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Dortmund's Hummels plays down Man Utd interest BERLIN: Germany centre-back Mats Hummels has played down reports of a planned bid from Manchester United with the Borussia Dortmund captain insisting his only focus is helping the Bundesliga strugglers.The British media have linked the 26-year-old to a 37 million pound (49.46m euros, 55.97m dollars) bid from Louis van Gaal's United with the Dutch coach a fan of the German defender.Hummels has a contract until 2017 and says the latest speculation will not distract him from helping Dortmund climb up the Bundesliga table after losing ten of their first 17 matches.The Germany star says he expects to stay with Dortmund even if they miss out on international competition for the first time in five years next season."Are you looking for a headline? No, I'll keep doing what I have done for the last seven years," he told German daily Bild."I'll take what comes at me and just look forward to ...

Allardyce rebukes Senegal over Sakho, Kouyate LONDON: West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce on Thursday criticised Senegal over their behaviour with regard to his club's players Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate.Sakho was ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a back injury, but made a scoring appearance as a substitute for West Ham in the FA Cup last weekend, prompting questions from Senegal coach Alain Giresse.Meanwhile, Allardyce has been frustrated that West Ham have been unable to contact midfielder ...

The football world supports me, claims Ginola MADRID: Former France international David Ginola has claimed the football world is with him in his unlikely bid to try and unseat Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.Ginola launched his controversial bid backed by an Irish bookmakers earlier this month."I know it is very difficult to beat Blatter, but I think the football world is with me," Ginola told Spanish sports daily Marca on Thursday."It cannot be that football is the most popular sport, but the ...

Berdych sour at missing out on Aussie Open final      MELBOURNE: Tomas Berdych was in a sour mood after missing his chance to make his first Australian Open final as Andy Murray charged on in the tournament on Thursday.The Czech seventh seed, who went in with a 6-4 winning record over the Scot and had won their last two meetings, could not reproduce his heroics from his previous round upset of Rafael Nadal and bowed out in a fusilade of errors.While Berdych did not serve ...

Murray grinds down Berdych to make Aussie final MELBOURNE: Britain's Andy Murray will play in his fourth Australian Open final in six years after a commanding and tension-filled four-sets win over Czech Tomas Berdych on Thursday.The dual Grand Slam champion, seeded six, beat the seventh seed 6-7 (6/8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 in 3hr 26min and will play either four-time winner Novak Djokovic or defending champion Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's decider.The tournament has been a heartbreak Grand Slam for the Scot with three runner-up ...

Burgess named in England Saxons team LONDON: Rugby league convert Sam Burgess will make his international debut on Friday after being named in the second-string England Saxons team to face the Irish Wolfhounds in Cork.Burgess will partner Elliot Daly at centre and Saxons coach Jon Callard says he has been impressed by what he has seen from the 26-year-old Bath player so far."I've watched Sam from afar in how he's evolving in the game. He's an impressive character," Callard said on ...

Italy replace injured Geldenhuys with Fuser MILAN: Benetton Treviso second row forward Marco Fuser has been called up for Italy's opening two tests of the upcoming Six Nations tournament following the withdrawal of Quintin Geldenhuys, it was announced Thursday.South African-born lock Geldenhuys was forced out of the Azzurri squad this week with knee ligament damage.The Italian Rugby Federation called Fuser, who has two previous caps, up for their opening two games at home to Ireland on February 7 and away to ...


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