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Coach Zubeldia to keep LDU job despite three-month ban QUITO: Hot-headed Argentine Luis Zubeldia is set to continue as coach of Ecuador's LDU Quito next year despite a three-month ban for attacking a referee, club president Carlos Arroyo said."There is practically an agreement (but) he will have to show self control in future for his own good and that of the club," Ecuadorean media quoted Arroyo as saying on Thursday.Zubeldia, who has coached Lanus and Racing Club in his home country, attacked Roddy Zambrano during a Nov. 30 league match when the referee awarded rivals Independiente del Valle a penalty.The Argentine was originally suspended for six months but the Ecuadorean Football Federation reduced the ban to three on appeal at a hearing on Tuesday.Zambrano, who said in his match report Zubeldia had hit his forearm, complained about the reduction saying: "it's a joke When this sort of thing happens in a (amateur) barrio game players are banned for a ...


Champions Germany top FIFA year end rankings PARIS: World champions Germany comfortably top the pile of the FIFA national team rankings revealed Thursday despite a slump in form since their rampant campaign in Brazil.The top three remain unchanged since September with Lionel Messi's beaten World Cup finalists Argentina second and Colombia in third.Up-and-coming Belgium are fourth ahead of their northern Neighbours the Netherlands while the humiliated World Cup hosts Brazil round off the year in a respectable sixth. Euro 2016 hosts France ...

Amla, Van Zyl take South Africa past 400 CENTURION: Hashim Amla was unbeaten on 178 as South Africa reached 449 for four at lunch on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies at SuperSport Park on Thursday.Left-arm spinner Suleiman Benn broke a South African record fourth wicket stand of 308 between Amla and AB de Villiers when De Villiers sliced a drive to point after making 152 off 235 balls with 16 fours and two sixes.But there was no ...

England's Launchbury to miss Six Nations LONDON: England second-row forward Joe Launchbury will miss the Six Nations after Wasps announced on Thursday that he must undergo neck surgery and faces up to four months out.Launchbury, 23, missed the November internationals due to a persistent nerve problem in his neck.He was initially told that he would need six to eight weeks of rest to recover, but after further consultations with specialists, he will now go under the knife on Friday and will ...

All Black Carter France-bound after World Cup PARIS: World leading points scorer Daniel Carter will join French club Racing Metro on a three-year contract after next year's World Cup, a move that will almost certainly bring an end to his storied international career.The 32-year-old had been widely expected to leave New Zealand rugby after the 2015 tournament in England following a horrendous run with injuries.It will be Carter's second foray into French club rugby after he signed a seven-month deal with Perpignan ...

Manchester United star Angel Di Maria beats Lionel Messi Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria has beaten Lionel Messi for Argentina’s ‘Player of the Year’ award, due to his impressive performance in the Champions League for Real Madrid as well as for his country during the World Cup 2013 where Argentina lost the final match against Germany.Di Maria also missed the World Cup final against Germany after suffering an injury in the semi-finals, although he did play a key role in their progression, including ...

Everton boss Martinez wary of slumping Southampton LONDON: Five consecutive defeats for Southampton suggests the over-achieving south coast club's season is on the wane, but Everton manager Roberto Martinez is wary of a backlash.Everton travel to Southampton on Saturday on the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on Monday which lifted them to 10th in the Premier League, five points behind the fifth-placed Saints.Ronald Koeman's Southampton began the season in tremendous form and were being tipped as genuine ...


 



 
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