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Mitroglou missing from Austria-bound Greece squad ATHENS: Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou was a last-minute absentee as the Greece national squad left for Austria on Monday ahead of Sunday's crucial Euro 2016 Group F qualifer against Hungary.Mitroglou picked up a thigh injury in Sunday's 3-0 league win over Kerkyra and his place in the party was taken by Panionios forward Apostolos Giannou.Giannou joins three other new faces called up by coach Sergio Markarian, Giannina goalkeeper Markos Vellidis, Panathinaikos midfielder Tasos Lagos and Asteras Tripolis forward Giannis Gianniotas.Also missing from the initial squad through injury were Al-Hilal striker Giorgos Samaras, Olympiakos defender Giannis Maniatis and AEK midfielder Petros Mantalos.Greece are bottom of the group with just one point from four matches. Romania head the table with 10 points followed by Northern Ireland on nine, Hungary with seven, Finland on four and the Faroe Islands with three.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Lancaster upbeat about England's World Cup bid LONDON: Head coach Stuart Lancaster believes England can win this year's World Cup despite a fourth consecutive Six Nations runners-up finish, he said in comments published by British newspapers on Monday."We're definitely still capable of winning the World Cup," said Lancaster, whose side lost out to Ireland after a rousing 55-35 defeat of France on Saturday left them six points short of the Six Nations crown."This season we've beaten Australia, we've beaten Wales and we've ...

Webster downbeat after Grix tames Wildcats LONDON: Wakefield Wildcats head coach James Webster admitted his side were made to pay for sloppy defending after Scott Grix scored a hat-trick inside the opening nine minutes of Huddersfield's 44-14 victory at Belle Vue.Full-back Grix got the visitors off to the perfect start with his quickfire treble, the 30-year-old's third a stunning solo effort from 80 metres.Wakefield fought back with Dean Collis and Danny Kirmond efforts, coupled with Jordan Crowther's converted try just after ...

Federer takes break after Indian Wells defeat INDIAN WELLS: Roger Federer will take time off following his disappointing loss in the Indian Wells final to Novak Djokovic Sunday to get ready for the upcoming clay court season.The Swiss tennis star's next stop on the ATP Tour will be the Monte Carlo Masters in April.The break from the Tour means the two-time champion Federer won't be playing in the Miami Open next week. "I am looking forward to training very hard now in ...

Platini unchallenged as UEFA leader VIENNA: Michel Platini will on Tuesday be elected to a third term as head of European governing body UEFA, putting him on course to add master sports powerbroker to his status as a football legend.The 59-year-old, who led France to the European Championship in 1984, is certain to be elected at the UEFA Congress in Vienna as no-one from the 54 national federations has dared challenge him.First elected as UEFA president in 2007, the former ...

South Korea's Kim Hyo-Joo wins LPGA Founders Cup PHOENIX: Kim Hyo-Joo, fired up after a bogey at the 10th, birdied five of her last eight holes on Sunday to win the LPGA Founders Cup by three strokes from Stacy Lewis.The 19-year-old South Korean had seven birdies in her five-under par 67, capturing a second LPGA Tour title to go with the major crown she earned at the Evian Championship last year.Kim led Lewis by two strokes going into the final round at Wildfire ...

Djokovic's success is about dealing with pressure INDIAN WELLS: Novak Djokovic leaned back in his chair in the hot sun, took a drink of water, and couldn't stop his hands from shaking.The world number one had just double faulted three times to lose a second-set tiebreaker to world number two Roger Federer in the Indian Wells championship game on Sunday."I managed to overcome the frustration of handing that tiebreak to him with three double faults in crucial moments," said Djokovic, who went ...


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