Newcastle beat Arsenal to reduce top-four hopes

Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four were dealt a huge blow as they were well beaten by Newcastle at St James’ Park. Mikel Arteta’s side needed a win to move above Tottenham into fourth and put them in the driving seat to secure a Champions League spot heading into the final weekend of the season. But…

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Salah, Van Dijk out of Southampton game

Liverpool’s top scorer Mohamed Salah and defender Virgil van Dijk have been ruled out of Tuesday’s crucial Premier League game at Southampton. The pair went off during Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea at Wembley – Salah with a groin problem, Van Dijk with a knee injury. Reds boss Klopp is confident both will return for Sunday’s season finale…

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Mbappe close to confirming Real Madrid deal

Real Madrid are confident Kylian Mbappe will announce his decision to join them from Paris St-Germain within the next fortnight, reports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. The 23-year-old’s contract expires this summer and BBC Sport reported in April he had agreed terms with Real Madrid. PSG were prepared to offer the forward a 150m euros signing-on fee to keep him at the…

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League title harder to win than Champions League – Hasenhuttl

Winning the Premier League is more difficult than winning the Champions League, says Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Saints welcome league title chasers Liverpool on Tuesday – a must-win match for the Reds if they are to maintain the pressure on Manchester City. Liverpool are four points behind City with a game in hand. “This is still the title that’s…

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Jurgen Klopp not happy with booing of national anthem at FA Cup final

Liverpool fans booing the national anthem before the FA Cup final was “not something I enjoyed”, says manager Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool supporters booed ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘God Save the Queen’ before kick-off at Wembley on Saturday. However, the German boss also said: “It’s always best to ask the question – why does this happen? They wouldn’t do it without…

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Ten Hag miss Ajax trip to start work at United

Erik ten Hag will miss Dutch champions Ajax’s post-season trip to Curacao to start working on Manchester United on Monday as he turns his attention to next season at Old Trafford. The incoming Manchester United boss oversaw a 2-2 draw with Vitesse on Sunday in his final game in charge. Ten Hag will take over from Ralf Rangnick at the…

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Luton and Huddersfield settles for a one-all draw

The Championship play-off semi-final between Luton and Huddersfield is finely poised after the first leg ended in a draw at Kenilworth Road. Danel Sinani put Huddersfield ahead before Sonny Bradley equalised. Both sides had appeals for a penalty turned down in an exciting encounter. They will meet again in Monday’s second leg, with the winner facing Nottingham Forest or Sheffield…

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Asian Cup 2023: China withdraws as host due to Covid-19

China has withdrawn as host of the 2023 Asian Cup because of Covid-19. The 24-team competition was to be held across 10 cities from June next year. But the country is dealing with its worst coronavirus outbreak since the pandemic began. “The AFC acknowledges the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the relinquishment (by China) of…

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Benzema equals Raul’s record

Karim Benzema became Real Madrid’s joint second-highest goalscorer of all time and Vinicius Junior scored a hat-trick as Real relegated Levante. Benzema, 34, netted a first-half header from Vinicius’ pass to match Raul’s 323 goals, with only Cristiano Ronaldo (450) scoring more for the club. Ferland Mendy put the Spanish champions ahead, with Rodrygo and Vinicius adding the third and…

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Amir Khan retires from professional boxing

Former world champion Amir Khan has announced his retirement from boxing after a 17-year professional career. The Briton, 35, is a former unified light-welterweight world champion and won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics. His final bout was a sixth-round knockout loss against rival Kell Brook – who also retired last week. “It’s time to hang up my gloves,” Khan posted…

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