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Myanmar throws lavish party for SEA Games opener

NAYPYITAW: Myanmar staged a lavish spectacle of lights and pyrotechnics at the opening ceremony for the South-East Asian Games on Wednesday, as the impoverished and formerly reclusive state displayed a dazzling face to the world.

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Greek football chief laments 'death of football city' as another club folds

ATHENS, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The crisis engulfing Greek football claimed another victim as a second-tier club went into administration, mirroring wider financial troubles and leaving a hotbed of the domestic game without a professional team for the first time.

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Maradona still revered by Argentines

It is a nearly decade since Diego Maradona was kicked out of the 1994 World Cup for failing a doping test.

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KL ready to host Myanmar-China match

The pre-World Cup second leg match between Myanmar and China will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras on Sunday (4pm).

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Thailand start ball rolling with Iraq test

The region's top teams will battle for supremacy as they try to put a dismal World Cup in Germany behind them when the Asian Cup Finals kick off today.

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British sports minister to hold talks on foreign owners

British sports minister Richard Caborn will held talks with senior English soccer administrators yesterday to discuss concerns over the increase of foreign owners at top clubs throughout the country, a spokesman said.

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Malaysia to play hosts

FIFA have decided to move the venue of the World Cup qualifying match between Myanmar and China scheduled for Oct 28 in Yangon to Malaysia.

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Webber speaks up where others stay silent

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and five other Formula One drivers gave no reply when asked at a Chinese Grand Prix news conference whether they might have any moral difficulty racing in Bahrain next week.