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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 .

Manny Pacquiao Puts Career On The Line This Weekend

Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao challenges Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse for the World Boxing Association welterweight belt on Sunday knowing defeat could lower the curtain on one of the greatest careers in boxing history. Pacquiao, 39, faced calls to retire from friends, family and even his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach when he lost the WBO belt to journeyman Australian …

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Exclusive: A Morning Spent In Portrush With Graeme McDowell

It was a warm Sunday afternoon, the heatwave was showing no sign of relenting and the north of Ireland in all its splendour opened up as I slalomed through its winding roads en route to the beautiful Portrush. Serene, soothing, smooth. How Sundays are meant to be. A little over 60 miles west, the Scottish golfer Russell Knox was in the midst …

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Liverpool Expect To Sign Xherdan Shaqiri In Next Two Weeks

Liverpool are confident that they will sign Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, according to a report in The Guardian. The diminutive winger enjoyed a mixed World Cup; one that was peppered with moments of footballing brilliance and political controversy as Switzerland reached the last sixteen of the tournament, eventually losing out to Sweden. Andy Hunter in The Guardian reports …

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Thibaut Courtois: France Victory A Shame For Football

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said his team’s defeat by France in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday was a “shame for football”, criticising Didier Deschamps’s side for a defensive style of play. Centre-back Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header from a corner gave France a 1-0 win, as they defended deep to close it out and reach a third World Cup final. …

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World Cup Fever Engulfs England On ‘#WaistcoatWednesday’

Around 32 million people across Britain are expected to tune in on Wednesday hoping Gareth Southgate can steer England into the World Cup final for the first time in 52 years. The manager has caught the eye in Russia as much for his sartorial elegance as his success with his young team, lead on the pitch by tournament topscorer Harry …

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Roy O’Donovan Loses Appeal Against 10-match Ban For Flying Kick

Irish striker Roy O’Donovan on Wednesday lost his appeal against a 10-match ban for kicking a goalkeeper in the face during the grand final of Australia’s A-League.  The Newcastle Jets player was sent off and suspended for the flying kick which flattened Lawrence Thomas in the dying moments of Melbourne Victory’s 1-0 win on May 5. “The Independent Appeal Committee …

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Hedge Fund Takes Control Of AC Milan As Club Cannot Pay Debts

American hedge fund Elliott will take control of Italian giants AC Milan this week after the club’s Chinese ownership missed a multi-million euro debt repayment, sources close to the matter confirmed to AFP on Tuesday. The source told AFP that Elliott began the legal process of taking control of the seven-time European Champions on Monday, and that a board meeting …

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LeBron James Finally Confirmed As Laker, Signs $154 million Deal

LeBron James signed his new four-year NBA contract worth $154 million with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, with Lakers president Earvin “Magic” Johnson calling it a “huge step” for the team. The Klutch Sports Group, agents for James, tweeted a photo of the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player on Monday night with “officially signed with the Lakers” as the caption. …

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FIFA Condemn Diego Maradona’s England Comments

FIFA condemned comments by Diego Maradona on Wednesday, after the Argentinian legend claimed that Colombia only lost to England in the World Cup last 16 because of the appointment of referee Mark Geiger for the match. The 1986 World Cup winner said England’s win was a “monumental robbery” after Gareth Southgate’s men edged through a bad-tempered encounter on penalties on …

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Uruguay’s Immoveable Defence Ready For France’s Unstoppable Mbappe

The build-up to Friday’s quarter-final clash between France and Uruguay has been dominated by individuals, but it may be the South Americans’ almost unbreachable four-man defence which decides the result. While Uruguay sweat on the fitness of striker Edinson Cavani, it should be remembered that La Celeste’s progress in Russia has been built upon their defence as much as their …

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Predicting The Outcome Of The World Cup Quarter Finals

Following England’s rollercoaster penalty shootout win over Colombia, just eight teams remain from the 32 who started the World Cup in Russia. We look at how each side is placed ahead of Friday and Saturday’s quarter-finals. _____ QF 1: Uruguay v France (Friday 1400 GMT, Nizhny Novgorod) Uruguay One of only two teams to win all four games so far, Uruguay …

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Dwight Howard Signing With Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards are poised to sign journeyman centre Dwight Howard to a one-year contract, US media reported Tuesday. In order for Howard to join the Wizards, the 15-year veteran would have to negotiate a buyout from the Brooklyn Nets, who acquired him just last month from the Charlotte Hornets, The Atlantic reported. Players cannot officially sign contracts with teams …

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Southgate: “Pointless Thinking Past Colombia Game”

England chase their first win in a tournament knockout match for 12 years on Tuesday as they face Colombia after the World Cup draw opened up invitingly for Harry Kane’s team. In a tournament full of surprises, Gareth Southgate’s young England team are the only former champions left in the lower half of the draw following the shock exit of …

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