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Game, set and match for AC Milan legend Maldini

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Milan (AFP) – Five-time European Cup-winning footballer Paolo Maldini’s tennis career ended abruptly on his debut on Tuesday when the AC Milan legend lost 6-1, 6-1 in a first-round doubles match.

Maldini stepped onto the court at the Milan challenger event as its most decorated sportsman.

Premier League Pass marks a giant step backward for NBC’s coverage of EPL

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In their announcement about the pending launch of Premier League Pass, the paid digital subscription service that will offer 130 games per season to soccer fans in the US, NBC Sports have made a giant miscalculation.

On paper, Premier League Pass seems like a harmless attempt to monetize the games that were shown previously on the Premier League Extra Time overflow TV channels.

Ex-France forward Paille dies aged 52

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Lyon (AFP) – Former France international forward Stephane Paille, once a teammate of Eric Cantona, has died at the age of 52 following a “devastating illness”, press in the city of Lyon announced on Tuesday.

Newspaper Le Progres reported Paille had died in a Lyon hospital on Tuesday morning.

Super-agent Mendes denies in court creating shell companies

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Pozuelo de Alarcón (Spain) (AFP) – Football super-agent Jorge Mendes denied Tuesday he helped creat shell companies for his clients during questioning by a Spanish court investigating alleged tax evasion by Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.

He told the closed door hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, an upmarket suburb of Madrid where many football stars live, that he “never” advised players in tax matters”, his company Gestifute said in a statement.

NBC Sports announces Premier League Pass, a new digital streaming subscription service

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NBC Sports has announced a brand-new digital streaming subscription service that will allow soccer fans to be able to watch Premier League games without requiring a cable or satellite subscription.

The new service, Premier League Pass, will launch in time for the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Bayern football star Coman to plead guilty to domestic violence

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Melun (France) (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s French international forward Kingsley Coman will go before a judge later this year accused of domestic violence in an incident involving his ex-girlfriend, sources said on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old was arrested and held by police on Monday morning in the Paris suburb of Chessy, the public prosecutor in Meaux told AFP, confirming an earlier report on Europe 1 radio.

FIFA discloses damaging Qatar World Cup bid report

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Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA on Tuesday released a long-witheld report on the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup after more leaks deepened the controversy surrounding the vote.

World football’s governing body had previously declined to publish in full the report into the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar drawn up by US independent investigator Michael Garcia.

Goal-king Klose helps nurture German hot-shots

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Miroslav Klose, the all-time top scorer at World Cup finals, is nurturing Germany’s latest crop of forwards - who all hope to emulate his goal-scoring prowess in the famous white shirt.

Germany face Mexico on Thursday in Sochi in the second semi-final of the Confederations Cup and Klose, now an assistant to coach Joachim Loew, has been passing on tips about how to unpick the Mexican defence.

PSG’s Sirigu joins Torino

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Milan (AFP) – Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu left Paris Saint-Germain to join Torino on a three-year deal on Tuesday that means he should take over as the club’s number one from England’s Joe Hart.

Sirigu spent the last of his six seasons with PSG on loan in Spain with Sevilla and then Osasuna and, with the 2018 World Cup on the horizon, the Sardinian was looking for more playing time.

Chile out to curb Portugal goal-king Ronaldo at Confed Cup

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Copa America champions Chile will try to curb Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final with the goal-ace in rich form despite a tax storm brewing in Spain.

The 32-year-old converted a penalty in Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of New Zealand to claim his 75th international goal.

Average reported attendances for MLS through gameweek 17 of the 2017 season

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Seattle and Minnesota had strong weekday turnouts last week, while DC United and Colorado had soft showings. The rest of the week had good reported attendances with sellout crowds in Houston, New Jersey, Chicago, San Jose and Portland. Seattle and Atlanta continue to lead the way with 42,000+.

British football club make landmark bid for safe standing

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London (AFP) – Third tier Shrewsbury have become the first English club to apply for right to install safe standing in their stadium.

The League One team want to create a safe standing area, which would have a capacity of around 500, in their Greenhous Meadow arena.

Shrewsbury’s stadium was built 10 years ago and is one of 29 in the Football League which are eligible to apply for safe standing.

Chile out to curb Portugal’s Ronaldo in Confederations Cup semi

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Copa America champions Chile will try to curb Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final with the goal-ace in rich form despite a tax storm brewing in Spain.

The 32-year-old converted a penalty in Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of New Zealand to claim his 75th international goal.

$2 mn sent to child of FIFA member before 2022 World Cup award: report

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Berlin (AFP) – A sum of $2 million was sent to the 10-year-old daughter of a FIFA official prior to Qatar being awarded the hosting of the 2022 World Cup, according to Bild.

The German daily is publishing from Tuesday American independent investigator Michael Garcia’s report into alleged bribery and corruption during the bidding for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes in court over Falcao ‘tax evasion’

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Pozuelo de Alarcón (Spain) (AFP) – Football super-agent Jorge Mendes arrived in court near Madrid Tuesday for questioning over a probe into striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, just one of his clients to fall foul of Spain’s judiciary.

As Spanish authorities tighten the net around footballers such as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, another Mendes client suspected of fiscal fraud, their advisers and agents are coming under scrutiny too.