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Sri Lanka president skips games amid protest threats COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse will skip the Commonwealth Games starting this week in Glasgow despite being chair of the bloc, his office said Tuesday, after activists threatened to protest at his attendance.Rajapakse's spokeswoman denied he had decided to stay away because of the threat of demonstrations over Colombo's alleged human rights abuses."No such visit was scheduled," Mohan Samaranayake told AFP.Rajapakse is the current chair of the 53-member bloc of mostly former British colonies and last November hosted a summit of Commonwealth leaders that was overshadowed by the allegations.Anti-government websites based outside the country have said Sri Lankans in Europe were planning to stage street protests against Rajapakse if he attended Wednesday's opening ceremony in the Scottish city.Rajapakse was embarrassed in 2010 when an Oxford University debating team cancelled his address at the last minute due to demonstrations by ethnic Tamils who accuse the Sri Lankan leader of war ...

Real Madrid sign Rodriguez MADRID: Real Madrid on Tuesday signed Colombian striker James Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup, from Monaco on a six season contract.Neither team gave the transfer fee, but Spanish media have spoken of a figure of between EUR75 million and EUR80 million. Rodriguez, 23, scored six goals for Colombia at the World Cup to win the Golden Boot award.The 23-year-old will be unveiled at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium at 8:00 p.m. (1800 ...

Cook has nowhere left to hide following Dhoni schooling NEW DELHI: England skipper Alastair Cook is running out of time, excuses and places to hide after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India became the latest side to expose his weaknesses with a thumping victory at Lord's to open a 1-0 lead in their five-match series. His bright start to life as England captain at the end of 2012 now appears like a dim and distant memory as Dhoni carried on a trend started by ...

Dutchman Advocaat to take over as Serbia coach: FA chief BELGRADE: Dutchman Dick Advocaat will take over as Serbia coach to lead the team's bid to qualify for the 2016 European Championship, the Balkan country's Football Association (FSS) president Tomislav Karadzic told Reuters."The agreement we have reached with Advocaat is a result of month-long negotiations we've had with him and we will officially unveil him as the new coach in the next few days," Karadzic said on Tuesday.The 66-year old Advocaat, who has coached a ...

Ronaldo ready to rumble after World Cup flop TOKYO: Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, putting a miserable World Cup behind him, on Tuesday declared himself fit and ready to go as he chases trophies at Real Madrid."I'll try my best all the season like I do it every year. I'll try to be the best, try to help my team, try to score goals and try to win titles," the 29-year-old striker told a sponsor's event in Tokyo, adding he would like to play ...

Brazil's Wanderson awaits Russia call MOSCOW: Brazilian forward Francisco Wanderson, who plays for Russian top flight side FC Krasnodar, said Tuesday he was ready to play for Russia in the future.Russia manager Fabio Capello has called on the national football union to consider selecting foreign players in order to boost the national squad.And Wanderson, along with compatriot Mario Fernandes, who plays for CSKA Moscow, have both said they would be interested in playing for Russia."I will definitely accept a proposal ...

Peraud surprising himself as Pyrenees loom CARCASSONNE: Jean-Christophe Peraud admitted he had not even ridden the three tough Pyrenean stages at the Tour de France in advance because he didn't expect to be competing for a podium.The 37-year-old French rider has unexpectedly found himself in sixth place overall and only 1min 18sec of a podium position with less than a week to go.The veteran AG2R rider is enjoying a surprise Indian summer to his career as he largely flies under the ...


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