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African Nations Cup in jeopardy as Morocco stands firm JOHANNESBURG: A late replacement must be found to host the 2015 African Nations Cup or the continent's showpiece soccer tournament faces being called off after Morocco rejected an ultimatum to go ahead with the event in January.Fears over the spread of the Ebola virus saw Morocco reiterate its stance that the 16-team tournament, due to be played from Jan. 17-Feb. 8, should be postponed.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) refused to entertain a change of dates and must now find an alternate host as quickly as possible or face annulling the event at great financial cost.CAF have approached other African countries to step in as an emergency replacement but have so far received no public expressions of support.A meeting of African football's governing body in Cairo on Tuesday now faces the prospect of having to cancel their gala event, unless they have a solution in their back pocket."We will not ...

Kangaroos set up Four Nations final against Kiwis SYDNEY: Australia will take on New Zealand in the final of rugby league's Four Nations next week after the Kangaroos hammered Samoa 44-18 in Wollongong on Sunday.Fullback Greg Inglis and Cooper Cronk both scored two tries as the home side ran rampant at Wollongong Showground to set up a meeting with the Kiwis in Wellington next Saturday.New Zealand booked their berth with a 16-14 win over England on Saturday, which left the English needing an ...
Tempers flare as Brisbane's A-League roar fades SYDNEY: Tempers flared as champions Brisbane Roar slumped to their fourth straight defeat with a 3-1 loss to a David Villa-less Melbourne City at the weekend that maintained the worst ever start to an A-League season.Brisbane defender Shane Stefanutto and goalkeeper Jamie Young twice had to be separated by team mates after the match at Lang Park on Saturday, which gave the visitors their first win under their new name following the takeover by Manchester ...
Irish bring Boks back to earth soon after All Blacks win DUBLIN: South African rugby came back down to earth with a thud at the weekend after a disappointing defeat in Ireland contrasted with the heady delight of beating top-ranked New Zealand just one month ago.A 29-15 loss in Dublin on Saturday was the first Springbok loss to a team from the northern hemisphere since a 2010 defeat by Scotland and will leave the South Africans reassessing their World Cup chances less than a year away ...
Captain Rooney could feel armband burden, says Hodgson LONDON: England manager Roy Hodgson hopes captain Wayne Rooney does not become weighed down by the responsibility of wearing the armband, but admits the pressure of the job could affect his performances.The 29-year-old striker, who is expected to win his 100th cap against Slovenia next Saturday, replaced Steven Gerrard as skipper in August after the Liverpool midfielder retired from international duty following England's poor World Cup showing.Rooney has made a promising start in the job ...
Watson's pursuers left to rue missed Shanghai chances SHANGHAI: Tim Clark, Graeme McDowell and Hiroshi Iwata were all left ruing missed opportunities at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament won by American Bubba Watson on Sunday.Watson beat South Africa's Clark in a playoff, while Northern Irishman McDowell and Japan's Iwata finished tied for third with American Rickie Fowler, one shot back, after both men failed to sink birdie putts on the final hole at Sheshan.Clark birdied the par-five 18th to match Watson's 11-under-par total and ...
Cruz Azul all but out of Mexican title playoffs MEXICO CITY: Cruz Azul, heading for next month's Club World Cup as CONCACAF champions, were virtually eliminated from the Mexican Apertura championship title rounds following a 2-0 home defeat by UNAM Pumas.Saturday's loss left the Blue Machine in 12th place with one match to go before the eight-team knockout rounds and only the slimmest of chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals.Cruz Azul must win their last match of the league phase away to promoted Leones ...


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