Qatar crisis no threat to Cup, says Fifa boss
LAUSANNE • Fifa is sure that the diplomatic crisis over Qatar will not threaten the 2022 World Cup, the organisation's president, Gianni Infantino, said in an interview published yesterday.
He told Switzerland's Le Matin Dimanche newspaper that Fifa was "closely watching the evolving situation and we are in regular contact with the highest authorities in Qatar".
Saudi Arabia and allies including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last Monday, accusing it of supporting extremism.
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Twins for Ronaldo: Portuguese media
LISBON • Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has become a father to twins with a surrogate mother, the Portuguese media reported on Saturday.
Reports said the babies - a girl and boy named Eva and Mateo - were born on Thursday to a woman living on the US west coast.
Miyazato's farewell to her Japanese fans
TOKYO • Japanese former world No. 1 golfer Ai Miyazato, 31, bade an emotional farewell to her home supporters at the Suntory Ladies Open yesterday in her first event since announcing last month that she is retiring.
She parred the final hole at Rokko Kokusai Golf Club to finish 26th on two-under 286, 13 shots adrift of South Korean winner Kim Ha Neul.
Capello, Schmidt take charge in China
BEIJING • Former England and AC Milan manager Fabio Capello was yesterday named the new head coach of Chinese Super League (CSL) side Jiangsu Suning. The Italian replaces South Korean Choi Yong Soo.
Earlier, CSL rivals Beijing Guo'an named former Bayer Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt as replacement for the recently sacked Jose Gonzalez.