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  • Iran's protest over Iraqi player rejected
    Iran's protest over Iraqi player rejected

    Iran's protest that Iraq fielded an ineligible player in their stormy Asian Cup quarter-final was shot down following lengthy deliberation by tournament organisers on Sunday. Iran lodged a formal complaint, claiming that midfielder Alaa Abdulzehra failed a drugs test while playing for an Iranian club last year, but it was rejected by the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) disciplinary committee. "Iraq tomorrow can play ... tomorrow morning we fly (home)," he added. An AFC statement released later said that the protest was "unfounded", without giving further details.

  • Vonn powers to St Moritz super-G win
    Vonn powers to St Moritz super-G win

    American Lindsey Vonn made up for a disappointing downhill performance by powering to a stunning victory in Sunday's super-G in St Moritz. It was Vonn's 64th World Cup victory, the 30-year-old having drawn level with, and then passed, the previous all-time record of 62 set by Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll last weekend in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Starting with bib number 17, Vonn laid down a near-perfect descent of the upper and middle sections, with just two minor mistakes on the tricky, tight bottom third. Tiger Woods' girlfriend touched speeds in excess of 87kph as she timed 1min 23.55sec down the 1.9-kilometre-long Engiadina course, the perfect boost before next month's World Ski Championships on home snow in Colorado.

  • Alpine Skiing-World Cup St. Moritz women's downhill results

    Jan 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the World Cup St. Moritz Women's Downhill on Saturday 1. Lara Gut (Switzerland) 1:43.82 2. Anna Fenninger (Austria) 1:44.14 3. Edit Miklos (Hungary) 1:44.40 4. Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) 1:44.51 5. Fabienne Suter (Switzerland) 1:44.72 6. Nadja Jnglin-Kamer (Switzerland) 1:44.82 7. Carolina Ruiz Castillo (Spain) 1:44.96 8. Elisabeth Goergl (Austria) 1:44.98 9. Tina Weirather (Liechtenstein) 1:45.07 10. Kajsa Kling (Sweden) 1:45.11 11. Ilka Stuhec (Slovenia) 1:45.13 12. Laurenne Ross (U.S.) 1:45.14 13. Mirjam Puchner (Austria) 1:45.20 14. ...

  • Iran want life ban for Aussie referee after Asian Cup loss
    Iran want life ban for Aussie referee after Asian Cup loss

    Delegation chief Houshang Moghaddas said Iran would lodge a formal complaint against Williams following the dismissal of their protest that had Iraq fielded an ineligible player. Iran were furious with Williams after he questionably yellow-carded defender Mehdrad Pooladi for simulation in the first half of their rollercoaster quarter-final with Iraq. Williams started to run off before being reminded he had already cautioned Pooladi, and returned to brandish a red card -- an incident which enraged Iran coach Carlos Queiroz. Iran, Asia's top-ranked side, were leading 1-0 at the time but the game finished 3-3 after extra time before Iraq won a penalty shootout 7-6 in Canberra.

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