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Buffon sympathy for cash-strapped Parma MILAN: Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has expressed his sympathy for cash-strapped former club Parma, who will face a bankruptcy hearing next month after failing to pay players' salaries all season.Basement side Parma are so hard up they were unable to pay stadium stewards last week, leading to the postponement of their home league fixture against Udinese.The club has already been docked a point by league officials for failing to pay salaries to players since July 2014 and a question mark still hangs over their trip to Genoa this weekend.Buffon, who spent several years with Parma during their 1990s heyday when they won two UEFA Cups and finished second in Serie A, posted a message on his personal Facebook page which said: "I'm reading more and more surreal news every day about Parma."For what it counts, I'd like to express my full solidarity with everyone who works at the club."Officials from ...

Derby wins are like an 'orgasm' for Aubameyang BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund host arch-rivals and neighbours Schalke 04 on Saturday with Gabon winger Pierre Emerick Aubameyang insisting winning the Ruhr Valley derby is like an 'orgasm'.The showdown at Dortmund's sold-out 80,000 capacity Westfalenstadion is Germany's top derby and a victory will put the winning team's fans in seventh heaven, but Aubameyang took the comparison a step further."I love games like this. Derby wins - even if it sounds strange - are almost like an ...

Russia will make it to Euro 2016: Capello MOSCOW: Russia will qualify for Euro 2016 despite their halting first steps to the championships in France, coach Fabio Capello maintained on Wednesday.After four games, Capello's 2018 World Cup hosts are already trailing Group G leaders Austria by five points in third spot."I'm confident that we will make it into the Euro finals," Capello insisted ahead of his side's next qualifier in Montenegro on March 27.The Italian added: "Our performance in the (qualifying) matches with ...

Russell to miss Italy clash after ban upheld LONDON: Scotland fly-half Finn Russell will definitely miss his country's Six Nations clash at home to Italy on Saturday, after his two week ban for a dangerous tackle was upheld on Wednesday. A Six Nations appeal committee maintained the punishment which resulted when Russell tackled Dan Biggar of Wales during their 26-23 defeat at Murrayfield. The 22-year-old Russell had appealed for the ban to be overturned but in vain and so will miss out on ...

Support crows for Gladiator star to take over Leeds LEEDS: The tantalising possibility of Leeds United fan and Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe buying into the ailing English football giants is finding huge favour with the club's supporters.The 50-year-old New Zealand-born star -- who won the best actor Oscar in 2000 for a mesmerising and combative performance in Gladiator -- has received backing from an influential party in the form of the working group that is supporting fan ownership, of the second tier club, Leeds ...

Greek championship suspended after crowd clashes ATHENS: The Greek government on Wednesday suspended all matches in the country's football Super League following violence between rival supporters."The violence in sport in recent years is unacceptable and it is inconceivable to tolerate," Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis said after a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that ordered the suspension.Serious crowd unrest erupted on Sunday at a game between Athens arch-rivals Olympiakos, the Super League leaders, and Panathinaikos.And on Tuesday, officials from the ...

Federer's 20-point blitz earns Davis Cup rematch DUBAI: Roger Federer escaped from trouble with a remarkable 20-point winning sequence which helped him into the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open in search of his seventh title on Wednesday.The Grand Slam record-holder from Switzerland was 1-4 down in the first set against Fernando Verdasco, the former world number seven from Spain, before producing a faultless five games of attacking, much of it launched from the net, and going on to win 6-4, 6-3.Federer's stunning ...


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