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Alexandre Lacazette has Arsenal medical

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette underwent a medical at Arsenal on Tuesday with a view to a 44 million pounds move, British media reported. The deal should be completed before Arsene Wenger’s squad flies to Australia on Sunday and will be for a club-record fee, beating the 42.5 million pounds Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013. Lacazette’s arrival is Wenger’s …

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Djokovic into second round as Klizan retires injured

It was a short and sweet introduction to this year’s Wimbledon for Novak Djokovic who breezed into the second round when opponent Martin Klizan retired injured after the first set of their match on Tuesday. Djokovic, a three times Wimbledon champion, had taken the first set 6-3 before Klizan called the trainer onto Centre Court to treat a leg injury. While the …

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Messi to sign new Barca deal after his honeymoon

Lionel Messi will sign a new Barcelona contract when he returns from his honeymoon in the middle of this month, Goal understands. The Argentine attacker, who married long-time partner Antonela Roccuzzo in Rosario on Friday, was set to return to the Catalan capital with his family at the weekend, but will now not be back until around July 12. After …

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Syrian forces breach Raqqa’s Old Wall in IS fight – US

US-backed Syrian forces have breached the wall at Raqqa’s Old City as they try to retake the city from so-called Islamic State, the US military says. It says the coalition helped the advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) by firing on two sections of the historic Rafiqah Wall. The SDF, supported by US-led coalition air strikes, has spent months …

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Brazil President Temer’s close ally Lima arrested

Brazilian police have arrested a close ally of President Michel Temer as part of a corruption investigation into a government-controlled bank. Geddel Vieira Lima, a former cabinet minister, had been in charge of Mr Temer’s relations with Congress. Prosecutors say Mr Vieira Lima tried to block investigations into state bank Caiza Economica Federal. There was no immediate comment from Mr …

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Mugabe donates cattle, cash to AU

Zimbabwe has auctioned cattle worth $1m (£770,000) to raise money for the African Union (AU) Foundation to help end the “donor dependency syndrome”, President Robert Mugabe has said. He added that he had donated 300 cattle from his herd, and other Zimbabweans doubled the number as they wanted to contribute towards a “noble cause”. Mr Mugabe handed the $1m cheque …

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Nick Kyrgios knocked out of Wimbledon on day one

Well, what a disaster — Nick Kyrgios has been knocked out of the Wimbledon tennis tournament on day one after retiring hurt against his French opponent, Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Things didn’t get off to a great start for the the prodigiously talented but temperamental Aussie star in the first-round match after making eight unforced errors and ultimately losing the first set …

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Fox Sports fires top executive Jamie Horowitz

Fox Sports has sacked Jamie Horowitz, head of sports programming at the US company. It gave no reasons for the dismissal, but stressed on the importance of “professional conduct”. Meanwhile, US media report that Mr Horowitz’s departure comes amid claims of sexual harassment at Fox Sports. Mr Horowitz’s lawyer said “the way Jamie has been treated by Fox is appalling” …

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North Korea fires missile towards Japanese waters, officials say

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from its western region, say Japanese and South Korean authorities. It was launched at 09:40 local time (00:40 GMT), from Banghyon in North Pyongan Province, reported Yonhap news agency citing South Korea’s military. Tokyo said the missile may have landed in their exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan. North Korea has …

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Kwesi Appiah draws positives from Mexico and USA friendlies

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah insists there were lots of positives from his side’s friendly engagements in the United States. The Black Stars lost against Mexico and USA but the gaffer is not getting bogged down. Appiah thought the friendlies tested his charges ahead of the resumption of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in August against Congo. ”These exercises gave other …

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