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West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini. REUTERS-David Klein

Manuel Pellegrini named new Real Betis manager on three-year deal

Real Betis have appointed former Real Madrid and Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini as their manager from next season on a three-year contract, the La Liga side said on Thursday.
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FIFA sets new rules for use of VAR in EPL, LaLiga, Serie A

FIFA has ordered that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) reviews be applied uniformly across all competitions, as they take over direct responsibility for the system.
Yaounde Central Prison, where Takang is held, was the worst hit, according to the data. The prison did not reply to requests for comment.

Coronavirus stalks cells of Cameroon’s crowded prison

On the morning of April 24, Fritz Takang became so breathless he could barely walk across the cramped cell he shared with 60 inmates at the main prison in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde.
Uche Agbo

Super Eagles star ruled out for rest of the season

Super Eagles midfielder Uche Henry Agbo has been ruled out for the rest of the season after damaging his right knee during Deportivo La Coruña 1-1 scored draw with Tenerife in the Spanish Segunda Divison encounter.
Godfrey Oboabona last played for Saudi club Al Ahli and only recently underwent trials in France

Godfrey Oboabona eyes Super Eagles return after four years

2013 AFCON winner Godfrey Oboanona says he has not given up on his dream of returning to the Super Eagles under the watch of technical adviser Gernot Rohr.
Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore has expressed his interest to represent Mali, despite his invitation to the Spanish national team last year.

Manchester City, Juventus lead Barcelona in race for Wolves winger

Barcelona are interested in a move for their former winger Adama Traore but are behind Manchester City and Juventus for the Wolves winger.
Thiago Alcantara may be an “unbelievable” player, concedes Jose Enrique, but that does not make the Bayern Munich midfielder the “best fit” for Liverpool.

Steve Nicol: Thiago Alcantara wouldn’t walk into Liverpool’s starting line-up

Thiago Alcantara would be a welcome addition to a Premier League title-winning squad at Liverpool, says Steve Nicol, but the Spaniard has been warned he will not “walk into” the team at Anfield.
Thiago Alcantara may be an “unbelievable” player, concedes Jose Enrique, but that does not make the Bayern Munich midfielder the “best fit” for Liverpool.

Jose Enrique: Thiago Alcantara isn’t the best fit for Liverpool

Thiago Alcantara may be an “unbelievable” player, concedes Jose Enrique, but that does not make the Bayern Munich midfielder the “best fit” for Liverpool.
Sergio Ramos

Diego Simeone: Real Madrid get more penalties because they attack more

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu have suggested Madrid, who sit four points clear of the Catalan giants at the top of La Liga, are benefiting from favourable decisions from referees.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 21, 2020 Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp wearing a face mask comes out for the warm up during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England. – The delay to Liverpool’s title celebrations caused by the coronavirus was just the latest twist in the tale of the Reds’ 30-year wait to be crowned champions of England. A stunning run of 26 wins and one draw from their opening 27 games of the Premier League season ensured Jurgen Klopp’s men were champions-elect long before football was shut down in March. (Photo by PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP)

Jurgen Klopp coy on Thiago Alcantara speculation as Bayern Munich admit he could be...

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for the Spain international who has been tipped to leave the Bundesliga champions this summer, the 29-year-old entering the final year of his contract and reportedly keen on a new challenge after seven seasons in Munich.
Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their third goal with Lionel Messi, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS-Albert Gea

Barcelona outclass Villarreal after recent disappointments

Barcelona responded to a trying week by thrashing Villarreal 4-1 away to stay alive in the Liga title race, producing one of their best displays under coach Quique Setien.
Barcelona sports director Eric Abidal has upset Xavi Hernandez over claims regarding the Al Sadd coach.

Xavi return to Barcelona on hold after developments at Al-Sadd

Xavi’s proposed return to Barcelona has been put on hold after his decision to sign a one-year contract extension with Al-Sadd.
Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions in an effort to control a new outbreak of COVID-19 in Lleida Nacho Doce-Reuters]

Catalonia locks down 200,000 over coronavirus outbreak

Spain's northeastern Catalonia region on Saturday locked down an area with about 200,000 residents following a surge in cases of the new coronavirus.
Lionel Messi is reportedly becoming ‘worried’ that problems at Barcelona are beginning to mirror his international career with Argentina.

Zinedine Zidane wants Lionel Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claims

Lionel Messi was reported on Thursday to be planning to leave Barcelona in 2021, but Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was hoping the Argentine maestro will stay in Spain.
Thiago Alcantara was frustrated by Bayern Munich's display against RB Leipzig as they were held to a 0-0 home draw, while Peter Gulacsi believed the visitors were worthy of a win.

Liverpool close to signing Bayern Munich star

Liverpool are ‘very close’ to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, as per a report in Diario Sport.
New daily coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 50,000 for the first time Wednesday, as the World Health Organization delivered a grave warning that the global pandemic is accelerating.

US virus cases smash daily record as global infections soar

New daily coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 50,000 for the first time Wednesday, as the World Health Organization delivered a grave warning that the global pandemic is accelerating.
Emmanuel Adebayor has responded to critics, making clear that he did not bring the coronavirus to Togo and also that he won’t be donating any money.

Emmanuel Adebayor leaves Paraguayan side Club Olimpia

Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor is a free agent after Paraguayan side Club Olimpia mutually agreed to terminate his contract.
The Super Eagles CD Leganes defender Chidozie Awaziem has set his sight on their next league match against Deportivo Alavés on Friday, December 13.

Chidozie Awaziem: I was scared football may not return during lockdown

Nigeria defender Chidozie Awaziem says he is relieved to be back on the pitch again following the suspension of football in Spain.

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Leicester and England left-back Ben Chilwell is tipped to be one of Chelsea's main target when their transfer ban ends next summer.

Manchester United leading race to sign Ben Chilwell – reports

Manchester United have joined the race for Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell and are in pole position to sign him, reports claim.
It is unthinkable Wimbledon can go ahead while the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, said the German Tennis Federation vice-president, Dirk Hordorff. Andrew Redington-Getty Images

Wimbledon hailed as ‘class act’ for £10 million prize money gesture

Wimbledon was hailed as “a class act” on Friday after the tournament agreed to award £10 million in prize money to the 620 players who would have taken part in the tournament had it not been cancelled.
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has hinted he could be tempted out of retirement if former coach Glen Mills asked him.

Usain Bolt says open to comeback

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has hinted he could be tempted out of retirement if former coach Glen Mills asked him.
Real Madrid could win La Liga on Monday after a routine 2-0 win over Alaves on Friday put them within touching distance of the title.

Real Madrid in sight of title after beating Alaves

Real Madrid could win La Liga on Monday after a routine 2-0 win over Alaves on Friday put them within touching distance of the title.
The United States of America ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, has said the recent visa ban to Nigerians will be reviewed, if certain conditions are met.

US envoy inaugurates emergency health operation facility in Bayelsa

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, has inaugurated a state-of-the-art public health Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.