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Rocky Johnson, Professional Wrestler, father of the Rock, Dies at 75

Rocky Johnson, the hard-bodied professional wrestler known as Soul Man who battled racism early in his career and later helped train his son, the actor Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson, has died at age 75. His death was announced on Wednesday in a statement by World Wrestling Entertainment. No cause was given. Mr. Johnson rose fromRead More
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Wimbledon champion Halep knocked out in Adelaide quarter-finals

Two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep will head into the Australian Open with room for improvement after being upset 6-4, 6-2 by Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday at the ATP-WTA Adelaide International. The reigning Wimbledon champion and former world number one dropped serve five times and was flattened in the second set by her opponent fromRead More
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Mbappe returns to haunt Monaco, hits 20th goal of season

Kylian Mbappe scored twice to take his season tally to 20 as the French World Cup winner shone in a 4-1 rout of his former club Monaco on Wednesday. The victory kept PSG eight points clear at the top. They also registered their 50th goal of the league campaign from 20 matches. Monaco came awayRead More
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2021 AFCON to be played at start of year, say hosts Cameroon

The Africa Cup of Nations will revert to its former time slot of January and February for the next edition in 2021, hosts Cameroon said on Wednesday. The tournament’s organising committee, as well as the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot), revealed that the tournament will be played from January 9 to February 6, 2021 after aRead More
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Five women to watch at the Australian Open tennis

Serena Williams can make history at the Australian Open as she pursues a 24th Grand Slam singles title, which would equal Margaret Court’s all-time record. But there are numerous threats to the American, especially from the new generation headed by Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty and defending champion Naomi Osaka. AFP Sport picks outRead More
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Marseille president receives death threat

The president of French football giants Marseille, Jacques-Henri Eyraud, said on Wednesday that he would start police proceedings over a death threat on social media. “I’m going to lodge a complaint tomorrow,” Eyraud told AFP after an explicit message appeared on social media giving his address in Marseille. READ ALSO: NPFL Matchday 15 Preview: Enyimba takeRead More
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Ghana appoint ex captain Akonnor as coach

  The Ghana Football Association on Wednesday appointed former Black Stars captain Charles Kwabla Akonnor as their new coach. Akonnor, a central midfielder for German sides Fortuna Koln and Wolfsburg, replaces Kwesi Appiah whose contract was not renewed in December. The former Black Stars skipper will be assisted by David Duncan – a former GhanaRead More
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Mbappe returns to haunt Monaco, hits 20th goal of season

Kylian Mbappe scored twice to take his season tally to 20 as the French World Cup winner shone in Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-1 rout of his former club Monaco on Wednesday. The victory kept PSG eight points clear at the top. They also registered their 50th goal of the league campaign from 20 matches. Monaco cameRead More
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Messi picks former Man City man as toughest man-marker

Lionel Messi claims he’s not bothered by the man-marking he is regularly subjected to while playing for Barcelona and has picked Girona’s Pablo Maffeo as one of his toughest opponents. The 32-year-old’s skills and ability to decide a match have led to some opposition managers opting to man-mark the Argentine, assigning a player the jobRead More
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Appeal denied: Arsenal’s Aubameyang to serve three match ban

Arsenal’s appeal to overturn Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s red card has been dismissed, meaning the gunners will be without their talismanic striker and captain for three domestic matches. Aubameyang was sent off midway through the second half of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday after lunging in on Max Meyer. ALSO READ: VIDEO: Professional boxer whoRead More
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LaLiga: Barcelona president predicts who will coach team in future

Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has confirmed that there is a break clause in the contract of new manager, Quique Setien. The clause means Setien could leave the club in 2021, despite signing a two-and-a-half year deal. The former Real Betis coach was only appointed this week as Ernesto Valverde’s replacement.  Bartomeu, speaking to Sport,
LaLiga: Barcelona president predicts who will coach team in future

Arsenal vs Sheffield United: Arteta reveals players that will feature at EPL clash

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has revealed that he will feature Gunners’ players who are ‘best fit’ against Sheffield United in Saturday’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium. Arteta’s side head to the game following a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace in their last encounter. “We have a lot of issues at the back, the
Arsenal vs Sheffield United: Arteta reveals players that will feature at EPL clash

Transfer: Leicester City defender joins Man City

Manchester City on Wednesday completed the signing of Leicester City defender, Camron Gbadebo. Gbadebo joined the Citizens after having a successful trial with the Premier League champions. The 17-year-old made eleven appearances for Leicester City’s Under-18. Gbadebo is an England born player with Nigerian descent. “I’m so happy to announce that I’ve signed for @mancity,”
Transfer: Leicester City defender joins Man City

LaLiga: Messi reveals what Guardiola did to him

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi has disclosed how a ‘positional change’ by Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola transformed him into a world best player. Messi played under Guardiola at Barcelona during the Spaniard’s regime as head coach of the Blaugrana at Camp Nou. “I remember that it was a surprise for me, because I was called
LaLiga: Messi reveals what Guardiola did to him

Transfer: Chelsea confirms deal for 19-year-old star

Chelsea have confirmed that their 19-year-old midfielder, Conor Gallagher has left the club to join Swansea City on loan until the end of the season. Frank Lampard’s side made this known in a statement on their official website on Wednesday. The statement read: “Conor Gallagher has returned from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic and
Transfer: Chelsea confirms deal for 19-year-old star

Transfer: Serie A giants in talks to sign Man United midfielder

AC Milan have begun talks with Manchester United in a bid to sign their midfielder, Nemanja Matic, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The Serie A giants have expressed an interest in bringing in the former Chelsea star to San Siro. Matic has found himself out of the Red Devils’ starting XI this season and has
Transfer: Serie A giants in talks to sign Man United midfielder

EPL: Ozil opens up on ‘hard time’ under Emery, his Arsenal future

Arsenal playmaker, Mesut Ozil, has said he will stay at the club this season and the next, after surviving “a hard time” under Unai Emery. Ozil insists he is happy under Mikel Arteta and suggested the former club captain has a better connection with the dressing room. The former Real Madrid midfielder, whose £350,000-a-week contract
EPL: Ozil opens up on ‘hard time’ under Emery, his Arsenal future

Transfer: Arteta takes final decision on Arsenal striker’s departure

Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, has decided to keep Eddie Nketiah for the rest of the season, despite several loan offers from the Championship, Goal reports. Nketiha scored five goals in 19 appearances while on loan with Leeds in the first half of the season. It was expected that the 20-year-old would go back on
Transfer: Arteta takes final decision on Arsenal striker’s departure

EPL: Solskjaer admits Rashford gamble “backfired” ahead of Liverpool clash

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has admitted that the gamble in bringing on Marcus Rashford against Wolves “backfired”. Rashford lasted just 15 minutes as United won 1-0, after a clash with Wolves defender Matt Doherty. The England striker is now a doubt for the trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday. “It backfired.
EPL: Solskjaer admits Rashford gamble “backfired” ahead of Liverpool clash

Sarri angry Messi has more Ballon d’Or awards than Ronaldo

Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri, has said it is “really annoying” that Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has won more Ballons d’Or than Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi moved one ahead of Ronaldo in December, taking it home for a record sixth time. The result came despite Ronaldo helping Juve to an eighth consecutive Serie A title and pushing
Sarri angry Messi has more Ballon d’Or awards than Ronaldo

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