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Diego Maradona backs video assistant referees and admits his 'Hand of God' goal would have been ruled out

Diego Maradona Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Diego Maradona has backed the introduction of video assistant referees (VARs) despite admitting the system would have seen his “Hand of God” goal against England ruled out. Maradona scored one of the most famous and controversial goals in World Cup history in 1986 when he leapt to challenge England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and used his hand to flick the ball into the net to give Argentina the lead. He then scored a superb second goal as Argentina went on to win the quarter-final clash…

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Diego Costa filmed in Atletico Madrid shirt saying 'give Conte a hug' as Chelsea exit draws closer

Monday, July 17, 2017 Diego Costa has been filmed wearing an Atletico Madrid strip, saying ‘give Conte a hug’, as his move away from Chelsea continues to drag on.  The Spain striker has been allowed to skip Chelsea’s pre-season and was filmed partying in his native Brazil while negotiations for his move back to Madrid continue.  The video was shown on Instagram Live, with what appeared to be a family and friends partying with loud music playing, the camera then pans round to show him wearing the kit of his…

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Chelsea FC news: Diego Costa to miss start of pre-season amid uncertainty over Blues future

Diego Costa has been told he can leave Chelsea Monday, July 10, 2017 Chelsea striker Diego Costa will miss the start of pre-season training.  It is understood the 28-year-old’s absence has been mutually agreed and he did not join the squad as they returned to work on Monday. It is unclear exactly when the Spain international will return to training with the Premier League champions, who are due to travel to China and Singapore next week for their summer tour. Costa’s extended absence from the squad only intensifies rumours that…

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DEAL CLOSE! Diego Costa edges towards Chelsea exit as Atletico Madrid return looms

The 28-year-old is set for a move back to his former club Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Chelsea striker Diego Costa is close to sealing a return to his former club Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain. The 28-year-old has looked certain to depart Stamford Bridge ever since he revealed a text message from Blues boss Antonio Conte, telling him he had no future in west London. Costa would be unable to play for Atletico until January at the earliest due to the club’s transfer ban which prevents them from…

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A Local’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in San Diego

Mike Hess Brewing (courtesy of CityPASS) In this guest post, our discount-snagging friends at CityPASS share some of their favorite spots for eating and drinking (local beer, natch) in sunny San Diego. Fish tacos, anyone? San Diego’s near-perfect weather and waves draw in the surfers and sand castles, but it’s the city’s food and drink that make San Diego a uniquely delicious destination. Enjoy your time as a local would with this guide to San Diego restaurants and breweries. First up? Get to know our two favorite areas, Ocean Beach…

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Antonio Conte backs 'best striker in world' Diego Costa to upstage Romelu Lukaku

Antonio Conte has backed the “best striker in the world” Diego Costa to upstage Everton’s Romelu Lukaku on Sunday – and to guide Chelsea to Premier League glory. Belgium hitman Lukaku tops the league scoring charts with 24 goals and will be looking to sink his former club when the leaders visit Goodison Park. But, even though the 23-year-old has been linked with a summer return to Stamford Bridge, Blues boss Conte continues to insist he prefers his 19-goal talisman Costa. Costa ended a five-match barren spell in the Premier…

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Diego Costa: Chelsea striker is dropped after dispute over fitness with coach

Striker Diego Costa has been left out of the Chelsea squad to face Leicester on Saturday after a dispute with a coach over his fitness. The Spain international has not trained for three days and has not travelled for the Premier League leaders’ match with the champions (17:30 GMT). The news comes amid reports he is the subject of an offer to move to China that would be worth £30m a year. Costa, 28, has scored 14 goals and provided five assists this season. Chelsea declined to comment. It is…

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