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Real edge past City to set up all-Madrid final

MADRID, Spain: Real Madrid will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final for the second time in three years after overcoming Manchester City 1-0 in their semi-final second leg on Wednesday. Brazilian midfielder Fernando deflected Gareth Bale’s cross into his own net after 20 …

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Football: Niguez stunner hands Atletico slender lead over Bayern

MADRID (AFP) – A sensational solo effort from Saul Niguez handed Atletico Madrid a precious 1-0 advantage over Bayern Munich from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday (Apr 27). The Spanish under-21 international skipped past four Bayern …

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BRASILIA: The A-Z of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

UNS REPORT A – Abysmal Asia The continent’s four teams failed to grab a win in Brazil, the first time Asia has gone without a victory at a World Cup since 1990 when United Arab Emirates and South Korea each lost all three group games. …

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Buying the World Cup

By Irfan Husain QATAR’s ruling family must be feeling hard done by. Having spent a fortune in securing, and then preparing for, the 2022 World Cup event, the tiny state is now under fire for having bought the right to host the tournament. Right from …

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A ballsy move by Sialkoti entrepreneurs

By Murtaza Haider The success of Sialkot-based entrepreneurs is not because of government policy but despite it. -AP Photo The success of Sialkot-based entrepreneurs is not because of government policy but despite it. -AP Photo There is more to Pakistan than Bin Laden, polio, and …

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Pakistan football maker to fulfil World Cup dream

SIALKOT: It was when he felt the roar of the crowd at the 2006 World Cup in Germany that Pakistani factory owner Khawaja Akhtar first dreamt up a goal of his own: to manufacture the ball for the biggest soccer tournament on the planet. “The …

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Football: World Cup lesson from ‘worst team ever’

WELLINGTON (UNS /AFP) – As the best footballing nations on the planet prepare for the World Cup, a new documentary celebrates how the game s worst team, American Samoa, bounced back from a record 31-0 defeat. The film, “Next Goal Wins”, tells how an unlikely …

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Football WC: Singapore swoops on illegal betting ring

SINGAPORE: Singapore police said they have arrested 18 people believed to be part of a multi-million dollar illegal football betting ring less than a month before the World Cup starts. “Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are believed to have received illegal soccer bets amounting …

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More than 70 leaders expected for Mandela memorial, funeral

JOHANNESBURG: More than 70 world leaders from US President Barack Obama to Iran’s Hassan Rouhani are flying to South Africa for events commemorating Nelson Mandela this week, an unprecedented gathering that will hail one of humanity’s great peacemakers. Cuban leader Raul Castro, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe …

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U.S. VP visits Asia amid Japan-SKorea’s toxic ties

SEOUL (AP) – When South Korean fans at a soccer game against Japan unfurled two massive banners honoring men considered national heroes for battling Japanese invaders, organizers took them down, Tokyo grumbled and South Koreans cheered yet another sign of defiance against their former colonizer. …

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