Morocco bids to host 2026 World Cup

Morocco has lodged its bid to host the 2026 soccer World Cup, the country’s football federation said in a statement on Friday.

The offer to host the expanded 48-team tournament would compete with a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

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Morata Joins Chelsea From Real Madrid

Alvaro Morata has completed his move from Real Madrid to Chelsea on a five-year deal.

The Spanish striker passed his medical on Friday before putting pen to paper with the Premier League champions and is expected to join up with the Chelsea squad on a pre-season tour of Asia.

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Boxing: world shocked with Horn victory over Pacquiao

The Boxing world has expressed shock over the declaration of greenhorn Australian boxer, Jeff Horn, as the winner of the welterweight championship fight against Filipino Manny Pacquiao.

The fight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, was styled the Battle of Brisbane.

Although the local fighter Horn was very aggressive in the early rounds, using his reach and size advantage to pressure the Filipino champion, as the match went on, the masterful skill of Manny Pacquiao became more predominant.

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FIFA publishes report of inquiry into Russia 2018, Qatar 2022 World Cup bids

FIFA has published the Report on the Inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup Bidding Process, also known as the “Garcia Report”.

The report, which is downloadable on the FIFA website, was published Tuesday after it was leaked to a German newspaper, Bild.

The new chairpersons of the independent Ethics Committee, Maria Claudia Rojas of the investigatory chamber and Vassilios Skouris of the adjudicatory chamber decided to release the report, FIFA said.

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Crystal Palace appoint Frank de Boer as manager

Frank de Boer

Crystal Palace have appointed former Ajax Amsterdam and Inter Milan coach Frank de Boer as their new manager on a three-year contract, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 47-year-old Dutchman has been out of work since he was sacked by Serie A club Inter in November after winning just five of the opening 14 games of the season.

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Jose Mourinho’s father dies at 79

Jose Mourinho and father, Felix Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has lost his father, Felix, who passed away over the weekend at 79 years.

The late Mourinho had been down with illness for months, before finally giving up over the weekend.

The Manchester United manager posted a touching black and white photo of himself as a child alongside his father on Instagram.

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Manchester United tops in Forbes football rich list

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Europa League champions Manchester United have overtaken record UEFA Champions League winners, Real Madrid, as the world’s most valuable football club, going by statistics provided by business magazine Forbes.

Manchester United were valued at $3.69 billion (about £2.86 billion, about N1.476 trillion) and returned to the top of the annual list for the first time in five years.

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Sergio Garcia holds off Justin Rose to win Masters


In a dazzling turn of events Sunday as the Georgia pines began to cast lengthy shadows on Augusta National Golf Club, Garcia recovered from a two-shot deficit with six holes to play and an errant drive on the par-5 13th that was destined for disaster to win the 81st edition of the Masters in a playoff against Justin Rose.

After missing a birdie putt from 5 feet on the final hole of regulation play that would have won the tournament, Garcia’s gloomy futility in majors and tormented relationship with Augusta National came to an end when he won his first major with a 12-foot birdie on the first playoff hole.

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Russell Westbrook has 50 points, buzzer-beater in record 42nd triple-double

2017-04-09 Russell Westbrook2

Westbrook hit a long 3 at the buzzer Sunday to give him 50 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder a 106-105 win while also setting a new single-season NBA record with his 42nd triple-double. Westbrook passed Oscar Robertson’s longstanding mark of 41 that was once thought to be untouchable.

“Pure adrenaline, emotions running high, game-winning shot, it is something you dream about as a little kid to be able to do that on the road especially from that distance,” Westbrook said. “It is something you definitely will never forget.”

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Brazil back on top of FIFA rankings

Brazil's midfielder Marcelo (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Paraguay during their 2018
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Brazil dethroned arch-rivals Argentina and returned to the summit of football’s world rankings for the first time in almost seven years, the ruling body FIFA published on Thursday.

World Cup qualifying wins over Uruguay and Paraguay put the resurgent Selecao top for the first time since the 2010 World Cup with 1,661 points in the latest list of FIFA.

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