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Northern Ireland midfielder Oliver Norwood urges boss Michael O'Neill to continue as manager

Oliver Norwood hopes Northern Ireland’s valiant display in Switzerland will persuade manager Michael O’Neill to remain at the helm. O’Neill will consider his future after his team came up just short in their World Cup play-off with the Swiss, after a dubious penalty decision in the first leg ended their hopes of reaching back-to-back major tournaments for the first time in the country’s history. It felt like the end of an era in Basel on Sunday, where at least four veteran players – Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Jamie Ward –…

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Bayern Munich ‘not interested in Timo Werner’ says RB Leipzig chief as Liverpool continue to track star striker

Timo Werner has scored seven goals for club and country this season Monday, October 30, 2017 RB Leipzig president Oliver Mintzlaff has denied Bayern Munich’s interest in Liverpool target Timo Werner. Bayern hosted Leipzig at the Allianz Arena over the weekend, with the German champions running out 2-0 winners. And while post-match meetings took place between the hierarchies of both clubs, in-demand forward Werner was not a topic discussed. Mintzlaff told Sport1: “We had a pleasant lunch and dinner with FC Bayern, with Mr Rummenigge and Mr Hoeness. We talked…

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'Serious doubts' over whether FA bosses should continue as evidence is questioned

There are “serious doubts” whether FA bosses are fit to stay on after a “shambolic” performance at a hearing in parliament, MP Damian Collins says. FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn were answering questions after discrimination claims against ex-England boss Mark Sampson. “What the FA wouldn’t do was acknowledge their failings,” Collins told BBC sports editor Dan Roan. “It raises doubts about whether they are right to take the FA forward.” “I think we need to see a real acknowledgement from the FA on their own failings,…

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California wildfires: Death toll rises as blazes continue

Forty people have died and hundreds are still missing in California after six days of wildfires that have devastated swathes of countryside and destroyed thousands of homes. California’s governor said it was “one of the greatest tragedies” the state had ever faced. More than 10,000 firefighters are battling 16 remaining blazes. Winds of up to 70 km/h (45mph) brought them to new towns, forcing many more people to evacuate. One of the worst-affected areas is the city of Santa Rosa, in the Sonoma wine region, where 3,000 people were evacuated…

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Detectives continue to question Tube suspects

Media playback is unsupported on your device Police are continuing to question two men on suspicion of terror offences following Friday’s attack on a Tube train in south-west London. It comes as CCTV images emerged showing a man carrying a Lidl supermarket bag 90 minutes before the bombing. An 18-year-old and 21-year-old are being held over the explosion, which injured 30 at Parsons Green station. The UK terror threat level has been lowered to severe after being raised to critical, its highest level. On Saturday, the 21-year-old was arrested in…

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Barcelona continue to target Philippe Coutinho with plans to complete 'one or two' more signings

Ousmane Dembele was presented as a Barcelona player on Monday Monday, August 28, 2017 Barcelona are ready to keep spending after parading £135.5m new boy Ousmane Dembele at the Nou Camp. Around 17,000 fans attended Barcelona’s official unveiling ceremony on Monday for the 20-year-old France winger, who sealed his switch from Borussia Dortmund. The fee agreed between the two clubs – an initial £96.8million with add-ons potentially taking it to £135.5million – makes the player the second most expensive in history. It is eclipsed only by Neymar’s £200.6million move from Barcelona…

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Championship round-up: Aston Villa claim first victory of the season, Ipswich continue scoring streak

Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa have just one win from their first four games of the season Saturday, August 19, 2017 Aston Villa claimed their first win of the new Championship season thanks to a fine hat-trick from midfielder Conor Hourihane. The Irishman’s treble helped seal a thrilling 4-2 victory over Norwich City, who rallied in the second-half but just fell short of a possible share of the points. Villa dominated from the start. Hourihane opened the scoring in the first minute with a neat close-range finish and Andre Green then…

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