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Chelsea, Barca sore but ready to defend crowns WASHINGTON: Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea and reigning European kings Barcelona exited Tuesday's friendly showdown injured but intensely motivated as they return to Europe to defend their crowns.Chelsea captured the International Champions Cup victory 4-2 on penalty kicks after the teams were deadlocked 2-2 after regular time thanks to Chelsea defender Gary Cahill's header in the 85th minute.In the shootout, Alan Halilovic put Barca down with a shot off the crossbar to open the second round. In the third, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois denied Gerard Pique and Chelsea's Ramires and Loic Remy scored after that to settle the outcome."The penalties mean nothing for us and I think they mean nothing for Barcelona," said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. "This was not about win or lose. They were playing and training the same as us. It was not a tactical game. It was two teams looking for intensity."They found intensity in ...

Hadlee pays tribute to 'magnificent' Rice WELLINGTON: New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee paid a moving tribute to former Nottinghamshire team mate Clive Rice on Wednesday, describing the South African as one of the greatest cricketers never to have played a Test match.Hadlee said it was sad that Rice, who died of cancer on Tuesday aged 66, never had the chance to play Test cricket because South Africa's apartheid ban coincided with his prime playing years. "Whether it be Test cricket, whether ...

Frustrated Tiger never imagined so long to recover GAINESVILLE: A frustrated Tiger Woods never imagined it would take so long to regain top form after back surgery and swing changes, but he will stick with his comeback plan."Is it frustrating to not win golf tournaments? Yeah. But I know how close it feels. I just need a couple shots here and there to turn the tide," Woods said Tuesday.Woods serves as host for this week's US PGA National at the par-71 Robert Trent ...

Muller wins women's 10km open water gold KAZAN: Aurelie Muller of France won the women's 10 kilometre open water gold at the world championships in Kazan on Tuesday.The 25-year-old gave France it's first gold medal in open water swimming by finishing in a winning time of 1hr 58min 4.3sec.Dutch swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal took silver, 2.4sec behind, while Brazil's Ana Marcela Cunha claimed bronze, at 22.2sec, two years after claiming silver in the event.Muller added gold to the silver medal she won ...

Cook backs Bell to come good at number three BIRMINGHAM: England captain Alastair Cook has backed Ian Bell to return to form following the veteran batsman's promotion to number three for the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.Bell, England's most experienced batsman, having made his Test debut 11 years ago, has struggled for runs during the Ashes thus far with scores of one, 60, one and 11 in the first two matches. There had been speculation that, with England repeatedly suffering top-order collapses, Bell might ...

Younis Khan not getting recognition he deserves; Wasim Akram Legendary Pakistan Bowler Wasim Akram has praised Pakistani batsman Younis Khan, saying that he deserves place amongst pantheon of greats in Test cricket. Younis became the fifth Pakistan batsman and 62nd overall to play 100 Tests during the second match of the series against Sri Lanka last month.According to local media reports Akram said that, “Younis doesn’t get the recognition in world cricket that he deserves, insisting that the batsman is as good as any ...

Pakistan one step away to qualify for 2016 Baseball WC ISLAMABAD: Pakistan which currently stands at 21st spot in the IBAF World Baseball Rankings is just one step away to qualify for the very first time for 2016 Baseball World Cup to be held in either Japan or Taiwan.Talking to APP, baseball coach, Ahsan Bilal said according to the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) top 20 ranked teams are entitled to play in the World Cup. "Currently Pakistan is ranked 21st in the rankings and just ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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