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Serena withdraws from Italian Open

SERENA WILLIAMS has withdrawn from this month’s Italian Open, five days after opting out of the WTA event in Madrid. The decision puts in doubt her participation at the French Open, which begins on May 27. Serena is a four-time winner of the Rome event, which takes place from May …

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CAF President lauded for giving African football swift kick

MUCH HAS happened within the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since the shock ouster of former CAF president Issa Hayatou as president of the organisation a little over 12 months ago. Mr Hayatou had clung onto power for 29 years, taking on the guise of a dictatorial figure, and it …

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SAFA backtracks on 2026 World Cup bid to support for Morocco

THE SOUTH African Football Association (SAFA) has backtracked on earlier comments from its president, Danny Jordaan, that it will support Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid. Seemingly under pressure from the government, SAFA released a statement indicating that any decision on which to support must be taken by its National Executive …

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Juventus make contact with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

JUVENTUS ARE in tentative contact with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. With doubts persisting over the future of Massimiliano Allegri, Juve have made initial contact with Zidane’s camp about the prospect of a return to Turin, says Tuttosport. While Zidane has led Real to the Champions League final, this season’s failure in …

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Real Madrid to sign Neymar in €300M deal

REAL MADRID president Florentino Perez is confident of signing PSG superstar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior this summer – and for an ‘affordable’ fee. That’s according to Okdiario’s senior pundit Eduardo Inda, who says Real will pay nothing like the €400m fee suggested earlier this year for the former Barcelona star. Inda stated on El Chiringuito …

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ITF Wheelchair futures tourney in Ghana Nov

BY GABRIEL AMOAKOH THE CRÈME of wheelchair tennis players all over the world will converge on the tennis courts of the Accra Sports Stadium for the first-ever International Tennis Federation (ITF), Dan DeVan Wheelchair Futures Tournament from November 5 to November 8, 2018. The tournament has generated great levels of …

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Ghana swimming team shines in Dakar

BY SAMMY HEYWOOD OKINE GHANA SWIMMING national team participated in the Africa Zone 2 seniors swimming and open water championships, which took place in Dakar, Senegal. Countries that participated include Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo, Côte d’ Ivoire, Guinea, Benin, The Gambia and Sierra Leone. Ghana won …

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Rugby Africa Bronze Cup starts today at Nduom Stadium

RUGBY AFRICA Bronze Cup will start today at the Nduom Sports Stadium at Elmina in the Central Region with Ghana as the host. The four-day competition organised by Rugby Africa, the Africa Region of World Rugby, will see four countries participating for the coveted trophy. The three other participating teams …

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VAR use will ‘take the flavour’ out of football – Marcelo

REAL MADRID left-back Marcelo said that he dislikes the idea of the video assistant referee (VAR) system even though a refereeing mistake denied him a clear penalty in the 2-2 draw at Barcelona on Sunday. Referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez took most of the headlines afterward by angering both sides …

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Balotelli launches tirade at French referees

MARIO BALOTELLI may have played his last game for Nice after he was caught on camera launching a tirade at French referees. Balotelli is out of contract at the end of the season, and any ban he has to serve would carry over to a new club. The striker, expected …

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