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US to host Federation Cup

White Plains (New York): The US will host April’s Fed Cup tie against the Czech Republic at the Paul E Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said in a statement on Monday. The pool of US women players has five who have been ranked world No. 1: Serena and Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles and Lindsay Davenport. US captain Billie Jean King and Czech Republic coach Petra Langrova will announce their squads in April.

Rush to Liverpool’s rescue

Liverpool: Liverpool have turned to Ian Rush, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, as they seek to kick-start their misfiring attack.

Rush is set to join Liverpool’s coaching staff to work with the club’s strikers that include England duo Michael Owen and Emile Heskey and Czech international Milan Baros.

Language bar on Hertha players

Berlin: Hertha Berlin trainer Huub Stevens ordered his multi-national team on Tuesday to speak German even though 16 of his most important players are foreigners and several speak only little of the local language.

Stevens, from The Netherlands, said it was “German only” on and off the field from now on and he was tired of interpreters relaying orders to Brazilian stars Marcelinho, Luizao and Alex Alves as well as other foreigners from Poland, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, and Hungary.

Kahn best

Wiesbaden: Germany’s Oliver Kahn has been voted the best goalkeeper of 2002 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. Bayern Munich keeper Kahnpolled 316 points in a vote by experts from 92 countries. The 33-year-old has won the award twice previously.

n Tennis: Australian Open from 5.30am on STAR Sports n Cricket, Tri-series: Australia vs Lanka ninth ODI live from 8.43am on ESPN n Cricket: India vs NZ, Seventh ODI highlights from 6pm on ESPN


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