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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

10-game ban

FIFA banned Australian-born Croatian defender Josip Simunic for 10 games — including the entire World Cup — for leading fans in a pro-Nazi chant after the team's qualification. Simunic invoked a World War II-era slogan used by Croatia's then-puppet regime following a 2-0 playoff victory against Iceland last month.

Deulofeu out

LONDON - Everton will be without on-loan Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu until the new year because of a hamstring injury, the English Premier League club revealed yesterday. The 19-year-old Spanish forward suffered the injury during his side's 4-1 win over Fulham on Sunday.

Djukic sacked

MADRID - Valencia announced the sacking of coach Miroslav Djukic yesterday just six months after the Serbian had taken charge of the La Liga side. A 3-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Monday was Valencia's eighth in 16 Spanish soccer league games this season, leaving them 10 points off Athletic Bilbao.

Aguero injured

LONDON - Manchester City's English Premier League title challenge dealt a setback yesterday when manager Manuel Pellegrini announced that Sergio Aguero would be out for at least one month because of injury. The 25-year-old Argentine striker has been in stunning form, scoring 12 goals in his past 11 games.