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Russia ready for World Cup launch SAINT PETERSBURG: The starting gun for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be fired on Saturday as 141 national sides await their fate in the qualifying draw in Saint Petersburg.Draws will be conducted for the qualifying process in five of FIFA's six confederations, excluding Asia where qualifying has already began.The ceremony will be conducted by a star-studded lineup including Brazilian legend Ronaldo, Samuel Eto'o and Italian World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro in grand surroundings at the Konstantin Palace.However, Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk will not take part after being dropped from the lineup just days after criticising the level of racism faced by players in Russia with both FIFA and the Local Organising Committee citing his club commitments as the reason for his withdrawal.Football's elite will be joined by Russian president Vladimir Putin, but the lead up to the draw has been dominated by the corruption crisis engulfing ...

Panama fined, players suspended over Gold Cup uproar MIAMI: Two Panamanian footballers have been suspended and the country's federation ordered to pay an undisclosed fine following the mayhem which erupted towards the end of their stormy Gold Cup semi-final exit, a statement said Friday. The ruling body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) said in a statement Jaime Penedo and Luis Tejada were given two-match suspensions following the semi-final. Penedo was suspended for shoving one of the assistant ...
Thompson shares lead at Meijer Classic GRAND RAPIDS: Lexi Thompson shot a season-best seven-under 64 to grab a share of the lead with two other Americans after the second round of the USLPGA Tour's Meijer Classic on Friday.The 20-year-old Thompson sank six birdies on her first eight holes to equal Alison Lee and Lizette Salas at nine-under 133 at the Blythefield Country Club. "I wanted to make more birdies on the back nine," Thompson said. "I hit it in the rough ...
Historic Jamaica, sluggish Mexico vie for Gold Cup PHILADELPHIA: Jamaica's "Reggae Boyz" have already made history as they enter Sunday's Gold Cup final against an underperforming Mexico side with much to explain even if it takes the trophy.The Jamaicans became the first Caribbean team to reach the championship match of the biennial North American regional football tournament by stunning the United States 2-1 in the semi-finals."We've just put one of the big boys out, so it just shows that we can hang with ...
Pakistan Street Children Football team on the roll in Chicago's KICS Cup CHICAGO: With two successive wins in three of their matches so far, experts here feel that the highly talented Pakistan Street Children Football Team may qualify for the finals of the Kids International Chicago Soccer (KICS) Cup taking place in Chicago.The Pakistan footballers, playing in KICS Cup for the first time, lost their opening match 0-3 to Costa Rica, but then regrouped to clinch the next two games -- against GFC Mustangs 1-0 and RB ...
AC Milan need to 'improve in every aspect': Mihajlovic SHENZHEN: Sinisa Mihajlovic is under no illusion about the enormity of the task at hand as he plots to turn around the fortunes of fallen Italian giants AC Milan."There's a lot of anger [about the club's situation] but we have to improve in every aspect," Mihajlovic said Thursday. "Most important [to improve] is the sacrifice and the intensity we have for each other."The 46-year-old Serb only took the reigns at AC Milan on June 16 ...
Ronaldo dazzles as Real Madrid rip Man City apart MELBOURNE: Cristiano Ronaldo turned on a show as Real Madrid demolished Manchester City 4-1 before a record crowd in the International Champions Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.World footballer of the year Ronaldo showcased his sublime skills and was among the goalscorers as Real ripped apart the 2014 English Premier League champions in a blistering first half performance before more than 99,000 fans at the vast stadium. It was the MCG's biggest ever ...


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