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Russia 2018: Iran secure place at next year's World Cup with 2-0 win over Uzbekistan

Russia 2018: Iran secure place at next year's World Cup with 2-0 win over Uzbekistan

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Carlos Queiroz has guided Iran to two successive World Cup finalsMonday, June 12, 2017Iran have become the second team to advance through qualifying to reach the 2018 World Cup finals after a 2-0 win over Uzbekistan in Tehran.Goals from Sardar Kazmoun and Mehdi Taremi earned a victory which secures the Iranians top spot in Asian qualifying group A with two games still to go.Led by former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz, Iran booked their place in next year's finals alongside Brazil and hosts Russia.Kazmoun opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and then produced the cross from which Taremi sealed the victory in injury time.It marks the fifth time Iran have qualified for the World Cup finals and the first time they have achieved the feat twice in succession.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Florida Panthers hire former NHL defenseman Bob Boughner as head coach

Florida Panthers hire former NHL defenseman Bob Boughner as head coach

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The Florida Panthers named Bob Boughner as their head coach on Monday. The former NHL defenseman becomes the 15th coach in the franchise's 24-year history, and its fifth since 2011. "After an exhaustive search, we are pleased to welcome Bob as the new head coach of the Panthers," general manager Dale Tallon said of the 46-year-old Boughner. "He sees the game in a modern way and is eager to work with our young players. "During the interview process, Bob blew us away with his preparation, his passion, knowledge and dedication to the game. We believe that he is the right leader to get our team back to competing towards our goal of winning the Stanley Cup." Boughner spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks, working under former Florida coach Peter DeBoer. "I wa...
Pakistan to face England in Champions Trophy semi-final following win over Sri Lanka

Pakistan to face England in Champions Trophy semi-final following win over Sri Lanka

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Pakistan booked a Champions Trophy semi-final clash against England on Wednesday after edging past Sri Lanka by three wickets in gripping fashion.When they slumped from 92 for one to 137 for six in pursuit of 237 for victory, Pakistan looked down and out at Cardiff Wales Stadium.But a return to the Welsh capital in under 48 hours' time was secured thanks to the efforts of captain Sarfraz Ahmed and opening bowler Mohammad Amir.They compiled an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 75, with Sarfraz hitting an unbeaten 61 and Amir undefeated on 28, to leave Sri Lanka crestfallen and reflecting ruefully on dropping Sarfraz twice in quick succession as the Pool B contest reached a thrilling conclusion.Sri Lanka, despite a battling 73 by opener Niroshan Dickwella, were bowled out for what appear...
Blackpool owners, the Oyston family, accused of treating club as ‘personal cash machine’ by High Court

Blackpool owners, the Oyston family, accused of treating club as ‘personal cash machine’ by High Court

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The owners of Blackpool, the Oyston family, have been accused at the High Court of treating the football club as "the family's personal cash machine".Lawyers for Latvian millionaire Valeri Belokon, the club's president, were launching what could prove to be one of British football's most expensive legal actions.Andrew Green QC alleged on Monday at the start of a five-week hearing that Owen and Karl Oyston, owner and chairman of the Lancashire club, had "improperly" extracted millions of pounds from its funds following promotion to the Premier League in 2010 and used the money for their own benefit.Belokon's company VB Football Assets, a minor shareholder in the club, was excluded from key decisions, information and any share of profits, said Green.VB Football is pursing a claim against the...
Warrington captain Chris Hill facing suspension ahead of Challenge Cup clash v Wigan

Warrington captain Chris Hill facing suspension ahead of Challenge Cup clash v Wigan

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Chris HillMonday, June 12, 2017Warrington captain Chris Hill could miss Saturday's Challenge Cup clash against Wigan after being charged with reckless use of the shoulder.The prop forward was sin-binned in the ninth minute of Sunday's 36-16 defeat at Super League leaders Castleford Tigers for a shoulder charge on England team-mate Luke Gale.Hill has the option of submitting an early guilty plea for a grade B charge of reckless use of the shoulder, which usually carries a one or two-match suspension.If Hill submits an early guilty plea and is given a one-match ban he could then appeal that punishment and - if successful - the 29-year-old would be free to face Wigan.The Wolves will hope the change of competition can inspire them to a winning formula after losing their last four Super League ...