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Ford, Phelan share Africa Open lead       EAST LONDON: Englishman Matt Ford and Irishman Kevin Phelan shared the Africa Open first-round lead on 67 Thursday after taming blustery East London Golf Club conditions.Phelan, joint second in the Joburg Open last weekend, collected six birdies over the 6,108-metre (6,679-yard) layout with his sole blemish a bogey five on 11.Ford put unspectacular Joburg Open form -- a share of 43rd spot -- behind him to garner five birdies and did not drop a shot in the Indian Ocean town.Phelan, ranked 368 in the world, and Ford, 397 places further back, are both chasing a first European Tour triumph in this co-sanctioned event with the Sunshine Tour. Among five golfers one stroke off the pace on 68 are Englishmen Richard Bland, David Howell and John Parry.Spaniard Eduardo de la Riva and South African Neil Schietekat were also four under after the opening round of a tournament whose seven previous winners ...

Cellino's Leeds ban extended until May LONDON: Massimo Cellino's suspension as owner of Championship club Leeds has been extended to May 3, the Football League announced on Thursday.Cellino was barred by the Football League's board from being owner and a director of the Elland Road outfit in December after it ruled the controversial Italian's conviction for tax evasion was a "dishonest act".Cellino and Leeds were also hit by a further misconduct charge for failing to supply the Italian court judgement to ...

Evans, Cisse charged over spitting incident LONDON: Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans and Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse have been charged over allegations they spat at each other, the Football Association announced on Thursday.The incident occurred during United's 1-0 Premier League win over Newcastle at St James' Park on Wednesday.Evans has denied spitting at Cisse, but the Newcastle striker has issued a public apology for his behaviour. Both players could face six-game bans if the charges against them are proven."Newcastle United's ...

Van Gaal 'very irritated' by Giggs rift talk MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on Thursday angrily rejected media speculation that there is a rift between him and assistant manager Ryan Giggs.Van Gaal reacted jubilantly to Ashley Young's late goal in United's 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park on Wednesday.In marked contrast, Giggs greeted the dramatic winner in subdued fashion and failed to react when van Gaal playfully jabbed the Welshman in the face as he celebrated.But van Gaal ...

UEFA commission support the idea of Crimean football league MOSCOW: European football governing body UEFA have confirmed the approval of the creation of a football league in Crimea, local media reported Thursday."We approve the idea of the creation of the footbal league in Crimea. But we're not yet ready to announce the time-frame," UEFA executive board Frantisek Laurinec told the R-Sport agency.The head of the UEFA commission, which inspected the football facilities in Crimea, added that the clear understanding of how UEFA can help ...

Rosol, Kokkinakis to open Czechs v Australia Davis Cup tie OSTRAVA: Lukas Rosol and Thanasi Kokkinakis will open the Davis Cup first-round tie between the Czech Republic and Australia in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on Friday.Australia captain Wally Masur pulled a surprise when he named Kokkinakis, the world number 133, overlooking far more experienced Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth.The 18-year-old rising star will play his second Davis Cup rubber against 31st-ranked Rosol, who is eleven years older.Australia's spearhead Bernard Tomic, the world number ...

Great Britain v United States Davis Cup draw GLASGOW: Draw made on Thursday for this weekend's Davis Cup World Group first-round tie between Great Britain and the United States at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow:Friday (from 1300 GMT)Andy Murray (GBR) v Donald Young (USA)James Ward (GBR) v John Isner (USA)Saturday (from 1300 GMT)Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)Sunday (from 1300 GMT)Jamie Murray (GBR) v John Isner (USA)James Ward (GBR) v Donald Young (USA)Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015


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