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Lemerre named Tunisia coach

Tunis: Tunisia have named Roger Lemerre, sacked as France coach in July, as coach of their national soccer team, officials said on Tuesday.

“The new coach is Roger Lemerre. He will come to Tunis this week and he will be with the team for its friendly match with Portugal on October 12,” a Tunisian Football Federation official said.

Lemerre was sacked after the World Cup defending champions failed to win a match or score a goal in the first round of the World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan.

Lemerre won the European title with France in 2000.

Busan ticket sales flop

Busan: Asian Games organisers were scrambling Tuesday to kick-start ticket sales with ninety per cent unsold just days before the opening ceremony.

Organisers have been forced to seek help from government officials, schools, news media and social organisations in a publicity campaign aimed at boosting public consciousness about Asia’s biggest sporting carnival.

“We are suffering from a post-World Cup syndrome. Koreans, who have already been to the feast of the World Cup, do not care much for the Asian Games,” said Um Doo-wan, director of the ticket sales department of the organising committee. “Geographic distances between Seoul and Busan and between downtown Busan and Asian Games venues also thwart many people to come to the Games,” he said.

Confed Cup in France

Zurich: France will host 2003’s Confederations Cup, Fifa announced Monday. The event, from June 18 to 29, will have Brazil, the champions of the six confederations — France, Colombia, Cameroon, the United States, Japan and New Zealand — plus one other invited team.

Fifa said the matches would be played at two stadiums in Paris and in the cities of Lyon and St. Etienne.

Ali’s daughter avoids charges

Perrysburg, Ohio: A daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has agreed to enter a theft diversion programme to avoid facing shoplifting charges.

Hana Yasmeen Ali agreed to the deal with prosecutors in Perrysburg municipal court Monday.

She was charged last week with trying to shoplift bedding from a store in Toledo. She will need to complete a five-day programme in order to have the case dismissed.

Bhutan XI win 1-0

Namchi: Bhutan XI beat SBI Chennai 1-0 in the All India Governor’s Gold Cup at the Bhaichung Bhutia stadium Tuesday. After a barren first half, Thinlay Dorjee scored the goal in the 55th minute.

The match between Special Services Bureau, Manipur and Rising Star, Orissa has been postponed by a day.

Big crowd expected

Indianapolis: Ferrari’s domination has hit ticket sales for Sunday’s US Grand Prix but the race will draw the biggest one-day crowd of the Formula One season, organisers said on Monday.

“We expect the crowd to be in the 140,000 to 150,000 area for this year,” said Indianapolis spokesman Fred Nation.

n Soccer: English Premier League from 12 noon on STAR Sports n Cricket: Champions Trophy semi-final, India vs South Africa live from 1.50 pm on DD I and 2 pm on SET Max n Soccer: Champions League, live from 12 midnight on ESPN


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