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Roma Chief Demands Video Ref After Champions League Exit

Roma president James Pallotta joined calls for the introduction of the video assistant referee (VAR) to the Champions League after the club crashed out to Liverpool in the semi-finals. The 7-6 aggregate defeat ended Italian hopes in this year’s competition after Juventus fell to defending champions Real Madrid amid controversy in the quarter-finals. Pallotta believes Roma were the victims of …

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Five Talking Points Ahead Of Arsenal Against Atletico Madrid

Arsene Wenger’s glorious farewell will be on the line on Thursday as Arsenal visit Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final second leg. Here, AFP Sport looks at five talking points ahead of the clash in Madrid. _____ 1) Wenger braced for last Arsenal game in Europe If Wenger had been able to handpick the setting for potentially his last European match in charge of Arsenal, …

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England Players An ‘Easy’ Target, Claims Harry Kane

England’s talismanic striker Harry Kane believes he and his international colleagues are an easy target for cheap jokes just over a month before he carries his nation’s hopes at the World Cup. Kane was widely mocked on social media even by a number of ex-professionals, fans and even England team-mate Jamie Vardy after claiming his side’s second goal in a …

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Five Talking Points From Another Weekend Of Super Rugby

A former All Black’s motivating influence, a missing penalty try and an injury curse are among five talking points from the weekend’s Super Rugby action. – Reds’ Thorn in side of Lions – Former All Blacks lock Brad Thorn is making his mark on the Queensland Reds, highlighted by their gritty 27-22 win over South Africa’s table-topping Golden Lions in …

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Jose Mourinho Hopeful Of New Deal For Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is upbeat on the chances of keeping Marouane Fellaini at the club next season after the Belgian’s injury time header secured a 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday. Fellaini, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season, but Mourinho is confident that a new deal will be agreed. “The position is that …

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Watch: Koulibaly Goes From Hero To Zero As Red Card And Napoli Loss Puts Juventus In Driving Seat

Kalidou Koulibaly was sent off early as Napoli succumbed to a Giovanni Simeone hat-trick in a shock 3-0 defeat at Fiorentina that edged Juventus closer to a seventh successive Serie A title on Sunday. With just three games left, Juventus have a four-point lead on closest challengers Napoli and could wrap up yet another ‘Scudetto’ next weekend. Koulibaly, labelled a …

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Salah Genius Masks Klopp’s Liverpool Midfield Headache

Mohamed Salah’s brilliance has taken most of the focus away from Liverpool’s midfield concerns as they seek to finish a memorable season in style. Jurgen Klopp’s side host Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday with confidence sky-high after Tuesday’s spectacular 5-2 victory over Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. Salah produced a masterclass against …

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Michael Hooper Set To Be Offered Record Bumper Contract To Keep Him In Australia [Report]

Rugby Australia has offered Wallabies captain Michael Hooper an unprecedented five-year contract in a bid to secure him through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup, Australian media reported Friday. In a move interpreted as Hooper replacing Israel Folau as the face of Australian rugby, following controversy over his views on homosexuality, the reports say RA has offered the 26-year-old flanker its …

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Five Talking Points In Super Rugby This Weekend

Hyland’s fling, a Canberra family affair and the Hurricanes welcoming back their All Black wing are among five talking points ahead of this week’s Super Rugby action. – Drain-layer lives the dream – While the Auckland Blues injury crisis has put coach Tana Umaga under pressure, it has also provided a welcome change from laying drains for winger Jordan Hyland. …

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Oxlade-Chamberlain Injury Casts Shadow On Five-Star Liverpool Show

Liverpool’s giant step towards a first Champions League final for 13 years was marred by a likely season-ending injury to midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that could also rule the England international out of the upcoming World Cup. Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had to be stretchered off after just 18 minutes of Liverpool’s 5-2 semi-final, first leg victory over Roma at Anfield on Tuesday. …

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Padraig Harrington Keen To Captain Europe At 2020 Ryder Cup

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has declared his interest in captaining Europe at the 2020 Ryder Cup. Harrington has played in six European Ryder Cup teams and has been a vice-captain under Paul McGinley in 2014 and Darren Clarke two years later. The 46-year-old is expected to be named by current European skipper Thomas Bjorn as a vice-captain for the …

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Jurgen Klopp Reflects On “Perfect Performance”

Jurgen Klopp saluted Liverpool’s “fantastic” 5-2 demolition of Roma on Tuesday as the Reds manager soaked up a Champions League semi-final first leg goal spree that was beyond his expectations. Klopp’s side are within touching distance of the final after crushing Roma at Anfield. Mohamed Salah’s brace was followed by goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who also struck …

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