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Benfica match abandoned after Covid-hit opponents left with six players

Benfica took advantage of their numerical superiority to rack up seven goals by half-time before Belenenses returned with only seven players for the second period. The match was then called off two minutes after the break when Joao Monteiro, a goalkeeper playing in midfield, sat down on the down unable to continue, forcing the referee …

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Watch emotional Samoa team belt out national anthem and perform ‘haka’ despite match vs Barbarians AXED at last minute

Watch emotional Samoa team belt out national anthem and perform ‘haka’ despite match vs Barbarians AXED at last minute

SAMOA players sang their national anthem in a near-empty Twickenham shortly after their match against the Barbarians was cancelled. The rugby clash was axed 90 minutes before its scheduled kick-off due to COVID-19 as four players and two members of staff from the invitational side tested positive. Samoa were scheduled to face the Barbarians but …

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Koepka says he ‘just wanted to spank’ DeChambeau after beating rival in ‘The Match’

So much so that the fifth edition of “The Match” in Las Vegas, which was scheduled to be over 12 holes, didn’t go the distance. Bryson DeChambeau didn’t win a single hole, before conceding on the ninth as Koepka won 4&3 at the Wynn Golf Course. “Man, I haven’t seen a beatdown like this since …

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Chess is sexy again. But for Magnus Carlsen, it’s business as usual at the World Chess Championship

He will face off against challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi across 14 games for an eye-watering prize fund of $2.24 million. Friday’s opening match was drawn. Interest in chess spiked at the beginning of the pandemic, and again in October 2020 after the release of the Netflix series, “The Queen’s Gambit.” In the first three weeks after …

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Kretinsky £650m West Ham takeover option, Barcelona ‘want Cavani’, Spurs stunned by Mura, Chelsea, Newcastle – updates

Kretinsky £650m West Ham takeover option, Barcelona ‘want Cavani’, Spurs stunned by Mura, Chelsea, Newcastle – updates

DANIEL KRETINSKY is in line for a £650million West Ham takeover after signing a deal for an optional buy out. The Czech tycoon, 46, could push through a full takeover by 2023 with David Sullivan and David Gold agree to the sale. Kretinsky is already on the board after buying a 27 per cent stake …

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World Athletics finds female athletes target of 87% of all online abuse at 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

The findings come from a study conducted during the Games and published on Thursday. It follows the launch of World Athletics’ new safeguarding policy last month, which highlights the concern that social media platforms need stronger safeguarding policies to protect athletes. Using a sample of 161 Twitter handles of current and former athletes involved in …

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Dallas Cowboys suffer heartbreaking overtime loss to Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving

In what was a penalty-ridden NFL game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a pass interference called on Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown kept the Raiders drive alive in overtime with the scores knotted up. The penalty allowed Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr to set his team up within manageable field goal range to claim a …

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After ‘sexting’ scandal, Pat Cummins tasked with healing Australian cricket

Cummins will be supported by new vice-captain Steve Smith, who returns to a formal leadership role for the first time since losing the captaincy during the Newlands ball-tampering scandal in 2018. As former skipper Paine’s vice-captain, Cummins was considered a shoo-in to replace the wicketkeeper, who on Friday stepped away from all cricket to take …

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ECB to unveil delayed action plan on racism following Azeem Rafiq’s claims

ECB to unveil delayed action plan on racism following Azeem Rafiq’s claims

Cricket’s game-wide response to combat racism is set to be unveiled on Friday after two delays already to the publication of a 12-point action plan. An emergency summit of the sport’s leading decision-makers took place last week, days after Azeem Rafiq appeared in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee where he …

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IOC member Dick Pound ‘puzzled’ by reaction to Peng Shuai video call

The video call comes after Peng, one of China’s most recognizable sports stars, publicly accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home, according to screenshots of a since-deleted social media post dated November 2. Following the accusation, Peng disappeared from public view, prompting several fellow tennis players to express …

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Chelsea may target £84m Chiesa, Man City beat PSG reaction, Liverpool trump Porto, Newcastle transfer news

Chelsea may target £84m Chiesa, Man City beat PSG reaction, Liverpool trump Porto, Newcastle transfer news

MANCHESTER CITY showed their credentials as Champions League favourites with a dominant display as they beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1. Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling got the goals for City as they came from behind to beat Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s side. Chelsea could be in for £84million Federico Chiesa, with the Juventus star …

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