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FIFA must specify regions for World Cup bids: Richards

By Regan Doherty / Reuters DOHA: Soccer’s ruling body FIFA should specify regions where it would like to stage World Cups so that nations outside those locations do not waste money on losing bids, said English Premier League chairman Dave Richards. “I believe England didn’t understand the ground rules when we went in – and paid …

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El Gouna International Squash Open to kick off on April 5

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Professional squash players from 16 different countries are coming together next month for the Second International Squash Open held in Gouna, aiming to bring Egypt’s tourism industry back on track. El Gouna Second International Squash Open is scheduled for April 5-13. “We are delighted to be hosting for the second time the …

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Egypt season canceled in wake of match violence

By AP CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association has canceled the rest of this season’s league matches in the wake of rioting at a match last month that killed 71 people and injured hundreds of others. The league was suspended less than halfway through the season after the deadly stampede on Feb. 1 in Port Said …

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Despite hardships, Palestinians train for Olympics

By Ibrahim Barzak and Mohammed / AP GAZA CITY: Darting down the bumpy streets of Gaza wearing a cheap pair of sneakers, Palestinian runner Bahaa Al-Farra dodges potholes and traffic as he trains to compete against the world’s best athletes at the London Olympics. Although an Olympic medal is a near impossibility, the 400-meter runner takes …

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Mainz’s Zidan fined for anti-Kaiserslautern chant

By AP BERLIN: Mainz striker Mohamed Zidan has been fined €6,000 ($7,900) for joining fans in a chant containing a mild expletive against local Bundesliga rival Kaiserslautern. The German Football Federation imposed the fine Wednesday for Zidan’s “unsporting behavior” after Mainz’s 4-0 derby win over Kaiserslautern on Feb. 28, when the Egypt international joined the …

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FIFA lifts headscarf ban on female players

By Rob Harris / AP BAGSHOT, England: The International Football Association Board annual meeting took a step toward clearing the way for female Muslim players to wear hijabs during games, five years after banning the headscarves because of safety reasons. FIFA Vice President Prince Ali on Jordan gave a presentation to show how headscarves can be …

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Dortmund wary of returning Mainz striker Zidan

By Ciaran Fahey / AP BERLIN: Mohamed Zidan has been in good scoring form since leaving Borussia Dortmund, and the Bundesliga leader will hope it doesn’t continue when he visits with current side Mainz on Saturday. Zidan has netted in four consecutive games for Mainz since his winter transfer. The 30-year-old Egypt striker aims to become …

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Hassan ready to end doubts over record 179th cap

By Osama Khairy / Reuters CAIRO: Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan was determined to wipe out any doubts about whether he is the most capped international in world soccer by playing against Niger in Wednesday’s friendly in Doha. Football’s governing body FIFA was unable to immediately confirm on Tuesday whether Hassan had already earned a record …

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Football league could resume in empty stadiums

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association says the domestic league could resume in empty stadiums after the mourning period ends on March 15 for the 71 people killed in the country’s worst football violence. Association spokesman Azmy Megahed said on Wednesday that the final decision lies with the prime minister and security officials. But Megahed said …

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Egypt plummets, Zambia soars in FIFA rankings

ZURICH: Egypt plummeted 25 places in the FIFA rankings, as Zambia soared after winning the African Cup of Nations in monthly standings published Wednesday. Egypt dropped to No. 61 in the rankings, which weigh results over a rolling four-year period. The three-time defending African champions failed to qualify for the tournament. Zambia rose 28 places …

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Bradley committed to Egypt job despite turmoil

LONDON: Bob Bradley insisted he is “totally committed” to coaching Egypt’s national team despite the turmoil in the country following the riot at a game last week that left more than 70 dead. The federation president who hired Bradley last year and his board were dismissed by the prime minister in the aftermath of Wednesday’s …

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Blatter wants to reinstate Egypt football leaders

ASUNCION, Paraguay: FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he will seek to reinstate fired Egypt football federation leaders, calling their dismissal "direct interference" by the Cairo government. Blatter spoke Sunday in the Paraguay capital, where he attended a special congress of South American football officials aimed at toughening up rules against government intervention in football in …

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Sudan make quarterfinals for 1st time since 1970

MALABO: Reaching the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals with an entirely home-based squad is Sudan’s brightest footballing moment in more than 40 years. Sudan beat Burkina Faso 2-1 on Monday to climb above Angola and snatch a last-eight place with cup favorite Ivory Coast from Group B. The result not only advanced Sudan, it was …

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Egypt on list of African Cup absentees

JOHANNESBURG: African Cup leading scorer Samuel Eto’o tops a list of high-profile absentees at this year’s tournament after former winners Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa all surprisingly missed out in qualifying. The 30-year-old Eto’o won’t be able to add to his 18 African Cup of Nations goals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, and his …

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Jonas Oliveira gives Brazil 2-0 win over Egypt

DOHA: Jonas Oliveira scored once in each half Monday to give Brazil a 2-0 win over Egypt in a friendly in Qatar. The Valencia striker struck in the 39th and 59th minutes at Al Rayyan Stadium in a match held to raise money for famine victims in Somalia. It was Brazil’s second victory in a …

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Handball federation president faces bribery probe

GENEVA: The president of the Swiss-based International Handball Federation is facing bribery and corruption allegations in a scandal over television contracts. Prosecutors in Hamburg, Germany, said Friday that they suspect Hassan Moustafa improperly received €602,000 ($830,000) in apparent consulting fees in 2007. Moustafa is suspected of "bribery and corruption and irregularities in the marketing of …

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Atletico too good for celebrating Zamalek

CAIRO: Atletico Madrid almost spoiled Zamalek’s centennial celebrations with an easy 4-1 victory over the Cairo club. Argentine striker Eduardo Salvio gave his side a two-goal cushion early in the first half before Mido reduced the arrears via a controversial penalty on 24 minutes. The Spanish side compounded their opponents’ woes via another brace from …

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Yaya Toure, Drogba up for African player award

CAIRO: Ivory Coast trio Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and Gervinho were among 10 footballers nominated for the African Player of the Year award on Wednesday. The three English Premier League players were joined by 2010 winner Samuel Eto’o and Ghanaian internationals Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan and Kevin-Prince Boateng on a list announced by the Confederation …

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Spain extends lead in FIFA world rankings

ZURICH: Former US coach Bob Bradley vaulted over his old team, leading African champion Egypt up seven places to No. 29, while Spain extended its lead at the top of FIFA’s monthly world rankings on Wednesday. The 2012 European Championship qualifying group winners also Greece and Denmark entered the top 10. Spain won its two …

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Tarragona edges Alexandria for 2017 Mediterraneans

By AP TARRAGONA, Spain: The Spanish city Tarragona says it has edged Egyptian counterpart Alexandria for the right to host the 2017 Mediterranean Games. Tarragona, located on the Mediterranean coast south of Barcelona, says on its town hall website it edged Alexandria in Saturday’s vote held in Mersin, Turkey. Tarragona will be the third Spanish …

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Morocco replaces Egypt as host for CAF qualifiers

CAIRO: The Confederation of African Football says Morocco will replace Egypt as host for the continent’s Olympic football qualifying tournament after an upsurge in violence in Cairo. CAF says on Thursday the cities of Marrakech and Tangiers will be the main venues for the eight-team under-23 competition. Additional stadiums are available in Rabat and Fes. …

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Violence moves Olympic qualifiers out of Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt’s football association says it has informed the Confederation of African Football that it cannot host an Olympic qualifying tournament because of a surge in violence in Cairo. EFA official Azmy Mejahed tells The Associated Press on Monday that the federation has apologized to CAF after it was told by Egyptian authorities that it …

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Bob Bradley signs as coach of Egypt national team

CAIRO: Former United States coach Bob Bradley signed a contract to take over the Egypt national team on Saturday, charged with reviving the fortunes of a side that recently failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations. The 53-year-old Bradley agreed a deal worth $37,000 a month until after the 2014 World Cup in …

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Libya beats Mozambique 1-0 in African qualifier

CAIRO: Playing its first match since the fall of Moammar Qaddafi, Libya’s national team beat Mozambique 1-0 Saturday in an African Cup of Nations qualifying match. The Libyan players wore a new white jersey with the three colors of the pre-Qaddafi flag used by the rebels. Rabie El-Lafi scored in the 30th minute with a …

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Egypt eliminated after Sierra Leone loss

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone: Defending champion and seven-time winner Egypt failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in more than 30 years after a 2-1 loss in Sierra Leone on Saturday. A goal from Sheriff Suma in the 14th minute and an 89th-minute penalty by Mohamed Bangura made sure of …

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Giants Egypt, Cameroon on brink of elimination

JOHANNESBURG: Defending champion Egypt and fellow African powerhouse Cameroon face humiliating eliminations from next year’s Cup of Nations in this weekend’s penultimate round of qualifying. Two of Africa’s three most successful teams, with 11 titles between them, they are not expected to make it to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in five months’ time. Two-time champion …

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SAfrica to replace Libya as 2013 African Cup host

JOHANNESBURG: The South African Football Association said Thursday it had signed an agreement with Libya’s football federation to host the 2013 African Cup of Nations in place of the troubled north African nation. In its statement, SAFA said the agreement will see Libya stage the 2017 Cup of Nations, which was initially awarded to South …

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Spain favorites in U20 World Cup

By Stephen Wade  / AP MEDELLIN, Colombia: Spain will be the favorite to add another World Cup to its trophy case — this time the Under-20 version — when the tournament begins on Friday. Ghana, which upset Brazil two years ago in the final in Egypt, has failed to qualify this time around. But six-time champion …

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Wydad holds Ahly to 3-3 draw as group stage opens

JOHANNESBURG: Last-minute addition Wydad Casablanca of Morocco held six-time champion Ahly of Egypt to a 3-3 draw as the African Champions League group stage opened with ties in every one of its four games over the weekend. Wydad — which only earned its place in Group B after defending champion TP Mazembe was disqualified — …

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Egypt hosts U10 Tennis Circuit for the first time

CAIRO: Egypt’s U10 Tennis Circuit was held for the first time in Egypt from May 20–June 18 in four different clubs throughout Cairo namely Dokki Shooting Club, Heliopolis Club, Gezira Sporting Club and Palm Club, where the circuit was initiated and concluded for this round with the Masters Championship. The circuit concept was formed a …

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