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Austin handed 3-match ban for keeper kick

LONDON – Southampton striker Charlie Austin was Sunday banned for three matches after kicking Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl in the face, the Football Association announced. Lossl was left with a bloodied face and a suspected broken nose following the incident in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at St Mary’s. Austin avoided punishment for the incident at the time, but the FA handed out a three-game suspension after he accepted the charge. In-form Austin netted Southampton’s opener midway through the first half against Huddersfield, but came off with a hamstring injury after the interval. “Charlie Austin will be suspended for Southampton’s next three matches after he was charged with violent conduct. He accepted the charge but argued the suspension was excessive, which was rejected by regulatory commission.”–AFP


Salah determined to win titles at Liverpool

LIVERPOOL – Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah said on Monday he hopes he can help Liverpool end a five-year wait for silverware after making a blistering start to life at Anfield. The 25-year-old — who joined from Italian club Roma in the close season — has scored 21 goals in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side and is joint-top of the Premier League scorers’ charts with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane. “I want to win titles here, I cam here to win titles — to win something for the club, for us, for the fans,” he told Sky Sports News. “I love to win something here. We are working hard every day to win something. I am sure we are going to win something this year.” Salah has formed a key part of Liverpool’s ‘fab four’ attacking line-up alongside Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.–AFP


Nestle, Meezan enter Twenty20 Cup final

LAHORE – Nestle and Meezan Bank qualified for the HYF-powered CSP Sim Sim Lahore Corporate Twenty20 Cup final after outplaying their respective opponents in the semifinals played here at the Aligarh cricket ground. In the first semifinal, Nestle outlasted Lahore Transport Company (LTC). Nestle, batting first, posted a huge total of 194-8. M Faisal batted brilliantly and gathered 48 runs while Hamid Hayat and Umar Dogar scored 28 runs each. Abdul Ghaffar of LTC took 3 wickets. In reply, LTC were all out for 123 in the 16th over. Abdul Ghaffar played a quick knock of 34 runs. Rana Irfan took 4 wickets for Nestle and was named man of the match. In the second semifinal, Meezan Bank thrashed Nippon Paints by 83 runs. Batting first, Meezan posted 156 runs on the board in the allotted overs with major contribution coming from Nasir Mehmood who struck 31 and M Ashraf 29. Chasing the target of 157 runs, Nippon Paints were all out for meager 73 runs. Nasir Mehmood emerged as player of the match for Meezan Bank. The final of the event will be played here at Aligarh Cricket Ground on December 30.–Staff Reporter




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