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Liverpool seal 2-1 over Crystal Palace with controversial penalty

A stoppage-time penalty by Christian Benteke gave 10-man Liverpool a dramatic 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. Benteke went down following a challenge by Damien Delaney and got up to coolly score the spot-kick. Palace had led through Joe Ledley’s 48th-minute finish and Liverpool’s James Milner was sent off for a second yellow card on 62 minutes. A calamitous slip by ...

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Francis Coquelin apologises for red card against Tottenham

Francis Coquelin has said sorry for his derby-day red card. Arsenal were 1-0 up on Tottenham when the Frenchman lunged in on Harry Kane to earn himself a second yellow. Spurs took encouragement from the decision and went 2-1 up in the title showdown, only for Alexis Sanchez to earn Arsenal a point. Speaking to Arsenal TV, Coquelin said: “I ...

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EPL: Tottenham and Arsenal fans in violent clashes before derby

Baton wielding police were forced to act as Arsenal fans were being led towards White Hart Lane this afternoon in advance of today’s crunch Premier League match. At least one fan suffered a cut head outside Tottenham’s ground despite a heavy police presence. Mounted police intervened as fans tried to make their way into the ground for today’s lunchtime kickoff. ...

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Football to get video referees by 2017-18

A trial of the use of video assistant referees for “game-changing decisions” in football will begin no later than the 2017-18 season. The news was confirmed following a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Cardiff. Technology would only be applied to key incidents concerning goals, red cards, mistaken identities and penalties. IFAB says it has had interest ...

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Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal: Late Sanchez strike rescues ten-man Gunners

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal since October to rescue a 2-2 draw with Tottenham in a north London derby full of twists at turns at White Hart Lane. Spurs were sharp from the start but the Gunners went ahead against the run of play on the stroke of half-time thanks to a crafty back-heel flick from Aaron ...

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Nadia Eke sets new national indoor triple jump record

Ghanaian triple jumper Nadia Eke has set a new national record at an event in New York on Friday. She jumped a distance of 13.49m to break the old record of 13.48m held by France-based Mathile Boateng. The feat has thus qualified Eke to the African Seniors Championships which will be held in South Africa in June. Eke is now ...

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Pep Guardiola expects Neuer to stay at Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola expects Manuel Neuer to stay at Bayern Munich amid reports of interest from Manchester City. The Germany international, who joined Bayern from Schalke in June 2011, has three years remaining on the contract extension he signed in May 2014. Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium this summer, and reports in the English press have linked ...

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Revealed: Black Stars owed bonuses for Comoros win

Citi Sports can confirm that the Black Stars have not been given their winning bonuses for their 2-0 over Comoros in the preliminary stages of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. The match, which was played on November 17 2015 in Kumasi, was settled by goals from Mubarak Wakaso and Jordan Ayew. The result sent the Black Stars into the main ...

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Petr Cech out for three to four weeks

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will be out for three to four weeks with a calf injury, says manager Arsene Wenger. The 33-year-old is likely to miss at least four league games, plus the Champions League trip to Barcelona and FA Cup replay against Hull. He was injured when he ran back to his area after going up for a corner ...

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Barcelona beat Vallecano 5-1 to set La Liga record

Barcelona broke a 27-year old Spanish record by going 35 games unbeaten in all competitions this season after thrashing nine-man Rayo Vallecano. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as the hosts fell apart after Ivan Rakitic’s opener, a result of a goalkeeper error. Diego Llorente was sent off in between two Messi goals before Manucho replied. Manuel Iturra then saw red ...

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