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CAN 2008 media backdrop used during Olympics-Sharks post match presser

After almost ten years of Ghana hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, the Accra Sports Stadium press room has still not discarded the media backdrop that was used for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. On Wednesday February 22, the backdrop – with its outdated logos of the tournament and its sponsors – was spotted being used for a Ghana …

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Trump rescinds transgender bathroom rules from Obama era

The Trump administration has rescinded guidance enacted by his predecessor in favour of transgender students, the White House has said. The Obama-era rule directed public schools to allow transgender pupils to use toilets of their gender identity. But critics said that guidance was government overreach which threatened other students’ privacy and safety. A letter sent to US schools on Wednesday …

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Zimbabwe closes schools as part of preparations for Mugabe’s 93rd birthday

The Zimbabwean government has directed that schools in the second biggest city, Bulawayo, be closed on Thursday and Friday (February 23 and 24) as part of plans in preparations for the birthday celebration of President Robert Mugabe. The state-owned Chronicle newspaper said Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Lazarus Dokora, issued the directive on Wednesday. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary is …

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United ease past St Etienne but suffer injury blows

Manchester United strolled into the Europa League last 16 despite having Eric Bailly sent off after Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first-half goal secured a resounding 4-0 aggregate victory over St Etienne on Wednesday. The only negatives in a comfortable win for United were injuries to Mkhitaryan and midfielder Michael Carrick, who could both miss Sunday’s English League Cup final. United will be …

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UCL: Vardy strike offers hope to embattled Leicester despite defeat by Sevilla

Jamie Vardy scored his first goal in the Champions League to give Leicester City some hope of staying in Europe’s elite competition despite a 2-1 loss to an utterly dominant Sevilla in Wednesday’s last-16 first leg. Pablo Sarabia headed the hosts into a deserved lead in the 25th minute after Kasper Schmeichel had saved Joaquin Correa’s penalty. Argentine forward Correa …

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UCL: Juventus close in on quarters as substitutes see off Porto

Juventus edged closer to the Champions League quarter-finals after second-half goals from substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves earned them a 2-0 away win at 10-man Porto in their last 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday. Porto’s downfall was partly self-inflicted after left back Alex Telles received a red card in the 27th minute following two senseless bookings in the space …

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Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia seeks North Korea embassy official

Malaysian police say they are seeking a senior official at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur in connection with the killing of Kim Jong-nam. Mr Kim, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, died last week at Kuala Lumpur airport. Police also confirmed details of the killing, saying two women approached him and wiped a toxin on his …

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Atletico on brink of quarters after big Leverkusen win

Away goals from Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Torres saw Atletico Madrid leave Germany with a 4-2 victory and with one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals, even if Karim Bellarabi’s strike and Stefan Savic’s own goal gave Bayer Leverkusen a slither of hope ahead of the return leg. Roger Schmidt’s side took Los Rojiblancos all the …

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Rooney’s China move could make him world’s best paid player

Manchester United have been unable to deny the possibility of Wayne Rooney leaving imminently for China, and reports suggest the striker will become the sport’s top earner should he move east. The Super League transfer window doesn’t shut for a week and it’s believed that the England captain is subject to great interest from the division, with Beijing Guoan and …

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