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Wilfried Zaha

Zaha Claims He Suffered Racist Abuse In Arsenal Draw

Wilfried Zaha claims he suffered racist abuse and threats to his family after he won a controversial penalty in Crystal Palace’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal. Palace forward Zaha was clipped by Granit Xhaka in the closing minutes of Sunday’s Premier League clash, with Luka Milivojevic converting the spot-kick to end Arsenal’s 11-match winning run. Following the match, Arsenal defender Xhaka …

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LeBron James injury

“Don’t Be Around When My Patience Runs Out,” Warns LeBron

Superstar LeBron James warned his young Los Angeles Lakers teammates that his patience was wearing thin after a third narrow loss less than two weeks into the new regular season. “You probably don’t want to be around when my patience runs out. I’m serious,” James said after the Lakers lost 124-120 at Minnesota on Monday night, leaving them with five …

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Ben Askren

Askren Focusses Attention On Darren Till For UFC Debut

Ben Askren has focussed his attention on Darren Till as the man he wants to fight for his UFC debut after the 34-year-old has more or less publically called out all of the top-ranked fighters in the 170lb division.  Georges St-Pierre, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Diaz brothers; they have all come under the scope of Askren’s Twitter bashing but …

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Marco Ianni Jose Mourinho

Chelsea’s Marco Ianni Fined After Mourinho Clash

Chelsea assistant coach Marco Ianni was fined £6,000 ($7,600) by the Football Association on Tuesday after his wild celebrations in front of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. Ianni, who serves as one of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s assistants, sparked a touchline row after celebrating Ross Barkley’s late equaliser in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against United at Stamford Bridge on October 20. …

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NFL London

NFL To Stage Four Matches In London In 2019

London will play host to four NFL regular-season games in 2019, one more than this year, with the Jacksonville Jaguars again among the teams playing in England. Two of the matches will be played at Wembley Stadium, which hosted all three NFL London games in 2018, and two will be played at the new home stadium of Premier League football’s …

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Mike Brown

Mike Brown Among Those Cut From England Squad For Springboks

Eddie Jones has trimmed down his squad to 25 ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Springboks at Twickenham with Mike Brown one of the most high-profile players who will be returning to their clubs this weekend.  In addition to Brown, Ben Morgan, Sam Underhill and Michael Rhodes are among those to have returned to their clubs. This means that Zach Mercer …

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CJ Stander Try Ireland

CJ Stander On Shortlist For International Rugby Players Try Of The Year

CJ Stander and Ireland are among the nominees for the International Rugby Players Try Of The Year award.  Stander’s famous try for Ireland against England at Twickenham where they secured the Grand Slam is included along with two superb efforts from the All Blacks which resulted in Brodie Retallick and Beauden Barrett dotting down during the Rugby Championship. The final …

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Ulster

Ulster Rugby Appoint Edinburgh Managing Director As New CEO

Ulster Rugby have confirmed the appointment of Edinburgh Rugby managing director, Jonny Petrie, as the club’s new CEO.  Petrie will take up his new role by the beginning of 2019 after he finishes up his current role with Edinburgh who has been with since July 2015. The 42-year-old former Glasgow and Scotland captain retired from rugby in 2007, before joining …

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Premier League talking points

Five Things We Learned From The Weekend’s Premier League

The death of Leicester’s Thai billionaire boss in a helicopter crash on Saturday totally overshadowed events on the pitch as Manchester City held onto first place in the Premier League. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who oversaw the club’s astonishing title triumph in 2016, was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed and burst into flames moments after taking off from the …

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Julen Lopetegui

Julen Lopetegui Has Been Sacked After Barca Humiliation

Real Madrid manager, Julen Lopetegui, has been sacked after the 52-year-old oversaw the club’s worst start to a season since 2001-02.  The straw which broke the camel’s back was clearly the 5-1 loss to their bitter rivals Barcelona at the weekend. The Spaniard succeeded Zinedine Zidane this summer but the latest loss to Barcelona was their fifth loss in six games. …

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Mannion

Magnificent Mannion Downs Judes As Kilmacud Crowned Dublin Champions

Dublin All-Star Paul Mannion scored a brilliant 1-6 as Kilmacud Crokes defeated St Jude’s 2-12 to 0-13 in this evening’s Dublin SFC final at Parnell Park.  Crokes led 0-7 to 0-3 at halftime, a lead which they never relinquished throughout that match. Jude’s did mount a comeback in the second half as Kevin McManamon tagged on two points and set up …

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Leicester Premier League

Family, Players Pay Tribute To Thai Owner Of Leicester City

The family of the late Thai billionaire boss of Premier League club Leicester City laid a wreath on Monday at the site where his helicopter crashed as investigators began examining the aircraft’s black box. Dressed in black, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s son Aiyawatt and widow Aimon walked through a sea of tributes from fans outside the stadium, including flowers, football scarves and …

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England

A List Of England Players Unavailable To Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones and his England team are currently in Portugal preparing for the upcoming November internationals where they will face off against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia over consecutive weekends. The big three from the southern hemisphere and a dangerous Japanese side will provide a stern test to this English team but this task has been made all …

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Munster

Munster Confirm The 27 Players Who Have Travelled To South Africa

Munster have confirmed the 27 players who have travelled to South Africa for their Guinness PRO14 clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Sunday.  With a significant number of players selected by Joe Schmidt for the upcoming November internationals, coupled with the injuries the southern province has been experiencing, the squad was likely to rely on academy players. Four have …

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