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Messi, Xavi, Iniestanominated

Paris: Barcelona players Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi were the three nominees on Monday for Fifa’s ‘Ballon d’Or’ award for the World Player of the Year. Midfielders Iniesta and Xavi helped Spain win the World Cup, while Argentina forward Messi led Barcelona to another Spanish title.

No changes

Paris: Fifa is not considering changing when the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is played despite fears the intense heat poses a serious health risk if the tournament is played in summer.

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke said Monday that he accepts “worries about the heat are legitimate” but that the intention remains not to waver from the original plans.

Ban dropped

Madrid: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho had a suspended one-match ban dropped Monday and his team's fine was also reduced on appeal after claims he instructed players to deliberately get red cards so they could serve bans in a meaningless game.

Mourinho is suspended for Wednesday's Champions League game against Auxerre, but Uefa’s appeals body rescinded a further one-match ban which was to be imposed if he was found guilty within the next three years of what it called ‘improper conduct’.

Boxer

Thrissur: Little-known boxer, Lal Buatsaihi of Mizoram, on Monday stunned Priyanka Chaudhary of Uttarakhand 4:1, on the second day of the National Women’s Boxing Championships here on Monday.

The most exciting bout of the day saw Bihar’s Mamta take on Jahnabi Gogri of Assam, in the 48kg category. The scores were tied after the completion of fourth round but the result went 3-2 in favour of Mamta in individual score.

Ghosal in fray

New Delhi: Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal will spearhead Indian challenge in the PSA and WISPA Masters squash meet, which will see some of the world's best participating at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here from December 12-19.

Tragic end

Mumbai: Varun Pathare, a budding tennis player from Nashik, passed away in a tragic road accident on the Mumbai-Nashik highway on Monday. Pathare would have turned 14 on January 18. Varun was ranked 103 as per the latest AITA rankings for boys under-14.

Marcus offer

Melbourne: Former opener Marcus Trescothick was offered a chance to earn a $1.56 million if he muscles the ball over 210 feet from the Nursery End landmark at the Lord's. The hard-hitting batsman received the offer from his bat makers Mongoose for repeating a feat that has been attained only once in the cricketing history.


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