S’Arabia to let women enter sports stadiums in 2018

Saudi Arabia will for the first time allow women to attend sports events in three selected stadiums from early next year, the General Sports Authority said in a statement. The stadiums in Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh are being prepared to accommodate families in early 2018, said the statement, carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency late on Sunday. Last month Saudi Arabia announced that, from June, women would be allowed to drive cars, ending the world’s only ban on female driving. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 reform program…

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Female suicide bombers kill 14 in Maiduguri

Three female suicide bombers in Nigeria have targeted the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, killing 14 civilians. One of them set off her explosives at a big bus station and another at a nearby camp housing people who have fled unrest during Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency. The two explosions were at about 21:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on Sunday in the suburb of Muna. A third bomber’s explosives did not go off when the others did and she ran off. But they did subsequently explode, killing only the bomber. No group…

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Runners-up Juve top UEFA League payments, Leicester edge Real

    Beaten finalists Juventus emerged as the biggest cash winners from last season’s Champions League after securing 110.4 million euros ($130.3 million) in prize money and revenue, European soccer’s governing body (UEFA) said on Friday. Leicester City remarkably edged eventual title-winners Real Madrid, with their run to the quarter-finals earning the club 81.6 million euros, largely because the 2015-16 English champions had a bigger share of broadcasting rights money. Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid, who lifted their second consecutive Champions League title, received just over 81 million euros. Manchester City collected…

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EPL: City eye title charge, Chelsea need lift

  Manchester City will be aiming to continue their recent scintillating form when the free-scoring Premier League leaders host Burnley on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s side are two points clear of second-placed Manchester United as they chase a first English title since 2014. While City have been finding the net at a record-breaking rate, champions Chelsea are stuck in a rut and lie nine points off the top ahead of their clash with Watford. Inspired by Kevin de Bruyne’s majestic form, Manchester City have taken the Premier League by storm and…

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Europa League: Lyon beat Everton to pile pressure on Koeman

  Lyon piled the pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman with a 2-1 Europa League win at Goodison Park on Thursday, while Olivier Giroud’s acrobatic late strike snatched Arsenal a 1-0 victory over 10-man Red Star Belgrade. Nabil Fekir’s penalty put French side Lyon ahead early on as Everton struggled for inspiration with Wayne Rooney rested and watching on from the stands. The crowd only really got behind their team when a mass brawl broke out between the players in the second half after skipper Ashley Williams pushed over Anthony…

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UEFA League: Blues draw; United, Barca, PSG win

  Chelsea were grateful to Eden Hazard for grabbing a 3-3 draw in a Champions League thriller against Roma on Wednesday, while Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus all won. Hazard headed in his second goal of the night from a Pedro Rodriguez cross with quarter of an hour left at Stamford Bridge to rescue Chelsea after they had earlier blown a two-goal lead against the Italians. With Carlo Ancelotti, former Chelsea coach and Roma player, watching from the stands, David Luiz curled the English champions into…

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Russia 2018: US out, Panama qualifies

The United States failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 on Tuesday, crashing to a shock 2-1 defeat against already-eliminated Trinidad and Tobago. In a result that will be viewed as a catastrophe for soccer in the United States, Trinidad took all three points via an Omar Gonzalez own goal and a superb strike from Alvin Jones. US star Christian Pulisic pulled a goal back in the second half, but the increasingly desperate Americans were unable to find another to rescue their hopes. Their…

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