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Abu Dhabi woo India for meet

Dubai: World champions Australia, India and New Zealand could figure in a tri-series being planned in Abu Dhabi in April next year, the Gulf News reported on Wednesday.

The Abu Dhabi Cricket Control Board (ADCC) is giving finishing touches to the Zayed Cricket Stadium and hope to host a major cricketing event. The only free time in the busy cricket calendar next year is April.

Australia, India and New Zealand do not have any commitments during the first half of April and if Abu Dhabi are keen to pull it off next year they could host these teams during this period, the daily said.

Australia, after hosting India, are free till mid-June.

Similarly, New Zealand are free after hosting South Africa from February 12 to March 30 before embarking on a tour of Sri Lanka from April 19.

India are yet to decide on a proposed tour of Pakistan during the time.

India juniors go down

New Delhi: Jeevan Nedunchezian scored a remarkable victory over Bohan Bozovic but could not prevent India from going down to Yugoslavia 1-2 in the opening tie of the ITF junior Davis Cup meet in Essen, Germany.

Nedunchazian defeated the world No.14 Bozovic 6-4, 6-0 to give India a 1-0 lead but 14-year old Rupesh Roy could not do much against the junior world No.1 Novak Djokovic as he went down 4-6, 2-6 in the second singles on Tuesday.

In doubles, Nedunchezian and Sumit Prakash Gupta lost to Slavko Bjelica and Dokovic 0-6, 2-6, according to information received here on Wednesday.

In junior Fed Cup, India lost to Japan 0-3 in group 2. Kartiki Bhat went down to Megumi Fukui 4-6, 5-7 while Tara Iyer managed to pull off a set before losing 5-7, 6-1, 3-6 to Mari Tanaka. Later, Kartiki and Tara went down in straight sets to Mik Kawamura and Fukui 3-6, 2-6.

Egypt spices up 2010 bid

Cairo: Egypt is betting on its historical heritage and tourist and sports infrastructure to win the competition to host the 2010 football World Cup finals, a minister said on Wednesday. Sports and youth minister Ali Eddin Helal said Egypt has more to offer for the football fans than the excitement of the tournament. “Egypt’s historical heritage, the pyramids, the pharaohs and the museums, can make this World Cup very special,” he said. Fifa has decided to hold the 2010 finals in Africa. Six nations have offered to host them: Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia.

Anelka call

Manchester: Nicolas Anelka has urged his Manchester City teammates to build on their impressive start to the English Premier League. With leaders Arsenal travelling to second placed Manchester United on Sunday, City can go top if they beat Fulham by two goals on Saturday. The 24-year-old Anelka has called for a long-term effort. “We have made a good start to the season and now we have to maintain it,” Anelka said. “We are in third place and that is something for us to fight for and hold onto if we can. ”

Scholes boost

Manchester: Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes does not need a hernia operation and could be fit for England’s Euro 2004 clash in Turkey next month.

It had been feared Scholes might need a third hernia operation, which would have kept him out of action for at least a month — ruling him out of the Istanbul match on October 11.

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Soccer, Uefa Champions League — from 10.30 am on ESPN
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