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Sharjah Cup cast decided

Sharjah: Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa will feature in the Sharjah Cup in April.

“All three teams have confirmed their entries and we have also finalised the itinerary,” Zahid Noorani, chief executive of the Cricketers’ Benefit Fund Series who organise international cricket in Sharjah, said on Wednesday. “It will be the first tournament after the World Cup.” The winners of the event, running from April 1-10, will receive $120,000, with $80,000 for the runners-up and $50,000 for third place.

THE SCHEDULE

April 1: Sri Lanka vs South Africa; April 3: Pakistan vs South Africa; April 4: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka; April 6: Pakistan vs South Africa; April 7: Sri Lanka vs South Africa; April 8: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka; April 10: Final

Rusedski serves a ‘blow’

London: Greg Rusedski has been ruled out of Britain’s Davis Cup clash with Australia following foot surgery. The Lawn Tennis Association announced Rusedski’s withdrawal from the world group first-round tie in Sydney in February on its website.

Britain captain Roger Taylor, quoted by the BBC, said he was “extremely disappointed”, adding: “It is a real blow.”

Rusedski said he still hoped to be back in action in January in time for the Australian Open but had made the decision because he did not want to unsettle the Davis Cup team with a last-minute withdrawal.

A plan against bankruptcy

Zurich: Swiss club FC Aarau have raised 2.88 million Swiss francs ($2.04 million) to create a limited company and avoid bankruptcy.

The club announced it would form FC Aarau Corp within a few days. The money was raised by supporters, club president Michael Hunziker — who donated 80,000 Swiss francs — and Swiss Nationalliga president Jean-Francois Kurz.

Boateng out for several weeks

London: Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng is likely to be sidelined for “several weeks” following surgery on his left knee, the English Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Dutchman Boateng was injured during the first half of his team's 2-0 league defeat by Arsenal on Saturday and immediately had an operation to repair cartilage damage.

Boateng was injured after falling awkwardly in a challenge with compatriot Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

New coach for Troyes

Troyes: Struggling French first division side Troyes have appointed former Bosnia manager Farouk Hadzibegic as their coach, the club said on its website. Hadzibegic replaces Jacky Bonnevay, sacked last week because of the club’s poor results this season. Troyes are second from bottom of the first division with 16 points from 20 games.

Hitzfeld ‘saved’

Berlin: Bayern Munich’s win over Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund last month may well have saved Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld his job, Bayern’s commercial manager Uli Hoeness said.

“If we had lost, it must have been possible to have had a talk with him, asking how do we continue'” Hoeness said.

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