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U21s – Croatia 1-2 England: Bradaric’s late screamer sends them into quarter-finals

Aaron Ramsdale of England fails to save a shot from Domagoj Bradaric of Croatia as he scores his team's first goal during the 2021 UEFA European...

After an energetic and considerably improved display, England U21s were just minutes away from the knockout stages of this summer’s European Championships. Then, Lille fullback Domagoj Bradaric produced a stunning stoppage-time strike to send the Young Lions home while booking their place in the quarter-finals – where they’ll play holders Spain on May 31. Continue reading

After Sunday’s abrupt address, Sergio Aguero’s long City goodbye begins

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Manchester City and Borussia...

Turning 33 this summer with a statue on the way in his honour, Sergio Aguero will end a decade-long association with Premier League leaders Manchester City at the end of this current campaign, after they failed to agree terms on a new contract extension beyond June 30. Despite his disruptive troubles with injury, the Citizens’ record goalscorer is rightly in high demand.
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U21 Euros – Portugal 2-0 England: Mota, Trincao compound self-inflicted issues

Dany Mota of Portugal celebrates with team mates after scoring their side's first goal during the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group D...

Aidy Boothroyd’s England side have a mountain to climb and their fate is now out of their hands if they’re to qualify for this summer’s U21 Euro knockout rounds, after succumbing to a second successive group stage defeat against a well-drilled Portugal side – courtesy of second-half goals from Dany Mota and substitute Francisco Trincao’s emphatic penalty off the bench. Continue reading

Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic deadline day trade a necessary gamble

Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls attempts a shot over Nikola Vucevic and Dwayne Bacon of the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on February 6, 2021 in...

Aaron Gordon’s trade request this week incentivised an ambitious Orlando side to embrace rebuild mode with key duo Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac both sidelined with ACL tears. Chicago are 1.5 games behind the eighth seed out East and now boast having two true All-Stars for the first time since 2014-15 – when they were eliminated by LeBron James in the postseason. Continue reading

Vergil Ortiz Jr’s justified confidence needs to be championed, not rubbished

Vergil Ortiz Jr. Rejoices after knocking down Maurice Hooker for the WBO international welterweight championship at Dickies Arena on March 20, 2021...

In the toughest test of his career so far, Vergil Ortiz Jr came through unscathed last weekend with a seventh-round TKO victory against former light welterweight title-holder Maurice Hooker before calling out WBO champion Terence Crawford ringside. Still only 22-years-old with a perfect 17-0 record, his flaws are being scrutinised – rather than his willingness to fight the best.
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