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England's Townsend pleased to silence critics TURIN: England substitute Andros Townsend declared that he had silenced his critics after his memorable goal earned Roy Hodgson's side a 1-1 draw in their friendly with Italy in Turin.The Tottenham Hotspur winger beat Gianluigi Buffon from 20 yards with a fine, right-footed strike in the 79th minute of Tuesday's game at Juventus Stadium, having replaced Fabian Delph nine minutes earlier.Afterwards he took to Twitter to rebuke former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson for claiming he did not deserve his place in the squad, writing: "Not bad for a player that should be 'nowhere near the squad' ay @PaulMerse?"Townsend, 23, said that Merson's criticism had given him extra motivation to perform well."As soon as the squad was announced two weeks ago, it has been going over in my head," he told reporters."He said it when the squad was announced -- that I should be nowhere near the squad. As soon as ...

UEFA take fight against TPO to European Commission PARIS: UEFA and international players' union FIFPro have lodged a complaint with the European Commission questioning the legality of third-party player ownership, known as TPO, European football's governing body announced on Wednesday."Third-party player ownership is a kind of modern slavery, where you see players belonging to investment funds, or other, generally unidentified, corporate entities," UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino said."Clearly, this is not something that can be accepted by European law and this is precisely ...

North to miss Clermont clash after head blow LONDON: Wales wing George North will miss Northampton's European Champions Cup quarter-final at Clermont Auvergne this weekend after his latest head injury, coach Jim Mallinder revealed on Wednesday.North, 22, has take heavy blows to the head while playing three times in the past two months, most recently during Northampton's 52-30 defeat of Wasps in the English Premiership last Friday."We won't play him at the weekend. Clearly he had a nasty knock," Mallinder said."He's making good ...

Hafeez to undergo reassessment of bowling action KARACHI: Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will undergo a reassessment test on his bowling action in India on April 9 to try to revive his struggling career, a statement said Wednesday.The 34-year-old off-spinner's action was deemed illegal after a biomechanical test at Loughborough University in England last December.He was reported during a Test against New Zealand last November, badly hitting Pakistan's preparations for the World Cup which ended with Australia's triumph on Sunday.Before Hafeez, Pakistan's ace ...

Georgia, Poland face disciplinary action after qualifiers BERNE: Georgia and Poland are facing disciplinary action after problems at recent Euro 2016 qualifiers, UEFA said on Wednesday.Georgia have been charged over a pitch invasion and for poor organisation of their Group D match at home to Germany on Sunday, which they lost 2-0.Poland were charged after their fans threw objects during the 1-1 draw away to Ireland in another Group D match the same day, UEFA said.The Irish were charged with improper conduct ...

Bremen forward Selke to join ambitious Leipzig BERLIN: Highly-rated Werder Bremen forward Davie Selke will join ambitious German second division club RB Leipzig next season on a five-year deal, both clubs said on Wednesday.The 20-year-old Selke, who won the European under-19 Championship with Germany, has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with six league goals in 23 matches and another three assists. He joined from Hoffenheim in 2013.RB Leipzig, owned by energy drinks maker Red Bull, have been big spenders in their six years ...

Smaller boats agreed for America's Cup PARIS: America's Cup teams have voted to use smaller boats in the historic contest to save money, even though the decision has caused a split.For the 2017 contest, boats will be shrunk from 62 feet (19 metres) to 45-50 feet (13.7- 15.2 metres).The new foiling catamarans will be cheaper to design, build and operate and race organisers hailed the decision as "a revolutionary cost-saving measure."Some of the six entered teams estimate they could save up ...


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