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Rangers down Hibs in playoff showdown EDINBURGH: Rangers moved closer to a return to the Scottish Premiership with a 2-1 aggregate win over Hibs in the playoff semi-final match at Easter Road on Saturday.The Glasgow giants, who lost their place in the top flight in 2012 after a financial meltdown, had won the first leg 2-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday.A 1-0 loss on Saturday was enough to ease them through to a final playoff showdown with Motherwell who finished second from bottom of the Premier League.Hibs, who were relegated through the playoffs last year, had most of the early pressure with Rangers Cammy Bell by far the busiest of the two goalkeepers.Veteran striker Kenny Miller -- who scored one of their goals in the first leg -- came closest for the Glasgow side after 25 minutes as the game started to even out, but Hibs should have gone ahead 10 minutes later.Impressive midfielder Scott Allen burst ...

Indonesia hit with World Cup penalties by AFC JAKARTA: Indonesia, already facing the prospect of a FIFA ban for government interference, have been forced to play their World Cup and Asian Cup qualifier against Iraq in an empty stadium and their home tie against Thailand at a neutral venue.The decision was taken by the Asian Football Confederation after crowd trouble during two under-23 matches in March against East Timor and South Korea in Jakarta.Indonesia, who were also fined $20,000 by the AFC and ...

Hamilton keeps the big picture in mind MONACO: Lewis Hamilton wants to win Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix but the Formula One world champion is not about to lose sight of the bigger picture.Sunday's showcase race could see the Mercedes driver beaten by team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg for the third year in a row in the Mediterranean principality and he says he is prepared for that to happen."If he gets that (race win) he gets that. I want to win ...

Nonu celebrates milestone as Hurricanes make playoffs AUCKLAND: Ma'a Nonu celebrated joining mentor Tana Umaga as having played the most games for the Wellington Hurricanes as his side qualified for the Super Rugby playoffs for the first time since 2009 with a 29-5 win over the Auckland Blues on Saturday.Nonu, who was sensationally dumped by then coach Mark Hammett at the conclusion of the 2011 season, returned to the Hurricanes for his final campaign before he heads to France after two years ...

Suarez out of Barca's final La Liga outing of the season MADRID: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has not recovered from a hamstring strain and will be rested for the champions' final La Liga game of the season later on Saturday as a precaution.The Uruguay international picked up the injury in Barca's semi-final, second leg at Bayern Munich on May 12 and missed last weekend's La Liga title clincher at Atletico Madrid.Barca coach Luis Enrique will be hoping to have him back in the side for next ...

Mourinho regrets saying there was a 'campaign' against Chelsea LONDON: Jose Mourinho regrets using the word "campaign" to describe how he felt Chelsea were treated this season but still believes they were harshly treated by officials and media, British newspapers reported on Saturday.Despite Chelsea having cantered to the Premier League title -- leading second-placed Manchester City by eight points with one match remaining -- Mourinho suggested on several occasions this term that there was a clear campaign against his side."We had lots of mistakes ...

Jeonbuk eke out another victory, Jeju leave it late SEOUL: Jeonbuk Motors continued their blistering run in the K-League Classic as they overcame a fifth minute red card to beat Incheon United 1-0 on Saturday and move 11 points clear.Brazilian forward Edu scored the winning goal from the penalty spot minutes after the halftime break as Jeonbuk collected their 10th win in 12 league matches this season.The defending champions, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Beijing Guoan in the AFC ...


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