China will host international football tournament


MNA Sports Desk: China will host a yearly international football tournament, with different national teams participating, opening from next year, entertainment and property corporation Dalian Wanda Group said Wednesday. The statement comes as Chinese Companies quick up foreign players and clubs as the country upsurges its effect on the international game. The FIFA-approved ‘China Cup’ will start in January 2017 with a four-game event containing China and three teams from Europe and the Americas, Wanda said in a statement. China presently languishes in 81st place in the FIFA world statuses, just behind Zambia and Jordan, and Wanda said that Chinese ...

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Siddikur succeed for the Olympics


MNA Sports Desk: Golfer Siddikur Rahman has become the first ever Bangladeshi to straight succeed for the Olympics Games after strengthening his status as one of the top 60 players for next month’s tournament in Rio de Janeiro. His place was ensured when he ended in 56th place in the rankings list revealed by the International Golf Federation on Monday. Bangladesh is the most crowded country never to have gained an Olympic medal and all previous applicants have had to trust on wildcards delivered by the International Olympic Committee and other global sports bodies. While numerous of the world’s top ...

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Griezmann declared Golden Boot winner of Euro 2016


MNA Sports Desk: France forward Antoine Griezmann has been declared as the Golden Boot winner of Euro 2016. He becomes the UEFA Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament, though the prize is limited solace for Les Bleus’ 1-0 final defeat by Portugal on Sunday night. Griezmann completed the event with the Golden Boot after counting six goals to support France reach the Stade de France final, having scored both goals in the in the semi-final win over Germany as well as netting twice in the comeback 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland in the last 16. Griezmann was shamefaced ...

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Murray wins second Wimbledon title


MNA Sports Desk: Andy Murray from the Great Britain wins second Wimbledon title on Sunday. As Andy Murray lead for the champion’s dinner at the Guildhall for the second time, three years after his first, he lastly had time to accurately savor the exclusive joy of owning not only the Wimbledon title, but the love of a nation, as well as his family. The glow of triumph gave him a more instant rush. He had widely beaten Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) in two hours and 48 minutes, and Center Court belonged to him. The clapping that greeted ...

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Portugal beat France for Euro 2016 glory


MNA Sports Desk: Eder’s extra-time goal saw Portugal beat host France 1-0 in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final to win their first major tournament for the journey on their road to glory. “It was not the final I wanted, but I am very happy. It is a trophy for all the Portuguese, for all immigrants, all the people who believed in us, so I am very happy and very proud.” Portuguese star Ronaldo said. “We said we would win it and we managed to do that.” He added later. Twelve years after dropping 1-0 to Greece as hosts of Euro 2004, ...

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Portugal prepared for ‘game of their lives’


MNA Sports Desk: Portugal is prepared for ‘game of their lives’. Portugal’s players are considering Sunday’s Euro 2016 final as the game of their lives and a chance to go down in their country’s history, midfielder Joao Mario said Friday. The 23-year-old also shrugged off criticism that Portugal, who has won only one match inside 90 minutes at the tournament, had yet to sparkle. Portugal, expecting to win an international title for the first time, take on hosts France in Sunday’s final, 12 years after dropping at home to Greece in their only other major final. “I’m certain that the ...

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Footballer Pele to marry for third time


MNA Sports Desk: Famous footballer Pele is set to marry for third time. Brazil football legend Pele is getting married on Tuesday for the third time, tying the knot with his girlfriend of six years, Marcia Cibele Aoki. Pele, 75-year-old, told O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper that this time, he has found “love forever”. Pele and Aoki met in New York in the 1980s but only started seeing each other in 2010, when they crossed paths in an elevator in Sao Paulo. Aoki, a 42-year-old businesswoman, has been by the three-time world champion’s side for nearly all his public ...

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Serena touches Steffi Graf with 22 major titles


MNA Sports Desk: Serena Williams touches the legend of world women’s tennis Steffi Graf with 22 major titles. Serena Williams confessed that it was a relief to finally settle a record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam title after the American star made history with her Wimbledon final victory against Angelique Kerber on Saturday. Williams had been on the edge of drawing level with Steffi Graf’s Open era record of major titles since winning Wimbledon in 2015. But her frustration was mounting after losing in the US Open semi-finals and then this year’s Australian and French Open finals. In her ninth Wimbledon final, ...

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France faces Ronaldo in poignant Euro final


MNA Sports Desk: France faces Ronaldo in poignant Euro final. Cristiano Ronaldo’s battle-hardened Portugal, stand between hosts France and a cathartic conquest in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final at Stade de France. The sports ground was besieged by suicide bombers during France’s friendly against Germany last November in attacks across Paris that left 130 people deceased. Following a joyous semi-final victory over Germany, France aim to prevail in a third major final on home soil after the 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup. “There are lots of fervor and lots of joy and happiness in France,” France coach Didier Deschamps ...

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Hulk arrives in Shanghai ahead of expected move to SIPG


MNA Sports Desk: Brazilian forward Hulk arrives in Shanghai ahead of expected move to Chinese Super League team, SIPG. He is supposed to join Shanghai SIPG in a deal as local media is guessing that could be a record for the Chinese Super League. SIPG confirmed that more than 1,000 supporters were at Shanghai’s international airport Wednesday to welcome Hulk, who is set to move from former Russian champion Zenith St. Petersburg. But SIPG have yet to settle the signing and Sui told reporters at the airport that Hulk would undergo a medical on Thursday. Russian media have said Zenith ...

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Fans, President, Maradona want Messi not to leave


MNA Sports Desk: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona and the country’s president Mauricio Macri, as well as fans, urged Lionel Messi on Monday as they want him not to leave the national team despite his vow to quit after a humiliating defeat. Dozens of emotional fans wearing the white and sky-blue striped jerseys of the national team, adorned with Messi’s number 10, waited in the rain for the team to arrive back from the tournament in the United States. “The national team is over for me,” Messi Told the Argentine network TyC Sports. “It’s been four finals, it’s not meant ...

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Quaresma snatches extra-time win for Portugal


MNA Sports Desk: Last night, Quaresma snatches an extra-time win for Portugal. Substitute Ricardo Quaresma turned in a rebound three minutes from the end of extra time as Portugal edged a tense encounter with Croatia to book a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final date with Poland. Quaresma secured a 1-0 win over Croatia after the game burst into life in the last few minutes of extra time on Saturday to set up a Euro 2016 quarter-final against Poland next week. Quaresma struck three minutes from the end of the extra period after a Cristiano Ronaldo shot was saved by Danijel Subasic ...

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Brady recorded late winner for Ireland over Italy


MNA Sports Desk: Robbie Brady recorded a magnificent late winner for Ireland to put them through to the knockout phases of the European Championship for the first time with a 1-0 win over Group E winners Italy. It brought Irish football one of its most celebrated nights against a second-string Italy side, with the three points safeguarding third place in the group and setting up a last-16 tie against hosts France in Lyon on Sunday. “It’s what dreams are made of. I grew up dreaming about this stage and to go and do it in front of my family is ...

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Messi makes Argentina fly into the Copa America final


MNA Sports Desk: Messi makes Argentina fly into the Copa America final. Lionel Messi recorded his 55th international goal to be counted his country’s all-time leading scorer as Argentina thrashed hosts the United States 4-0 to comfort into the final of the Centenary Copa America on Tuesday. “We got outplayed badly by a very good team,” U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said. “Today is a good day to judge where we are in program overall. We’re obviously a long way off.” Messi glanced the ball over the defense to an open Lavezzi for the opener, and then doubled the ...

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Wales reach knockout stages of the European Championship


MNA Sports Desk: Gareth Bale scored three goals in three games as Wales overawed Russia 3-0 on Monday to reach the knockout stages of the European Championship for the first time. Since the 1958 World Cup, Wales challenged expectations to win Group B ahead of England and send Russia home with an exciting counter-attacking display that rested on more than just the talents of Bale. “I’ve never seen a better performance from any Wales team than I saw tonight. As a nation geographically we are small but if you judge us by passion, you could say we were a continent ...

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Two Indians arrested for alleged rape not cricketers


MNA Sports Desk: Two Indian nationals have been arrested in Harare after for alleged accusation of rape but they are not cricketers. Reports that the arrested Indians are members of the Indian cricket team are incorrect, officials in Zimbabwe confirmed on Sunday. An article in a Zimbabwean publication claimed that an Indian player involved in the ongoing cricket tour of Zimbabwe had been picked up by police following an allegation made by a Zimbabwean woman. The two alleged were recognized as Krishna Satyanarayan, who is linked with ITW Sports, and Rajkumar Krishnan, a Zambia-based businessman. Satyanarayan works as a consultant ...

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Argentina and Chile reach Copa semifinals in style


MNA Sports Desk: Argentina and Chile reach to the semifinals of the Copa America in style. On Saturday, with Chile beating Mexico 7-0 and Lionel Messi getting a goal in Argentina’s 4-1 win over Venezuela to equal his country’s all-time scoring record, the day was full of sheer display of football excellence. Lionel Messi dominated the ball during the Copa America Centenario football quarterfinal match in Foxborough, Massachusetts, United States, on Saturday. Messi is strong-minded to lead Argentina to their first cup in 23 years after a series of excruciating near-misses. The Barcelona star scored his fourth goal of the ...

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Czechs draw with Croatia in flare-hit match


MNA Sports Desk: Czechs draw with Croatia in flare-hit match in Euro 2016. A 94th-minute penalty saved a point for the Czech Republic in their dramatic 2-2 draw with Croatia as flares thrown onto the pitch marred Friday’s Euro 2016 match. With Croatia 2-1 up and with one foot in the last 16, referee Mark Clattenberg fleetingly stopped play late in the game when flares thrown by Croatian supporters landed on the pitch in Saint-Etienne. Croatia defender Domagoj Vida was penalized for handball and Tomas Necid drilled home the resulting penalty, deep in added time, to claim their first point ...

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Pakistan team manager warns Amir before England tour


MNA Sports Desk: Reportedly, Pakistan cricket team manager, Intikhab Alam warns fast bowler Mohammad Amir before team’s England tour saying that he cannot afford to put a foot wrong on the tour of England where he was caught in a spot-fixing case six years ago. The images of Amir’s shocking over-stepping of the crease to bowl no-balls during the Lord’s Test in 2010 will re-emerge as he is all set to take the field on July 14 in the first of a four-match series. Amir and his new-ball partner Mohammad Asif bowled deliberate no-balls on the order of then Test ...

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Moscow summons French ambassador over Euro 2016


MNA Sports Desk: According to reports, Moscow summons the French ambassador over the issue of an ‘anti-Russian’ Euro 2016. Soccer fan violence fallen into global politics as this was done after the imprisonments of Russians at Euro 2016 and it was warned that an ‘anti-Russian’ mood could even harm relations between Russia and France. Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, blamed other countries’ soccer fans of ‘unconditionally challenging actions’ at the tournament, such as crushing on the Russian flag. In the meantime the epicenter of soccer violence at Euro 2016 moved from the south of France to the far north. Police used ...

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Anil Kumble in the contest for Indian cricket coach


MNA Sports Desk: Anil Kumble, former captain and the country’s uppermost wicket-taker in all forms gets in the contest for Indian cricket coach. He becomes the biggest name to have applied for the high-profile post of Indian cricket team’s coach. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has listed the number of candidates to be 57 without specifying any names, Kumble’s application makes it exciting as by sheer weight of his stature. He would be a few notches above former team director Ravi Shastri and chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil. “Yes, Kumble has applied for the post ...

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Brazil crash out of Copa on refereeing blunder


MNA Sports Desk: The Copa America Centenario exploded into debate on Sunday after a refereeing blunder sent Brazil crash to a 1-0 defeat against Peru and out of the tournament. The conquest left Brazil stressed to digest their worst performance in the Copa America since 1987, the last occasion the five-time world champions failed to make it past the group stage. Brazil, demanding only a draw to qualify for the quarter-finals as winners of Group B, looked to be on course for a place in the last eight with 15 minutes to go against Peru. But a rare foray into ...

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England and Russia fans clash at Euro 2016


MNA Sports Desk: Fans of England and Russia clash before and after their match at Euro 2016 last night. Clashes break out in the stands during the Group B football match between England and Russia. One England supporter was seriously injured in Marseille after being kicked repeatedly in the head, while another is reported to be in critical condition. A number of other fans were also in hospital, the British ambassador to France said early on Sunday, after a day and night of chaos in the French city. It is understood that UEFA will open disciplinary proceedings over the stadium ...

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Sharapova expelled for two years from tennis


MNA Sports Desk: According to reports, Maria Sharapova has been expelled from tennis for two years. She has been given a two-year ban from tennis after she tested positive for Meldonium at the Australian Open in January. The ban has been predated to January 26, the day the Russian failed her drugs test in Melbourne – meaning it will end on January 25, 2018. The ban was at the weightier end of prospects and it means she cannot play a Grand Slam until the French Open in 2018. International Tennis Federation (ITF) reported, “In the tribunal’s view the answer is ...

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Argentina romp into Copa quarters as Messi grabs hat-trick


MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi grabs a magical hat-trick in 19 minutes as Argentina romp into the Copa America Centenario quarters with a 5-0 rout of Panama on Friday. Messi had been forced to delay his debut in the tournament after a slow recovery from a lower back injury, with Argentina coach Gerardo Martino astonishingly identifying him amongst the substitutes once more. Messi missed no time in printing his genius on the tournament after coming on in the 61st minute to replace Augusto Fernandez with Argentina leading the Group D game 1-0. An exciting cameo from the Barcelona superstar began ...

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Ronaldo hoping rest leaves him fit for Euro 2016


MNA Sports Desk: It was an arrogant statement but correct nonetheless and will probably be an apt epitaph when Cristiano Ronaldo eventually calls time on his international career. Ronaldo is hoping that rest leaves him fit for Euro 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo clinched the Champions League this season for Real Madrid with the winning penalty. Speaking in the glossy film about his life and remarkable career released last year, he said of Portugal’s chances in international tournaments, “If we had two or three Cristiano Ronaldos in the team, I would feel more comfortable but we don’t.” He is easily Portugal’s record ...

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Argentina starts Copa with vicotry over Chile


MNA Sports Desk: Argentina shrugged off the injury absence of Lionel Messi to launch their Copa America Centenario campaign with a 2-1 victory over defending champions Chile on Monday. Goals from Angel Di Maria and Ever Banegasafea warranted three points for Argentina, who demanded sweet revenge for their defeat to the Chileans in last year’s Copa America final. Chile substitute Jose Fuenzalida scored an injury time consolation for the last year’s title holders. The Argentines will now be firm favorites to the quarter-finals as Group D champions with games in contradiction of Panama and Bolivia to come. But the Barcelona ...

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