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Blackburn 2-4 Newcastle: Rafael Benitez’s side win in FA Cup third-round replay

Joselu gives Newcastle the lead in extra time Newcastle scored two goals in extra time to defeat Blackburn in their FA Cup third-round replay at Ewood Park. Sean Longstaff scored after a minute for the visitors with a deflected 25-yard shot, before Callum Roberts added the second with a fine volley. But Adam Armstrong pulled one back from Danny Graham’s pass and Darragh Lenihan’s powerful header made it 2-2. In extra time, Joselu scored from a rebound and Ayoze Perez’s powerful strike sealed the win for the visitors. Spanish striker…

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Andy Murray retirement: Rafael Nadal says former world number one is ‘suffering’

Nadal and Murray are friends off the court and posed with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as part of New Year’s celebrations at the Brisbane Open last week Andy Murray’s impending retirement was a decision he had to take because he is “suffering”, says long-time rival Rafael Nadal. The 31-year-old Briton announced on Friday that he will quit this year, and next week’s Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career. “When you are going on court without a clear goal because you cannot move well and you have pain, then…

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Rafael Benitez: Newcastle surviving in the Premier League would be ‘miracle’

Newcastle failed to win their opening 10 games of the season It would be a “miracle” if Newcastle were to avoid relegation from the Premier League, says Rafael Benitez. The Magpies failed to win any of their opening 10 games of this campaign, but are currently 15th in the table, five points above the relegation zone. They impressed on their return to the top-flight from the Championship last season, finishing in 10th place. “We have to be realistic and understand we will be in the bottom half for the season,”…

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Rafael Benitez: Does Newcastle Utd manager have St James’ Park future?

Guillem Balague will be writing a regular column throughout the season and also appearing every Thursday on BBC Radio 5 live’s Football Daily podcast, when the focus will be on European football. You can download the latest Football Daily podcast here. After consecutive wins and seven points out of a possible nine, people are finally beginning to believe Rafael Benitez’s claims that his Newcastle United side are not going to be relegated. But even if he does manage to keep them up, will it be enough to ensure he remains…

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Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal’s ex-coach says the Swiss won’t win a Grand Slam in 2019

Roger Federer went almost five years without a Grand Slam title before winning the 2017 Australian Open Roger Federer will not win a Grand Slam next year, according to the uncle and former coach of long-time rival Rafael Nadal. Federer, 37, and Nadal, 32, have dominated Slam tournaments over the past 14 years, along with Novak Djokovic, 31. But after Alexander Zverev, 21, beat both Federer and Djokovic at the ATP Finals, Toni Nadal feels the new generation of players have made a “quality leap”. “I find it hard to…

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Rafael Nadal: Spaniard to have surgery on ankle injury and miss ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Paris Masters last week ATP World Tour Finals Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 11-18 November Coverage: Follow live coverage across BBC TV, radio, the BBC Sport website & mobile app. Live text commentary available on select matches. Rafael Nadal will miss November’s season-ending ATP Finals in London and have surgery on an ankle injury. Nadal withdrew from last month’s Paris Masters with an abdominal muscle injury, meaning Novak Djokovic replaced him as world number one. The Spaniard, 32, said that since he was still suffering…

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Paris Masters: Rafael Nadal out with injury & Roger Federer through

Rafael Nadal has won the French Open 11 times, but has never triumphed at the Paris Masters Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury. It means Novak Djokovic, 31, will replace him as world number one when the rankings are released on Monday. Earlier on Wednesday, Roger Federer made it through to the last 16 without playing when Milos Raonic pulled out with an elbow injury. Nadal’s opponent, 34-year-old Fernando Verdasco, will play Jack Sock in the next round after the American beat France’s Richard…

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Rafael Nadal opens his tennis academy centre to Majorca flood victims

People displaced by the flood have been taking shelter in sports centres in Manacor World number one Rafael Nadal has helped flood victims in his native Majorca, opening up his tennis academy on the island to the homeless and helping to clear mud and water. Video on Spanish newspaper AS showed the 32-year-old with a broom in hand as he joined the clean-up effort. “Sad day in Majorca,” Nadal said on Twitter. “My sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased.” At least 10 people have died in the floods.…

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Rafael Benitez: Newcastle manager fined £60,000 for referee comments

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has been fined £60,000 after accepting a charge for commenting about the referee prior to his team’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace last month. Benitez was responding to Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, who had said he was not being protected by referees. Benitez said referee Andre Marriner would have Zaha’s remarks in his mind. The Football Association constituted that as improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute. More to follow Source link

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