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All Black Carter France-bound after World Cup PARIS: World leading points scorer Daniel Carter will join French club Racing Metro on a three-year contract after next year's World Cup, a move that will almost certainly bring an end to his storied international career.The 32-year-old had been widely expected to leave New Zealand rugby after the 2015 tournament in England following a horrendous run with injuries.It will be Carter's second foray into French club rugby after he signed a seven-month deal with Perpignan in 2008 but only played five games before a foot injury.Carter will earn a reported two million dollars a year at Racing, making him the highest-paid player in the world."Carter will be the best paid player at Racing but also the least expensive because of the economic benefits," Jacky Lorenzetti, the millionaire owner of the club, told a news conference on Thursday."We count on his experience to help the other players grow," coach Laurent Labit ...

Manchester United star Angel Di Maria beats Lionel Messi Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria has beaten Lionel Messi for Argentina’s ‘Player of the Year’ award, due to his impressive performance in the Champions League for Real Madrid as well as for his country during the World Cup 2013 where Argentina lost the final match against Germany.Di Maria also missed the World Cup final against Germany after suffering an injury in the semi-finals, although he did play a key role in their progression, including ...

Everton boss Martinez wary of slumping Southampton LONDON: Five consecutive defeats for Southampton suggests the over-achieving south coast club's season is on the wane, but Everton manager Roberto Martinez is wary of a backlash.Everton travel to Southampton on Saturday on the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on Monday which lifted them to 10th in the Premier League, five points behind the fifth-placed Saints.Ronald Koeman's Southampton began the season in tremendous form and were being tipped as genuine ...

Newcastle suffer keeper crisis, consider emergency loan LONDON: Newcastle United are facing a goalkeeping crisis and manager Alan Pardew is considering asking the Premier League about the possibility of an emergency loan.Already without Dutch international Tim Krul and Rob Elliott, both injured, Pardew has been relying on 21-year-old third-choice Jak Alnwick.Alnwick, who made his senior competitive debut when he came on to replace Elliott in the Premier League defeat of Chelsea this month, has conceded eight goals in his last two games ...

Reus picks up hefty fine for driving without licence BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund and Germany winger Marco Reus has been fined more than half a million euros for driving without a licence for years.The 25-year-old international, who has been advertising the club's car sponsor and has also been in ads for a petrol company, received speeding tickets on at least five occasions since 2011 before authorities realised he had been driving without a licence ever since."I decided back then to take that road but the ...

Angry Santos fan sues Neymar for joining Barcelona Barcelona football star Neymar is reportedly being sued by a supporter of his former club Santos for quitting the Brazilian team and joining the Spanish team Barcelona in 2011.According to a report in Brazilian newspaper Globoesporte, Brazilian lawyer Luciano Pereira Caparroz, and a lifelong Santos fan, is taking action against Neymar for signing a pre-contract agreement with Barca before the Club World Cup tie against the Catalan club in 2011.Caparroz claim that when he went ...

Rodgers praise Liverpool win Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers praised his players after their win yesterday against Bournemouth. Liverpool won 3-1 against Bournemouth yesterday and Brendan Rodgers' side claimed their spot in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup where Liverpool will face Chelsea in January.According to Skysports, Rodgers said, “I thought we were excellent. We've come away from home; we controlled the game and created many chances.”“Credit to Bournemouth as they kept going, even at 3-0 but overall for ...


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