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July 3, 2014

Congress slams president’s son’s defence of Tapas Paul

Kolkata, July 3 (IANS) Condemning President Pranab Mukherjee's son and MP Abhijit Mukherjee for seeking to defend Tapas Paul on the latter's rape and violence comments, West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Thursday said he will seek an explanation.Abhijit, a Congress parliamentarian from Bengal's Jangipur, described Trinamool Congress MP Paul's rape and violence remarks as a "slip of tongue" and said debate on the matter should not be dragged further. "The party no way endorses his (Abhijit)…

Algeria’s president urges coach Halilhodzic to continue

Algiers, July 3 (IANS) Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika requested Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic to continue as the head coach of the national football team following their remarkable show in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.Media reports suggested that Algerian Football Federation (FAF) wants Halilhodzic to continue coaching the Desert Foxes but the Bosnian is yet to make up his mind. Bouteflika has now asked FAF president Mohamed Raouraoua to make sure that Halilhodzic extends his contract, reports Xinhua.…

Dortmund’s Julian Schieber joins Bundesliga rival Berlin

Berlin, July 3 (IANS) Dortmund striker Julian Schieber has joined league rival Hertha Berlin by putting pen to paper on a four-year deal, both sides confirmed Thursday.Berlin completed their sixth transfer for the upcoming season as Schieber joined the "Blue-Whites" until June 2018, reports EFE. "We observed Julian Schieber's career with interest for a long time. He fits perfectly into our requirement profile. We are glad that he opted for Hertha," Berlin's sporting manager Michael Preetz…

Barcelona, Real Madrid close in on big signings

Madrid, July 3 (IANS) If the Spanish press is to be believed, both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are closing in on major signings which will be announced shortly after the end of the World Cup, if not before.Barcelona's pursuit of Liverpool's Uruguay international, Luis Suarez is entering a new phase with both the British and Spanish press reporting the two clubs held a meeting in London Monday during which Barcelona made an offer of 70 million pounds ($120 million) for the controversial striker, reports Xinhua.…

Leander-Stepanek in Wimbledon semis

London, July 3 (IANS) India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek moved into the semi-final of the men's doubles at Wimbledon with a hard fought win over Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor in the quarter-finals at the All England Club here Thursday.The fifth-seeded Indo-Czech pair won 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-4 against the third seeded Serbian-Canadian pair in an encounter that lasted a gruelling two hours and 37 minutes on court 1. Paes and Stepanek looked rusty in the first set as Zimonjic and Nestor…
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