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Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev: Injured Bulgarian is replaced by Carlos Takam

Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF and WBA heavyweight world titles against Carlos Takam after Kubrat Pulev withdrew through injury. The bout is scheduled for 28 October at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, with more than 70,000 tickets already sold. It will be Joshua’s first fight since stopping Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April, adding the WBA title to the IBF belt he ...

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Iceland become smallest nation to qualify for World Cup

Iceland sealed a place in Russia with a 2-0 victory against Kosovo in Reykjavik, becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup finals. Heimir Hallgrimsson’s team knew a win against Group I’s bottom side would guarantee top spot and an automatic qualifying place, and Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly taken goal five minutes before half-time. Sigurdsson ...

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Norway will pay their male and female football teams the same

Norway’s male and female players will receive the same amount of pay for representing the country, the Norwegian football association has announced. The amount of money paid to the women’s team will almost double from 3.1m krone (£296,845) to 6m krone (£574,540). This includes 550,000 krone (£47,875) paid by male Norwegian players, money they receive for commercial activities. “Thank you ...

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U-17 World Cup: Paa Kwesi Fabin names Starlets team to face Colombia

Black Starlets Head Coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin, has named his starting line-up to face Colombia in the FIFA U-17 World Cup opener today [Friday]. The team includes regulars captain Eric Ayiah, Ibrahim Danlad and Emmanuel Toku. Manchester City target Aminu Mohammed and Mohammed Kudus, both of whom were not involved in the African Championships in Gabon, get to start in ...

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Aguero ‘suffers broken ribs in car crash in Amsterdam’

Sergio Aguero could face two months out with broken ribs after reports surfaced overnight that the Manchester City striker was involved in a car crash in Amsterdam on Thursday evening.  According to reports in Aguero’s native Argentina, the forward suffered the injury when the taxi taking him to the airport crashed into a pole. Pictures on social media appeared to ...

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Ayews omission not punishment for Congo no-show, says Appiah

The Ghana boss says his decision to leave the Ayew brothers out of the squad to face Uganda had nothing to do with their absence from last month’s World Cup qualifier against Congo.  Kwesi Appiah announced his 26-man provisional squad for the must-win clash against Uganda in Kampala next week without Jordan and Andre Ayew.  His decision has sparked a huge debate with reports suggesting Appiah omitted ...

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FIFA Order Al-Ittihad To Pay Ghana’s Muntari $5m

FIFA have ordered Saudi Arabia Club Ittihad Jeddah to pay Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari an amount of SAR 20 million (US$5,333,049). Muntari dragged the Saudi Pro League giants to the Federations of International Football after the Club had failed to pay his wages and bonuses during his time at the Club. The Ghanaian international joined the Saudi Club as a ...

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Ghana crush rivals Nigeria to win WAFU Cup

Holders Ghana won the WAFU Cup of Nations for a second time after thumping bitterest rivals Nigeria 4-1 in a one-sided final. Maxwell Konadu’s men were unable to beat the Super Eagles when both teams clashed in the group stage of the competition. But they secured the silverware at Cape Coast stadium thanks to a brace from Berekum Chelsea striker Stephen Sarfo, ...

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Retired footballer Rio Ferdinand to launch pro boxing career

Rio Ferdinand is launching a new career as a professional boxer, two years after he retired from football. The 38-year-old’s move into the ring is being backed by betting company Betfair, which announced the news on Tuesday. Former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand works as a TV pundit and he has his own clothing line. “I’m doing this because it’s a ...

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