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Bale back in training, eyes Tottenham reunion

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Gareth Bale returned to training at Real Madrid after a month sidelined by a calf injury on Friday with the Welsh superstar primed to make his comeback against former club Tottenham in the Champions League on November 1. The 28-year-old suffered a recurrence of his long-standing calf problem in the …

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Tennis: Venus at number one? Could happen at WTA Finals

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A supremely unpredictable women’s tennis season will culminate in fitting style at the elite WTA Finals, where seven out of eight players can win the trophy and also be crowned year-end world number one. Simona Halep, who became 2017’s fifth number one earlier this month, leads a field which also …

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Messi posts video of son singing in Catalan, Pique replies

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– Barcelona s Argentine legend Lionel Messi entered the highly-charged drive by Catalonia for independence on Friday when he posted a video on social media of his child singing in Catalan. The clip on Instagram shows Messi s two-year-old son Mateo singing a nursery rhyme in the regional language. Among …

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Catalan crisis leaves Barcelona between rock and a hard place

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu faces the club’s members at an annual general meeting on Saturday fighting an increasingly difficult battle to balance the conflicting interests of fans in favour of Catalan independence and millions of supporters in the rest of Spain and around the world. A powerful symbol of …

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Football: Real held by Lloris masterclass in Madrid

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– A pair of stunning second-half saves from Hugo Lloris salvaged a precious point for Tottenham Hotspur as they held European champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Both sides remain unbeaten in this season s Champions League and well placed to progress to the last 16. …

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Football: Echoes of Best as Man Utd and Benfica collide

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Manchester United’s Champions League encounter with Benfica on Wednesday represents a resumption of hostilities with foes who have provided a yardstick for their European standing for over half a century. Benfica, famously, were the team United defeated at Wembley in 1968 to become the first English side to win the …

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Football: Jesus earns Man City narrow win over Napoli

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Manchester City conceded two penalties — one that was squandered, one that was scored — as they edged Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday to tighten their grip on Champions League Group F. In a much-hyped clash of the highest-scoring teams in Europe s five major leagues, City swiftly went 2-0 up …

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Football: Rampant Reds hit seven to silence Klopp critics

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– Liverpool eased the pressure on Jurgen Klopp as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah inspired a 7-0 thrashing of Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday. After drawing their first two European fixtures and spluttering in the Premier League, Liverpool arrived in Slovenia with critics questioning Klopp s signings and …

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