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British football clubs out to impress after opening stalemates PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

AFP, PARIS - Arsenal, embarrassed by newly-promoted Hull City in the Premier League at the weekend, are out to put that rare reverse to their impressive start to the season behind them against FC Porto on Tuesday.

The Gunners, beaten finalists in 2006, needed a late William Gallas equaliser to eke out an unconvincing 1-1 draw against Dynamo Kiev in their Group G opener.
 
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Ramos stays calm over job future PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

Spurs boss Juande Ramos insists his job is not under threat after the club's worst start to a season for 53 years, reports BBC.

But following his side's 2-0 defeat by Portsmouth, which has left them with just two points from six games, Ramos admitted he faces an uncertain future.
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Everton launch Cahill appeal PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

AFP, LIVERPOOL, England - Everton on Monday launched an appeal over Australia midfielder Tim Cahill's red card against Liverpool.

Cahill was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Xabi Alonso in the 80th minute of the 2-0 derby defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday.
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Espanyol to protest incidents at Barca match PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

AFP, MADRID- Espanyol plan to make an official protest over the "anti-sporting" behaviour of some Barcelona players during incidents in the derby match at the weekend.

"We will inform the national anti-violence commission of the behaviour of some Barca players" during Saturday's match, which Barcelona won 2-1, a spokesman for Espanyol, Xavi Andreu, told AFP Monday.
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Symonds to captain Queensland Bulls for first time PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

REUTERS, BRISBANEAndrew Symonds will take another step along the way to regaining his place in the Australian team when he captains Queensland for the first time on Tuesday.

Symonds, who was dumped from the Australian team's tour of India for disciplinary reasons, will lead the Queensland Bulls against an Indian Twenty20 team.
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England name squad for India Tests PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2008

AFP

Having already drawn the sting from their latest squad announcement by announcing that Michael Vaughan would be excluded from the Test team for India the England selectors have settled the one remaining question - who would take Vaughan's place - in favour of Owais Shah. Shah was competing against Ravi Bopara for the final batting spot in the squad.

England will play two Tests in India after the conclusion of a seven match one-day series.

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I'm victim of selectors' wrath PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Khaled Mashud reveals

Staff Correspondent

Former captain Khaled Mashud Pilot On Monday said he retired from international cricket after falling out of favour with the selectors.

Mashud said he had a strong desire to end his 13-year long international career by appearing for Bangladesh for one last time and he had waited long for a recall.
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Australia await security update after New Delhi blast PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008

REUTERS, MUMBAI- The touring Australian team said they were awaiting a security update from Cricket Australia (CA) after a bomb blast killed a boy and wounded 22 others in a New Delhi marketplace on Saturday.

The Australians were playing a warm-up match against a local side in Jaipur when the incident occurred in the Indian capital, where the third test is to be staged.
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Pilot retires from international cricket PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008

Dhaka, Sept 28 (bdnews24.com) – Wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud Pilot has said adieu to international cricket as Bangladesh Cricket Board accepted a letter from the former Bangladesh captain on Sunday.

BCB officials met with the country's most successful wicketkeeper, and accepted his decision to retire with considerable regret, a BCB press release said.
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Uefa Cup given new name in revamp PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

The Uefa Cup is to be renamed the Uefa Europa League from next season, with the competition set to be extended, reports BBC.

The new-look league will have 48 clubs in 12 groups of four, with teams playing each other home and away as opposed to just once as it stands now.

The top two in each group then join the eight third-placed Champions League clubs in a 32-club knock-out stage.
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Euro championships to expand to 24 teams in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

AFP, BORDEAUX, France - The European football championships in 2016 will be expanded from 16 teams to 24, UEFA announced here on Friday.

The "historic" decision will hand a much greater chance for middle-ranked nations to make the final cut for European football's showpiece tournament, UEFA said.
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Newcastle appoint Kinnear as interim manager PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

The Guardian Online

Newcastle United have named Joe Kinnear as their interim manager until the end of October. Kinnear's appointment, which follows Terry Venables' decision to decline the post yesterday, marks an unexpected return to the game for the 61-year-old Dubliner, who has not managed since being sacked by Nottingham Forest in December 2004.

Kinnear immediately hinted his permanent replacement at the helm of the club could be a Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer 'dream ticket'.
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Hammers appeal hopes crushed in Tevez row PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

AFP, LONDON - West Ham's bid to avoid a 30-million-pound payout over the Carlos Tevez affair via an appeal to the Court of Arbritration for Sport (CAS) looks set to fail after the tribunal said it would be unable to consider the case.

CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb told the BBC on Friday that the Lausanne-based body could not issue a judgement because West Ham was the only party to the dispute asking for one.
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Haddin ready to step into the cauldron PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Australia in India 2008-09

Cricinfo.com

Brad Haddin, Australia's wicketkeeper, believes playing as a specialist batsman on last year's ODI tour of India will help him when he plays his first Tests there next month.

Haddin's only Test appearances so far have been in front of small numbers in the West Indies and the Indian crowds will be something else entirely.

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FIFA fine Croatia for racist abuse of England´s Heskey PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AFP, GENEVA - World football's ruling body FIFA on Thursday fined the Croatian Football Federation 30,000 Swiss francs after Croat fans racially abused England striker Emile Heskey during a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA warned that further infringements "would lead to more severe sanctions".

En route to an eventual 4-1 victory for England earlier this month, Heskey was taunted with monkey chants from a section of the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb when he was booked for fouling Niko Kovac.

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Man Utd relief over Pogatetz horror tackle PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AFP, MANCHESTER, England - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after learning that promising Brazilian teenager Rodrigo Possebon had not broken his leg, as first feared, after a horror challenge by Middlesbrough's Emanuel Pogatetz.

Adam Johnson equalised for Boro but late goals Ryan Giggs and Nani ensured United took advantage of Pogatetz's moment of madness.

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Newcastle & Spurs face crunch tie PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 September 2008

Newcastle and Tottenham are billing their Carling Cup third-round tie as a must-win game as the two Premier League strugglers look to get back to form, reports BBC.

Spurs prop up the table with Newcastle just above them after tough starts to the season on and off the pitch.
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LMA ´astonished´ by Platini attack on Wenger PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 September 2008

AFP, LONDON - England's League Managers' Association (LMA) said Wednesday it was "astonished and dismayed" by the recent verbal attacks on Arsene Wenger by UEFA president Michel Platini.

In an interview with the French daily newspaper the Dauphine Libere, former France captain Platini criticised his compatriot for having a business rather than a football mentality.
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Pogatetz tackle enrages Ferguson PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 September 2008

Sir Alex Ferguson vented his fury at Middlesbrough captain Emanuel Pogatetz after the defender's dismissal for a "terrible" tackle on Rodrigo Possebon, reports BBC.

Possebon, 19, was taken to hospital following the challenge in Manchester United's 3-1 Carling Cup win but has not broken his leg as was first feared.
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Zola resigned to cash-strapped future for Hammers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 September 2008

AFP, LONDON  - New West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has admitted he may not be allowed to strengthen his squad in January as the club faces up to a potential 30-million-pound bill for the Carlos Tevez affair.

According to media reports on Wednesday, the London club are contemplating an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over an FA-appointed independent tribunal's ruling that Tevez had been instrumental in keeping West Ham in the Premier League two seasons ago when he was not eligible to play for them.
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Ashraful denies ICL ties PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 September 2008

But admits having been approached

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful has brushed aside allegations that he pulled the strings behind the scenes to get eight top cricketers to join the breakaway Indian Cricket League.

He, however, admits being the first man to have been approached and that he declined the offer.
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