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Richard Barrett is a Co-Founder and Head of Content at Pundit Arena. You can follow him on Twitter via @TheBoyBarrett .

Japan Captain Michael Leitch: Now Is Time To Beat All Blacks

Japan captain Michael Leitch said Friday that the Brave Blossoms are capable of pulling off a shock victory over the mighty All Blacks this weekend. New Zealand-born skipper, Michael Leitch, evoked the spirit of Japan’s astonishing 34-32 win over South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup on the eve of Saturday’s clash with the World Cup holders in Tokyo. …

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World Cup Winner & His Father Jailed For Firearms & Mafia Offences

Former Juventus and Italy forward Vincenzo Iaquinta was jailed for two years by an Italian court on Wednesday and his father Giuseppe for 19 years following a trial of 148 people for alleged mafia links. Prosecutors had sought a six-year sentence for the 38-year-old, who was part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning squad, for holding firearms and for alleged links …

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Emotional Derrick Rose Drops 50 Points On Night To Remember

Derrick Rose dusted off his MVP costume, dropping a career-high 50 points to power the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 128-125 win over Utah in a NBA Northwest Division showdown on Wednesday. On US Halloween night, Rose turned back the clock with a 34-point performance in the second half as the crowd of 10,000 chanted “MVP, MVP” after the final buzzer …

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Mahrez: “He Was Like A Dad, It’s Heartbreaking & Shocking”

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez dedicated his Wembley winner against Tottenham to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the “heartbreaking” death of the Leicester owner. Vichai died on Saturday when his helicopter crashed just moments after taking off from Leicester’s King Power Stadium following their match against West Ham. The football world was stunned by the tragic accident and it was especially hard …

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Claudio Ranieri Pays Emotional Tribute To Leicester City Owner

Claudio Ranieri revealed on Monday he had been “terribly shaken” by the death of Leicester City boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Claudio Ranieri, 66, was hired by Vichai in 2015 and led Leicester to their historic Premier League title success the following year. Billionaire Vichai, 60, died along with four others when his helicopter plummeted into a car park outside the King …

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Klay Thompson Breaks 3-Point Record With Blistering Performance

Klay Thompson scored a record-breaking 14 three-pointers as the Golden State Warriors maintained their blistering start to the season with a 149-124 demolition of the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Thompson broke teammate Stephen Curry’s NBA record for most three-point field goals in a single game of 13 when he nailed his 14th three of the night midway through the third …

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Israel Folau Says He “Really Enjoyed” Homophobia Controversy

Wallabies star Israel Folau has revealed he “really enjoyed” the controversy over anti-gay remarks he made earlier this year that briefly cast doubt on his future in the sport. Deeply religious Israel Folau caused uproar when he said on social media in April that God’s plan for gay people was hell unless they repented their sins. Rugby Australia chief Raelene …

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LeBron James Leads Lakers To First Win Of New Era

LeBron James had 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as Los Angeles clobbered the Phoenix Suns 131-113, giving the four-time MVP his first win as a Laker. LeBron James likely would have posted his 74th career triple-double as he got all his points in first three quarters then sat out the fourth with the game in hand. But this …

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Three Talking Points As Juventus Dominate Stale Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score on his return to Old Trafford but will leave Manchester with the belief he can win the Champions League for a fourth straight season after Juventus beat Manchester United 1-0 on Tuesday. Ronaldo played his part in the only goal, scored by Paulo Dybala, to preserve the Italian champions’ 100 percent record in the competition. United, …

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Russell Westbrook Drops 32 But Thunder Fall In Sacramento

Russell Westbrook showed little sign of rust in his NBA season debut but his 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists weren’t enough to lift Oklahoma City to a first win of the young campaign. Former NBA Most Valuable Player, Russell Westbrook, had missed the first two games of the season as he continued his return from arthroscopic knee surgery …

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Anthony Davis Swats Harden’s Rockets Aside With 32-Point Opener

Anthony Davis scored 32 points and Elfrid Payton finished with a triple-double as the New Orleans Pelicans got their NBA season off to a roaring start by clobbering the Houston Rockets 131-112 on Wednesday. Davis also had 16 rebounds and Payton finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Pelicans who led wire-to-wire. “I am just taking …

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Rooney Nets Long Range Golazo As DC Close In On Playoffs

Wayne Rooney scored a stunning free-kick to keep D.C. United firmly on course for the Major League Soccer postseason on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC. Former England and Manchester United star Rooney, whose arrival in Washington has transformed the club’s season, curled in a superb strike from 30 yards in the 18th minute to settle the points. …

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Defiant Martin O’Neill Hits Back At ‘Primitive Football’ Criticism

Martin O’Neill has hit back at criticism from Denmark midfielder, Thomas Delaney, who has branded Ireland’s style of football as ‘primitive’. The Republic drew 0-0 with Denmark in a forgettable and stale match on a rainy night at the Aviva on Saturday and Delaney was critical of Ireland’s system and style of football, labelling it ‘primitive’. Speaking at Monday’s press conference, …

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Shane Long A Doubt Ahead Of Tuesday’s Clash With Wales

Richard Barrett reporting from FAI HQ Callum O’Dowda will miss Ireland’s clash with Wales on Tuesday, while Shane Long remains a doubt. Speaking at FAI HQ, O’Neill confirmed that O’Dowda will not play any part in the game with Ryan Giggs’ Wales. The winger did not take part in training and O’Neill said the following: “Callum O’Dowda is out of …

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John Terry Begins Life As Assistant Coach At Aston Villa

Former England captain John Terry took his first steps into coaching on Wednesday when he was named as the right-hand man to new Aston Villa boss Dean Smith. The second-tier English club also appointed Jesus Garcia Pitarch as sporting director as the former European champions moved to replace Steve Bruce who was sacked last week. John Terry, 37, who spent …

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