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Ranieri sacked as Leicester board starts to panic over relegation threat

LONDON: Just when Claudio Ranieri thought he might be turning the corner, the Premier League title-winning manager was sacked by Leicester City. With the Foxes hovering just one point above the relegation zone, the Italian was relieved of his duties after the team returned home ...
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African FAs decide they want at least 10 places at expanded World Cup

CAIRO: Africa is looking to double the number of World Cup places it receives for the expanded 2026 World Cup. The continent currently receives five places in the 32-team tournament, and wants five of the 16 new positions for the 48-team 2026 edition. An African ...
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League Cup finalists Southampton now subject to new Chinese pursuit

LONDON: Southampton, League Cup finalists against Manchester United on Sunday, have become the centre of an auction between rival Chinese bidders. A consortium including materials giant Amer International and CITIC Securities is reported to be preparing a £250m bid for 100pc of the club. Earlier ...
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Eckert and Borbely: men who brought down Blatter

FIFA in danger . . . as speculation mounts over threat to Eckert and Borbely

KEIR RADNEDGE COMMENTARY —- Gianni Infantino was elected president of FIFA one year ago on Sunday (February 26) on a promise to restore the world federation’s collapsed credibility (while simultaneously throwing lots more money around). Yet, if whispers in Switzerland are to be believed he ...
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. . . and the one-year anniversary view from the president of FIFA

ZURICH: To everyone who cares about football, This is not a celebratory letter. After all, nearly two years ago, FIFA seemed to have reached rock bottom. I am under no illusions: by the time I took over, the institution was unlikely to go anywhere but uphill ...
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Tokyo city ready to weigh in with cash help for temporary stagings in 2020

TOKYO: The governor of the 2020 Olympics host city has said Tokyo is prepared, after all, to consider sharing the costs of temporary facilities both in and outside the Japanese capital for the summer Games. Yuriko Koike was addressing the opening day of a metropolitan ...
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Kohli sets another record with £12m eight-year Puma sponsorship

NEW DELHI: Indian cricket captain and star batsman Virat Kohli has signed a record eight-year sponsorship deal with sportswear giant Puma. The deal makes him the first Indian sportsman to sign an endorsement deal with a single brand worth more than Rs. 100 [£13m]. He ...
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England decide Joseph is not wanted for Six Nations clash with Italy

LONDON: Centre Jonathan Joseph has been left out of England’s rugby union ahead of of the Six Nations match against Italy on Sunday. Joseph, 25, has played in all 15 Tests under Eddie Jones but is back with Bath after being cut from a 24-man squad. ...
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