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Monday, December 09, 2013

Late start

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - FIFA has switched the scheduled kickoff times of seven World Cup matches, including England versus Italy. That match will now kick off three hours earlier at 6pm local time (2200 GMT) in the hot and humid Amazonian jungle city of Manaus.

Coach sacked

MARSEILLE, France - Marseille on Saturday sacked manager Elie Baup, the dismissal coming at the end of a week when the south coast club suffered two successive Ligue 1 defeats. The 1-0 loss to Nantes which followed a similar reverse at Lille left Marseille in fifth, trailing the top three by eight points to compromise their prospects of European football next season.

Duo injured

BERLIN - Borussia Dortmund midfielders Nuri Sahin and Sven Bender are set to miss Wednesday's must-win Champions League game at Marseille after picking up ankle injuries in Saturday's defeat to Bayer Leverkusen. Germany's Bender was taken to hospital during Dortmund's 1-0 defeat at their Westfalenstadion, while his defensive midfielder partner Sahin soon followed in an ambulance after being helped off eight minutes from time.

Napoli held

MILAN - Napoli dropped two precious points in the Italian title race on Saturday after Dujan Basta levelled late on for Udinese to grab a share of the spoils from a 3-3 draw. Rafael Benitez's men started their 15th match of the campaign looking to build on last week's 4-2 away win at Lazio, which came on the back of two consecutive defeats.

India expulsion

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec 7 AP - IOC President Thomas Bach says India faces possible expulsion from the Olympic movement unless it complies with ethics rules set out by the international body. Bach told the The Associated Press that the IOC is prepared to withdraw recognition of the Indian Olympic Association if it fails to adopt "rules of good governance" by Tuesday.