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Arsene Wenger To Stand Down As Arsenal Manager

Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign as manager.

The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire.

The Gunners are sixth in the league and set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League.

Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.

"I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years," said Wenger. "I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

"To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club."

Arsenal say a successor will be appointed "as soon as possible".

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Ronaldo joy, Buffon woe defines wild night in Madrid

One crazy minute, at the end of an incredible Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, perfectly summed up the contrasting fortunes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon in club football's most prestigious competition.

Buffon, the perennial Champions League fall guy, the Juventus veteran with three runners-up medals making his 117th and last appearance in the competition, is sent off by referee Michael Oliver for protesting against the awarding of a stoppage time penalty. And Ronaldo, the man with four Champions League winners medals in his pocket, is given the chance to not only mark his 150th appearance with his 120th goal from the penalty spot but also to salvage a place in the semifinals for Real Madrid by extinguishing Juventus's sensational fight-back.

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Shock surgery required for injured Liverpool defender Matip

Joel Matip’s season is over with Liverpool with the defender set to have surgery on a thigh problem.

The centre-back picked up the injury in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and he will miss tomorrow’s Champions League clash with Man City. And he is more the likely to have to sit out the remainder of the season.

“The operation is likely to end the 26-year-old’s involvement in the remainder of the 2017-18 season,” read the club’s website.

“Jurgen Klopp will provide a further update on Matip’s condition this afternoon when he speaks ahead of Wednesday evening’s Champions League quarter-final, first-leg clash with Manchester City.”

Matip was able to complete the full 90 minutes in the win over Palace, but he will need surgery to correct the problem.

Dejan Lovren is set to be recalled to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s back four.

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Indian Wells: Juan Martin del Potro ends Roger Federer's unbeaten run

Juan Martin del Potro ended world number one Roger Federer's 17-match unbeaten run to claim the BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells.

The eighth-ranked Argentine beat the Swiss 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-2) in a thrilling encounter.

Federer had been searching for a record sixth title in California, but it was Del Potro who powered to his first ATP Masters 1000 title.

He is the first player to beat Federer in 2018.

Del Potro saved three match points before closing out victory in two hours 42 minutes.

The 29-year-old has been hampered by wrist problems in recent years and has had three operations which left him struggling to use his backhand.

But he has made a strong start to 2018, winning his first ATP 500 title for five years at Acapulco earlier in March and returning to the world's top 10.

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2018 Commonwealth Games: Sports Ministry announces prize package for athletes

The Youth and Sports Ministry has announced prize package for Ghanaian athletes for next month’s Commonwealth Games which will be staged in Australia.

Deputy Sports Pius Hadzide said his outfit will pay each athlete, $5,000 as prize money for gold medals, with $3,000 and $2,000 going for silver and bronze medalists respectively.

According to the Mr. Hadzide, International Games Committee (IGC) has gotten sponsorship and they will be adding extra $10,000 for gold medal.

“For the gold, the International Games Committee has decided to give $5,000 , $3,000 for silver and $2,000 for bronze,” he revealed during Tuesday’s meet the press.

He added, “The IGC has gotten sponsorship from a philanthropist who has decided to add an extra $10,000 for gold so in effect it is $15,000 for gold, but $5,000 from the government of Ghana and $10,000 from an Australian company that has been operating in Ghana for the past 35 years.”

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Man Utd knocked out of Champions League by Sevilla

Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage after an awful performance ended in a 2-1 home defeat by Sevilla.

Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder was the match-winner for the Spanish side, shooting from inside the area just two minutes after coming on and heading in at the back post from a corner.

After posing little threat in the goalless first leg, United again looked second best against the La Liga side, though Marouane Fellaini's thumping effort did draw Sergio Rico into a save and the away goalkeeper kept out Jesse Lingard's low strike.

Romelu Lukaku lashed home from close range with seven minutes remaining, but it proved to be merely a consolation.

United exit the competition along with Tottenham, but Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool progressed to Friday's quarter-final draw. Chelsea can join them if they beat Barcelona on Wednesday.

Muddled Mourinho

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Clar Weah named CAF ambassador for women’s football

The first lady, Clar Weah has been named Ambassador for Women’s football in Africa at CAF’s first ever women’s football symposium held in Morocco.

According to CAF, Mrs. Weah was appointed by the federation’s president Ahmad Ahmad during the end of the historic symposium.

The two-day event under the theme ‘raising our game’ was aimed at stakeholders brainstorming ideas towards the development of women’s football on the continent. During the symposium, delegates were divided into seven groups. Mrs. Weah was placed in the ‘Place of Media & Communication in dynamizing women’s football.’

Mrs. Weah who was invited by CAF for the symposium said through additional effort from all stakeholders, women’s football in Africa can be pushed to the next level.

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Jordan Ayew nominated for Swansea City award

The striker's purple patch of form has been rewarded with a place among the nominees for the Player of the Month gong.

Ghana international Jordan Ayew could win Swansea City's Player of the Month award for the second successive time after being shortlisted for February's honour.

The frontman is part of a three-man list, which also includes South Korea ace Ki Sung-Yueng and English midfielder Sam Clucas.

The nomination comes a month after Ayew was adjudged the club's best player in January.

The winner of the award will be decided by public votes.

Of six games played in February, he started three, netting once.

The lone goal came in a 2-0 triumph over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup.

In all, the Ghanaian has 29 topflight appearances, involving 26 starts and six goals, to his name this season.

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[PyeongChang 2018] Ghana's sole Olympic athlete thanks Korean support in PyeongChang

The sole athlete from Ghana at the PyeongChang Winter Games on Friday thanked his Korean financial backer and supporters for making his dream of competing at the Olympics come true.

Skeleton slider Akwasi Frimpong from Ghana, who is also the only athlete representing the West African country, came in last, at 30th, at the men's skeleton event held at Olympic Sliding Centre in PyeongChang on Friday. South Korea's Yun Sung-bin won gold, becoming the first Asian to win a medal in the history of the Olympic skeleton competition. Nikita Tregubov of the Olympic Athletes from Russia won silver, followed by Dom Parsons of Britain clinching bronze.

"The people of Korea are amazing. Thanks to Korea's wallet, I've been able to make my dream become a reality," Frimpong said in a mixed zone interview after the event.

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Maame Biney Makes History On US Short Track Speedskating Team

The short track speedskater just turned 18; she's not even out of high school. But she is already one of the biggest U.S. names at the Winter Olympics.

When Biney won the 500-meter finals at team trials in December, with a personal-best time of 43.161 seconds, she became the first African-American woman ever to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team. (Twenty-five-year-old Erin Jackson is the second, qualifying in long track.) She is competing this week in the women's 500- and 1,500-meter races in Gangneung, South Korea.

Biney has a goofy giggle and an electric, nonstop smile. Her game face, though, is something else.

"It's not this!" she says. "It's like, 'Don't be in my way, 'cuz I'm probably gonna kill you!' "

And with that, realizing she has blurted something impolitic, she covers her face with her hands and collapses in laughter.

"Fierce and strong"


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