorative stamps for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, featuring the Olympic and Paralympic mascots Miraitowa and […]

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British Olympic team set to have more women than men: BBC

FILE PHOTO: A general view of the construction site of Athletes’ Village for Tokyo 2020 Olympic games in Harumi, Tokyo, Japan, September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski (Reuters) – Great Britain’s team for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is on course to contain more women than men for the first time, chief de mission Mark England has […]

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Liverpool need improved away show for Champions League progress – Van Dijk

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester United v Liverpool – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – February 24, 2019 Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk applauds the fans at the end of the match REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo (Reuters) – Liverpool must be ready for a “big fight” when they visit Bayern Munich in the Champions […]

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Latvia’s Sevastova out of Indian Wells with virus

(Reuters) – Latvian 11th seed Anastasija Sevastova exited the BNP Paribas Open with a viral illness in Indian Wells, California on Monday. Tennis – Australian Open – Fourth Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 2019. Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in action with Japan’s Naomi Osaka. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Sevastova was down 5-0 in the first […]

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MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in Florida for breaking fan’s phone

UFC fighter Conor McGregor appears in a police booking photo at Miami-Dade County Jail in Miami, Florida, U.S. March 11, 2019. Miami-Dade County Corrections/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION (Reuters) – Conor McGregor was arrested in Miami Beach on Monday after a fan said the Irish mixed martial arts fighter smashed his phone and then walked off […]

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Williamson in doubt for third test after New Zealand wrap up Bangladesh series

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is a doubt for the third test of the Bangladesh series after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the innings and 12-run second test win in Wellington. Cricket – New Zealand Nets – Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand – March 29, 2018 – New Zealand’s Captain Kane […]

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Pitch invasions raise fears for player safety

LONDON (Reuters) – Weekend pitch invasions in England and Scotland have raised fears for player safety with those in the game warning of potential tragedy unless firm action was taken to tackle the problem and the governing FA saying a line had been crossed. FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Championship – Birmingham City v Aston […]

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IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandal

DOHA (Reuters) – World athletics governing body IAAF has decided not to lift a ban on Russia’s athletics federation over doping, saying on Monday it was still waiting to receive data collected from Moscow and financial compensation for its investigations. FILE PHOTO – A man casts his shadow following a press conference by Sebastian Coe, […]

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Bundesliga strugglers Schalke still hopeful against City

(Reuters) – Schalke 04 are still hoping to upset all the odds and get past Manchester City in their Champions league last-16 tie despite trailing and facing a relegation battle in the Bundesliga. The Germans, a lowly 14th in their domestic league and only three points above the bottom three, lost the first game 3-2 […]

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Man jailed for pitch attack on Aston Villa’s Grealish

LONDON (Reuters) – A Birmingham City fan was jailed for 14 weeks on Monday for running onto the field of play and punching Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish during a Championship (second tier) match at the weekend. FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Championship – Birmingham City v Aston Villa – St Andrew’s, Birmingham, Britain – March […]

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Ranieri off to winning start as Roma edge Empoli

ROME (Reuters) – AS Roma coach Claudio Ranieri adopted a safety-first approach as they enjoyed a winning start to his second spell in charge by beating struggling Empoli 2-1 in Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday. Soccer Football – Premier League – Southampton v Fulham – St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, Britain – February […]

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Returning Real Madrid hero Zidane faces rebuilding job

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid favourite Zinedine Zidane returned for a second spell as coach on Monday with plans to rebuild the Spanish giants who have fallen into crisis since he left in May after winning an unprecedented third straight Champions League. Soccer Football – Real Madrid Press Conference – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain – […]