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Interpol puts two ex-FIFA officials on "red notice" wanted l ...

ZURICH: Interpol put two top former FIFA officials on its "red notice" wanted list at the request of U.S. authorities on Wednesday as their investigation into corruption at soccer's governing body gathered pace. The move by the international police body came the day after FIFA President Sepp Blatter stunned world soccer by resigning shortly before it emerged that he was also under investigation by U.S. law enforcement. A source close to FIFA said Blatter's advisers had told him he must reverse course and quit. Critics pointed to the widening criminal probe, disquiet among sponsors...
Published On: 2015-06-03

Ajmal dropped from Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka tests

Pakistan have dropped off-spinner Saeed Ajmal from their squad for the three-test series against Sri Lanka this month and have recalled opening batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and Shan Masood. The 37-year-old Ajmal, once Pakistan's most potent wicket-taker, has struggled since returning to international cricket from a ban for an illegal bowling action. He was ineffective in the limited-overs series against Bangladesh before he was left out of the team for the subsequent two-test series. Shehzad and Masood were left out of the test series in Bangladesh, which Pakistan won 1-0. ADVERTISING Fast bowle...
Published On: 2015-06-03

French soccer boss says FIFA needs European chief‚ Platini best ...

PARIS: A European candidate would be best placed to replace Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA, French soccer federation president Noel Le Graet said on Wednesday, adding that UEFA boss Michel Platini was his favourite for the post. Blatter rocked the world of soccer on Tuesday by unexpectedly announcing he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation. "I think that tomorrow ... we need a European candidate because the European governing body is undoubtedly the best organised and the one that best respects the law," Le Graet told i-Tele television. Le Grae...
Published On: 2015-06-03

South Africa again rejects 2010 World Cup bribe allegations

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa have again denied that a payment of $10 million to former FIFA vice president Jack Warner during their successful bid for the 2010 World Cup was a bribe. Sports minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday told a news conference that neither South Africa's government nor the 2010 World Cup bid and organising committee bought votes for the right to host the finals. It follows last week’s indictment filed by U.S. prosecutors that alleges world soccer's governing body paid the sum to the Caribbean Football Union, headed by Warner. FIFA's issued a statement on Tuesday ...
Published On: 2015-06-03

Benitez named Real coach for next three seasons

MADRID: Rafa Benitez has been appointed Real Madrid coach for the next three seasons, taking on one of the most demanding jobs in club soccer and one in which he will be expected to deliver major trophies in short order. Spaniard Benitez, 55, quit Napoli last week and takes over from Italian Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked after a campaign when Real failed to either defend their Champions League crown or win the domestic league or Cup. A former Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Chelsea manager, Benitez began his coaching career in Real's youth academy in 1986 after injury ended his hopes ...
Published On: 2015-06-03

Tsonga‚ Wawrinka prevail but Federer's gone with the wind

PARIS: Swirling winds caused mayhem and chaos at Roland Garros on Tuesday but Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka emerged unscathed to set up a French Open semi-final. On a day when Wawrinka would have hoped to bask in the glory of beating his celebrated rival Roger Federer 6-4 6-3 7-6(4) for the first time on a grand slam stage, it was a freak accident that set the claycourt major abuzz. Tsonga had whipped the delirious Court Philippe Chatrier crowd into a frenzy as he charged into a 6-1 5-2 lead against Japan's Kei Nishikori when piercing screams were suddenly heard from high up in the st...
Published On: 2015-06-03

Ivanovic in semis‚ Federer out

PARIS: Ana Ivanovic reached her first Grand Slam semi-final in seven years on Tuesday when she defeated Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2 at the French Open. The seventh-seeded Serb, who last made the semis of a major on her way to her only Grand Slam title in Paris in 2008, will face Czech 13th seed Lucie Safarova, who reached the French Open semi-finals for the first time with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 win over Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. In men’s section, Stanislas Wawrinka trumped fellow Swiss Roger Federer at a grand slam for the first time with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4) victory in th...
Published On: 2015-06-03

Chelsea edge past Sydney

SYDNEY : English Premier League champions Chelsea dazzled a capacity crowd at the Sydney Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, with a spectacular Loic Remy strike delivering a 1-0 win over Sydney FC. Team boss Jose Mourinho promised a committed performance in Chelsea’s first game in Australia for 41 years. And his team delivered with plenty of attacking zest and star playmaker Eden Hazard at the heart of the action. Frenchman Remy thundered home the winner in the 30th minute but was denied a second when his cracking effort was cleared off the line midway through the second half. It was Chelsea&rs...
Published On: 2015-06-03

Black Caps clinch series-levelling victory

LEEDS: New Zealand bowled with fire and fielded superbly to crush England by 199 runs in the second Test here at the Headingley on Tuesday and level a gripping two-match series at 1-1. The hosts — chasing a record 455 to win the match and series — were bowled out for 255 runs on the final day, only defiant fifties from Alastair Cook and Jos Buttler holding up the New Zealanders who sealed their fifth Test victory in England. The hosts had resumed on 44 without loss and Adam Lyth failed to add to his overnight score of 24, feathering a swinging ball from paceman Trent Boult throug...
Published On: 2015-06-03

Shastri interim India coach for tour of Bangladesh

NEW DELHI: Former captain Ravi Shastri was on Tuesday named India’s interim coach for next week’s tour of Bangladesh after officials failed to appoint a full-time successor to Duncan Fletcher. Zimbabwean Fletcher’s four-year term ended after the recent World Cup in Australia and New Zealand where Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s defending champions were ousted in the semi-finals. Shastri, who was the team director on the bilateral tour of Australia and the World Cup, was announced as a stop-gap arrangement for the short visit to Bangladesh to play one Test and three one-day inte...
Published On: 2015-06-03