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Thomas indiscipline a blessing for Argentina PARIS: Young French try-scoring star Teddy Thomas's indiscretion has cost him a place in the team at the Stade de France on Saturday and no-one will be more relieved than opponents Argentina.The 21-year-old Racing-Metro wing made a stunning start to his international career these last two weeks, scoring a hat-trick of tries on his debut against Fiji before adding a dazzling individual score against Australia last week.And Argentina would have been quaking in their boots at the prospect of facing the powerful and speedy left wing, until he cost himself a starting berth by turning up two hours late for a training session on Wednesday night.Experienced Toulouse back Maxime Medard is certainly no poor-man's replacement, having scored 11 tries in 40 international appearances.But there is a difference between Medard and a young, fearless, in-form player brimming with confidence and riding a wave of success.Thomas would have been a potent weapon ...

All Blacks in quest to continue Wales domination CARDIFF: New Zealand will seek to stretch an impressive winning streak when they face Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday.The All Blacks, who will be captained for a record 100th time by iconic flanker Richie McCaw in his 137th Test, last lost to the Welsh in 1953.Of the 29 matches between the two sides, New Zealand have won 26, their two other losses to Wales coming in 1935 and 1905, racking up 882 points ...

Tonga test, artificial pitch spark Scots concerns KILMARNOCK: Scotland coach Vern Cotter has warned his players that they can expect an even tougher match against Tonga in Kilmarnock on Saturday than they did when the Pacific Islanders secured a shock victory against them two years ago.That 21-15 loss at Aberdeen prompted Andy Robinson to resign as Scotland coach and Cotter believes Tonga have improved to the extent that they will provide the sternest challenge of their three November internationals.The Scottish starting XV ...

Granada grabs early lead at Tour Championship NAPLES: Paraguay golfer Julieta Granada fired a first-round, six-under 66 on Thursday for a two-shot lead at the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship.The 28-year-old Granada, who has not won on the LPGA Tour since capturing the 2006 ADT Championship, posted her lowest opening-round score of the year."It was a fun day today," said Granada, who finished tied for fifth at this year's Women's British Open. "I hit a lot of greens and I had plenty of ...

Federer seeks Davis Cup consecration LILLE: Roger Federer leads the Swiss quest to win a first Davis Cup title in Lille on Friday, taking on a powerful French quartet spearheaded by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils.The 33-year-old tennis superstar will be playing in his first Davis Cup final and as a partner will have long-time accomplice Stan Wawrinka.Australian Open champion Wawrinka gets proceedings underway against Tsonga with Federer then taking on Monfils in what promises to be a blockbuster of ...

City boss Pellegrini still eyeing title MANCHESTER: Manuel Pellegrini remains confident Manchester City can challenge for the English Premier League title, despite currently trailing leaders Chelsea by eight pointsPellegrini's team have made a stuttering start to the defence of their league crown and play host to Swansea City on Saturday, having won only one of their last six matches in all competitions prior to the break for international fixtures.City's form in the Champions League has also been poor and they are ...

'Pacman' Pacquiao expected to gobble up Algieri MACAU: A rejuvenated Manny Pacquiao will look to make short work of Chris Algieri Sunday to defend his World Boxing Organisation welterweight belt and raise his chances of a showdown with Floyd Mayweather.Few believe the eight-weight world champion, oozing confidence and surrounded by a 300-plus entourage in Macau, will be seriously troubled by Algieri.The 30-year-old American (20-0) is a capable and likeable former kickboxer from Long Island with a master's degree and an ambition to ...


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Banking Review 2013

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