Author Archives: Edwin Kwakofi

Aussie Open: Djokovic eases past Nishikori to set up Federer semi


Novak Djokovic rediscovered his groove to ease past Japan’s Kei Nishikori and set up an Australian Open semi-final with Roger Federer. Djokovic made a career-high 100 unforced errors during a torrid performance against Gilles Simon in the previous round but it was back to business as usual for the world No1, who beat Nishikori 6-3 6-2 6-4 on Rod Laver ...

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Gennady Golovkin ‘ready’ for unification fight


IBF & WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has said he’s “ready” for a unification fight against England’s Billy Joe Saunders. Saunders won the WBO version of the middleweight title against Andy Lee in December 2015, defeating the Irishman by majority decision. In October 2015, Golovkin beat David Lemieux in an eighth-round stoppage to add the IBF middleweight title to his ...

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Man United players share fans’ unhappiness – Juan Mata


Juan Mata has stressed the frustration within the Manchester United squad is the same as that of the club’s fans after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Southampton. Boos rang around Old Trafford following the final whistle of the Premier League contest as the United manager Louis van Gaal endured what he later described as the worst reaction he has heard ...

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Bundesliga: Wins for Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen


Three Bundesliga veterans came to the fore on Sunday to inspire Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen to much-needed victories. Frankfurt’s 33-year-old attacking midfielder Alexander Meier scored his second hat-trick of the season, taking his overall tally to 10 for the campaign and five in his last three games, to see off Wolfsburg 3-2 at the Waldstadion. The golden boot winner ...

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Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon plans retirement in 2018


Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he will “almost certainly” retire after the 2018 World Cup. The 37-year-old has made more than 550 appearances for Juventus and is one of only three players to take part in five World Cups, one of which he won in 2006. And he has announced that he will call time on his illustrious ...

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Real Madrid ‘have buy-back clause’ for Arsenal’s Ozil – Reports


Real Madrid have a buy-back clause in their transfer agreement with Arsenal for Mesut Ozil, leaked transfer documents have claimed. A contract on the Football Leaks website claims the Gunners must notify Real if they ever intend to sell the World Cup winner to another Spanish club. The financial terms of the offer received for the Germany international would have ...

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Atletico Madrid lodge appeal against FIFA-imposed transfer ban


Atletico Madrid have lodged an appeal against a two-window FIFA-imposed transfer ban over their dealing in under-age players. The ban, which has also been handed to Madrid rivals Real, is set to commence in July before being lifted at the end of the January transfer window in 2017. Atletico were fined 900,000 Swiss francs (£623,464) and Real 360,000 (£249,385). However, ...

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Levante 3-2 Las Palmas: Levante grab La Liga lifeline


Basement boys Levante grabbed a La Liga lifeline by beating fellow strugglers Las Palmas 3-2 at Ciutat de Valencia. With new signing Giuseppe Rossi watching on before making a late cameo, winger Jose Luis Morales scored in each half and Deyverson – sent off at the death – notched Levante’s third. Eighteenth-placed Las Palmas kept it interesting by twice slashing ...

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Juventus edge past Roma to keep pace with Napoli at top


Paulo Dybala unlocked a tense encounter with Roma in Turin to fire Juventus within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli. Massimiliano Allegri’s reigning champions raced into Scudetto contention after registering a 10th straight victory last time out but they found win number 11 – a rare 1-0 triumph – harder to come by. Resilient Roma, who are harder to ...

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