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FIFA gives Ghana deadline to end govt interference

ACCRA: FIFA gave Ghana three days to end government interference in soccer or its national federation will be referred to its emergency committee and possibly banned from international competition. FIFA said Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press that it was informed by the Ghana Football Association of a raid on the GFA headquarters …

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Capello tips Allardyce and Redknapp for England

LONDON: Fabio Capello reckons Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp are the current leading two candidates to replace him when he steps down as England manager in 2012. The Football Association (FA) have indicated they would like to replace Capello with an Englishman when the Italian’s contract ends after the European Championships. Tottenham Hotspur manager Redknapp …

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Arsenal won’t fear anyone, says Wenger

LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger vowed his team had nothing to fear after they advanced to the knockout phase of the Champions League and a likely showdown with one of European football’s heavyweights. A below-par Arsenal were made to work hard for a 3-1 victory over Partizan Belgrade on Wednesday, with Theo Walcott and Samir …

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Barakat out of Ittihad trip, trio back

CAIRO: Ahly will be without influential midfielder Mohamed Barakat when they face Ittihad in Alexandria on Friday, while three key players are fit again after injury. Manager Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi ‘Zizo’ named 18 players for the league clash, making a number of changes to the squad that travelled to Smouha last week. Veteran Barakat, who hardly …

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Bani Obeid players promised extraordinary bonus

CAIRO: Bani Obeid players have been promised multiplied bonuses if they beat Zamalek in the Egyptian Cup round of 32 tie on Friday. The second-tier side visit the Premier League leaders in Cairo hoping to repeat their earth-shattering 1-0 victory two years ago. “Every player will get a total of LE 55,000 if we win …

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Gaultier’s pain brings Shabana’s survival

AL KHOBAR: Titleholder Amr Shabana came back from the brink of likely quarter-final defeat in the World Open as Gregory Gaultier’s hopes ended in pain, tears, noisy controversy, and a damaged hamstring here on Wednesday. The great Egyptian was three times within one blow of going two games down against the gifted Frenchman before Gaultier, …

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Squash world champion Shabana slams promoters

AL KHOBAR: World champion Amr Shabana has hit out at promoters on the Pro Squash Tour, claiming they have contributed to the spate of injuries at this week’s World Open. The Egyptian believes tough playing schedules around the world circuit are partly responsible for the premature exit of his two best known compatriots, world number …

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Ahly youth beat Zamalek

CAIRO: Ahly’s U-20s grabbed a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over bitter rivals Zamalek in crowd-less youth league match on Tuesday. Striker Abdul-Rahman Ahmed scored the only goal of the game after 30 minutes at Helmi Zamora Stadium. The match featured a number of first-team players at both ends, with Osama Hosni starting for Ahly before being …

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Al-Badri wants Al-Hadari at Merreikh

CAIRO: Essam Al-Hadari claims that newly-hired Merreikh manager Hossam Al-Badri is keen to sign him from Zamalek, who are more than willing to listen to the offer from Sudan. Despite playing down the Merreikh link last week, Al-Hadari said on his personal website on Tuesday that officials from Sudan have arrived in Cairo to talk …

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Zaki may require knee surgery

CAIRO: Zamalek striker Amr Zaki could be forced to go under the knife in order to treat a nagging knee injury, club doctor Mostafa Al-Monayeri revealed. The Egypt striker is currently in Germany for a rehabilitation program that could last for up to three weeks. However, should he remain struggling after the rehab, the 27-year-old …

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Squash: Darwish optimistic of repeating heroics

AL-KHOBAR: Karim Darwish, who caused a surprise by snatching the season-end number one ranking while winning the Saudi International on this court two years ago, signaled his belief he can win the World Open on it this week. The 29-year-old from Cairo did that by on Tuesday reaching the quarter-finals with an unexpectedly emphatic 11-4, …

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Zamalek football director denies Flavio talks

CAIRO: Zamalek’s football director Ibrahim Hassan denied that the Cairo giants sought to sign former Ahly star Flavio. Flavio’s agent Nader Shawki hinted on Sunday that the Angolan striker could move to Zamalek on loan when the transfer window re-opens in January. But a day later, Hassan said the White Knights have never contacted neither …

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Zamalek fined for ‘inappropriate’ fans celebrations

CAIRO: Zamalek have been fined LE 15,000 for their fans’ celebrations in the hard-fought 4-3 league win over Ittihad in Cairo last week. The competition committee, affiliated to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), handed the White Knights a LE 5,000 fine because a number of fans ‘invaded the pitch’ after the winner. Another LE 10,000 …

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Close-shave Shabana begins title defense in style

By Richard Eaton / AFP AL KHOBAR: Amr Shabana began the defense of his World Open title with a familiar clean sweep in three games and a clean pate for the first time in his life. The four-time champion from Egypt was content with his performance during a well-paced 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 win over Chris Simpson, …

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Qatar puts Middle East football on map: official

  DOHA: Qatar, the tiny energy-rich Gulf Arab country that was picked on Thursday to host the 2022 World Cup, has placed Middle East football "on the world map," the head of its Olympic Committee said. Thousands of people converged on the corniche and other public areas in Doha in an outburst of joy after …

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Maradona finds another team he’d like to coach

BUENOS AIRES: Diego Maradona has found another job he’d like — coach of Boca Juniors. Almost five months after being released as Argentina coach, Maradona said he like to lead Boca Juniors, the Buenos Aires club where he became a star. The favorite to take over Boca is Banfield coach Julio Cesar Falcioni, but Maradona …

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World Cup losers cry foul

ZURICH: Defeated World Cup hopefuls vented their anger Friday over FIFA’s decision to name Russia and Qatar as the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups after a bitter bidding war tainted by corruption claims. As the questions were asked over how Russia would pay for the tournament and how teams would fare in …

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Qatar: From desert longshot to 2022 World Cup host

DOHA: It seemed a longshot at best when Qatar announced it was bidding for the World Cup. After all, the desert nation is located in one of the most volatile parts of the world. Temperatures soar to 48 degrees C (118 degrees F) in the summer. Entertainment for the most part begins and ends at …

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History made as World Cup heads to Qatar

ZURICH: Qatar on Thursday shrugged off fears of searing summer heat to become the first Arab, Middle Eastern or Muslim country to be awarded the right to stage football’s World Cup. The young bid team successfully swayed FIFA’s ageing grandees with promises of a glitzy, compact and carbon-neutral World Cup that will be held in …

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Yasser needs surgery: Zamalek doctor

CAIRO: Hussein Yasser needs to go under the knife in order to repair a dislocated shoulder despite insisting not to do so, according to Zamalek doctot Mostafa Al-Monayeri. The Qatar forward was injured in a Gulf Cup of Nations match with Saudi Arabia and was ruled out for up to three weeks. But the 28-year-old …

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Renard reveals ‘decisive’ stage in Ahly talks

CAIRO: Ahly-bound coach Herve Renard indicated that the Egyptian champions have the ball in their court as he hopes to take the team’s hot seat. The Frenchman has been admittedly linked with the job as Ahly are looking for an overseas manager to succeed interim boss Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi ‘Zizo’. "Talks are ongoing and we are …

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Ashour seeks record cash prize in Gulf’s squash World Open

AL KHOBAR: World number one Ramy Ashour will have the richest payday any squash player has ever had if he regains the World Open title this Thursday in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The brilliant Egyptian will earn $45,600 — part of a record-breaking $327,500 prize fund — in a tournament hosted by the largest Arab …

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Zamalek oppose Al-Hadari’s training with Hodoud

CAIRO: Zamalek have protested against Essam Al-Hadari’s decision to join Harras Hodoud’s training ahead of a proposed move in January. Al-Hadari joined Hodoud’s training this week after falling out with Zamalek manager Hossam Hassan, who doesn’t seem to be willing to offload his ex-Egypt teammate without a fight. “He cannot train with a rival team …

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Ahly missing another key player for Smouha game

CAIRO: Ahly defender Sherif Abdul-Fadil has been ruled out of Thursday’s league game at Smouha due to a groin injury, whereas striker Mohamed Fadl returns to the squad. The Egypt international joins keepers Sayed Moawad, Hossam Ashour, Shehab Ahmed, Francis Doe and long-term absentee Ahmed Hassan in the team’s long injury list. Goalkeepers Sherif Ekrami …

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Egyptian league to introduce doping tests

CAIRO: Doping tests for Egyptian Premier League players will take place starting from the second half of the season, the FA said on Tuesday. “Starting from the second half of the league season, random doping tests will be applied and samples will be sent abroad for analysis,” the FA statement read. The FA will explain …

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My relationship with Abou-Treika is intact: Al-Badri

CAIRO: Former Ahly coach Hossam Al-Badri reiterated that his relationship with Mohamed Abou-Trika is intact. Right before Al-Badri resigned as Ahly tactician, Egypt playmaker Abou-Trika, a cult figure at the Cairo club, released a controversial statement that suggested he didn’t get along with his then boss. "Honestly speaking, (Egypt coach Hassan) Shehata and (former Ahly …

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If Woods has answers, he’s keeping them to himself

By Jim Litke/ AP Over the course of a year, almost everything we knew about Tiger Woods has been turned on its head. He touched new lows, both personal and professional. He lost his wife, his aura, some fans, wheel barrows of cash and in a sense, every tournament he entered. Even his good name is …

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Murray, Federer advance to semis at ATP finals

LONDON: Roger Federer and Andy Murray easily secured spots in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday with straight-sets victories in their last round-robin matches. Federer continued his dominance over Robin Soderling, beating the Swede 7-6 (5), 6-3 to earn top spot in Group B of the season-ending tournament. Murray followed up …

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Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Two-time defending champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a foot injury. Tournament director Craig Tiley released a statement Thursday saying Williams had pulled out of the Hopman Cup international mixed teams competition in Perth and the Australian Open in January. It is the second consecutive Grand Slam tournament Williams …

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Japan beats UAE 1-0 in Asian Games finals

GUANGZHOU: Yuki Saneto scored midway through the second half and Japan repelled numerous attacking raids by the United Arab Emirates to secure its first Asian Games title 1-0 on Thursday. The young Japanese squad had been favored to win but was subdued for much of the match, depending on long balls and counterattacks to create …

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