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Spanish court rules Zidane can keep coaching MADRID: Zinedine Zidane has been cleared to keep coaching Real Madrid's reserve team after Spain's Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday backed his appeal against a three-month ban.Spain's football federation imposed the ban at the end of October, arguing the former France midfielder did not have the necessary qualifications to coach in Spain.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Schweinsteiger poised for Bayern return BERLIN: Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to make his first Bundesliga appearance since the World Cup final on Saturday, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said.Schweinsteiger, who last played in Germany's extra-time win over Argentina at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium, should play at least part of the home game against Hoffenheim."Bastian is the squad and he is fit," said Guardiola."It's good news, he is back and it's one more player for the squad."Schweinsteiger, 30, ...

Smith stars with ton as Australia down South Africa to take series MELBOURNE: Steve Smith hit a thrilling century to propel Australia to a three-wicket victory over South Africa to clinch the five-game one-day international series in Melbourne on Friday.Man-of-the-match Smith cracked 104 off 112 balls as Australia stormed home to overhaul South Africa's 267 for eight to win with an over to spare.The victory wrapped up the ODI series 3-1 over the Proteas ahead of Sunday's final game in Sydney.The Proteas looked in control for most ...

Boult's double set up exciting finish DUBAI: Paceman Trent Boult grabbed two wickets off six balls to jolt Pakistan as the second Test heads for an exciting finish on the fifth and final day in Dubai on Friday. Boult had opener Shan Masood (40) and then had the prized scalp of skipper Misbah-ul Haq (nought) to leave Pakistan on 114-4 at tea with all three results a possibility.Pakistan, set 261 in 72 overs, need 147 more runs to win or bat ...

Hamilton on top after opening Abu Dhabi practice ABU DHABI: World championship leader Lewis Hamilton struck the first blow over his Mercedes team-mate and only title rival Nico Rosberg in Friday's opening free practice ahead of Sunday's decisive Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.On a hot day of blue skies and a track temperature of 44 degrees, with an air temperature of 28 degrees at the Yas Marina circuit, the two Mercedes men were a class apart from the rest of the field as they ...

Davis Cup final pointers LILLE: Davis Cup Final pointers ahead of the opening two rubbers Friday in Lille in the 2014 final between France and Switzerland:-- Only twice in the history of the Davis Cup play have all five rubbers gone to five sets - 1946 European Zone semi-final where Yugoslavia beat France 3-2 and 2003 World Group play off where Romania beat Ecuador 3-2.-- There have been just eight comebacks from 0-2 to win in World Group ties. ...

Pakistan 114-4 at tea, chasing 261 DUBAI: Pakistan, set a target of 261, reached 114-4 at tea on the fifth and final day of the second Test against New Zealand in Dubai on Friday.They now need 147 more runs in a possible 28 overs while New Zealand need six wickets for a series-levelling win at Dubai International cricket stadium.Younis Khan (30) and Asad Shafiq (11) were at the crease after Trent Boult brought New Zealand back in the game with two ...


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