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Premier League: Louis van Gaal says his squad is imbalanced

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes his squad is not balanced, despite an impressive display against American side LA Galaxy and a 7-0 success in his first game in charge. Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and rookie defender Reece James all scored twice in the friendly win in front of 86,432 at the Rose Bowl in California. Van Gaal says his squad has...

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Premier League: Jose Mourinho considers re-signing Drogba

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Didier Drogba "belongs" at the club and that he is thinking about re-signing the veteran striker. The Ivorian star, now aged 36, won 10 trophies at Chelsea from 2004-2012 and is available on a free transfer from Galatasaray. Mourinho said the club were thinking about bringing back the legendary forward, but that the decision wou...

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UK Politicians Consider Extension of Levy on Horse Racing Wagers

Labour Party politicians in the UK intend to raise money and awareness for problem gambling by an extension of the current horse racing levy placed on bets taken by retail and online bookmakers. “We believe it is right that businesses that make money from sport should contribute to sport," said Clive Efford, the shadow sports minister accordi...

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Primera Liga: Barcelona sign defender Jeremy Mathieu

Barcelona have completed the signing of Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu on a four-year contract for a fee of £15.8m. Mathieu, aged 30, has won just two caps for France and can play at left-back or centre-back. He is the one who will replace former captain Carles Puyol, who has retired from playing after 15 years at the club. A Barcelona statement said: "The...

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Premier League: Tottenham sign Swansea's Davies and Vorm

Tottenham have signed Swansea City duo Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, with midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson moving from the Spurs to the Swans. Wales full-back Davies, aged 21, has signed a five-year deal while Netherlands goalkeeper Vorm, aged 30, has agreed a four-year contract with the Spurs. Iceland international midfielder Sigurdsson, aged 24, has signed a four-year...

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TVG Network Extends New York Racing Association Contract

Betfair subsidiary, TVG Network, sealed a multi-year contract extension with the New York Racing Association (NYRA). High definition telecasts will receive increased exposure as a result of the deal. Kip Levin, CEO of TVG and Betfair USA, said that both companies have invested in High Definition television capabilities during the last year and the extended...

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International Football: Carlos Dunga named as new Brazil head coach

Brazil have named former player Dunga as their new coach for the second time. Dunga was the captain of Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning team and he also coached the national team from 2006 to 2010. "I am immensely happy to be back," said the 50-year-old coach. Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned after Brazil reached the semi-finals of the 2014 Wor...

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Premier League: Stoke sign Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic

Stoke City have signed attacker Bojan Krkic from Barcelona on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Bojan, now aged 23, had made his debut for Barcelona at the age of 16 and was touted as a future superstar. He failed to secure a first team spot at the Nou Camp though and spent several seasons on loan. Last season he was on loan at Ajax, where he scored fo...

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2014 World Cup Matches Boosted French Sportsbook Traffic

President of the French regulator ARJEL, Charles Coppolani, says that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was beneficial for French sports betting operators and has helped to boost suffering revenues. F...

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Tour de France: Michael Rogers wins stage 16

Australian Michael Rogers took victory in stage 16 of the Tour de France, the longest of this year's race. The 34-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo rider placed the decisive attack on the descent with three kilometres remaining on the Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon route. It was his first stage victory on the Tour and followed his two stage wins at the Giro d'Italia this...

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Primera Liga: James Rodriguez joins Real Madrid

Real Madrid have signed World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from French Ligue 1 club Monaco. The 23-year-old Colombian player has signed a six-year deal at the Bernabeu. The reported fee was around 80million euros, making Rodriguez the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. Rodriguez scored six go...

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Football Transfers: Patrice Evra joins Juventus Torino

Patrice Evra has completed a £1.2m move to Italian champions Juventus from Manchester United. The France left-back, aged 33, has signed a two-year contract with the Serie A giants, ending his eight-and-a-half-year spell at Old Trafford. "Playing for Manchester United has been a privilege, a dream come true, and my time there has been so memorable," he said. He...

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England: Steven Gerrard retires from international football

England captain Steven Gerrard has decided to retire from international football after winning an impressive 114 caps for his country. Gerrard, now aged 34, had won his first cap in a 2-0 win over Ukraine in 2000 and made his last England appearance in the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup. The Liverpool midfielder said: "I have enjoyed every minu...

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Betclic to Transfer Elements from Gibraltar to Malta?

Betclic Everest senior managers are planning a review of the company's Gibraltar-based online gambling elements related to sport trading and administrative functions with the possibility of moving away from the jurisdiction. Some functions may be switched around from Gibraltar to Malta leaving some of the jobs at risk. European regulatory changes may requir...

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Interwetten Brand Featured on Race Cars

The German online sportsbook brand Interwetten will be featured racing cars in two Grand Prixes following a sponsorship agreement with Lotus Formula One. The brand appeared on a car last week in the German Grand Prix and will be featured next in an upcoming Hungarian event.

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Australian Sponsorships to Skyrocket for AFL?

Once Tabcorp's four-year sponsorship deal with AFL ends, the more online bookmakers will be included to get a piece of the market boosting its worth to approximately A350 million a year. Experience industry veteran Mark Tripp told a local Autralian news publication: "I am told the AFL is looking to restructure [the partnership] whereby it won't be inclusive to...

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World Cup Gambling Busts According to Interpol

The International Police Association (Interpol) worked with police departments from around the world to report illegal gambling busts during the World Cup football tournament. "The results ... are significant in relation to the volume of bets being handled by these illegal gambling dens, as well as the number of arrests," said Jean-Michel Louboutin, Interpol's...

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SBObet Cleared of Involvement in Illegal Online Betting Ring

US officials accused online sportsbook SBObet of being involved in an illegal betting ring that was brought down in Las Vegas last weekend but it seems that the accusations were false. Poker player Paul Phua was arrested in addition to seven other individuals associated with the ring which accepted illegal wagers on World Cup football matches via the SBObet we...

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ComeOn! Sponsoring Liverpool FC

ComeOn! has announced its sponsorship deal with British football club Liverpool FC running through the end of the 2015 - 2016 season. CO-Gaming's Norwegian spokesperson Paul Myklebust said, "This unique agreement will give ComeOn! exclusive rights that no other betting partner in Scandinavia will have. Not only will fans see exciting activities focused on Liv...

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William Hill Appoints Tom Waterhouse to Chief of Australian Operations

Tom Waterhouse has been appointed to the William Hill plc team as the head honcho of its Australian ventures including...

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