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Maradona laughing and responding very well to brain surgery, says doctor

Diego Maradona is showing signs of improvement after undergoing an operation for possible bleeding on the brain. Dr Leopoldo Luque, the 60-year-old Argentinian’s personal physician, has said that Maradona “laughed” and “grabbed my hand” a day after the procedure. Maradona, considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, is set to remain […]

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Preston bring leaders Reading down to earth, Wednesday’s point deduction cut

Reading’s indifferent form continued as they were thrashed 3-0 at home by Preston, though they remain top of the Championship, three points clear of Swansea. Although the visitors dominated the first half, Reading went close to breaking the deadlock through a header from top scorer Lucas João. Preston’s Daniel Johnson missed a penalty soon after […]

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Mamadou Sakho wins ‘substantial damages’ from Wada over drug claims

Mamadou Sakho has won his libel action against the World Anti-Doping Agency and is to receive “substantial damages” after it repeated false claims about a drug test taken by the former Liverpool defender. In a statement read in open court at the Royal Courts of Justice, Wada accepted Sakho’s case in full. It apologised for […]

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Champions League: RB Leipzig punish nine-man PSG, Sevilla roar back to win

RB Leipzig threw the race to qualify from Group H wide open with a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain, who missed a penalty at 1-0 up and finished the game with nine men. Ángel di María fired PSG ahead with just six minutes on the clock in a rematch of last season’s semi-final. Thomas Tuchel’s […]

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FA under fire for new diversity code that excludes disabled people

The Football Association’s Football Leadership Diversity Code sends the message “it is OK to exclude disabled people”, a leading advocacy group has warned, after the largest minority in Britain was missed from the code’s targets. Disability Rights UK has questioned the Diversity Code after it was hailed as a step change in equality and representation […]

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‘You don’t see those goals at this level’: Solskjær reflects on defensive disaster

Ole Gunnar Solskjær refused to be drawn on whether his players could cause him to be sacked after Manchester United’s dismal 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday night. While United have six points after three Group H matches, Roy Keane stated following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Arsenal in the Premier League that Solskjær’s players […]

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Southgate says no one is challenging Pickford to be England’s goalkeeper

Gareth Southgate said Jordan Pickford remains his undisputed England No 1 partly because no other goalkeeper is “challenging seriously to push him out of that position”. The manager’s support comes as the Everton goalkeeper endures a difficult period, having been castigated for his challenge on Virgil van Dijk during the Merseyside derby last month that […]