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Barcelona links not distracting Antoine Griezmann – Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone denied Antoine Griezmann is distracted by continuing reports linking him with Barcelona after the star attacker scored in Saturday's 1-1 La Liga draw at home to Girona.

Manchester United loanees are staying put – Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has confirmed on-loan trio Andreas Pereira, Sam Johnstone and Timothy Fosu-Mensah will not be recalled by Manchester United for the second half of the season.

Barcelona stay calm after seeing unbeaten run end

Andres Iniesta has insisted that nobody at Barcelona is panicking after the runaway leaders of La Liga saw their long unbeaten run come to an end.

Missed Lionel Messi penalty costs Barcelona in Cup derby defeat

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Espanyol struck in the dying moments to consign Barcelona to their first defeat since August, 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Nicolas Otamendi signs Manchester City contract extension until 2022

Nicolas Otamendi has agreed a contract extension at Manchester City to keep him at the club until the end of the 2021-2022 season.

Real Madrid haven’t given up on La Liga – Barca’s Ernesto Valverde

Real Madrid have not given up on the Liga title despite their struggles this season, according to Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid under fire after defeat

The Spanish press did not hold back in their criticism of a “shattered” Real Madrid, a team “in crisis” after their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Villarreal in La Liga.

I left Arsenal for Valencia to play more games – Francis Coquelin

Francis Coquelin has told L'Equipe it was "difficult" to decide to leave Arsenal, but insisted his move to Valencia is a necessary step to boost his career.

Everton in talks with Arsenal to sign Theo Walcott – Sam Allardyce

Everton are in talks with Arsenal to sign forward Theo Walcott, the club's manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed.

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger denies £40m Malcom move

Arsene Wenger has sought to distance Arsenal from reports suggesting that a £40 million move for Bordeaux forward Malcom is imminent.

Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin completes Valencia move

Valencia have announced that they have reached an agreement to sign Francis Coquelin from Arsenal, with the value of the deal reportedly worth £12 million.

Atletico Madrid, Valencia breeze into Copa del Rey quarters

Atletico Madrid booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday after seeing off third-tier Lleida, while new signing Luciano Vietto's hat-trick fired Valencia past Las Palmas.

Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira wants to stay on loan at Valencia

Andreas Pereira says he wants to stay at Valencia for the remainder of the season rather than head back to Manchester United.

We have done everything but it’s not happening for Real Madrid – Marcelo

Defending champions Real Madrid stuttered to another draw, a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo to fall 16 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona and full-back Marcelo has admitted they cannot do anything else to get a win and rescue their season.

Pep Guardiola apologises to Sean Dyche after touchline row

Pep Guardiola apologised to Burnley manager Sean Dyche for his behaviour after Manchester City equalised in their 4-1 FA Cup third round victory.

Diego Costa sent off after scoring Atletico Madrid winner

Atletico Madrid unleashed Diego Costa in La Liga on Saturday and the controversial centre-forward scored the winner before being sent off in a 2-0 home win over regional rivals Getafe.

Diego Costa’s sizzling return reignites Atletico

Diego Costa's return to Atletico Madrid began in typically explosive fashion on Wednesday night, and his second spell in La Liga has raised hopes that his new team might challenge runaway leaders Barcelona.

Valencia sign striker Luciano Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have loaned striker Luciano Vietto to Valencia for the rest of the season, with the deal including an option for a permanent deal.

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Correctional Service: Agba Jalingo didn’t sponsor inter-cell sports competition for inmates

The authority of Nigerian Correctional Service have refuted reports in one of the private television stations and some social media handles claiming sponsorship of a football competition by detained journalist, Agba Jalingo, for inmates in the Afokang custody Centre of the service in Calabar, Cross River State.
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Kogi elections: Yiaga Africa wants polls cancelled

An election observer group, Yiaga Africa, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to cancel the gubernatorial and senatorial elections in Kogi State; saying the exercise was marred by vote-buying, ballot box snatching, intimidation of voters and thuggery.
An Italian youth club fired manager Massimiliano Riccini for disrespecting the opposition after his team bagged a 27-0 win on Saturday.

Italian club fires coach for winning 27-0 in football league

An Italian youth club fired manager Massimiliano Riccini for disrespecting the opposition after his team bagged a 27-0 win on Saturday.
Nigeria Police

Kogi elections: Three confirmed dead, casualty list still being compiled – Police

The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr Akeem Busari, who confirmed the deaths to newsmen, said the command was still compiling its report on the poll to ascertain the actual number of casualties.
Pope Francis on March 30 addressed the people, authorities, representatives of civil society and the diplomatic corps in the Moroccan capital, Rabat.

Pope hosts meal for 1,500 poor, homeless

Pope Francis on Sunday hosted around 1,500 poor and homeless people for lunch at the Vatican, decrying indifference to poverty as the Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor.