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Andoni Goikoetxea: 'The Butcher of Bilbao' was famed for his aggressive tackling on the pitch, targeting his nemesis Diego Maradona during Spanish league games

Nicknamed ‘Goiko’, the defender made his name with Athletic Bilbao where he won two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup. He also represented Spain on 39 occasions. Tough, crude and often very brutal, he was less of a maverick than a complete menace. They called him ‘The Butcher of Bilboa’ And with good reason. […]

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The ironic weakness during the Mets’ hot start

ATLANTA — Now it’s time to get the big boys hitting. As manager Mickey Callaway evaluates the Mets’ fast start this season, the most surprising aspect might be it has occurred without Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce playing near their expected levels. The trio — the nucleus of the Mets’ lineup — is hitting a combined .199 heading […]

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Simmons posts NBA playoff triple-double in fiery encounter

Ben Simmons had the first playoff triple-double by a rookie in nearly 40 years as the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Miami Heat 106-102 to move within one victory of the second round. The 76ers lead the eastern conference series 3-1 and can close out the Heat when play resumes in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Ben Simmons guards Miami’s Goran Dragic. […]

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Australian racehorse trainer Michael Quadara found guilty of punching his horse on the side of the road

Michael Quadara will have his penalties decided at a later date after he was found guilty of misconduct. Quadara had pleaded not guilty to one charge under rule 175(q), which covers 'misconduct, improper behaviour and unseemly behaviour' in regards to striking his horse Manhattan Sparkles. Eyewitnesses reported seeing the trainer pull over on the road on September 1, 2017 and […]

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Ryan Sessegnon's girlfriend targeted by vile abuse on Twitter as sick trolls mock them before PFA awards appearance

Sick trolls mocked her weight on a night where football paraded its best but social media its worst. Fulham star Sessegnon, 18 next month, was celebrating becoming the first player outside the Premier League to be shortlisted for the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year Award. But while the left-sided starlet might be the future for England, some […]

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has more Premier League match wins than Tottenham or Manchester City – and more victories than Pochettino, Benitez and Big Sam combined

The Frenchman has more Premier League wins – with 473 victories – than their North London rivals, who have 420. In fact, he has more match successes in the league than Rafa Benitez, Sam Allardyce and Mauricio Pochettino COMBINED, with the trio snatching 430 between them. The figures from Opta show just how remarkable Wenger's tenure has been in North London, with […]

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