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Eden Hazard show not enough for Chelsea against Real Madrid

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Eden Hazard late brace could not prevent Chelsea slumping to a 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid in their International Champions Cup clash in Ann Arbor. First-half goals from Marcelo (two) and Mariano Diaz set a Madrid side missing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos on course for victory.

Liverpool overpowered AC Milan in International Champions Cup match

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Klopp
Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino second half goals gave Liverpool a 2-0 victory over AC Milan in their International Champions Cup clash in California. Jurgen Klopp's team bounced back from Wednesday's defeat to Chelsea with a deserved success over their Italian opponents at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium.

Ibrahimovic scores as Man United subdued Galatasaray

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Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a perfect start to his Manchester United career by scoring acrobatically in just the fourth-minute of his debut as they won 5-2 against Galatasaray in Gothenburg with Wayne Rooney netting twice.

Lewis Hamilton promised to bounce back from qualifying mistake with German win

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A defiant Lewis Hamilton has promised to bounce back from his qualifying mistake by winning Sunday's German Grand Prix to remain in charge of the Formula One World Championship. Hamilton has won five of the last six grands prix to overturn a 43-point deficit to his title rival Nico Rosberg.

Sevilla Gameiro joins Atletico on four-year deal

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Kevin Gameiro
French striker Kevin Gameiro has joined  on a four-year deal from fellow La Liga side Sevilla, the Champions League finalists said on Saturday.
The 29-year-old scored 67 goals in three years at Sevilla and though no financial details of the transfer were released, media reports suggested Atletico signed the France international for an initial fee of 32 million euros ($35.78 million).

Arsene Wenger chased along the beach by a fan over signning of Riyad Mahrez

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Wenger
Sometimes you really just want to get hold of your team’s manager and ask him what’s going on in the transfer market. One Arsenal fan managed to do just that when he bumped into Arsene Wenger on the beach in California – and took the opportunity to suggest he should sign Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.

I am pleased with Celtic workout despite defeat to Barcelona - Brendan Rodgers

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Celtic were defeated but not out-classed as they lost 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in Dublin. The Spanish giants named a strong starting XI that included superstar frontmen Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Ibrahimovic making "functional understanding" at Man United - Mourinho

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Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing a crucial role in making a friendly atmosphere in the Manchester United dressing room,  Jose Mourinho has said, adding that the striker should not restrict his role in the squad to goalscorer.

What Chelsea must do in new season

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Conte

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has urged his players to retain the aggressiveness they have shown during the pre-season, saying that the combative nature of the game was essential to the style of play he is looking to impose at the club.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has resigned from international football

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German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired from international football, he announced on Friday, saying he was disappointed that he failed to finished his career with a win at Euro 2016 in France. "It wasn't to be and I have to accept it," he said in a statement on his Twitter feed. "The historic and emotional high was winning the World Cup in 2014," added the Manchester United player who had 13 seasons with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Higuain reveals he was pushed out of Napoli

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Gonzalo Higuain has said that he left Napoli because of the untenable relationship he found his self with their president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The Argentinian spoke for the first time on Thursday since completing a €90m move to Juventus, and he said that his relationship with De Laurentiis was one of the main reasons why he even entertained the idea of leaving Naples.

Local coaches are affected by Personal interest — Ikpeba

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Ikpeba A former Super Eagles international, Victor Ikpeba, has urged the indigenous coaches to put  personal interest aside, if they desire to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts. Ikpeba made the call on Thursday during a novelty match organised by the Nigeria Football Federation, the Edo State Football Association and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.

Ferrer says Rafa Nadal's injury situation "delicate"

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Rafa Nadal of Spain
Rafa Nadal's injury situation is "delicate" ahead of the Rio Olympics, according to Spanish team mate David Ferrer.
Nadal, who is a 14-time grand slam champion, has not played a competitive match since May 27 when a left wrist injury forced him to pull out of the French Open after the second round and miss Wimbledon.

Arsenal has no financial strength to compete with rival clubs - CEO

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Chief Executive Officer of Arsenal Ivan Gazidis
According to the Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis, the club do not have the financial strength to "outgun" Premier League rivals in the transfer market and have to be careful in signing new players,
Arsenal finished a distant second to champions Leicester City last season and fans have vented frustration at the lack of big-money signings.

Chelsea Hazard ready to recover title-winning form for his team

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Hazard
Eden Hazard said he was keen to recapture the form he displayed in Chelsea's title-winning 2014-15 campaign to help the club recover from the low performance of last season and bring the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea beats Liverpool with Ten-man

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Klopp Chelsea had Cesc Fabregas sent off as they beat Liverpool 1-0 in their International Champions Cup clash in Los Angeles.
Jurgen Klopp's side came into the game after winning their previous four friendlies this summer, but Gary Cahill's goal early in the first half condemned the Reds to a disappointing result in Pasadena, despite the Blues having Cesc Fabregas sent off.

Manchester City have opened discussions with Everton over signing John Stones

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Stones
According to reports, Manchester City have opened talks with Everton over signing England defender John Stones.

City are currently in China on their pre-season tour but continue to be linked with a series of big-money transfers, with the Toffees centre-half said to be top of their list.

Pogba, Gabriel Jesus to Manchester? Mahrez, Lukaku, others latest transfer rating

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Pogba Paul Pogba to Manchester United: 65 percent Real Madrid has made another effort into the race to sign Paul Pogba, but their offer of wages is still considerably lower than that of Manchester United. Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, returned to Italy after visiting his client in Miami and had another meeting with Juventus to work on the details.

IOC'spresident is confident that Rio's problems will be solved before Games

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach
The president of the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday said the problems with unfinished accommodation at the Olympics Village in Rio de Janeiro will be solved, saying he expected Brazil would host a "fantastic" games.

Real Madrid is still interested in Pogba - Zidane

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Pogba
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, has said that he is still interested in signing the Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, saying "anything can happen" before the transfer deadline.
Manchester United are considered to be the favourite as they move to sign the Juventus star Pogba, 23, although sources close to Juventus have told reporters that the Italian champions will not accept less than €120 million for the France international and also want the Premier League club to pay the €25m fee for agent Mino Raiola, with the Old Trafford hierarchy reluctant to meet those demands.

England subdued Pakistan to win 2nd Test by 330 runs

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England's James Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Asad Shafiq 

England overpowered Pakistan by 330 runs to win the 2nd Test at Old Trafford to level the four-match series 1-1 on Monday.
This is Pakistan's fourth largest Test loss, in terms of runs.
Earlier, seamer James Anderson and off-spinner Moeen Ali took two wickets apiece as Pakistan slid to 145 for five at tea on the fourth day.

Cristiano Ronaldo out of UEFA Super Cup due to knee injury

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Cristiano Ronaldo will not feature in the UEFA Super Cup due to knee injury. The Real Madrid forward has announced.
It is obvious Ronaldo led Portugal to the Euro 2016 title but suffered a knee injury in the final. Ronaldo is on the in his home town, island of Madeira.

David Moyes watch as Sunderland win in friendlies

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Moyes Sunderland manager David Moyes watch from the stands as the Black Cats win 2-1 at Rotherham United.  A strong side including Younes Kaboul, Jack Rodwell and Jermain Defoe took the field at the New York Stadium in a game supervised by caretaker manager Paul Bracewell, with Fabio Borini and Charles N'Zogbia getting the goals.

Jose Mourinho can lead Man United to claim title -De Gea

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Manchester United goal keeper David de Gea is optimistic his Team will contest for the Premier League title as they enter a new era under Jose Mourinho. Since Sir Alex Ferguson's success-laden reign came to an end, life has been tougher than many expected, but anticipation and excitement is building around the club once again.

Six bosses struggle to replace Steve Bruce as Hull manager

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Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce departure leaves Hull City in search of new manager to take charge of their Team as season approaches.below are the six potential contenders over the job.

David Moyes now Sunderland manager

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David Moyes has succeeded Sam Allardyce as the new Sunderland manager. Moyes appointment was possible following the move by Allardyce to take charge of England Team few say ago.    The former Preston, Everton and Manchester United boss has been out of work since leaving Real Sociedad in November.

Bolt ‘looking good’ after emphatic win in Olympics warm-up

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Usain Bolt has proven to the world that he is still fit for the Rio Olympics in emphatic fashion by taking 19.89 seconds to win 200 metres at the Muller Anniversary Games on Friday night. The six-time Olympic champion, making his first appearance since pulling out of the Jamaican trials with a hamstring strain, led coming off the bend, but had to work harder than usual down the home straight to come home in first.

Athlete who fails to qualify for the Olympics set 100m new world record

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The 28-year-old world Olympic record of 100 metres hurdles has been broken by Kendra Harrison at the Olympic Stadium on Friday - just two weeks after failing to make the United States team for the Rio Olympics.
The 23-year-old stormed over the barriers to cross the line in 12.20 seconds at the Muller Anniversary Games, beating Bulgarian Yordanka Donkova's mark by one hundredth of a second.

Manchester City almost done in signing Gabriel Jesus - source

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Manchester City has expressed hope to complete the signing of Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus in the next few days, a source has told reporters. The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Brazil in recent years and has been linked with a host of top clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, while Manchester United were reported to have made a late bid.

United need '25 percent targets' to end transfers - Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United's transfer dealing are "75 percent done," with only the signing of a midfielder left on his initial to-do list Jose Mourinho said. Speaking in Shanghai at the end of the match where United lost their first game in the International Champions Cup 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund, the United boss said his plans have not changed since he took over the club.

Arsenal, ready to spend enough on the right player

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Arsene Wenger is planning to spend enough money before the end of this transfer window, but only if he can find the right player. The Gunners have only brought in one major player so far this summer by signing Granit Xhaka in a deal worth around £30 million, and Wenger is still eager for that elusive top-quality striker to strengthen his attack.

Sam Allardyce now the new England manager

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Sam Allardyce is no more Sunderland boss as he was confirmed the new England manager on Friday. The announcement was made by the Football Association (FA). Allardyce, who was the Sunderland boss since October, will replace Roy Hodgson, who decided to  step down following England's shock European Championship defeat by Iceland in the round of 16 last month.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to take number 9 shirt from Anthony Martial

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was  handed Manchester United’s number nine shirt as he looks set to be the main man at Old Trafford this season.
That means Anthony Martial, who wore it last season, will have to make do with the number 11 shirt instead.

Adnan Januzaj, who was United’s number 11 last season, moves to 15, Memphis Depay and Juan Mata keep hold of the seven and eight shirts respectively, while Marcus Rashford has been promoted from 39 to 19.

Claudio Ranieri not optimistic as Leicester aim to defend title

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Leicester Manager has continued to expect low performance as the club aim to defend their shock Premier League title.
Just three defeats - two to runners-up Arsenal - saw Leicester storm to victory by 10 points in the biggest upset in Premier League history last season.
Ranieri went from being sack race favourite to winning the League Managers' Association and Premier League Manager of the Year.

Jose Mourinho to set aside past at Manchester United

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Mourinho Manchester United are preparing for an exciting new chapter as new season approaches. Last season may have ended with FA Cup glory but that could not overshadow another poor campaign at a club synonymous with success, and lots of it.
Louis van Gaal'sstyle of play left many at Old Trafford underwhelmed, with few tears shed - and even fewer eyebrows raised - when the board wielded the axe just days after the Wembley triumph.

'Amateur' group accused of Olympics terror plot arrested in Brazil

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Brazil's Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes attends a press conference on arrests made in at least two states before the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in Brasilia July 21, 2016. Brazil have arrested 10 people on Thursday suspected of belonging to a poorly organised group supporting Islamic State (IS) and discussing acts of terrorism during next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The group, described as "absolutely amateur" by Justice Minister Alexandre Moraes, were all Brazilian citizens and in contact via messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram. They did not know each other personally, the minister said.

This could be England's first XI line up under Sam Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce considered a 4-3-3 formation during his stay in Sunderland last season, but England are not favoured with in-form wingers or wide forwards.
That might leave him pondering a 4-4-2 diamond formation, often utilised during his West Ham stint, that allows for a pair of scorers and an energetic midfield.
England football reporter Rory Dollard offers the hint Wednesday as Allardyce is set to take over.

Messi will be back to Barcelona with new energy - Luis Enrique

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique held his first news conference ahead of the new season
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has said that he doesn't expect Lionel Messi to return to training with less enthusiasm despite the striker's decision to quit the Argentina national team following the Copa America loss.
The Blaugrana coach gave his first news conference for the preseason, addressing speculation that his star player might be affected by Argentina's summer struggles.

Spain name their new coach

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Spain have named Julen Lopetegui as their new coach.
The 49-year-old former Porto boss takes over from Vicente del Bosque, who confirmed after Euro 2016 he would not be extending his eight-year stay in the Spain hotseat.
A statement on the Spanish federation (RFEF) website said: "The RFEF has appointed Julen Lopetegui as the new national team coach."

Newcastle star set for move to Anfield after clubs agree fee

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Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to have a medical at Liverpool on Friday after the two clubs agreed a fee for the midfielder. It is believed the Reds will pay a maximum of £25million for the Holland international, taking into account various add-ons.
It is believed Wijnaldum's former club PSV Eindhoven are due a sell-on fee for a player who moved to St James' Park a year ago for £14.5million.

Six headaches awaiting Sam Allardyce as England boss

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Sam Allardyce is set to be given the most high-profile task of his managerial career when he takes over as England boss. After England’s failed Euro 2016 campaign – that ended with an ignominious defeat to Iceland – there’s plenty for the 61-year-old to do in order to restore confidence within the national team. Here we look at what the pressing issues that Allardyce must address at the start of this reign.

WATCH: American cop gets bizarrely angry with practising tennis stars

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Tennis stars Bernard Tomic And Viktor Troicki incurred the wrath of a US police officer yesterday - by playing tennis.
The pair were practising on court ahead of the Citi Open in Washington DC when they were interrupted by a cop who wanted them to stop due to a risk of bad weather.

"Do you want to knock it off now?” he said. “Knock it off.

South Africa to appeal 'shockingly lenient' Pistorius sentence

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South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius
South Africa's government will appeal Oscar Pistorius' six-year murder sentence because it was "shockingly lenient", state prosecutors said on Thursday.
The Paralympic gold medallist was sentenced in July for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013. At the time, some legal experts described the prison term as lenient.

Pep Guardiola explains stumbling block in Manchester City's Leroy Sané move

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Guardiola Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed the club's interest in Schalke winger Leroy Sané but there is no deal in place.
Guardiola says contact has been made but the two clubs differ in their valuation of the Germany international, with Schalke reportedly seeking £45million.

Usain Bolt has his say on Russian athletes' Olympic ban

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Bolt The Swiss-based body rejected an appeal against the hard-line IAAF stance by the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 individual athletes.
Speaking ahead of Friday's Muller Anniversary Games in London, the 29-year-old Bolt said the situation was "sad" but the decision would send a powerful message about clean sport.

Planned Manchester derby in China could be in jeopardy

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Jose Mourinho's men are due to take on Manchester City in Beijing. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola may have to wait to resume their rivalry as bad weather in Beijing has placed the first Manchester derby on foreign soil into doubt. The old foes are set to go toe-to-toe on Monday in an International Champions Cup match during United and City's pre-season tours of China.

Hull City delay takeover talks to focus on transfers

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce watches the game from the stands Promoted Hull City have put takeover talks on hold to focus on strengthening their squad as a host of injuries has left the club with just 13 fit players for the new Premier League season.Hull have been up for sale since 2014, after the English FA turned down a request from the club's owner, Egyptian-British businessman Assem Allam, to change their name to Hull Tigers.

Midfielder Goetze returns to Dortmund on four-year deal

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Germany's Mario Goetze during training.
Midfielder Mario Goetze has rejoined his boyhood club Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal from Bayern Munich, the Ruhr valley club said on their website (www.bvb.de) on Thursday.
Goetze, 24, won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund before joining Bayern in 2013 but failed to nail down a starting place in three seasons under coach Pep Guardiola, who has since joined Premier League side Manchester City.

Chelsea's Zouma aims to return in two months after injury

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Chelsea's Kurt Zouma lies on the pitch after sustaining an injury
Chelsea's France defender Kurt Zouma hopes to be available for selection in two months after having surgery on a knee injury he suffered in February, he has told the club's website.
The 21-year-old, who returned to training on Monday, suffered a knee ligament injury in the 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester United in February and missed the rest of the season, including the European Championship in France.

Another former world champion boxer wants to take on Conor McGregor

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Amir Khan has described the rumours of a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor as “little more than a publicity stunt” and offered to fight the MMA man himself.
McGregor and Mayweather have both been feeding the hype over the last few months, hinting that a fight really could be on the cards over their social channels – but the conversation has gone cold recently.