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Stosur secures Guangzhou final with Kenin

Australian wildcard Samantha Stosur recovered from a slow start to beat Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic 2-6 7-6(4) 6-1 at the Guangzhou International Women's Open on Friday, securing a place in her first WTA singles final in 2-1/2 years. Former U.S. Open champion Stosur lost the first four games in her first career meeting against Golubic, who went

France Football creates keeper award named after Yashin

The best keeper in the world will be awarded the 'Yachine' trophy, named after former Soviet keeper Lev Yashin, during the Ballon d’Or ceremony, organisers France Football magazine said on Thursday. Yashin, who played for the Soviet Union from 1954-67, is the only keeper to have won the Ballon d’Or award, in 1963. The Ballon d’Or was

IAAF bans former Diack lawyer Cisse for life

Habib Cisse, former legal adviser to disgraced IAAF ex-president Lamine Diack, has been banned for life for corruption and fined $25,000, the IAAF Ethics Board said on Monday. The IAAF said its ethics panel had found Cisse guilty of helping to cover up doping violations by Lilya Shobukhova "and other Russian athletes". Cisse was accused by independent

Goretzka ruled out against Netherlands – Loew

Germany will be without midfielder Leon Goretzka for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Netherlands in Hamburg on Friday, coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday. The Germans are already without several players who are forming the new backbone of the team since the disappointing World Cup last year as they prepare to face the Dutch in

PL players dominate FIFPro World XI nominations

The Premier League have the most number of players on the 2019 FIFA FIFPro men's World XI shortlist for the first time in 10 years, the global players' union said on Thursday. Twenty one of the 55 nominees play in the English top-flight, as the Premier League ended La Liga's reign at the top. Seven players

Butler named as new coach of Liberia

Former West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Peter Butler has signed a one-year contract to coach Liberia three weeks before they begin their qualification campaign for the next World Cup. Butler, who has previously coached in Botswana, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Africa and Thailand, takes over from Thomas Kojo. "I am very pleased to become the

Cole announces retirement, targets coaching career

Former Arsenal and Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole, a three-time Premier League winner, has announced his retirement from professional football. Cole, who won 107 England caps and enjoyed a spell in Serie A with Roma and played MLS football with LA Galaxy, is now targeting a career in coaching. The 38-year-old came through the ranks at Arsenal and

Not the year for Coutinho return – Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out bringing Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield this summer, saying it is not the year for a "big-money signing". Coutinho, 27, has endured a difficult 18 months in Barcelona since joining from Liverpool for £146m in January 2018, and he faces an uncertain future at the Nou Camp with

Fifa bans ex-Botswana official for match fixing

Former Botswana Football Association general secretary Mooketsi Kgotlele has been banned for life by world soccer body Fifa for accepting bribes in relation to the manipulation of international matches. Fifa said in a statement on Monday that the adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee had also imposed a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,952.82).