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Qatar plots Japan ambush in Asian Cup football final

ABU DHABI (AFP) – While Japan have the Asian Cup pedigree, Qatar’s over-achieving players might just feel that their name is on the trophy after a record-breaking run to their first-ever final. Against the backdrop of simmering political tension, the Qatari players were pelted with plastic bottles – and even shoes – by furious local […]

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Maroon 5 headlines Super Bowl half-time concert

ATLANTA (AFP) – The NFL on Tuesday cancelled its traditional pre-Super Bowl press conference with stars of its halftime show amid reported criticism in the music world over the treatment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Three-time Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 will headline the halftime concert in Atlanta on Sunday, one of […]

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Super Bowl circus kicks off

ATLANTA (AFP) – Rival quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jared Goff declared themselves raring to go on Monday as the final countdown to the Super Bowl got under way with the traditional opening night media circus. A day after the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams touched down in Atlanta, the teams who will […]

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Super Bowl: Patriots vs Rams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady’s brilliance. The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and backup Rex Burkhead’s 2-yard TD lifted New England past Kansas City, 37-31, for the AFC […]

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NFL: Eagles pip Bears

CHICAGO (AFP) – Defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia edged the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Chargers ousted Baltimore from the championship chase in two NFL playoff thrillers Sunday. Bears kicker Cody Parkey clanked a 43-yard field goal attempt off the left upright and crossbar with five seconds remaining as the Eagles sealed a 16-15 […]

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New match-fix scandal hits Indonesia football

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesian football’s long-running struggle against corruption has been reignited with authorities promising a new crackdown after a senior official was caught trying to bribe a coach, the latest scandal in a league scarred by mismanagement and deadly hooliganism. But, dogged by years of match-fixing, violence and corruption rife at all levels of […]

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