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Middlesbrough 2-0 Sunderland: Tony Pulis wins battle of Welsh bosses

Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite scored in the first half as Middlesbrough dumped dismal north-east rivals Sunderland out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium. Gestede took just 10 minutes to heap more woe on the Championship’s bottom club and Braithwaite’s effort just before the break effectively ensured the visitors’ sole remaining focus this season will be avoiding a second consecutive relegation. Black Cats boss Chris Coleman may take heart from an improved second half display from his injury-hit side, but they had only a…

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Claim Trump aide warned of UK spying absurd, says Tony Blair

A claim that Tony Blair warned Donald Trump’s aides UK intelligence may have spied on him is “categorically absurd”, the former PM’s office says. A new book says Mr Blair had shared a “juicy rumour” with the son-in-law of the US president, Jared Kushner, that campaign staff, “possibly even Trump himself”, had been under surveillance. He is said to have been “angling” for a post-election Middle East advisor role. Mr Blair’s office said the allegations “are a complete fabrication”. A spokeswoman added they “have no basis in reality and are…

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Tony Pulis: Middlesbrough appoint ex-West Brom boss as manager

Middlesbrough have appointed former Stoke and West Brom boss Tony Pulis as their manager, replacing Garry Monk. Welshman Pulis was sacked by the Baggies in November after a run of 10 Premier League games without a victory. The 59-year-old will watch Boro’s Boxing Day home Championship game against Bolton from the stands, with Craig Liddle taking caretaker charge. Monk left the club on Saturday – just hours after a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday left them in ninth place. More to follow. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC Sport – Sport

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Top five volleys in Premier League history, according ex-Chelsea star Tony Cascarino

Monday, December 18, 2017 Arsenal secured a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday thanks to a sublime Mesut Ozil volley. The languid German is often criticized for his adjudged laziness, despite his incredible vision and technique, and the latter was on show for all to see with his sensational strike. Moving backwards, and with grace, he cracked the ball into the back of the net from 16 yards. It’s was celebrated by Arsenal fans and neutrals but talkSPORT presenter, and former Premier League star, Tony Cascarino believes while it…

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Manchester City should hand Pep Guardiola £1million-a-week deal – not spend cash on Alexis Sanchez, says Tony Cascarino

Guardiola’s team have dropped just two points in their opening 16 league games Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Manchester City should make Pep Guardiola the first £1million-a-week manager in the world to prevent him being tempted away by a cash-rich rival, according to Tony Cascarino. City have blown the competition away under Pep this season, they already have an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League having dropped just two points in 16 games. Cascarino, the former Celtic, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Marseille striker, believes City should hand Pep…

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Tony Bellew insists his game plan will not change ahead of his rematch against David Haye

Bellew has won 29 of his 32 professional fights – his last coming against Haye Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Tony Bellew has claimed he does not have anything to prove after it was announced his rematch with David Haye will take place on May 5th, which talkSPORT will be broadcasting live and exclusively.  The scouser claimed a surprise eleventh-round victory over ‘The Hayemaker’ in their first bout in March, but their rematch scheduled for December 17th was called off after Haye reportedly sustained a freak injury.  Speaking to talkSPORT’s Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy…

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