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Van Praag says has sent six nominations to FIFA AMSTERDAM: Michael Van Praag, the president of the Dutch Football Association (KNVB), on Wednesday named six countries who are backing him for the FIFA presidency.Speaking at a news conference to launch his campaign at the Amsterdam Arena, Van Praag said he had sent the nominations from Belgium, Sweden, Scotland, Romania, the Faroe Islands and the Netherlands to FIFA in Zurich.He also said he would only stand for one four-year term if elected.Candidates need five nominations from FAs to officially stand for election as president of world soccer's governing body. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Top names teeing off at Dubai Desert Classic DUBAI: Three of the top-five ranked players in the world will head a stellar field assembled for this week's Dubai Desert Classic, which tees off Thursday.World number one Rory McIlroy (2009) and number two Henrik Stenson (2007) have already won the tournament once before, while number five Sergio Garcia will be searching for his first triumph at the Emirates Golf Club.European Ryder Cup regulars Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood would be playing their first event ...

Klopp convinced Dortmund will avoid relegation BERLIN: Jurgen Klopp is convinced Borussia Dortmund will avoid relegation despite beginning the second half of the Bundesliga season at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday second from bottom in the table."We are not naively optimistic and know that the pressure situations won't be any less," Dortmund's head coach Klopp told German daily Die Welt."But when we look at our situation, we know we can control it."Despite reaching the Champions League's last 16 as group winners, Dortmund ...

Rain delays fifth one-day international CENTURION: Rain delayed the start of the fifth and final one-day international between South Africa and the West Indies at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.South Africa have already tied up the series 3-1.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Raonic helpless against Djokovic    MELBOURNE: Milos Raonic said Wednesday he felt helpless as he was dismantled by remorseless world number one Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.Viewed as at the vanguard of the new young breed in men's tennis, the big-serving Canadian eighth seed was neutralised by the power and precision of the seven-time Grand Slam champion in the quarter-finals.The Serbian top seed ran the show, dealing out a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2 lesson on Raonic in two hours ...

Injured England seek end to Six Nations hurt LONDON: England's recent failure to win the Six Nations title "does burn inside us", coach Stuart Lancaster admitted on Wednesday.Lancaster's squad has been beset by a rash of injuries, with fly-half Owen Farrell ruled out of the tournament completely on Tuesday due to knee ligament damage.But Lancaster refused to use fitness concerns as an excuse for lowering his squad's sights in a year when England will also host the World Cup.Since they won the Six ...

McIlroy looking for desert storm DUBAI: Rory McIlroy says he'd be focused completely on trying to win a second Dubai Desert Classic title, this week rather than thinking about his upcoming date in a Dublin court.The world number one has fond memories of recording his first win as a professional in what is the oldest golf tournament in the Middle East, and, having finished second in his last three starts on the European Tour, McIlroy is hoping to go one ...


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