Rodrygo hits hattrick

Rodrygo (left) completed his hat-trick in stoppage time after Karim Benzema’s brace Brazilian forward Rodrygo announced himself on club football’s biggest stage with a ‘perfect’ hat-trick in Real Madrid’s 6-0 defeat of Galatasaray. The 18-year-old became the second youngest player to score a Champions League treble, behind only Real legend …

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Dalian Atkinson: Police officer charged with footballer murder

Dalian Atkinson played for Aston Villa, Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday A police officer has been charged with the murder of retired footballer Dalian Atkinson who died after being Tasered. The ex-Aston Villa striker, 48, was restrained by police officers at his father’s house in Telford, Shropshire, on 15 August …

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Ex-Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

Two former employees of Twitter have been charged in the US with spying for Saudi Arabia. The charges, unsealed on Wednesday in San Francisco, allege that Saudi agents sought personal information about Twitter users including known critics of the Saudi government. Court documents  named the two as Ahmad Abouammo, a …

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Barcelona 0-0 Slavia Prague

Lionel Messi protests to the referee Barcelona failed to score for the first time in 46 home games as they were held to a draw by Slavia Prague. Lionel Messi, who did not score or provide an assist for the first time in a home Champions League group game since …

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Sweeping changes coming to the Brit Awards

The Brit Awards have announced a major revamp for 2020, with fewer awards and an end to fan votes. Organisers promise “more music” as a result, with artists being given full creative control of their performances. Prizes like best British video and best international group have been cut, while the …

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Lionheart: Nigeria’s Oscar choice disqualified over English dialogue

Nigeria’s first-ever Oscar submission for best international feature film has been disqualified by award organisers, sparking criticism from its director. Films in this category, formerly best foreign language film, must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track”. However, the 95-minute film Lionheart is largely in English, with an 11-minute section in …

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Sadio Mane: Liverpool forward ‘not a diver’, says Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane “is not a diver” according to Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp, despite the forward being booked for the offence at the weekend. Mane, 27, was cautioned in the 37th minute of Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola then appeared to suggest the Senegal international …

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