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FIFA chief Blatter booed at Asian Cup final SYDNEY: FIFA chief Sepp Blatter often talks about being the head of the "football family" but if the boos that greeted his appearance at the Asian Cup final on Saturday are anything to go by, he is not too popular with his Australian cousins.The Swiss, who is expected to win a fifth term as president of soccer's world governing body in May, was roundly jeered when he was introduced to the crowd at the trophy ceremony after Australia beat South Korea 2-1 in extra time.Blatter was standing alongside Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, who had provoked the ire of many in Australia when he was quoted in an interview as saying some Gulf nations wanted the Socceroos out of Asia.It was only when Blatter himself took centre stage, however, that the boos reached a crescendo, echoing the reception he received at the World Cup final ...

Inter suing Osvaldo for 28m: report MILAN: An ongoing dispute between Inter Milan and Dani Osvaldo took a new twist on Saturday with reports claiming the Serie A giants are suing the on-loan Southampton striker for 28m euros.Osvaldo has been ostracized from Inter since he attempted to attack fellow striker Mauro Icardi during a 1-1 draw with Juventus several weeks ago.The incident was exacerbated by a heated exchange with coach Mancini following the match and the Argentina-born Italy international was then ...
Equatorial Guinea seek to continue fairytale run BATA: Hosts Equatorial Guinea bid to continue their fairytale run at the African Nations Cup as they take on Tunisia in Saturday's quarter-final with a passionate support expected to rally behind them.Having upset neighbours Gabon in the group phase in their last game in a snatch and grab win, they have hopes of a similar success against a side who have had an impressive qualifying campaign and finished top of their opening round group.Coach Esteban ...
South Korea bolster defence for Asian Cup final against Australia SYDNEY: South Korea have bolstered their already mean defence with one change to their starting side for the Asian Cup final against hosts Australia, who are unchanged for Saturday's tournament finale at Stadium Australia.Coach Uli Stielike brought defender Jang Hyun-soo into his line-up in place of forward Han Kyo-won as the South Koreans look to maintain their record of not having conceded a single goal in Australia.Australia's Ivan Franjic picked up a hip injury in ...
Luongo gives Australia halftime lead in Asian Cup final SYDNEY: Australia's Massimo Luongo breached the South Korean defence for the first time in the tournament on the stroke of halftime to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the Asian Cup final at Stadium Australia on Saturday.The South Koreans had looked most likely to break the deadlock as the half wore on but Luongo lashed the ball into the net from 25 metres to send the majority of the 80,000 crowd into a frenzy.The ...
Returning Sturridge ready to silence critics LONDON: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he is ready to shrug off his "injury-prone" label when he returns after a five-month layoff for West Ham United's visit to Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.The England hitman, who struck 21 league goals for Liverpool last season, suffered a thigh injury on international duty in September.Liverpool have struggled while Sturridge endured a series of setbacks that prolonged his time on the sidelines and led detractors to ...
Williams beats Sharapova to win Australian Open title MELBOURNE: Top seed Serena Williams clinched her 19th grand slam title with a 6-3 7-6(5) victory over Maria Sharapova in the final of the Australian Open on Saturday.It was Williams' sixth title at Melbourne Park and it moved her into a tie with fellow American Helen Wills Moody in third on the all-time list after she joined Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert on 18 at last year's U.S. Open.Only Australia's Margaret Court (24) and Germany's ...

 



 
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