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Here's what you need to know about the teams that qualified for the 2018 Fifa World Cup

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Ibrahimovic, Pogba back for Man Utd - Mourinho

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'Spurs have big-game mentality' insists Eriksen
Dortmund - Christian Eriksen insists Tottenham Hotspur can bounce back from defeat at Arsenal with a key Champions League victory at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. "We have shown in the big games that we can compete," said the 25-year-old Denmark attacking midfielder when asked if Spurs lack the right mentality for big-games. "We beat Liverpool (4-1) at home for instance. "People need to talk, they need to write   Read More ...
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Kumar, Dhawan opt out of 2nd Sri Lanka Test
Kolkata - Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan Monday pulled out of India's Test team for the second match against Sri Lanka due to personal reasons, the country's cricket board said. Kumar, who starred with a match haul of eight wickets in the drawn first Test in Kolkata, will miss the next two Tests while Dhawan is only available for the final game in Delhi   Read More ...
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Italian FA chief resigns after World Cup fiasco
Rome - Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio has resigned after Italy's World Cup qualifying fiasco saw the four-time champions miss the finals for the first time in 60 years, an FIGC official confirmed on Monday. The 74-year-old handed in his resignation during a crisis meeting of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Rome. "He informed us of his resignation," Damiano Tommasi, the head of the Italian Players' Union, told journalists outside the federation headquarters   Read More ...
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Bangladesh crack down on cricket betting
Dhaka - Bangladesh police said Monday they would deport five Indians caught betting at a weekend cricket match as authorities crack down on illegal bookmaking in the lucrative domestic league. The men were detained Saturday at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium during the one-day Bangladesh Premier League match, police said. They were caught by cricket officials concerned about match-fixing and illegal gambling in the hugely popular league   Read More ...
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ERASMUS REPORTS FOR SA RUGBY DUTY
SA RUGBY on Monday confirmed that Rassie Erasmus has started in his new position as Director of Rugby at the union’s headquarters in Cape Town. Erasmus was joined at SARU House by Jacques Nienaber, a former Springbok assistant coach and SA Rugby High Performance Manager, who will also resume duties in the Rugby Department. Both return to South Africa following a stint with Irish province Munster   Read More ...
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Ball fit and ready for first Ashes Test
London - England seamer Jake Ball has declared himself fully fit and ready for the first Ashes Test that starts in Brisbane on Thursday. The 26-year-old Ball gave the tourists a scare when he sprained an ankle during a warm-up game in Adelaide last week and subsequently missed the final tour match in Townsville. Although he admitted that he thought his tour was over for 'split second', Ball says he is bowling in peak condition again   Read More ...
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Kohli hits 50th ton as Sri Lanka cling on for draw
Kolkata - Skipper Virat Kohli scored his 50th international century on Monday as India gave Sri Lanka a major scare before the first Test ended in a nerve-racking draw. Sri Lanka were reduced to 75/7 - with paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking four wickets - as they chased 231 for victory. Under intense pressure, Dasun Shanaka (six not out) and Rangana Herath (0) nervously played out the final few deliveries before bad light at Kolkata's Eden Gardens came to the rescue   Read More ...
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Cheer up … we may get CWC 2027
Cape Town – The next major-sport World Cup in South Africa suddenly looks increasingly more likely now to be the cricket one … quite feasibly in 2027. SA Rugby’s failure, for the fourth consecutive time after failed cracks at 2011, 2015 and 2019 as well, to land RWC 2023 on Wednesday after a controversial late French charge saw that country snatch it, may well mean the country has blown its last chance for a very significant period to host that particular jamboree   Read More ...
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Day 1 as Rassie reports for SA Rugby duty
Cape Town - SA Rugby on Monday confirmed that Rassie Erasmus has started in his new position as Director of Rugby at the union’s headquarters in Cape Town. Erasmus was joined at SARU House by Jacques Nienaber, a former Springbok assistant coach and SA Rugby High Performance Manager, who will also resume duties in the Rugby Department. Both return to South Africa following a stint with Irish province Munster   Read More ...
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Galthie: Boks, France both 'asleep'
Cape Town - Former France scrumhalf and captain Fabien Galthie was not pleased with the quality of rugby on display between his former side and South Africa in Paris this past weekend. The Springboks claimed a narrow 18-17 win but the game will be remembered more for the error-ridden efforts of both teams. Via a column for the newspaper, Galthie expressed his dismay at the current state of both teams   Read More ...
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Cummins 'pumped' for home Test debut
Sydney - Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins is looking forward to making his home debut in Test cricket when the Ashes gets underway in Brisbane on Thursday. The 24-year-old Cummins burst onto the international scene six years ago when got the man-of-the-match award on Test debut in South Africa but his career has been severely hampered by injury since then. The paceman has only played four Tests, none on home soil, since his maiden appearance six years ago with his career set back due to multiple stress fractures to his back   Read More ...
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Hansen eyeing big finish against Wales
Cape Town - All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen is expecting more of the same approach Scotland took when his side take on Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. He wasn't reading too much into the 13-6 Welsh effort against Georgia at the weekend because the Welsh team to play the All Blacks would be more like the one that lost 29-21 to Australia a week earlier   Read More ...
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Paine doesn't want 'five minutes' in Test arena
Brisbane - Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine is keen to make the most of his second opportunity in Test cricket after his shock selection in the Ashes squad. The 32-year-old Paine was chosen in the home side's 13-man squad despite not being the first-choice gloveman at his state side Tasmania. Paine played the last of his four Tests seven years ago before a finger injury caused him to insert a plate and seven or eight pins in his right hand   Read More ...
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Kohli hits landmark ton in Sri Lanka Test
Kolkata - Virat Kohli scored his 50th international century as India frustrated Sri Lanka's hopes of a historic first Test win in India on Monday. Chasing 231 for victory, Sri Lanka also lost two quick wickets before tea on the final day of the first Test in Kolkata. Kohli slammed a 119-ball 104 before the hosts declared their second innings on 352-8 in the second session at Eden Gardens   Read More ...
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Coetzee still harbours hopes of European move
Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns defender Rivaldo Coetzee says he won't give up hope of moving to Europe despite a dream-shattering off-season transfer debacle. Coetzee, 21, was set for a dream move to Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic with a promise of regular first-team football for the burgeoning Bafana Bafana talent. However, at the last minute the deal was called off as the then Ajax Cape Town defender failed his medical with the Group stage qualified Champions League club   Read More ...
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Tennis great Pancho Segura dies at 96
California - Pancho Segura, who rose from poverty to win six US Pro singles and doubles championships and was one of the world's top amateur players in the 1940s and professionals in the 1950s, has at the age of 96. Segura died on Saturday from complications of Parkinson's disease at his home at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California, his son, Spencer Segura of Connecticut, said on Sunday   Read More ...
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SAMAAI A SORE LOSER
WORLD long jump bronze medallist Ruswahl Samaai’s behaviour this weekend smacks of sour grapes! The 2014 Commonwealth bronze medallist was spitting fire after he was overlooked for the Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) Senior Male Athlete of the Year award at a gala dinner in Joburg on Saturday. Lebogang “Daywalker” Shange took the big award on the night, leaving Samaai fuming. Samaai, who finished third in the long jump event at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London in August, seemed unable to stomach his disappointment, venting his frustrations on social media afterwards   Read More ...
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Verity-Amm heading to Brumbies
Cape Town - The Brumbies have announced the signing of utility back James Verity-Amm on a one-year contract for the 2018 Super Rugby season. Originally born in Kroonstad in the Free State Province of South Africa, Verity-Amm attended Hottentots Holland High School in the Western Cape. Verity-Amm would graduate through to the Western Province age grade teams following his schooling culminating in election for the U21s side in 2014   Read More ...
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Benzema the fall guy as Real Madrid flounder
Madrid - In a recurring theme of Real Madrid's stuttering season, Zinedine Zidane protested all his side lacked was a goal as they fell 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after firing more blanks in a bad-tempered Madrid derby. Yet, in attempting to defend a lacklustre performance from Saturday's stalemate at Atletico Madrid, Zidane turned the spotlight once more on the misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema   Read More ...
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New Perth stadium to host Australia-England ODI
Perth - The new Perth Stadium will host Australia's fifth one-day international against England in January, Cricket Australia said on Monday. The Western Australia state government has confirmed the new stadium will be ready to host the ODI on January 28. "For cricket to host the first major sporting event at Perth Stadium is a huge honour for our sport," CA CEO James Sutherland said   Read More ...
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Bolt enlisted to 'coach' Aussie cricketers
Sydney - Australia's cricketers have called on retired sprint king Usain Bolt to boost their running between the wickets during the Ashes Test series against England. The Jamaican track superstar, the world record holder in the 100m and 200m and eight-time Olympic champion, is working with the Australian batsmen to improve their "explosiveness" off the mark. "It's all about explosiveness, and that's one thing I've noticed with cricket - they don't really have a lot of explosiveness when they're running," the world's fastest man told the Herald Sun newspaper   Read More ...
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SA batsman hits record 490 off 151 balls
Cape Town - North West University Cricket Club (Pukke) batsman Shane Dadswell struck a record in a massive 2017/18 North West Cricket premier league 50 over game on Saturday. Dadswell's quadruple ton spanned a mere deliveries - featuring 27 fours and 57 sixes. He scored 253 runs through the off-side and 237 across the leg-side. The previous highest score was 486 by Sankruth Sriram of India   Read More ...
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Ioane blow for All Blacks
Cape Town - All Blacks flyer Rieko Ioane has been ruled out of his side's penultimate November international against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. Kick-off is at 19:15 SA time. Ioane has made a storming start to his international career with his blistering pace notching up nine tries in 11 games. However, just a month after returning to action having dislocated his finger against Australia, it appears Ioane has now picked up a pretty serious shoulder injury and will definitely miss the clash against Wales   Read More ...
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Wasps confirm Shields signing
Cape Town - Wasps have confirmed that back-rower Brad Shields will join them during 2018/19 following his Super Rugby commitments with the Hurricanes. The 26-year-old has made 86 appearances for the Hurricanes since signing for the Super Rugby side in 2012 and played a prominent role in the Hurricanes’ 2016 Championship-winning season. He also skippered the side against the British and Irish Lions in the summer   Read More ...
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Moyes makes losing start as Watford sink Hammers
Watford - David Moyes suffered a miserable start to his West Ham United reign as Watford eased to a 2-0 win over the Premier League strugglers on Sunday. Moyes was in charge of West Ham for the first time following his appointment as replacement for the sacked Slaven Bilic. But the former Manchester United boss was unable to spark an immediate upturn in his new club's fortunes   Read More ...
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No dressing room help for Perera, says Sri Lanka
Kolkata - Sri Lanka's cricket board Sunday defended Dilruwan Perera after television replays suggested the batsman looked to the dressing room during a delayed review call in the first Test against India. Perera, who was involved in a crucial 43-stand eight-wicket with Rangana Herath, was adjudged leg before wicket on nought but following a successful challenge stayed on for a 34-ball five on day four in Kolkata   Read More ...
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Farouk Khan: Lack of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates players not to blame for Bafana Bafana’s struggles
The South African senior national team continues to struggle and have just missed out on another qualifying for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia Former Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Farouk Khan has rubbished suggestions that Bafana Bafana are struggling simply because of a lack of his former side and Orlando Pirates players in the national team. “I don’t think you can look at one or two teams specifically   Read More ...
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Coleman confirmed as Sunderland boss
London - Former Wales coach Chris Coleman was confirmed as manager of Championship strugglers Sunderland on Sunday. Coleman's move to the Stadium of Light was widely expected after he resigned from the Wales job earlier this week. The former Fulham boss has agreed a two-and-half year contract with Sunderland. The 47-year-old is the Black Cats' ninth manager in the last six seasons and replaces Simon Grayson, who was sacked at the end of last month after less than half a season in charge   Read More ...
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Paul Pogba shows his value to Man United
Paul Pogba marked his comeback with a goal and an assist as Manchester United fought back to beat Newcastle United 4-1 yesterday and stay on Manchester City's tail. This article is reserved for Sunday Times A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times content. Already subscribed? Simply sign in below. Registered on the BusinessLIVE, Business Day, Financial Mail or Rand Daily Mail websites? Questions or problems? Email or call   Read More ...
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Woe are the Warriors in heartland of cricket
You can take cricket out of the Eastern Cape, but you can't take the Eastern Cape out of cricket. This article is reserved for Sunday Times A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times content. Already subscribed? Simply sign in below. Registered on the BusinessLIVE, Business Day, Financial Mail or Rand Daily Mail websites? Questions or problems? Email or call   Read More ...
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Wallaby boss Cheika laments replay calls
Twickenham - Australia coach Michael Cheika called into question rugby union's replay procedure after several decisions went against his side in a 30-6 defeat by England on Saturday. With England just 3-0 ahead, Australia were denied a 27th-minute try on review after Wallaby captain Michael Hooper was ruled to have been in front of the kicker at Twickenham. Australia were still in the game at 13-6 behind when what appeared to a try by wing Marika Koroibete was eventually disallowed for a block by replacement hooker Stephen Moore   Read More ...
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Procter applauds Maketa's appointment as SA assistant coach
South Africa's first post-isolation coach and legendary all-rounder Mike Procter said Malibongwe Maketa's appointment as assistant coach to Ottis Gibson is a strong sign of Cricket South Africa's commitment to transformation. While the former West Indian all-rounder that is Gibson replaced Russell Domingo‚ who was South African cricket's first national team coach of colour‚ Maketa replaced fellow Eastern Caper Adrian Birrell   Read More ...
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Daniel du Preez creates Bok history
(L-R) Captain Eben Etzebeth and Daniel du Preez pose after the South African national mens rugby team photograph at Mercure Paris Boulogne on November 17, 2017 in Paris, France. When Daniel du Preez ran on to the Stade de France pitch late in the second half of the Springboks’ narrow 18-17 win over France on Saturday‚ he created a small slice of history   Read More ...
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Here's what you need to know about the teams that qualified for the 2018 Fifa World Cup
The 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying has ended and we now know all the 32 teams who will compete at the finals in Russia. This article is reserved for Sunday Times A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times content. Already subscribed? Simply sign in below. Registered on the BusinessLIVE, Business Day, Financial Mail or Rand Daily Mail websites? Questions or problems? Email or call   Read More ...
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Newlands hasn't been sold, says WP Rugby | IOL News
Cape Town - One of Western Province Rugby Union’s advertising partners seeking millions from the embattled body is alleging Newlands Rugby Stadium is about to be sold and want the union to open its books to reveal all. The union has denied this and has told more than 100 of its members that no such decision had been taken. This follows correspondence seen by Weekend Argus   Read More ...
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Chelsea's Conte takes aim at fixture organisers
West Bromwich - Antonio Conte criticised football's fixture planners as he prepares his side for a manic month in the wake of their 4-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Conte's side eased to victory at The Hawthorns but Conte is already warning his players they face their biggest game of the season at Azerbaijan side FK Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday   Read More ...
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Klopp hails in-form Salah
Liverpool - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah's superb form after his two goals inspired the Reds to a comfortable 3-0 home win over Southampton on Saturday. The 25-year-old Egyptian international took his tally to 14 goals in all competitions with a brace in the first half of the Premier League clash, before Philippe Coutinho added a third just after the hour   Read More ...
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Allegiances, betrayal cost SA the 2023 IRB World Cup
South African rugby wasn’t so much stabbed in the back as smashed in the face when the World Rugby Council decided to award the 2023 IRB World Cup to France in defiance of its own code of conduct. This article is reserved for Sunday Times A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times content. Already subscribed? Simply sign in below   Read More ...
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Coaching structures in SA need an overhaul
Johannesburg - If the Springboks’ record defeat to Ireland emphasised anything, it is the paucity of coaches who are ready to take over from Allister Coetzee if he does get the sack, as some reports suggest. With Rassie Erasmus supposedly only coming back from Ireland as director of rugby (as opposed to head coach, which may change), practically none of the Super Rugby franchise coaches can replace Coetzee   Read More ...
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Sithole & co aim to take Europe by storm
Johannesburg - Two-time grand slam champion Lucas Sithole is gearing up for the prestigious UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters tournament, which starts on Wednesday and ends on November 26. The prestigious International Tennis Federation (ITF) year-end event takes place in Bemmel in the Netherlands. It is the first time that Bemmel will host the championship for the world’s leading wheelchair doubles players   Read More ...
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