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ODD NEWS: Russian team scores 11 own goals so as to meet easier opponent in next round

Two clubs in the winter sport of bandy raced to put the ball into their own nets 20 times on Sunday and now face disciplinary action. The Russian Super League game in the northern city of Arkhangelsk finished in an 11-9 win for Baikal-Energiya against local club Vodnik. It was 0-0 with 22 minutes to go before Vodnik player Oleg ... Read More »

Liverpool punish Wenger gamble

Liverpool punished Arsene Wenger’s selection gamble with a crucial 3-1 win over spluttering Arsenal, while Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic could face disciplinary action after appearing to elbow Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings in a fiery 1-1 draw on Saturday. Wenger sprang a major surprise by leaving Alexis Sanchez on the bench and the Chile forward was badly missed as Arsenal were ... Read More »

Beckhams set to move into £5million country barn

Build it like Beckham! Final preparations are underway as David and Victoria ‘prepare to move in to £5million Grade II-listed country barn’ It seems that the £2million renovations on the Beckham family’s new barn conversion in the Cotswolds have got underway. Security have been seen patrolling the country lanes around the property as construction on the 3-barn establishment begins which ... Read More »

Burglars ransack John Terry’s £5m mansion

John Terry’s £5million Surrey mansion was burgled while he was skiing after he posted pictures of the plush interior on Instagram. The Chelsea captain, 36, and his wife Toni, 35, were ‘very shaken’ when they got back from the French Alps earlier this week to find thousands of pounds worth of personal items missing. Friends fear that burglars may have ... Read More »

Mourinho called me a crybaby – Ozil

Mezut Ozil has revealed he was called a “coward” and a “crybaby” by Jose Mourinho during a furious half-time bust-up with his then Real Madrid boss, Goal reports. The Germany international spent three seasons playing under Mourinho at Santiago Bernabeu, during which time he won La Liga and the Copa del Rey. However, Ozil’s work ethic and contribution to the ... Read More »

Pacquiao to fight Britain’s Khan in April

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan confirmed separately on Sunday that they would face each other on April 23 after weeks of conflicting reports. Pacquiao tweeted: “Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted.#PacquiaoKhan”. Khan, 30, a few minutes later posted ... Read More »

Leicester city sack Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri has been sacked by Leicester City, nine months after leading them to the Premier League title, BBC Sport reports. The Foxes are one point above the relegation zone with 13 matches left. “The board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest,” read a statement. Ranieri, 65, guided the ... Read More »

CAF Seat: NFF rejects Hayatou

The Nigeria Football Federation is backing a challenge to the long-serving President of the Confederation of African Football Issa Hayatou, BBC Sport reports. Hayatou is standing for an eighth successive term of office, but faces opposition from Ahmad Ahmad, the head of Madagascar’s FA. NFF president Amaju Pinnick told the BBC the election will be “a defining moment for African ... Read More »

Balotelli gets third red card for insulting referee

Mario Balotelli’s third red card of the season was down to using insulting English language, according to the match official who dismissed him. Former Liverpool and Manchester City forward Balotelli was sent off in Nice’s 1-0 win over Lorient on Sunday after a confrontation with referee Tony Chapron. “He insulted me in English,” Chapron told L’Equipe following the game when ... Read More »