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Thailand releases refugee Bahraini footballer


Thailand on Monday freed a jailed refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia, after Bahrain abandoned its bid to seek his extradition, and immigration officials said he was immediately driven to the airport.

Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November last year at a Bangkok airport while on a honeymoon trip, following an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.

However, the Middle East nation has withdrawn the request, prompting a Thai court to approve a motion by prosecutors to drop the case against the footballer, Thai officials said. "There are no grounds to hold him anymore. It is his right to decide where he will go next. He is a free man," said Chatchom Akapin, an official in the Thai Attorney-General's office.                

It felt like Sir Alex was back, Young says of Ole's arrival


Ashley Young has claimed he feels like Sir Alex Ferguson is back at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

Since Solksjaer took over in December, the Old Trafford club are unbeaten in 11 games as he has reintroduced the 'United Way' missing under Jose Mourinho. And Young said: "When Ole arrived, in a certain way, I almost had the feeling that Sir Alex had returned because he was accompanied by Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick. But also because Ole knows exactly what it means to play for this club. He is at the same time obsessed by victory and wanting his players to express themselves, like Sir Alex."            

Brazil miss out on U-20 World Cup

Brazil beat Argentina 1-0 on the final day of the South American under-20 championship on Sunday but the result was no good for either side as Ecuador pipped Argentina to the title with Brazil ending outside the qualifying spots for this year's World Cup.

Uruguay and Colombia will join Ecuador, who won their maiden title, and Argentina in the finals of the biennial event that kicks off in Poland in May.

Wari make winning start in Championship League

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Wari Club began their Bangladesh Championship League campaign on a winning note with a 1-0 victory against Victoria SC at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Nokrek scored the decisive goal for Wari Club in the 39th minute.             

Ronaldo scores again as Juve go 11 clear


Cristiano Ronaldo headed in his 18th league goal this season as Juventus bounced back from last week's stalemate to soar to an 11-point lead in Serie A on Sunday with a 3-0 win at Sassuolo.

Ronaldo proved decisive, scoring after 70 minutes as Sami Khedira found the net first in Modena with fellow German Emre Can slotting in the third four minutes from time. The Serie A champions had been held by Parma last week despite the Portugese forward's double.

Now they have left second-placed Napoli trailing after Carlo Ancelotti's side were held to a goalless draw at Fiorentina on Saturday.

Paulo Dybala again started on the bench, coming on late to help set up the third goal, with coach Massimiliano Allegri saying he needed to find the right balance.       

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