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Kaka sent off as Brazil beat Ivory Coast to go through (Lead)

June 20th, 2010 SindhToday Comments off

Johannesburg, June 21 (DPA) Brazil beat Ivory Coast 3-1 to qualify from Group G Sunday in Johannesburg but Kaka was sent off.

Dunga’s team took the lead in Soccer City through Luis Fabiano in the 25th minute and he added a second five minutes into the second half before Elano made it three in the 62nd.

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French woes escalate as players boycott training

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Knysna (South Africa), June 20 (DPA) The troubled French national football team sunk deeper into disarray Sunday when it broke off an afternoon training session after a heated altercation between captain Patrice Evra and Robert Duverne, the fitness coach.

France head coach Raymond Domenech had to separate the two men to prevent their dispute from escalating, after which Duverne threw his stopwatch to the ground and stormed off.

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Williams pumps up the volume with pre-Wimbledon rock outing

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London, June 20 (DPA) Women’s holder Serena Williams has used a live London concert of her favourite band Green Day to work in some experience with high decibles as she prepares to face one of the loudest shriekers in the sport in the first round at Wimbledon.

The top seed’s opening meeting with Michelle Larcher De Brito may just duplicate the aural workout that Williams got at the Saturday night rock gig at Wembley.

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New Zealand hold champs Italy to 1-1 draw (Lead)

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Nelspruit (South Africa), June 20 (DPA) Minnows New Zealand held Italy to a 1-1 draw Sunday in yet another football World Cup upset that has seriously dented the reigning champion’s chances of topping Group F.

In front of 38,200 spectators at the Mbombela Stadium here, the All Whites took a surprise early lead with Shane Smeltz, who took advantage of a defensive slip by ageing captain Fabio Cannavaro to tap in from close range.

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England fan questioned by South African police

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London, June 20 (IANS) Pavlos Joseph, the England fan who entered the team’s dressing room after the football World Cup match against Algeria, was Sunday being questioned by the South African police.

Joseph, a mortgage broker from London’s Crystal Palace,was able to pass through security checks and gain access to the England rooms where he spoke to David Beckham and vented his anger at the players.

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Federer concentrates on tennis amid Swiss football fever

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London, June 20 (DPA) Swiss star Roger Federer will have absolutely no problem keeping his mind focussed on his opening match as defending champion at Wimbledon Monday while his fellow national footballers simultaneously bid for a second victory at the World Cup.

The top seed will take to the grass against Colombian Alejandro Falla on Centre court just two hours before kickoff of the Chile-Switzerland Group H match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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Maradona and Greece: From drugs nightmare to World Cup dream

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Pretoria, June 20 (DPA) Diego Maradona revisits the past Tuesday when his Argentina side faces Greece in Polokwane in their final football World Cup Group B match.

In 1994 Maradona scored the last of his eight World Cup goals against Greece, converting with his famous left foot after Claudio Caniggia and Fernando Redondo had exchanged passes.

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New Zealand hold champs Italy to 1-1 draw

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Nelspruit (South Africa), June 20 (DPA) Football World Cup minnows New Zealand held Italy to a 1-1 draw Sunday, denting the reigning champion’s chances of topping Group F.

At the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, the All Whites took a surprise early lead with Shane Smeltz, who took advantage of a defensive slip by ageing captain Fabio Cannavaro to tap in from close range.

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Paraguay outclass Slovakia in Group F (Lead)

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Bloemfontein, June 20 (DPA) Paraguay outclassed Slovakia 2-0 Sunday to score their first victory in the 2010 football World Cup and boosted their chances of reaching the knock-out stage.

Man of the Match Enrique Vera opened the scoring in the first half and Cristian Riveros settled the match four minutes from time in front of a crowd of 26,600 at Bloemfontein’s Free State Stadium.

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Srinivasan re-elected TNCA president

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Chennai, June 20 (IANS) Cricket Board secretary N. Srinivasan was unanimously re-elected president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association at its 80th Annual General Meeting, here Sunday.

There were few surprises as K.S. Viswanathan also retained the key post of secretary unopposed.

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