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BREAKING: Mario Balotelli’s Father Is Dead

Italy's soccer player Mario Balotelli attends a training session for the Euro 2012 at the city stadium in Poznan, in this file photo taken June 17, 2012. Italian striker Mario Balotelli's starring performance in the Euro soccer championship last month has focused a rare spotlight on the serious but neglected problem of racism in Italy. According to a 2011 Human Rights Watch report, Italy has failed to take effective action to prevent and prosecute racist violence and consistently understated the problem. To match story ITALY-RACISM/                 REUTERS/Tony Gentile (POLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER SOCIETY)

Mario Balotelli will fly back to Italy for the funeral of his father Francesco.The Liverpool striker and Italy international was born in Palermo to the Barwuah family, but adopted by the Balotellis in Brescia before he turned three. Father Mario died after a long illness and the funeral will be ...

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NFF fires Keshi, Amodu takes over

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The Nigeria Football Federation has terminated the appointment of Stephen Keshi as Head Coach of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles. A statement by the NFF Executive Committee on Saturday said this decision was made, “having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and ...

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Higuain Could Join Arsenal If They Trigger His Release Clause

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New Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has admitted they could be tempted to allow Gonzalo Higuain leave the Serie A club this summer if the players’ buy-out clause is triggered. Premier League side Arsenal continue to be linked with a move for the Argentina international, and have reportedly had an opening ...

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Lukas Podolski Joins Galatasaray from Arsenal

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The 30-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Turkish club for a fee reported to worth £2.8m. Podolski scored 31 goals in 82 appearances in two-and-a-half seasons at the Emirates stadium, after joining from German club FC Koln. He helped Arsenal win the FA Cup in 2013 but spent ...

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Japan beat England, face USA in final

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Edmonton (Canada) (AFP) – Holders Japan swiped a dramatic 2-1 victory over England thanks to an injury-time own-goal by defender Laura Bassett, setting up a Women’s World Cup final rematch against the United States. The Asian champions, who defeated the Americans on penalty kicks in the 2011 championship match, take ...

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Okagbare-Igho in Dicey 100m Meeting Areva Field this Weekend

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The IAAF Diamond League returns in Paris this weekend with the women’s 100m list providing the most unpredictable lineup of athletes; five of them who have run sub-11 seconds times this season. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor will be looking to upstage the favourites at Meeting Areva after dropping down the leaderboard ...

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Wimbledon 2015: Murray, Federer, Kvitova Into Last 32

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2013 champion Andy Murray advanced into the third round at Wimbledon with a commanding win over Dutchman Robin Haase. The third seed sealed a 6-1 6-1 6-4 win on court one in one hour and 27 minutes. He will face Italian 25th seed Andreas Seppi or Croatian teenager Borna Coric ...

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Wimbledon Open: No Doubles For Serena, Venus

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Serena and Venus Williams have withdrawn from the ladies’ doubles tournament at Wimbledon. No reason was given for their decision to pull out from a competition they have won on five occasions, most recently in 2012. The sisters, who were easy winners in their first singles matches on Monday, could ...

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Leg Injury Rules Bolt Out Of Paris, Lausanne

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Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt’s troubled season continued on Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings due to a leg injury. “I’m disappointed not to be able to compete in Paris and Lausanne. I love running at these meetings but at the moment I ...

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Lionel Messi ‘saves’ kidnapped Argentine in Nigeria

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The agricultural engineer was abducted on a deserted road in Kontagora last week but has now regained his freedom after spending three days in captivity An Argentine man who was kidnapped last week in Kontagora, northern Nigeria, has spoken about how chanting the name of his famous compatriot Lionel Messi ...

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Liverpool Make £12.5m Bid for Southampton’s Right Back, Clyne

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Liverpool have made an improved £12.5m offer for Southampton’s right-back Nathaniel Clyne. Last month, the Saints rejected a £10m bid from the Merseyside outfit for the England international. Southampton are understood to be holding out for a £15m bid for the 24-year-old defender, who scored one of his two Premier ...

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Mo Farah To Remain Under Coach Salazar’s Guidance

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Double Olympic champion Mo Farah says he is staying with coach Alberto Salazar. The British athlete had, earlier this month, demanded for answers from his coach following allegations of doping rules infringement. The 32-year-old has released another statement a day after Salazar’s lengthy 1200-world release, denying that he had practiced ...

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PELLEGRINI: Mourinho Is A Glory-seeker

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We are still more than seven weeks away from the start of the Barclays Premier League season but Manuel Pellegrini has already taken a swipe at rival Jose Mourinho. The Manchester City manager has had a strained relationship with his Chelsea counterpart dating back to when Mourinho replaced him at ...

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