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February 19, 2016

Madrid sold Di Maria to Man U with anti-Spanish team clause

Lisbon, Feb 19: The agreement reached in August 2014 by Real Madrid and Manchester United on the move of Argentina's Angel di Maria included several clauses to prevent his transfer to another Spanish team, with penalties of 30 to 50 million euros ($33.3 to $55.5 million).A copy of the agreement with all the details of the transfer was revealed on Friday by the whistle-blowing website Football Leaks whose authors say they are Portuguese but remain anonymous, reports Efe. Real Madrid agreed to transfer the Argentinian…

Ghana appoints new U-20 national football coach

Accra, Feb 19: The Ghana Football Association (GFA) announced the appointment of Mas-ud Didi Dramani as the permanent head coach of the men's U-20 national team on Friday.Dramani, who is the FA's Youth Development Officer, will be assisted by former Ghana international Yaw Preko ahead of the 2017 Africa Youth Championship qualifiers planned to begin in April, reports Xinhua. Dramani will also be assigned other duties with the GFA in consultation with the Technical Committee, the GFA said in a release. Before…

Chelsea’s Terry to miss FA Cup tie against Man City

London, Feb 19: Veteran defender John Terry has been ruled out of Chelsea's FA Cup encounter against Manchester City this weekend, interim coach Guus Hiddink announced on Friday.The two teams will lock horns for a fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Terry also missed Chelsea's Champions League encounter this week where they lost 1-2 against French Ligue One club Paris Saint-Germain. "He will not be fit for this weekend," Hiddink was quoted as saying by Skysports on Friday. "I saw…

Boxer Pacquiao defends anti-gay comments

Manila, Feb 19: Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao on Friday stood by his anti-gay stance which has kicked up a lot of controversy, asserting that his comments are endorsed by the Bible.The former world champion had said that gay people were "worse than animals" last Wednesday. But he later apologised after his comments attracted widespread criticism. But speaking to the media after a short training session in his hometown of General Santos, Pacquiao reiterated his stand, claiming that his statement represents…

Pacer Shami ruled out of Asia Cup

Mumbai, Feb 19: Pacer Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the Asia Cup scheduled to start on February 24, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Friday."The BCCI medical team confirms that Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of Asia Cup, 2016.The decision has been taken to give him more time to recover from the Grade II injury to his left hamstring," a release from BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said. Shami sustained an injury to his left hamstring during a training session in Australia…
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