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Standard Liege manager quits after dismal start to season BRUSSELS: Standard Liege manager Guy Luzon has quit following Sunday's loss to bottom placed Zulte Waregem the Belgian soccer club said on Twitter on Monday.Israeli Luzon, who took over in 2013, oversaw a dismal start to the season in which last year's runners up managed 12 points from 11 matches, culminating in Sunday's 1-2 defeat to bottom side Zulte Waregem."Guy Luzon told the group that he (has) quit his job as manager," Standard Liege said on Twitter.Assistant coach Ivan Vukomanovic will take over until a permanent successor is found, the club added.Sunday's match had to be ended prematurely as the home fans rebelled and started throwing chairs onto the pitch demanding Luzon's sacking.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Indian footballer dies after fatal goal celebration NEW DELHI: A 23-year-old Indian footballer has died from severe spinal cord damage after attempting to celebrate a goal with a somersault, an official told Reuters on Monday.Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala died on Sunday at a hospital in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram after the incident in Tuesday's match in the third tier Mizoram Premier League (MPL)."We are shocked by the case. We at the Mizoram Football Association did all we could ...

Tour Finals chiefs keep anxious eye on Murray and Nadal LONDON: Organisers of the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month will be keeping a keen eye on Andy Murray's results and Rafa Nadal's health over the next couple of weeks.Home favourite Murray is one of several players scrambling to accumulate enough ATP Race points to grab one of the three remaining spots while already-qualified Nadal has been diagnosed with appendicitis and question marks remain over his appearance.Murray, an ever-present at the season-ender since ...

Nepal implementing ‘corrective measures’, says FIFA BERNE: Nepal's football association (ANFA) is implementing "corrective measures" amid allegations from its own senior officials about embezzlement of funds, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Monday.FIFA said the Nepalese FA had been the subject of an "unsatisfactory" external audit in 2012, when "unappropriated cash movements" were identified, and was also targeted by an ethics committee investigation in 2013.Last week, two ANFA vice-presidents asked FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia to look into ANFA president Ganesh ...

Navratilova unhappy with ITF silence on Williams slur SINGAPORE: Multiple grand slam winner Martina Navratilova has questioned the "silence" of the International Tennis Federation after one of its members described world number one Serena Williams and older sister Venus as "brothers".Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev was swiftly banned for a year and fined $25,000 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) after making the comments on local television on Friday.Navratilova, one of the game's greats with a total of 59 grand slam singles, ...

Suarez feared Barca would not sign him after biting ban BARCELONA: Luis Suarez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup.The Uruguayan signed for Barca from Liverpool for 81 million euros ($103.5 million) despite the ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini when playing against Italy in Brazil.He will be available to make his much-awaited debut on Saturday in the broiling atmosphere of an El Clasico against Real Madrid at ...

Sana feels female players can be well-known if women cricket is televised ISLAMABAD: Pakistan female's team captain Sana Mir feels women cricket should be televised saying currently there are six of our players in the Top 20 ICC rankings but they are not well recognized.Sana Mir said the thing that bothers her is since having not any television coverage, female players are not well-known to the general public or to potential sponsors. "Most of the people know me because after the wins or loses, I am the ...


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