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FIFA: 126,837 World Cup tickets go in four hours in last sales phase

ZURICH: Within the first four hours of the opening of the last sales phase, 126,837 tickets were requested by football fans from around the world for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ via FIFA.com – 80,496 from Brazilians nationals (63.4pc) and 46,341 from international football fans. The ...
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We forgot we had to win World Cup war of words, says Brazilian Minister

PORTO ALEGRE: One of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s top advisers has admitted that the government had blundered in failing to “sell” the World Cup to its own people. Gilberto Carvalho, Minister in the presidency, office said in Porto Alegre – one of the World Cup ...
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Protesters stage new anti-World Cup demo near Opening Match stadium

SAO PAULO: Anti-World Cup protests have resumed in Sao Paulo which, at the start of June, will host FIFA Congress and the Opening Match of the 2014 finals in Brazil. A group of masked, chanting and placard-waving protesters staged a protest in an shopping mall ...
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Pachuca: Hall of Fame in the ball of fame

Tough task ahead if Mexicans are to make it into their own Hall of Fame

KEIR RADNEDGE COMMENTARY —- Halls of Fame are notoriously awkward beasts in the football zoo. In the formalised, enfranchised world of United States sports the concept works. But soccer is another stage entirely. The latest attempt to create a lasting ‘Gotha’ to the great names ...
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Remembering the Hillsborough 96 . . .

—- Football in general and Liverpool in particular have marked the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough Disaster. The names of all the dead were read out yesterday during a 105-minute service at Anfield, framed by the traditional Cup Final hymn Abide With Me. The 96 died ...
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French Open lifts prize cash fund in four-year plan

PARIS: The French Tennis Federation increased total prize money for this year’s Open to more than €25m, an increase of €3m in comparison with 2013. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles competitions at the 2014 Roland Garros event will each receive €1.7m, which ...
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Bubka weighed down by Ukraine’s escalating political crisis

GIANNI MERLO* / AIPS: Events in Ukraine are tragic because splits always trigger winds of hate and war, which may lead to dramatic consequences for democratic life and the future of whole generations. This malaise surfaced in Antalya last week, where the world of sport ...
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Phelps ready to swim back into action at Mesa GP

  AIPS* / COLORADO SPRINGS: Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, is expected to come out of retirement and compete in the Mesa swimming grand prix later this month. . The 28-year-old from Baltimore has been retired from competitive swimming since winning four ...
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