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Coutinho not in Liverpool squad

Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for their Champions League play-off first-leg match away to Hoffenheim on Tuesday. The Brazil playmaker, 25, missed Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday due to a back problem. But he submitted a transfer request the day before the …

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Neymar charms press

Brazilian superstar Neymar took little time to seduce the press in his new home with a goalscoring debut for Paris Saint-Germain at Guingamp. “Already charmed,” said sports daily l’Equipe in response to the 25-year-old’s starring role in Sunday’s 3-0 win in Brittany. “An assist, a goal, class play: NEYMAR succeeded …

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Costa blasts Chelsea

Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Diego Costa has launched an angry broadside against both the club and manager Antonio Conte, accusing them of treating him like a “criminal”. Costa, 28, has been informed by Conte that he has no future at the club and having been frozen out of the first-team squad, …

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Time Bolts past a legend

If destiny and natural justice were the defining elements in dictating the outcome of sporting ties, the greatest sprinter of all time would have walked away from the sport in a blaze of gold and glory. Thankfully, they aren’t. Save some very notable exceptions (Roger Federer anyone?) sport hardly mirrors …

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Mashrafe urges cautious optimism

“The team we are going to play against are, in my opinion, one of the two most passionate Test playing teams, the other being England. But I personally think that Australia is the most passionate team when it comes to Test cricket,” said Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza when …

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