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Hull defender Dawson out for a month LONDON: Hull City centre-back Michael Dawson will be out of action for at least a month after tearing his hamstring, manager Steve Bruce revealed on Thursday.Dawson, who recently spent a month on the sidelines with an ankle problem, sustained the injury in the first 10 minutes of Hull's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend."Unfortunately it's a grade-two tear and it could be anything from three, four, five weeks minimum, I'd have thought," Bruce told a press conference."That's happened too much to us from the first day of the season with Robert Snodgrass to Dawson, to (Nikica) Jelavic to (Mohamed) Diame. It's been one thing after another in that department."We could do with a little more luck because we've had four or five with pretty ugly injuries and we could do without it."Hull are currently second from bottom in the Premier League and host Swansea City on Saturday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...

Dawson injury leaves Hull with holes at back LONDON: Struggling Premier League side Hull City will be without central defender Michael Dawson for the Christmas period because of a hamstring injury, manager Steve Bruce said on Thursday.Former England player Dawson, signed from Tottenham Hotspur in the close-season, suffered a grade two tear during Hull's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend -- a result that left them in the Premier League's relegation zone."It's a grade two tear like we thought so we're looking at ...

Omonia's Pote stages war against racism in Cyprus NICOSIA: Omonia Nicosia's French-born Benin forward Mickael Pote is waging a personal war against racism in Cyprus.Pote, 30, has reacted angrily to monkey chants directed at him twice since November and been booked for protesting."I've heard these sorts of noises before, during a game, but it was usually isolated and so I never reacted. This time it was from a large group which made it difficult for me not to react," Pote told Reuters.On Nov. ...

Amla, Van Zyl punish West Indies CENTURION: Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on his debut before South Africa declared their first innings at 552 for five on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies at SuperSport Park on Thursday.Amla declared half an hour before the scheduled tea break but rain prevented the start of the West Indian reply.Amla made 208 and the left-handed Van Zyl hit an ...

FIFA executive meets amid corruption report storm MARRAKECH: FIFA president Sepp Blatter opened a meeting of his 25-member executive committee on Thursday amid a storm of controversy over an inquiry into the bids by Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.With a vote on the FIFA leadership looming next year, football's governing body has been stung by the resignation of its leading corruption investigator, top US lawyer Michael Garcia, over the handling of his report.European media reports have said ...

Zimbabwe fire national coach HARARE: Zimbabwe Cricket have dismissed national team coach Stephen Mangongo following a poor show during a recent tour of Bangladesh, the union said Thursday.Union chairman Wilson Manase said Mangongo will now work in talent identification and development."Mangongo is good at identifying talent so the board decided to send him back to his area of strength, while we get someone more experienced to replace him as national team head coach," Manase said.Mangongo's dismissal came after the ...

New Bulgaria coach Petev keen to lure Berbatov back SOFIA: Bulgaria will try again to persuade prolific striker Dimitar Berbatov to come out of international retirement to help revive their chances of reaching the Euro 2016 finals, new coach Ivaylo Petev said on Thursday.The 33-year-old Monaco forward, who is Bulgaria's all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, quit the Balkan country's national team in 2010 with Luboslav Penev, Petev's predecessor, failing to tempt him back despite making an approach."I have the ambition to meet him ...


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