Luis named coach
RAMAT GAN: Former French international Luis Fernandez was on Sunday named Israel’s new national coach with the task of guiding the country to the Euro 2012 finals. "I am very happy to return to Israel," said the 50-year-old Fernandez, who was coach of Israeli club side Betar Jerusalem in 2005-2006. Fernandez, who played 60 times for France and was a member of the side that won the 1984 European Championship title, coached Paris Saint Germain to the 1996 Cup Winners Cup, and was also in charge of Spanish sides Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol.
NEW YORK: Kenya’s Peter Kamais won the New York City Half Marathon on Sunday pulling away on the final mile of a race in which marathon world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie dropped out. Kamais finished the 13.1 miles in 59 minutes, 53 seconds while Moses Kigen Kipkosgei of Kenya placed second in 1:00.39 seconds and Mohamed Trafeh of the US was third in 1:00:40. Gebrselassie of Ethiopia pulled out because of a cold and asthma. It marked the first loss in five career races in the United States for Gebrselassie.
A version of this article appears in print on March 22, 2010 of The Himalayan Times.