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  • Ex-Blackpool and England Defender Jimmy Armfield Dies Aged 82

    Blackpool legend and former England captain Jimmy Armfield died Monday at the age of 82 from cancer. According to Anna Cryer of the Blackpool Gazette, Armfield died at Trinity Hospice in Blackpool early Monday morning. His family released the following statement: "After a long and courageous battle, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law Jimmy Armfield, has passed away peacefully surrounded by his immediate family. "At this time we are still in shock as we begin the grieving...

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  • Mallory Pugh's 2 Goals Help Lift USA Women's Soccer to 5-1 Win vs. Denmark

    The biggest stars came alive for the United States women's national team Sunday, earning a 5-1 win over Denmark in an international friendly. Mallory Pugh earned her first career brace with two second-half goals, while Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz and Crystal Dunn came through with a goal apiece to help pull away on home soil in San Diego. The match was the Americans' first in 2018, but they remain unbeaten in the last nine games, including eight wins in this stretch. This article will be updated to...

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  • Barcelona Increase La Liga Table Lead with 5-0 Win vs. Real Betis

    Barcelona extended their lead at the top of the La Liga table to 11 points after thrashing Real Betis 5-0 on Sunday. After a goalless first half, the visitors turned on the style after the break and cruised to victory with Ivan Rakitic opening the scoring before Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi both grabbed doubles. Ernesto Valverde was without the injured Andres Iniesta, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho for the trip to Real Betis. The Barca coach therefore opted to start with Nelson Semedo at...

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  • Barcelona Transfer News: Thomas Lemar Wants Blaugrana Move in Latest Rumours

    AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar would reportedly prefer a summer move to Barcelona than to a Premier League club in a potential blow for Liverpool and Arsenal. According to Steve Bates of the Sunday People (h/t the Sunday Mirror), the France international has made it known the Camp Nou is his favoured destination in the summer should he leave the Ligue 1 club. "Despite paying £145 million for Kop star Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona have Lemar on their wishlist and see him as one of the best...

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  • Barcelona Transfer News: Rafinha Allowed to Leave Amid Inter Milan Rumours

    Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that midfielder Rafinha will be allowed to leave the club amid ongoing links to Inter Milan. The Blaugrana boss said on Saturday that, following recent transfer moves from Barca—notably the €160 million deal to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool—Rafinha will be allowed to leave so he can get more game time, per Chris Burton of Goal: "He won't be at the training session today as he has permission from the club to sort his situation. I spoke to...

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  • Neymar Ruled Out vs. Lyon With Thigh Injury

    Neymar is set to miss Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 game away to Lyon on Sunday with a thigh injury, as reported by Goal's Jamie Smith.  The PSG Twitter account confirmed he was left out of the squad:  The injury adds to the growing list of problems facing Brazil international Neymar in the French capital. The former Barcelona star was booed by his own supporters after taking a penalty ahead of fellow striker Edinson Cavani during Wednesday's 8-0 win over Dijon, per Get French Football...

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  • Barcelona Deny Antoine Griezmann Agreement Amid Rumours

    Barcelona have issued a statement denying an agreement has been reached between the club and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. On Saturday on their official website, Barcelona said the club "strongly denies the information that has appeared over the course of the last few hours in different media regarding Atletico Madrid player, Antoine Griezmann, and an alleged deal with our club." According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Jordan Seward of the MailOnline), the Blaugrana will not allocate the...

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  • Sergio Roberto Signs Barcelona Contract Renewal Until 2022

    Sergi Roberto signed a contract renewal at Barcelona on Friday that will keep him at the Camp Nou until 2022.  Barcelona announced the news via their official website, with a €500 million buyout clause included in the 25-year-old's contract. Spanish football journalists David Cartlidge and Graham Hunter welcomed the news: Sergi Roberto joined the club as a youngster in 2006 and worked his way through the ranks at the Blaugrana's La Masia academy before making his senior debut in 2010 at the age...

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  • Schalke Confirm Leon Goretzka Will Join Bayern Munich in the Summer

    Schalke 04 sporting director Christian Heidel on Friday announced that midfielder Leon Goretzka will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer when his contract expires at the Veltins-Arena in the summer. Heidel revealed the news via Schalke's official Twitter account: He added that Goretzka, 22, has completed a medical with the German champions and signed a contract, as Schalke's Twitter account relayed: "We were very sorry to hear this. [Bayern CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told us yesterday that...

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  • Marco Asensio's Last-Minute Goal Gives Real Madrid Copa Del Rey Win vs. Leganes

    Real Madrid took the upper hand in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash against Leganes and will return to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu with a 1-0 lead running in their favour.  The two teams almost ran to a draw before Marco Asensio rose to save Real's blushes thanks to his 90th-minute golazo, scoring with only his side's third shot on target. Leganes will travel to Spain's capital for the second-leg meeting at the Bernabeu on Jan. 24. Just as he did for the round-of-16...

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  • Sunil Gulati Says Perception of US Impacting 2026 World Cup Bid

    United States Soccer Federation (USSF) president Sunil Gulati has said the "perceptions of America" are negatively impacting the country's joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Speaking at a public event hosted by former U.S. international Alexi Lalas, Gulati voiced his belief that circumstances outside football and other external events have influenced the host bid, per ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle: "This is not only about our stadiums and our hotels and all that. "It's about perceptions of...

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  • Agent Donato Di Campli Says Neymar, PSG Stars Locked in 'Golden Prison'

    Football agent Donato Di Campli has cast doubt over whether Neymar or any of Paris Saint-Germain's biggest stars will be allowed to leave the club after describing it as a "golden prison." Di Campli represented PSG midfielder Marco Verratti until last July and told Italian newspaper Tuttosport he doesn't know if Neymar—recently linked with a move to Real Madrid—will ever be permitted to leave (h/t Marca): "Nobody will get [Neymar] out of there. That team has more potential than any other and the...

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  • Juventus Chief on Emre Can Pursuit: 'We Will Try All We Can to Get the Player'

    Juventus will go all out in their attempts to sign midfielder Emre Can from Liverpool, according to general director Giuseppe Marotta.  Can, 24, is out of contract with Liverpool at the end of the 2017-18 season, and Marotta has revealed Juve are eager to sign him up in the summer, per Sky Sport Italia (via Sky Sports): "Emre Can is a player whose contract is running down, so it allows us to approach him for negotiations and that is the course we have taken. I can't say if he could sign a new...

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  • Gerard Pique Agrees New Barcelona Deal to 2022, Includes €500M Release Clause

    Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has agreed a new deal at the Camp Nou that will keep him at the club until 2022.  The Catalan giants confirmed the news on Thursday via their official website and announced the new contract includes a buyout clause worth €500 million. This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.  Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.

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  • Antonio Conte Criticises VAR After Willian Booked for Diving in Win over Norwich

    Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes referee Graham Scott, who officiated the Blues' 5-3 penalty win over Norwich City on Wednesday, should have been contacted by the Video Assistant Referee before booking Willian for diving.  Pedro and Alvaro Morata were both booked for diving during the game, which ended 1-1 in normal time after Jamal Lewis' dramatic late equaliser cancelled out Michy Batshuayi's opener, and the pair were subsequently sent off for picking up second yellows in extra time. It was...

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  • FA Cup 2018 Results: Qualified Teams, Updated Schedule After 3rd-Round Replay

    Eden Hazard scored the winning penalty in a shootout to see Chelsea past Championship side Norwich City and into the fourth round of the 2018 FA Cup on Wednesday night. Chelsea had been pushed into a replay by the Canaries and still needed penalties after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. The night also saw League One outfit Wigan Athletic thrash Premier League representatives Bournemouth, while Swansea City beat Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers Here are the results for Wednesday's...

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  • Chelsea Beat Norwich City 5-3 on Penalties After 1-1 Draw in FA Cup

    Chelsea defeated Norwich City in their FA Cup third-round replay at Stamford Bridge, winning on penalties after a 1-1 draw. A goal from Michy Batshuayi opened the scoring for the Blues after 55 minutes, but a dramatic 94th-minute equaliser from Jamal Lewis took the game into extra-time. The Premier League champions prevailed 5-3 in a penalty shootout, edging out the Canaries in a game of small margins. The victory sets up Chelsea for a home clash with Newcastle United in the next stage of the...

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  • Neymar Booed by PSG Crowd for Refusing Edinson Cavani Record-Breaking PK Attempt

    Neymar was reportedly subject to boos from his own fans despite playing a starring role in Paris Saint-Germain's 8-0 win over Dijon in Ligue 1 on Wednesday night. The Brazilian scored four times, with his quartet of goals completed by a penalty seven minutes from time. Neymar's decision to take the spot-kick angered the PSG faithful because of what it meant for fellow striker Edinson Cavani, according to Get French Football News: The reaction of the crowd is said to have left Neymar irked, per...

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  • Espanyol Shock Barcelona in 1-0 Upset at Leg 1 of 2018 Copa Del Rey

    Oscar Melendo scored a late winner as Espanyol shocked La Liga leaders Barcelona 1-0 in the first leg of the 2018 Copa del Rey quarter-final at the RCDE Stadium on Wednesday. Melendo's goal two minutes from time came after Lionel Messi saw a penalty saved for the holders. Messi and Barca now have a lot to do when the second instalment of this Catalan derby takes place on Thursday, January 25. Both teams started with matching 4-5-1 formations, with Messi playing a lone role up top for the...

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  • Report: Atletico Madrid Fan Stabbed Outside Stadium Ahead of Sevilla Match

    An Atletico Madrid supporter reportedly was stabbed three times and taken to hospital ahead of the team's match against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Marca reported the 22-year-old was attacked near Las Musas Metro station before Atleti's 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the Spanish cup quarter-final. Per Mundo (h/t Marca), the fan was injured in their thigh, arm and back, and was wearing attire linked to Ultra group Atletico Frente. The hosts were defeated in the game and must...

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  • Reported Arsenal Target Malcom Disciplined by Bordeaux After Social Media Video

    Bordeaux forward and reported Arsenal transfer target Malcom has been disciplined by his club after he featured in a video posted on social media shortly after the team's defeat to Caen on Tuesday.  As reported by Tom Webber of Goal, the Brazilian, along with team-mates Cafu and Otavio, was in a clip that showed the trio laughing following the side's 2-0 home loss, prompting anger from the club's supporters. Get French Football posted the video that prompted the disciplinary action: As noted by...

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  • Borussia Dortmund Reportedly Target Michy Batshuayi to Replace Aubameyang

    Borussia Dortmund are reportedly lining up a move for Chelsea misfit Michy Batshuayi to replace Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. German newspaper Bild (Mirror's Alex Richards) reported Aubameyang has already agreed personal terms with the Gunners, and Batshuayi is the man they're seeking to succeed him in the event he moves to the Emirates Stadium. It's said Dortmund have scouted the Belgium international extensively and were interested in making a move for him in the summer of 2016,...

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  • Neymar Reportedly Owes Barcelona €100M Compensation over Broken Contract

    Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar reportedly owes former club Barcelona a compensation fee of €100 million (£88.8 million) after breaking a contract agreement for failing to see out his deal at the Camp Nou. Spanish digital newspaper El Confidencial (h/t Marca) reported the €100 million contract Neymar signed at Barca in 2013 also included a break clause—previously thought to be worth €40 million—that would see him pay big in the event he left. It's said Neymar was guaranteed a payment of...

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  • FA Cup 2018 Results and Final Scores from Tuesday's 3rd-Round Replays

    West Ham United survived a huge scare in the FA Cup third round as they needed extra-time to beat League One Shrewsbury Town at the London Stadium on Tuesday. Elsewhere Leicester City ended League One Fleetwood Town's FA Cup dreams with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring twice for the Foxes at the King Power Stadium. The game was also notable as Iheanacho's second goal was the first to be given by VAR in English football. There were also wins for Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Cardiff City who will...

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