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Soccer-Tottenham could fine Bale ahead of "dream" move to Madrid

Soccer-Tottenham could fine Bale ahead of "dream" move to Madrid

LONDON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas said the club could fine forward Gareth Bale for failing to attend training ahead of an expected world record “dream” move to Real Madrid.

Bale, who has not been training with the squad due to injury, was granted three days off yet did not report back to the club on Tuesday despite being pictured in London.

“(We) gave the player the weekend off, Monday was a day off for the squad, obviously he is involved in a huge transfer move to Real Madrid, in the end if it happens we wish him all the best,” Villas-Boas told reporters on Wednesday.

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Soccer-Arsenal striker Podolski could miss three weeks

Soccer-Arsenal striker Podolski could miss three weeks

LONDON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Arsenal’s German striker Lukas Podolski could be ruled out for the next three weeks after pulling his hamstring in his side’s 2-0 Champions League play-off victory over Fenerbahce on Tuesday, manager Arsene Wenger said.

Aaron Ramsey scored twice for the London side as they reached the group stages for the 16th successive year with a 5-0 aggregate victory, yet along with fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere he moreover suffered an injury scare late in the match.

“That’s the negative of tonight,” Wenger told reporters. “We paid a heavy price on the injury front because we lost Podolski. I don’t know how offensive Ramsey is. I don’t know how Wilshere responds to an ankle problem. We have to check that.

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Bale fails to turn up to Tottenham training

Tottenham star Gareth Bale has failed to report to training as he waits for his 100 million euro transfer to Real Madrid.The Welshman was due at the club’s Enfield training base on Tuesday following a weekend break in Marbella.Spurs insist they have yet to reach an agreement for Bale’s world-record transfer to Real Madrid & claim to have received a separate offer, with Manchester United strongly linked with the attacker.Tottenham has agreed to accept Madrid’s €100m offer yet is waiting to sign replacement players before formally sanctioning the 24-year-old’s departure, with Roma winger Erik Lamela due in London on Tuesday ahead of a club-record €35m move to White Hart Lane.Bale’s departure has moreover been delayed by Spurs’ failed bid for Willian last week, as the Brazilian opted to join Chelsea despite completing a medical at the north London club.Neither Bale nor Real Madrid anticipated that the saga would drag on for so long & the player expected the transfer to be confirmed by Tuesday.The Spanish giants were so confident of landing the former Southampton man last week that they erected a stage at the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of his presentation to the supporters. Los Blancos moreover started selling replica shirts bearing Bale’s name following a meeting last Wednesday between their president Florentino Perez & Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.But Tottenham was infuriated by Madrid’s perceived arrogance & has delayed the move, much to Bale’s annoyance with less than a week remaining of the transfer window.Bale has agreed a six-year contract to move to Madrid to become Perez’s latest ‘Galactico’ signing after missing out to Barcelona in the race for Brazilian star Neymar at the start of the summer.Spurs had discussed a player-exchange deal yet will accept an €100m offer to be paid in three installments, eclipsing the €94m paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.Follow Greg Stobart on Twitter

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Principles, punch lines for Premier League coach

Principles, punch lines for Premier League coach

LONDON (AP) — At times, it feels as if Ian Holloway is out there by himself.

In a sport where principles are sometimes abandoned quicker than a alter of team jerseys, one of the Premier League’s newest – & returning – managers is resolute in sticking to his values.

”I have received (principles) & I will always have them,” the Crystal Palace manager says. ”Everyone’s received principles – yet in principle they want money.”

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Soccer-Chelsea agree deal to sign Willian from Anzhi

* Playmaker opts for Chelsea instead of Tottenham

* Move subject to work permit hearing (Adds details)

LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Brazil playmaker Willian & has agreed terms to join Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, the Premier League side said on Sunday.

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Chelsea-Manchester United Preview

Chelsea-Manchester United Preview

There is no doubt Jose Mourinho revels in being the antagonist for every visit to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

But it’s what “The Special One” may do following Monday night’s crunch match that could drastically alter the direction of both heavyweight sides in David Moyes’ first home match guiding the Red Devils.

Emerging as a foil to former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his first run at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho brought Chelsea into the limelight by winning two Premier League titles in his first two seasons. The Blues remained among Europe’s elite after Mourinho moved on to win a Champions League title with Inter Milan & semifinal runs all three seasons at Real Madrid before making his return to London.

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Soccer-Anelka given compassionate leave by West Brom

Soccer-Anelka given compassionate leave by West Brom

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LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – French striker Nicolas Anelka will not feature in West Bromwich Albion’s Premier League game against Everton on Saturday after being excused on compassionate grounds, the club has said.

The club rushed to make a statement after Sky Sports News ran a report claiming the 34-year-old had walked out on training & told staff at West Brom that he had retired from football.

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Soccer-Wenger launches Arsenal transfer policy defence

Soccer-Wenger launches Arsenal transfer policy defence

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LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger defended his transfer policy on Tuesday, reminding disgruntled fans of the club’s past successes & encouraging them to put their faith in the current squad.

Wenger has come under fire from supporters & the media for failing to recruit a significant signing in the close season & pressure has already started to mount on the Frenchman following Arsenal’s losing start to the Premier League campaign.

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Off to college, Olympic boxing champ defies odds

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — At an ice-breaker during their orientation last month, the incoming freshmen at Olivet College were asked to tell their classmates two truths & a lie approximately themselves.

When it was Claressa Shields’ turn, some of the students decided ”winning gold at the London Olympics” certainly was the lie.

No, others said, the fib was that Shields is a boxer.

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