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‘No chance’: Klopp rules out Liverpool move for Messi

Jurgen Klopp says there is “no chance” of Liverpool signing Lionel Messi, but the German admits the unsettled Barcelona star would be a great addition to the Premier League. Messi has told Barca he wants to leave after growing unhappy with the club’s problems on and off the pitch. The Argentina forward has been linked with a move to Manchester ...

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Chelsea sign Leicester’s Ben Chilwell on five-year deal

England left-back Ben Chilwell on Wednesday became Chelsea’s third high-profile signing of the summer, leaving Leicester for a fee reported to be around £50 million ($66 million). Chilwell’s arrival at Stamford Bridge on a five-year deal follows the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig, with more business expected before the transfer window closes. While ...

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Naomi Osaka withdraws from WTA semi-final over Blake shooting

Japan’s Naomi Osaka withdrew from her WTA Western & Southern Open semi-final match Thursday in New York to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Wisconsin. Osaka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, was to have faced Belgian Elise Mertens in the same quarantine bubble where the US Open will be played starting Monday. “Before I am an ...

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From Ballon d’Or to abject humiliation: why Messi seeks pastures new

When Lionel Messi won an unprecedented sixth Ballon d’Or in December last year, the speculation had already begun over his career at Barcelona. The 33-year-old Argentine footballing genius was increasingly unable single-handedly to rescue his imploding club, as he had done so often in the past. Barcelona, despite lifting the La Liga title, had collapsed at the end of the 2018-19 season, ...

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Anderson kept waiting for 600th wicket as Pakistan frustrate England

James Anderson was left just one shy of becoming only the fourth bowler to take 600 Test wickets as a combination of poor catching, bad weather and some determined Pakistan batting conspired against the England paceman at Southampton on Monday. Anderson, denied an early breakthrough when Jos Buttler dropped a routine chance to reprieve Shan Masood, returned for a third ...

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England’s Anderson closes on 600 Test wickets as rain aids Pakistan

England great James Anderson moved to within three wickets of becoming the first paceman to take 600 in Tests on a rain-marred morning against Pakistan at Southampton on Sunday. Pakistan had slumped to 41-4 in reply to England’s mammoth first innings 583-8 declared, a deficit of 542 runs, when rain stopped play at 1114 GMT and led to an early ...

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Harry Maguire: Manchester United captain arrested following incident in Mykonos

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been arrested following an incident on the island of Mykonos on Thursday. The England defender, 27, is on holiday in Greece. The Syros prosecutor’s office said on Friday that “three foreigners” had been arrested after an alleged altercation with police officers in Mykonos. Maguire’s lawyer Konstantinos Darivas said he denies the allegations and is ...

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England bat in Pakistan finale as Archer returns

England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat in the third and final Test against Pakistan at Southampton on Friday as the hosts recalled Jofra Archer. England, 1-0 up in the series after a three-wicket win in the first Test at Old Trafford was followed by a weather-affected draw at Southampton, recalled fast bowler Archer in place ...

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Mohammad Nabi inducted into Afghanistan Cricket Board

In a surprise move, senior Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi has been inducted as one of the members of the Afghanistan Cricket Board. Nabi, who retired from Tests last year while continuing to play white-ball cricket for his country, is likely to be the first active player to be part of Afghanistan’s cricket administration. The ACB did not mention any reason ...

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Bayern breeze past Lyon to set up PSG showdown

Bayern Munich’s astonishing form under Hansi Flick has taken them to the brink of a treble after they dispatched Lyon 3-0 in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, and the stage is now set for a fascinating final battle between the German giants and Paris Saint-Germain. “This is what you dream of as a footballer — playing against the best in Europe. ...

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