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City honour champions Liverpool before inflicting 4-0 humiliation

AP Manchester As they stepped onto the pitch, Liverpool’s players were given a guard of honour from Manchester City. It was the only time they looked like Premier League champions on Thursday. “I think they drank a lot of beers in the last week,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. The dethroned champions made sure there was an abrupt comedown from …

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West Ham dent Chelsea’s top-four hopes

London: West Ham rocked Chelsea’s top-four hopes and boosted their survival bid with a dramatic 3-2 win, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal climbed back into European contention with a 4-0 thrashing of Norwich on Wednesday. Chelsea were hoping to take advantage of third-placed Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at Everton earlier in the day, but instead the Blues were beaten …

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Stimac says India will not play to lose against Qatar

New Delhi: India’s draw against Asian champions Qatar in a World Cup qualifier last year was one of their best results but coach Igor Stimac does not want to put pressure on his players by promising a victory in the return leg. India play Qatar in Bhubaneswar on October 8 before taking on Bangladesh (away match) on November 12 and …

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Younis once held a knife to my throat: Grant Flower

New Delhi: Former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower has alleged that ex-skipper Younis Khan had once held a knife to his throat when he tried to offer him some advice during a tour of Australia. Asked about the tricky characters that he has had to coach in his career, the 49-year-old Zimbabwean, who was Pakistan’s batting coach from 2014 to …

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FIFA hands Punjab FC 3-window transfer ban

Kolkata: Punjab FC, formerly known as Minerva Punjab FC, have been handed a three-window transfer ban by FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) for failing to pay the dues of North Macedonian footballer Hristijan Denkovski. The fiasco took place in August last year when Ranjit Bajaj was still an active decision-maker at the club and the ban was handed on Tuesday. …

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UAE, Sri Lanka in race to host IPL 2020

New Delhi: The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is in all probability headed to foreign shores with UAE and Sri Lanka in the race to host the 2020 edition of the cash-rich league. The final announcement is expected soon as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still awaiting an official decision on the fate …

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Villarreal inch closer to Champions League spot

Madrid: Gerard Moreno scored a pair of first-half goals as Villarreal defeated 10-man Real Betis 2-0 on Wednesday to move closer to a Champions League spot in the Spanish league. It was Villarreal’s fifth win in six matches after the pandemic break, moving them three points being fourth-place Sevilla with five rounds remaining. They are two points ahead of sixth-place …

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Ronaldo stars in Juventus’ 3-1 win over Genoa

AP Rome Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a long-range rocket on a night when each Juventus goal was more spectacular than the other in a 3-1 win at relegation-threatened Genoa. Chasing a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title, the victory restored Juventus’ four-point lead over Lazio, who won 2-1 at Torino earlier Tuesday. Since losing the Italian Cup final to Napoli …

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ISL has helped Indian football make global impact, feel former players

IANS New Delhi In the recent years, Indian football has shown tremendous improvement, not just in terms of its performance but infrastructure as well. The country has been able to make great strides towards the development of the sport in the country and it has been helped immensely by the Indian Super League (ISL) ever since its inception in 2014. …

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