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Fati agrees six-year Barca contract

Ansu Fati has extended his contract with Barcelona until 2027, the club announced on Wednesday, shortly after their 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. Fati, who has recently returned after almost a year out with a knee injury, will have a release clause in his new deal …

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Verstappen seeks maiden Texan triumph

Max Verstappen will seek to beat Lewis Hamilton in one of the defending champion's favourite backyards this weekend to realise his own American dream and consolidate his lead in the Formula One drivers' world championship. Having finished fourth, third and second, but never won at the Circuit of the Americas, …

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Quartararo has eyes on MotoGP title

Fabio Quartararo is within touching distance of his first MotoGP world title at Sunday's Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix which will host Valentino Rossi's final farewell to his adoring Italian fans. Yamaha rider Quartararo, 22, is 52 points ahead of Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia who sits second in the championship standings with three …

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Calvert-Lewin still recovering from injury

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin faces an extended spell on the sidelines after the club said Wednesday his recovery from a thigh injury was taking longer than hoped. The England international has not featured since August 28 because of a quadriceps problem and his rehabilitation has hit a stumbling block, with …

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Ronaldo salvages United to mask failings

Cristiano Ronaldo's second coming at Manchester United has already produced two memorable moments with late winners against Villarreal and Atalanta to edge the Red Devils towards the last 16 of the Champions League. However, Ronaldo's return has also come at a cost with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men increasingly looking like …

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Lukaku, Werner injuries mar Chelsea’s rout of Malmo

Thomas Tuchel confirmed Chelsea face a period without Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner after the Champions League holders were rocked by their forwards' injury problems in Wednesday's 4-0 win against Malmo. Tuchel's side brushed aside the Swedish minnows at Stamford Bridge thanks to Jorginho's penalty brace and goals from Andreas …

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Valbuena felt ‘in danger’, Benzema trial hears

Former France international Mathieu Valbuena told a court Wednesday he "felt in danger" after being targeted in a blackmail attempt involving a sex tape over which his former teammate, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, has gone on trial. France striker Benzema is accused of complicity in an attempt to extort …

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Liverpool beat 10-man Atletico in thriller

Mohamed Salah continued his blistering run of form on Tuesday by scoring twice in a 3-2 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid as Liverpool took charge of Group B in the Champions League. Salah gave Liverpool the lead with another splendid goal at the Wanda Metropolitano after dancing past three Atletico …

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Bruce leaves Newcastle by ‘mutual consent’

Steve Bruce has left his position as Newcastle boss by "mutual consent", 13 days after a Saudi-led takeover at St James' Park, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Bruce, whose departure was widely expected, took charge of his 1,000th match as a manager in Sunday's 3-2 defeat by Tottenham …

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