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Blatter shrugs off Figo dictator jibe as election nears ZURICH: FIFA president Sepp Blatter shrugged off Luis Figo's accusation he had turned world soccer's ruling body into a dictatorship as the election campaign moved towards its final stages on Tuesday.Former world player of the year Figo, 42, of Portugal, fired a parting shot when withdrawing his presidential candidacy last week, saying Blatter was a dictator and the election was nothing more than a plebiscite, meaning it was not a fair and open contest. The 79-year-old Swiss, arriving at a Zurich hotel for a meeting with delegates from the CONCACAF confederation which comprises north and central American countries and the Caribbean islands, briefly spoke to reporters before being hurried inside the building. "Luis Figo is free to say what he wants to say. He is a free man, he is a footballer," said Blatter. "I have received so many titles but I still have the title of FIFA president at ...

Clarke sticks to McGinley's winning format for 2016 Ryder Cup NEWCASTLE: Rather than experimenting with a new qualifying format, European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke plans to stick to a winning formula when he picks the European team for the 2016 competition.Clarke said he would adopt fellow Irishman Paul McGinley's victorious arrangement which spurred Europe to a five-point triumph at Gleneagles last year. Clarke's 12-man team will be made up of four players from a European' points table, five from a World Points table and ...
Top seed Djokovic starts with win at French Open PARIS: Top seed Novak Djokovic came through a testing start to his French Open campaign on Tuesday, beating experienced Finn Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 in the first round.On a cloudy Paris day, Djokovic breezed through the opening set after breaking immediately but it was not all plain sailing for the world number one on Court Philippe Chatrier as Nieminen broke to lead 3-1 in the second set.The 33-year-old left-hander, appearing at ...
Kvitova happy to keep low profile PARIS: Petra Kvitova admitted she still finds the attention that comes with being a Grand Slam winner difficult to deal with after starting her French Open bid with a laboured victory against Marina Erakovic.The Czech fourth seed took almost two and a half hours to get the better of 80th-ranked New Zealander Erakovic in front of a largely deserted Court Philippe Chatrier on Tuesday, eventually progressing 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to a second-round tie against Spain's ...
Murray into French Open second round PARIS: Andy Murray cruised into the second round of the French Open on Monday, defeating Argentine Facundo Arguello 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.The Scot, who has now won 11 consecutive matches on clay, will face either Canadian world number 53 Vasek Pospisil or Portugal's 44th-ranked Joao Sousa in the next round.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Harden leads Rockets win, Curry OK after scary fall HOUSTON: A playoff career-high 45 points by James Harden sparked the Houston Rockets to a 128-115 must-win victory Monday over the Golden State Warriors, denying the Warriors an easy path to the NBA Finals.The Warriors had a scare and then breathed a sigh of relief after NBA Player of the Year Stephen Curry suffered a bruise to the back of his head after a bad fall in the second quarter but then returned to the ...
Levy heads 11 qualifiers from Walton Heath for US Open LONDON: Frenchman Alexander Levy earned a debut appearance at the US Open next month after finishing top at the international sectional qualifier at Walton Heath on the outskirts of London on Monday.Levy fired a six-under-par 66 on the Old Course in the morning and a five-under 67 on the New Course in the afternoon to lead 11 players who booked berths at the year's second major.Also advancing were India's Shiv Kapur, England's John Parry and ...


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