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Xavi suffers minor back injury MADRID: Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez suffered a slight back injury as his side missed out on the La Liga title with a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.The 34-year-old, who has been included by Vicente del Bosque in his preliminary 30-man squad for the World Cup next month, is expected to be sidelined for a week and should be fit to join Spain's pre-tournament training camp early next week."The player noted the pain in the left side of his back after the game on Saturday," Barcelona said in a statement on their website on Monday."The tests carried out have confirmed a sprained vertebrae. The approximated time out is one week."The FC Barcelona medical staff have informed the medical staff of the Spanish Football Federation to coordinate in the player's recovery once the Spanish national team's training camp begins."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Asada to sit out competition next year TOKYO: Japanese figure skating world champion Mao Asada said Monday she will sit out competitive events next season but will take part in potentially lucrative commercial ice shows in the coming months.But Asada, the runner-up to South Korean star Kim Yu-Na at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, kept fans and skating officials guessing about her retirement, saying there was a "50-50 chance" of her going back to competition later."I would like to stay away from all ...
Norman the inspiration for top dog Scott SYDNEY: Adam Scott's ascension to golf's world number one spot on Monday is in sync with his goals to emulate the feats of his boyhood idol Greg Norman.Scott, 33, has overtaken Tiger Woods in the latest rankings to become golf's world number one for the first time.He is the first Aussie to claim the top spot in the rankings since 'the Great White Shark' Norman reigned for 331 weeks in the 1980s and 1990s.Scott has ...
Guerra to debut for Queensland in Origin opener SYDNEY: Queensland on Monday named Sydney Roosters forward Aidan Guerra to make his debut off the interchange bench in next week's State of Origin rugby league series opener against New South Wales in Brisbane.Guerra was chosen for back-rower Sam Thaiday, who has failed to recover from a calf injury which has kept him sidelined for his Brisbane Broncos club since last month.Guerra will start from the interchange bench, with South Sydney forward Chris McQueen taking ...
Mitroglou makes Greece squad despite injury ATHENS: Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou made Greece's final 23-man World Cup squad on Monday despite a roller coaster season.Mitroglou scored three of Greece's four goals in their aggregate 4-2 win over Romania in a World Cup qualifying playoff in November.He scored a series of hat-tricks for Olympiakos, including in the Champions League, at the start of season, then missed a month through injury, before signing for Fulham.Mitroglou struggled with a knee injury and form at ...
Injured Azarenka out of French Open PARIS: Former world number one Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the French Open on Monday as she struggles to recover from a foot injury."Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in Roland Garros this year," the two-time Australian Open champion, 24, wrote on her Twitter page."Working hard on my recovery and getting back on court," the world number five added.The 24-year-old Belarus star, who normally would be a main rival to favourite Serena Williams, ...
Djokovic closes in on number one after Rome triumph PARIS: Serbia's Novak Djokovic closed within 650 points of world number one Rafael Nadal in the latest ATP rankings after defeating the Spaniard in the Sunday's Rome Masters final. Canada's Milos Raonic, who pushed Djokovic to three sets in the semi-finals, is the only mover amongst the top ten as he replaces Kei Nishikori at number nine with the Japanese slipping to tenth. Bulgaria's rising star Grigor Dimitrov, who was well beaten by Nadal in ...


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