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Troubled Getafe urge coach Contra to accept Chinese offer BUCHAREST: Financially-troubled Getafe have urged their Romanian coach Cosmin Contra to accept Chinese side Guangzhou R&F's job offer and help the La Liga club to raise funds."I'm the only one at Getafe who has an offer, they want to sell me in China," Contra, who took over at the Spanish club in March, told local media. "They suggested I should help the club."I know the problems and I would do that for the club which is going through some pretty bad financial times."Guangzhou R&F finished third in this year's Chinese Super League to qualify for next year's Asian Champions League second preliminary round.The manager's job at Guangzhou R&F became vacant after much-travelled Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson quit last month."They (Guangzhou R&F) are offering me a salary, which is five times bigger than the one I have at Getafe," said former Romania international Contra, adding that the Spanish club want him back ...

Williamson guides New Zealand to 299-5 ABU DHABI: Skipper Kane Williamson hit a century to help steer New Zealand to 299-5 in the fourth day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.The 24-year-old right-hander scored 123 off 105 balls while opener Martin Guptill made 58 after New Zealand won the toss and batted on a conducive batting strip at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Williamson added 44 for the second wicket with Guptill and another 63 for the third with Ross Taylor, who ...

New Zealand make 299-5 in fourth one-day ABU DHABI: New Zealand, who won the toss and batted, made 299-5 in their 50 overs in the fourth day-night international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Trailing the series 2-1, New Zealand were lifted by skipper Kane Williamson who made 123 with 12 boundaries while opener Martin Guptill scored 58 and Dean Brownlie 42.Pakistan went ahead with the match despite calls to postpone it after a terrorists' attack in Peshawar on Tuesday which left ...

New Zealand eye back-to-back World Cups after stellar year PARIS: New Zealand head into World Cup year as stand-out favourites to defend their title after dominating 2014 to become the yardstick team of the global game.The All Blacks, yet to win a World Cup on foreign soil, wrapped up a third successive Rugby Championship, suffering their sole loss of the year, 27-25, to South Africa in a dead rubber after they'd already wrapped up that tournament.They went on to sweep their European tour in ...

Hartley and Lawes staying at Northampton LONDON: England internationals Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes have both signed new contracts with Premiership champions Northampton, the club announced on Wednesday.The deals involving the two forwards were among a batch of of seven fresh contracts, with flanker Calum Clark, props Alex Waller, Ethan Waller and Gareth Denman, and lock James Craig also agreeing to stay.Northampton hooker and captain Hartley, 28, had been linked with a possible move to French club Montpellier after next year's ...

Five Malaysians in court over Suzuki Cup violence KUALA LUMPUR: Five Malaysian football fans accused of attacking Vietnamese supporters during a heated Suzuki Cup semi-final earlier this month pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, local news agency Bernama reported. The five face a possible jail term of up to two years and a fine if found guilty of violence at Malaysia's Shah Alam stadium following Vietnam's 2-1 win on December 7.The ugly scenes, which occurred at the end of the match, prompted Malaysia's sports ...

David tempers her Olympic dream with a warning CAIRO: Nicol David believes her dream of competing at an Olympic Games may have come closer after the changes which were passed at last week's extraordinary meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Monte Carlo.If the highest profile squash player of all time were able to retire after competing at the 2020 Games it would be an ideal conclusion to a uniquely successful career.That now seems very possible according to the World Squash Federation website, ...


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