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IAAF president Coe steps down from Nike role MONACO: IAAF president Sebastian Coe bowed to intense pressure and announced Thursday that he had stepped down from his paid role as an ambassador for Nike to focus more on cleaning up world track and field's beleaguered governing body."It is clear that perception and reality have become horribly mangled," said Coe after an IAAF Council meeting."I've stepped down from my ambassadorial role with Nike, which dates back 38 years."The current noise level around this ambassadorial role is not good for the IAAF and it is not good for Nike, and frankly it is a distraction to the 18-hour days I and our teams are working to steady the ship."Coe also announced he would step down from his role as chairman of the British Olympic Committee after the Rio Olympics and said a multinational sports marketing company he heads up, CSM, would "not tender for nor directly work for the IAAF ...

South African Basson races three clear at Dunhill event MALELANE: An eight-under 64 handed Christiaan Basson a three-shot lead on the first day of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday, the opening event of the 2015-16 European Tour season. The 27-year-old South African carded eight birdies at the Leopard Creek Country Club on the border of the Kruger National Park. The golfers had to contend with temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius and a thunderstorm later in the day that meant the first round ...

English cricket to ditch toss tradition LONDON: English cricket will feature a major change to the tradition of the pre-match coin toss to decide which team bats first in 2016, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Thursday.In both tiers of next season's County Championship, the visiting captain will be given the option of bowling first which, if he chooses to take, will see the toss rendered unnecessary.A coin will only be spun, as has been cricket's tradition for over ...

Malik out as England bat in first Twenty20 DUBAI: England won the toss and opted to bat in the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday.Pakistan are without all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who was ruled out with a finger injury, and opener Ahmed Shehzad, who suffered an upset stomach.Pakistan gave a first Twenty20 cap to opener Rafatullah Mohmand, who at 39 years and 20 days became the oldest player from a Test-playing country to make his T20 debut. India's Rahul Dravid was ...

Grealish axed from Villa squad for off-field behaviour BIRMINGHAM: Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been dropped from the squad for Saturday's Premier League game against Watford as punishment for his off-field behaviour, manager Remi Garde said on Thursday.Garde took the decision following reports about the 20-year-old attending a nightclub in Manchester hours after Villa's 4-0 loss at Everton.He added that Grealish would be training with the club's under-21 side."He won't be included in the squad for Watford. (His actions) are not of ...

Goffin opens against Edmund in Belgium v Britain Davis Cup final GHENT: Belgian number one David Goffin will take on British number two Kyle Edmund in the opening rubber of Friday's Davis Cup final in Ghent.The second rubber of the day sees top British player Andy Murray go up against Ruben Bemelmans.Murray will link up with brother Jamie for Saturday's doubles against Bemelmans and Steve Darcis.For the reverse singles on Sunday, Murray will take on Goffin in a battle of the two top players with Bemelmans ...

Wasim in favour of Pak-India cricket series ISLAMABAD: Former legendary fast bowling, Wasim Akram has said that Pakistan should play the proposed series with India if the government allows for the resumption of cricket ties.Talking to Private News channel, Wasim said that Pakistan and India were two great Asian cricketing nations and their encounter was always one of the biggest events in cricketing world.He said that it did not matter what the venue was, the main thing was that Indo-Pak cricket series ...


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