• AFCON 2017: Mahrez's Algeria on brink of early exit

    AFCON 2017: Mahrez's Algeria on brink of early exit

    (CNN)The likes of Algeria and Tunisia have endured something of a dry spell in recent years, with no team from north of the Sahara reaching the Africa Cup of Nations semifinal since Egypt lifted the trophy in 2010. On the evidence of Thursday's North African Derby -- billed as must-win for both sides -- that barren run doesn't look any closer to ending for Algeria. Few in this tournament can boast star names on the level of Yacine Brahimi, Islam Slimani and CAF African Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez, but it has now been almost three decades since the Desert Warriors' solitary AFCON title back in 1990 on home soil. This is Algeria's seventeenth AFCON appearance, the same as three-time winner

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    Soccer-Is racism legal in France? - asks Balotelli

    A furious Mario Balotelli asked fans if racism was "legal in France" after the Nice striker accused Bastia fans of abusing him during his team's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw on Friday. "Yesterday the result against Bastia was right... we will work more and try to get our objective.. the referee was good too but I have a question for French people... Is it normal that Bastia supporters make monkey noise and "uh uh" for the whole game and no one of the "commissions discipline" say nothing?," Balotelli, on loan from Liverpool this season, wrote. "So is racism LEGAL in France?

  • Guardiola has “said goodbye to title”; praises Spurs, Pochettino

    Guardiola has “said goodbye to title”; praises Spurs, Pochettino

    Ahead of Manchester City’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) Pep Guardiola has no hopes of his team winning the Premier League title this season. [ STREAM: Every PL game live ]  Guardiola, 46, looked dejected after City’s 4-0 defeat at Everton last weekend — his heaviest league defeat as a manager — and with City losing five games already this season and trailing league leaders Chelsea by 10 points, he reiterated his belief that any title chances are over. Speaking to the media against of the clash with Mauricio Pochettino‘s in-form Spurs, Guardiola has given up on winning the PL trophy. “We already said goodbye to