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Inside Ajax's dream factory: How de Jong & de Ligt became superstars

Losing a superstar isn't a make-or-break moment for Ajax. In fact, it's by design. We go inside the club to see how the dream factory works.

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Barca sign De Jong from Ajax, joins in summer

Frenkie de Jong had been a target for a number of top clubs across Europe such as Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

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Ramsey better off leaving Arsenal - Giggs

Ryan Giggs has told ESPN FC that Aaron Ramsey's proposed move to Juventus from Arsenal will take the midfielder out of his "comfort zone."

Sources: Barca's Suarez move to Arsenal stalls

Denis Suarez looks set to remain at Barcelona until the end of the season after talks over a move to Arsenal broke down, sources told ESPN FC.


From Ontario to the NBA: How Jamal Murray was raised to be a star

The Denver Nuggets guard has been fighting his whole life to be exactly where he is today -- at the core of a surprise upstart battling the Warriors for Western Conference supremacy.

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Lowe: Biggest All-Star debates, and 12 picks for each conference

Zach Lowe gets into the big All-Star debates -- Russ, Luka, how many stars on contenders? -- and reveals his final ballot.

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George drops 36, snags 5 steals in win vs. Blazers

Paul George scores 36 points and collects five steals in the Thunder's 123-114 win over the Blazers.


Doncic comes up clutch in Mavs' win

Luka Doncic drops 17 points, including a late jumper to seal the win for the Mavericks in a 106-98 win over the Clippers.


Towns goes off in Timberwolves' win

Karl-Anthony Towns leads the Timberwolves to 118-91 win vs. the Suns with 25 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists.



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Missing Sala survival hopes 'slim' - police

The French Civil Aviation Authority has said Cardiff City's Emiliano Sala was aboard a small passenger plane that is missing.


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Fantasy Rugby 2019: Who were the best performers from the 2018 Six Nations?

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