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Football: Allardyce arrives at Everton for Rooney’s Hammer-blow hat-trick

Sam Allardyce saw Wayne Rooney cap his first Premier League hat-trick in six years with a wonder strike as Everton beat fellow strugglers West Ham United 4-0 on Wednesday after the Merseysiders announced he was finalising terms to become their new manager. Allardyce s imminent appointment will end Everton s long hunt for a successor to Dutch boss Ronald Koeman, …

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Football: Sterling’s latest late show sees Man City stun Saints

Raheem Sterling s latest late goal kept Manchester City well in front at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at home to Southampton on Wednesday. It had looked as if what became City s 12th successive league victory would end in a draw after Southampton s Oriol Romeu cancelled out a goal scored by Kevin De …

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Thai coach dons headscarf to sneak into Iran women’s kabaddi games

The Iranian Federation of Kabaddi – a popular Asian sport – slammed a Thai coach on Wednesday after he reportedly dressed as a woman to sneak in to watch female matches. Pictures of the unnamed man circulated on social media, showing him wearing makeshift headscarves in the stadium at Gorgan in northern Iran. In some he was wearing a black …

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Hockey trials for selection of KPK players on Nov 30

Pakistan Hockey Federation has decided to hold open trials for the KPK under-16 players at Mardan on November 30. The dates for the trials to select the KPK team for the forthcoming Senior National Championships in Sukkur, announced a few days back, were November 29 & 30, said a spokesman of the PHF here on Tuesday. Now, the trials for …

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Wenger rules out Sanchez and Ozil exits in January

– Arsene Wenger has ruled out January departures for Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil unless “something unbelievable” happens even as the clock ticks down on their contracts. The players are out of contract at the end of the season as both have so far refused to sign new deals at the Emirates. Ozil has been linked with a …

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Football: Old boy Young downs Watford to lift Man Utd

Ashley Young scored two superb goals against his former club as Manchester United beat Watford 4-2 to trim Manchester City s lead at the Premier League summit to five points. England international Young netted twice in six first-half minutes at a freezing Vicarage Road on Tuesday, with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard also on target. After two successive away defeats, …

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Football: Russia’s World Cup venues, from Luzhniki to delayed Samara

The 2018 World Cup is half a year away but just five out of the 12 stadiums where competition matches are planned in Russia are functional. FIFA, however, says it is not concerned and almost all the venues should be completed by a December 31 deadline. Here is an overview of the stadiums spread across 11 cities, from Moscow’s show-stopping …

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Golf: Woods ‘loving life’ after wrestling with pain

Tiger Woods, who launches his latest comeback this week, said Tuesday he was “loving life” now that he’s free of the pain he was trying to conquer with multiple medications. The 41-year-old 14-time major champion is due to tee up on Thursday in the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, where he’ll be competing for the …

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Iran wrestler throws bout to avoid fighting Israeli

Iran’s government paid tribute Monday to one of the country’s wrestlers who threw an international bout when he was ahead because winning would have meant fighting an opponent from Israel. The Islamic republic does not recognise the Jewish state, placing it in the same “Great Satan” category as the United States, and forbids its sportsmen from competing against Israelis. The …

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Formula One: Five things to watch out for in 2018

Will overtaking get easier? Can Ferrari continue their rise? Will Robert Kubica return? And can Renault come good on their 2020 promise? AFP Sport looks ahead to the 2018 Formula One season. Mercedes v Ferrari again? Sebastian Vettel won five Grand Prix as Ferrari made a stunning return to form in 2017 in an eventually failed bid to end a …

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