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Tanzania Azam FC sack entire technical team

Tanzania giants Azam FC have sacked their technical staff following a string of bad performances in the league. The technical bench headed by Spanish Zeben Hernandez was relieved of their duties following abysmal performance by the Ice Cream Makers in the Vodacom Premier League (VPL). Under Hernandez, the 2015 CECAFA Kagame Cup winners find themselves 4th on the log after 17 …

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Rafinha: Messi better than Ronaldo

Lionel Messi may have finished second to Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or, but Barcelona team-mate Rafinha has no doubt the Argentine is the world’s best. Real Madrid star Ronaldo won the prestigious award ahead of Messi and Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann. But Rafinha, 23, believes Messi deserves to be considered top of the pile of current players. “For me, the …

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Confirmed: Nasri faces doping probe

Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri is being investigated over a potential anti-doping violation as his bizarre Twitter storm took another twist. The Frenchman said his account had been hacked after a series of strange tweets, many about his sexual activity. Nasri had gone to see Drip Doctors, an IV vitamin therapy and lifestyle medical spa based in Los Angeles. They said …

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US election hacking: Senators call for sanctions on Russia

Three prominent US senators have warned that Russia and its president may face sanctions over the country’s alleged interference in last month’s presidential election. They said the move had cross-party support in the senate. President-elect Donald Trump has rejected claims of Russian interference. Outgoing President Barack Obama is expected to announce retaliatory measures as early as Thursday. These could include …

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Army searching for Chibok girls seized by Boko Haram

After the Nigerian army claimed victory over Boko Haram in the armed group’s forest stronghold, a commander at the forefront of the battle says the search is still on for the missing Chibok girls. The army captured the Sambisa Forest in the country’s east over the weekend. Speaking to Al Jazeera on Tuesday, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, the army commander, …

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2017 AFCON: Avram Grant drops Schlupp

Defender Jeffery Schlupp has failed to make Ghana’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations provisional squad. Coach Avram Grant has stunned many with his decision to drop Schlupp who was normally seen as an alternative to Baba Rahman. But it is obvious that Jeffery Schlupp’s bench role at Leicester is something the Israeli trainer is unhappy with. Schlupp has struggled for …

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US actress Debbie Reynolds dies grieving for daughter Carrie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds, who starred opposite Gene Kelly in the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, has died a day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher. The US actress, 84, had been rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke. Her son, Todd Fisher, said the stress of his sister’s death had been too much for her and in her …

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Police seize 1,100kg in Australia’s ‘largest cocaine bust’

Fifteen men have been charged after police said they made the biggest cocaine bust in Australia’s history. The drugs, with an estimated street value of A$360m (£212m; $258m), were uncovered after a police investigation over more than two years. Police said they seized 500kg (1,100lb) of cocaine from a boat in Brooklyn, north of Sydney, on Christmas Day. It followed …

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South Korea fines Qualcomm $854m in competition probe

US chipmaker Qualcomm has been fined a record 1.03trn won ($854m, £698m) for allegedly breaching competition law in South Korea. The Korean Fair Trade Association said the firm had engaged in unfair business practices with its patent licensing and modem chip sales. It also said Qualcomm had abused its dominant position in the chip market. The California-based firm rejected the …

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ECOWAS deploys standby force to Gambia

West African Leaders have deployed a Standby force to the Gambia after several efforts to compel the country’s ruler, Yahyeh Jammeh to step down after his defeat in the country’s polls proved futile. There has been heightened tension in that country after long time ruler Jammeh decided to reject results of their December 1 election, weeks after he had conceded defeat …

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