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SANZAR boss says Japan team will be ready for Super season HONG KONG: The new chief of southern hemisphere rugby Wednesday said he's confident Japan's Sunwolves will take part in the expanded Super Rugby tournament -- even though the newcomers are yet to appoint a coach.SANZAR chief executive Andy Marinos said the Sunwolves were likely to name a head coach within the next fortnight, adding they had already contracted a "core group" group of 24-25 Japanese players.However, with just three months before the Super Rugby season is due to kick off, Marinos admitted uncertainty remained over how both the Sunwolves and the South Africa's embattled Southern Kings would fare.The Southern Kings are re-entering the competition but have suffered high-profile financial difficulties, forcing the South African Rugby Union to step in and take control of the franchise."With the Kings and Japan it's a hell of a lot of the unknown," Marinos, who was appointed this week, told journalists on a teleconference. "How ...

Suarez hails Barca's 'perfect' game against Roma MADRID: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez hailed his team's 6-1 rout of Roma in the Champions League as a "perfect game", which also saw Lionel Messi start for the first time since returning from injury. Suarez scored twice as the holders celebrated qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League with another stunning display on Tuesday.Barcelona discovered they had qualified from Group E before they had kicked a ball at the Camp Nou, the 1-1 ...

Rostov cancel training session in Turkey over jet downing MOSCOW: Russian Premier League club Rostov have cancelled their plans to set up their January traning camp in Turkey, Alexander Shikunov, club deputy president said Wednesday."We were planning to set up our January training camp in Turkey but decided to change this idea in connection with the latest events," ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Shikunov as saying.Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday backed a recommendation from the foreign ministry for Russians not to visit Turkey after ...

Barca's Sergi Roberto suffers bruised ankle MADRID: Barcelona could be without on-form midfielder Sergi Roberto for Saturday's visit of Real Sociedad after picking up an ankle injury in the European champions' 6-1 thrashing of Roma on Tuesday.A club statement said the 23-year-old had suffered a "bruised right ankle" before being replaced midway through the second-half of the Champions League match.Roberto was one of the stars of Barca's 4-0 humiliation of Real Madrid last weekend and has become an important utility player ...

Morkel, Harmer skittle India on dicey pitch NAGPUR: Morne Morkel and Simon Harmer bamboozled India with pace and spin on a tricky wicket but South Africa also suffered early blows in the third Test in Nagpur on Wednesday.Off-spinner Harmer claimed four wickets for 78 and fast bowler Morkel took three for 35 as the Proteas bowled India out for 215 in the post-tea session of the first day's play.South Africa, seeking a series-levelling win, had plodded to 11 for two by stumps, ...

ICC appoints women umpires for first time DUBAI: Female umpires will officiate for the first time in the women's World Twenty20 qualifiers, cricket's governing body announced on Wednesday.In a move designed to further the development of the women's game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015, in Bangkok, Thailand, from November 28 to December 5, will feature four female officials."Experienced New Zealander Kathleen Cross will be joined by Australia's Claire Polosak, England's Sue Redfern and West Indies' Jacqueline Williams ...

Twente president resigns as KNVB probe club over transfers TWENTE: Aldo van der Laan has resigned as president of Twente Enschede amid accusations the club breached the Dutch football association's (KNVB) rules and risk losing their operating licence.Cash-strapped Twente confirmed the resignation in a statement on their website ( on Wednesday."The interests of the club have always been paramount and these are now under threat. The continuing doubts are damaging FC Twente," the statement said.Local media had earlier reported that leaked documents from Twente ...


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