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Iran Drops Players from National Team for Playing Against Israeli Club

ANKARA, Aug 11 – Two Iranian soccer players have been dropped from the national team as punishment for playing against an Israeli side for their Greek club, a senior Iranian sports ministry official told state TV on Thursday. Masoud Shojaie and Ehsan Hajsafi played for Panionios against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv on August 3. Iran’s

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Qatar Says FIFA Report Vindicates Integrity of 2022 Bid

DOHA, June 28 – Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizers have welcomed a long-awaited FIFA report on the race to host the tournament, saying the conclusions represented “a vindication of the integrity” of Doha’s bid. The report, which also investigated the bidding process for the 2018 World Cup, made no suggestion that either Russia or Qatar

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Advertising Rates Soar Amid India vs. Pakistan Cricket Final

By Sanjeev Miglani and Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI, June 18 – Television advertising rates for Sunday’s cricket final between India and Pakistan are 10 times the normal price, industry sources said, as millions of fans are expected to tune in for a clash that last time ranked among the six most-watched sporting events. Pakistan, the

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Afghan Amputee Swimmer Aims for International Success

By Josh Smith KABUL, June 14 – It took a pair of landmines that severed Malek Mohammad’s legs for him to find his life’s passion for swimming in land-locked Afghanistan. He was 11 years old when he stepped on the mines as he gathered firewood in a vacant lot in Kabul, a city still trying

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, May 29 – A 38-year-old Indian climber who made the fastest double ascent of Mount Everest and became the first woman to reach the highest point on earth twice in five days, says she will now turn her attention to smaller unclimbed peaks. Anshu Jamsenpa, from India’s mountainous northeastern state of

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Kuwaiti Sheikh Resigns from FIFA Role Amid Investigation

By Michael Church HONG KONG, May 1 – After almost a decade as one of the game’s main power brokers, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah stepped away from his involvement in world football on Sunday as the U.S Department of Justice probe into FIFA‘s affairs claimed another victim. His decision came after U.S. Court documents

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Unidentified Gunman Kills Nine Soccer Fans in South Sudan

JUBA, Nov 7 – At least nine people were killed and 11 wounded in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, when an unidentified gunman opened fire on people watching a football match on television at the weekend, a police spokesman said on Monday. The motive for the attack on Saturday night in Juba’s southwestern suburb of Gure

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