Brilliant ‘Oranje’ makes a statement in the land of green and yellow

  • When the World Cup draw took place last December a lot of pundits were quick to point out Holland as possible victims of an upset when they were drawn alongside champions Spain, Chile and Costa Rica. At the time the South American side had already impressed a lot of people by playing England out...
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Road to 2014 World Cup starts for European teams

  • LONDON: The road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins for European teams tomorrow, with the top lineups expected to ease into their group campaigns after being handed some benign opening qualifying matches.France, in particular, will be desperate for a fast start in Group I after being pooled...
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7s world series revamped so anyone can qualify

  • DUBLIN: The rugby sevens world series has been revamped to give any team a chance of qualifying on the road to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Promotion and relegation will feature at the end of the coming series for the 15 core teams who compete in all nine legs.The Hong Kong Sevens in March...
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7s world series revamped so anyone can qualify

  • DUBLIN: The rugby sevens world series has been revamped to give any team a chance of qualifying on the road to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics....
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World hockey leader sees upside, downs to lockout

  • GENEVA: The flow of star players to European teams during the NHL lockout could distort national competitions, International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel said yesterday. Rene Fasel said that he balanced the increased attention for European hockey against potential damage to the...
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Chelsea learns Club World Cup fate

  • PARIS: Chelsea will play either the winners of the Asian Champions League or Mexican side Monterrey in the semifinals of December’s Club World Cup in Japan, after the draw for the tournament was made by FIFA yesterday.The identity of the team representing Asia in the annual intercontinental...
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Iraq keeps World Cup dream alive with win over Jordan

  • DOHA: A late goal by striker Hammadi Ahmed gave a youthful Iraq a vital 1-0 victory over Jordan in World Cup qualifying on yesterday, thrusting them back into contention for a place in Brazil.Jordan had wasted a number of good chances to break the deadlock before Ahmed took advantage of the space...
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Hanyu breaks world record at Japan Grand Prix

  • RIFU, Japan: Hometown boy Yuzuru Hanyu broke his own short-program world record yesterday to lead the figure skating Grand Prix in Japan at an arena that doubled as a mortuary after the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster.The 17-year-old landed a clean quadruple jump followed by a triple axel and a...
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Mannix backtracks on Fiji World Cup ‘blackmail’

  • PARIS: Former All Black Simon Mannix on Monday backtracked on comments he allegedly made that Fijian players at the French club he coached last year were paid to be unavailable for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.Mannix had claimed that French club Racing Metro made payments to encourage...
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Sudan goes to CAS to regain World Cup qualifier win

  • LAUSANNE: Sudan’s football federation has appealed to sport’s highest court to regain a World Cup qualifying victory it was stripped of by FIFA for fielding an ineligible player.The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it aims to give a verdict by the end of February, before group matches resume...
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