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The Joy of Six: Diego Maradona | Football

1) 1976: the debut “A lot of people claim they were there on 20 October 1976 when we played Talleres de Córdoba at home. The truth is, if everyone who says they were there for that match – my debut in the first team – had actually been there it would have had to be played at the Maracanã, not ...

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NBA draft: social media error sees Fultz heading No1 to (team name) and (City) | Sport

The Philadelphia 76ers got the player they wanted and Lonzo Ball the team he wanted. The 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night with the No1 pick and the Lakers followed by taking Ball, the start of a record-setting run of one-and-dones in the NBA draft. The point guards from the Pac-12 Conference began a run of seven straight ...

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Andy Murray’s reign as world No1 is under threat, says Roger Federer | Sport

Roger Federer, employing all the verbal dexterity he brings to any discussion on tennis, on Thursday lent his voice to the suggestion that Andy Murray’s reign at No1 in the world is under serious threat for the rest of the summer. “Andy was tired after getting to No1 at the end of last year and then has been struggling with ...

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Shades of Zlatan: Patrik Schick’s £26m Juventus move caps a meteoric rise | Football

“Right now, Patrik doesn’t have the muscles, but you can just imagine him in two or three years,” enthused the 2003 Ballon d’Or winner Pavel Nedved this month. “He reminds me of Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he was like that when he came to Juve. He didn’t have the muscles either.” As meteoric rises go, it is hard to beat the ...

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‘Look at those legs’: Aly Raisman in awkward encounter at NHL awards | Sport

What’s the best way to proceed after introducing three-time gold medallist Aly Raisman to stage? Ask her about how it felt to win Olympic gold? Or about competing on the same team as Simone Biles? Or maybe her work with Unicef? If you’re hall of fame hockey star Marcel Dionne, it appears vital to talk about her legs. Raisman and ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo header earns Portugal Confederations Cup win over Russia | Football

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 74th international goal was enough to earn Portugal victory over hosts Russia in the Confederations Cup. The Real Madrid forward’s early header secured a 1-0 win at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium and left Fernando Santos’ side second in Group A, behind Mexico on goal difference. Only the goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, winning his 100th cap, denied Portugal victory by a ...

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Europe’s top transfer targets: from Mbappé to Aubameyang via Verratti | Jacob Steinberg | Football

Andrea Belotti, Torino After Manchester United’s pursuit of Antoine Griezmann ran into a brick wall, their search for a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic took them to Real Madrid’s Álvaro Morata. The Spanish striker remains top of their list but United have also been keeping an eye on a young Italian who looks destined to enjoy a wonderful career. Strong and ...

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NBA draft: is the No1 overall pick the No1 overvalued thing in sports? | Sport

England World Cup teams, New Year’s Eve parties and DC Comics movies. The list of massively hyped things that almost always disappoint probably starts with those three. But right behind them on the list has to be No1 overall draft picks. Having that No1 overall draft spot is the goal of every fan whose team falls far short of the ...

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Unstoppable Pakistan crush India by 180 runs to win Champions Trophy final | Sport

A brilliant opening spell by Mohammad Amir followed by a near flawless performance in the field led to Pakistan taking the Champions Trophy with astonishing ease. They won by 180 runs against an India side widely tipped to prevail before the start. Even after Pakistan had chalked up 338, which owed much to a barnstorming century from the new boy, ...

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NBA draft: 76ers to trade for Celtics’ No1 pick and select Markelle Fultz | Sport

Philadelphia and Boston have agreed in principle on a trade where the 76ers would acquire the chance to take Markelle Fultz with the No1 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, a source has told the Associated Press. The Celtics will get the No3 pick, plus an additional first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019, according to the source. The agreement between the ...

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