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Hong Kong fined by FIFA over booing fans HONG KONG: FIFA has fined Hong Kong after fans jeered the Chinese national anthem and threw a drink at a rival player during a World Cup qualifier, the city's football authorities said Tuesday.Fans booed the "March of the Volunteers" -- the anthem they share with China -- at the game against Qatar in Hong Kong last month which the home side lost 3-2.Last year's mass pro-democracy protests have soured attitudes in the semi-autonomous territory towards Chinese authorities and prompted resentment among some fans that the Chinese anthem is used to represent the city's team.A carton of lemon tea was also thrown at a Qatari player.Possible sanctions from world football's governing body could have included playing future matches behind closed doors, but Hong Kong escaped with a fine and a warning.The Hong Kong Football Association said it had been fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,100) over the "improper conduct among the supporters ...

US captain defends 'intangible' Mickelson pick INCHEON: Jay Haas backed Tuesday his decision to give a Presidents Cup captain's pick to veteran Phil Mickelson, saying the five-time Major winner offered something "intangible" to his US team.As the players headed out for their first full day of practice at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Haas strongly defended his decision to choose Mickelson as one of two picks in his 12-man team after finishing only 30th in the US ...

ICC for consistency in application of cricket laws DUBAI: Cricket's governing body on Monday stressed the need for consistent application of the laws across all formats of the game. After the International Cricket Council (ICC) held a conference for Elite panel umpires and match referees in Dubai, ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice said it had been useful in understanding the various new laws and their application."We spent a lot of time on new laws and playing conditions and making sure that we get ...

Rodgers 'incredibly disappointed' by Liverpool exit LONDON: Brendan Rodgers said on Monday that he was "incredibly disappointed" to have been sacked as manager of Liverpool, but paid warm tributes to the club's players, staff and fans."I am, of course, incredibly disappointed to be leaving Liverpool Football Club," Rodgers said in a statement released by the League Managers' Association (LMA), which represents managers in English football."It has been both an honour and a privilege to manage one of the game's great clubs ...

Morkel stars as South Africa win India T20 series CUTTACK: Seamer Albie Morkel led the way with three for 12 as South Africa thumped India by six wickets in the violence-hit second Twenty20 match in Cuttack on Monday to clinch the series.Leg-spinner Imran Tahir and seamer Chris Morris chipped in with two wickets each as India were skittled for a paltry 92 after being sent in to bat on a pitch of inconsistent bounce at the Barabati stadium.Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had South Africa ...

Samoan duo cited over incidents in Japan game LONDON: Samoa's hopes of rescuing something from a wretched World Cup campaign suffered a new blow after Faifili Levave and Alesana Tuilagi were cited over incidents during Saturday's defeat by Japan.Levave was sin-binned for the offence he has been cited for by independent Citing Commissioner Yves Thieffine which is for "playing the opponent without the ball".Tuilagi, who enjoyed a successful spell with Leicester Tigers finishing leading try scorer in 2012, has been cited for an ...

South Africa opt to field against India CUTTACK: South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and sent India in to bat in the second Twenty20 international in Cuttack on Monday.The Proteas lead the three-match series after chasing down a challenging target of 200 for the loss of just three wickets and with two balls to spare in Dharamsala on Friday.India brought in veteran Harbhajan Singh as the third spinner after dropping left-arm seamer Sreenath Aravind.The tourists also made one change, ...


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