Messi pops pill from his sock before 100th European goal

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 16:38 Barcelona striker Lionel Messi popped a pill hidden in his sock before striking his record-tying 100th European goal in a Champions League match against Olympiakos. In the tenth minute of the match at Barca’s Camp Nou on Wednesday, Messi was caught by TV cameras pulling a tablet from his left sock,  The Argentine put ...

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Rio Olympics chief formally charged in $2mn vote-buying case

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 15:01 The former head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC), Carlos Nuzman, has been formally charged with corruption in relation to alleged payments to secure the right to host the Rio 2016 Games. Nuzman allegedly solicited a payment of $ 2 million to the son of former International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Lamine Diack in ...

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From Premier League to prison: Russian footballers play jail match with inmates

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 13:46 Russian football team FK Ural swapped their Premier League opposition for prisoners recently, when they played a game with inmates at a local jail. Eight first-team players from the Russian Premier League (RPL) outfit played in the game at Correctional Facility No. 2 Ekaterinburg, the city from which the team hails. Ural’s Dmitry Arapov, ...

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'I thought I was going to die' – US Olympic champion gymnast on doctor's 'systematic sexual abuse'

Published time: 19 Oct, 2017 12:21 US gymnast McKayla Maroney, a part of the London 2012 winning squad, has claimed she suffered ‘systematic sexual abuse’ at the hands of disgraced former US team doctor Larry Nassar. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, a campaign encouraging women to speak up to share their experiences of sexual harassment, Maroney decided to reveal her ...

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Former player Kaepernick not invited to NFL meeting on anthem protests

Published time: 18 Oct, 2017 16:30 Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was not invited to an NFL meeting to address the controversy surrounding national anthem protests that have swept the league. “The player was not invited to attend today’s meeting,” Kaepernick’s lawyer Mark Geragos said, adding that the 29-year-old “is open to future participation on these important discussions.” ...

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‘I agree with Putin, I can't disagree with our president!’ – Zenit manager on foreign players

Published time: 18 Oct, 2017 20:39 Roberto Mancini, manager of Russian football team Zenit St. Petersburg, has sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s criticism of the high number of foreign players in a recent European match. At a Kremlin meeting earlier this month, Putin mocked Zenit president Sergey Fursenko when the latter spoke of football becoming a “truly Russian game,” ...

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Man City coach dedicates Champions League win to jailed Catalan separatists

Published time: 18 Oct, 2017 19:32 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola dedicated his team’s UEFA Champions League win over Italy’s Napoli to two jailed Catalan independence activists. The English Premier League club recorded a 2-1 home win against their Champions League Group F rivals on Tuesday, thanks to first-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. Speaking in his native ...

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