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Maracana may slam doors shut on 'little' people RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio's famed Maracana stadium, which staged the 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals and will host the opening and closing of the 2016 Olympics, may shut its doors to "little" matches.The management of the 78,000-capacity ground believe it makes economic sense to only concentrate on arena-filling teams and events.However, the consortium stressed Thursday that no firm decision has yet been taken."In a stadium of international renown and which can host 78,000 people, small matches have little pulling power for the public as is the case with games played in the 'carioca' (Rio state championship," said the Consortium Maracana in a statement.They argue that it costs as much to open the Maracana for 2,800 spectators -- the average crowd for local football games - as it does for 30,000.The Maracana is also a major venue for concerts -- last Sunday, US rockers the Foo Fighters brought in $377,000, ...

Hamilton and Rosberg give new Mercedes a first run LONDON: Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg gave their 2015 Mercedes race car a 'shakedown' test at Silverstone on Thursday before a snowstorm forced an end to proceedings.Mercedes said the F1 W06 hybrid car, due to be formally unveiled at the first pre-season test in Jerez on Sunday, took to the track in icy conditions for a limited mileage promotional event. "Driven first by Nico Rosberg, then Lewis Hamilton, the ...
Villarreal sign Bailly from Espanyol MADRID: Villarreal have agreed a deal to sign Ivorian defender Eric Bailly from fellow La Liga side Espanyol for a fee of 5.7 million euros ($6.5 million, £4.3 million), both clubs announced on Thursday."Villarreal and Espanyol have reached an agreement for the transfer of young central defender Eric Bailly, who will play with the Yellow Submarine for the next five-and-a-half years," said a statement on the Villarreal website.The 20-year-old, who is currently representing his country ...
Sturridge desperate to make Liverpool return LONDON: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge admits he is desperate to finally make his comeback this weekend after a five-month injury lay-off.Sturridge has not played since injuring his thigh on international duty with England in early September, having sustained a calf problem and a further thigh injury during the rehabilitation process.But the 25-year-old returned to training with the rest of the Liverpool squad this week and he is pushing Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to include him ...
Dubai Desert Classic first round scores DUBAÏ: Scores on Thursday after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic (par 72):64 - Bernd Wiesberger (AUT)65 - Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL), Andy Sullivan (ENG), Lee Westwood (ENG), Peter Uihlein (USA)66 - Seve Benson (ENG), Stephen Gallacher (SCO), Marc Warren (SCO), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Anders Hansen (DEN), Maximilian Kieffer (GER), Hennie Otto (RSA)67 - Mikko Ilonen (FIN), Yang Y.E. (KOR), Martin Kaymer (GER), Jorge Campillo (ESP), Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Graeme McDowell (NIR), Danny Willett ...
Levante snap up Uche, Ramis on free transfers MADRID: La Liga strugglers Levante have boosted their survival hopes with the signings of former Nigerian international forward Kalu Uche and experienced defender Ivan Ramis on free transfers.Uche arrives back in Spain, where he previously enjoyed spells with Almeria and Espanyol, from Qatari club Al Rayyan.Meanwhile, Ramis returns to his homeland after a three-year spell with English Championship club Wigan Athletic.Both players have signed 18-month deals with the Valencian club.Levante currently sit in the relegation ...
Liverpool to make late call on Sturridge LONDON: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will decide on Friday whether striker Daniel Sturridge is ready to make his comeback after a five-month injury lay-off.Sturridge has not played since injuring his thigh on international duty with England in early September, having sustained a calf problem and a further thigh injury during the rehabilitation process.The 25-year-old returned to training with the rest of the squad this week, but Rodgers will wait until Friday before deciding if he ...

 



 
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