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Forster loss motivates Saints to tighten up further LONDON: Southampton will be more motivated than ever to stay "miserly" at the back after losing England goalkeeper Fraser Forster to a knee injury for the rest of the season, the Premier League club's director of football said.Still pushing for an improbable Champions League spot, the loss of Forster is a major blow to the south coast club sitting sixth in the standings.Saints have conceded just 21 goals all season, fewer than any club in the top four flights of English soccer, thanks in large part to the 2.01 metre frame of stopper Forster.But the 27-year-old damaged his left patellar tendon in Saturday's win over Burnley, leaving Southampton to rely on veteran goalkeeper Kelvin Davis for the run-in.Davis came on for Forster against Burnley, in what was his first appearance in more than a year."No one will be any sadder than Kelvin Davis, who did an outstanding job replacing Fraser ...

Italy's Verratti ready to fill Pirlo void against Bulgaria ROME: Marco Verratti is ready to take advantage of an injury to Andrea Pirlo and show Italy boss Antonio Conte he can fill the void in the Azzurri midfield when the Juventus talisman eventually retires.The Paris St Germain midfielder is expected to start in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia on Saturday with 35-year-old Pirlo ruled out due to a calf problem."It's very difficult to replace someone like Pirlo," Verratti told reporters."He's a ...

FIFA taking the wrong approach to development, says Prince Ali VIENNA: FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan believes that world soccer's governing body is taking the wrong approach to development of the sport, leaving many national associations without basics such as kit and pitches.He said FIFA was "irresponsible" to decide the allocation of slots for the 2018 World Cup on the day after the presidential election in May and that spending $27 million on a film about itself was an example ...

Wales prop Jones joins Harlequins LONDON: Former Wales tighthead prop Adam Jones is leaving Cardiff to join Harlequins at the end of the season, the English club said on Thursday.The shaggy-haired 34-year-old, who has played 100 tests for Wales and the British & Irish Lions, retired from internationals in January after being omitted from the Welsh squad for this year's Six Nations."Not only is it apparent that Adam wants to keep going for some time to come, but the work ...

Hamilton laughs off Horner calls for level field SEPANG: World champion Lewis Hamilton admitted he was amused by Red Bull boss Christian Horner's calls for Formula One to forcibly reduce his Mercedes team's advantage.Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two ahead of Nico Rosberg in Melbourne a fortnight ago and such was their dominance, a continuation of last season's supremacy, that Horner suggested measures may be needed to balance out the field."I find it quite funny," the Briton told reporters at Sepang on Thursday ahead ...

Tuktamysheva takes huge lead at worlds SHANGHAI: European title holder Elizaveta Tuktamysheva recorded the third highest ladies short programme score in history Thursday as the 18-year-old took a commanding lead at the World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai.The Russian dazzled the crowd to the rousing music of Maurice Ravel's "Bolero", opening with a triple axel before dancing impeccably to move easily into first position in the tournament with a score of 77.62.Tuktamysheva was the only contestant in Shanghai to attempt a ...

PCB keep strengthening domestic cricket for resumption of International Cricket: Richardson SYDNEY: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should keep strengthening their domestic cricket structure so they do not face any problem when international cricket returns to that country, Chief Executive International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.He said this was a very difficult question to be answered that when the international cricket will be returning to Pakistan and its big challenge and mission to solve its security issues beyond cricket."I don’t think ICC can solve this problem. ...


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