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New-look Madrid off to winning start after Bale returns to favour

MADRID: Zinedine Zidane’s new-look Real Madrid began the new Spanish league season with a 3-1 win away to Celta Vigo notable for a superb goal from German playmaker Toni Kroos. Gareth Bale returned to the Madrid starting line-up in the absence of injured new signing ...
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Groundhog Day for City as VAR denies champions late winner against Spurs

LONDON: Gabriel Jesus was denied a last-gasp winner by VAR as Tottenham snatched a remarkable 2-2 draw away to champions Manchester City. The Brazilian looked to have claimed a deserved victory for City right at the death of an intriguing Premier League clash but his late ...
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Stuttering start for Bayern as Hertha grab 2-2 opening draw in Munich

FRANKFURT: Two goals from Robert Lewandowski earned champions Bayern Munich a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin at the start of the German Bundesliga’s new campaign. Visitors Hertha grabbed a point on goals from Dodi Lukebakio and Marko Grujic. Bayern twice went close early on through ...
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UEFA's Ceferin . . . content to play a waiting game

UEFA calls off Champions League reform summit as clubs struggle to find common ground

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- UEFA president Aeksander Ceferin is ready to postpone until next year any decision on reform of the European competitions amid continuing disagreement among the clubs. The European federation has to come up with a new formula for the 2024-27 window in ...
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FIFA hands life ban to ex-audit panel member over FIFAGate bribery

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Romer Osuna, once a member of the FIFA audit and compliance committee, has been banned from football for life by the ethics committee of the world federation for bribery. Osuna, from Bolivia, was among 16 men indicted by the United States Justice ...
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FIFA Ethics Committee: Life ban for Samson Siasia

ZURICH: The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Samson Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federation, guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics. ...
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BMX and basketball to launch World Urban Games action in Budapest

BUDAPEST: The official sports programme for the World Urban Games Budapest 2019 has been unveiled, with one month to go until the inaugural event. The Games, powered by GAISF, will take place from 12-15 September and feature competition and showcase sports. The opening day’s competition schedule ...
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England pick Ludlum and McConnochie but Te’o misses out on Rugby World Cup

LONDON: England, after their Rugby World Cup warm-up victory over Wales at the weekend, have named their squad for the tournament in Japan. Surprise inclusions by coach Eddie Jones were Northampton flanker Lewis Ludlam and uncapped Bath wing Ruaridh McConnochie but an equally surprising omission ...
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Upset Semenya to fight on after Swiss Court backs IAAF gender rule

LAUSANNE: Caster Semenya’s battle with world athletics’ governing body the IAAF over its gender assessment ruling is set to run and run. The South Africa cannot now defend her world 800m title at September’s World Championships in Doha after the Swiss Federal Court reversed a ...
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