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Diego Maradona’s personal doctor denies responsibility for death

Leopoldo Luque in tears after officials search his home and office in Buenos AiresDiego Maradona’s personal physician has denied responsibility for his patient’s death after police raided his home and surgery on Sunday, seizing laptops, medical records…

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Director Asif Kapadia: ‘Diego and Maradona were two different people’

Film director recalls the long and rocky road to meeting the mercurial subject of his filmFootball is a huge part of my life. I was 14 when Diego Maradona scored the two goals against England – the hand of God and the wonder goal. Despite the first goa…

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Diego Maradona lawyer vows legal action over funeral workers’ selfie

‘Devastated’ funeral home owner says trio pictured next to open coffin not full-time staffDiego Maradona’s agent and lawyer has vowed to take action after images emerged of three funeral workers posing next to the late Argentinian footballer’s open cof…

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World reacts to death of Diego Maradona – in pictures

From Kolkata to Mexico City, people around the world have paid tribute to the football legend, who has died aged 60 Continue reading…

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Diego Maradona: the achingly human superstar who embodied Argentina | Marcela Mora y Araujo

Maradona was a perfect representation of the human ability to be contradictory, to convey ugly and beautiful at once“A man of genius is unbearable, unless he possesses at least two things besides: gratitude and purity” – Friedrich Nietzsche, on love, p…

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‘Lack of shame’: Robinho affair highlights Brazil’s rape crisis

Top club Santos signed a contract – now suspended – with the former Brazil striker who was convicted of rape in Italy in 2017A public debate over sexual violence and rape culture has erupted in Brazil after one of its leading football clubs tried to re…

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Ronaldinho set for release after bizarre six-month stay in Paraguay penal system

World Cup winner was charged with using false passport40-year-old spent much of time in a luxury hotelAfter nearly six months entangled in the Paraguayan legal system, Ronaldinho is set to be granted his liberty from house arrest on Monday by judges in…

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Juninho Pernambucano: ‘There are thousands of George Floyds in Brazil’

The former Lyon midfielder on racism, his country’s unravelling under Jair Bolsonaro and how Brazilians are taught to think only about moneyLike so many other footballers and former professionals, Juninho Pernambucano could easily stay silent and not d…

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Jair Bolsonaro wants football to start up again despite Covid-19 deaths in Brazil

President calls for resumption of football despite crisisBrazil has more than 5,900 deaths due to the coronavirusBrazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro wants to see football competitions restart soon despite the country’s high number of coronavirus cases, a…

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Ronaldinho granted house arrest in Paraguay amid fake passport flap

Brazil icon moved to four-star hotel as investigation continuesLawyer maintains his clients didn’t know documents were falseAfter just more than a month in a maximum-security prison, Ronaldinho was released and placed into house arrest by Paraguayan au…

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Ronaldinho arrested in Paraguay over fake passport row

Football star detained in police station in Asunción shortly before planned flight back to home town of RioFootball star Ronaldinho has been arrested in a hotel in Paraguay’s capital after authorities said he entered the country with falsified document…

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Ronaldinho questioned by police in Paraguay over alleged fake passport

World Cup winner has travelled to Asunción with his brotherProsecutor claims passport numbers belong to other peopleThe former Brazil forward Ronaldinho is being questioned by authorities in Paraguay, after entering the South American country with what…

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Brad Gobright, renowned US rock climber, dies after fall in Mexico

The American was abseiling down El Potrero Chico near Monterrey when he plunged about 300m to his deathOne of the world’s most renowned rock climbers, the American Brad Gobright, has died after falling off a mountain in Mexico.The fall occurred on Wedn…

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It’s good Don Cherry is gone. It’ll be better if his successor represents today’s Canada

The problematic pundit’s sacking was long overdue. Now’s the time for Rogers Media to replace him with a truer reflection of Canada’s wonderfully diverse hockey sceneEvery Saturday night for the last 37 hockey seasons, Canadians have been subjected to …

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Hockey pundit Don Cherry fired by Sportsnet over xenophobic poppy rant

Famed hockey pundit fired by Sportsnet over racist commentsCherry attempted to shame immigrants for not buying poppiesLongtime Canadian hockey pundit Don Cherry has been fired by Sportsnet for on-air remarks about what he believes are new immigrants no…

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Tarania Clarke, midfielder for Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz, killed in Kingston stabbing

Clarke, 20, killed in fight with another woman over cellphoneMidfielder scored in senior international debut in SeptemberAuthorities in Jamaica say a member of the women’s national soccer team has been stabbed to death.Police said Friday that 20-year-o…

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Pair face jail over leaked Emiliano Sala mortuary images

Sherry Bray and Christopher Ashford admit accessing CCTV of postmortem examinationTwo people are facing prison sentences after they admitted accessing footage of the footballer Emiliano Sala’s postmortem examination.The Argentinian’s body was recovered…

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Fighting for their futures: boxing under a bridge in Mexico – in pictures

Former professional football player and amateur boxer Miguel Angel Ramirez has set up a small gym under a vehicular bridge in Ecatepec, in the State of Mexico, in order to keep children away from drugs, teach them a sport and prevent them enlisting in …

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Egan Bernal wins Tour de France and all of Colombia celebrates

From the jubilant crowds in the cyclist’s home village up to the president, emotions run high Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win the Tour de FranceAlvaro Bernal, a Colombian corn farmer, traversed the pouring rain to reach the cobbled square in…

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Police arrest man they say ordered shooting of Red Sox legend David Ortiz

Former baseball player still recovering in hospitalOrtiz shot in what police say was case of mistaken identityPolice say actual target was cousin of alleged member of cartelAuthorities in the Dominican Republic announced on Friday that they have arrest…