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LIVERPOOL: Liverpool earned a record-equalling 18th consecutive Premier League win as the runaway leaders came from behind to beat West Ham 3-2 thanks to Sadio Mane's late strike on Monday (Feb 24).

Jurgen Klopp's side were in danger of dropping Premier League points for the first time since their draw at Manchester United on Oct 20 after falling behind in the second half at Anfield.

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Georginio Wijnaldum put Liverpool ahead early on but Issa Diop equalised soon after.

Pablo Fornals gave struggling West Ham a stunning lead, but Lukasz Fabianski's woeful blunder allowed Mohamed Salah to equalise with his 19th goal of the season.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (right) kicks the ball past West Ham's Mark Noble to score his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Mane completed the fightback with nine minutes left as Liverpool moved 22 points clear of second placed Manchester City.

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MILAN • Inter Milan are set to play the home leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets on Thursday behind closed doors owing to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, according to the BBC.

However, if the proposal is rejected, then the game, which Antonio Conte's side are leading 2-0, could be staged at a neutral venue, said Italian news agency Ansa.

The epidemic, which originated in Wuhan, China, in December but has since spread globally, forced the postponement of four Serie A games last weekend, including Inter's match with Sampdoria at the San Siro.

In the regions of Lombardy, of which Milan is the capital, as well as neighbouring Veneto, several small towns have been locked down as a result of the crisis, which, as of yesterday, has caused seven deaths from more than 200 reported cases.

The growing concern has also cast doubt over the midweek Champions League ties involving two Serie A clubs, Juventus and Napoli.

While French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Sunday a closure of the border with Italy "would not make sense", he added that local authorities are monitoring the situation very closely.

Thousands of Juventus fans are scheduled to travel to Lyon tomorrow for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 game, prompting Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to seek assurances from both Uefa and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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LONDON • A year after being dumped by Germany coach Joachim Low, Thomas Muller is set to showcase why he is so important for Bayern Munich, and Robert Lewandowski, when they travel to face Chelsea in the Champions League today.

Alongside Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, Lewandowski is the joint top-scorer in this season's Champions League with 10 goals going into the first leg of their last 16 tie.

A big part of his success – he has a career-high 38 strikes from 32 games in all competitions – can be put down to Muller playing in a supporting role this season.

It is little coincidence that Lewandowski is enjoying his best goal tally when Muller's 14 assists in the Bundesliga is also his joint-highest in his past six seasons.

The Poland striker said: "It's easier with Thomas next to me, he helps me out a lot.

"We always have one player more in the penalty area when he plays, I have more space and not always two or three opponents against me."

The 30-year-old Muller appears to be back to his best after significant setbacks for club and country last term.

Alongside fellow 2014 World Cup winners Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, he was told last March he was no longer needed by Die Mannschaft as Low rebuilt his squad following the 2018 World Cup debacle.

Then last autumn, the midfielder found himself repeatedly benched by Bayern to make room for loan signing Philippe Coutinho.

When Niko Kovac was sacked in November, caretaker coach Hansi Flick restored him to the starting line-up, often at the expense of his Brazilian teammate, and Muller has since flourished with more playing time.

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Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool had to come from behind to beat lowly West Ham United and maintain their 100per cent home record with a battling 3-2 win on Monday.

Soccer Football – Premier League – Liverpool v West Ham United – Anfield, Liverpool, Britain – February 24, 2020 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring their first goal with Roberto Firmino Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff


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REUTERS: Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool had to come from behind – and needed some help from two goalkeeping blunders: to beat lowly West Ham United 3-2 in a thrilling game and maintain their 100per cent home record on Monday.

Trailing 2-1 late in the second half, West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski was twice at fault as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ensured Liverpool prevailed to equal the record of 18 consecutive top-flight wins set by Manchester City in 2017.

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Juergen Klopp's side now need 12 points from 11 games to make sure of their first league title in 30 years.

"We started really well, scored a wonderful first goal. Then we weren't good in the second ball situations," said the Liverpool manager. "We struggled in these situations, that was difficult for us tonight."

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LONDON (THE GUARDIAN) – Mo Farah is facing fresh questions over his relationship with banned coach Alberto Salazar after it emerged that he repeatedly denied to US anti-doping investigators that he was given injections of a controversial supplement – only to change his account.

The BBC's Panorama says that he was injected four times with L-carnitine two days before before the 2014 London Marathon by UK Athletics chief medical officer at the time, Dr Rob Chakraverty – with UKA head of distance running Barry Fudge, former UKA performance director Neil Black and Salazar also present.

However, the programme claims that when Farah was drug tested six days after the injections, on April 17, he did not record L-carnitine on his doping control form as he was required to do.

A year later when he was questioned by Usada officials in London for nearly five hours, he also initially denied receiving the supplement.

While L-carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid, there are strict rules governing its use under World Anti-Doping Agency rules – with infusions or injections only permitted provided the volume is below 50ml every six hours.

Salazar was found guilty of two violations of these in respect of other people when he received a four-year ban in October. In 2017, a parliamentary select committee heard that Farah had been given in total 13.5ml of L-carnitine – well under the permitted dose – but that Chakraverty had been heavily criticised in his appraisal for not recorded it in any official records.

According to transcripts obtained by the BBC, during his interview with Usada investigators, Farah was asked: "If someone said that you were taking L-carnitine injections, are they not telling the truth?" Farah replied: "Definitely not telling the truth, 100 per cent. I've never taken L-carnitine injections at all." He was then asked: "Are you sure that Alberto Salazar hasn't recommended that you take L-carnitine injections?" Farah responded: "No, I've never taken L-carnitine injections."

He was asked again: "You're absolutely sure that you didn't have a doctor put a butterfly needle – into your arm – and inject L-carnitine a few days before the London Marathon?" Farah replied: "No. No chance."

According to Panorama, minutes after leaving that interview, Farah then met Fudge, who had been interviewed by Usada the day before, and then returned to the interview room as the investigators were packing up and gave a different account.

The transcript shows Farah telling Usada: "So I just wanted to come clear, sorry guys, and I did take it at the time and I thought I didn't."

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NEW DELHI (REUTERS) – India will host the shooting and archery championships, which had originally been left out of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, six months before the main multi-sport competition takes place in Birmingham, it was announced on Monday.

The medals won in the events to be staged in Chandigarh at the start of 2022 will count in the final tally of the Birmingham Games, which take place in July and August later in the year, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had initially threatened to boycott the Birmingham Games over the exclusion of shooting, which is an optional sport for host cities.

They withdrew the threat in December and offered to host separate championships for archery and shooting, both of which had been omitted from the Birmingham schedule.

The CGF executive board approved India's "innovative" idea after a three-day meeting in London.

"I am delighted that we have approved India's ambitious proposal to host a Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships in Chandigarh during 2022," CGF president Louise Martin said in a statement.

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LONDON (AFP, REUTERS) – Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn wants a blockbuster all-British heavyweight unification clash with Tyson Fury this year in what would be "the biggest fight in the history of the sport".

This comes on the heels after the self-styled "Gypsy King" – a nod to his Irish Traveller heritage – put on a boxing masterclass at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday (Feb 22) night.

Fourteen months after their dramatic and contentious split-decision draw, Fury battered Deontay Wilder for over six rounds, leaving him bleeding from his ear, before the American's corner threw in the towel in the seventh for his first career loss.

While Wilder has 30 days to activate a third fight clause to set up another contest, which would likely take place in June or July, Hearn is not keen for that to happen as he believes the Joshua bout makes more sense.

Fury is the World Boxing Council champion and with Joshua holding the other belts in the division, the stage is now set for boxing's first unified heavyweight title holder since Britain's Lennox Lewis 20 years ago.

"What a time for British boxing," Hearn said on TalkSport radio. "To have one world heavyweight champion would be great, but to have two with all the belts, we will never see it again.

"I have said and I will make this clear, we have to make this fight happen. We will never get the chance for two Brits to fight for an undisputed heavyweight world championship.

"I will promise you we will do everything we can to make this fight happen."

Hearn also that insisted Joshua, 30, (23-1, 21 knockouts) was eager to step into the ring with the 31-year-old Fury and would not be daunted despite watching his destruction of Wilder to leave his undefeated record (30-0-1, 21 KOs) intact.

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LONDON: Tyson Fury will return to Britain hailed as a hero after his demolition of Deontay Wilder completed a remarkable redemption story as anticipation grows over an all-British unification bout against Anthony Joshua.

The self-styled "Gypsy King" brought Wilder's five-year reign as WBC heavyweight champion to a dramatic halt in the seventh round of their rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday.

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Tyson Fury will return to Britain hailed as a hero. AFP/Mark RALSTON

It is an astonishing comeback for the 31-year-old, who battled depression, drink and drug problems that threatened to end his career in the years after he beat Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in 2015.

The controversial British heavyweight has made no secret about his battles with mental health issues and cocaine use and said at one stage he considered suicide.

Fury's licence to box was suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control in 2016 pending further investigation into "anti-doping and medical issues".

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ASUNCION: Emmanuel Adebayor made his eagerly anticipated debut for Paraguayan side Olimpia on Sunday, coming on as a substitute for his former Manchester City teammate Roque Santa Cruz.

The 35-year-old Togolese striker was welcomed by hundreds of fans earlier this month when he arrived in Asuncion.

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Olimpia treasurer Miguel Brunote said at the time that Adebayor was commanding the biggest ever salary in Paraguayan football.

Adebayor, the 2008 African player of the year, was introduced at half-time of Olimpia's 1-1 draw with Cerro Porteno.

He had been without a club since the termination of his contract with Turkish club Kayserispor in December.

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HATTA, United Arab Emirates: Australian Caleb Ewan sprinted to victory in the second stage of the UAE Tour on Monday (Feb 24), taking the overall lead in the process.

The 25-year-old, who also won two stages on the Tour Down Under earlier this year, edged out Irishman Sam Bennett on the up-hill climb at the finish to take the win at Hatta Dam for a second straight year.

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Ewan took the lead in the general classification as first-stage winner Pascal Ackermann fell away on the penultimate climb.

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, racing for the first time since a horror crash during training at the Criterium du Dauphine last June, was dropped by the leaders eight kilometres from the finish.

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