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GUARDIAN – Theo Walcott’s toils loom large in Raheem Sterling contract stand-off | Paul Wilson

The Liverpool and Arsenal players are both negotiating with their clubs and Walcott’s lack of fulfilment is a sign of what can happen to youthful potential• Sterling rejects ‘money-grabbing’ accusationsRaheem Sterling and Theo Walcott face each other at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday after briefly meeting up with England last week. Internationals will now take a back seat until the end of the season but the contract negotiations between Sterling and Walcott and their respective clubs will continue to dominate the back pages, with the latest escalation an interview the Liverpool forward gave to the BBC.Sterling and Walcott appear to have arrived at crossroads in their careers, although there the similarities end. Perhaps the crucial difference is age. Walcott, 26, is six years older than Sterling and has not used that six years to confirm his youthful promise. Related: Raheem Sterling insists he is not ‘a money-grabbing 20-year-old’ Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Happiness lies with Liverpool for Nigerian superstar Asisat Oshoala

Having won a slew of awards in Africa, Oshoala brings talent and ambition to accompany her trailblazing position as the first African to play in the Women’s Super League which begins this week• Wembley to host women’s FA Cup final for the first time• Eniola Aluko and co need help if England are to light up World Cup• England beat Canada to win Cyprus Cup final for third timeWhen Asisat Oshoala signed for Liverpool Ladies, the first African footballer to join the FA Women’s Super League, the story was not just huge in Nigeria but all over Africa. The 20-year-old Super Falcons striker laden with awards and accolades – from the Africa player of the year, to winner of the golden boot and player of the tournament at the Under-20 World Cup – had a sensational 2014. It included winning the Africa Cup of Nations, and narrowly missing out on the U20 World title. No wonder Liverpool’s manager, Matt Beard, was keen to sign her.“The transfer made big headlines,” Oshoala says. “I never thought it would be as big a deal as that. When the news broke it went all over the African countries, I had journalists trying to contact me from all over.” Continue reading…

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