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Scotland confirm Italy, France friendlies LONDON: Scotland will play Italy and France in friendly matches ahead of the 2016 European Championship, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) confirmed on Tuesday.The French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Monday that Euro 2016 hosts France will play Scotland in Metz on June 6 as part of their preparations for the tournament, which begins six days later.The SFA said that Scotland would also tackle Italy at Malta's Ta' Qali National Stadium on May 29 during a training camp in the country."It is imperative we are ready for the start of the World Cup qualifiers in September," Scotland manager Gordon Strachan said in a statement on the SFA website."While we would rather be playing France or Italy in the European Championships, we must prepare properly against two top-class teams who will be highly motivated ahead of the finals."Scotland, who failed to qualify for Euro 2016, are also due to play friendlies ...


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Sri Lanka choose to bowl against India PUNE: The visiting Sri Lankans won the toss and decided to bowl in the first Twenty20 international against India at Pune's Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.India skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni's side, looking to cement top spot in the T20 rankings after a recent 3-0 clean sweep over Australia, brought in Ajinkya Rahane for star batsman Virat Kohli, who is being rested for the series.They are facing a depleted Sri Lankan side which has left ...

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Kristoff wins Tour of Qatar second stage DOHA: Norway's Alexander Kristoff won a sprint finish ahead of Britain's Marc Cavendish for Tuesday's second stage of the Tour of Qatar.For the second day, the 135km stage was around the campus of the University of Qatar taking in the 15.3km circuit of the artificial island The Pearl, on a course prepared for the world road race champioships in October.Dimension Data rider Cavendish holds the overall race lead by 5sec on Katusha's Kristoff with Italian ...

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European Clubs against 40 team World Cup PARIS: The European Club Association (ECA) insisted Tuesday that extending the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams would put too much burden on clubs and inflict physical overload on players."We are satisfied with the balance of interest and any change would need very careful review," insisted ECA vice-president Umberto Gandini.The AC Milan director was speaking at the end of a two day working session in Paris with a bouquet of subjects on the club ...

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Prince Ali backs call for FIFA election chief to stand down PARIS: FIFA presidential contender Prince Ali bin al Hussein on Tuesday backed a call for the world body's election chief to stand down.The former FIFA vice-president from Jordan spoke out after the Liberian FA chief said he would go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if Domenico Scala, head of FIFA's ad-hoc electoral committee, does not stand down by Thursday.Scala is Swiss-Italian like Gianni Infantino, the UEFA general secretary who is also one of ...

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Qadir backs proposal to play World T20 matches on neutral venues ISLAMABAD: Former leg-spin wizard Abdul Qadir on Tuesday backed the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) proposal to play their Twenty-20 World Cup matches on neutral venues stating that the PCB chief had given a very good answer to India."I think it is a very wise proposal. Sportspersons are considered very respectable figures everywhere in the world and there should be no compromise on their security," he told APP in an exclusive chat."It is also a very ...

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England bat against South Africa CENTURION: England won the toss and decided to bat in the third one-day international against South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Tuesday.England, leading the five-match series 2-0, fielded an unchanged team for the third successive match.South Africa made one change from the team beaten by five wickets in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. All-rounder David Wiese replaced batsman Rilee Rossouw. Teams: South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Faf du ...