Madrid, Dec 5 (AP/UNB) — Spanish club Athletic Bilbao has fired coach Eduardo Berizzo after the team won only two of its first 15 matches this season.
The Basque Country club made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after a 3-0 loss at Levante in the Spanish league.
The result kept the Athletic winless in 13 league matches, inside the relegation zone. Its only league win was against Leganes in the first round.
Athletic's other win this season was 4-0 against Huesca in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey last Wednesday.
Berizzo, an Argentine coach who was in his first season, leaves the club in 18th place in the league standings with 11 points from 14 matches.
Athletic said Gaizka Garitano, who had been coaching the club's "B'' team, will take charge of the main squad.
Brighton, Dec 5 (AP/UNB) — Brighton shrugged off the first-half dismissal of Shane Duffy to ease to a 3-1 home victory over fierce local rival Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday.
The center back was given a straight red card for thrusting his head into Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt in the 28th minute, with Brighton 1-0 ahead at that stage through Glenn Murray's penalty.
Despite being a man down, Brighton stretched its lead to 3-0 thanks to goals by Leon Balogun and Florin Andone before halftime. Balogun, who came on as a substitute following Duffy's dismissal, scored after being on the field for just 25 seconds.
Luka Milivojevic pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Wilfried Zaha was fouled, but Brighton won for the second time in four days and moved into the league's top 10. Palace stayed only three points above the relegation zone.
Dhaka, Dec 5 (AP/UNB)-One team has one of its star players sidelined with an ankle injury, and he'll miss the first test beginning Thursday at the Adelaide Oval. The other has had upsetting publicity it could never have imagined with the brother of one of its opening batsmen charged with a terrorism-related offense.
An Australia-India test series never seems to disappoint cricket fans looking for as much news off the field as on.
On Tuesday, the brother of Australia batsman Usman Khawaja was taken into custody by counter-terrorism police investigating the discovery in August of a laptop computer containing a fake terrorist hit-list.
Arsalan Khawaja, 39, was arrested while driving in western Sydney, according to a spokesperson for New South Wales state police. Australian media, quoting police sources, said Arsalan Khawaja was being questioned about forgery and an attempt to pervert justice, but had never intended to commit a terrorism offense. He was later released on bail.
"It's a matter for the police to deal with," Usman Khawaja said after training on Tuesday. "Out of respect for the process it'd be inappropriate for me to make any further comments. I just ask you to please respect my privacy and my family's privacy during this time."
The 31-year-old Khawaja has played 35 tests and is critical to the top order in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, who have both been banned for 12 months following the ball-tampering scandal at Cape Town, South Africa, in March.
India, meanwhile, will go into the start of the four-test series without 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw, who sustained a left ankle injury in a warm-up match last Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Shaw rolled his ankle in the outfield during his India's tour match against a Cricket Australia XI.
The loss of Shaw won't help India as it tries to win a test series in Australia for the first time.
And most of the previous series have history.
Past issues between the teams prompted one website to chronicle the "13 Ugliest India-Australia Controversies."
The India Today website included photos of India captain Virat Kohli making an obscene gesture to the Sydney Cricket Ground crowd in 2012. There were accusations in 2008 by then India captain Anil Kumble that "only one team was playing in the spirit of the game." The bilateral relationship eroded in that series when an Australian player said he was racially vilified by an India player during a test match in Sydney. The India player was banned for three tests by the match referee, but the ban was overturned on appeal and amid rumors that India planned to boycott the rest of the tour.
There was tension well before that, with legpsinner bowler Shane Warne adding some spice with a comment during a 1998 tour to India that he had to pack baked beans and tinned spaghetti because he wasn't able to handle Indian food.
The last time the teams played in Australia in 2014-15, the home side won 2-0 in four tests.
India's last of only three test-match wins in Australia came at the WACA in Perth in 2008, when India prevailed by 72 runs.
Kohli said the series should be played in better spirits compared with recent Border-Gavaskar contests, but expected there would be some banter between the sides.
"I don't think any Australian side is vulnerable at home," Kohli said, suggesting the loss of several of its top players will not affect Australia. "Whatever happened (in Cape Town) ... the skill level is still there. We're definitely not taking anything for granted."
The key for India will again be Kohli, who averages 62 from eight tests in Australia, the best effort by any Indian player to have taken part in more than three tests here. He also has three test centuries at Adelaide Oval.
Murali Vijay, whose test average in Australia is 60.25, and Ajinkya Rahane, averaging 57 here, are also expected to be big threats to the home side.
On Wednesday, Australia dropped vice-captain Mitch Marsh for the first test, recalled batsman Peter Handscomb and selected opener Marcus Harris to make his debut.
India named a 12-man squad Wednesday and will wait until before the toss to decide whether Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari will claim the final spot in their batting order.
Temperatures are forecast to reach 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) in Adelaide for the first day.
Australia: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
India (one to be omitted): Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, K.L. Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.
London, Dec 5 (AP/UNB) — European soccer's leadership has an initial conclusion on leaked Manchester City correspondence: The club has been misleading UEFA over its finances.
With the power to ban clubs from the Champions League, the consequences from UEFA could be severe for the Premier League champions.
UEFA discovered from reading internal emails from City, which were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel last month, the extent of schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly while UEFA conducts a review of the City case.
City has been transformed into an English soccer power in the decade since being bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi's royal family, winning the Premier League three times since 2012. But unfettered spending on players has been restricted by European soccer's governing body — regardless of the owners' wealth.
City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership.
UEFA publicly said last month that evidence from "Football Leaks" could lead to past cases being re-opened. The person with knowledge of the situation said it was more feasible to use the leaks to re-assess the candor of club executives and as a basis to judge City's compliance with FFP in the current three-year assessment period.
That covers 2015 when Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City's stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys. The sponsorship was said to generate 67.5 million pounds (about $85 million) annually for City. But City's holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club's chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce.
Given the fresh insight into City's financial dealings, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has said there was a "public interest" in the correspondence being leaked, while questioning how it was obtained.
"We are assessing the situation. We have an independent body working on it," Ceferin said Monday. "Very soon you will have the answers on what will happen in this concrete case."
City, which not disputed the authenticity of any emails published by Der Spiegel over the last month, has left manager Pep Guardiola to discuss the ongoing controversy in public.
"UEFA is doing what I think it has to do," Guardiola said Tuesday after a 2-1 victory at Watford sent the Premier League leaders five points ahead. "If it finds something the club will make a statement, and I'd like to do that because we would know exactly we are going to finish with these voices."
FFP was the flagship policy of Michel Platini, Ceferin's predecessor as UEFA president, and introduced at the height of the global financial crisis in attempt to prevent clubs from becoming unsustainable.
Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions. The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.
The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 30 million euros, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players' images in marketing campaigns.
There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority.
"As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million," Pearce wrote. "The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness."
Seeing internal City correspondence has given UEFA a greater insight into the conduct of the club and its officials. A 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA's lead FFP investigator being celebrated: "1 down, 6 to go."
UEFA is examining whether to open disciplinary cases for misconduct by individuals at City involved in attempts to provide a misrepresentation of club finances to the governing body's FFP accessors, another person with direct knowledge of the situation said. The person, who did not identify any individuals, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the City case.
A challenge for UEFA is getting City to provide information from related companies in Abu Dhabi that the leaks show are central to compliance with FFP.
City has repeatedly declined to respond to the specific allegations in the leaks, dismissing a month of negative headlines by saying: "The attempt to damage the club's reputation is organized and clear."
But City has had no such qualms using its website to cast aspersions on the reputations of other clubs over their ability to comply with FFP. City has used the media watch section on its website to cite unsubstantiated news reports, including a claim in 2016 that "Inter Milan are looking to circumnavigate FFP" and speculation this year that if Paris Saint-Germain "are found to have broken FFP regulations they face being booted out of the Champions League." Those pages were deleted from its website after City was approached for comment by the AP.
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – Defending champions Arambagh Krira Sangha reached the quarterfinals of the 13-team Independence Cup Football Tournament eliminating Team BJMC by 2-1 goals in Group A match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Tuesday.
Rabiul Hasan put Arambagh KS ahead in the very 4th minute by a free kick from about 25 yards that kissed the net hitting custodian Shohag Hossain (1-0).
Nigerian forward Samson Iliasu levelled the margin for Team BJMC in the 37th minute, utilising a long pass from Mesbahuddin Arif (1-1).
Arifur Rahman scored the match winner for Arambagh KS in the stoppage time (45+2) of the first half by a cool shot with a good combination with Paul Emile (2-1).
Arambagh KS will play another quarterfinalist Saif Sporting Club on Friday (Dec 7) at 5 pm to decide the group champions.
Wednesday’s matches: Muktijoddha Sangsad KC vs Brothers Union Club (3 pm), Bashundhara Kings vs Sheikh Russel KC (5:15 pm).
Thirteen teams, split into four groups, are initially taking part in the meet with three semifinalists of the just concluded Federation Cup -- Bashundhara Kings, Sheikh Jamal DC and Sheikh Russel KC-- putting together in Group D.
The remaining fixture of group matches:
Dec 5 – Muktijoddha Sangsad vs Brothers Union (3pm)
Bashundahra Kings vs Sheikh Russel KC (5:15pm)
Dec 6 - Rahmatganj MFS vs Chattogram Abahani (3pm)
Dhaka Mohammedan vs NoFel SC (5:15pm)
Dec 7 - Arambagh KS vs Saif SC (5pm)
Dec 8 - Sheikh Russel KC vs Sheikh Jamal DC (3pm)
Brothers Union vs Dhaka Abahani (5:15 pm)
Dec 9 - Rahmatganj MFS vs NoFel SC (3pm)
Dhaka Mohammedan vs Chattogram Abahani (5:15 pm)