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Hanover suspend youth-team trio over attempted robbery BERLIN: Bundesliga club Hanover 96 has suspended three youth team players who police say were intending to rob a gambling hall in the north German city."We condemn this as a club, it has nothing to do with the moral principles of (Hanover) 96," club spokesman Christian Boenig told SID, an AFP subsidiary.The trio, two 18-year-olds and a 19-year-old, were reportedly on their way to rob a gambling establishment with fake car number plates, balaclavas and air pistols, but had second thoughts and returned home before being spotted by police.The would-be robbers drew attention to themselves by leaving their vehicle in a no-park area and forgot to unscrew the two different car registration plates, which were stolen.They then confessed their plan after being questioned separately by police."In addition to possible attempted robbery, the trio have to answer for forging documents and vehicle registration plate theft, as the vehicle they used had ...


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Ronaldo committed to seeing out Real contract MADRID: Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo is staying at Real Madrid for at least another two years, the forward said on Monday.The 31-year-old three-time Ballon d'Or winner was picking up an award as top scorer in Spain for last season from Spanish daily Marca when he made the comments.In a light-hearted interview he dampened incessant transfer rumours linking him with a switch to either big-spending Paris Saint-Germain or former club Manchester United."I'm still under contract for ...

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Two top Cuba stars desert in Caribbean HAVANA: Two brothers who were stars of Cuba's national baseball team deserted Monday after being poached by international sporting agents while at a tournament in the Dominican Republic, state media said.It was one of the most high profile of countless desertions by athletes from the communist-ruled island.Yuliesky Gurriel, 31, and his brother Lourdes, 22, deserted from the team in Santo Domingo where they had been playing for Cuba in the Caribbean Series."In the early hours ...

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Allegri urged to fill Mourinho's Chelsea shoes MILAN: Massimiliano Allegri has been urged to "walk to Chelsea" and take up the "fantastic offer" that has been tabled for the Juventus coach by the Premier league giants.Both Allegri and his predecessor at Juventus, Italy coach Antonio Conte, have been linked with the Chelsea manager's job currently being filled on a caretaker basis by Dutchman Guus Hiddink following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.Allegri's contract in Turin expires in 2017 and he says he is ...

Sports - Cricket

Proposal to play World Twenty20 matches on neutral venue: Pakistan LAHORE: Pakistan's cricket chief Monday said a proposal was given to play their World Twenty20 matches on neutral venues next month in the event that Islamabad does not allow the team to tour India.India host the ICC World Twenty20 from March 8 to April 3 but Pakistan's participation is subject to government clearance as there are specific threats, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said."We have told the ICC (International Cricket Council) now and before ...

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La Rochelle sign Australian prop Feao LA ROCHELLE: Australian prop David Feao has joined La Rochelle until the end of the season, the French Top 14 side said on Monday.The 25-year-old tighthead has been signed as cover in a position that has proved problematic for La Rochelle in recent weeks.Uini Atonio has been absent due to an international call up with France while Georgian Lekso Kaulashvili has recently undergone a back operation.That leaves only Vincent Pelo as an available tighthead but ...

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Chelsea's Zouma ruled out for six months LONDON: Chelsea and France defender Kurt Zouma will have surgery this week on a knee injury set to rule him out for the rest of the season and Euro 2016, the Premier League club revealed on Monday.Zouma injured his anterior cruciate ligament in Chelsea's 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.The 21-year-old centre-back landed awkwardly early in the second half and was taken off on a stretcher."Kurt will undergo surgery ...