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Wenger hopes to land Mkhitaryan with Sanchez set for United switch

LONDON:¬†Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a deal taking Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is “likely to happen” and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will move to Arsenal in exchange. Sanchez’s future has been in question for some time after it became clear he was not intending to ...
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Back to the future for Schalke in opening Kaliningrad’s World Cup stadium

MOSCOW: The new stadium in Kaliningrad, which will host four World Cup ties including England v Belgium – will be formally opened on March 22. The occasion will be a club friendly between the local second division outfit Baltika and Germany’s Schalke. Kaliningrad is a ...
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Kuwait and Tunisia climb as top 10 hold firm in FIFA World Ranking

ZURICH: With only 22 matches played, all friendlies, since the December edition, the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2018 offered were few significant changes. Germany remain at the summit of a static top 10, while Iceland (20th, up two) are the only team to enter ...
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Sunil Gulati . . . bid leader and USSF president

Gulati warns that Trump factor could damage United bid to land 2026 World Cup

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- Sunil Gulati, head of the three-way bid to bring the 2026 World Cup to the United States, Canada and Mexico, has warned about the threat posed by international political factors. Gulati is retiring president of the US Soccer Federation and a ...
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VAR heads agenda for football lawmakers

ZURICH: Football’s lawmaking body, the International Football Association Board, has confirmed video refereeing as the main item on the agenda of Monday’s business meeting at the Home of FIFA in Zurich. The meeting is expected to forward a recommendation concerning approval of the worldwide use ...
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Relief for WADA after European court rejects challenge to ‘whereabouts’

STRASBOURG: The World Anti-Doping Agency has scored a major legal victory after the European Court of Human Rights rejected appeals against the application of the ‘whereabouts’ system writes KEIR RADNEDGE. A group of French sport competitors and now-retired cyclist Jeannie Longo has challenged the French ...
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Stokes set for quick return to duty after England cricket suspension lifted

LONDON: The English cricket authorities have accomplished a U-turn in deciding that Ben Stokes can return to international action despite being confirmed as awaiting trial for a charge of affray. The England and Wales Cricket Board voted narrowly in favour of lifting a suspension imposed ...
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North and South Korea agree to field joint hockey team at Winter Games

SEOUL: The two Koreas have agreed to form their first-ever joint Olympics team and march together under a “unification flag” at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Games next month. The two countries will field a single women’s ice hockey Olympics team, accoding to ...
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