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July 10, 2018 6:18 AM Sampaoli remains Argentina coach, for now

Beleaguered Jorge Sampaoli is still Argentina coach and has been put in charge of the under-20 national team for an upcoming tournament. The national federation AFA said late Monday that its president Claudio Tapia and deputy Daniel Angelici met with Sampaoli and talked about the World Cup in Russia where the two-time champions went out in round of 16 against 25

July 9, 2018 2:03 PM Russian rights activist goes on trial in Chechnya

MOSCOW: A leading Russian rights activist went on trial in Chechnya on Monday, charged with drug possession in a case that has sparked concern from Western officials and rights groups. Oyub Titiyev, 60, heads a branch of Russia's top rights group Memorial, the last such body to remain active in the North Caucasus region ruled with an iron fist by strongman 75

July 8, 2018 1:35 AM Pahang lifts third FA Cup trophy

KUALA LUMPUR: Pahang lifted the FA Cup for the third time after beating five-time champions Selangor 2-0 in the final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. Playing in front of over 43,000 fans, Dollah Salleh's men started the match with a slew of dangerous attacks, keeping Selangor goalkeeper Mohd Khairulazhan Khalid hard at work. The Elephants' 21

July 8, 2018 1:17 AM Brazil's Fernandinho target of racist insults after World Cup own goal

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho and family members have been victims of racist insults on social media since his World Cup own goal on Friday when Brazil was eliminated by Belgium in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Russia. Several internet users referred to the Manchester City player as a "monkey", while some even threatened to kill him after 85

July 6, 2018 5:26 PM Uruguay coach Tabaraz leaves future open after World Cup exit

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (dpa) - Veteran Uruguay coach Oscar Tabaraz has left his future open after Friday's World Cup quarter-final exit to France. "I don't know an example of when a coach decides his future," Tabaraz said. "I still have a contract ... it's not up to me to decide." The 71-year-old Tabaraz has led Uruguay since 2006, winning the Copa America 40

July 6, 2018 12:39 AM England's Pickford had World Cup shoot-out notes on water bottle

A water bottle may have helped England end their World Cup penalty shoot-out misery. England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's bottle contained notes on the preferred target target areas of Colombia's players during their last-16 penalty shoot-out, UK media reported on Thursday. He reportedly received it from goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson and kept it wrapped 55

July 6, 2018 12:39 AM Uruguay's Cavani trains in fitness fight for France

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani trained on Thursday as he fights to get fit for his side's World Cup quarter-final against France. The Paris Saint-Germain forward trained separately from the rest of the squad in the first 15 minutes of the session open to the media at the team's base outside Nizhny Novgorod. Cavani had missed training on Wednesday as he recovers 51

July 6, 2018 12:39 AM Colombia the 'dirtiest' team I've ever faced, Stones says

Two days after his team beat Colombia on penalties to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals, England defender John Stones said the South Americans were the "dirtiest" team he'd ever faced. Stones said that he'd heard "all the sort of things you don't really hear in a football match." But the Manchester City man, who has two goals to his name at the World 24

July 5, 2018 7:12 AM World Cup over for German referee in Serbia controversy

After Germany's World Cup exit, the country's referee at the tournament is also heading home early. Felix Brych, who was criticized by Serbia for his performance in their group-stage defeat to Switzerland, has been told he will not be used again at the World Cup. Serbia had issued a complaint to football world governing body FIFA after they felt they should 19

July 5, 2018 2:55 AM A taste of country flavours

THE DATE that Country Barn Pub & Restaurant opened in USJ Sentral coincided with our 14th General Election. It was almost like an omen of a new beginning for owner-cum-cook Jeffrey Bhagwan. Taiping-born Jeffrey worked in the automotive industry for decades, but always relished the idea of opening his own little restaurant cum pub. He admitted that getting 18