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  • Boyata's late goal gives Celtic some breathing space

    Boyata's late goal gives Celtic some breathing space

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    Boyata's late goal gives Celtic some breathing space

    Scottish champions Celtic are in danger of failing to reach the lucrative group stage of the Champions League for a second successive season despite Dedryck Boyata's late goal giving them a 1-0 home win over Azerbaijani side Qarabag in their third qualifying round first leg clash on Wednesday. Boyata's header from Kris Commons' cross eight minutes from time saved the hosts' blushes and gives them a slight advantage to take to Baku next week and hope of progressing to the play-off round for the …

  • Szczesny leaves Gunners for Roma on loan

    Szczesny leaves Gunners for Roma on loan

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    Szczesny leaves Gunners for Roma on loan

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny still has a future at Arsenal despite being sent on loan to Serie A side AS Roma on Wednesday, according to Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. The 25-year-old Polish international -- who has signed with the Italian club for a season -- looked likely to be frozen out for the upcoming campaign with Arsenal having signed Czech stopper Petr Cech from Chelsea. The Gunners also have Colombian David Ospina, who replaced Szczesny as first choice in the Premier League …

  • 'Voice of Racing' O'Sullevan dies at 97

    'Voice of Racing' O'Sullevan dies at 97

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    'Voice of Racing' O'Sullevan dies at 97

    Peter O'Sullevan whose dulcet tones and well chosen words earned him the monniker the 'Voice of Racing' died aged 97 on Wednesday. O'Sullevan -- who also worked for the Daily Express -- commentated for the BBC for 50 years (1947-97), always using the binoculars that had been taken from a World War II German U-Boat, and just prior to his 50th and final Grand National he was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. Nigel Payne, chief executive of the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust, …

  • Norwich sign Brady from Hull, Liverpool's Wisdom on loan

    Norwich sign Brady from Hull, Liverpool's Wisdom on loan

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    Norwich sign Brady from Hull, Liverpool's Wisdom on loan

    Newly-promoted Norwich City have signed Ireland midfielder Robbie Brady from relegated Hull City for an undisclosed fee and have completed a loan deal for Liverpool's Andre Wisdom, the Premier League side said on Wednesday. Brady, a 23-year-old winger, made 43 top-flight appearances for Hull, who are now in the Championship (second tier), during the last two seasons and has won 14 international caps. …

  • Platini targets FIFA, having conquered Europe

    Platini targets FIFA, having conquered Europe

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    Platini targets FIFA, having conquered Europe

    Formerly one of the world's greatest players and currently the most important man in European football, Michel Platini is now targeting the top job in the game after confirming he would stand to become FIFA president. The Frenchman, a grandson of Italian immigrants, turned 60 earlier this year, and having conquered Europe as a player and then become UEFA chief in 2007, he is now prepared to take on the huge task of transforming scandal-hit FIFA's damaged reputation. Platini must now be …