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Report: Conte to sue Chelsea over firing
Chelsea sacked Antonio Conte last week, and now the Italian manager wants to have a go at the club in court.

Putin soccer ball gift to Trump gets routine security check
The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia's Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening. The U.S. Secret Service says that's standard for all gifts to the president. During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland, Putin used soccer metaphors and was handed a soccer ball that he tossed to Trump.

The soccer ball Putin gave to Trump is undergoing a routine security check
WASHINGTON (AP) — The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia's Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening. The U.S. Secret Service says that's standard for all gifts to the president. During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland, Putin used soccer metaphors and was handed a soccer ball that he tossed to Trump. Russia hosted the 2018 World Cup. Trump said he'd give the ball to his 12-year-old son Barron, a soccer fan. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Putin critic, tweeted after the exchange that he'd have the ball checked for listening devices and "never allow it in the White House." Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats

Dele Alli rapped about being overpaid as he landed a private jet in LA for an 8-day party — just days before he's expected to sign a $130,000-a-week Spurs deal
Dele Alli is quickly turning into one of the biggest sports stars in England. He is a Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, one of the best players in the England national soccer team, and now a wannabe West Coast rapper. The 22-year-old, fresh from helping England reach the World Cup semifinal for the first time since 1990, has taken a well-deserved break from sport and landed a private jet in Los Angeles for an 8-day party. Alli has taken four of his close soccer pals on vacation with him, and a Snapchat video of him rapping on the California streets has appeared online. "Too many people try roll like the Dellster, I'll swing you round like a helter-skelter, I'm so hot I'll melt ya," Alli rapped in

Reports: Conte to sue Chelsea over how firing was handled
According to reports in Italy, and backed up by those in England, Antonio Conte is planning to sue Chelsea over the way the club handled his exit this summer. Chelsea is reportedly planning to pay Conte the rest of his salary in full, but the reports state that the Italian is unhappy how long it took the club to confirm his exit, leaving him unable to secure a job commensurate with his experience level for this coming season. Despite the writing clearly on the wall, Conte had weeks of silence from the club, before being pulled back to London to begin pre-season training with the squad for just four days before he was then let go.

Putin Soccer Ball Gift to Trump Gets Routine Security Check
The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia's Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening. Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a soccer ball to U.S. President Donald Trump, left, during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) The Associated Press By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia's Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening. The U.S. Secret Service says that's standard for all gifts to the president. During a joint news conference after

Salah is fully recovered and full of joy – Klopp
Mohamed Salah has fully recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered against Real Madrid in the Champions League final and is "full of joy" ahead of the new season, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Salah dislocated his shoulder in a tangle with Sergio Ramos back in May when Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid, who were crowned European champions for a third year in a row.

Super Cup NI Under-19 challenge match: Celtic 3-1 Manchester United
Two goals from striker Ewan Henderson helped Celtic come back from a goal down to beat Manchester United 3-1 in the Super Cup NI curtain raiser. Ethan Laird opened the scoring for United after 52 minutes before the Scots hit two goals in three minutes. Irish substitute Thomas Caffrey equalised in the 75th minute before Henderson capitalised on a goalkeeping error to put Celtic ahead. He then finished off a late breakaway to seal the challenge match win. The Under-19 match at the Coleraine Showgrounds opened the 2018 Super Cup NI, which starts on Monday. Henderson the hero as Celtic persistence pays off After a scoreless first half, it was United who struck first through attacking full-back Laird.

Messi, Mascherano confronted Argentine coaching staff at World Cup
After two games at the 2018 World Cup, Argentina was in serious trouble. With an aging team that lacked world class defenders, the Albiceleste managed just a draw with Iceland while eventual World Cup finalists Croatia reminded Argentina what it used to have in midfield with a dominating 3-0 win. The defeat put Argentina in a precarious position, needing a win on the final group stage day and some luck to go through into the knockout stage past Nigeria and Iceland.

Whatever b******t you say, no one forgets – Klopp defends spending comments
Jurgen Klopp insists his 2016 comments criticising the eagerness to splash the cash in modern football are still true despite his own lavish spending in recent times at Liverpool. When Manchester United signed Paul Pogba in 2016, Klopp was critical and adamant he would "even do it differently if I could spend that money".

Fans will keep De Gea at Man United
PHOENIX -- The support David De Gea receives from Manchester United supporters is one reason teammate Ander Herrera believes the goalkeeper will stay with the club. De Gea, who is on holiday in Miami and is due to join the tour of the United States next week, came in for some harsh criticism in Spain for a few less-than-stellar performances at the World Cup. The 27-year-old was credited with making just one save as Spain were dumped out by hosts Russia in the knockout round. De Gea also continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, but close friend Herrera has suggested the goalkeeper would rather play in England in front of United's fans. "I remember that difficult summer when everyone

Why Liverpool may have already found their new No 10
With Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirming that the £65 million signing of goalkeeper Alisson is likely to be his last purchase of the summer, the club’s search for a 'No 10' continues. There remains a slight chance the club will fill the jersey vacated by Philippe Coutinho before the start of the season. Mane is currently the No 19 at Anfield but wears 10 for his national team.

Conte to sue Chelsea for delayed sacking
Antonio Conte is planning to sue Chelsea after his protracted sacking from the Stamford Bridge club. It took Roman Abramovich 55 days after Conte led the Blues to the FA Cup to finally show him the exit  door. Conte had been resigned to leaving Chelsea since January following the collapse of his relationship with club owner Abramovich over the club’s transfer policy.

Joe Hart: Pep Guardiola wants 'solution' for Manchester City goalkeeper
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he wants to "find a solution" for Joe Hart so the England goalkeeper does not have to see out the final year of his contract at Etihad Stadium. Hart is back at City after unsuccessful loan spells at Torino and West Ham. The 31-year-old is third choice behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo, and there appears little chance of him playing for the Premier League champions. "Joe is our player. I know it is not easy for him," said Guardiola. So far the tentative interest in Hart - who has 75 England caps, but was left out of the World Cup squad - has come from overseas clubs. There is less than three weeks until the English transfer deadline on 9 August - although

Thai boy rescued from cave speaks out: 'Thought about my parents'
Chanin "Titan" Vibulrungruang said he was surprised the entire world was waiting to see him. "Was it a good surprise?" ABC News asked the boy, following his recent extraction from a flooded cave in Thailand along with his soccer teammates and coach. "A lot of people are supporting and encouraging," he said. Titan and his father sat down with ABC News to discuss Titan's recent experience. "At first," Titan's father said, "I was really happy and surprised because he is now finally safe." He said he was at the cave searching for his son "every day since the first day" Titan was missing. Parents of other missing boys waited together and supported each other, he added. "Everyone felt less worried

After rescue, soccer boys pray for protection at Thai temple
CHIANG RAI, Thailand — The youth soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave began their first day back home with their families Thursday by going to a Buddhist temple to pray for protection from misfortunes. Eleven of the boys and the Wild Boars coach kneeled and pressed their hands in prayer to the tune of chanting monks at the ceremony meant to extend one’s life and protect it from dangers. They were joined by relatives and friends at the Wat Pra That Doi Wao temple, overlooking Myanmar on Thailand’s northern border. Only one member was absent, Adul Sargon, who is not Buddhist. The team has already said they would ordain as Buddhist novices to honor a former Thai navy SEAL diver who died

Brandi Chastain isn’t finding second shot at World Cup glory easy
Brandi Chastain welcomes the question she’s likely been asked countless times since ripping her shirt off and dropping to her knees upon scoring the game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final. The photograph of Chastain — eyes closed, mouth open, chiseled arms and clenched fists held up in exultation, wearing nothing on top but a black sports bra — made its way on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the bedroom walls of soccer-playing girls across the country. Chastain, then 30 years old and an 11-year veteran midfielder of the United States women’s national team, attributes the image’s grip over the sports world to a couple of reasons. In the nearly 20 years since a team led by Chastain, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy defeated China in front of a sold-out crowd at the Rose Bowl, Chastain has kept herself active in the women’s game as it’s reached new levels of exposure and profit.

Wenger not in contention for Japan role
John Duerden, Asia correspondent Arsene Wenger is not the frontrunner for the vacant Japan national team job, despite various reports, with Hajime Moriyasu set to be appointed next week. Wenger left Arsenal in May after 22 years with the club and, due to his availability and successful 18-month spell in charge of Nagoya Grampus prior to heading to London, it was no surprise that the Frenchman's name has been mentioned as a replacement for Akira Nishino, who will step down at the end of the month. "It is true that there was a chat with Arsene Wenger during the World Cup," a Japan Football Association (JFA) official told ESPNFC. "The talks didn't really go anywhere and that was that. Since then,

Is playing in Germany the future for the brightest young English players?
If you're a teenager courted by Premier League clubs, why would you choose to play in Germany for a side who you had never heard of - and for less money? A crazy idea? It is becoming more common for young players in the English game. And there is a possibility that England could benefit. Gareth Southgate's side went way beyond most fans' expectations by reaching the World Cup semi-finals in Russia. Southgate was honest enough to concede that England cannot yet be regarded as a top-four team, they were 22 minutes away from their first tournament final in 52 years. In order to make that last step, those in the senior set-up - and, crucially, those coming up behind - must get the playing time to

Under World Cup spotlight, Qataris crack down on LGBT news coverage
The New York Times’ recent coverage of gay and transgender rights has been censored in Qatar, stoking dual concerns about press freedoms and human rights in the tiny Arab nation as it prepares to host millions of visitors for the 2022 World Cup. In several pictures shared with ABC News, entire articles published from April to July were excised from the Doha edition of the New York Times International Edition, leaving in their places large swaths of empty newspaper and a small note explaining that the offending pieces had been “exceptionally removed.” Among the nine pieces that appear to have been fully censored, all of which can be viewed below, eight of them pertained to issues affecting the

Mario Gotze penalty sees Borussia Dortmund defeat Manchester City in pre-season friendly
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was happy with his side's display against Borussia Dortmund despite the 1-0 defeat in Chicago. Mario Gotze scored the only goal of the pre-season clash from the penalty spot after Oleks Zinchenko had brought down Christian Pulisic. The majority of Guardiola's squad are on breaks after their World Cup exploits but new signing Riyad Mahrez made his first appearance for the club against the Germans in a youthful line-up.

Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Three Questions
Way back in 1974, before there were Timbers, before there was Dave, there were Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps. This is a rivalry without hate. It is long, and in a majority of its existence was between the two better teams in Cascadia. The two nautical teams of Cascadia were the ones that contested trophies, while the Timbers managed to exist (often failing at even that). It is fitting that the Sounders and Whitecaps meet for the annual Heritage Match, because now both teams can look up to Portland and see their quest for 2018. Only the Rose City sits above the red line, while two nautical teams look as likely to sink as to swim. Caleb from Eighty Six Forever answers Three Questions.

USMNT July 20-22 viewing guide and open thread
The return of European football, albeit in it’s pre-season, games are actually being played in North America sense, as well as Liga MX action starting up means there is a large selection of games this weekend for your viewing pleasure. With the large number of games and some other influencing factors we’re trying a slightly different format this week. Friday Get your weekend started right on Friday night by watching the International Champions Cup kickoff!!! Umm, they gave it a fancy name but it’s still preseason play right? Borussia Dortmund takes on Manchester City in Chicago on Friday night, the first of two games this weekend in which it seems likely Christian Pulisic will start and play

Man Utd to resist any attempt from Spurs to sign Anthony Martial
Manchester United are determined to resist any attempt by Tottenham Hotspur to sign Anthony Martial before the close of the summer transfer window, even though the striker is still tempted to leave Old Trafford. Martial has had a difficult relationship with United manager Jose Mourinho, spent much of last season out of the first team and looked miserable at the end of last season. As things stand, Martial only has one year left on his current deal, but United sensibly negotiated a clause that would allow them to add another year if they wanted to when they signed him back in 2015.

Transfer rumor roundup: Trippier to Real? Barca pursuit of Willian continues
Pro Soccer Talk examines some of the biggest transfer stories on Saturday, including a young Three Lions star potentially on the move to La Liga. Several England players did themselves big favors at the 2018 World Cup, and one of the biggest wins certainly resides with Tottenham. Kieran Trippier has begun to draw interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid, and according to the Sun, a $66 million bid could be forthcoming for the young outside back.

'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah defends Africa World Cup joke after backlash from French ambassador
Daily Show host Trevor Noah has responded to criticism from a French diplomat over comments the comedian made about the French World Cup team. After France won the football tournament on July 15 against Croatia, Noah jokingly congratulated Africa on his show, as many of the French national players are of African heritage. Africa won the World Cup! Africa won the World Cup!” the South African comedian said.

Putin's soccer ball gift to Trump undergoing security screening
The World Cup 2018 soccer ball Russian President Vladimir Putin gave to President Donald Trump is undergoing a security screening. Veuer's Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more.

ISIS Spent Months Pushing Jihadist World Cup Attacks. Here’s Why They Failed.
Beginning last fall, ISIS supporters and affiliated media groups pounded away at the message that jihadists needed to attack the biggest tournament of the sport they profess to hate so much with millions of fans watching. After all, how could they miss with 11 host cities throughout Russia and open gathering places like festivals and eateries teeming with millions of visiting fans? Plus, beyond Russia’s borders, countless more footie fans gathered in city centers for mass viewing parties and, when lucky, celebrations that lasted into the wee hours. With photoshopped images of flames bursting from soccer stadiums, drones dropping bombs from above, beheaded soccer stars and menacing jihadists lurking in the stands, ISIS used every piece of gory flair in their toolbox to try to push would-be jihadists out of mum’s basement and into terrorist lore.

Everton & Leicester-linked Plattenhardt feels at home at Hertha
Germany left-back Marvin Plattenhardt says he feels at home with Hertha Berlin amid speculation he could move to the Premier League. The defender, reported to be valued by Hertha at €25million, has been linked with clubs including Everton, Leicester City, Fulham and Bournemouth. "My agent hasn't come to me with any sort of opportunity and I am in regular communication with [sporting director] Michael Preetz," Plattenhardt told Hertha's official website.

Why the Muslim Brotherhood was blamed for Egypt's World Cup woes
Fresh off a massively disappointing performance at the 2018 World Cup, the president of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), Hany Abo Rida, deflected criticism of his team's woeful play by casting blame on the Muslim Brotherhood. In his comments to al-Watan newspaper, Abo Rida neglected to specify how the banned Islamist organisation contributed to Egypt's 3-1 loss to Russia or how it conspired to squander the lead in the 2-1 defeat to perpetual World Cup laughingstock Saudi Arabia in the group's final match. Since Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former head of Egypt's armed forces, took power in a military coup five years ago, an inability to stabilise the country and a series of policy failures have necessitated a frequent turn towards hypernationalism.

Home comforts greet 'Wild Boars' captain after Thai cave rescue
By Patpicha Tanakasempipat MAE SAI, Thailand (Reuters) - Happiness is a birthday cake, a meal of pork-knuckle rice, a warm bed and a trip to buy a new mobile telephone. "My bed felt warm," the 13-year-old, also known as Dom, told Reuters. The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and the 25-year-old coach of the "Wild Boars" soccer team returned home on Wednesday after being discharged from hospital and appearing on national television to describe their ordeal inside the Tham Luang cave.

Five-star Nigeria qualify for 2018 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in style
Nigeria U20 qualified for the 2018 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations with an emphatic 5-0 win over Mauritania U20 (6-1 on aggregate). A brace from Nazifi Yahaya including goals from Wasiu Alalade, Okon Asuquo and Aremu Afeez tore apart the west Africans apart in Agege Stadium. The Flying Eagles returned to the tournament after missing out of a chance to defend their title in the 2017 edition staged in Zambia.

Cazorla overcomes odds, returns to field after 21 months
Santi Cazorla was facing the prospect of never walking again. Now, he’s back where he belongs. Cazorla made his incredible return to soccer 636 days after his last match, coming off the bench in Villarreal’s first preseason match of the season, a 1-1 draw with Hercules. Between his last game and now, Cazorla had to endure eight (8!) operations on his Achillies tendon, an infection to the tendon and his leg, and nearly two years on the sidelines as he contemplated and worried if he would ever play again. After years as a top player and 77 caps for the Spanish National Team, Cazorla is thankful to just put on his shirt and boots for a game.  “To feel like a football player is very special,” Cazorla

Manchester United draws Club America 1-1 on Mata goal
Manchester United began Jose Mourinho’s “very bad” preseason with a drab 1-1 draw against Liga MX side Club America. Juan Mata hit the post in the opening 20 minutes and later scored the equalizer in the 78th minute after Ander Herrera‘s header rebounded

Brighton birthday boy March renews contract
Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed Solly March has agreed a new four-year deal with the Premier League club. March made 36 appearances as Brighton secured survival in their first Premier League campaign last term. "I am delighted for Solly, as he's worked extremely hard to get to this level and thoroughly deserves his new deal," said manager Chris Hughton.

Croatia's Kalinic turns down World Cup medal after being sent home
Nikola Kalinic has admitted he does not deserve his World Cup runners-up medal, having been sent home from the tournament after Croatia's opening game. The Milan striker refused to come on as a substitute in Croatia's 2-0 win over Nigeria, citing fitness issues, but was then kicked out of the squad by head coach Zlatko Dalic. Kalinic had also missed out on the pre-tournament warm-up game with Brazil and was forced to sit out training due to back spasms.

Sisi, Salah, and Egypt's failed World Cup
Fresh off a massively disappointing performance at the 2018 World Cup, the president of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), Hany Abo Rida, deflected criticism of his team's woeful play by casting blame on the Muslim Brotherhood. In his comments to al-Watan newspaper, Abo Rida neglected to specify how the banned Islamist organisation contributed to Egypt's 3-1 loss to Russia or how it conspired to squander the lead in the 2-1 defeat to perpetual World Cup laughingstock Saudi Arabia in the group's final match. Since Abel Fattah el-Sisi, the former head of Egypt's armed forces, took power in a military coup five years ago, an inability to stabilise the country and a series of policy failures have necessitated a frequent turn towards hypernationalism.

Cahill makes a call on his playing future
Retired Socceroos great Tim Cahill is open to offers to continue playing club football, but has ruled out any prospect of an A-League return. Cahill spent a season and a half with Melbourne City and said he enjoyed the experience but has no interest in coming back to play in Australia, saying he intended to live in America. Tim Cahill says he wants to keep playing football, but it won't be in the A-League.

BRICS U-17 Johannesburg: Indian women lose to Brazil
India U-17 women faced a 0-5 loss at the hands of their Brazilian counterparts in the ongoing BRICS U-17 football tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brazil led 1-0 at half-time. The junior Indian women's team earlier faced defeats against host South Africa (1-5) and Russia (1-3) while failing to be on the scoresheet in Saturday's encounter.

PSG's Tuchel to be patient with World Cup stars Neymar, Mbappe & Cavani
Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe will not be rushed back into action after their World Cup exertions, says Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel. PSG were without their star forward line for a 3-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday, although Timothy Weah opened the scoring for the Ligue 1 champions.

Golf: Lincicome flops in her PGA Tour debut with opening 78
Lincicome, the sixth woman to compete against the men and the first since Michelle Wie in 2008, was one shot away from equaling the day's worst score and finished 16 strokes behind leader Troy Merritt at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville. With the top players in the men's game competing in this week's British Open, Lincicome entered the Barbasol on a sponsor's exemption. Only one woman has made the 36-hole cut in a men's event -- Babe Zaharias in 1945.

Nazliazmi defends young players in Selangor's defeat to Melaka
Selangor head coach Nazliazmi Nasir has defended his decision to field a side composed largely of his younger players, in their 3-2 round 21 Malaysia Super League defeat to Melaka United on Saturday. With the Red Giants separated from the relegation zone by six points, Nazliazmi fielded six players aged 22 and below at the start of the match that was held at the Hang Jebat Stadium. Defender Syukri Azman and third goalkeeper Haziq Ridwan were handed their Selangor debuts and first ever Selangor starts.

Everton target Mina ready for Barcelona stay
Yerry Mina admits he has received offers but would prefer to stay at Barcelona and win over head coach Ernesto Valverde. The Colombia international confirmed this week he had been in touch with Everton about the prospect of a transfer to the Premier League. The 23-year-old made just five LaLiga appearances last season and only two of those ended in Barca victories, while his performance in the shock 5-4 defeat to Levante drew plenty of criticism.

The special gift a Premier League club has sent out to loyal away fans
Watford fans have been given a special present ahead of the new season. Watford have sent out a special gift to all of their supporters who attended every away fixture last season. The Premier League club has decided to reward their most loyal fans by posting them a free replica shirt to wear during the 2018/19 campaign.

'Man Utd can't afford to sign Bale' - Real Madrid star too costly, says Bellamy
Manchester United will be priced out of any move for Gareth Bale by the Real Madrid star’s wages, says fellow Welshman Craig Bellamy. The picture in Madrid has altered somewhat since then, with Julen Lopetegui now at the helm and the talismanic presence of Cristiano Ronaldo having headed to Juventus in a €100 million (£88m/$117m) deal. Bale could now be offered a leading role in the absence of CR7, bringing any talk of a transfer to an end and forcing the likes of United and Bayern Munich to look elsewhere.

Liverpool boss Klopp bemoans international schedule demands
The 55-team Nations League is the latest international tournament to be added to the schedule, with nations competing in the group stages from September to November and the final to be held next June. "Everything is now so important in football and we have to collect their bones afterwards, more or less." Klopp is currently leading Liverpool on their pre-season tour of the United States, which begins with a game against Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup on Sunday.

UEFA imposes 3-month Champions League ban on Roma president
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has imposed a 3-month Champions League ban on Roma president Jim Pallotta for his critical comments about referee decisions after the team's semifinal elimination by Liverpool in May. UEFA says the American official is suspended "from carrying out his function," including communicating with players or coaches during the game. Pallotta also cannot enter the dressing room or tunnel before or during games. The ban will start with Roma's first Champions League game, on Sept. 18 or 19, and continue through the entire group stage. Pallotta's "improper conduct" charge related to comments such as it being "an absolute joke" UEFA did not have video review of key incidents.

LAFC player says he was called the n-word by someone from the Portland Timbers
LAFC forward Adama Diomande said Thursday in a social media post that he was called the n-word by an unidentified Portland Timbers player during a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal Wednesday night. “Today was the first time in my professional career that I was called the «N» word on the field,” Adama Diomande, a Norwegian of Ivorian descent, wrote on Instagram. “They will say sorry to me after the game and please let it go, but If I don’t say anything racism will just continue to grow. The club is aware of the accusations posted on Instagram following Wednesday night’s U.S. Open Cup game and is in direct communication with LAFC management, league officials and internal staff to gather more information.

Ibrahimovic reveals he offered to play for free at Man Utd
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he offered to play for free at Manchester United following his comeback from injury. The striker sustained a cruciate ligament injury during his first season at the club, during which time he scored 28 goals. Ibrahimovic earned a new contract at the club after returning ahead of schedule, but he could not replicate his form pre-injury, and was released in March, allowing him to join LA Galaxy.

AC Milan back in Europa League as sports court overturns ban
UEFA banned Milan from playing in next season's Europa League citing the club's failure to meet the "break-even requirement," which bars clubs from taking on debt to fund daily operations. "The decision.... to exclude AC Milan from the UEFA Club Competition was not proportionate," a CAS statement said.

Ronaldo leaves huge €20k tip for Greek hotel employees
Cristiano Ronaldo apparently demonstrated his generous side after reports claimed he left a hefty tip for hotel staff at the resort he was staying in on holiday in Greece.  The former Real Madrid superstar swapped Los Blancos for Juventus this summer

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