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VAR helps Foxes advance in FA Cup

Leicester made history as English football's first beneficiaries of the Video Assistant Referee system after the replay technology was used to award their second goal in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Fleetwood on Tuesday. When Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho ran onto a Riyad Mahrez pass to slot home in the 77th minute of the third round replay, his strike was initially ruled out for offside. But after a short delay while the attack was being analysed by the VAR assistant Mike Jones, the decision was changed – replays showed…

Simone Biles says she was molested by gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar

Simone Biles, the golden girl of the 2016 Olympics, added her name Monday to the list of gymnasts who say they were molested by team doctor Larry Nassar. The revelation came in a long statement on her social media accounts — one day before a weeklong sentencing hearing at which Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims. "Most of you know me as a happy, giggly and energetic girl. But lately ... I've felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams," Biles wrote in a #metoo post. "I am…

Basaksehir in Turan talks with Barca

Turkish league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir are in talks with Barcelona to bring midfielder Arda Turan back to Turkey after a troubled Camp Nou spell, the Super Lig club said on Wednesday. Basaksehir, who have risen fast over the last two seasons to rival the established Istanbul triumvirate of Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, however warned that the transfer was still a work in progress. "The process is continuing. I don't think there is any problem with him but this part of the talks with Barcelona is not easy,"…

CR7 leaving Real beyond imagination’

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Wednesday he cannot foresee Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club, despite various reports in the Spanish media saying he is in the middle of a stand-off with president Florentino Perez over a pay dispute. Ronaldo, 32, signed his last deal with Real in November 2016 until June 2021, but is reported to be demanding another new contract to bring his salary in line with Lionel Messi and Neymar, the top two earners in world soccer. "I can't imagine Real Madrid without Cristiano, this is his…

Van Persie heading home to Feyenoord

Dutch striker and record goalscorer Robin van Persie is heading home to rejoin his boyhood club Feyenoord, Dutch media reported on Friday. "Not everything is completely sorted out yet, but it seems to be moving in the right direction," a club official told the ANP news agency. Van Persie is expected to undergo a medical at the weekend, Dutch media added. The 34-year-old former Arsenal captain and ex-Manchester United star is still under contract with Turkish giants Fenerbahce. He was recalled to the Dutch national team in…

Walcott leaves Arsenal to join Everton

Everton have signed Theo Walcott from Premier League rivals Arsenal on a 3-1/2 year deal with the forward saying he wants to take the Merseyside club to the next level. The 28-year-old, who joined Arsenal in 2006, scored 108 goals in 397 appearances but has struggled to hold down a first-team place this season under manager Arsene Wenger. Neither club disclosed the transfer fee but British media said Everton paid about 20 million pounds ($27.59 million) for the England international, who completed a medical on Wednesday.…

What Man Utd target Alexis Sanchez has told Arsenal teammates and more transfer rumours

Alexis Sanchez teased his Arsenal team-mates by quipping "what one" when asked about his impending move to Manchester as United look to famously steal a march on bitter rivals City , according to reports. MEN Sport reported that United have been offered the chance to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez despite intense competition from Manchester City. Sanchez, 29, has seemed destined to join City in either the January transfer window or the summer as he runs down his Arsenal contract, which expires at the end of June.…

Falconets defeat Basetsana 2-0, put one firm leg in France

A brilliant performance by the Nigeria U20 girls in Polokwane on Saturday drew them very close to another outing in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, as South Africa’s Basetsana could find no answer to the fire –power of Chris Danjuma’s maidens. Usual suspect Rasheedat Ajibade, the Falconets’ top scorer in this qualifying series, showed shrewdness and great ball sense in beating the home team’s goalkeeper for Nigeria’s first goal on the half –hour, and Anam Imo increased the tally for the two –time World Cup silver medallists…

NFF inaugurates Referees Appointment committee

The Nigeria Football Federation on Friday inaugurated its newly –composed Referees Appointment Committee, even as the committee held its inaugural meeting at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja the same day. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who represented NFF President Amaju Pinnick and the Executive Committee, congratulated the new team and reminded them that they have an onerous task at hand. “You see, several other persons along the lines of match organization can make mistakes, but the referee is not allowed to make…

NFF pledges support to ‘Nigeria House’ at Russia 2018

The Nigeria Football Federation has pledged to lend institutional support and advice to the ‘Nigeria House’ project at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia this summer. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, made this pledge in Abuja on Friday while receiving in his office the management of the project, led by Project Coordinator, Mr. Mohammed Baba Abdullahi. “The NFF as an institution will always support any project designed towards the projection and promotion of the culture and customs of Nigeria, and targeted at…

Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United: Where would Sanchez fit in at United?

MANCHESTER United have joined the race for Alexis Sanchez, according to Sky sources, but where would he fit in at Old Trafford? It is understood United are ready to pay more than Manchester City for Sanchez and give him higher wages, and it is also thought they are willing to consider involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a potential swap deal. We check the stats to see how well suited he would be to United - and where he might slot into the side. Sanchez is able to play anywhere across the front line, but the most logical place…

World Taekwondo continue anti-doping education in Ivory Coast

World Taekwondo continued their anti-doping education programme at the Grand Prix Final and World Taekwondo Team Championships in Abidjan. The outreach programme, which was the first of its type to be held in Africa, took place throughout the competitions in the Ivory Coast city last month, in cooperation with the country's National Committee which fights against doping. A total of 60 athletes, coaches and fans visited the programme's stand, which was set-up close to the athletes' warm-up room and provided more information…

CAS confirm 42 of 43 Russians have appealed bans for doping at Sochi 2014

A combined hearing for Russian athletes sanctioned for doping at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi is set to take place the week beginning January 22, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) revealed today after confirming 42 competitors had officially filed an appeal. In a statement, the CAS said they are expecting a final decision for each case to be issued "on or before" January 31, just nine days prior to the the start of this year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 9. This is despite the sport entries…

COQUELIN: I SHOULD HAVE LEFT ARSENAL SOONER

The midfielder decided to fight for his spot at Arsenal amid interest this summer, but admits that he might have made the wrong decision Francis Coquelin says that he "almost regrets" not taking the chance to leave Arsenal sooner after completing a move to La Liga side Valencia on Thursday. The French midfielder joined Arsenal in 2008 and came through the system to become a regular for the Gunners, making over 20 appearances in the league in three consecutive seasons. His displays during the 2016/17 season drew interest over…

Exclusive: Talks over possible joint Korean women’s ice hockey team at Pyeongchang 2018

A joint Korean women's ice hockey team could participate at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, insidethegames understands after it was announced that a meeting has been called to discuss the North's participation at the Games. This is one of a number of motions which will be discussed at a four-party meeting announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take place at its headquarters in Lausanne on January 20. It is thought possible that between three and eight players from North Korea could feature in an…