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Dogboe grateful to father and trainer for WBO Interim crown

New interim WBO Super bantamweight champion, Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe has paid tribute to his father and trainer, Paul Dogboe, after defeating Mexican Cesar Juarez in their bout on January 5 at the Bukom Boxing Arena. Dogboe floored Juarez in the fifth round to get a technical knockout victory on the night. Pundits have praised Dogboe’s all-out attacking approach to ...

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African teams made the WC quarters in my dream – Super Eagles coach

Head Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has revealed that all of Africa’s five representatives slated to participate at the Russia 2018 World Cup made it to the quarterfinals of the competition in a vision that came to him while he slept. The German tactician ensured that Nigeria sealed their ticket to the global showpiece ahead of all others ...

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Philippe Coutinho says £142m Barcelona move is a ‘dream come true’

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho says his move to Barcelona is a “dream come true” before his official presentation at the Nou Camp on Monday. The 25-year-old is set to join the Spanish giants after a £142m deal was agreed with Liverpool on Saturday. He took part in a brief photo session at the Nou Camp after Barcelona’s 3-0 win against Levante on Sunday. Coutinho ...

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Messi, Suarez on target as Barcelona sweep past Levante

Lionel Messi marked his 400th Barcelona appearance with a goal as the La Liga leaders maintained their nine-point advantage with victory over Levante. Messi opened the scoring at the Nou Camp, chipping the ball to Jordi Alba and volleying home the return. His 365th La Liga goal equalled Gerd Muller’s record for goals in a single one of Europe’s top ...

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FA Cup: Nottingham Forest knock out holders Arsenal

Arsene Wenger was condemned to his first FA Cup third-round exit as managerless Championship side Nottingham Forest stunned holders Arsenal at the City Ground. The hosts took the lead when Eric Lichaj headed in from close range, although the advantage lasted just three minutes as Per Mertesacker followed up after Rob Holding’s header had struck the post. Lichaj reclaimed the ...

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Stoke City sack manager Mark Hughes after poor run

Mark Hughes has been sacked as manager of Stoke City, just hours after the club’s FA Cup third-round exit at the hands of League Two Coventry City. A run of five defeats in seven Premier League games also contributed to Hughes’ departure and he leaves with the club in the relegation zone. Hughes, 54, had been in charge of the ...

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Dogboe floors Juarez to win WBO Interim Super Bantamweight title

Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe stopped Mexican Cesar Juarez on Saturday at the Bukom Boxing Arena in the 5th round, for the vacant WBO Interim Super Bantamweight title. The bout started on a fast note for both boxers, but it was Dogboe who was more aggressive. He sought out Juarez from the bell and gave a strong indication of what his plans ...

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Diego Costa scores and is sent off in first Atletico start

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored a goal before being sent off seconds later on his first start for Atletico Madrid since returning to the Spanish club. Costa was booked in the 62nd minute of Saturday’s La Liga game with Getafe before scoring six minutes later. He then jumped into the crowd to celebrate and was subsequently shown a second ...

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Liverpool to ‘co-operate’ with investigation into Firmino-Holgate bust up

Liverpool say they will co-operate with any investigation into Roberto Firmino’s clash with Mason Holgate in the Reds’ 2-1 FA Cup win over Everton. Holgate pushed forward Firmino over the advertising hoardings and into the crowd, with the Everton defender left furious after the pair subsequently exchanged angry words. The incident – for which neither player was booked – will be ...

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Mourinho escalates feud with Conte with ‘match-fixing’ jibe

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has continued his feud with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte by saying he will never be “suspended for match-fixing”. Conte received a four-month suspension while at Juventus in the 2012-13 season for failing to report match-fixing at his previous club Siena. In 2016, the Italian was cleared by a court of any wrongdoing in the matter. ...

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