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Senegal comes from behind to defeat Morocco to win historic U17 AFCON title

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Senegal comes from behind to defeat Morocco to win historic U17 AFCON title

Senegal won the TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time in a thrilling final at Algiers’ Nelson Mandela Stadium, coming from behind to defeat Morocco 2-1.

Morocco gained a 14th-minute lead thanks to captain Abdelhamid Ait Boudlal’s well-executed header, which they held until the 79th minute. Serigne Falou Diouf of Senegal equalised from a VAR penalty, levelling the score and setting the stage for a stunning reversal.

Mamadou Sawane leapt above the entire defence in the 86th minute to head home the winning goal, completing Senegal’s hard-fought comeback and earning their tournament title.

Senegal has now won three continental titles in the last four months. Their team of homegrown players had won the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in February at the same site, and they also won the U20 AFCON in Egypt in March.

The Senegalese senior national team began its run of success by winning the AFCON 2021 title in February and an AFCON Beach Soccer victory later that year.

Senegal and Morocco were both competing in their first-ever U17 AFCON final, which added an element of novelty to the game. Morocco scored first, with Captain Ait Boudlal reaching the back of the net off an Abdel Hamid Maali corner.

The goal brought some relief for Said Chiba’s team since Senegal’s skipper Amara Diouf had come close to scoring from a free-kick that nearly missed the mark just moments before.

The game heated up as both teams pushed for control, but clear-cut goal chances became limited.

Senegal made a good start to the second half, with Mamadou Sadio nearly missing the target with a strike just 45 seconds in. Morocco had a chance when Maali hit a shot from the edge of the box, but it went wide.

Senegal’s comeback came in the 76th minute when Moroccan captain Ait Boudlal was sent off for a handball in the box. The referee awarded Senegal a penalty after examining the pitch-side monitor, which Serigne calmly converted.

The goal energised the Senegalese team, and they poured on the pressure in the game’s last 10 minutes. Substitute Sawane surged into the six-yard box four minutes later to hammer home the game-winning goal from a corner.

The goal devastated the Moroccan team, leaving even senior national team coach Walid Regragui in the VIP box distraught and troubled.

Senegal held on in the final minutes, including six minutes of additional time, to win their first U17 AFCON title.

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Man City win historic fourth English title in a row, with Foden scoring twice

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City escaped a late scare after VAR ruled West Ham's second goal out for handball. Nonetheless, their success was never in doubt. The victory brought the club's league record to 19 victories and four draws since their previous setback at Aston Villa on December 6. City has now won six of the last seven Premier League championships. Last season, they joined Huddersfield, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United in winning the Premier League for the third consecutive year. Guardiola's club has now accomplished what no other men's team has since the formation of the English league in 1888, 136 years ago.

Imperious Manchester City defeated West Ham 3-1 at Etihad Stadium, becoming the first team to win the English league title four years in a row.

With City needing a victory to ensure they could hold off Arsenal, who started the final day two points behind but with a higher goal differential, Phil Foden put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead after only two minutes.

The England star scored another before halftime, and while Mohammed Kudus drew one back, midfielder Rodri restored the home side’s two-goal lead with a strike from the edge of the box after 59 minutes.

City escaped a late scare after VAR ruled West Ham’s second goal out for handball.

Nonetheless, their success was never in doubt.

The victory brought the club’s league record to 19 victories and four draws since their previous setback at Aston Villa on December 6.

City has now won six of the last seven Premier League championships. Last season, they joined Huddersfield, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United in winning the Premier League for the third consecutive year.

Guardiola’s club has now accomplished what no other men’s team has since the formation of the English league in 1888, 136 years ago.

They will meet Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 25th, looking to become the first team to clinch the domestic double in consecutive seasons.

It has been 15 months since City was slammed with 115 Premier League accusations for suspected financial irregularities, which they strenuously dispute. Earlier this season, Everton and Nottingham Forest were both penalised and deducted points for violating profit and sustainability regulations. However, there has been no news on when City’s case would be heard.

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Usyk Stuns Fury to Become Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

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The rematch, tentatively scheduled for October, promises to be another epic encounter between two of the world's top heavyweights. For now, however, Usyk can bask in the glory of his hard-fought win and celebrate his newfound status as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world

In a thrilling showdown at the Kingdom Arena — Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oleksandr Usyk pulled off a stunning upset against Tyson Fury, winning by split decision to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

The Ukrainian boxer, who remained unbeaten with a record of 22-0, inflicted the first defeat of Fury’s professional career, handing the British fighter his first loss in 34 fights. The judges’ scorecards read 115-112, 113-114, and 114-113 in favour of Usyk, who has been crowned the new champion in front of a packed crowd.

The fight was a closely contested affair, with both fighters giving it their all in a gruelling 12-round battle. Usyk’s superior footwork and hand speed allowed him to outmanoeuvre Fury, landing several crucial shots throughout the fight. The turning point came in the ninth round when Usyk sent Fury crashing to the canvas with a devastating left hook.

Fury, known for his incredible resilience, managed to get back to his feet and continue fighting, but Usyk’s momentum had already shifted the tide of the fight in his favour. Despite Fury’s valiant efforts in the final rounds, Usyk’s early lead proved insurmountable, and he was declared the winner by split decision.

“This is the greatest moment of my life,” an emotional Usyk said in the post-fight interview. “I want to thank my team, my family, and my country for their unwavering support. I proved tonight that I am the best heavyweight in the world, and I will do everything to remain champion for a long time.”

Fury, disappointed in defeat, disputed Usyk’s performance, saying, “I believe I won that fight. He won a few rounds but I won the majority. We both put on a good fight. We’ll be back, we’ve got a rematch clause. I believe I won that fight but I’m not going to sit here, cry and make excuses.”

Usyk’s victory marks a historic moment in boxing, as he becomes the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999. The win also sets up a potential rematch with Fury, which is already generating significant buzz in the boxing community.

The rematch, tentatively scheduled for October, promises to be another epic encounter between two of the world’s top heavyweights. For now, however, Usyk can bask in the glory of his hard-fought win and celebrate his newfound status as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

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Roberto De Zerbi will leave Brighton after Manchester United game

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Brighton finished sixth last season, their highest-ever top-flight position, achieving European qualifying for the first time in club history. "Roberto has given us two excellent seasons of service in which he has led the club to new heights, not least our first-ever European campaign which will live long in the memory of Albion fans," Bloom stated. "We have mutually agreed to end Roberto's contract at a time that suits both parties allowing us the earliest opportunity to plan for next season, and Roberto plenty of time to consider his next move and his future." BBC Sport believes that one manager on Brighton's list to replace De Zerbi is likely to be Kieran McKenna, who just gained promotion to the Premier League with

Brighton’s head coach, Roberto de Zerbi, will quit following the club’s last Premier League match of the season against Manchester United at home on Sunday.

Chairman Tony Bloom stated that the Premier League team and De Zerbi “have mutually agreed” on the Italian’s departure.

De Zerbi, 44, signed a four-year deal with the Seagulls in September 2022 after previously coaching Shakhtar Donetsk.

Brighton finished sixth last season, their highest-ever top-flight position, achieving European qualifying for the first time in club history.

“Roberto has given us two excellent seasons of service in which he has led the club to new heights, not least our first-ever European campaign which will live long in the memory of Albion fans,” Bloom stated.

“We have mutually agreed to end Roberto’s contract at a time that suits both parties allowing us the earliest opportunity to plan for next season, and Roberto plenty of time to consider his next move and his future.”

BBC Sport believes that one manager on Brighton’s list to replace De Zerbi is likely to be Kieran McKenna, who just gained promotion to the Premier League with Ipswich.

Brighton topped their group in the Europa League this season, defeating Ajax, Marseille, and AEK Athens before being eliminated in the final 16 by Roma.

They are currently tenth in the Premier League heading into their last game on Sunday and cannot finish much higher.

“I am sure our fans will give Roberto and his staff a wonderful and fully deserved send-off at the Amex before, during and after tomorrow’s match,” Bloom stated.

“In the meanwhile, I’d want to thank Roberto and his colleagues for all of their hard work over the last two seasons. They have all left our club on good terms, with our best wishes for the future.”

De Zerbi, who took over after Graham Potter departed for Chelsea, stated: “We have agreed to conclude my tenure at Brighton so that the club and I may continue to operate in the way that works best for each of us, following our own ideas and ambitions, as well as our professional and personal values.

“Leaving now allows me to take a break before deciding on my future intentions.

“I am very sad to be leaving Brighton, but I am very proud of what my players and staff have achieved with the support of everyone at the club and our amazing fans in the past two historical seasons.”

Seven De Zerbi’s coaching staff members will also go, although first-team coach Andrew Crofts and custodian Stern will remain at the club.

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