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New York Giants icon Eli Manning set to retire after 16 NFL seasons

Manning, 39, to announce retirement on Friday, ESPN reportsTwo-time Super Bowl champion played 16 seasons in New YorkManning to walk away with career record of 117-117 as a starterNew York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will announce his retirement fro…

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Roger Federer responds to climate crisis criticism from Greta Thunberg

Credit Suisse closely linked with fossil fuel industry#RogerWakeUpNow has been trending on TwitterRoger Federer has issued a cautiously worded response to mounting criticism, including from climate activist Greta Thunberg, over his sponsorship deal wit…

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Mat Ryan to donate A$500 for every Premier League save to bushfire fund

Every save made by a Premier League keeper will add to fundRyan donated A$27,000 last week to charitiesThe Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has pledged his support to Australian wildlife charities amid the ongoing bushfires in his home country. The Soccero…

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Tsitsipas hurts father and gets a telling off from mother in court meltdown

• Father’s arm bruised after player lashes out with racket• Drama happened in ATP Cup defeat to Nick KyrgiosStefanos Tsitsipas hurt his father in a remarkable mid-match meltdown during his clash with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios at the ATP Cup. Greek capta…

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FA Cup roundup: QPR thrash Swansea, League Two Northampton progress

• Jordan Hugill strikes twice for QPR• Burton 2-4 Northampton; Charlton 0-1 West BromJordan Hugill scored twice as QPR thrashed Swansea 5-1. In-form Bright Osayi-Samuel also netted for Rangers, who were three up by half-time. George Byers struck for Sw…

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‘I feel like a kid in a sweet shop’: Ian Holloway appointed Grimsby manager

Holloway has been out of work since leaving QPR in May 201856-year-old wants to take ‘wonderful old football club forward’Grimsby Town have appointed Ian Holloway as manager as they look to stave off the threat of relegation from League Two. The 56-yea…

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Antonio Brown works out for New Orleans Saints on eve of playoffs

Sean Payton says Saints doing due diligence on exiled wideoutBrown has not played since he was cut by Patriots in SeptemberNew Orleans remain alive for No 1 overall seed in NFC playoffsSaints coach Sean Payton says the club has no immediate plans to si…

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Lakers’ LeBron James aggravates groin injury in Christmas loss to LA Clippers

Clippers win 111-106 over Lakers in marquee Christmas gameJoel Embiid outplays Greek Freak as Sixers rout MilwaukeePelicans, Celtics and Warriors win in other holiday fixturesKawhi Leonard scored 11 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 reb…

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Rayo Vallecano match abandoned after ‘Nazi’ chants; Real Madrid draw

• Albacete’s Roman Zozulya accused by Rayo Vallecano fans• Karim Benzema scores late equaliser for Real at ValenciaA Spanish second division match between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete was abandoned at half-time on Sunday after Albacete forward Roman Zoz…

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BOA demands the ‘fullest possible sanctions’ be taken against Russia

• British Olympic Association support calls over Wada ban• Russian speaker suggests country host alternative GamesThe British Olympic Association has called for the “fullest possible sanctions” to be taken against Russia following the four-year World A…

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Memphis Depay clashes with Lyon fans over Marcelo donkey banner

Depay confronts fans who waved banner criticising teammate‘You can see on the camera, they spit on us,’ says Lyon captainMemphis Depay has lashed out at Lyon fans who displayed a banner calling centre-back Marcelo a donkey after the Ligue 1 side had qu…

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Champions League roundup: Ajax and Inter crash out after home defeats

• Valencia beat Dutch champions 1-0 in Amsterdam• Dortmund progress as Ansu Fati becomes youngest scorerLast season’s beaten semi-finalists Ajax were the big casualties from the Champions League group stage as the Dutch champions crashed out following …

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Ron Saunders, title-winning Aston Villa manager, dies aged 87

• Saunders led Villa to First Division title and two League Cups• Black armbands to be worn for Sunday’s game against LeicesterThe former Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders, who led the club to the First Division title in 1980-81, has died at the age of …

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Bordeaux ultras storm pitch and cause 25-minute delay … then team win 6-0

Fans demanding resignation of club presidentLondon-born Josh Maja fires hat-trick in routDozens of Bordeaux fans stormed on to the pitch during their Ligue 1 match against Nîmes, forcing the game to be halted for 25 minutes.The angry supporters staged …

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Wada recommends four-year ban on Russia plus restrictions on athletes

• Russian flag would not be used at major events• Decision will be made by executive committee on 9 DecemberThe World Anti-Doping Agency panel has recommended Russian athletes be forced to compete as neutrals at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo and other …

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Flamengo’s Copa Libertadores celebrations marred by clashes

• Some fans threw missiles at police on streets of Rio de Janeiro• Club later become Brazilian league champions as rivals loseCelebrations of Flamengo’s Copa Libertadores victory came to an abrupt end in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, when clashes erupted b…

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Chris Smalling scores and creates in Roma’s victory over Brescia

• On-loan Manchester United defender helps club climb Serie A• Roma remain behind neighbours Lazio who claimed late victoryChris Smalling scored a goal and had two assists as Roma moved into the top four of Serie A with a 3-0 win over Brescia in Serie …

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‘Racism? Then we don’t play football’: Dutch clubs to stand still in protest

• Players will not play first minute of matches in top two divisions • Protest in response to alleged abuse of Ahmad Mendes MoreiraPlayers in the top two divisions of Dutch football will stand still for the first minute of matches this weekend as a pro…

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Stevenage’s Mark Sampson charged by FA over offensive remark about player

Remark alleged to have been made in transfer target talksClub investigation found no case for Sampson to answerStevenage caretaker manager Mark Sampson has been charged by the Football Association with making an offensive remark.The former England Wome…

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Tottenham Hotspur: José Mourinho named new manager of Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino sacked on Tuesday nightMourinho: ‘The quality in the squad excites me’Tottenham Hotspur have announced the appointment of José Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that will run until the end of the 2022-23 season, following …