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Interim coach Santiago Solari guided Real Madrid to a win in the Copa del Rey. AP

Real Madrid crush Melilla in Santiago Solari’s first game, as Barca scrape Cup win

Santiago Solari got off to the perfect start as Real Madrid’s interim coach when his side thrashed Melilla 4-0 in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Abdoul Razzagui Camara

Guinea’s Abdoul Camara quits football due to health concerns

"I can not go on because I'm at risk of cardiac arrest or dying on the pitch like a lot of other players," he told French website footmercato.
Julen Lopetegui

Real Madrid record lowest attendance since before Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival

Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Getafe on Sunday night was watched by 48, 446 -- the lowest turnout since before Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival in 2009.
African Migrants

Spain: Almost 800 refugees rescued off southern coast

Spanish rescue boats have saved more than 700 refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe.

Rafael Nadal, master of the impossible

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he'd have to amend his belief that death and taxes are life's only certainties and add a third -- Rafael Nadal winning the French Open.

Rafael Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Diego Schwartzman

Top seed Rafael Nadal was rattled by a feisty challenge from Diego Schwartzman but the Spaniard held firm to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Abu Dhabi event

World number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his planned season opener at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi due to lingering fitness concerns just three weeks ahead of the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal pulls out of season opener in Abu Dhabi

World number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his planned season opener at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi due to lingering fitness concerns just three weeks ahead of the Australian Open.

Accolade good, but I’m still a player for future – Asensio

Cristiano Ronaldo’s praise has delighted Marco Asensio, but the Real Madrid attacking midfielder does not have his team-mate’s Ballon d’Or crown in his sights any time soon.

Nadal speaks out against Catalan independence

Spanish tennis world number one Rafael Nadal has criticised plans for an independence referendum called by Catalonia’s pro-separatist government for October 1.

Neymar’s PSG move ‘strange’ – Asensio

Neymar joined PSG in a £200m deal over the summer but Asensio, who has two La Liga goals from three appearances this season, ruled out a move to the French giants, insisting he is happy at Real Madrid.

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[file] Former South African president Jacob Zuma appears at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on April 6, 2018, during for a brief preliminary hearing on corruption charges linked to a multi-billion dollar 1990s arms deal./ AFP PHOTO / POOL / Nic BOTHMA

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma seeks to have corruption case scrapped

South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma on Friday lodged a court application to try to have quashed $2.5-billion corruption case linked to a 1990s arms deal, state prosecutors said.

AFCON: Ahmed Musa to lead Super Eagles attack against Bafana Bafana

Ahmed Musa looks set to lead the Super Eagles attack in the absence of injured Odion Ighalo with Chippa United’s Daniel Akpeyi also set to start against South Africa Saturday.

Court grants N500,000 bail to accused for allegedly stealing vehicle spare parts

A 42-year-old man, Jide Oyedele, on Friday, appeared in an Ikorodu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos for alleged theft of pickup van motor engine and other spare parts worth N550,000.
Gareth Southgate will be tasked with leading England to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Gareth Southgate: UEFA Nations League semi-final would cap ‘brilliant year’ for England

England are determined to reach another semi-final to top a "brilliant year", says manager Gareth Southgate.