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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Games moved

NEW DELHI - Pakistan's matches in the forthcoming Women's World Cup have been moved from Mumbai because of a right-wing nationalist group's threat to disrupt them, cricket officials said on Friday. The entire eight-nation event, to be held from January 31 to February 17, was due to take place in the financial city but the International Cricket Council (ICC) has revised its schedule following Shiv Sena's planned protests. The eastern city of Cuttack will now host all of Group B's matches, featuring Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Pakistan will play three league games at Cuttack's Test venue, the Barabati Stadium.

Mass signing

BRUSSELS - The Belgian Football Association has criticised third division club KV Turnhout for adding 14 Egyptians to its roster in an attempt to avoid relegation. Belgian secretary general Steven Martens said on Friday the mass hiring of players from Egyptian top flight club Wadi Degla creates "a totally distorted situation" in a division regarded as a breeding ground for local talent. Third-tier clubs have on average fewer than three non-EU players. Turnhout was linked to Wadi Degla and, since the Egyptian league is suspended, it was possible to hire the players.

Race leader

PARIS - Frenchman Francois Gabart remains out in front in this year's edition of the Vendee Globe round-the-world race, well on course to win the event in record time. Gabart, at 29 the youngest skipper in the event, is expected to reach the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne on France's Atlantic coast in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to race organisers. His attempts to beat the previous record time for the race, set at 84 days 3hr 9min by 2009 winner Michel Desjoyeaux, have been held up a little by the unfavourable weather conditions off the Azores. At 0400 GMT Friday, Gabart was within 900 nautical miles of the finish and was set to reach Les Sables d'Olonne between 0200 and 0800 GMT this morning. By doing so, he would complete the race inside 78 days.

League battle

BERLIN - Defending champions Borussia Dortmund romped to a 3-0 win at home to Nuremberg on Friday to go second provisionally in the German soccer league behind leaders Bayern Munich. With Bayern at south German rivals VfB Stuttgart on Sunday, Dortmund took their opportunity to move up to second in the Bundesliga ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who are at Freiburg on Saturday night. Nuremberg last scored a goal in Dortmund in 2006 and this was their 14th visit to Borussia without a win.

First All Stars

NEW YORK - Kyrie Irving will become the first Australian-born basketballer to play in the NBA All Stars game next month. The Melbourne-born point guard was on Friday (AEST) named as one of 14 players selected by NBA coaches as reserves for the 2013 All-Star game next month. Irving was involved in a tug of war for his international services last year, with the Boomers eager to pick him to spearhead their London Olympics campaign and build around him for the future. But the former No.1 draft pick chose to align himself with Team USA - a move that looks like paying dividends in the future following an impressive debut season.


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