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Sunday, July 27, 2014


City apology

LONDON - English second-tier side Norwich City issued an apology on Friday after claiming to have won a pre-season friendly 13-0 against an Italian team that they had not actually played. After a match against Italian third-division team Novara was cancelled, Norwich thought they had set up a game against Serie D outfit Saint-Christophe Vallee d'Aoste.

New deal

ATHENS - Sacked Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri on Friday signed a two-year deal to manage Greece, the country's football federation announced.

The 62-year-old Italian has been out of work since May. He replaces Portugal's Fernando Santos who quit after taking Greece to the last 16 at the World Cup.


FLORENCE, Italy - Italian football club Fiorentina have completed a deal with Mexican club Monterrey to acquire Argentina international Jose Basanta on a full transfer. Fiorentina officials say the deal still requires the defender to pass a medical and sign a contract.

Cycling history

BERGERAC, France - Ramunas Navardauskas made history on Friday as he became the first Lithuanian cyclist to win a stage of the Tour de France.

The 26-year-old, who won a stage of the Giro d'Italia last year, stole a march on a disjointed peloton to escape to victory on the 208.5km 19th stage from Maubourguet to Bergerac.

Political banner

ZURICH, Switzerland - FIFA has reprimanded the Argentine football association and fined it 30,000 Swiss francs ($A35,000) after national team players were pictured with a political banner before a World Cup warm-up match.

Several players stood behind the slogan "Las Malvinas son Argentinas" (The Falklands are Argentine) on the field at a June 7 friendly against Slovenia in Buenos Aires.

New contract

LONDON - Crystal Palace signed England international Fraizer Campbell from Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee on Friday. Campbell agreed a three-year contract with the south London club as the striker made an immediate return to the Premier League following Cardiff's relegation from the top-flight last season.

Lallana injured

LONDON - Liverpool suffered a major blow on Friday when England midfielder Adam Lallana was ruled out for up to six weeks after suffering a knee injury. Lallana, who moved to Anfield from Southampton earlier this month, sustained the knock to his lateral collateral ligament during a session at the Reds' Harvard University training base in Boston.

Slow start

ATLANTA, Georgia - Defending champion John Isner overcame a slow start to advance to the Atlanta Open semi-finals, beating Australia's Marinko Matosevic 7-6 6-4. Isner's service game was off as Matosevic broke the American in the first game of the match, and the top-seeded local had to fight off break points in his second and third service games to make the semis for a fifth straight year on Friday.

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