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He struggled in Spain's disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign and was then left out of their squad for last summer's European Championships in France. He scored his first global goal against Luxembourg in October of that year but was then overlooked until September 2015 as Spain opted for the likes of Alvaro Morata, Nolito and Aritz Aduriz to lead the line.
  • Real Madrid consider stunning double player-swap deal to sign Chelsea stars

    Real Madrid consider stunning double player-swap deal to sign Chelsea stars

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    With Chelsea on the verge of sealing a second league triumph in the space of three years, and given the way Hazard has bounced back from a truly very bad 2015/16 campaign, that's certainly not something you can ignore at this stage. Real Madrid want to sign two Chelsea stars and according to reports in England they are open to offer Antonio Conte two players he's always wanted to sign at Chelsea .
  • Safety Experts Say California At Risk

    Safety Experts Say California At Risk

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    Water was even seeping from seemingly undamaged stretches of the main spillway, the five-member team found. Its concrete is only 12 inches thick - worrisomely thin, for the consultants - and was laid over clay used to fill in holes in an uneven hillside beneath.
  • Mehedi included in Bangladesh's ODI squad

    Mehedi included in Bangladesh's ODI squad

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    Mehedi and several other Test specialists have returned home since the historic win, which was Bangladesh's 100th Test since their elevation to full status 17 years ago. Sixth-ranked Sri Lanka are on 98 points, while seventh-ranked Bangladesh are on 91 points - seven points behind. Sabbir Rahman (72 off 63 balls), Mosaddek Hossain (53 off 50 balls), Mahmudullah (71 not out off 68 balls) and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (58 off 25 balls) put Bangladesh in a strong position while keeping ...
  • Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer included in Indian squad for Dharamsala Test

    Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer included in Indian squad for Dharamsala Test

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    Shami has not played since picking up an injury against England in November, but India have chose to bolster their options given the pace and carry usually associated with the pitch at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. "The physio wants to give it a bit more time till I can test myself and probably we will take a call later tonight or tomorrow before the game", Kohli said on the eve of the game.
  • Cubs' Jake Arrieta smashes home run in first spring at bat

    Cubs' Jake Arrieta smashes home run in first spring at bat

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    Outside of that errant pitch, the right-hander was fairly sharp against a risky Cubs lineup that he hesitated to say was "nice" to face. Of all the pitchers in Major League Baseball who take pride in their hitting, Jake Arrieta is up there with the best of them.
  • Analyzing the final possession of the West Virginia season

    Analyzing the final possession of the West Virginia season

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    So we are absolutely elated to continue to be playing. I understand Karnoswki's from Poland, a land far, far away from the USA of A; just because he was born halfway across the globe doesn't mean he should get away with traveling violations, though - right? It was Gonzaga's defense which held on, kicking and screaming, to limp the Zags across the finish line .
  • French Rugby Federation unhappy with merger plans

    French Rugby Federation unhappy with merger plans

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    Discussions were held among players about the possibility of going on strike before the Top 14 fixture away to Castres on Saturday... A statement said: "The association, effective from next season, will give birth to a new club that will preserve the roots of Racing 92 and those of Stade Francais, while multiplying their resources in youth and French rugby".
  • Spain aiming for three vital World Cup points at home to Israel

    Spain aiming for three vital World Cup points at home to Israel

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    Israel are third on nine points and Albania are fourth on six. Isco added a cherry for Spain when he came on as a substitute and added a fourth in the 88th minute. That proved to be the wake-up call Spain needed and on the stroke of half-time they doubled their lead. Costa, under pressure after scoring just four goals in 14 appearances for his country, cut a frustrated figure after heading wide from a Daniel Carvajal cross early in the second half.
  • Australia´s cricketers meet Dalai Lama ahead of India decider in Dharamsala

    Australia´s cricketers meet Dalai Lama ahead of India decider in Dharamsala

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    In an hour-long discussion at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, His Holiness covered topics ranging from his enjoyment of feeding birds to his friendship with former United States president George W Bush. He [Dalai Lama] is all about compassion and oneness for each and every human being. "I asked him a question about sleeping and how he could help me and he gave me his blessings", Smith said at a news conference.
  • Kentucky fans gear up for Friday's Sweet 16 showdown

    Kentucky fans gear up for Friday's Sweet 16 showdown

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    He has helped advance the third-seeded Bruins to the NCAA Tournament South Region semifinals, where they will play No. 2 seed Kentucky on Friday night at FedEx Forum. Noting that most opponents seek to drag the Wildcats into a halfcourt grind, Calipari said: "I'm not sure UCLA will try to slow down". This will be just the third time ever that the Wildcats and Bruins hook up on the sport's grandest stage but the second time this season after the pair staged an absolute classic back in December.