2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Obsessions
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- Lennon not an Inter target, says Mancini
Inter coach Roberto Mancini has played down reports he is trying to recruit Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon as the Serie A side prepare to bolster their squad for a Champions League push in the second half of the season. Reports in England claimed Lennon, who has fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane, would be one of Mancini's winter transfer targets as he looks to get the Nerazzurri back among the elite of European football after a two-year absence. The former Manchester City manager said the club could make a move for Alessio Cerci, who has been used sparingly at Atletico Madrid.
- FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup
LONDON (Reuters) - England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday. "How could England have only got two votes? It was a big surprise," Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times. The 53-year-old, a former Chilean football federation president, was chairman of a FIFA group tasked with assessing the strength and feasibility of the various bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals. ...
- Boxing great Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia
(Reuters) - Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said on Saturday. Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location Saturday morning and is being treated by a team of doctors and remains in stable condition, spokesman Bob Gunnell said. "Because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected," Gunnell said in a statement. He declined to give any further details of the boxer's condition and said Ali's family was asking for privacy. ...