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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Stadium test

SAO PAULO, Brazil - It was the first major test event at the World Cup stadium in the jungle city of Manaus. World Cup organisers say they are satisfied with how the stadium handled the 40,000 fans for the Brazilian Cup match between Vasco da Gama and Resende, but admit some issues will have to be addressed ahead of the England-Italy match in June.

Ronaldo rest

MADRID - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will rest Cristiano Ronaldo for today's La Liga clash against Real Sociedad, the Italian confirmed yesterday. The double Ballon d'Or winner has been struggling with a knee injury and fatigue in recent weeks, although that didn't stop him equalling the Champions League record for goals in one season last Wednesday.

Shock defeat

PARIS - Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka suffered a shock defeat to unheralded Kazakh Andrey Golubev in the Davis Cup quarter-finals yesterday. The world number three was stunned 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-5) by 64th ranked Golubev as Kazakhstan took an early 1-0 lead over the Swiss in Geneva.

Arrested

LONDON - Preston North End yesterday revealed their disappointment after six of the League One club's players were named as having been arrested in connection with alleged spot-fixing. The footballers named are club captain John Welsh, Keith Keane, Bailey Wright, David Buchanan, Ben Davies and Graham Cummins.

Winless run

MOSCOW - Spartak Moscow slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Ural Yekaterinburg yesterday as the nine-time former Russian champions were left winless since the winter break. Spartak remained fifth with 41 points from 24 matches, seven behind league leaders and city rivals Lokomotiv, who take on Volga Nizhny Novgorod on Monday.

New contract

SEATTLE - Super Bowl champions Seattle have rewarded coach Pete Carroll with a three-year contract extension.

Carroll led the Seahawks to a 13-3 record and their first Super Bowl triumph in a 2013 season capped by their 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos in the NFL championship showcase in February.

Friendly off

MOSCOW - A football friendly between Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Kiev has been called off because of the political tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Spartak Moscow said on its official website yesterday that the game, which was scheduled for July 24 to inaugurate the opening of the Russian team's new stadium, has been cancelled.

Life member

LONDON - Ricky Ponting was awarded life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) yesterday in a tribute to the Australian legend's illustrious career. Former Australia captain Ponting was given the honour after establishing himself as one of the best batsmen in the history of the sport by scoring over 26,000 runs in all forms of the game and averaging 51.85 in 168 Test matches.


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