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Euro 2020: Rashford Apologizes Over Penalty Miss Against Italy

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I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time.

I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s been clear for everyone to see and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence.

I’ve always backed myself for a penalty but something didn’t feel quite right. During the long run up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted.

I felt as though I had let my teammates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down. A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep so why not that one? It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels. Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History.

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All I can say is sorry. I wish it had of gone differently. Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shoutout my teammates. This summer has been one of the best camps I’ve experienced and you’ve all played a role in that.

A brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable. Your success is my success. Your failures are mine. I’ve grown into a sport where I expect to read things written about myself.

Whether it be the colour of my skin, where I grew up, or, most recently, how I decide to spend my time off the pitch. I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.

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Euro 2020: Rashford Apologizes Over Penalty Miss Against Italy

I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing those three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of 10s of thousands. I dreamt of days like this. The messages I’ve received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears.

The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up. I’m Marcus Rashford, 23 year old, black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that.

For all the kind messages, thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We’ll be back stronger.

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How I Was S£xually Abused By A Gay Man – Evra

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Former Manchester United defender, Patrice Evra, has revealed he suffered s€xual abuse as a teenager.

Evra, in an interview with The Times ahead of the release of his autobiography entitled ‘I Love This Game’, said the incident took place when he was 13.

The ex-France international is only now disclosing it at 40, even to his mother and family.

Evra recounted how he stayed at his principal’s home having moved to a new school. At his home inside the school grounds, the teacher would let him play Nintendo and help with his homework.

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“I now recognise that he’d tried to groom me,” he said.

Evra continued: “The head teacher, believing I’d gone to sleep, would put his hands under my bedcover and try to touch me. I knew what he was doing was wrong, so I tried to push him away and punch him.

How I Was S£xually Abused By A Gay Man – Evra

“I was tough, but I was scared too, although I couldn’t show him my fear. This could go on for 10 or 15 minutes, like a fight. He wasn’t joking; he was going hard trying to get my pants off.

“There were no words spoken in the dark, but he was touching himself and getting s€xually excited by what was happening.

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“I didn’t tell anybody. I was too ashamed to speak to my mother and I didn’t know if anyone else would believe me. I haven’t told anybody the full story until now.”

Evra reveals that “On the last night at that man’s house, when he knew that I was going back to my family, he finally succeeded: He put my p£n!s in his mouth.

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Juventus defenders Criticize Ronaldo For Rejoining Man United

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Juventus defenders, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci have slammed their former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo for deciding to rejoin Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

Ronaldo started the season with the Old Lady, the club where he had spent the last three seasons, but decided to rejoin former club United in the final week of August for a £19.7million transfer fee.

Chiellini’s Juventus initially started the season poorly with no wins in their first four league games and the Italian defender, along with defensive partner Leonardo Bonucci, have slammed Ronaldo for the negative impact the club had suffered.

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Speaking after Juventus 1 – 0 win against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on Wednesday, Chiellini told DAZN: ‘We had reached a point in the relationship where Cristiano needed new incentives and a new team that could play for him, because when he finds such a team he is decisive.

‘He has been proving it in recent months and showed it in the three years that he was with us.

‘A rejuvenation restart programme grew here at Juventus. If Ronaldo had stayed, it would have been an added value and we would have gladly exploited it, but he might be thinking more about the present than the future.

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Juventus defenders Criticize Ronaldo For Rejoining Man United

‘He left on August 28th, it would have been better for us if he had left earlier. It’s something we paid for, there’s a little shock in it for you and in my opinion we paid for it in terms of points.

‘Had he gone away on August 1st, we would have had time to prepare better.’

Chiellini’s Juventus defensive partner Bonucci also admited the Old Lady are playing with more togetherness after Ronaldo’s Turin exit.

When asked by Sky Sport Italia if Juventus are playing more as a team without Ronaldo, the Italian defender said: ‘It’s absolutely true.

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‘In the recent past we had lost this characteristic from Juve, we were playing with a great champion like CR7 and we wanted to put him in a position to always do well, thinking he could solve all the matches.

‘This year we are rediscovering that right humility that it serves to regain victory.’

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National Youth Games: Trophy Retained In Delta Through A Young But Old Looking Athlete

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.…As Kaduna Finished Top From North West

By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

Fielding older looking athletes may have paid off for defending champions Team Delta as they emerged champions of the 2021 Edition of the National Youth Games (NYG) after hauling no fewer than a whooping 60 gold, 27 silver and 29 bronze medals.

Team Lagos which presented athletes which looked like the youngest at the games trailed for the second spot after picking 19 gold, 26 silver and 28 bronze medals, while 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF), hosts, Team Edo placed third after garnering 18 gold 10 silver and 11 bronze medals.

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Untill the final day of the games, Edo had a prime position as the second on the table before they were miraculously displaced by the Lagos Team.

Team Kaduna put up.a good show to finish as the top state from the North West with four gold, five silver and seven bronze medals.

Top dignitaries at the closing ceremony were the Special Guest of Honour, Kwara State Governo, Abdulrazak, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sports Development Kaduna State, Alhaji Mahmud Yamusa, Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulkareem Age Sulyman, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research Mikhail Buhari and President NIgeria Volleyball Federation NIgeria (NVBF) Engineer Musa Nimrod.

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National Youth Games: Trophy Retained In Delta Through A Young But Old Looking

Others spotted were Immediate past Director Grassroots Sports Development Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr. Ademola Are who is also the President Rugby Federation of NIgeria, SSA Sports to Governor of Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, Honourable Vincent Akinbami and factional President of the Athletics Federation of NIgeria (AFN), Tonobrok Okowa.

The colourful closing ceremony of the 6th NYG featured several side attractions including a combined march past from 3,020 athletes from 34 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Other activities witnessed included musical performances, cultural troupe, ball jogging and finals of some athletics events.

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Cross sections of participants interviewed hailed the organisers for a successful games.

Earlier, the Sports Writers Association of NIgeria (SWAN) Kwara State Chapter were forced to a 1-1 draw in a novelty match played against visiting SWAN with players drawn from 34 other states and the FCT.

SWAN President, Sir Honour Sirawoo, President NVBF, Engineer Musa Nimrod who was the Special Guest of Honour, Kwara SWAN Patron, and other dignitaries watched the highly competitive novelty match.

Kwara SWAN scored via a penalty before their visiting colleagues equalised in the second half courtesy of an assist from Shehu Abdullahi aka Skippo from Kaduna chapter.

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