‘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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‘Yes We Can!’ Spartak respond to fans’ message with 5-1 Champions League destruction

Spartak Moscow recorded an emphatic 5-1 victory over Spanish side Sevilla at Otkrytie Arena on Tuesday to notch their first win of their UEFA Champions League campaign. The result was the perfect response to their fans’ ‘Yes You Can’ message that greeted their heroes as they lined up before kick-off in the form of a special mosaic, each word forming ...

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Soviet double-Olympic champion gymnast accuses ‘monster’ former teammate of rape

Former Soviet gymnast Tatiana Gutsu has accused her ex-teammate Vitaly Scherbo of raping her during a competition in Stuttgart in 1991 when she was 15. Barcelona 1992 gold medalist Gutsu, now 41, gave details of the alleged assault in a Facebook post in which she labeled fellow gold medalist Scherbo, who would have been 19 at the time, a “monster” ...

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Russian Olympic Committee spends 1bln rubles on team’s preparations for Pyeongchang Games

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has spent over one billion rubles ($ 17.5 million) to prepare the national team for the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will be staged in South Korea in February. The Committee’s First Deputy President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Tuesday that the team’s preparation for the Winter Olympics is in full swing, although the ROC is facing ...

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Sharapova crashes out at 1st round of Kremlin Cup in Moscow

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 16:30 Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova has been knocked out in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in front of a home crowd, losing to Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 6-7 4-6. Russian Sharapova hammered in seven aces during the game but committed three double faults and capitalized on just one of three break points ...

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‘Hated for Jewish roots’: Spanish paper apologizes to English football club for ‘distasteful’ claim

Spain’s best-selling newspaper ‘Marca’ apologized after it caused controversy for claiming Tottenham Hotspur are hated by other teams because of their ‘Jewish roots.’ Marca published a full-page article on London club Tottenham’s history ahead of their Champions League group stage clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday. A subheading in the story, written by journalist Enrique Ortega, reads: “Their Jewish origins ...

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NFL to meet in New York in attempt to solve anthem controversy

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 13:55 The National Football League (NFL) will try to find a way out of the anthem crisis during an owners meeting that will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday in New York City. The league owners along with players, their union leaders, and club owners will gather in Manhattan to work out a compromise over ...

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100kg transgender Australian footballer blocked from playing in women’s league

The Australian Football League (AFL) has caused controversy by rejecting a request from a transgender footballer to play in the women’s league. Hannah Mouncey, who is a former Australian men’s handball representative, had requested to be part of this year’s Australian Football Women’s League (AFLW) draft. However, a five-person subcommittee formed to evaluate the player’s eligibility ruled that Mouncey, who ...

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‘Worse week than Weinstein’: Veteran NFL broadcaster sorry for New York Giants’ form comment

Published time: 16 Oct, 2017 23:09 Veteran NFL broadcaster Al Michaels has apologized for comparing the New York Giants’ current form to the situation with disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Read more Michaels made the comments on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ show, during which he said: “Let’s face it, the Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein, ...

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