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Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley wins £15m court case

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has won a High Court battle with an investment banker over a £15m deal allegedly made in a pub. Jeffrey Blue told the court Newcastle United’s owner reneged on a promise to pay him a multimillion-pound sum if he increased the firm’s share price. The court heard about “drink-fuelled” meetings in pubs, including one where Mr Ashley “vomited into a fireplace”. Mr Ashley’s lawyers said he had won a “comprehensive” victory. Read more about the Mike Ashley case here. The hearing was told that four…

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Rafa Benitez urges Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to 'keep his word' and splash the cash

Benitez led Newcastle back into the Premier League after one year in the Championship Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has urged chairman Mike Ashley to ‘keep his word’ and bring in new players ahead of the club’s return to the Premier League. Benitez snubbed mega-money deals in China to remain at St James’ Park and now wants Ashley to maintain his side of the bargain. Three new players have arrived so far this summer, but Benitez wants more before the season curtain-raiser on August 11. Benitez told…

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Ashley Madison offers $11m settlement

The owner of the Ashley Madison infidelity website, which was hacked in July 2015, has offered a settlement to the people suing the company. Millions of members had their personal details stolen when the site, which encouraged people to cheat on their partners, was breached. Ruby Life has put forward $ 11.2m (£8.5m) to settle a number of class actions. Some of the fund will be used to compensate those with a “valid claim”. Ashley Madison was a dating website for people who already had a partner but were looking…

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, July 15: Ashley Cole set for shock Birmingham move, Everton to sign Newcastle sensation and more GOSSIP!

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers… Harry Redknapp has made a sensational move to bring Ashley Cole to Birmingham. Cole, 36, is the big-name player at LA Galaxy but has the rest of the year on his contract at the MLS club. And Redknapp wants him at St Andrew’s to get Birmingham firing in the Championshipnext season after escaping relegation. (The Sun) LA Galaxy have played down talk they are about to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede has long been linked with a move to the MLS side, with a £6million-a-year deal reported to be on…

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley sells Rangers shares as fans group increase stake

Mike Ashley has sold his Rangers shares Friday, June 23, 2017 Mike Ashley has sold his shareholding in Rangers and the largest Light Blues supporter group has snapped up half of his Ibrox stake. The news comes just two days after Rangers chairman Dave King brokered a peace pact with the Sports Direct chief that provides the Ibrox club with a new £5million-a-year retail deal. Ashley’s firm MASH Holdings Limited bought an 8.9 per cent stake in Rangers International Football Club Ltd (RIFC) when the company was floated by former…

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