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Chile beat Colombia on penalties to reach semi-finals

AFP Sao Paulo Champions Chile maintained their hopes of a third straight Copa America victory after beating Colombia on penalties on Friday to reach the semi-finals. Chile could have won the game in normal time but had two goals ruled out for marginal decisions in a scoreless draw, before Alexis Sanchez stroked home the winning spot-kick. It was just rewards …

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Sweden upset Germany to enter semis

REUTERS Paris Goals from Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius helped Sweden came from behind to stun Germany 2-1 in the women’s World Cup quarter-finals at Roazhon Park in Rennes on Saturday and set up a last-four clash with the Netherlands. After enjoying an early spell of possession, midfielder Lina Magull put the Germans in front in the 16th minute with …

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Lanka challenge all but over

Chester-le-Street: Former champions Sri Lanka are all but out of the ongoing World Cup after suffering a nine-wicket drubbing against a clinical South Africa, here Friday. Sent in to bat, Sri Lanka produced a dismal batting show to manage a modest 203, a target which the Proteas overhauled with 76 balls in hand. With just six points from seven games, …

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Big brands cash in on World Cup fever in cricket-crazy India

Bengaluru: Indian advertisers are on track to spend more than $400 million during this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, looking to cash in on a mania that is smashing viewing records in the world’s biggest market for the sport. About 1.5 billion people are expected to watch the tournament worldwide, more than 15 times the audience for the Super Bowl …

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GOA BRIEFS

Shoan, Megan clinch gold; Shrungi bags silver PANAJI: Goa’s Shoan Ganguly and Megan De Almeida won a gold each while Shrungi Bandekar bagged a silver on the third day of the 36th Glenmark Sub Junior and 46th Junior Aquatic Championship being held in Rajkot, on Friday. Shoan won the gold in 400 mtr freestyle as he clocked the timing of …

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Niall, Hayden star in Ambelim win

Raia: First half strikes from Niall Cardozo and Hayden Pinto helped Ambelim SC register a 2-1 win against Curtorim Gymkhana and enter the quarterfinals of 48th Custodio Memorial football tournament played at panchayat grounds, Raia on Friday. After playing on almost level terms for the first ten minutes, Ambelim SC made a sudden accelerating move in the 11th minute that …

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If ISL is given premier status, I-League clubs to challenge ISL contract in court

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES | NT Panaji: The fate of football in India could be on a boil after the Executive Committee meeting of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on July 3 with the seven clubs deciding to challenge the contract signed with Indian Super League (ISL), if it is given premier status. “If the decision goes against the I-league teams, …

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Brazil exorcise penalty demons to reach semis

Porto Alegre: Gabriel Jesus scored the winning spot-kick in a tense penalty shoot-out as Brazil exorcised their demons to beat Paraguay on Thursday and reach the Copa America semi-finals. Twice before in 2011 and 2015 Paraguay had beaten Brazil at this same stage on penalties at the South American extravaganza. Willian came closest to scoring in normal time for Brazil …

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AIFF in financial crisis; awaits dues from IMG- Reliance

New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is facing an acute financial crisis due to “non-payment of dues” to the tune of Rs 25 crore by its commercial partner IMG-Reliance. The federation’s commercial partner has not cleared the dues for the last two quarters, because of which it is yet to give away a cash award of Rs one …

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New Mohun Bagan coach wants fans to feel proud of team

Kolkata: New head coach of football giants Mohun Bagan, Jose Antonio “Kibu” Vicuna, said he wants the supporters of the club to be proud of the team at the end of the season, stressing that team building will be top of the agenda for the time being. Former I-League champions Mohun Bagan had a below par season last year, losing …

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