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Batista poised to replace Diego

Buenos Aires: Sergio Batista met with a selection committee and is poised to succeed Diego Maradona as Argentina’s national team coach. AFA president Julio Grondona, who appointed Maradona two years ago, will have the final say in selecting Batista. Batista has been the interim coach since Maradona was dropped just weeks after Argentina was defeated 4-0 by Germany in the World Cup quarter finals.

Totti fined

Milan: AS Roma captain Francesco Totti received a fine of euro20,000 ($28,000) and an automatic one-match ban on Tuesday, following his clash with Ruben Olivera. Totti also chased him as the players were leaving the pitch.

Gold Cup

Gangtok: I-League club ONGC Mumbai lifted the 32nd All India Governor’s Gold Cup football tournament with a 3-1 victory over Bengal Mumbai FC here at the Paljor Stadium on Tuesday.

Asia trip

Shanghai: U.S. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem will embark on a 10-day trip to Asia this week as he tries to strengthen his relationship with the China Golf Association with hopes of adding more tournaments.

Modi gets time

Mumbai: Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi has been granted a further 10 days time by the Mumbai Regional Passport Office (RPO) to reply to its notice as to why his passport should not be cancelled.

“The letter dated November 1 says if no reply is received within the stipulated period, necessary action under section 10(3)(C) will be initiated by this office,” Modi’s lawyer, Mehmood Abdi said.

Ticket scam

Panaji: Eight senior members of the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) managing committee Tuesday resigned, days after the duplicate tickets controversy for the one-day International between India and Australia surfaced. Three GCA vice-presidents, three joint secretaries, secretary and treasurer tendered their resignation from the committee, according to a GCA release.

CSA concert

Calcutta: Bollywood heavyweights, Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra will headline The New Age Friendship Celebration Concert, at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, on January 9 next year.

Martin’s aim

Ahmedabad: After an unimpressive last season, New Zealand pacer Chris Martin wants to make a positive start to the new season by doing well at the upcoming Test series against India, a country he is touring for the first time.

“Last year was not a great year for me. My goal this year is to make it good and enjoyable and the enjoyment comes by bowling well,” said Martin.

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