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Ali Williams of Toulon dives over to score a last minute try during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter final match between RC Toulon and Wasps at the Felix Mayol Stadium on April 5, 2015
Ali Williams, James O'Connor arrested on drugs charges
Former New Zealand lock Ali Williams and ex-Australia back James O'Connor are arrested after allegedly attempting to purchase cocaine.
General view of Vicente Calderon Stadium pitch and grandstands prior to start of the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Betis Balompie on October 27, 2013
Atletico Madrid 'planning goodbye concert'
Atletico Madrid will bid farewell to the Vicente Calderon with a goodbye concert and exhibition match in May.
Feb 24, 18:53
Shkodran Mustafi in action for Arsenal on September 10, 2016
Arsenal announce £12.6m pre-tax profit
Arsenal announce a pre-tax profit of £12.6m in its latest half-yearly results.
Feb 24, 16:09
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich steps onto the pitch at Stamford Bridge after the 3-1 win over Sunderland on December 19, 2015
Chelsea in talks for Chinese investment?
Chelsea are reportedly in talks with a Chinese firm about taking a 20% stake in the club in order to fund the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.
Feb 24, 12:33
The oddly attractive Jamie Vardy in action for Leicester City on August 20, 2016
Jamie Vardy film to proceed despite Claudio Ranieri axe
The producers behind the movie about Leicester City frontman Jamie Vardy's life insist that the project will go ahead despite Claudio Ranieri's sacking.
Feb 24, 11:13
Claudio Ranieri watches on during the Premier League game between Southampton and Leicester City on January 22, 2017
Leicester City chairman quits Instagram
Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha quits Instagram after several lengthy posts explaining his decision to sack Claudio Ranieri.
Feb 24, 10:52
Jose Mourinho borrows old pal Wenger's coat to attend the Premier League game between Chelsea and Manchester United on October 23, 2016
Chelsea FA Cup clash with Manchester United to take place on Monday night
Manchester United's FA Cup quarter-final visit to Chelsea will take place on Monday, March 13, with the remaining three fixtures taking place over the weekend.
Feb 22, 18:12
General views of the ground the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns on April 26, 2014
West Bromwich Albion subject of new American TV documentary
West Bromwich Albion are to follow in the steps of Watford and Crystal Palace by featuring in a behind-the-scenes documentary for American TV.
Feb 20, 21:05
A large set of balls are seen ahead of the Champions League game between Manchester City and Celtic on December 6, 2016
Channel 4 'to show Champions League football for first time'
Champions League football could be shown on terrestrial television in Britain once again from next season, as Channel 4 has explored the option of sharing the rights.
Feb 20, 20:06
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Cowdenbeath suspend Dean Brett for gambling on football matches
Cowdenbeath confirm that they have suspended Dean Brett for gambling on football matches, including betting on his own team to lose matches in which he played.
Feb 20, 18:44
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Sutton midfielder Nicky Bailey: 'I avoid vegetables and eat fast food before games'
Sutton United midfielder Nicky Bailey does not remember the last time he ate salad or vegetables, and admits that his pre-match meal consists of chicken nuggets.
Feb 20, 18:25
Barcelona forward Neymar in action during his side's La Liga clash with Deportivo La Coruna at the Camp Nou on October 15, 2016
Barcelona star Neymar to stand trial on fraud and corruption charges
Neymar, Barcelona and Santos will stand trial on fraud and corruption charges after their appeals were turned down by Spain's high court on Monday.
Feb 20, 16:14
Chris Langridge of England prepares to receive serve during the Final of the Mixed Doubles on October 6, 2013
Seven sports fail in funding cut appeals
Badminton is among seven sports to fail in their appeal against funding cuts from UK Sport for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle.
Feb 20, 15:58
Sunderland midfielder Adnan Januzaj in action during his side's Premier League clash with Middlesbrough at the Stadium of Light on August 21, 2016
Sunderland 'deny London move reports'
Sunderland are said to have denied reports that the club could relocate their training base to London.
Feb 20, 12:10
A general view of the entrance of the Football Association's National Football Centre is pictured at St George's Park in Burton-Upon-Trent in central England, on October 9, 2012
Report: Football Association warns referees not to grow beards, show tattoos
The Football Association reportedly tells non-league referees to be clean-shaven and hide their tattoos if they want to progress up to the English Football League.
Feb 19, 10:23
Cristiano Ronaldo at the Best FIFA Football Awards on January 9, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo to star in Syrian refugee TV drama
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly star in a new TV series focusing on Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Feb 18, 22:34
Dwight Yorke poses during a Global Legends Series portrait session at the Swissotel on December 5, 2014
Katie Price blasts Dwight Yorke over Harvey snub
Glamour model Katie Price blasts Dwight Yorke - the father of her son Harvey - after learning that the former Manchester United striker was denied entry to America.
Feb 18, 11:49
Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser celebrates with teammate Harry Arter after scoring during his side's Premier League clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on December 31, 2016
Harry Arter and partner welcome daughter Raine
The partner of Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter gives birth to a daughter called Raine Renee Arter.
Feb 18, 11:06
Wolverhampton Wanderers's Chairman Steve Morgan awaits kick off during an English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England on April 22, 2012
Ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers owner gives £200m to charity
Former Wolverhampton Wanderers owner Steve Morgan makes a donation worth more than £200m to charity.
Feb 17, 17:39
Alexis Sanchez in action during the Premier League game between Everton and Arsenal on December 13, 2016
Chilean fans urge Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal
Thousands of Chilean fans plan to attend a national protest march in order to convince Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal.
Feb 17, 15:38
Graham Taylor in the dugout during his time with Aston Villa in March 2002.
Watford to honour Graham Taylor with statue
Watford announce that they will build a statue honouring former manager Graham Taylor, who passed away last month.
Feb 17, 14:42
Eugenie Bouchard in action on day three of the Australian Open on January 20, 2016
Eugenie Bouchard honours Super Bowl bet by going on blind date
Eugenie Bouchard stays true to her word by setting up a date with university student John Goehrke, who won a bet with the tennis star over the outcome of Super Bowl LI.
Feb 16, 16:46
Diego Maradona at the Best FIFA Football Awards on January 9, 2017
Diego Maradona 'visited by police following hotel row with girlfriend'
Argentina legend Diego Maradona is reportedly visited by the police after being alerted to a disturbance at a Madrid hotel.
Feb 15, 12:34
Ghana's forward Asamoah Gyan celebrates with teammate Kwesi Appiah after scoring a goal during the 2015 African Cup of Nations group C football match between Ghana and Algeria in Mongomo on January 23, 2015
Asamoah Gyan breaching UAE FA rules with "unethical hair"
Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is found to have "unethical hair" by the United Arab Emirates FA.
Feb 15, 12:17
Laura Trott (L) alongside her boyfriend and team mate Jason Kenny (R) during practise ahead of the UCI Track World Championships at Minsk Arena on February 19, 2013
Jason and Laura Kenny expecting first child
Team GB cycling stars Jason and Laura Kenny announce that they are expecting their first child.
Feb 14, 22:22
Real Madrid's defender Nacho Fernandez celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League football match Real Madrid CF vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 3, 2015
Real Madrid's Nacho reveals diabetes battle
Real Madrid defender Nacho reveals that he was told, at the age of 12, that he would be unable to continue playing football due to diabetes.
Feb 14, 14:59
Gary 'To me, to you' Neville appears ahead of the La Liga game between Valencia and Espanyol on February 13, 2016
Gary Neville makes appearance on 'Arsenal Fan TV'
Gary Neville honours his word and appears on popular YouTube channel Arsenal Fan TV after criticising supporters for hounding boss Arsene Wenger.
Feb 13, 21:29
Granit Xhaka sees red during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Burnley on January 22, 2017
Granit Xhaka faces no further police action over alleged racial abuse
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka will face no further action after police concluded their inquiries into allegations that he racially abused staff at Heathrow Airport.
Feb 13, 17:37
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At least 17 deaths confirmed in Angola stadium stampede
At least 17 people have died and dozens have been injured in a stampede at an Angolan football stadium.
Feb 11, 11:50
Arsene Wenger strikes a pose on September 24, 2016
Arsene Wenger 'bans BBC dressing room camera'
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly denies the BBC's requests for a dressing-room camera in their FA Cup fixture at non-league Sutton United.
Feb 10, 18:20
Saido Berahino sits on the bench prior to the game between West Brom and Stoke on January 2, 2016
Report: Up to 13 players failed drug tests
A newspaper report alleges that up to 13 more players have tested positive for drugs in the wake of the revelation that Saido Berahino served a secret drugs ban.
Feb 10, 17:30
The Liverpool Football Club emblem is displayed on the gates of Anfield Stadium on September 17, 2012
Liverpool ban 'The Sun' journalists
Liverpool confirm that journalists from The Sun have been banned from attending Anfield or its training ground.
Feb 10, 16:24
Sergio Perez of Force India during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on April 28, 2016
Sergio Perez backs Mexican Grand Prix anti-Donald Trump campaign
F1 driver Sergio Perez steps up his rejection of controversial US president Donald Trump's Mexican border wall policy.
Feb 10, 08:37
Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari walks across the paddock during practice for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 17, 2015
Kimi Raikkonen to open karaoke bar
Kimi Raikkonen is set to open a karaoke bar in Helsinki, the capital of his native Finland.
Feb 10, 08:27
Seattle Seahawks fans including Lynnsey Sturgeon (C) react while watching their team play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl at 95 Slide, a sports bar in Seattle on February 2, 2014
Porn stars 'to perform 500,000 blow jobs' due to Super Bowl result
Two porn stars promise to perform sex acts on half a million of their Twitter followers because the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl.
Feb 9, 20:28
A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on March 9, 2015
Manchester United announce £37.6m Q2 operating profit
Manchester United announce an increase in operating profit to £37.6m in their latest quarterly results.
Feb 9, 12:40
Interim manager Gareth Southgate watches on during England training on October 4, 2016
Gareth Southgate takes tips from England rugby training camp
England football manager Gareth Southgate visits their rugby counterparts' Six Nations training camp in a bid to tap into their "winning culture".
Feb 8, 20:13
Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Leicester City at Britannia Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom.
Claudio Ranieri axes chicken burgers?
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri reportedly axes chicken burgers from his players' diets as the club gears up for a relegation fight.
Feb 8, 14:41
Gabriel Jesus in action for Manchester City on January 21, 2017
Gabriel Jesus 'takes 600 yard cab journey'
Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus reportedly takes a taxi just 600 yards in order to protect his hair from the rain.
Feb 8, 13:31
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the winning penalty during the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo's best friend jailed for two years
Cristiano Ronaldo's best friend Badr Hadi is sentenced to two years in jail for aggravated assault.
Feb 8, 13:13