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Giorgio Chinaglia was fond of saying that his head was as strong as the marble produced in his birthplace of Carrara, in Tuscany, but the goalscoring prowess that earned him the centre-forward's role for Italy in the 1974 World Cup, as well as making him a prolific marksman for Lazio and alongside Pele at New York Cosmos, had inauspicious beginnings on the playing fields of South Wales.

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A student who mocked soccer star Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after he collapsed with a heart attack lost his appeal against a 56-day jail term today.

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As if Scotland, who have lost all three of their Six Nations games, did not have enough on their plate ahead of tomorrow's visit to Dublin, the Inter-national Rugby Board served up more misery yesterday by ruling against the London Irish midfielder Steve Shingler's bid to play for them.

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National anthems will not be played at Sunday's Carling Cup final between Liverpool and Cardiff, the Football League have confirmed.

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