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Rashford targets Chelsea revenge mission

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London (AFP) – Marcus Rashford insists Manchester United will be on a revenge mission when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho’s side suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat against the Premier League leaders in west London in October.

It was a chastening afternoon for former Chelsea boss Mourinho on his first return to the Bridge since being sacked at the end of his second spell with the Blues.

Rashford targets Chelsea revenge mission

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London (AFP) – Marcus Rashford insists Manchester United will be on a revenge mission when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho’s side suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat against the Premier League leaders in west London in October.

It was a chastening afternoon for former Chelsea boss Mourinho on his first return to the Bridge since being sacked at the end of his second spell with the Blues.

Mourinho faces Chelsea return in Cup

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho will have to get past former club Chelsea if FA Cup holders Manchester United are to keep their hopes of retaining the trophy alive following the quarter-final draw on Sunday.

Giant-killers Lincoln - the first non-league side into the last-eight in over a century after beating Premier League side Burnley on Saturday - could have a lucrative trip to Arsenal should the Gunners beat another non-league side Sutton on Monday.

Mourinho faces Chelsea return in Cup

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho will have to get past former club Chelsea if FA Cup holders Manchester United are to keep their hopes of retaining the trophy alive following the quarter-final draw on Sunday.

Giant-killers Lincoln - the first non-league side into the last-eight in over a century after beating Premier League side Burnley on Saturday - could have a lucrative trip to Arsenal should the Gunners beat another non-league side Sutton on Monday.

Harry Kane hat-trick gives Spurs FA Cup cheer

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane’s fifth hat-trick for Tottenham and second this year eased the Premier League club past second-tier Championship side Fulham 3-0 and into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

The 23-year-old England striker, who took his tally to 19 for the season, ended a difficult week for Spurs and manager Mauricio Pochettino on a winning note following defeats by Liverpool in the league and then Belgian outfit Gent in the Europa League last 32 first leg.

Giant-killers Sutton seek scalp of wavering Wenger

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London (AFP) – A plastic pitch, a vulnerable heavyweight and minnows with giant-killing pedigree could conspire to produce one of the great FA Cup shocks when Arsenal visit non-league Sutton United on Monday.

Arsenal approach the fifth-round tie reeling from Wednesday’s 5-1 humiliation by Bayern Munich and with manager Arsene Wenger closer to the exit door than ever before.

Giant-killers Sutton seek scalp of wavering Wenger

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London (AFP) – A plastic pitch, a vulnerable heavyweight and minnows with giant-killing pedigree could conspire to produce one of the great FA Cup shocks when Arsenal visit non-league Sutton United on Monday.

Arsenal approach the fifth-round tie reeling from Wednesday’s 5-1 humiliation by Bayern Munich and with manager Arsene Wenger closer to the exit door than ever before.

Sutton hero of ’89 plots Arsenal ambush

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London (AFP) – For Micky Stephens, assistant manager of English non-league team Sutton United, Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Premier League giants Arsenal carries a vivid sense of deja vu.

In January 1989, Stephens was a pivotal member of the Sutton team that stunned Coventry City, FA Cup winners 19 months previously, in one of the tournament’s most celebrated upsets.

Sutton hero of ’89 plots Arsenal ambush

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London (AFP) – For Micky Stephens, assistant manager of English non-league team Sutton United, Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Premier League giants Arsenal carries a vivid sense of deja vu.

In January 1989, Stephens was a pivotal member of the Sutton team that stunned Coventry City, FA Cup winners 19 months previously, in one of the tournament’s most celebrated upsets.

Sutton ready to add to Wenger’s woes

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London (AFP) – The manager of Sutton United will have no qualms about doing all he can to add to the burden of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when their teams meet in the last 16 of the FA Cup.

The tie of the fifth round, at least for those who still believe in the “romance of the Cup”, sees non-league Sutton at home to joint-record 12-times Arsenal on Monday.

Sutton ready to add to Wenger’s woes

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London (AFP) – The manager of Sutton United will have no qualms about doing all he can to add to the burden of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when their teams meet in the last 16 of the FA Cup.

The tie of the fifth round, at least for those who still believe in the “romance of the Cup”, sees non-league Sutton at home to joint-record 12-times Arsenal on Monday.

Pressure on Wenger as never before after Bayern trouncing

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London (AFP) – “Every good story has an ending. Au revoir Arsene,” read the words on a sticker on display in Borehamwood, a commuter town where north London side Arsenal enjoy strong support.

That sticker has been on display for several months and the words were positively polite compared to the torrent of criticism Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s manager for over 20 years, faced following the Gunners’ humiliating 5-1 loss away to Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Pressure on Wenger as never before after Bayern trouncing

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London (AFP) – “Every good story has an ending. Au revoir Arsene,” read the words on a sticker on display in Borehamwood, a commuter town where north London side Arsenal enjoy strong support.

That sticker has been on display for several months and the words were positively polite compared to the torrent of criticism Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s manager for over 20 years, faced following the Gunners’ humiliating 5-1 loss away to Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Pogbas: brothers turned rivals as Europa League clash looms

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London (AFP) – A family football story born on the pitches of Paris’s eastern suburbs arrives at Old Trafford on Thursday as brothers Paul and Florentin Pogba face off in the Europa League.

“The day has come,” says elder brother Florentin, a defender with Saint-Etienne. “We’re going to face each other on the pitch, rather than on our neighbourhood mini-pitch.

The Pogbas: brothers turned rivals as Europa League clash looms

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London (AFP) – A family football story born on the pitches of Paris’s eastern suburbs arrives at Old Trafford on Thursday as brothers Paul and Florentin Pogba face off in the Europa League.

“The day has come,” says elder brother Florentin, a defender with Saint-Etienne. “We’re going to face each other on the pitch, rather than on our neighbourhood mini-pitch.

Reunions abound as Man Utd tackle Saint-Etienne

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s quest for a trophy treble continues with a meeting against a fallen French giant on Thursday as Saint-Etienne visit Old Trafford in the Europa League’s round of 32.

Although United trail leaders Chelsea by 12 points in the Premier League, they remain on track for glory in both the League Cup, where they have reached the final, and the FA Cup.

Reunions abound as Man Utd tackle Saint-Etienne

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s quest for a trophy treble continues with a meeting against a fallen French giant on Thursday as Saint-Etienne visit Old Trafford in the Europa League’s round of 32.

Although United trail leaders Chelsea by 12 points in the Premier League, they remain on track for glory in both the League Cup, where they have reached the final, and the FA Cup.

Footballers prone to brain damage – study

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London (AFP) – Professional footballers are at heightened risk of developing a brain disease that can cause dementia and is usually found in boxers and American football players, a study published on Wednesday suggests.

The study, published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica, looked at 14 retired footballers with dementia who had started playing football and heading the ball in childhood or their early teens.

Footballers prone to brain damage – study

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London (AFP) – Professional footballers are at heightened risk of developing a brain disease that can cause dementia and is usually found in boxers and American football players, a study published on Wednesday suggests.

The study, published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica, looked at 14 retired footballers with dementia who had started playing football and heading the ball in childhood or their early teens.

Five sporting fairytales with an unhappy sequel

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London (AFP) – Premier League champions Leicester’s shambolic defence of their title leaves them in real danger of relegation - they would not be the first to have seen a fairytale sporting success quickly decline into a nightmare.

Here AFP Sports looks at five other examples:

Boxing – Buster Douglas

James ‘Buster’ Douglas tamed the fearsome ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson in Tokyo in 1990, the 42/1 outsider inflicting his first defeat and becoming undisputed heavyweight world champion.

Five sporting fairytales with an unhappy sequel

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London (AFP) – Premier League champions Leicester’s shambolic defence of their title leaves them in real danger of relegation - they would not be the first to have seen a fairytale sporting success quickly decline into a nightmare.

Here AFP Sports looks at five other examples:

Boxing – Buster Douglas

James ‘Buster’ Douglas tamed the fearsome ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson in Tokyo in 1990, the 42/1 outsider inflicting his first defeat and becoming undisputed heavyweight world champion.

Bilic hit with FA charge after Baggies outburst

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London (AFP) – West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour during Saturday’s draw against West Bromwich Albion, the Football Association announced Monday.

An angry Bilic was sent off by referee Michael Oliver after throwing a television microphone in frustration following West Brom’s late equaliser in a 2-2 Premier League draw at the London Stadium.

Bilic hit with FA charge after Baggies outburst

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London (AFP) – West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour during Saturday’s draw against West Bromwich Albion, the Football Association announced Monday.

An angry Bilic was sent off by referee Michael Oliver after throwing a television microphone in frustration following West Brom’s late equaliser in a 2-2 Premier League draw at the London Stadium.

Mane sparks Liverpool as Arsenal, Man Utd rise

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London (AFP) – The jet-heeled Sadio Mane scored a quick-fire brace as Liverpool revitalised their Premier League campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Saturday.

Senegalese flier Mane netted twice in three first-half minutes as Jurgen Klopp’s team claimed a first league win of 2017 at the sixth attempt and ended Spurs’ nine-game unbeaten run.

Mane sparks Liverpool as Arsenal, Man Utd rise

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London (AFP) – The jet-heeled Sadio Mane scored a quick-fire brace as Liverpool revitalised their Premier League campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Saturday.

Senegalese flier Mane netted twice in three first-half minutes as Jurgen Klopp’s team claimed a first league win of 2017 at the sixth attempt and ended Spurs’ nine-game unbeaten run.

McAuley’s late hammer blow rescues West Brom

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London (AFP) – Gareth McAuley’s header deep in stoppage time salvaged a 2-2 draw for West Brom in an entertaining Premier League encounter at West Ham’s London Stadium on Saturday.

Slaven Bilic’s men were eyeing all three points after goals from Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini but for McAuley’s dramatic late intervention.

Goalkeepers on top as Boro, Everton draw

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London (AFP) – Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes and his Everton counterpart Joel Robles shared the limelight as their sides played out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.

Valdes saved sharply from the in-form Romelu Lukaku and Ademola Lookman, while Robles produced a stunning late stop to prevent substitute Rudy Gestede giving Boro victory at the Riverside Stadium.

Goalkeepers on top as Boro, Everton draw

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London (AFP) – Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes and his Everton counterpart Joel Robles shared the limelight as their sides played out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.

Valdes saved sharply from the in-form Romelu Lukaku and Ademola Lookman, while Robles produced a stunning late stop to prevent substitute Rudy Gestede giving Boro victory at the Riverside Stadium.

Wenger may quit, says Gunners great Wright

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London (AFP) – Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Arsene Wenger will quit the Premier League club at the end of the season.

Wenger is out of contract in the summer and the Gunners boss has yet to agree a new deal amid growing anger among Arsenal fans at the team’s failure to mount a strong title challenge.

Antonio Conte can’t put a price on Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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London (AFP) – Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte could not be persuaded to put a price on star man Eden Hazard on Friday.

The Belgian winger scored a magnificent solo goal in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Arsenal last weekend, taking his tally for the campaign to 10 goals and leaving his side nine points clear atop the Premier League.

Antonio Conte can’t put a price on Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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London (AFP) – Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte could not be persuaded to put a price on star man Eden Hazard on Friday.

The Belgian winger scored a magnificent solo goal in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Arsenal last weekend, taking his tally for the campaign to 10 goals and leaving his side nine points clear atop the Premier League.

Wenger and Klopp in search of lost flow

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp have their backs to the wall as their teams go in search of restorative victories in the Premier League this weekend.

Arsenal have fallen 12 points off the pace after successive losses against Watford and leaders Chelsea, while Liverpool are a point further back following a dismal sequence of five league games without victory.

Wenger and Klopp in search of lost flow

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp have their backs to the wall as their teams go in search of restorative victories in the Premier League this weekend.

Arsenal have fallen 12 points off the pace after successive losses against Watford and leaders Chelsea, while Liverpool are a point further back following a dismal sequence of five league games without victory.

Leaked emails tarnish golden boy David Beckham

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London (AFP) – David Beckham’s squeaky-clean image as a British cultural icon has taken a battering following the leaking of expletive-strewn emails in which he apparently raged about not receiving a knighthood.

The former England football captain is said to have sworn in emails to his PR team after being told he would not be made “Sir David” by Queen Elizabeth II because of concerns about his tax affairs.

Leaked emails tarnish golden boy David Beckham

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London (AFP) – David Beckham’s squeaky-clean image as a British cultural icon has taken a battering following the leaking of expletive-strewn emails in which he apparently raged about not receiving a knighthood.

The former England football captain is said to have sworn in emails to his PR team after being told he would not be made “Sir David” by Queen Elizabeth II because of concerns about his tax affairs.

Hazard sparkles, Chelsea dazzle, rivals are frazzled

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London (AFP) Eden Hazard's brilliant goal in Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Arsenal further buried the title hopes of their Premier League rivals with even angry Arsene Wenger admitting that his London foes are a class act.

Antonio Conte's side shattered Arsenal's hopes while Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool hit a new low in a 2-0 defeat at Hull in Saturday's games.

Hazard sparkles, Chelsea dazzle, rivals are frazzled

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London (AFP) Eden Hazard's brilliant goal in Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Arsenal further buried the title hopes of their Premier League rivals with even angry Arsene Wenger admitting that his London foes are a class act.

Antonio Conte's side shattered Arsenal's hopes while Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool hit a new low in a 2-0 defeat at Hull in Saturday's games.

Hazard sparkles, Chelsea dazzle, rivals are frazzled

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London (AFP) – Eden Hazard’s brilliant goal in Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal further buried the title hopes of their Premier League rivals with even angry Arsene Wenger admitting that his London foes are a class act.

Antonio Conte’s side shattered Arsenal’s hopes while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool hit a new low in a 2-0 defeat at Hull in Saturday’s games.

Beckham denies using charity to boost image

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London (AFP) David Beckham on Saturday blasted reports that he used his children's charity work to boost his public image and chances of getting a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

A spokesman for the football icon claimed "hacked and doctored" private emails had given a "deliberately inaccurate picture".

Beckham denies using charity to boost image

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London (AFP) David Beckham on Saturday blasted reports that he used his children's charity work to boost his public image and chances of getting a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

A spokesman for the football icon claimed "hacked and doctored" private emails had given a "deliberately inaccurate picture".