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FA confirms two-week winter break for English soccer

Saturday, 2018-06-09 08:04:38
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Manchester United's Victor Lindelof in action with Arsenal's Danny Welbeck and Ainsley Maitland-Niles Action in Premier League. (Photo: Reuters)
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The English FA, Premier League and English Football League announced on Friday that they would implement a two-week, mid-season break in February from the 2019-20 season onwards. Premier League matches will still be played every weekend over the period, the FA said in a statement, with five games being held on the first weekend and five on the second.

* World number one Simona Halep will take on 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the French Open women's final on Saturday as she looks to win her maiden Grand Slam title in her fourth final. The duo have played each other seven times previously with Halep winning on five occasions including their last meeting at Roland Garros in 2014.

* Ghana football boss Kwesi Nyantakyi, a member of FIFA's decision-making Council, is under investigation for possible ethics violations and has been provisionally suspended for 90 days, the global soccer body said on Friday. The ban was imposed one day after the Ghanaian government dissolved the country's football association (GFA) after officials, including Nyantakyi, were shown in a documentary allegedly taking kickbacks.

* Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours list that was announced on Friday. Dalglish, 67, won three European Cups and six league titles as a Liverpool player and then managed the club in two spells.

* Red Bull's Max Verstappen, under pressure to clean up his act after a string of crashes and costly errors, kept his nose clean on Friday, clocking the fastest time in both free practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix. The young Dutchman clocked the best time of the day in the afternoon session, one minute, 12.198 seconds, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull team mate and Monaco Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo.