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Rashford must prioritise football: Solskjaer

Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford must "prioritise his football" to deal with the challenges of playing for his club and country, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. Rashford underwent shoulder surgery in August and has not played since England's Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy in July, but he …

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Azarenka books spot in Indian Wells final against Badosa

Victoria Azarenka, who is hoping to become the first three-time WTA winner in Indian Wells, punched her ticket to Sunday's final by rallying to beat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Friday. Two-time Australian Open winner Azarenka continued her solid play in the California desert as …

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Benzema keen to play with Mbappe at Real Madrid

Karim Benzema has said he would like to play alongside his France strike partner Kylian Mbappe for Real Madrid one day and spoken of his joy at winning a trophy with his country after six years away from the team. Paris St Germain rejected a bid from Real for Mbappe …

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Neymar has ‘many years’ left at the top: Pochettino

Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino says he has "no doubt" that Neymar will carry on playing at the top level "for many years" to come after recent comments by the Brazilian superstar which suggested next year's World Cup would be his last. "'Ney' is an honest person who has no …

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Lewandowski favourite to win Ballon d’Or

Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann backed Polish poacher Robert Lewandowski to win this year's Ballon d'Or as the Bundesliga leaders prepare for a top-of-the-table clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. "Robert deserves to win it, because in my view he has been more unbelievably consistent than any other player," said …

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Barcelona gear up for testing week

Ronald Koeman said his players will benefit from knowing he is staying on as Barcelona coach and his theory will be tested by a pivotal week that starts with a trip to Valencia on Sunday. After Valencia, Barca face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday before hosting Real …

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Newcastle launch new era in Premier League

Struggling Newcastle find themselves in the unusual position of being the Premier League's headline act at the start of their Saudi-led revolution this weekend. So often consigned to the margins during decades of underachievement, all eyes will be on the club on Sunday when they host Tottenham in their first …

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What to expect from China’s Winter Olympics

Beijing, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, is staging a series of test events — giving a strong taste of what the Games will look like and what coronavirus measures will be in place. AFP Sport takes a look at what athletes and spectators — only people living in …

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Norrie crushes Schwartzman, Dimitrov holds off Hurkacz

Great Britain's Cameron Norrie used a precise service game to overpower Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Thursday. Norrie, the 21st seed, needed just 73 minutes to dispatch the Argentinian and has now won three of four career matches against Schwartzman, …

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Jabeur cools off Kontaveit to reach Indian Wells semis

Ons Jabeur punched her ticket into the top 10 and advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA Indian Wells with a convincing 7-5, 6-3 victory over Anett Kontaveit on Thursday. Jabeur now has a Tour-leading 48 wins this season as she tries to capture her second career title after winning …

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