Politano snatches late Napoli win, SPAL relegated

Milan (AFP) Matteo Politano struck deep into injury time to snatch a 2-1 win for Napoli over Udinese in Serie A on Sunday as SPAL were relegated after falling to fellow strugglers Brescia. Napoli, already qualified for the Europa League thanks to their Italian Cup victory, move back sixth ahead of AC Milan with four … Continue reading Politano snatches late Napoli win, SPAL relegated

Lampard hails Chelsea’s ‘character’ after FA Cup semi-final success

London (AFP) Frank Lampard saluted Chelsea's "character and personality" as they powered into the FA Cup final with a 3-1 win over woeful Manchester United on Sunday. Lampard's side were gifted their goals by an error-strewn display from United goalkeeper David De Gea, but Chelsea were deserved winners as they dominated the semi-final from start … Continue reading Lampard hails Chelsea’s ‘character’ after FA Cup semi-final success

Pearson sacked as Watford manager

London (AFP) Nigel Pearson was sacked as Watford manager on Sunday with just two games left in the club's fight for Premier League survival. Pearson has been replaced by Hayden Mullins as interim boss for relegation-threatened Watford's final matches against Manchester City and Arsenal. Watford have sacked Nigel Pearson following intense speculation earlier on Sunday … Continue reading Pearson sacked as Watford manager

Monaco appoint ex Bayern boss Kovac as new manager

Monaco (AFP) Monaco appointed Niko Kovac as their new manager on Sunday, the former Bayern Munich boss succeeding Robert Moreno, the Ligue 1 club announced. The 48-year-old former Croatia international has signed a three-year contract with the option of a further year as the under-performing French side act to improve their fortunes. New Monaco boss … Continue reading Monaco appoint ex Bayern boss Kovac as new manager

De Gea blunders put Chelsea in FA Cup final

London (AFP) Chelsea were gifted a place in the FA Cup final as Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea made a series of costly blunders in the Blues' 3-1 win on Sunday. Frank Lampard's side will face London rivals Arsenal in the final on August 1 thanks to another nightmare display in a horrendous season … Continue reading De Gea blunders put Chelsea in FA Cup final

Ranieri’s Samp close in on survival with stunning Parma comeback

Milan (AFP) Claudio Ranieri's Sampdoria were on the brink of securing Serie A survival on Sunday after staging a thrilling comeback from two goals down to win 3-2 at Parma. Fabio Quagliarella scored one and set up Federico Bonazzoli for the winner as the Ranieri's side won a third consecutive match for the first time … Continue reading Ranieri’s Samp close in on survival with stunning Parma comeback

Messi scores twice as Barca finish with five-goal rout over Alaves

Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi should claim a record seventh La Liga golden boot after scoring twice in a 5-0 win over Alaves on Sunday as Barcelona ended their disappointing season on a more positive note. Messi's double takes his league tally to 25 goals for the season and puts him four clear of Karim Benzema … Continue reading Messi scores twice as Barca finish with five-goal rout over Alaves

Sarri not afraid of Lazio or Juve future ahead of key clash

Milan (AFP) Maurizio Sarri insisted Sunday he had no fear of Lazio nor his future as Juventus coach as he prepared his team for Monday's crunch Serie A clash against a team his side have lost to twice this season. "Have you ever asked a Formula One driver are you afraid of speed? It's part … Continue reading Sarri not afraid of Lazio or Juve future ahead of key clash

Kane double dents Leicester’s Champions League bid

London (AFP) Harry Kane dealt a major blow to Leicester's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League on Sunday as the Tottenham striker scored twice in a 3-0 win that boosted his side's bid to reach the Europa League. Tottenham took the lead through James Justin's early own goal before Kane took centre stage with … Continue reading Kane double dents Leicester’s Champions League bid

Leeds celebrate title in style at Derby, Barnsley boost survival bid

London (AFP) Leeds United celebrated promotion to the Premier League on Sunday with a 3-1 victory at Derby County as the Championship winners turned on the style. Marcelo Bielsa's side had started their promotion celebrations on Friday when second-placed West Bromwich Albion lost to Huddersfield. Leeds United supporters celebrated their team's promotion to the Premier … Continue reading Leeds celebrate title in style at Derby, Barnsley boost survival bid

Britain toughens criticism of China over Hong Kong, Uighurs

Britain and China issued new salvos of criticism against each other Sunday, with the U.K. foreign secretary hinting that he may suspend the U.K.’s extradition arrangements with Hong Kong over China's moves against the city-state.  Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also accused Beijing of “gross and egregious” human rights abuses against its Uighur population in China’s western province of … Continue reading Britain toughens criticism of China over Hong Kong, Uighurs

Netanyahu corruption trial to resume in January 2021 amid Israeli anger over Covid-19

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial will resume in earnest in January, with thrice-weekly evidentiary hearings set to begin then, a Jerusalem court decided Sunday. It was not immediately clear if Netanyahu would be required to be present at each hearing, although some Israeli media reported he would. Regardless, the grueling judicial schedule will keep Netanyahu's legal woes … Continue reading Netanyahu corruption trial to resume in January 2021 amid Israeli anger over Covid-19