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Goal king Salomon Kalou hits hat-trick for high-flying Hertha

BERLIN (Reuters) - Salomon Kalou scored a hat-trick as Hertha Berlin beat Hanover 96 3-1 on Friday, their second win in three matches helping them climb to fourth in the Bundesliga. The 30-year-old former Chelsea forward, enjoying a fine second...

Suspended FIFA chief Blatter in hospital – lawyer

NEW YORK, ZURICH (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his federation mired in a corruption crisis, is in hospital for medical checks but should be discharged soon, his U.S. lawyer said on Friday. His former public relations officer, Klaus...

Toure turns down Ivory Coast again

ABIDJAN, Reuters) - African footballer of the year Yaya Toure has again turned down a call-up from his country and will miss the start of the Ivory Coast's World Cup qualifying campaign. The 32-year-old midfielder has not played for his...

Blatter being treated for stress but not in hospital – confidant

ZURICH (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his federation mired in a corruption crisis, is being treated by doctors for stress and has been ordered to stay at home, his former public relations officer said on Friday. The 79-year-old...
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Messi, Tevez, Fleetwood’s Hall vie for FIFA goal of year

LONDON (Reuters) - Argentina's Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez, English third tier player David Hall and U.S. women's international Carli Lloyd were among players included on the shortlist for FIFA's goal of the year award on Friday. Costa Rican league...

Statistics can be our secret weapon: Allardyce

LONDON (Reuters) - Sam Allardyce has always leaned heavily on statistics during his managerial career and believes they can be a useful tool in Sunderland's bid to climb the Premier league table. Sunderland's current numbers make worrying reading, with one...

Banned Mourinho could watch Chelsea from street corner

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho is said to have hidden in a laundry basket when he was hit with a stadium ban 10 years ago but on Saturday he might be found on a street corner near...

Coe’s silence not golden amid latest doping crisis

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Sebastian Coe has long been one of the most outspoken critics of doping in athletics yet the newly-elected president of the sport's governing body has remained silent this week in the face of potentially...