Trezeguet hangs up his boots
Pinzolo (Italy): David Trezeguet is retiring permanently from France’s national football team due to discrepancies with coach Raymond Domenech.
Domenech left Trezeguet off France’s roster for the European Championship last month, where the two-time champions lost in the group stage with no wins and only one goal scored in three matches. The 30-year-old Trezeguet is France’s third leading scorer with 34 goals in 71 appearances.
Last season with Juventus, he was the second leading scorer in Serie A with 20 goals.
“I see football differently from the way they see it in France. The Euros were very negative, but what bothered me most was Domenech’s confirmation,” Trezeguet said.
Cilic upsets Mathieu
Gstaad: Unseeded teenager Marin Cilic beat defending champion Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday in the second round of the Swiss Open.
Mathieu, the 18th-ranked player in the world, is likely to drop out of the top 20 after failing to defend the points he won a year ago at the US$625,000 (euro400,000) event.
Cilic beat 26-year-old Mathieu for the third match in a row, but for the first time on clay, as the players met for the fourth consecutive tournament.
The Croat beat Mathieu in the third round at Wimbledon, but then lost to Arnaud Clement of France in the fourth round. In the quarter finals, the 43rd-ranked Cilic will face seventh-seeded Igor Andreev of Russia, who beat Florent Serra of France 7-5, 6-4.
London: British sprinter Dwain Chambers will run in the British Olympic trials this weekend without knowing whether he’ll be eligible to compete at the Beijing Games.
Chambers will know by Saturday whether he has qualified for the British team in the 100 metres, four days before London’s High Court considers his application for a temporary injunction against a lifetime Olympic doping ban.
Judge Colin Mackay will then have four days to deliver a verdict before the July 20 deadline for team selection for the August 8-24 Beijing Olympics. Chambers has to finish first or second in the 100 metres on Saturday at the British trials in Birmingham after advancing from Friday’s heats.
India relay team in IAAF list
New Delhi: Indian women’s 4x400m relay team has finally been included in the list of Beijing Olympics qualifiers after the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) rectified its “mistake”, Athletics Federation of India said today.
India were earlier excluded from IAAF’s list of top-16 teams, who would contest in Beijing, as they had not considered Asian Grand Prix series (June 23, 26, 30) as Olympic qualifying events, in the second of which at Korat (Thailand) last month, India won gold with an impressive timing.
London: India’s Sushma Devi edged past compatriot Sinimole Paulose in the last 50m to win the silver in the 800m race in Sollentuna Grand Prix in Stockholm.
Sushma clocked 2:03.82 seconds to finish second ahead of Sinimole, who travelled the distance in 2:04.32 to grab the third spot.
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