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Benfica president Rui Costa slams Enzo Fernandez’s conduct during Chelsea transfer saga
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Benfica president Rui Costa slams Enzo Fernandez’s conduct during Chelsea transfer saga

The west London outfit reignited a move for the World Cup winner with just a few days of the transfer window remaining, with Benfica having been adamant he was not for sale when initial approaches were made at the start of the month. Costa has now confirmed that he relented on that stance on the proviso that Fernandez would remain at the club until the summer, even accepting a smaller fee than the release clause and ensuring that the midfielder would earn the same salary being offered by Chelsea. But the 22-year-old had no intention of seeing out the rest of the season in Lisbon, with some reports even claiming he threatened to return to Argentina and never play for Benfica again. Costa has suggested that was indeed the case and once Fernandez had delivered his ultimatum the Benfica c...
FC Barcelona: Englishman Miles Barron revealed as club’s first manager
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FC Barcelona: Englishman Miles Barron revealed as club’s first manager

By Andy West Until now, the identity of Barcelona's first manager has been shrouded in mystery. The club's official records refer to him only as 'B. Barren', noting that he was an Englishman who was in charge for a brief period in 1912. New research has revealed the truth about this footballing pioneer, with a story that goes back to the coalfields of Durham and the first 'World Cup'. Here is the tale of Barcelona's first coach, Miles Coverdale Stocks Barron. Early Barca's British influence Futbol Club Barcelona was founded in 1899 by Swiss athlete and businessman Hans Gamper, who stayed at the helm for more than two decades and later adapted his first name to the Catalan version, Joan. Gamper was highly ambitious, and he quickly developed Barca into a force on the burge...
Tom Brady retires ‘for good’ after 23 seasons in NFL
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Tom Brady retires ‘for good’ after 23 seasons in NFL

Legendary quarterback and record seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady says he is retiring "for good" after 23 seasons in the NFL. Brady, 45, first announced his retirement on this day last year but reversed his decision six weeks later, claiming he had "unfinished business". He won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021. Brady's final season ended in the Bucs' 31-14 play-off defeat last month. "I'm retiring - for good," he said in an emotional video posted on social media. "I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning I figured I'd just press record and let you guys know first. "It won't be long-winded. You only get one super-emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year. ...
2023 F1 car launch dates and liveries
F1

2023 F1 car launch dates and liveries

The Formula 1 circus is well on its way to a fresh season, with our first look at a car set to line up on the 2023 grid now out of the bag. Of course, there's the rest of the grid to come - but a deluge of car reveals is coming in the next few weeks, before the campaign kicks off with the only pre-season test taking place in Bahrain from 23-25 February. Team Location Date Red Bull New York 3rd February AlphaTauri New York 11th February Aston Martin Silverstone 13th February McLaren Woking 13th February Ferrari Maranello 14th February Mercedes Silverstone 15th February Alpine London 16th February Alfa Romeo Zurich 7th February Haas Online 31st January Williams Online 6th February
NBA: LeBron James scores first triple-double of season to move close to all-time scoring record
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NBA: LeBron James scores first triple-double of season to move close to all-time scoring record

LeBron James moved closer to breaking the NBA's all-time scoring record as he produced his first triple-double of the season in the Los Angeles Lakers' 129-123 win over the New York Knicks. The 38-year-old is just 89 points shy of breaking the record of 38,387 points held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. James made 28 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the Lakers' overtime win. He is now fourth on the NBA's assists list with 10,338, still way behind all-time leader John Stockton's 15,806. Victory ended the Lakers' two-game losing streak, while the Knicks - led by Jalen Brunson on a game-high 37 points - have lost six of their last eight games. While James got his first, Nikola Jokic made his NBA-leading 16th triple-double of the season as the Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Pe...
The medical miracle behind Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open win
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The medical miracle behind Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open win

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said Novak Djokovic played at the Grand Slam event with a muscle tear of three centimetres in his left hamstring along the way to winning the championship. “He gets a bad rap, but at the end of the day, I don't think anyone can question his athleticism. This guy, I did see, he had a three centimetre tear in his hammy,'' Tiley said in an interview with SEN Sportsday. “The doctors are ... going to tell you the truth,'' Tiley said. “I think there was a lot of speculation of whether it was true or not. It's hard to believe that someone can do what they do with those types of injuries. But he's remarkable.'' Djokovic won the trophy at Melbourne Park on Sunday by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets for a record-extending 10th title the...
Video: AlphaTauri fire up 2023 F1 car for the first time
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Video: AlphaTauri fire up 2023 F1 car for the first time

As the start of the 2023 Formula 1 season edges ever closer, preparations are well underway for AlphaTauri at their Faenza factory, with their new car's Honda engine being fired up for the first time. AlphaTauri have reached a milestone moment in their preparations for the 2023 F1 season by firing up their new car for the first time. A video released by the team shows the squad and their Honda colleagues gathering to fire up the engine at their factory in Faenza. The crew watch on as the AT04 comes to life, marking a traditional stage of the Formula 1 pre-season. AlphaTauri will officially launch their 2023 challenger on 11 February, with Nyck de Vries joining the incumbent Yuki Tsunoda to complete their new driver line-up. Watch AlphaTauri fire up the AT04 below! htt...
Alpine offer first look at 2023 F1 car
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Alpine offer first look at 2023 F1 car

Alpine secured fourth in the Constructors' Championship last season, despite suffering eight retirements. Whilst Alpine aren’t launching their 2023 challenger (the A523) until February 16, the Enstone-based outfit have given fans a “snippet” of what to possibly expect, with there being a noticeable similarity to a 2022 design. Alpine released a video onto social media showing their new car’s sidepods and cockpit, with it looking incredibly similar to Red Bull’s successful 2022 design. Red Bull, of course, claimed 17 victories last season with the mighty RB18, a car that Alpine have seemingly taken inspiration from. The video shows that the French side have opted for a steeper groove down the flank of the sidepods, running alongside the cockpit where Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly will...
Romanian tech company CryptoDATA becomes sponsor of Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team
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Romanian tech company CryptoDATA becomes sponsor of Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team

Romanian company CryptoDATA Wispr announced that it became a sponsor and technical partner of Alfa Romeo Sauber. "After we acquired the former MotoGP team RNF Yamaha, which is currently RNF CryptoDATA, we considered that we could do even more, to develop the reputation and image of the company and the products we develop, and that's how we ended up in a partnership with Alfa Romeo Sauber, on the one hand as technical partners, on the other as sponsors," reads a company press release published by G4media.ro. CryptoDATA is also known for having unveiled last year a plan for an electric vehicle and for claiming they are ready to rescue the FTX crypto exchange "because its collapse would diminish public confidence in the blockchain industry." Last September, Romanian group Bitdefender, a ...
‘I will run it as I want’ – new Ferrari F1 team boss puts foot down
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‘I will run it as I want’ – new Ferrari F1 team boss puts foot down

Fred Vasseur, Ferrari's newly appointed team principal, has made it clear that he will be in charge of the Scuderia's Formula 1 team. Vasseur, who previously held positions at Alfa Romeo and Sauber, took over the role on 9 January, succeeding Mattia Binotto. There had been speculation that Vasseur would not have complete control over the team and that chairman John Elkann and CEO Benedetto Vigna would play a larger role in the day-to-day management of the Maranello outfit. However, in an interview with selected media, Vasseur stated: "The Gestione Sportiva, the team, is part of the bigger organisation of Ferrari. I have a CEO, and it's Benedetto Vigna, and I have a chairman [Elkann] for the company, and the situation is crystal clear. "But even at Sauber, I had to report to the chair...