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Sepp Blatter wants Japan to host women"s football and rugby

Go on! Blatter wants Japan to host both rugby and women's football World Cups in 2019

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UPDATED:

19:30 GMT, 7 September 2012

Japan have been encouraged to bid for the 2019 women's World Cup, with FIFA President Sepp Blatter seeing no reason why the country can't stage the competition and the Rugby World Cup in the same year.

'Japan would be a good candidate,' Blatter said on Friday. 'They are a little bit afraid because they have the Rugby World Cup in the same year but the sports are totally different.'

The rugby World Cup will be played between September and October, and Blatter said Japan could hold the women's tournament beforehand.

Encouragement: Sepp Blatter (left) with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Encouragement: Sepp Blatter (left) with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Uzbekistan were originally scheduled to host the U20 tournament, but FIFA stripped the country of hosting rights because of 'logistical and technical issues' and Japan stepped in only six months before the start of the tournament.

Blatter said Japan's successful staging of the U20 tournament proves it would be a good host for the 2019 event.

'You have to play somewhere where women's football is established,' he explained. 'Otherwise, it will not be a big success.'

Japan won the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany. Canada will host the 2015 tournament.

London 2012 Olympics: Luiza Galiulina kicked out after failing drugs test

Uzbek gymnast Galiulina kicked out of Games after failing drugs test

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20:17 GMT, 1 August 2012

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Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina was officially thrown out of the Olympic Games on Wednesday night after tests on her B sample were positive.

The 20-year-old from Tashkent, who had been due to compete in artistic gymnastics, tested positive for the banned diuretic furosemide last week, and had her case heard in London on Saturday.

Booted out: Uzbekistan's Luiza Galiulina

Booted out: Uzbekistan's Luiza Galiulina

She was initially suspended pending the results of her B sample, which confirmed the original finding.

An International Olympic Committee
statement read: 'The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today
announced that Uzbek athlete Luiza Galiulina (artistic gymnastics) has
been excluded from the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London.

'Galiulina provided a urine sample on
25 July that tested positive for the prohibited substance furosemide.
The analysis of the B sample confirmed the results of the A sample.'

Her file will now be passed on to the International Federation of Gymnastics, who will consider further action.

Wimbledon 2012: Petra Kvitova beats Akgul Amanmuradova in first round

Women's champion Kvitova makes winning start to defence on Centre Court

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UPDATED:

15:08 GMT, 26 June 2012

Petra Kvitova had to come from behind to make a winning start to the defence of her Wimbledon title on Centre Court.

The 22-year-old Czech fell an early break down against Uzbekistan's world No 96 Akgul Amanmuradova and was in trouble at 4-2 adrift in the first set, but then pieced together six straight games and went on to earn a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The match was interrupted by the first showers of the fortnight during the second set but Kvitova was by that stage approaching the winning line.

Perfect start: Defending champion Petra Kvitova celebrates her first round victory over Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova

Perfect start: Defending champion Petra Kvitova celebrates her first round victory over Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova

With father Jiri and mother Pavla watching from the Royal Box, Kvitova savoured the occasion of returning to the scene where she beat Maria Sharapova 12 months ago to secure her first grand slam title.

The performance from the left-hander may not have been entirely convincing, but the objective was at least achieved.

She dropped her opening service game and Amanmuradova's consistent serving kept her ahead for a while.

Raining... champion: Kvitova's first round match was interrupted by the first showers of the tournament

Raining… champion: Kvitova's first round match was interrupted by the first showers of the tournament

But then Kvitova's extra class began to tell, and breaks in the seventh and ninth games turned the set around in the fourth seed's favour.

Kvitova asserted herself with a further break of Amanmuradova's serve in the opening game of the second set, and held on her own delivery to win that sixth game in a row.

At six foot, Kvitova is among the taller players in the women's game, but remarkably Amanmuradova has a height advantage of three inches over her.

Hitting back: Kvitova produces a brilliant backhand to come from behind in the first set

Hitting back: Kvitova produces a brilliant backhand to come from behind in the first set

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She has never been able to make that count at Wimbledon though, losing in the first round now in all five of her appearances, having made her debut in 2008.

The rain delay, lasting half an hour, forced the players to take shelter and the court covers to go on.

But Kvitova returned to play a love service game and clinch a second-round tussle against either Britain's Elena Baltacha or Italian Karin Knapp.

Marching on: Kvitova (R) shakes hands with Amanmuradova as she moves on to the second round

Marching on: Kvitova (R) shakes hands with Amanmuradova as she moves on to the second round

Anzhi Makhachkala enforcer Ahmedov opens the door to Arsenal switch

Anzhi Makhachkala enforcer Ahmedov opens the door to Arsenal switch

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21:25 GMT, 27 May 2012

Odil Ahmedov wants to catch Arsenal’s eye this summer.

The Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder was considered by the Gunners for a move 12 months ago.

The 24-year-old Uzbekistan star said: ‘I would like, if I had the choice, to play for Arsenal.’

On the move Odil Ahmedov (right)

On the move Odil Ahmedov (right)

Andre Villas-Boas successor will find it hell, says Luiz Felipe Scolari

It will be hell! Scolari warns AVB's successor after the pair suffered similar fate

Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has laid down the gauntlet to whoever succeeds Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge, by warning them it be 'hell'.

The Brazilian was sacked by Roman Abramovich following reports of a dressing-room revolt, the same thing which has gone for the most recent incumbent, who was dismissed on Sunday.

Scolari is now in charge of Brazilian outfit Palmeiras having had to take jobs as far away as Uzbekistan since leaving London in 2009.

Player revolt: Luiz Felipe Scolari suffered the same fate as Andre Villas-Boas

Player revolt: Luiz Felipe Scolari suffered the same fate as Andre Villas-Boas

Player revolt: Luiz Felipe Scolari suffered the same fate as Andre Villas-Boas

On hearing the news of Villas-Boas' demise, the 63-year-old said: 'England has clubs like Arsenal, where Arsene Wenger has been for several years, yet has won only two or three championships.

'Chelsea's culture is very different, but this move is strange – although it's not so strange to me because of what I went through there.

'Some things are known, like the relations with the owner, who has the relationship with some players before the coach.

'Villas-Boas was a champion and he will continue to be. He needed to replace at least seven or eight players, even since I was there, but he failed.

'It will be hell for whoever succeeds him.'

The 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich on Saturday, together with Villas-Boas' post-match comments demanding '300 per cent improvement' from the players, prompted Abramovich to act, having previously defended his appointment despite Chelsea’s wretched run of results.

The owner is known to have been swayed by football people within the club.