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Germany's World Cup hangover concerns Loew KAISERSLAUTERN: Eight months after the champagne corks popped following their World Cup triumph in Rio de Janeiro, head coach Joachim Loew has cause for concern as Germany's Brazil 2014 hangover continues.Only Lukas Podolski's 81st-minute equaliser prevented Germany suffering a shock defeat to Asian champions Australia in Kaiserslautern on Wednesday in a 2-2 friendly draw.Next comes Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier away to second-from-bottom Georgia with Germany in the unusual position of joint second in Group D, three points behind leaders Poland and level on seven with Scotland and Ireland.But what would normally be anticipated in Germany as a routine win, now looks like a challenging away tie. "We need to increase the tension and tackle the game there with more concentration," insisted Loew."I am always prepared to take risks in friendly games, but we can no longer do that now in qualifiers."Loew knows Germany can ill afford to drop more Euro ...

ICC to consider new ODI rules to help bowlers SYDNEY: The highlight reels at the World Cup have been running hot with batsman smashing balls all over cricket stadiums in Australia and New Zealand.Teams and individuals have been racking up record totals and the crowd have loved it, whooping and cheering every time another ball is dispatched into the stands.With the benefits of bigger bats and smaller boundaries, the world's best batsmen have been piling on the runs, hitting more than 450 sixes.In the ...

Forster loss motivates Saints to tighten up further LONDON: Southampton will be more motivated than ever to stay "miserly" at the back after losing England goalkeeper Fraser Forster to a knee injury for the rest of the season, the Premier League club's director of football said.Still pushing for an improbable Champions League spot, the loss of Forster is a major blow to the south coast club sitting sixth in the standings.Saints have conceded just 21 goals all season, fewer than any club in ...

Italy's Verratti ready to fill Pirlo void against Bulgaria ROME: Marco Verratti is ready to take advantage of an injury to Andrea Pirlo and show Italy boss Antonio Conte he can fill the void in the Azzurri midfield when the Juventus talisman eventually retires.The Paris St Germain midfielder is expected to start in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia on Saturday with 35-year-old Pirlo ruled out due to a calf problem."It's very difficult to replace someone like Pirlo," Verratti told reporters."He's a ...

FIFA taking the wrong approach to development, says Prince Ali VIENNA: FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan believes that world soccer's governing body is taking the wrong approach to development of the sport, leaving many national associations without basics such as kit and pitches.He said FIFA was "irresponsible" to decide the allocation of slots for the 2018 World Cup on the day after the presidential election in May and that spending $27 million on a film about itself was an example ...

Wales prop Jones joins Harlequins LONDON: Former Wales tighthead prop Adam Jones is leaving Cardiff to join Harlequins at the end of the season, the English club said on Thursday.The shaggy-haired 34-year-old, who has played 100 tests for Wales and the British & Irish Lions, retired from internationals in January after being omitted from the Welsh squad for this year's Six Nations."Not only is it apparent that Adam wants to keep going for some time to come, but the work ...

Hamilton laughs off Horner calls for level field SEPANG: World champion Lewis Hamilton admitted he was amused by Red Bull boss Christian Horner's calls for Formula One to forcibly reduce his Mercedes team's advantage.Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two ahead of Nico Rosberg in Melbourne a fortnight ago and such was their dominance, a continuation of last season's supremacy, that Horner suggested measures may be needed to balance out the field."I find it quite funny," the Briton told reporters at Sepang on Thursday ahead ...


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