Brazilian beauty overshadows Maracana mess

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:17 pm

To visit Brazil is to witness first hand the joy football brings to its people, despite a furore over unfit stadia, writes Phil McNulty

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Walcott inspired by Brazilian youth

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:00 pm

England’s Theo Walcott says the dazzling skills of Brazil’s children have left him determined to reach the World Cup.

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Bordeaux beat Evian to win French Cup

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Cheick Diabate scores in the last minute as Bordeaux beat Evian 3-2 to win the Coupe de France for a fourth time.

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Phillips fired by Lions challenge

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Welsh scrum-half Mike Phillips aims to top his superb Lions form from 2009 and help deliver a series victory in Australia.

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Suarez’s words make a decidedly hollow sound

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Luis Suarez owes Liverpool – but the striker has given his club yet another problem, says Phil McNulty

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VIDEO: Fifa vote supports racism sanctions

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Fifa has voted in support of racism sanctions that will see players banned for a minimum of five matches with teams facing relegation or points deductions if their fans continually offend.

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Man City closing in on new manager

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak expects Manchester City to appoint their new manager “in the next two weeks”.

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Ferdinand wants ‘coaching strategy’

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand believes a new coaching strategy is needed to change the fortunes of the national team.

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Monaco sign Atletico striker Falcao

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Monaco seal the signing of Atletico Madrid’s prolific Colombia striker Radamel Falcao for a reported £50m.

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VIDEO: Seven to make England debuts

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Stuart Lancaster will give seven players their debuts when England face a Consur XV in a non-cap game in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Sunday.

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Fifa elects first woman executive

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Burundi FA president Lydia Nsekera has been elected as the first woman on Fifa’s executive committee.

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Seven set for first England starts

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Kyle Eastmond is one of seven players set for their first England starts as they face a South America side on Sunday.

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Welsh not in Lions pole – Roberts

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Centre Jamie Roberts says the strong Welsh presence in the Lions’ opening game is down to circumstances.

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Wolves name Jackett as head coach

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Former Millwall boss Kenny Jackett is appointed as the new head coach of League One-bound Wolves.

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Suarez not for sale, say Liverpool

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Liverpool insist Luis Suarez is not for sale after the striker reportedly tells a press conference he wants to leave.

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Sunderland agree Diakite deal

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Sunderland agree a deal for Lazio defender Modibo Diakite, who is expected to become Paolo Di Canio’s first signing.

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Valdes to quit Barcelona in 2014

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes confirms he will leave the club when his contract expires in the summer of 2014.

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Mike Blair column

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Are there not enough Scots in the squad or is three a fair reflection on their standing in the game?

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Swansea give testimonial to Tate

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Veteran Swansea City defender Alan Tate is granted a testimonial against former club Manchester United.

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Fifa approves new racism crackdown

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:13 am

Teams could be expelled from competitions or relegated for incidents of racism as tough new powers are voted in by Fifa.

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Prop Mulipola commits to Leicester

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

Samoa international prop Logovi’i Mulipola agrees a new contract with Premiership champions Leicester Tigers.

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Brazil-England friendly ‘to go ahead’

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:43 am

England’s friendly in Brazil will go ahead after a judge revokes a suspension over stadium safety concerns.

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McCusker feels pressure to perform

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:24 am

Wales’ second-string squad must maintain the standards of the Six Nations-winning side, says Rob McCusker.

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Welsh exploring three Oxford venues

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:21 am

London Welsh chairman Bleddyn Phillips says the club have three ground options available to them in the Oxford area.

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Lions can cope with heat – Farrell

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 8:46 am

Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell insists the players can cope with 30C heat in their tour opener in Hong Kong.

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Hibs sign Tudur Jones & McGivern

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hibernian agree two-year deals with Inverness midfielder Owain Tudur Jones and Man City defender Ryan McGivern.

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Adam Jones column: Friendly foes & heat

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:48 am

British & Irish Lions prop Adam Jones on facing old team-mates and extreme temperatures in Hong Kong

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Crunch time starts now for Scolari’s Brazil

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:46 am

For Brazil, there is a world of difference between Sunday’s game with England and the last time the sides met in Rio

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Fifa to vote on anti-racism measures

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Fifa will on Friday vote on proposals it hopes will help eliminate racism and discrimination from the game.

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Good time for a change – Suarez

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is considering a “change of environment” as he continues to be linked with Real Madrid.

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Leonardo banned for nine months

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Paris St-Germain sporting director Leonardo is banned for nine months for pushing a referee.

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Arsenal complete Bristol hat-trick

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Arsenal secure a 3-2 win at Bristol Academy as Doncaster Belles come from behind twice to draw 2-2 at Everton.

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Hodgson defends England tactics

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Roy Hodgson defends his England team’s tactics in the 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland following Gary Lineker’s criticism.

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VIDEO: England-Brazil friendly under threat

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm

England’s friendly match with Brazil on Sunday has been suspended over safety issues at the recently-renovated Maracana stadium.

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NI U-21s lose qualifier in Cyprus

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Northern Ireland lose 3-0 to Cyprus in their opening qualifier for the 2015 Under-21 European Championship.

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Rangers chairman Smith urges unity

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Rangers chairman Walter Smith urges board “unity” following weeks of in-fighting at Ibrox.

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Hughes must win over Stoke doubters

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm

New Stoke boss Mark Hughes will be judged on his team’s style and results, as well as his ability to develop home-grown players

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‘Short-changed’ fans given kit vote

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Cardiff City football fans are being given a say on what colour shorts players will wear next season, after a backlash over the original choice.

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Monaco close in on striker Falcao

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Monaco’s owner Vadim Vasilyev says the club are closing in on a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Colombia striker Radamel Falcao.

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Big-spending Monaco not done yet

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Monaco’s spending shows no signs of abating but their re-emergence is not well received everywhere in France

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Jackett & Rosler on Wolves radar

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Former Millwall boss Kenny Jackett and Brentford’s Uwe Rosler are frontrunners to be the next Wolves head coach.

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Rooney targets England trophies

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm

England striker Wayne Rooney says his international career would be “pointless” without major silverware.

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American bid for Dundee still alive

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Proposed investment in Dundee by Keyes Capital could still go ahead despite an initial rejection of their £1.5m offer.

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McGeady uncertain of Spartak future

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Aiden McGeady admits Spartak Moscow may try to sell him this summer before he enters his contract’s final year.

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VIDEO: Young plotting Lions downfall

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Dai Young says he will have a “broad smile” if his Barbarians can beat the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong on Saturday.

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Joorabchian clarifies role at QPR

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Kia Joorabchian says it is incorrect to blame him for QPR’s transfers last season as he only represented one player signed.

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VIDEO: We only considered Hughes – Coates

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Stoke City owner Peter Coates says the club only interviewed Mark Hughes for the managerial vacancy.

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Abidal leaves Barca but will play on

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Eric Abidal, who had a liver transplant last year, will leave Barcelona this summer but plans to continue playing.

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VIDEO: Hughes motivated by dent in reputation

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Mark Hughes says he will use the fact that his reputation “took a hit” during his spell as manager of QPR as motivation in his new role as Stoke boss.

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Former Glens star Nixon joins Bangor

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Former Glentoran defender Colin Nixon signs a two-year contract with Championship One side Bangor.

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Fifa to elect first woman executive

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Fifa is to elect a woman to its powerful executive committee for the first time in its history this week.

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Parish must solve ‘luxury problems’

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish hopes the club can build on promotion to the Premier League.

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Title justified loyalty – Gopperth

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Jimmy Gopperth says Newcastle Falcons’ promotion to the Premiership justified his decision to stay after relegation.

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AUDIO: Promotion perfect goodbye – Gopperth

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Newcastle Falcons fly-half Jimmy Gopperth tells BBC Newcastle winning promotion back to the Premiership was a proud moment and perfect way to say goodbye before his move to Leinster.

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Besiktas’ McGregor interests Hull

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Hull City say Besiktas’ Scotland goalkeeper, Allan McGregor, is “on our radar” but that no deal is imminent.

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Wales’ Tipuric relishes Lions debut

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Wales flanker Justin Tipuric says he intends to “enjoy” his British and Irish Lions debut on Saturday.

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Hughes: I’ll prove people wrong at Stoke

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he is motivated to succeed by the criticism of his time at QPR.

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Welsh face fresh Keats complaint

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

The European Rugby Cup lodge a misconduct complaint against London Welsh over the registration of Tyson Keats.

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Hughes: I’ll prove people wrong at Stoke

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:06 am

New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he is motivated to succeed by the criticism of his time at QPR.

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Tuilagi agrees new Leicester deal

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

England centre Manu Tuilagi signs a new “long-term” contract with Premiership champions Leicester Tigers.

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England’s style more slumber than Samba

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:24 am

Roy Hodgson’s England side increasingly resemble a second-rate football power, argues BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty.

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BBC to show England-Argentina games

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:18 am

England’s two Test matches against Argentina will be shown live on the BBC on 8 and 15 June.

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Rangers confirm no Whyte-Green link

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

Rangers tell the Stock Exchange that a probe found no links between former owner Craig Whyte and the current set-up.

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Burns agrees return to Linfield

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:01 am

Midfielder Aaron Burns signs a one-year deal with former club Linfield after being released by Portadown.

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Hughes appointed Stoke City manager

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:20 am

Mark Hughes is confirmed as Stoke manager, taking over from fellow Welshman Tony Pulis at the Britannia Stadium.

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Worcester appoint Hogg as head coach

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:01 am

Worcester Warriors agree a deal to make Gloucester’s Carl Hogg their new head coach for next season.

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Hard to say no to Real, says Suarez

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:34 am

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says it would be “difficult to say no” to a move to Spanish side Real Madrid.

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England in the dark ages – Lineker

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:15 am

Ex-England striker Gary Lineker describes England’s tactics against Republic of Ireland as “a step back to the dark ages”.

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O’Connell captain for Lions opener

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 5:22 am

Paul O’Connell will captain the British and Irish Lions in their tour opener against the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

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Hodgson positive after Republic draw

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

England manager Roy Hodgson happy with his side’s progress, despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Republic of Ireland.

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Pellegrini ‘has Man City agreement’

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini says he has a verbal agreement to succeed Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.

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Liverpool beat Lincoln to go joint top

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Liverpool move joint top of the Women’s Super League with a hard-fought 3-2 victory against Lincoln.

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England player ratings

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Do you agree with chief football writer Phil McNulty’s England player ratings against Republic of Ireland?

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Boss banned for abusing female coach

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Northwich boss Lee Ashcroft is found guilty of using abusive words towards a female coach and given a 10-match ban.

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AUDIO: England draw disappoints Hodgson

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Manager Roy Hodgson says he is “disappointed” that England could only draw 1-1 despite having “dominated” their Wembley friendly against Republic of Ireland.

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Trapattoni pleased with Wembley draw

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is happy with his side’s 1-1 draw against England at Wembley.

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Newcastle 31-24 Bedford (49-33 agg)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Newcastle beat Bedford 31-24 in the Championship play-off final second leg to secure promotion to the Premiership.

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Injured Sturridge misses Brazil game

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

England’s Daniel Sturridge will miss Sunday’s Brazil game after suffering an ankle injury against Republic of Ireland.

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England 1-1 Republic of Ireland

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Frank Lampard’s sixth goal in as many internationals earns England a dour draw with Republic of Ireland at Wembley.

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Bury takeover finally completed

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Stewart Day is named as Bury chairman after the takeover of the club is completed, with their transfer embargo lifted.

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Martinez meets Everton chairman

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Roberto Martinez meets Everton chairman Bill Kenwright to discuss succeeding David Moyes as manager.

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Row over Bolton’s new sponsor deal

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Bolton Wanderers Football Club announce their new principal sponsor will be pay-day loan company QuickQuid.

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VIDEO: Cotter looks forward to Scotland challenge

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Vern Cotter talks to BBC Scotland about taking over as head coach of the national team next year.

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Stoke City fan stages Hughes protest

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm

A supporter drives around Stoke with a ‘Hughes out’ banner on his van in protest to Mark Hughes’s expected appointment.

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Cotter eyes Scotland World Cup push

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Vern Cotter thinks he can make Scotland a force at the World Cup, despite only having a year with the squad.

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VIDEO: Blatter’s ‘good-looking’ comments

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Fifa president Sepp Blatter welcomes Moya Dodd by describing her as “good-looking” at the annual congress in Mauritius.

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VIDEO: Blatter’s ‘good-looking’ comments

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Fifa president Sepp Blatter welcomes Moya Dodd by describing her as “good-looking” at the annual congress in Mauritius.

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Moyes’ successor ‘faces tough task’

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm

David Moyes’ successor at Everton has bigger shoes to fill than Sir Alex Ferguson’s at Manchester United, says Pat Nevin.

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Cotter proud to be joining Scotland

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Vern Cotter denies offering his resignation at Clermont Auvergne in order to join Scotland earlier than planned.

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Guscott on Leicester, Leinster and Lions

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm

BBC rugby union expert Jeremy Guscott discusses Leicester and Leinster being crowned champions and Dylan Hartley missing the Lions tour

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Southampton legend Davies dies

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Former Southampton and Wales striker Ron Davies, considered one of the club’s greatest players, dies aged 70.

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Sale add London Welsh captain Mills

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Sale sign Jonathan Mills from relegated London Welsh, becoming the fourth Exiles player to join the Sharks this summer.

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Hartley decides against ban appeal

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Dylan Hartley decides not to appeal against his ban and will miss out on the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia.

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Hasselbaink named Antwerp manager

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink takes his first steps in management with Belgian side Royal Antwerp.

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Kilmarnock stay appeals to Boyd

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Striker Kris Boyd says he is leaning towards signing a new deal with Kilmarnock despite interest from Hearts.

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Tough for Swans to improve – Laudrup

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Michael Laudrup says it would take “a couple of hundred million pounds” for Swansea City to improve.

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Paver to celebrate Pirates milestone

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

The ‘best prop outside Premiership rugby’, Cornish Pirates prop Alan Paver, gets ready for his testimonial at the Mennaye.

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VIDEO: Alan Kelly recalls abandoned match

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Alan Kelly recalls the events of the abandoned match against England in 1995.

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Motherwell reject offer for Ojamaa

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

Motherwell reject a bid from Polish club Lech Poznan for Estonian striker Henrik Ojamaa.

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Bayern Munich ‘most valuable brand’

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

Bayern Munich has overtaken Manchester United to become the world’s most valuable football brand, a branding agency says.

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