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Di Maria stars as PSG whip Real Madrid

Joy was immediately plastered over the face of the forward, who peeled away performing his trademark loveheart celebration. Photo/COURTESY PARIS, France, Sep 19 – Angel Di Maria scored twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain shrugged off the absences of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and thrashed Real...

CECAFA U20: Kenya depart for Uganda by bus

Rising Stars assistant coach Hesbon Nyabinge leads out the team as they left their hotel ahead of their departure to Uganda for the upcoming CECAFA U20 Championships. Photo/FKF NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – The Kenya football Under-20 team departed for Uganda by bus on Wednesday night ahead of...

KCB partners with Protege FC for Youth Team

KCB FC Partners with Protege FC for Youth Team NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – Kenyan Premier League side KCB FC and youth talent development academy, Protege Football Club (PFC) have entered into a long-term partnership that will see the latter become the Bankers’ official youth team. The partnership...

Spurs blow two-goal lead at Olympiakos

Olympiakos players and fans celebrate Mathieu Valbuena’s equaliser against Tottenham PIRAEUS, Greece, Sep 19 – Tottenham failed to get off to a winning start in the Champions League as last season’s finalists let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Olympiakos in Greece on Wednesday. Despite a...

Milan clubs meet city officials over plans to demolish San Siro

The San Siro is the iconic home of AC Milan and Inter Milan, who have won 10 Champions Leagues between them © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLO MILAN, Italy, Sep 18 – Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala repeated his vehement opposition to the demolition of the San Siro Stadium, ahead...

Curry plans to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, center, went to Japan in June for a basketball clinic and hopes to return there next year with other US NBA stars in quest of a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics © AFP/File / Kazuhiro NOGI SAN FRANCISCO, United States, Sep...

Press intrusion forced Thomas to go public about HIV

Gareth Thomas said press intrusion forced him to go public with his HIV diagnosis © AFP/File / CLEMENS BILAN LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 18 – Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has said that he would not have revealed his HIV diagnosis if a newspaper had not threatened...

Ryder Cup winner Olesen in court over sexual assault charge

Danish Ryder Cup winner Thorbjorn Olesen arrives at a London court to face charges of sexual assault © AFP / Ben STANSALL LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 18 – Danish golf star Thorbjorn Olesen appeared in court in Britain on Wednesday accused of sexual assault and being drunk on...

Schools, airports closed as Indonesia fires spark fears for Singapore F1

This year’s fires have been worsened by dry weather © AFP / ADEK BERRY KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sep 18 – Toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires closed schools and airports across the country and in neighbouring Malaysia Wednesday, while air quality worsened in Singapore just days before the...

Ex-Rangers player Ricksen dies after motor neurone battle

Fernando Ricksen (centre) pictured during his time at Scottish Premiership club Rangers © ANP/AFP/File / OLAF KRAAK LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 18 – Former Netherlands and Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has died at the age of 43 following a battle with motor neurone disease, the Scottish Premiership club...

Russians plot Japan shock in World Cup opener

Welshman Lyn Jones was appointed Russia head coach in August last year © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV TOKYO, Japan, Sep 18 – Russia coach Lyn Jones said on Wednesday he had a cunning plan to ambush hosts Japan in this week’s Rugby World Cup opener, revealing only that...

Wales coach sent home from World Cup over alleged betting breach

Rob Howley (R) was one of Wales boss Warren Gatland’s first coaching appointments. Photo/COURTESY TOKYO, Japan, Sep 18 – Wales backs coach Rob Howley has been sent home from the World Cup for an alleged breach of World Rugby’s laws covering betting and anti-corruption. The 48-year-old’s departure is...

Holders Liverpool fall to Napoli in UCL opener

Sadio Mane (right) attempts to control the ball as Liverpool continued their positive start in southern Italy. Photo/COURTESY NAPLES, Italy, Sep 18 – Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente scored late goals as Napoli defeated holders Liverpool 2-0 in Tuesday’s opening round of Champions League group stage matches. Mertens...

Chelsea pay penalty of Barkley miss in defeat by Valencia

Rodrigo scored the only goal as Valencia beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge © AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 18 – Valencia put a week of turmoil behind them to beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in Frank Lampard’s first Champions League game in charge...

Messi returns as fearless Dortmund frustrate Barcelona

Lionel Messi made a long-awaited return from injury on Tuesday as Barcelona were held to a goalless draw in Dortmund© AFP SASCHA SCHUERMANN DORTMUND, Germany, Sep 18 – Lionel Messi returned from injury to make an innocuous first appearance of the season as Barcelona were held to a...

Lukaku’s Inter salvage late draw with Prague in Champions League opener

Nicolo Barella (L) rescued a point for Inter at home to outsiders Slavia Prague in their Champions League opener© AFP Marco Bertorello PARIS, France, Sep 17 – Substitute Nicolo Barella scored in added time to rescue a 1-1 draw for a disappointing Inter Milan in their Champions League...

Cagliari avoid sanctions for Lukaku monkey chants

Romelu Lukaku scored the winner for Inter Milan despite racist chanting in Cagliari © AFP / Miguel MEDINA MILAN, Italy, Sep 17 – Cagliari have escaped punishment for the racist chanting their fans aimed at Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku in a Serie A match earlier this month,...

Okumbi sets sights on CECAFA U20 title

The Kenya U20 National Team players cool off during their final training session ahead of their departure to Uganda for the upcoming CECAFA Championships. Photo/FKF NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – The Kenya Under-20 football team, the Rising Stars, held its final training session on Tuesday at the Gems...

World Rugby chief ‘concerned’ by Sh 38bn Six Nations deal

Former Formula One owners CVC are reported to have agreed a deal with the Six Nations to purchase 15 percent of their commercial arm for £300 million ($370 million) © AFP / Paul ELLIS TOKYO, Japan, Sep 17 – World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper said Tuesday he...

Missing Kenyan children featured in Roma social media campaign found

Missing Kenyan children featured in Roma social media campaign found. Photo/BBC NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 17 – Two Kenyan children who featured in a missing child social media campaign launched by Roma have been found and returned to their families. The Italian club featured a picture of each child...

Neymar’s PSG Champions League ban cut

Neymar scored the winning goal in injury time on Saturday as Paris Saint-Germain beat Strasbourg © AFP / Martin BUREAU LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Sep 17 – Neymar’s Champions League ban for insulting match officials on social media has been reduced from three games to two following an appeal, the...

Ronaldo ’embarrassed’ by rape allegations

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he was embarrassed by rape allegations © AFP / Vincenzo PINTO LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he felt “embarrassed” as he tried to shield his family from allegations he raped a woman in the United States....

With Neymar staying and Icardi in, can PSG finally deliver in Europe?

Thomas Tuchel is under even greater pressure than ever to deliver in Europe for PSG after their poor recent showings in the Champions League © AFP/File / Martin BUREAU PARIS, France, Sep 17 – The visit of Real Madrid to the French capital on Wednesday means a glamour...

High balls, high tackles: five Rugby World Cup talking points

New guidelines on policing high tackles could make red cards more likely at the Rugby World Cup © AFP / Marty MELVILLE TOKYO, Japan, Sep 17 – From slippery balls to a possible rash of red cards from high tackles, there is no shortage of potential talking points...

Boks expect the unexpected from ‘evolving’ All Blacks

South Africa’s Herschel Jantjies training for the All Black clash © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU URAYASU, Japan, Sep 17 – South Africa are bracing themselves for “new tricks” from defending champions New Zealand when the fierce rivals lock horns in their heavyweight Rugby World Cup opener this weekend....

Messi comeback possible as Barca launch UCL charge

Ernesto Valverde said that Barcelona were looking to put last season’s Champions League disappointment behind them this year © AFP / SASCHA SCHUERMANN BERLIN, Germany, Sep 16 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said Monday that Lionel Messi could make his comeback against Borussia Dortmund as the Catalan giants...

Xavi’s Al Sadd storm into Asian Champions League semi

Sadd SC’s Spanish coach Xavi Hernandez celebrates with his staff after his team’s 3-1 AFC Champions League quarter-final football match victory against Saudi’s Al-Nassr at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on September 16, 2019. © AFP / KARIM JAAFAR DOHA, Qatar, Sep 16 – Top Qatar...

David de Gea signs new deal at Man Utd

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has pledged his future to the club © AFP/File / Paul ELLIS LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 16 – David de Gea has signed a new long-term contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club announced on Monday, ending months of speculation over...

Kimathi assures Safari Rally still on WRC path

Tundo to use Zambia Rally as a springboard to Safari NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 16 – Safari Rally Project CEO Phineas Kimathi is optimistic that Kenya will be readmitted to the World Rally Championship calendar despite the anticipated delay in announcing the 2020 calendar by the world governing body,...

Barsosio, Kiprotich break records in Sydney

Barsosio cut the tape in two hours, 24 minutes and 33 seconds, slashing some four-and-a-half minutes from the previous race record set by Makda Harun Haji two years ago. SYDNEY, Australia, Sep 16 – Stellah Barsosio and Felix Kiprotich were in emphatic form, slashing significant chunks off the...
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