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    Halep and Mertens win through to Qatar final

    Simona Halep won five games in a row in the deciding set of an astonishing match against Elina Svitolina in Doha on Friday to power through to the Qatar Open final. Seemingly down and almost out at 1-4 in the third set, world number three Halep was roared on by a large and noisy set of Romanian fans

  • Galatasaray scores win over UEFA in finance monitoring case
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    Galatasaray scores win over UEFA in finance monitoring case

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — In a legal setback for UEFA, Galatasaray has won an appeal to block a further investigation of the club's compliance with financial monitoring rules.

  • UEFA charges Valencia's Kondogbia for deliberate yellow card
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    UEFA charges Valencia's Kondogbia for deliberate yellow card

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia with intentionally getting a yellow card in a Europa League game against Celtic.

  • Zola defends Chelsea's treatment of Hudson-Odoi
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    Zola defends Chelsea's treatment of Hudson-Odoi

    Gianfranco Zola insists Chelsea haven't neglected Callum Hudson-Odoi despite the teenage starlet's lack of first-team opportunities this season. Hudson-Odoi reportedly handed in a transfer request last month following a £35 million ($45 million) offer from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

  • Infantino 'happy' about refugee footballer's return to Australia
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    Infantino 'happy' about refugee footballer's return to Australia

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday expressed joy over refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi's return to Australia after a two-month ordeal saw him jailed in Thailand and threatened with forced return to his native Bahrain. "I'm very happy and everyone at FIFA is very happy that he

  • Don't get drawn into pitch battle, Guardiola warns City
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    Don't get drawn into pitch battle, Guardiola warns City

    Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City stars not to use the dubious state of Newport County's pitch as an excuse when they face the fourth tier giant-killers in the FA Cup on Saturday. Guardiola is aware that Newport's Rodney Parade ground has one of the more badly damaged surfaces in

  • Man United forwards Martial, Lingard out for 2-3 weeks
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    Man United forwards Martial, Lingard out for 2-3 weeks

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United could be without forwards Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial for at least two weeks.

  • Man Utd's Martial, Lingard to miss Chelsea, Liverpool matches
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    Man Utd's Martial, Lingard to miss Chelsea, Liverpool matches

    Manchester United will be without Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard for Monday's FA Cup clash at Chelsea with both sidelined for up to three weeks after picking up injuries during Tuesday’s Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain. The in-form duo will also miss Liverpool's visit to Old

  • Injury mystery threatens to blight Robben's Bayern swansong
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    Injury mystery threatens to blight Robben's Bayern swansong

    A mysterious thigh strain is overshadowing Arjen Robben's final few months at Bayern Munich, leaving the injury-prone winger frustrated on the sidelines. The 35-year-old, who scored the winning goal for Bayern in the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley, has said this will be his tenth and final

  • Footballer Sala's body arrives in Argentina
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    Footballer Sala's body arrives in Argentina

    The coffin of footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash between Nantes and Cardiff, arrived in Argentina on Friday ahead of his funeral in his hometown of Progreso. The British Airways flight carrying the body landed shortly after 9:00am (1200 GMT) at Buenos Aires airport. A van waited to

  • Ciao captain - Napoli bid farewell to club legend Hamsik
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    Ciao captain - Napoli bid farewell to club legend Hamsik

    Napoli captain Marek Hamsik brought the curtain down on his 12-year career at the club and on Friday the team paid tribute to the Slovak star as he prepares to move to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang. "We wish Hamsik all the best in the future," said coach Carlo Ancelotti after Napoli

  • Luiz insists Chelsea stars still believe in Sarri
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    Luiz insists Chelsea stars still believe in Sarri

    Chelsea defender David Luiz insists there has been no dressing room revolt against manager Maurizio Sarri's tactics despite a 6-0 mauling at Manchester City last weekend. The Blues bounced back by beating Malmo 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, but tougher tests lie in wait with the visit of

  • Valverde agrees to coach Barcelona for another season
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    Valverde agrees to coach Barcelona for another season

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ernesto Valverde has agreed to stay on as Barcelona coach for at least one more season.

  • Coach Valverde extends stay at Barcelona
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    Coach Valverde extends stay at Barcelona

    Spanish champions Barcelona announced Friday they have extended the contract of coach Ernesto Valverde for another season with the option of one more. Valverde, who took over at the Camp Nou in 2017 after joining from Athletic Bilbao, won the league and cup double last season. "FC Barcelona and

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
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    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

    This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week.

  • Flamengo plays 1st match since academy fire that killed 10
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    Flamengo plays 1st match since academy fire that killed 10

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian soccer club Flamengo played its first match since the fire that killed 10 of its academy players at its training ground Feb. 8, losing 1-0 to rival Fluminense on Thursday night.

  • Chelsea edge out Malmo as Arsenal suffer Europa League setback
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    Chelsea edge out Malmo as Arsenal suffer Europa League setback

    Chelsea claimed a 2-1 victory at Malmo in the Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday to ease some of the pressure on beleaguered coach Maurizio Sarri, while Arsenal suffered a shock loss to BATE Borisov. Visitors Chelsea desperately needed a response after back-to-back humiliating away losses,

  • Star barber's Wembley visit doesn't cut it for Dortmund chiefs
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    Star barber's Wembley visit doesn't cut it for Dortmund chiefs

    A group of Borussia Dortmund stars have been slammed in the media and criticised by club bosses after inviting a celebrity barber to the team hotel on the eve of their Champions League mauling by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Bundesliga leaders Dortmund face a mountain to climb in the return on March

  • Valencia too strong for Celtic to close on Europa League last 16
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    Valencia too strong for Celtic to close on Europa League last 16

    Valencia closed in on the last 16 of the Europa League by inflicting just Celtic's second home defeat of the season with a 2-0 win in Glasgow on Thursday. Twice the Celtic offside trap was broken with ease either side of half-time as Ruben Sobrino's pass was tapped home by Denis Cheryshev before

  • Arsenal stunned by Borisov in Europa League, Chelsea wins
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    Arsenal stunned by Borisov in Europa League, Chelsea wins

    Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat at BATE Borisov in the first leg of the Europa League's round of 32 on Thursday, while crosstown rival Chelsea shook off its recent struggles with a 2-1 win at Malmo.

  • Inter drops Icardi as captain, Icardi pulls out of match
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    Inter drops Icardi as captain, Icardi pulls out of match

    MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan pulled the captaincy from Mauro Icardi, and Mauro Icardi responded by pulling himself out of Inter Milan's next match.

  • European Soccer Weekend: What to watch in main competitions
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    European Soccer Weekend: What to watch in main competitions

    What to watch in the leading football competitions in Europe this weekend:

  • Nadal's Spain to face champions Croatia in Davis Cup finals
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    Nadal's Spain to face champions Croatia in Davis Cup finals

    Rafael Nadal's Spain will host defending champions Croatia in the Davis Cup finals with the 17-time major winner set to be the only member of the sport's big four taking part in the controversially rebooted tournament. Nadal, who has played in four Davis Cup winning campaigns, has said he intends

  • Eric Harrison, who launched Beckham's career, dies at 81
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    Eric Harrison, who launched Beckham's career, dies at 81

    LONDON (AP) — Before becoming the global football superstar star with the popstar wife and adorning billboards worldwide, David Beckham only answered to Eric Harrison.

  • Atletico Madrid parts ways with trainer accused of pedophilia
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    Atletico Madrid parts ways with trainer accused of pedophilia

    Atletico Madrid announced Thursday it had parted ways with Manuel Brinas, who trained its young players for decades and recognised in an interview he had sexually abused a student in the 1970s. "Once we were made aware of the accusations, Manuel Brinas stopped collaborating with Atletico Madrid