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United stay in top-4 contention

REUTERS Brighton Bruno Fernandes capped a fine individual performance with two goals and Mason Greenwood added another as Manchester United won 3-0 at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Tuesday to stay in the hunt for a top-four finish. Having stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 games, United climbed back into fifth place on …

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Barca’s title bid on rocks as Atletico upstage Messi’s 700th goal

REUTERS Barcelona Barcelona gave up more ground to Real Madrid in La Liga’s title race on Tuesday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to third-placed Atletico Madrid as a late penalty from Saul Niguez cancelled out Lionel Messi’s 700th career goal. The draw meant the Catalans stayed second in the standings on 70 points and leaders Real …

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Nestor, Lesly, Kapil extend FC Goa Dev team contracts

Panaji: FC Goa on Tuesday announced that its Developmental Team stars Nestor Dias, Lesly Rebello and Kapil Hoble have all committed their futures to the club. Nestor Dias and Kapil Hoble have both signed new deals that will keep them at the club till 2022, while Lesly Rebello’s contract has been extended till 2023, states the press release issued by …

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IPL should sever ties with Chinese sponsors: KXIP co-owner

New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia on Tuesday called for a gradual end to Chinese sponsorship in the Indian Premier League amid escalating tensions between the two countries owing to the violent clash in eastern Ladakh earlier this month. Calls for boycotting Chinese products have intensified after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the Galwan Valley clash on …

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Mbemba helps Porto extend lead at top

Lisbon: Chancel Mbemba’s early goal proved enough to hand Porto a 1-0 away win over Pacos Ferreira on Monday and extend their lead at the top of Portugal’s Primeira Liga. Mbemba snapped up a chance after just seven minutes to hand Porto a vital win in the title race that puts them six points clear of defending champions Benfica with …

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Solskjaer warns Rashford, Martial to improve or risk being replaced

London: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to improve, saying he is open to further strengthening his attack despite their impressive goalscoring form this season. The Old Trafford giants are on course to have two players hit the 20-goal mark in the same campaign, in all competitions, since Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez in 2010/11. Martial’s …

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Sports Ministry seeks HC consent to grant provisional recognition

New Delhi: The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Tuesday approached the Delhi High Court seeking its consent to give annual recognition provisionally till September 30 to 54 National Sports Federations (NSF). The ministry’s application, which is likely to come up for hearing on July 2, also sought court’s consent to revoke the suspension of recognition of three NSFs and …

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Under-fire Djokovic find supports in Serbian PM

Belgrade: World No 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has found support in his country’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic who has backed the Serbian after he was heavily criticised following the Adria Open fiasco. “Every part of him. He tried to do something good for the whole region,” Brnabic said in an interview with PinkTV. “To put politics aside and help …

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Kyrgios, Becker in war of words over Zverev’s partying video

London: Nick Kyrgios and Boris Becker traded insults on social media on Tuesday following the Australian’s criticism of Alexander Zverev after a video appeared to show the German dancing in a crowded club despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The video was posted on Instagram by German designer Philipp Plein and later deleted. There was no indication of when the video was …

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Nitin Menon becomes youngest umpire to enter ICC Elite Panel

Dubai: India’s Nitin Menon on Monday became the youngest member of the International Cricket Council’s Elite Panel of Umpires, replacing England’s Nigel Llong for the upcoming 2020-21 season after an annual review. The 36-year-old, who has officiated in three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is, is only the third from India to make it to the prestigious group after former …

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