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Vandals destroy a Luis Suarez statue in Uruguay

Anyone trying to find the statue of Luis Suarez in the city of Salto in Uruguay will eventually fail to spot it, as vandals pulled it down and destroyed it over the course of the night. Shortly after the incident, the sculpture was taken to the city’s town hall to be fixed, as its face was severely damaged after it was toppled. …

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Besiktas confirm signing Pepe from Real Madrid

For several months there has been uncertainty over Pepe’s future, but he has now put pen to paper on a contract that will see him play for Besiktas next season. There were offers from Inter and Paris Saint-Germain, while staying at Real Madrid was also an option for some time, but the 34-year-old has ultimately chosen to take his talents to …

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Pacquiao backs call for review of Horn decision

Manny Pacquiao has backed a call asking the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) to review the controversial points decision that saw Australia’s Jeff Horn capture the Filipino great’s welterweight world title in Brisbane on Sunday. Horn improved his unbeaten record to 17-0-1 after the judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 in the 29-year-old’s favour but many observers questioned the outcome, saying …

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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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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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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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Ghana invites 26 players ahead of U-17 World Cup

Ghana has summoned 26 players to begin preparations for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India later this year. The squad will assemble at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence in Prampram. Surprisingly, Paa Kwasi Fabin’s list includes 14 of 21 players, who played at the recent African championship in Gabon, where Ghana finished second to book qualification for the …

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