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Stoke City news: New manager Paul Lambert urges players to not dwell on past results

New Stoke boss Paul Lambert regards the club’s remaining Premier League fixtures this season as “15 cup finals”. The Potters head into Saturday’s home clash against Huddersfield, their first match with Lambert in charge, lying 18th in the table, a point adrift of safety. They have lost six of their previous eight league games, won five out of 23 all season and conceded 50 goals, more than any other club in the division. Lambert, appointed as successor to the sacked Mark Hughes on Monday, said: “It’s like 15 cup finals,…

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Chelsea FC news: Club denies accusations of breaching FIFA regulations when signing young players from overseas

The Guardian reported that FIFA had pinpointed 25 cases after carrying out an investigation into the club’s recruitment of players aged under 18. Thursday, January 18, 2018 Chelsea have refuted claims they may have breached transfer regulations when signing young players from overseas. The Guardian reported on Thursday that world governing FIFA had pinpointed 25 cases after carrying out an investigation into the club’s recruitment of players aged under 18. According to the newspaper, FIFA’s transfer matching system (TMS) examined incoming deals involving the Premier League club and forwarded its…

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Players ready to fight for more prize money – Federer

2018 Australian Open Dates:15-28 JanuaryVenue:Melbourne Park Coverage:Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. Roger Federer has called for the Grand Slams to up their levels of prize money and said players are “bored’ of having to push the issue. The subject has been raised at the Australian Open after Novak Djokovic reportedly initiated a players-only meeting on the eve of the tournament. Federer, 36, is a former president of…

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Arsenal FC transfer news: The players Arsene Wenger signed to replace departing stars

Vieira is still regarded as one of the greatest ever midfield players in Premier League history, and he has never been properly replaced by Arsenal. Wenger decided to sell Vieira to guarantee Cesc Fabregas first-team football and aid his development, and that is the reason Arsenal did not purchase a like-for-like replacement that summer. Hleb was brought to north London as one of the Bundesliga’s best creative players, and he played mainly on the right wing for Arsenal. He was a popular figure and a talented football who was unfortunately…

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Six Nations 2018: England name eight uncapped players in squad for Italy

Harlequins’ 20-year-old prop Lewis Boyce is one of eight uncapped players in the England squad for the Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome. Exeter prop Alec Hepburn also receives a call-up to the 35-man squad, as does Newcastle flanker Gary Graham. In the absence of Nathan Hughes and Billy Vunipola, Bath number eight Zach Mercer is named and is no longer listed as an apprentice player. Eddie Jones’ side face the Italians in Rome on Sunday, 4 February. “I have selected the strongest available squad to prepare for our…

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Spartak Moscow criticised for 'melting chocolate' tweet about own black players

A social media message containing “racist references” posted by Russian club Spartak Moscow “shows a shocking level of ignorance”, says the chief of anti-discriminatory body Fare. Spartak tweeted a video of some black players training in sunny conditions with a message translating as “see how the chocolates melt in the sun”. “Racism is one of the biggest issues Russia faces in the year they host the World Cup. References like this show how some minorities are seen by some in the country,” said Piara Powar. “For Russia’s biggest club to…

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Daniel Levy promises Tottenham will not sell their best players this summer

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy Thursday, January 11, 2018 Daniel Levy has assured Tottenham fans that the club will not sell any of the stars they want to keep in the summer. Spurs have become renowned for cashing in on their top talent and the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld are attracting attention from Europe’s elite clubs. But Levy insists manager Mauricio Pochettino will have no problem keeping all his key men beyond this season. “I am 100 per cent confident that every player we want to keep I…

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