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Conte calls on Italy 'pride' for Croatia MILAN: Italy coach Antonio Conte has called for the Azzurri to swell with pride when they take to a rain-battered San Siro pitch against Croatia in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier later Sunday. Italy face their first big test of the qualifying campaign having won their first three games against Norway, Malta and Azerbaijan to sit second in Group H behind Croatia on goals difference. The Azzurri have failed to beat Croatia in their past six meetings, their last win coming in Genoa in 1942, but Conte said his men have no reason to fear Niko Kovac's visitors. "We should be proud when we line up to take on Croatia," Conte told reporters at the San Siro."We respect them because they're a side that are good at keeping possession and are strong on one-on-one situations, but we don't fear them."We have to be careful not to get sucked into ball-watching. ...

France ready to take on world, says Saint-Andre PARIS: France coach Philippe Saint-Andre insisted Les Bleus were ready to take on and beat the best in the world following their 29-26 victory over Australia. A short-range try from Sebastien Tillous-Borde and stunning individual effort from young wing Teddy Thomas, alongside 16 points form the boot of Camille Lopez, allowed France to hold off a spirited fightback from an otherwise disjointed Australia on Saturday at the Stade de France in Paris. It was Saint-Andre's ...

'Unbeatable' Klitschko improving with age, says brother HAMBURG: Undisputed heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is currently unbeatable and improving with age, according to his brother Vitali, after knocking-out Kubrat Pulev to earn the 17th defence of his world titles. The three-time former world heavyweight champion Vitali was in his younger brother's corner in Hamburg on Saturday as a sharp left hook from Wladimir Klitschko put Pulev down for the fourth and final time after two mins, 11 seconds of the fifth round. The ...

Toss in focus for Misbah and McCullum DUBAI: Rival captains Brendon McCullum and Misbah-ul Haq agreed Sunday that winning the toss would be important to the outcome of the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand starting here on Monday.McCullum called heads and it came out tails in the toss in the first Test in Abu Dhabi which Pakistan won by 248 runs last week for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series."It will be a pretty important toss, from what happened ...

Germany's Boateng also out of Spain friendly BERLIN: Germany defender Jerome Boateng is the latest World Cup winner to pull out of Tuesday's friendly against Spain in Vigo as head coach Joachim Loew's injury list mounts.Centre-back Boateng has pulled out with a calf injury and joins Bayern Munich team-mate Manuel Neuer, who has cried off on Saturday with a knee injury, in missing out in the friendly against the European champions.Loew has called-up uncapped Wolfsburg defender Robin Knoche, 22, as Boateng's replacement, ...

Turkish football club boss declares war on beards ISTANBUL: The chairman of Turkish football club Genclerbirligi has vowed to fine any of his players who have beards after claiming some looked like students of an Islamic school."I'm 80 and I shave every day," said Ilhan Cavcav, chairman of the Ankara-based club which is currently ninth in the first division."Is this an imam school? You are a sportsman. You should be a model for the youth," he said in an interview with the Dogan ...

McIlroy wins 2014 Race to Dubai crown BELEK: World number one Rory McIlroy on Sunday was assured of capturing the 2014 Race to Dubai crown, rewarding the top European PGA Tour golfer of the year.The Northern Irishman was not playing this week in the season's penultimate tournament in Belek, Turkey, but made it past the post anyway when none of his nearest challengers - Sergio Garcia, Jamie Donaldson or Marcel Siem - were able to win.That meant that no player could overhaul ...


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