Football

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charge in Las Vegas

(Reuters) – Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will face no charges in Las Vegas in connection with a 10-year-old sexual assault allegation because the case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, prosecutors said on...

23rd July

Fiji FACT champ Nadi out to break jinx at BOG

VODAFONE Fiji FACT champion Nadi will be out to break its 23-year losing jinx when the side participates in the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament which kicks off at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori on Friday. Sponsored by Jack’s of Fiji, the Jetsetters last won the BOG trophy in 1996 defeating Tavua 3-1...

Kane hits 93rd minute wonder-goal as Spurs sink Juventus in Singapore

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane scored what he called “one of the best goals” of his career to beat Italian champions Juventus 3-2 in an enthralling International Champions Cup contest in Singapore on Sunday. Kane capitalised after team mate Lucas Moura nicked the ball deep into injury time, allowing the striker to thump it from...

Bale close to leaving Real Madrid, says Zidane

Forward Gareth Bale’s tenure with Real Madrid could come to an end in a matter of days after manager Zinedine Zidane said the club were working on offloading the Welsh international. Bale, 30, has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record 100 million euros...

Sheffield United sign Mousset from Bournemouth

Sheffield United have broken the club’s transfer record a third time in the current window by signing French striker Lys Mousset from Bournemouth on a three-year deal, the newly promoted Premier League outfit announced on Sunday. United did not disclose the fee but British media reported they had paid Bournemouth 10 million pounds for the...

22nd July

Nketiah scores double as Arsenal make it two wins from two in ICC

Eddie Nketiah continued his fine pre-season form with two goals as Arsenal produced a 3-0 victory over Fiorentina in the International Champions Cup in Charlotte on Saturday. Arsenal fielded a young side with Nketiah, who scored the winner against Bayern Munich in Arsenal’s last match, leading the line, and the 20-year-old wasted no time in...

Emery happy to be patient in transfer market

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he is happy to be patient in the transfer market and will wait for the right player to become available. The Gunners head coach was speaking after watching his side make it two wins from two in the International Champions Cup with a 3-0 victory over Fiorentina in Charlotte. “Really...

Bayern beat Real 3-1 in Texas as clubs unveil new signings

Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid 3-1 in an entertaining International Champions Cup match in Houston on Saturday. Both sides gave debuts to high-profile acquisitions in a game that featured appearances from 41 different players. Real, who started with a full-strength side that included a debut for former Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard went 1-0 down...

Algeria win Africa Cup of Nations with freak early goal

CAIRO (Reuters) – Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time on Friday when a freak second-minute goal by Baghdad Bounedjah gave them a 1-0 win over gallant Senegal in the final. Bounedjah, who missed a penalty in the quarter-final against Ivory Coast and spent the last few minutes of that game...

Klopp takes positives from Liverpool’s pre-season loss to Dortmund

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he was encouraged by the performance of the European champions on Saturday despite their defeat by his former side Borussia Dortmund who are further ahead in pre-season preparations. Goals from Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster were cancelled out by Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney and Jacob Bruun Larsen...

21st July

Teenager Greenwood gives Manchester United win over Inter

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Teenage forward Mason Greenwood rifled home in the 75th minute to give a dominant Manchester United a 1-0 victory against Inter Milan in their International Champions Cup opener in Singapore on Saturday. The 17-year-old turned sharply inside the box before lashing a left-footed strike into the far corner after Inter goalkeeper Samir...

Emery happy to be patient in transfer market

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he is happy to be patient in the transfer market and will wait for the right player to become available. The Gunners head coach was speaking after watching his side make it two wins from two in the International Champions Cup with a 3-0 victory...

20th July

2019 Pacific Games: Fiji men’s win bronze in football competition

THE Fiji men’s football side beat Papua New Guinea 4-2 on penalty kicks to claim the bronze medal at the Pacific Games in Samoa. Fiji trailed 1-nil and half-time and equalised in the second spell. Stopper Benaminio Matainaqara proved to be the hero saving two penalties. Meanwhile, New Zealand won gold beating Papua New Guinea...

2019 Pacific Games: Bronze for women footballer’s

THE Fiji women’s football side has won Bronze at the Pacific Games in Samoa. Fiji beat Cook Islands 3-1 in the Bronze medal playoff this morning. Cema Nasau scored two goals while Luisa Tamanitoakula grabbed one.  

U.S. fans at heart of growing Arsenal fan protests

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – Arsenal fan websites in the United States are playing a pivotal role in a protest campaign against the club’s owners as a petition demanding change surpassed 100,000 signatures on Thursday, three days after launching. Sixteen supporters’ groups, three from the U.S., came together to launch the “#WeCareDoYou” campaign in response...

19th July

Juventus snare De Ligt from Ajax for 75 million euros

(Reuters) – Juventus announced the signing of Dutch teenager Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax Amsterdam on Thursday, having secured one of the most sought-after young players in world soccer for 75 million euros (£67.55 million). The 19-year-old Netherlands international, who captained his former club in their thrilling run to the Champions League semi-finals last season,...

Ighalo goal gives Nigeria third-place playoff win in Cup of Nations

Odion Ighalo’s early goal gave Nigeria a 1-0 win over Tunisia in their third-place playoff at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. The 30-year-old forward, who is the tournament’s top scorer with five goals, was gifted an easy tap-in following a Tunisian defensive mix-up at the Al Salam Stadium. Jamilu Collins’ cross from the...

AS Roma sign defender Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta

AS Roma have signed Italy defender Gianluca Mancini from Atalanta in a deal that could be worth up to 23 million euros (£20.7 million), the Rome-based Serie A club said on Wednesday https://www.asroma.com/en/news/2019/7/mancini-completes-roma-move. Roma will sign Mancini on an initial one-year loan deal for a fee of 2 million euros but subsequently have to make...

Atletico Madrid sign England’s Trippier

England right back Kieran Trippier has signed for Atletico Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur, the two clubs said on Wednesday. Atletico did not say how much they will pay for Trippier, 28, although British media reported the deal was worth 20 million pounds ($25 million) plus variables. Trippier played a leading role in England’s run to...

18th July

Rose and Trippier to miss Tottenham’s Asia tour

England full backs Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose have been left out of Tottenham Hotspur’s pre-season squad for their tour of Asia. Spanish and British media reported Trippier, 28, is on the verge of a move to Atletico Madrid in a deal worth 20 million pounds. Spurs confirmed Rose has been granted time off “to...

West Ham make striker Haller their record signing

West Ham United have signed French striker Sebastien Haller from Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt for an undisclosed club record fee, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. The 25-year-old joins on a five-year deal with an option of a further year, becoming the Londoners’ fourth signing of the summer. British media reports put the figure...

Lively CAF congress expected amid corruption scandal

A corruption scandal and a decision to cede control of the body to FIFA are likely to provoke lively debate when the Confederation of African Football (CAF) holds its congress in Cairo on Thursday. It is the first meeting of CAF’s 54-member associations since allegations of fraud and sexual harassment were levelled against CAF president...

Santos women’s team sleep in hotel lobby ahead of match

The coach of Santos women’s team criticised the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Tuesday after her players were forced to spend part of the night in a hotel lobby before a crucial first division game. “This is the respect that people have for women’s football in Brazil,” said Emily Lima, as she recorded on video...

Atletico to sign England’s Trippier from Tottenham

England defender Kieran Trippier is on the verge of moving from Tottenham Hotspur to Atletico Madrid, reports in the Spanish and British media said on Tuesday. English newspaper the Daily Telegraph said Trippier, 28, has travelled to the Spanish capital ahead of a move worth 20 million pounds. Spanish daily Marca said Atletico, who finished...

PSG sign defender Diallo from Dortmund

Paris St Germain have signed French defender Abdou Diallo on a five-year deal from German side Borussia Dortmund, the French champions said on Tuesday. No financial details were disclosed but media reports said the fee was worth about 29 million pounds. “It is a great honour to be involved with such a prestigious club as...

Sheffield United sign Ravel Morrison on one-year deal

Sheffield United have signed former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison on a one-year deal following a trial period with the club with an option to stay longer, the newly promoted Premier League side said on Tuesday. “Ravel is an undoubted talent and we are delighted that we have put together a deal that suits all...

Norwich sign defender Byram from West Ham

Norwich City have signed defender Sam Byram from West Ham United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, the promoted Premier League club said on Tuesday. The 25-year-old right back, who made 36 appearances for West Ham after joining them in 2016, spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest but missed most of...

17th July

Chelsea do not require new players to be successful – Lampard

Chelsea are facing a transfer ban but new manager Frank Lampard is confident the Premier League club do not need to bring in new players to taste success. Lampard, who is the club’s record goalscorer from his time as a player, was appointed Chelsea’s new manager this month. With Chelsea unable to add new players...

Arsenal’s Emery waits for decision on Koscielny’s future

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he is awaiting a decision on Laurent Koscielny after the captain refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour to the United States but added the Premier League club must “keep moving ahead” regardless. The 33-year-old French centre back, who has a year left on his contract, has...

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