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Mainz hoping to catch Bayern in festive spirits BERLIN: Mainz 05 are hoping to find runaway leaders Bayern Munich distracted by the winter break on Friday with Pep Guardiola's side hunting more Bundesliga records in their final match of 2014."An hour after the game, they'll be on holiday," joked Mainz manager Christian Heidel, "so maybe they'll be in the appropriate mood."Not if Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has anything to do with it."No excuses, we're flying to Mainz to win," insisted the Spaniard.Visitors Bayern are poised to snap up another league record at Mainz, having conceded only three goals all season and with the current record for fewest goals against at the halfway stage standing at seven.The Bavarians show no sign of easing their iron grip on a third straight Bundesliga title and have not conceded a goal in their last six league games.They restricted Tuesday's opponents Freiburg to just 19 percent possession in Munich and mid-table Mainz can ...

Garcia quits as FIFA corruption investigator NEW YORK: Former US federal prosecutor Michael Garcia on Wednesday resigned as chief corruption investigator for FIFA after football's governing body rejected his appeal against the handling of his report into the votes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Garcia said he had found "serious and wide-ranging issues" in the bidding for the 2018 World Cup won by Russia and the 2022 tournament to be held in Qatar."The lack of leadership on these issues within ...
Troubled Getafe urge coach Contra to accept Chinese offer BUCHAREST: Financially-troubled Getafe have urged their Romanian coach Cosmin Contra to accept Chinese side Guangzhou R&F's job offer and help the La Liga club to raise funds."I'm the only one at Getafe who has an offer, they want to sell me in China," Contra, who took over at the Spanish club in March, told local media. "They suggested I should help the club."I know the problems and I would do that for the club which ...
New Zealand eye back-to-back World Cups after stellar year PARIS: New Zealand head into World Cup year as stand-out favourites to defend their title after dominating 2014 to become the yardstick team of the global game.The All Blacks, yet to win a World Cup on foreign soil, wrapped up a third successive Rugby Championship, suffering their sole loss of the year, 27-25, to South Africa in a dead rubber after they'd already wrapped up that tournament.They went on to sweep their European tour in ...
Hartley and Lawes staying at Northampton LONDON: England internationals Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes have both signed new contracts with Premiership champions Northampton, the club announced on Wednesday.The deals involving the two forwards were among a batch of of seven fresh contracts, with flanker Calum Clark, props Alex Waller, Ethan Waller and Gareth Denman, and lock James Craig also agreeing to stay.Northampton hooker and captain Hartley, 28, had been linked with a possible move to French club Montpellier after next year's ...
Five Malaysians in court over Suzuki Cup violence KUALA LUMPUR: Five Malaysian football fans accused of attacking Vietnamese supporters during a heated Suzuki Cup semi-final earlier this month pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, local news agency Bernama reported. The five face a possible jail term of up to two years and a fine if found guilty of violence at Malaysia's Shah Alam stadium following Vietnam's 2-1 win on December 7.The ugly scenes, which occurred at the end of the match, prompted Malaysia's sports ...
David tempers her Olympic dream with a warning CAIRO: Nicol David believes her dream of competing at an Olympic Games may have come closer after the changes which were passed at last week's extraordinary meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Monte Carlo.If the highest profile squash player of all time were able to retire after competing at the 2020 Games it would be an ideal conclusion to a uniquely successful career.That now seems very possible according to the World Squash Federation website, ...


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