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FIFA chief's Mideast peace bid fails RAMALLAH: FIFA president Sepp Blatter saw his Mideast peace-making mission crumble on Wednesday after the Palestinians vowed to press efforts to have Israel suspended at the upcoming world football congress.After months of rising tensions over plans by the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) to have its Israeli counterpart expelled from FIFA, Blatter himself flew into the region on Tuesday on a mission to resolve the dispute. At issue is a Palestinian complaint over Israeli restrictions on the freedom of movement of its players and footballing officials. The Palestinians are also protesting the existence of five Israeli teams in settlements which are built on land they want for a future state. The clubs play in the third and fourth divisions.Blatter first met in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who pledged to take a number of steps to ease the situation. But after talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah on ...

South African White extends Montpellier contract until 2017 MONTPELLIER: South African Jake White has extended his contract as "consultant" with Montpellier by two years through until June 2017, the Top 14 club announced Wednesday.White, who coached the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2007, arrived at Montpellier in December to take over from Fabien Galthie.The club, which currently sit in eighth spot and will miss out on making the top six play-offs for the first time since 2010/11, decided to announce the deal ...

Sarfraz targetting special in historic series vs Zimbabwe KARACHI: Newly married Sarfraz Ahmed was targetting some thing special in the historic series against Zimbabwe as he enters a new phase in life."It is my wish to achieve something special for the country against Zimbabwe," Sarfraz Ahmed told APP in an interview after his wedding with Khushbakht Aftab on Tuesday night."This is short tour by Zimbabwe. But its big breakthrough for Pakistan that international cricket is returning to Pakistan after six years," upbeat Sarfraz ...

Bari applauds Zimbabwe cricketers courage to tour Pakistan KARACHI: Former skipper Wasim Bari Wednesday applauded the courage of Zimbabwean cricket team to tour Pakistan and open the door of international cricket in Pakistan."Zimmbabwean players officials board should be applauded for the courage in touring Pakistan," he told APP in an interview here. The whole nation should salute them," he added."They have taken this decision because they know that isolation is very dangerous and does not promote the cause of international cricket.He thanked them ...

Irishman inspired by European team mates WENTWORTH: Graeme McDowell is hoping the exploits of his Ryder Cup team mates will inspire him back onto the winners' podium after a drought of nearly a year without success.McDowell, US Open winner in 2010, has not won since last July when he landed his second French Open title in succession, but had his appetite for victory whetted on Tuesday night at the European Tour's Players' Awards Dinner near Heathrow Airport.Three out of the four ...

Burgess in England World Cup training squad LONDON: Rugby league convert Sam Burgess was named in hosts England's 50-man training squad announced Wednesday for this year's World Cup.Burgess, 26, was included just six months after switching from rugby league having starred as the South Sydney Rabbitohs won the NRL Grand Final.However, doubts remain over whether Burgess -- uncapped in rugby union -- will play as a centre or at blindside flanker, where he has been deployed recently by club side Bath.Burgess would ...

Team Afridi ready to take down Zimbabwe Afridi team is all set to take down Zimbabwe in an upcoming T20 match commencing from May 22. PCB has announced 15-man squad to be lead by Boom Boom Afridi. The 15-man squad also sees the return of batsman Umar Akmal who was left out of the Bangladesh tour for exhibiting a ‘poor attitude’ during the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March. There are two uncapped players, 19-year-old opening batsman ...


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