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Do or die for Ireland says Keane DUBLIN: Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has warned his teammates their World Cup dream will be over if they lose against Austria on Tuesday.Giovanni Trapattoni's team are in danger of missing out on next year's finals in Brazil after Friday's 2-1 home defeat to Sweden, which left Ireland three points adrift of second place in Group C with just three games left to play.Now LA Galaxy striker Keane acknowledges only a victory against Austria at the Ernst Happel Stadion would give Ireland hope of fighting back in the race to qualify."You don't really need to tell the players. We have a game on Tuesday and if we don't get anything out of it, it's 'finito', it's as simple as that," Keane said."If they can't get themselves up for these games knowing how important the game is, then there's a serious problem."Keane had given Ireland a 22nd-minute lead against Sweden ...


Ethiopia advance in World Cup, South Africa out JOHANNESBURG: Minnows Ethiopia eliminated South Africa from the World Cup Africa zone qualifying competition on Saturday by fighting back to defeat Central African Republic 2-1 in Congo.The 'Walias Antelopes' topped Group A with 13 points, two more than 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa, whose 4-1 home win over Botswana in Durban proved futile.Ethiopia, the bottom seeds in a mini-league expected to be dominated by South Africa, join Algeria, Egypt, Ghana and Ivory Coast in ...

Subotic puts Serbia on hold after World Cup failure BELGRADE: Serbia defender Neven Subotic has temporarily quit international soccer to enhance his club career after Friday's 1-1 home draw with Croatia ended his country's hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup."I told (Serbia) coach (Sinisa) Mihajlovic that I will not be available for the remaining matches in 2013 because I want to step up individual work at my club with the objective of improving my performances," Subotic, the Borussia Dortmund player, said on ...

Do or die for Ireland: Keane DUBLIN: Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has warned his teammates their World Cup dream will be over if they lose against Austria on Tuesday.Giovanni Trapattoni's team are in danger of missing out on next year's finals in Brazil after Friday's 2-1 home defeat to Sweden, which left Ireland three points adrift of second place in Group C with just three games left to play.Now LA Galaxy striker Keane acknowledges only a victory against Austria ...

IOC 2020 Olympics vote too close to call BUENOS AIRES: One of the closest contests in Olympic history was going down to the wire in Buenos Aires on Saturday as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) prepared to vote on which city between Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics.All three bid cities were to have a final chance to woo the IOC members with a 45-minute presentation piece after which the first round of voting would commence.IOC President Jacques Rogge, ...

Ahmed unmoved by logo row, says Aussie vice-captain LONDON: Australia's Fawad Ahmed is unconcerned by the furore his move in not wearing a beer sponsor's logo on his shirt has sparked, according to one-day international vice-captain George Bailey.Pakistan-born leg-spinner Ahmed, who became an Australian citizen in July after his application was fast-tracked, did not have the VB beer logo on his shirt during his international debut in last week's T20 matches against England.It emerged on Tuesday he had "expressed discomfort with the conflict ...

Arab triathlon champion killed cycling in Dubai DUBAI: Arab triathlon champion Roy Nasr was killed when he was hit by a car while cycling in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai, local newspapers reported on Saturday. He was 49 years old.Lebanese national Nasr, who won third place in the ITU World Championship in Beijing in 2011, died on impact when a vehicle struck him as he was training with two friends on Friday morning. One friend was also hit and injured.The ...


 



 
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