Lallana double helps Liverpool end 2014 on a high

first_imgLiverpool ended their topsy-turvy 2014 on a high after two goals from Adam Lallana, one excellent and one freakish, helped inspire their 4-1 trouncing of Swansea on Monday in the last Premier League game of the year.Brendan Rodgers, whose side came so close to winning the title in May but have laboured so often since, could afford a festive smile after his side’s biggest home win of the season which at last reprised some of the best of the goal-hungry, early-2014 Liverpool.Alberto Moreno both started and finished off an excellent team move to score after 33 minutes before Lallana was gifted one of the strangest goals of the season after 51 minutes.Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski took an age to make a clearance, then struck the ball straight at the England midfielder only for the ball to thump into Lallana and balloon into the empty net.Within a minute Swansea responded through a close-range Gylfi Sigurdsson strike but Liverpool soon took complete command, Lallana scoring an authentically excellent third in the 61st minute, ghosting past two defenders and firing home after being freed by a delightful flick from Philippe Coutinho.When Jonjo Shelvey netted a 69th minute own goal, flicking a header past his own keeper from Jordan Henderson’s corner, it completed a miserable night for the former Liverpool man.In the first half, Shelvey could have been sent off after he lashed out with his arm and struck Emre Can in the face right in front of referee Andre Marriner, who ignored it.Raheem Sterling also could have been in hot water late in the game after a retaliatory half-push, half-slap into the face of Federico Fernandez but Rodgers felt neither Shelvey nor Sterling deserved punishment for heat of the moment antics.The victory, only Liverpool’s third in their last nine Premier League games at Anfield, pushed them into eighth place on 28 points, jumping above Swansea on goals scored and just five points off the top four.Lallana felt that Liverpool had turned a corner here after all their struggles — a feeling Rodgers seemed to echo.“It’s something we’ve been searching for all season,” said Rodgers, of the combination between Lallana, Coutinho and Sterling.“There’s a lot of work to do but there’s a real exciting second half of the season for us.”last_img read more

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FA to probe Rooney laser episode

first_imgThe United captain’s effort was saved by visiting goalkeeper Tomas Mejias as the Teessiders won the shootout 3-1, with Michael Carrick and Ashley Young also failed to convert from the spot for Louis van Gaal’s side.The penalties were taken at the end housing the travelling supporters and the FA announced on Thursday that the matter was under investigation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Middlesbrough players celebrate as Wayne Rooney walks back after missing his penalty in the shoot-out during their English League Cup 4th round match, at Old Trafford in Manchester, on October 28, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, October 30- The Football Association confirmed they will investigate the laser incident involving Wayne Rooney against Middlesbrough on Wednesday.Footage emerged in the wake of Manchester United’s defeat to Boro on penalties in the Capital One Cup fourth round at Old Trafford, which shows a bright green light shining on Rooney’s face as he took his spot-kick.last_img read more

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Kick Off – Monday, December 14

first_imgMark Saggers and Stan Collymore discuss the current state of the Premier League.The pair argue over whether the Premier League is the best in the world or whether it has dropped in its level of quality this season.last_img

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Magpies deal for £18m striker could still go through in January

first_img1 Alexandre Lacazette Newcastle have not given up hope of signing Alexandre Lacazette, despite the Lyon striker having already snubbed the chance to move to St James’ Park this month, after the Magpies made an £18m offer.The 24-year-old is wary of moving clubs in case it disrupts his form ahead of Euro 2016 in France this summer.But, according to French news outlet Buzz Sport, Newcastle still believe they can snap up Lacazette during the current transfer window.Boss Steve McClaren is keen to bolster his attacking options and views the Frenchman as the perfect addition.Lacazette is said to retain reservations about a move to the north east of England, but Newcastle hope that extended talks with the player may change his mind.last_img

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Jesus Navas targeted by Italian giants as Man City close in on Nolito deal

first_imgAC Milan and Inter Milan are battling it out for Manchester City winger Jesus Navas, according to reports in Italy.The Spaniard is rumoured to be on his way out of the Etihad this summer as the club close in on a deal for Celta Vigo star Nolito.Navas has been linked with a move back to Spain as a result, with his boyhood club Sevilla particularly keen.However, according to Calciomercato, it is AC Milan and Inter who are currently leading the scrap for the 30-year-old.The Italian giants have been made aware of the Spain international’s availability and want to snap him before the end of the month.Navas has just one year to run on his current contract with Manchester City and it is thought he could be available for under £10m. 1 Jesus Navas in action for Manchester City last_img

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What United must do to land Pogba, plus latest on Morata, Hart and Koulibaly

first_imgWill they/ won’t they? That’s what Man United fans and every other football fan wants to know about Paul Pogba and the Red Devils. Here, talkSPORT has the latest on that potential transfer and all the other best ones.PAUL POGBA LATEST:Man United have agreed to pay Paul Pogba £11m a year and are ready to make a £100m offer to Juventus for the 23-year-old midfielder. (AS)Almost a quarter of the United will pay for the France international will go to Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola. (Sunday Times)Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho will sell up to eight players to finance the Pogba transfer, with Marcos Rojo, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger among those at risk. (Sun on Sunday)Mourinho will also offload Juan Mata for £20m to free up funds. (Sunday Express)Mata could go to Juventus as part of the deal to bring Pogba to Old Trafford. (Sunday People)OTHER TRANSFER RUMOURS:Joe Hart could be on his way out of Man City with manager Pep Guardiola keen to complete a £20m deal for Barcelona’s 24-year-old goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. (Sunday Times)Jose Mourinho is still interested in taking Pogba’s France team-mate, Blaise Matuidi to United. (ESPN)Man United have sacked head of youth player recruitment Derek Langley, who had been with the Red Devils for 16 years. (Mail on Sunday)In Spain, it is being reported that Chelsea’s opening offer for Real Madrid’s striker Alavaro Morata has been rejected, with the Liga club keen to hold on to the player. (Marca)Everton hope to beat Chelsea to the signing of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly by offering £40m for the 25-year-old Senegal international. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)Bruno Peres will cost Manchester City £17m as Pep Guardiola chases the Torino full-back as well as Everton’s John Stones and Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus to strengthen his defence. (Mail on Sunday)Guardiola will NOT look to sell City’s Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure this summer. (Sunday Mirror)However, Toure has been offered a £500,000-a-week deal to leave City and play in the Chinese Super League. (Star on Sunday)Saido Berahino will reject a new contract offer from West Bromwich Albion with Premier League rivals Stoke City and Watford interested in the 22-year-old. (Sunday Telegraph)West Ham have turned down a £10m bid from Lazio for their Ecuador striker Enner Valencia. (Sunday Express)Newcastle are on the verge of signing 21-year-old Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden on a five-year deal. (Sky Sports)Rafa Benitez also hopes to sign centre-back Grant Hanley from Championship rivals Blackburn. (Newcastle Chronicle)ENGLAND MANAGER LATEST:The FA is intent on an English successor to Roy Hodgson as England manager with Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce and Bournemouth counterpart Eddie Howe the leading candidates for the job. (Sunday Telegraph)The United States Soccer Federation will not stand in the way of Jurgen Klinsmann if the 51-year-old German coach, currently in charge of the US national side, is offered the position as England manager. (Sunday Mirror)Dutchman Guus Hiddink, 69, is emerging as one of the stronger contenders for the England job and would be happy to school a young English coach such as Eddie Howe or Gareth Southgate to take over after the 2018 World Cup. (Mail on Sunday)MORE TRANSFER STORIES:Papiss Cisse leaves NewcastleThe 10 most expensive transfers that could still happenBest bargain signings so far in the summer transfer windowPower ranking every club by their record transferJurgen Klopp’s ideal XI for the new season with new signings and done deals Here are the stories on Sunday 10 July 1last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger backing Alexis Sanchez to help Arsenal reach their goals

first_imgArsene Wenger has set his Arsenal side a target of 85 points to turn them back into Premier League title contenders – and has backed Alexis Sanchez to help reach that goal.Sanchez, who has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, has less than a year remaining on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium and could walk away for free at the end of the upcoming season.Wenger has insisted several times that Sanchez will not be sold, although links with Manchester City continue. City and any other suitors may not see him face Chelsea in the Community Shield, though, as he continues to search for sharpness after a summer of international duty and illness.While some would consider allowing the 28-year-old Sanchez, as well as the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere, to enter the final year of their contract a risk – Wenger called it an “ideal situation” as players are under more pressure to deliver.Sanchez cut a frustrated figure at times last season with his fighting spirit taking a battering as Arsenal fell out of the Premier League top-four and were hammered 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Finishing fifth represented the lowest finish under Wenger in a full season since he took charge of the Gunners in 1996 – but he believes Sanchez will still help to add 10 more points to their tally from last year and challenge for the title.Asked whether he was confident that Sanchez will give everything to the team if he remains at the club this summer, Wenger replied: “Of course. Why not?“My conviction – and if you look well – it’s always in your interests, even if you have a short contract, to do well. And the kind of character he is.“He is a winner. When he goes on the football pitch, he wants to win. He is a guy who loves football. He has advantages and disadvantages on both sides going into a situation like that.“When you have made 75 points (last season), your target is to get 10 points more. And with 10 points more, you are in there (the title race).”With majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis calling for a push for “major silverware” when Wenger signed a new two-year contract after May’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea, the Frenchman knows he needs to deliver.A return to Champions League football would be a minimum requirement but the 67-year-old does not believe winning the Europa League should warrant a place in the elite competition.Manchester United finished 6th last year but will be playing in the Champions League after beating Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final in May – a reward Wenger has never been keen on.“I was always against it,” he said.“Because apart from Man United, who did win the Europa League, all the years before it was always a team who was kicked out of the Champions League by having been kicked out of it before.“You cannot go into the season and think that (you will get into the Champions League by winning the Europa League).“I always was not in favour of that, because I think at some stage it can influence on the championship, because if a team is in April in a position where they have more chance to win the Europa League they can let some games go in the championship, and not completely focus on that, on the regularity of the competition.“I will always play a team that has a good chance to win the next game. In the Europa League if we can afford sometimes to rest some players we will do it.“But we have to adapt to the level of the competition and see first what kind of group we play in.” 1 The Chilean has been heavily linked with a move away from north London last_img read more

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Mother loses son to gang shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Why did they take him from me? Why? Why? I don’t know why they took him from me. He never hurt anyone.” Lopez was shot in the back near the steps of an apartment building at Sylvan Street and Troost Avenue. No arrests have been made, and police have no suspects. By early Thursday, a corner of the building’s entrance had been turned into a makeshift memorial adorned with flowers and votive candles in front of a photograph of Lopez, whose blood still stained the steps and sidewalk. “He was a good man, a good friend,” said a teary-eyed Jose Lopez, who lives in the building and knew Walter Lopez since grade school. “We weren’t related, but I felt like he was my brother.” Jose Lopez, 21, was among the handful of the victim’s friends who fought back tears and at other times simply let go their emotions as they talked about him at the spot where he was gunned down. Missed at home “He had a smile that could brighten up anybody’s day,” said a young woman who didn’t want to be identified in a scene that played out like they do all too often in what seem like normal neighborhoods – with war-zone-like pockets. A group of young people dressed in what once was known as traditional gang attire and has become chic: loose-fitting gray or black sweats and jeans, grossly oversize shirts, black baseball caps askew, tattoos on the arms and necks. A block away, in front of Aguilera’s apartment, where her front door was covered in a collage of black and orange Halloween decorations and yellow police tape, another group of similarly dressed young men milled about out front. Their hands buried in their pockets, their eyes focused on cars cruising the neighborhood, they appeared to be keeping watch over the Aguilera home but didn’t want to talk. Inside, a Spanish novela played on a large-screen TV as almost two dozen relatives and friends, some bearing food, tried in vain to console Aguilera. No warning “We had just had dinner, and he was so happy,” recalled Aguilera, 42, speaking in her native language. “A friend of his came to the window of my daughter’s bedroom and knocked on the window. He wanted to talk to Walter, and they talked, and then he said, `Mama, I’ll be back.”‘ Had there been any premonition of trouble? “No, no,” Aguilera insisted. “He was out of trouble. He was working.” On June 28, a day that coincided with his 18th birthday, he had been released from Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, where he had been sent for a juvenile offense that neither Aguilera nor her son’s friends wanted to talk about. “He had just graduated from school,” is the way Jose Lopez had put it. Asked what school, he said with a straight face: “Probation school.” Sara Aguilera had been equally evasive. Even as she showed photos of herself with her son and his father, Rodolfo Lopez, with Walter wearing a Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall uniform, including a T-shirt with the initials LPJH, she insisted that he “had been at camp.” “I sent him to this camp to get him away from some of his friends,” she said. “Walter was no gang member,” Jose Lopez added. Walter’s mother also denied that her son was involved with gangs. Feeling of safety Around the corner on a trash-strewn, dilapidated side of Troost, fresh gang graffiti hadn’t yet dried. A block away on Beck Avenue, a landlord had just repainted the side of a building to remove tagging. And yet the neighborhood looks safe enough. Safe enough for a caravan of Jehovah’s Witness members to look for recruits. “You’re telling me there was a shooting around the corner?” asked Mauricio Rivas of Sun Valley, the group’s leader. “We had no idea.” Minutes later, they packed up and left the area. On the other side of Beck, Dan Penn, a Hollywood stagehand, walked out to the street savoring the day’s first cup of coffee. “We were here last night and didn’t hear a thing, and we’re not even a block away,” he said. “It’s all very surprising because when we moved in here a month ago, we thought it was going to be a barrio. But then we looked around; we thought it was going to be all right.” For Sara Aguilera, surrounded by her three daughters, there is now an unexpected funeral and burial to plan. “I saw so much senseless killing in El Salvador and I wanted to get away from it and come here,” she said. “I didn’t know it would follow me here. Dios mio!” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761 Who to call Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call the LAPD’s North Hollywood Division at (818) 623-4016.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Growing up in civil-war-torn El Salvador, Sara Aguilera saw death firsthand. That’s why she hoped and prayed her 18-year-old son, Walter Lopez, would stay away from the violence on the streets of Los Angeles. “I kept saying to him: `Do something with yourself. Make something of your life,”‘ said Aguilera, who fled El Salvador in the mid-1980s. On Wednesday night, shortly after eating dinner with his mother and younger sister in their North Hollywood apartment, Lopez became the 37th victim of a gang-related killing in the San Fernando Valley this year. “He left with a friend to walk up the street, and not five minutes later he was dead,” an inconsolable Aguilera wept Thursday. last_img
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Claude Puel says he’s held clear-the-air talks with Kasper Schmeichel

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Puel played down suggestions Schmeichel is unhappy at Leicester REVEALED gameday cracker “I don’t want to comment about people outside the club. I have a lot of respect for the former player and his career – I don’t know Peter.“I have no comment about people outside my team. I want to keep my feeling and a good relationship with my players and continue this work with them.”Puel is without Marc Albrighton (hamstring) and Daniel Amartey (ankle) for the weekend when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.while James Maddison and Ben Chilwell are doubts with knocks. 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS huge blow REVEALED Thursday 21st FebruaryValencia vs Celtic – 5:55pm – talkSPORT 2Saturday 23rd FebruaryBurnley vs Tottenham – 12:30pm – talkSPORTBournemouth vs Wolves – 3:00pm – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Crystal Palace – 5:30pm – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Sheffield United – 5:30pm – talkSPORT 2Sunday 24th FebruaryManchester United vs Liverpool – 2:05pm – talkSPORTManchester City vs Chelsea (Carabao Cup final) – 4:30pm – talkSPORT The former Manchester United keeper said the Foxes did not have a manager to get the best out of the team and suggested Kasper wanted to leave.The Foxes’ number one only signed a five-year deal last August and ahead of Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT – Puel insisted he is happy to stay.“I have had a discussion with Kasper, not just about this but different things,” he said. “He is happy to continue this project.”Former Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel discussed his son’s future before the 3-1 defeat at Tottenham two weeks ago.“Of course he wants to move away and try something bigger and challenge himself like any other football player,” he told beIN Sports. “Once they get their act together it’s actually not a bad club. They’ve got good players they just don’t have the manager who can get the best out of them.”@Pschmeichel1 drops a huge hint about Kasper Schmeichel’s future plans! #beINPL #LCFC #TOTLEI 📺 HD11 pic.twitter.com/vDgZAJ1Luz— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) February 10, 2019“They’ve got good players, they just don’t have the manager who can get the best out of them.“Once that is sorted out we will see them in the eighth to fifth place where I think they belong.”But despite the 55-year-old’s comments, Puel refused to inflame the situation.“I cannot manage other people because after we would have different feelings, it’s not my concern,” he said. shining 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Upcoming Live Football on talkSPORT Leicester manager Claude Puel says he has held clear-the-air talks with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after father Peter suggested his son wanted to quit the club.The under-pressure Frenchman insisted he can still count on his keeper despite Peter’s criticism of his management. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals “Kasper is happy to play with Leicester and extended his contract a few months ago.“He understands the project and what we are trying to put in place. This is the most important thing for us. I’m sorry but I cannot manage other people outside the club.“Kasper is our captain with Wes (Morgan). He’s always had a good impact and influence on the team.“I was happy about our discussion because I know I can count on him because he understands the project and where we are at this moment. Leicester have been very inconsistent in the 2018/19 campaign last_img read more

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PSG vs Real Madrid commentary: Meunier adds brilliant third

first_imgTwo of the favourites of Champions League glory this season go head-to-head tonight as Paris Saint-Germain host Real Madrid.The two European giants crashed out in the Round of 16 in last season’s tournament and must do better this term. getty Neymar and PSG are set to host Real Madrid 2 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta BIG PRESENTS UP TOP deals Getty – Contributor targets appointed rookie error 2 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ PSG vs Real Madrid: How to listenThe Group A clash will get under way at 8pm on Wednesday, September 18.Full commentary from Joe Shennan and Adrian Clarke at the Parc des Princes will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our coverage starting at 8pm.To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here. They have been drawn together in Group A alongside Club Brugge and Galatasaray so it should be a formality for both to progress.But both will want to lay down a marker in Europe’s elite competition in this evening’s blockbuster match.talkSPORT 2 will be in Paris for all the action as the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Toni Kroos and Eden Hazard do battle. latest update stalemate Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas statement PSG vs Real Madrid: Team newsPSG: Navas, Meunier, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat, Marquinhos, Gueye, Verratti, Sarabia, Icardi, Di Maria.Subs: Nianzou Kouassi, Paredes, Rico, Choupo-Moting, Kurzawa, Herrera, Diallo.Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Mendy, Kroos, Casemiro, Rodriguez, Bale, Benzema, Hazard.Subs: Areola, Lucas, Jovic, Odriozola, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, De la Fuente.Referee: Anthony Taylor Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:23Loaded: 11.91%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Ally McCoist is not a Neymar fan and thinks he is ‘classless’ PSG vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head recordThe two sides last met in the Champions League Round of 16 in 2017 with Real winning that clash 5-2 on aggregate.They also faced each other in the group stages of the 2015/16 competition. It finished goalless in Paris before Real claimed a 1-0 home win.Both side go into tonight’s match having won at the weekend.PSG beat Strasbourg 1-0 thanks to Neymar’s 92nd-minuate overhead kick while Karim Benzema inspired Real to a 3-2 win over Levante. on target Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Eden Hazard joined Real Madrid from Chelsea over the summer LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more

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