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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

Moyes scouting

MILAN - Manchester United manager David Moyes has been scouting for Juventus players, but also Cagliari defender Davide Astori, at the sides' Serie A fixture, according to Italian media reports. Moyes, who was seated next to the press tribune, did not respond to initial questions as to why he was at the Sant'Elia stadium.

Dry run

CHICAGO - US coach Jurgen Klinsmann will take all 26 players from the team's training camp in Southern California on a two-week World Cup "dry run" trip to Brazil that starts on Monday. The former star for Germany was only planning to take 23 players to south America for the continuation of the development workouts that conclude with a February 1 friendly at Los Angeles against South Korea.

World's best

ZURICH - Cristiano Ronaldo is heavily favoured to end Lionel Messi's four-year reign as the world's best soccer player at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala on Monday. Ronaldo's prolific tally of 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal seems likely to earn his second FIFA award after finishing runner-up three times in Messi's dominating era.

Released

LONDON - West Ham United defender Guy Demel has left hospital after sustaining concussion during his side's 2-0 win at Cardiff City. Demel was stretchered off in the early stages of the Premier League game at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday following an accidental collision involving Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell and team-mate Roger Johnson.

Fans clash

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany - Police say four officers have been hurt in clashes with fans of Bundesliga club Schalke as they travelled home from a tournament. Federal police say about 150 fans turned on officers as they tried to check the identity of a man who threatened one of their colleagues during a train journey.

Watson rested

MELBOURNE - Shane Watson is to be rested for Australia's second one-day international against England. The National Selection Panel says the all-rounder will not be part of the squad in Brisbane on Friday, but will link up with the team in Sydney ahead of the third one-day match.

First up

MELBOURNE - Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur will start their Australian Open campaigns on Monday with contrasting mindsets.Stosur, Australia's only seed in men's or women's singles, admits to feeling the weight of expectations ahead of her afternoon opening round clash with unseeded Czech Klara Zakopalova.

Tokyo 2020

TOKYO - Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori has accepted a request to become head of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic organising committee. Education and sports minister Hakubun Shimomura said Mori expressed informal consent in a meeting Sunday night, Kyodo news agency reported.





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