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- McCoist to remain as Rangers boss
Ally McCoist will remain as Rangers manager for the immediate future following his first meeting with the Scottish Championship club's directors since he handed in his resignation. McCoist held talks with directors in Glasgow on Wednesday and the club say he will continue preparing as normal for their second tier fixture against Livingston on Saturday. "Ally's here and we're looking forward to Saturday to the game," Sandy Easdale, the chairman of the Rangers football board, told BBC Scotland.
- Qatar risks losing World Cup without job reform: Zwanziger
BERLIN (Reuters) - Qatar must meet a March deadline for specific labor reforms or it could risk losing the 2022 World Cup finals, FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Tuesday. The German, who was formerly head of his country's FA and has been a vocal critic of the desert state's ability to host a World Cup under extreme summer heat, said a proposal would be made to the world governing body's Exco meeting on Friday. ...
- Soccer-Sitting at the top table with Argentine Speroni
By Rex Gowar LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - From regular Premier League football to being turned away from his own restaurant which is doing so well at weekends there are no free tables, life is good for Julian Speroni. There are regrets for the Crystal Palace goalkeeper like being overlooked by Argentina's national team but they are outweighed by the benefits of his loyalty to his club in a career in Britain now in its 14th year. ...
- Soccer-San Lorenzo scrape past Auckland in extra-time
(Adds details) By Brian Homewood MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 17 (Reuters) - South American champions San Lorenzo needed extra-time to see off the gallant challenge of Auckland City as they beat the New Zealand part-timers 2-1 in the Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. Auckland's unlikely dream of facing European champions Real Madrid in Saturday's final in Marrakech ended when substitute Mauro Matos fired San Lorenzo's winner four minutes into extra-time. ...