Belgium is the first team to qualify for Euro 2020….

Belgium became the first team to qualify for Euro 2020 as Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a 9-0 thrashing of San Marino. Roberto Martinez’ side have an unassailable 11-point lead over third-place Cyprus in Group I.

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Boxer Errol Spence Jr in intensive care after car crash….

Boxing world champion Errol Spence Jr has been involved in a serious car crash in Dallas, Texas. A 29-year-old man was ejected from a Ferrari he was driving at high speed, when it veered over the centre of the road and flipped multiple times, Dallas Police said.

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Messi says he considered leaving Barca in 2013….

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Lionel Messi has said that in 2013 he wanted to leave Barcelona but now plans to end his career at the Nou Camp. The 32-year-old forward told Barcelona-based radio station RAC1 he felt “very badly treated” by Spain at that time as he and his father were investigated for filing fraudulent tax returns. “Sincerely, at that time, I thought about leaving,” he said.

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AC Milan sack coach Marco Giampaolo….

AC Milan have sacked manager Marco Giampaolo after only three and a half months in charge because of a poor start to the season. Milan are 13th in Serie A, three points above the relegation zone, after three wins in their first seven games. Giampaolo, 52, succeeded Gennaro Gattuso in June after the former Italy midfielder quit because Milan missed out on Champions League qualification.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger calls time on football career….

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Former Germany, Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired. The 35-year-old announced his decision two days after the end of the Major League Soccer season. His club, Chicago Fire, finished 17th. “The time has now come,” he said. “To the fans, you made this unbelievable time possible for me.”

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Carlos Vela breaks MLS goal scoring record….

Los Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela hit a hat-trick against Colorado Rapids to break Josef Martinez’s Major League Soccer record for goals scored in a single season. Ex-Arsenal forward Vela began the match level with Orlando City’s Martinez, who registered 31 goals in 35 games to win the MLS Golden Boot last season.

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Pep Guardiola still believes his side can catch Liverpool….

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says “the distance is big” but still believes his team can catch Liverpool in the Premier League title race. City’s 2-0 defeat by Wolves means they are now eight points behind Liverpool. It is the biggest lead any side has had after eight games in the Premier League era – the previous biggest was Chelsea in 2014, who went on to win the title.

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Israel Adesanya dethrones Robert Whittaker in UFC 243….

New Zealand’s Israel Adesanya extended his perfect professional record to 18-0 as he dethroned UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in spectacular fashion at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia. The Nigerian born Adesanya, 30, arrived in the arena to an acrobatic choreographed dance routine and produced a near-punch-perfect performance to finish Whittaker after three minutes and 33 seconds of the second round and capture the undisputed UFC middleweight title in front of nearly 60,000 fans at Marvel Stadium.

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Iran sell 3500 tickets to Women for World Cup qualifier….

Female fans have bought 3,500 tickets for Iran’s World Cup qualifier against Cambodia in Tehran on Thursday. Women have effectively been banned from stadiums when men are playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Sahar Khodayari died last month a week after setting herself on fire while awaiting trial for trying to attend a match disguised as a man.

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