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Blatter’s blunder

Zurich: Awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar was a 'mistake' and the tournament will probably have to be held in the winter because of the heat, Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said. "Of course, it was a mistake," he told Swiss television station RTS in an interview.

Marcel’s pick

London: Argentina are favourites to win the World Cup in Brazil, Belgium can reach the final and nobody expects much of England, says former France international Marcel Desailly. Desailly, who won the Champions League with Marseille and AC Milan, also predicted Ivory Coast could be the surprise team and Argentina’s Sergio Aguero the top scorer.

Didier move

Paris: Didier Deschamps sued the girlfriend of Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri on Friday for insulting him on Twitter.

Postponed

Manila: SSP Chowrasia was tied sixth, while Anirban Lahiri was placed at tied 16th, at the ICTSI Philippine Open, here. Lahiri made a brilliant surge on the back nine to haul himself back into contention.

SSP tied 6th

Girona: Jeev Milkha Singh opened one-under 71 as did his fellow Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar (71) to be tie for 18th place at the end of the first round of the Open de Espana.

Joshna loses

Hull: Joshna Chinappa lost to Joelle King of New Zealand in the quarter finals of the Allam British Open Squash Championship.

Poor show

New Delhi: India drew a blank in the men’s competition of the ongoing IBSF World U-21 snooker championships as four of the country’s players suffered defeats in Al Fujairah. Ashutosh Phady, Ishpreet Singh Chadha and Dhvaj Haria lost their respective matches.