Journalist comments on reports of a “rift” between Pep Guardiola and Aymeric Laporte at Man City

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte began the season as undoubtedly the side’s most important defender. However, he has not started for the last three games.

This is despite the fact that the Frenchman has apparently been fit to play in all games – although, he did suffer a slight knock originally, which may have prompted Pep Guardiola’s caution. 

Nevertheless, that has not stopped rumours emerging that there has been a falling out between Laporte and the manager. 

Athletic journalist Sam Lee has asserted that a source close to Laporte says that the defender has been fit enough to play in the past three games. 

Additionally, Lee has, however, dismissed reports of a serious rift, stating that there is not believed to be any substantial issue – with Laporte set to feature against Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday.

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Indeed, with John Stones impressing recently,

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Man charged with killing former Indiana U football player

FILE - In this June 12, 2020 file photo, a mourner signs a tribute wall during a memorial service for former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty in Indianapolis. A man has been charged in the killing of Beaty in downtown Indianapolis in May during unrest following the death of George Floyd, prosecutors said Thursday Dec. 3, 2020. Marcus Anderson has been charged with murder, felony murder, robbery and pointing a firearm for his suspected role in the death of Beaty and three downtown robberies, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office said.
FILE – In this June 12, 2020 file photo, a mourner signs a tribute wall during a memorial service for former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty in Indianapolis. A man has been charged in the killing of Beaty in downtown Indianapolis in May during unrest following the death of George Floyd, prosecutors said Thursday Dec. 3, 2020. Marcus Anderson has been charged with murder, felony murder, robbery and pointing a firearm for his suspected role in the death of Beaty and three downtown robberies, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said.Michael Conroy/AP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man has been charged in the killing of former Indiana University football player and businessman Chris Beaty in downtown Indianapolis in May during unrest following the death of George Floyd, prosecutors said Thursday.

Marcus Anderson has been charged with murder, felony murder, robbery and

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Man City midfielder provides major hint on his future during interview

Manchester City legend Fernandinho has further spoken out about his increasingly likely exit from the club next summer, saying “to finish my Manchester City journey winning the Champions League would be the dream”.

The Brazilian went on to say, “It is important for humans to have dreams, we get out of bed every day with goals, and my goal is to win the Champions League at the of end my career with Manchester City.”

Clearly suggesting that this is his indeed final season in Manchester, Fernandinho has assumed the role as club captain following David Silva’s transfer to Real Sociedad over the summer.

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Fernandinho, now 35 years-old, was recently reported to not be expecting a contract renewal next summer when his contract is due to expire. It is believed that several clubs in his native Brazil are eager to land a deal with the midfielder, whilst

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Man Utd’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rues missed chances in Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue missed opportunities as Manchester United failed to take the chance to book their place in the Champions League last 16.

Two goals from Neymar either side of Marquinhos’ third Champions League goal since the competition resumed in August handed Paris Saint-Germain a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

In a thrilling contest, Marcus Rashford had cancelled out Neymar’s opener, with the forward scoring for a third straight Champions League match against PSG, becoming only the second Englishman to net six goals in a group-stage campaign, behind Tottenham star Harry Kane.

Rashford’s strike, which took a wicked deflection off Danilo Pereira, was one of 12 attempts United managed in total – one less than PSG’s tally – though the hosts could only get five on target.

Anthony Martial was guilty of a glaring miss early in the second half before PSG’s record goalscorer Edinson Cavani

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“We earned our luck today by hard work, by good mentality,” Tuchel said. “It’s not the most easy time for us. We don’t play at the highest level.”

The visitors did at the start in Manchester when Kylian Mbappé’s deflected shot bounced into the path of Neymar to score from the near post.

It took David de Gea’s save, palming away Alessandro Florenzi’s shot, to prevent the deficit from growing bigger for United.

Good fortune came in the form of Fred not being sent off for pushing his head toward Leandro Paredes, despite a VAR review.

“To give a yellow card I was very surprised,” Tuchel said. “It says he touched him but not hard enough for a red card?”

After the reprieve, United drew level when Anthony Martial’s shot was parried by Kaylor Navas and Rashford’s strike deflected off Danilo past the goalkeeper for his sixth goal in five

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A basketball mile? Yes, it’s a thing and this Connecticut man now holds the world record.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Max Aronow grew up playing basketball in West Hartford. He also ran for his Hall High cross-country and track teams.



a woman standing in front of a football ball: Max Aronow of West Hartford has broken the world basketball mile record.


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Max Aronow of West Hartford has broken the world basketball mile record.

His younger brother told him a few weeks ago about a “basketball mile” — apparently this was a thing and people were setting the world record for it this summer, with not much else to do due to COVID-19. Maybe Max could do it.

So Aronow, who has been running with the Hartbeat Track Club and ran a 4:19 mile this summer, took out his basketball and ran over to the Hall track, where he ran a couple of laps while dribbling and thought he could probably do it.

Saturday, he became the unofficial world record holder in the men’s basketball mile, finishing in 4:30.38, breaking the previous record of 4:33.73

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Man City confirmed as being ‘very interested’ in Bundesliga striker

Manchester City are ‘very interested‘ in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, and began their search for a new forward last summer, according to the latest reports.

The Norwegian international is one of the most in-demand prospects in the game at present, and with a staggeringly low release clause for a player of his quality set to become valid from the summer of 2022, many clubs are unsurprisingly monitoring the situation of the player.

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One of those clubs is Manchester City, with the Head of Football for BILD, Christian Falk, stating on the latest episode of Fabrizio Romano’s Here We Go Podcast that Pep Guardiola’s side are ‘very interested‘ in the 20-year-old.

In fact, Falk goes on to suggest that Manchester City’s search for a new striker was actually underway last summer, with reports from the Telegraph stating that Inter forward Romelu Lukaku was one

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Man City captain hails Gabriel Jesus as a ‘game changer’, after the 0-0 draw with Porto

A goalless draw at FC Porto saw Manchester City secure top spot in Group C of their Champions League campaign, just a week after sealing a place in the last-16 of Europe’s premier competition.

Pep Guardiola’s men managed to keep a clean sheet for the fourth consecutive game in European competition. Following the match, club captain Fernandinho shared his thoughts on the team’s performance.

The Brazilian midfielder hailed fellow countryman, Gabriel Jesus for his passion and credited the 23-year-old striker for “changing the game”. He went on to highlight that the promising young forward is always alert inside the box, which speaks volumes about his quality.

Speaking with BT Sport after the match, Fernandinho said of Jesus, “Always he has been [alert], strikers always should be alert in the box, and he showed his quality. Unfortunately it was offside, but I’m glad for him because he changed

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Former Utah Big Man Andrew Bogut Officially Retires From Basketball

After an illustrious 15-year career in professional basketball, former Utah-great and No. 1 pick of the 2004 NBA draft Andrew Bogut has announced that he is retiring from professional basketball.

When the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the 2020 Summer Olympics to 2021, Bogut wasn’t not sure if his body could take another year of training and discipline to play in those games. As it was, he was already sitting at home in Australia and spending his time with his sons Luka, 3, and Nikola, 2, and his wife Jessica.

After mulling over retirement talk for the better part of six months, Bogut made the announcement official on his “Rogue Bogues” podcast.

“The decision that I made and where I will be signing for next season is absolutely nowhere. I’ll be retiring from professional basketball effective immediately,” Bogut said. “We’re in late November, early December. I would have made this decision earlier

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Ex Man City defender Otamendi apologises to Benfica fans after several mistakes

Nicolas Otamendi has apologised to Benfica fans for the mistakes he has made since his arrival in the summer from Manchester City.

The Argentina international posted an apology on Instagram after his latest error resulted in Maritimo’s goal during their league clash on Monday.

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The defender’s poor back-pass was intercepted by Rodrigo Pinho, who beat Benfica goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos.

Benfica went on to the win the game 2-1 but after the encounter, Otamendi wrote: “Sorry and thanks are the words I take at the end of this game.

“I’m sorry to all Benfica fans for this start and thank you … thanks to my teammates who are always with me and who supported me from the first to the last minute. I will work even harder to improve.”

After five seasons at

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