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Pakistan bowler Irfan banned for a year
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday suspended Mohammad Irfan for a year and also fined the tall fast bowler one million rupees ($9,500) for violating the sport's anti-corruption code during the Pakistan Super League. The PCB's anti-corruption unit chief Mohammad Azam said
Odd-looking Ronaldo bust steals the show at airport ceremony
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FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has an airport named after him, but it was his odd-looking statue that attracted attention in Wednesday's ceremony honoring the Portugal star in his hometown. The player's bronze bust, which was unveiled to much fanfare by Portugal's president and
Fasten your seatbelts: Cristiano Ronaldo Airport is here
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FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo now has an international airport named after him. The Real Madrid striker was joined Wednesday by dozens of guests and hundreds of fans in his native Madeira Islands for an official ceremony renaming the local airport as Aeroporto Cristiano
Palestine makes use of substitutes to beat Maldives 3-0
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Substitutions made by Palestinian national football team during the second half of AFC Asian Cup qualification match against Maldivian national football team on Tuesday night helped the team secure a 3-0 win over Maldives. The Group D match was played at national football stadium of
Spain benefits from video technology in 2-0 win over France
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The benefit of using video referees during soccer games was highlighted Tuesday when Spain rightly profited from two decisions made away from the field of play to beat France 2-0 in an international friendly in Paris. FIFA, the game's governing body, has been using video assistant referees on a
FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games
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GENEVA (AP) — Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. Messi's suspension for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier against Chile
Man City fined $44,000 for players' misconduct in game
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LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association has fined Manchester City 35,000 pounds ($44,000) for the misconduct of players during a Premier League game against Liverpool. City last week pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly manner
Ronaldo hits 70 int. goals, Dutch stunned in WCup qualifiers
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While Cristiano Ronaldo kept moving up Europe's all-time scorers list on Saturday, a demoralizing loss to Bulgaria endangered the Netherlands' World Cup qualification. With two goals in Portugal's 3-0 win over Hungary, Ronaldo moved into fourth place on the all-time scorers list for European
Tottenham's Alli banned for 3 European games by UEFA
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NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli was banned for three European games by UEFA on Friday for being sent off against Gent in the Europa League. The England international was shown a straight red card for his tackle on Brecht Dejaegere during the 2-2 draw at Wembley
Maldives performs well, first match to Kyrgyzstan
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Despite an admirable performance by the Maldivian team, Kyrgyzstan has won the first match in the AVC Central Zone Volleyball Tournament. Kyrgyzstan won the first match of the tournament that began in Maldives today with three straight sets.
China must beat South Korea to keep World Cup hopes alive
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Marcello Lippi faces his biggest challenge as China coach, needing a win against South Korea to keep alive any hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018. China has appeared at the World Cup just once — in 2002 when South Korea co-hosted the quadrennial event and reached
FIFA bans referee for life over disputed penalty
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GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has banned for life the referee who awarded a disputed penalty for South Africa against Senegal in a World Cup qualifying match. Referee Joseph Lamptey of Ghana gave a penalty for a non-existent handball against Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Replays clearly showed the
Monaco is a team to fear in Champions League quarterfinals
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MONACO (AP) — Monaco is the team to fear when the Champions League draw is made on Friday. That's the view of coach Leonardo Jardim, the architect of a staggering attack that has scored 126 goals this season. Monaco topped up its goal tally on Wednesday night, beating Manchester City 3-1 to
Man United charged with 'failing to control players'
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LONDON (AP) — Manchester United has been charged by the English Football Association after its players harangued referee Michael Oliver following the sending-off of Ander Herrera during the team's FA Cup loss to Chelsea. United's players were unhappy when Herrera received a second yellow card
Juventus beats Porto 1-0 to reach Champions League quarters
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TURIN, Italy (AP) — Paulo Dybala's penalty set Juventus on its way to a 1-0 win over 10-man Porto on Tuesday and a place in the Champions League quarterfinals. A day after he said it was his "dream" to score past veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Dybala converted from the spot in the 42nd