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Blatter blasts Infantino over lack of respect

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter accused his successor Gianni Infantino of showing a lack of respect for him in an interview with the BBC. The 80-year-old — who on Monday lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over a …

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Nigeria women’s football team protest for sixth day

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP |  A sit-in protest by the Nigerian women’s team stretched into a sixth day at an Abuja hotel on Friday as the players vowed not to give in until bonuses and other allowances are paid. They began their protest after arriving on Sunday from Cameroon, fresh …

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Russia ‘hijacked’ sport with mass doping, says McLaren

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Russia hijacked international sport by using more than 1,000 athletes in an “institutional conspiracy” to win medals at the Sochi and London Olympics and other global events, a top investigator said Friday. Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, who has previously accused Russia of “state-sponsored” cheating, …

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PICTORIAL: MP Nsereko the star as Uganda into EAC parliament finals

PICTORIAL: Uganda’s Parliament football and netball teams have qualified for the finals in the ongoing East African inter-parliamentary games in Mombasa. Uganda beat the EALA team 3-0 in the football semifinal at Mbaraki Sports grounds Thursday with two goals from Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko. Uganda will play Burundi in the final on Sunday. …

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Distance aces Cheruiyot, Kipchoge scoop Kenyan awards

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Olympic champions Vivian Cheruiyot and Eliud Kipchoge were named Kenya’s top athletes at an awards ceremony that rounded off a controversial but successful year for sports in the country. Cheruiyot, 33, a former world double 5,000m and 10,000m champion, warded off the challenge of Jemima …

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WENGER: Arsenal won’t lose Ozil, Sanchez

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Arsenal lynchpins Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will not be allowed to leave the club before their contracts expire in 18 months’ time, manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday. British media reports this week suggested Chilean forward Sanchez and German playmaker Ozil want new …

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Sudamericana title given to Chapecoense plane crash team

Asuncion, Paraguay | AFP |  South American football confederation CONMEBOL agreed Monday to award the Copa Sudamericana to Brazilian club Chapecoense, whose team was wiped out in a plane crash while heading to the final. “CONMEBOL awards the title for the 2016 Copa Sudamericana championship to Chapecoense,” including the $2.0 …

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Mourinho, Ronaldo deny tax evasion claims

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday denied hiding millions of euros in offshore accounts in a effort to avoid the tax man. An international consortium of media organisations claimed that a huge data leak involving 18 million …

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WADA to launch Kenya anti-doping audit

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Three officials of the World’s Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are expected in Kenya on Monday to begin audit of the country’s anti-doping programme. The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) was formed in January 2015, but its laws only came into force in June this year after …

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City star Toure charged with drink driving

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been charged with drink driving, police revealed on Saturday. Toure was driving in Dagenham in east London at the time of the alleged offence on Monday evening. The Metropolitan police said the 33-year-old was then charged on Tuesday …

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