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In the world of football, the Football Association has defended their decision to scrap the FA Cup replays after the League Two club Tranmere called it a disrespectful decision. The German manager, Julian Naglesmann has signed a contract extension to manage the national team until after the FIFA World Cup 2026. Dommaraju Gukesh has rejoined the lead of the Candidates Chess 2024 tournament alongside Ian Nepomniachtchi and Hikaru Nakamura with two rounds remaining.

Read below to learn details about these top stories and other happenings in the sporting world in the last 24 hours.


The Football Association defends its decision to scrap FA Cup replays

After the League Two club Tranmere spoke about the Football Association and the Premier League showing a total lack of respect in regard to scrapping the FA Cup replays, the English football governing body defended their decision. The FA said in a statement that the discussion on the matter had been going on for more than a year, and remarked, “Removing Emirates FA Cup replays was discussed in the early meetings and all parties accepted that they could not continue.”

Julian Nagelsmann signs contract extension to stay manager of German national football team

The Germany manager Julian Nagelsmann has signed a contract extension with the DFB to stay in the role until after the FIFA World Cup 2026, and said, “This is a decision from the heart. It is a great honour to coach the national team.” The 36-year-old was appointed as the successor of Hansi Flick in September of 2023, and he had signed a contract to stay in charge of the German national football team until July after the nation hosted the UEFA Euro 2024.

Jamal Musiala emerges as top target for Manchester City for summer: Reports

Jamal Musiala, the Bayern Munich forward is reportedly emerging as the top target for Manchester City to bring into the mix in the upcoming summer transfer window, as per the Guardian. It has been stated that Pep Guardiola wants more attacking options for the next season, which is why signing the German player is a big priority for the club.

Newcastle scout Conor Gallagher for potential move in summer: Reports

Newcastle are reportedly scouting the Chelsea midfielder, Conor Gallagher, for a potential move in the summer, as per the Chronicle. It has been revealed that a Toon scout was at Stamford Bridge to witness Conor Gallagher during Chelsea’s recent 4-3 win over Manchester United in the Premier League.

Some major results in football are as under:

UEFA Europa League QFs 2023-24

Atalanta 0-1 (3-1) Liverpool

Marseille 1-0 (2-2) Benfica, Marseille win 4-2 on penalties

Roma 2-1 (3-1) AC Milan

West Ham 1-1 (1-3) Bayer Leverkusen


Stefanos Tsitsipas enters Barcelona Open quarter-final

After winning the Monte Carlo Masters, the Greek tennis player, Stefanos Tsitsipas, has entered the quarter-final stage of the Barcelona Open after a straight sets win over Roberto Carbelles Baena of Spain 7-5, 6-3 in the round of 16. The 25-year-old is set to play against the Argentinian Facunda Diaz Acosta in the quarter-final at the Pista Rafa Nadal court to enter yet another final four of an ATP event.

Emma Raducanu sets up quarter-final clash against Iga Swiatek at Stuttgart Open

The British tennis star, Emma Raducana, played exceptionally well against the Czech Linda Noskova in the round of 16 of the Stuttgart Open, defeating her 6-0, 7-5, to set up a quarter-final clash against the world number one player, Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old will have to face the defending champion from Poland, who had disposed of Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-4 in her round of 16 match.


Lando Norris takes pole position for sprint race at Chinese Grand Prix

The McLaren driver, Lando Norris, has taken the pole position for the sprint race at the Chinese Grand Prix after keeping the likes of Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes and Fernando Alonso from Aston Martin behind him in a hectic wet qualifying session. The defending F1 world champion, Max Verstappen from the Red Bull, made driver errors on two laps in the qualifying session before managing to sneak into fourth place at the end.


D Gukesh rejoins Candidates Chess 2024 lead alongside Ian Nepomniachtchi, Hikaru Nakamura

Following the end of the 12th round action at the Candidates Chess 2024 tournament, the Indian grandmaster, Dommaraju Gukesh has rejoined the lead with 7.5 points alongside the Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi and the American Hikaru Nakamura with two rounds remaining. The 17-year-old got the better of the Azerbaijani Nijat Abasov in a quality endgame performance to stay in the race to secure the victory in the tournament.