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No Boycotting of 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea – IOC

French Olympic Committee President Denis Masseglia revealed, on Saturday, that no situation will lead to the country boycotting next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea amid growing concerns over tensions in North Korea. “If the Games take place, I cannot imagine that France would not be there,” Masseglia told reporters. “If the Games take place it means that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) believes security conditions are met.” France Sports Minister Laura Flessel said that if the crisis deepened and “our security cannot be assured, the French Olympics team will stay at home”, before adding “we’re not there yet” North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said on Friday the North would consider the “highest level of hard-lin...

Koeman hopes League Cup win over Sunderland has ended Everton slump

Everton Manager Ronald Koeman is hoping 3-0 League Cup win, on Wednesday, over Sunderland will lift his team’s spirit when they host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday. Everton spent heavily during the transfer window but are yet to reap dividends, losing four games in a row in all competitions without scoring before beating Sunderland, who are fourth-bottom in the Championship. “Everybody knows we are in a difficult moment and scoring goals and winning games is the best medicine to get our full confidence back,” Koeman told British media after the match. “Let’s hope the result tonight and the way that we played gives us a boost for Saturday.” Everton have struggled up front after selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, winning just one of...

Guendogan’s latest knee injury not serious – Guardiola

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has eased fears of an extended layoff for Ilkay Guendogan after the midfielder injured his knee an hour into City’s 2-1 League Cup win at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday. Guendogan, who was making his debut for City after damaging knee ligaments in December, received treatment on the pitch after being clattered by West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob and could not continue. Guardiola said the Germany international had not suffered a recurrence of the ligament injury that cut short his first season in England. “It was a tough situation for him but I think Ilkay will be okay,” Guardiola told British media. “He has a small issue with his knee, but not like before and I don’t think it will be anything serious.” City, who ...

Man who allegedly bribed guard to enter Formula 1 race track retracts claims

The man who said on Facebook that he bribed a security guard to enter the race track at the Singapore Grand Prix retracted his claims on Wednesday. Posting in a closed Formula 1 Facebook interest group, a user named Viv Smith, said it was time to “come clean”. “There was no bribery, no corruption, no nothing. I asked the guard if he could take a photo of us and he kindly agreed,” he said. He explained further that there were others on the track as well, with one man skateboarding around the track and others jogging. In a comment to his post, the user said that he was in Malaysia “lying low and in disguise”. “Everything you need to know is in my second post, there is nothing else to say.” On Sunday, the individual had posted a photo on Faceboo...

FIFA bans Caribbean soccer official Gordon Derrick

World soccer body FIFA said on Tuesday that the president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Gordon Derrick, had been banned for six years from all soccer-related activities for violating several articles of FIFA’s ethical code. The independent Ethics Committee found him guilty of offering and accepting gifts or other benefits, FIFA said in a statement. Derrick, who is also General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), was also ordered to pay a fine totalling 30,000 Swiss francs (£23,097), FIFA said. The Caribbean Football Union president revealed that no details were provided of the allegations against him. FIFA added that the Antiguan official also breached rules requiring him to cooperate with the investigation. The case was announced after Derrick ...

Belgian Officials awaiting UEFA decision on Brussels Euro 2020 matches

Belgian football officials are waiting to find out whether Brussels will be able to stage matches at the pan-European Euro 2020 tournament. The building of a new Brussels stadium has run into delays involving the applications for construction and environmental permits and the Belgian FA says it is up to European soccer body UEFA to decide how long they want to wait for more progress. “We still believe but we are realistic that it’s a decision that depends on other parties,” the Belgian federation’s secretary general Koen De Brabander told reporters from international news agencies. “We as a federation are not in the lead to take decisions.” De Brabander said that a new application was lodged in August with the Flemish government, taking advantage of new legislation ...

Leicester City beats Liverpool 2 – 0

Leicester City grabbed second-half goals through Shinji Okazaki and record signing Islam Slimani to earn a 2-0 victory over Liverpool in the League Cup third round on Tuesday. Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was given his first start by manager Juergen Klopp following his move from Arsenal, while Phillipe Coutinho was also in the lineup at the King Power Stadium where the visitors dominated play before the interval. Eight-times League Cup winners Liverpool failed to take their chances though and Leicester woke up in the second half with Okazaki’s scuffed shot giving them a 65th-minute lead. Algerian Slimani made it 2-0 with a stunning left-foot shot into the top corner in the 78th minute. The sides meet again at the weekend in the Premier League.

Women work just as hard, sacrifice as much as men – Murray

Britain’s world number three, Andy Murray, has stressed the importance of gender equality in tennis, saying the work ethic required to succeed is the same for both men and women. Murray, who is seen as the voice of women’s equality within the game for his previous views on various issues, was coached by former Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo for two years from 2014. He explained that he had a better understanding of the struggles women face in the game because of the partnership. “People often underestimate the amount of work that it takes to become a top tennis player,” Murray said. “And that work ethic is the same whether you are a man or a woman. “There are hours spent in the gym, on court, in physio, travelling, analysing matches and opponents, talking w...

Doping-free weightlifting or risk 2024 Olympic spot

Weightlifting will have to pass several hurdles to prove it is doping-free or it risks losing its established Olympic spot for the Paris 2024 Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday. The IOC had said in July that the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) needed to provide a satisfactory report by December on how it plans to tackle the problem of doping in the sport. It will now be monitored by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) past December, until both organisations are satisfied that changes have been made, the Olympic organisation said. “If weightlifting stays compliant with the WADA code then we proceed with this formula for Paris 2024. If it is declared non-compliant this will be a totally different situation,” IOC President Thom...

‘Overweight’ Tevez dropped indefinitely

Argentine striker Carlos Tevez is “overweight” and will not feature for Shanghai Shenhua until he gets fit, according to club’s caretaker manager Wu Jingui. Tevez, 33, has recently returned to China following a two-week trip to Argentina to recover from a muscle injury. Wu also criticised midfielder Fredy Guarin’s fitness levels in an interview with South China Morning Post. “I will not pick him right now. He’s (Tevez) not ready physically. He’s not fit to play,” Wu was quoted as saying. “He is overweight, along with Guarin. I have to take responsibility for the team and the players as well. “If you are unable to do your utmost to play, there’s no point in picking you. I have coached lots of big stars, and my players are nev...

Germany return to top of FIFA rankings

World champions Germany pushed Brazil back into second place to return to the top of the FIFA rankings, which was published on Thursday. Germany’s 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic and their 6-0 thrashing of Norway in the World Cup qualifiers lifted them over the already-qualified Brazil, who dropped points in a draw away to Colombia. European champions Portugal climbed three places to third, even though they are second in their World Cup qualifying group behind Switzerland. In another surprise, Argentina are fourth in the rankings despite struggling to qualify for the World Cup after drawing their last two games , away to Uruguay and at home to Venezuela. War-torn Syria, who have reached the Asian playoff stage in the World Cup qualifiers despite playing their ‘home’ Wo...

England pressures FIFA to decide on Dele Alli’s punishment

The English Football Association (FA) has asked FIFA to decide on Dele Alli’s punishment before next month’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia to reduce the chance that he will be banned from matches at next year’s finals. Alli was caught on camera raising a middle finger in the direction of French referee Clement Turpin in England’s qualifier against Slovakia earlier this month and faces a four-game ban. The Football Association wants any ban to include qualifiers against Slovenia (Oct. 5) and Lithuania (Oct. 8). “We have today responded to FIFA and understand the case will be reviewed by the disciplinary committee before the end of the month,” British media quoted an FA spokesperson as saying on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielde...

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