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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Neymar out

MADRID - Barcelona will be without Neymar for between three and four weeks after he badly twisted an ankle in Friday's Copa del Rey win at Getafe. "Tests carried out have confirmed that Neymar is suffering from a sprained right ankle. He will be out for approximately three to four weeks," a statement read.

Olympic bid

STOCKHOLM - The Swedish capital Stockholm is dropping its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the mayor said yesterday. "It is always nicer to say yes than no, but it is in our mandate to make tough decisions," the centre-right mayor Sten Nordin from the Moderate Party told Swedish news agency TT.

Ligety victory

WENGEN, Switzerland - All-rounder Ted Ligety put in a decisive downhill performance to clinch victory in the men's super-combined in Wengen yesterday, the American's third World Cup win of the season.

Ligety, the 2006 Olympic and 2013 world gold medallist in the discipline, clocked a combined total of 2min 44.74sec over a slalom and downhill.

Golf lead

BANGKOK - Thailand's Prom Meesawat struck a one-under-par 71 to maintain his share of the lead with Sweden's Rikard Karlberg, at eight under par, in the second round of the King's Cup yesterday.

Korea's Mo Joong-Kyung trailed a shot behind in third place after a 68 in the $1 million Asian Tour event at the Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin.

New contract

DORTMUND, German - Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund have signed South Korean international Ji Dong-Won on a four-year contract.

"We are pleased to be able to sign this talented player for free for next season," said Dortmund sport director Michael Zorc on the club website. The 22-year-old, can play in midfield or attack.

Fixing charge

LONDONP - Britain's National Crime Agency has charged a third footballer as part of a match-fixing investigation involving non-league players.

Moses Swaibu, who played in the sixth-tier Conference South, was charged yesterday with conspiracy to defraud as part of the probe into an alleged international illegal betting syndicate.

Hockey final

NEW DEHLI - Hockey's World League final will feature New Zealand and The Netherlands.

The Dutch beat Australia 4-3 in yesterdayy's semi-finals after the Kiwis had beaten England 7-6 in a penalty shoot-out following a full-time score of 3-3. Australia fought back from 2-0 at half time but couldn't bridge the gap to the Dutch team.

Snooker upset

LONDON - Scotland's Stephen Maguire upset the form book to beat Australia's Neil Robertson 6-2 on Friday in the quarter-finals of the Masters snooker tournament.

World No.1 Robertson, the reigning UK champion, soon found himself 3-0 down at London's Alexandra Palace. He reduced the deficit to just one frame to be 2-3 behind but, with Maguire producing a series of long pots, that was as close as he managed to get.





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