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Sevilla, Osasuna advance

Luis Fabiano’s hat trick helped Sevilla to a 4-0 win over Ponferradina and Walter Pandiani’s goal helped Osasuna beat Getafe 1-0 on Thursday in the Copa del Rey. Ponferradina, a third-division club, brought a 1-0 first-leg lead, but Fabiano evened the tie in the 29th minute after heading Ndri Romaric’s cross beyond goalkeeper Alejandro Garcia. Jesus Nava headed the Brazil international into the clear in the 49th for him to coolly chip over Garcia for a second. Fabiano ensured the Cup holders progression to the last 16 in the 67th after scoring from a low volley. Sevilla capped the 4-1 aggregate through Enza Maresca in injury time. Getafe goalkeeper Jacobo Sanz was at fault in the 32nd minute after delivering a lazy pass straight to Pandiani. The Italian striker managed to rush the net and score over Jacobo for coach Jose Antonio Camacho’s first victory and the Basque club’s first goal in 437 minutes.


Basques threaten boycott

Basque players may boycott a friendly against Iran next month because of a dispute over the team name for the Spanish region’s representative side. One hundred and sixty-five current and former Basque players said in a statement on Thursday that they will not be available for the Dec. 23 match if the Basque soccer federation returns to calling the team Euskadi instead of Euskadi Herria. The federation changed the name to Euskadi Herria last July at the urging of the players, who felt it was a better overall reference to the players’ origins. The Basque Country had been referred to as Euskadi since 1990. Twenty-seven players from Basque club Athletic Bilbao and others from a variety of clubs ranging from Real Sociedad to Panathinaikos signed the letter. Like other Spanish regions, players native to the Basque Country occasionally gather to compete in friendlies against international teams.


Club may sue Brit plumber

Real Mallorca were examining legal options after a potential British buyer reneged on a deal to purchase the Spanish club on Thursday. President Vicente Grande said Mallorca would “always defend its interests” after Paul Davidson pulled out of a reported 38 million euro (US$49 million) deal. “It’s not good that the club is on sale for so long,” Grande said on the club’s Web site. Mallorca have been hit by financial instability with reported liabilities of 830 million euros. Grande said the club, who are 11th in the league table, would not be affected by the fallout. “Mallorca is in good economic shape,” Grande said. David, who heads a British-based pipefitting company Fluid Leader Group Plc, was set to purchase a 91 percent share.


Capello bans ketchup

England coach Fabio Capello told his players to stop eating fried food and ketchup as part of his efforts to lift the team following its failure to qualify for the European Championship. Capello has taken England to the top of its qualifying group for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with some of the improvement apparently due to an improvement in diet and discipline. “I have, for example, impressed upon them the advantages of a Mediterranean diet over ketchup and chips [french fries],” Capello said in an interview with FIFA Magazine. “I have also put some rules of conduct in place for when the national team meets up, from eating breakfast together to the use of mobile phones, which must be switched off from time to time,” he said.

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