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Qatar World Cup shift gives Japan winter blues TOKYO: A November start to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would cause severe disruption to Japan's domestic football schedule, the head of the J-League told AFP on Monday.A FIFA taskforce has recommended the controversial tournament take place in November and December to avoid the scorching summer heat in the Gulf state, a proposal which could be ratified by the body's executive committee next month."If the World Cup does start in November, it would come right at the peak of the Japanese season," J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai said in an interview. "It would therefore have an extremely big impact on our schedule. But it's a World Cup in Asia -- and so we will have to cooperate by cramming in games in order to help make it a success."Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who heads the taskforce, has circled November and December because stifling ...


Dalmiya seals comeback as India board chief NEW DELHI: Jagmohan Dalmiya, who turned India into cricket's financial powerhouse before being unceremoniously dumped by his peers, returned as board president Monday in place of the sport's scandal-hit global supremo.Dalmiya was elected unopposed as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as part of a deal which observers say will allow the embattled incumbent Narayanaswami Srinivasan to stay on as head of the International Cricket Council."Jagmohan Dalmiya has been elected ...

Nishikori soars to world number four TOKYO: Record-breaking Japan superstar Kei Nishikori rose to fourth in Monday's new world rankings, equalling Kimiko Date-Krumm as his country's highest-ranked tennis player.The 24-year-old, who is the top-ranked Asian-born man ever, tweeted: "Just saw the new rankings. Very proud of another step...#4 this week."Nishikori, last year's US Open runner-up, now trails only Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal after leapfrogging Britain's Andy Murray, meaning he will avoid the top three until the semi-finals at ...

South Sydney club fined over US incident SYDNEY: Reigning champions South Sydney were fined Aus$20,000 ($15,500) by the National Rugby League (NRL) on Monday following an investigation into an incident in the United States involving two of their players.Former club captain John Sutton and English forward Luke Burgess spent the night behind bars during the team's trip to Arizona for a training camp in November after they were ejected from a bar.Both players were charged with "disorderly conduct, fighting", a misdemeanour offence, ...

Injured Crusader Fruean out for Super 15 season WELLINGTON: Canterbury Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean will be sidelined for the rest of the Super 15 season after breaking his arm in the weekend defeat to the Waikato Chiefs, the club said Monday.Fruean has had surgery to insert a plate in his arm and will take four to five months to recover, ending his season, the Crusaders added."We know that Robbie wanted to make this a great season so this is hugely disappointing for him," ...

Casey, Poulter share lead at rain-soaked Honda Classic PALM BEACH GARDENS: Englishmen Ian Poulter and Paul Casey shared the lead Sunday night as the US PGA Tour's rain-delayed Honda Classic hurtled toward a manic on Monday finish.Both Poulter and Casey were at seven-under par, Poulter through the first seven holes of his fourth round and Casey through nine holes when darkness halted play on a marathon day at PGA National.The long day must have felt even longer to Poulter after he let a ...

Deila not taking title for granted GLASGOW: Celtic manager Ronny Deila says he is taking nothing for granted despite his side opening a six point gap over rivals Aberdeen at the top of the table following a 4-0 thrashing of the Dons on Sunday.Jason Denayer, Leigh Griffiths, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stefan Johansen all scored as Celtic put a huge dent in Aberdeen's title hopes to move a step closer to claiming their fourth Scottish Premiership title in a row.The Glasgow giants ...


 



 
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