Shocked Ranieri holds no grudges

Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who defied 5000-1 odds to lead the team to a fairytale Premier League title in 2016, has said he is still stunned by his sacking last month. The 65-year-old Italian lost his job after a nine-game losing streak that left the club hanging one point above the relegation zone. Since his departure, Leicester have won all four of their matches to move six points above the bottom three and reached Europe’s Champions League quarter-finals, reports Reuters. “Thinking of Leicester the first thing that comes…

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Ibrahimovic happy at United as contract talks continue

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing his time at the Premier League club and is in talks to extend his contract, saying he “never leaves a job unfinished”. In November, manager Jose Mourinho said United planned to extend his initial one-season deal by another year but according to media reports Ibrahimovic wants a two-year contract. Ahead of the league game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, the Swede told reporters: “I enjoy… I go in, I go for the kill and I go out. And when I go out…

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Senate suspends Ndume for six months

The Senate has suspended a former Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume. Ndume was suspended on Wednesday. However, the length of the suspension was for six months, contrary to the one year recommended by the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges. The committee had in its report to the plenary recommended Ndume’s suspension for one year for failing to do due diligence before bringing up two issues before the whole house. Ndume had last week through a Point of Order brought to the notice of the Senate the allegation…

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Wife blames player’s affairs for World Cup error

A Chinese player’s wife claims that his extra-marital affairs are behind his embarrassing mistake in a World Cup qualifying defeat to Iran on Tuesday. Jiang Zhipeng put in a disastrous display in Tehran, during which his mis-placed header set up the home team for the only goal of the game. Jiang’s wife revealed on social media that he had filed for divorce. “For three-and-a-half years out of our four-year marriage, he was sleeping with other women,” said Zhang Zhiyue. “Now he is trying to drive me to an early grave.”…

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EPL: City focused for tough Arsenal, Chelsea tests – Garcia

The international break has allowed Manchester City players to recuperate and refocus ahead of their Premier League trips to Arsenal and Chelsea, midfielder Aleix Garcia has said. Garcia said City, who are third in the league, needed time to recover after a spell of four games in 11 days across tournaments before the two-week break from club football. City’s last match was a 1-1 draw at home against fourth-placed Liverpool and the Spaniard said their next league fixtures will define their season. “Some players can rest and others can just…

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International friendlies: Video replay aids Spain, Portugal lose

  Spain twice benefited from the use of video assistance to defeat France 2-0 on Tuesday, while Sweden rallied from two goals down to beat Portugal 3-2 and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming in Madeira. Antoine Griezmann headed in what appeared to be the opening goal at the Stade de France shortly after half-time, but it was ruled out for offside after consultation with the video assistant referee. David Silva then converted from the penalty spot after a foul by Laurent Koscielny, and the Spaniards again profited from technology as the…

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Russia 2018: Brazil qualify, Argentina crash

Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina’s campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi. Five-time champions Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo handed them a 3-0 win over the Paraguayans at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians. But Uruguay’s upset 2-1 defeat to Peru in the day’s final South American qualifier combined with other results meant Brazil are mathematically guaranteed a place at next…

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Iran blow hole in China’s World Cup bid

    Iran took a significant step towards qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals with a 1-0 win over China on Tuesday that pushed Marcello Lippi’s team closer to the brink of elimination. Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the game less than a minute after halftime as Iran remained unbeaten in the third round of Asia’s qualifying tournament for Russia 2018. Carlos Queiroz’s team moved on to 17 points from seven games, four clear of second-placed South Korea, who got their own campaign back on track with…

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Italy adds to Dutch misery

  Italy recovered from an early own goal to beat the Netherlands 2-1 away in a friendly on Tuesday and cap a miserable few days for the hosts who sacked manager Danny Blind at the weekend. Italy’s Alessio Romagnoli deflected the ball into his own net after 10 minutes but Eder equalised within 60 seconds and centre back Leonardo Bonucci swept home a loose ball from a corner in the 32nd minute for the winner at the Amsterdam Arena. Defeat for the Dutch came after a tumultuous period in which…

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CAF chief backs Morocco World Cup bid

    New African football chief Ahmad Ahmad gave his backing on Tuesday to a potential bid from Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup. The north African country has bid to host the global showpiece on four previous occasions but missed out on the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions. “We are convinced that Morocco could organise this competition just as was done by South Africa in 2010,” said Ahmad, who was elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) earlier this month to replace Issa Hayatou, at…

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