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Grondona tactics divide world football BUENOS AIRES: Julio Grondona is a powerful, divisive figure in global football who will take a front row seat at Sunday's World Cup final as the long time head of the Argentine Football Association.He will no doubt see a victory over Germany as another crowning achievement in a four-decade rule over Argentinian football during which he has never strayed far from controversy.The 83-year-old has been repeatedly linked to scandals, but shrugs off criticism and has been easily re-elected as AFA president every four years since 1979.Grondona lists "sports management" as one of his hobbies on his FIFA biography.But as a senior vice-president of the world governing body and head of its key finance committee, he has full time implication in FIFA's multi-billion dollar empire.With Argentina in the grip of a military dictatorship that ruled from 1976 to 1983, Grondona was named AFA head by Vice Admiral Carlos Lacoste who headed ...


Johnson, McGirt tied for lead at John Deere event SILVIS: Americans Zach Johnson and William McGirt both made bogey on their final holes as they share the lead after the second round of the US PGA Tour's John Deere Classic on Friday.Former Masters champion Johnson shot a four-under 67 while McGirt, who started his round on the 10th hole, fired a 66 at the Deere Run course to reach 12-under-par 130. Johnson has 11 US PGA Tour wins, while McGirt is looking for his ...

South Africa bat in third Sri Lanka one-day HAMBANTOTA: South African captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat in the third and final one-day international against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Saturday.Both teams are tied at 1-1 in the three-match series, after South Africa won the first match by 75 runs while Sri Lanka pulled off an 87-run win in the second game.The hosts strengthened their spin attack by bringing left-armer Rangana Herath on for paceman Nuwan Kulasekara while ...

Germany, Argentina plot World Cup final tactics RIO DE JANEIRO: Germany and Argentina plotted battle tactics for the World Cup final Friday as Brazil prepared for an unwanted third place play-off with the Netherlands.With two days to the Maracana Stadium showpiece, both finalists were at their respective base camps seeking to keep the lid on mounting tensions and skyrocketing expectations.The final is the latest in a series of World Cup encounters between Germany and Argentina which includes the 1986 and 1990 finals.Memories ...

Jamaica Blake suffers more injury woe GLASGOW: Yohan Blake's return from injury ended in despair as the Jamaican sprinter suffered a hamstring injury during the Glasgow Diamond League meeting on Friday.Blake, the second fastest man in history, has been plagued by fitness issues for much of the past two years and, in just his second race this season, he left the track at Hampden Park in a wheelchair after more problems.The 24-year-old was slow out of the blocks in the 100 ...

Neymar on World Cup best player shortlist RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's injured star Neymar is on a shortlist for the World Cup's best player which also includes seven names from Sunday's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria from Argentina are on the list announced by FIFA on Friday. Captain Messi has scored four goals heading into the final.Germany have four representatives, led by skipper Phillip Lahm, five-goal scorer Thomas Mueller, Toni Kroos, and Mats ...

India's Sharma sparks England slump NOTTINGHAM: Ishant Sharma tightened India's grip on the first Test with a three-wicket burst that led to an England collapse on the third day at Trent Bridge on Friday.At tea, England were 205 for seven in reply to India's first innings 457, a deficit of 252 runs.Joe Root was 13 not out and Stuart Broad one not out.England had got through the morning session without losing a wicket.But all that changed after lunch as Sharma, ...


 



 
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