First astronauts arrive at China’s space station

The first astronauts arrived at China’s new space station on Thursday (Jun 17) in the country’s longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power. The trio blasted off on a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest China’s Gobi desert, and their craft docked around seven hours later at the Tiangong station, where they will spend the next three months. State broadcaster CCTV showed a live feed from inside the spacecraft during the journey, with the three astronauts lifting…

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Man City to visit Spurs in Premier League opener

Premier League champions Manchester City will start the defence of their title away to Tottenham after the fixtures for the 2021-22 season were unveiled on Wednesday. City are among the sides heavily linked with Spurs striker Harry Kane, throwing up the tantalising possibility that the England captain could line up against his boyhood club on the opening weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side won the league by 12 points last season ahead of rivals Manchester United, who open their campaign against old foes Leeds at Old Trafford. Both clashes were played behind…

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Eriksen in 'good spirits', remains under observation, says agent

The agent of Christian Eriksen says that the Danish player is in “good spirits” but anxious to find out the cause of his cardiac arrest during his country’s opening Euro 2020 game in Copenhagen. “We all want to find out what happened, him included. The doctors are conducting detailed tests, it’ll take time.” Denmark’s team doctor on Sunday confirmed that the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder had suffered a cardiac arrest. “He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation,” doctor Morten Boesen told a press conference. “How close were we? I don’t…

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Singapore lose 5-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier

Singapore fell to another World Cup qualifying defeat on Monday (Jun 7) after a 5-0 loss to Uzbekistan in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh. Singapore’s joint qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 Asian Cup in China, delayed due to the COVD-19 pandemic, had resumed last week with the Lions’ 4-0 defeat to Palestine. The latest result leaves them out of the running for the next World Cup. Monday’s penultimate Group D match at the King Fahd International Stadium saw Uzbekistan getting a comfortable three-goal lead at half time, before adding…

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Euro 2020: When is the tournament in 2021 and who has qualified?

The Euro 2020 group draw Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary   When and where is Euro 2020? The 16th UEFA European Championship runs from June 11 to July 11, 2021, and to celebrate the tournament’s 60th birthday, 11 cities across the continent have been selected as hosts. The 12 cities and stadiums are: Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Johan Cruyff Arena Baku (Azerbaijan) – Olympic…

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Why Chelsea are one of the most worthy Champions League winners in recent history

Chelsea lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy for the second time in their history on Saturday night after defeating Manchester City 1-0 at the Estadio do Dragao in Portugal. Thomas Tuchel deserves even more credit for the Blues’ Champions League triumph as his system recorded impressive underlying numbers. Summer signing Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the game in the 42nd minute to ensure the Blues won their first piece of silverware under Thomas Tuchel. Although Chelsea only won by a one-goal margin, the statistics told a different story as…

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Nike says it split with Neymar over refusal to cooperate with sex assault probe

Nike said on Thursday (May 27) it parted ways with Neymar last year after the superstar Brazil attacker “refused to cooperate in a good faith investigation” as the company probed an employee’s claim that he sexually assaulted her. The apparel giant said in a statement that its investigation into the alleged 2016 incident – which was reported to the company in 2018 – was inconclusive. “No single set of facts emerged that would enable us to speak substantively on the matter,” the company said. In a Wall Street Journal article…

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Aguero close to Barcelona deal

Sergio Aguero is close to agreeing a move to Barcelona that would unite him with fellow Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. City’s record goalscorer, who has spent a decade at the Etihad, scored a quickfire double in the champions’ 5-0 win over Everton in his final Premier League appearance for the club on Sunday. The goals took his Premier League tally to 184 – the most by any player for a single club. The 32-year-old forward is set to leave the Etihad as a…

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Messi given early holidays, could have played final Barca game

Lionel Messi has been given permission by Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman to miss this weekend’s final La Liga match of the season against Eibar and take holiday, the club confirmed on Friday, meaning he may have played his last game for Catalan side. The Argentine’s contract expires at the end of June and there has been no announcement on an extension. He requested to leave the club last year and was linked by British and Spanish media with a move to Manchester City or Paris St Germain, but ultimately stayed…

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Man City owner to fund fans’ trip to Champions League final

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour will cover flight and transfer costs for a section of their fans to attend the Champions League final against Chelsea on May 29, the Premier League champions said today. The game was due to be played at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul but was moved to the Estadio de Dragao in Porto after Turkey was added to the British government’s red list due to the Covid-19 pandemic. City said in a statement that Mansour would fund the official club trip to Porto, adding that the…

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