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SOCCER

PSG down archrivals

Goals by Mevlut Erding and Guillaume Hoarau gave Paris Saint-Germain a 2-1 home win over archrivals Olympique Marseille that revived their Ligue 1 title hopes on Sunday. Erding opened the scoring after nine minutes and Hoarau struck 10 minutes later as PSG, who have 19 points from 12 games, moved up to third. They are one point ahead of Marseille, who replied with a Lucho Gonzalez goal midway through the first half. Brest lead the way on 21 points despite a 3-1 defeat at Lille. Stade Rennes, held 1-1 by Lyon on Saturday, are second, a point off the pace. Lens extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 2-0 win against Montpellier but are still second from bottom, level on points with 18th-placed Monaco who demolished Nancy 4-0 away.

SOCCER

FA Cup grudge match looms

The FA Cup second-round draw has thrown up a potential meeting between MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon, the breakaway team formed after the original Wimbledon was allowed to relocate to Milton Keynes. Both sides must first contest first-round replays, with AFC facing Ebbsfleet and MK Dons taking on Stevenage. AFC Wimbledon were established in 2002 when Wimbledon FC were allowed to move 80km north from their original base and change names. AFC would have home advantage for a meeting with MK Dons later this month. AFC hope the situation doesn’t transpire, saying in a statement that it would be a “very painful” match.

CRICKET

PCB warns ex-Proteas coach

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday warned former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur not to repeat allegations of match fixing against the Pakistan team in his upcoming biography. The PCB sent a legal notice to Arthur warning him against publishing the claims. Last month, Arthur told Web site News24 that his team suspected match fixing when Pakistan collapsed to lose the fifth ODI to South Africa in Lahore three years ago. He said that “the South African cricket team had a strong suspicion that there was match fixing involved in a decisive one-day international against Pakistan three years ago and it took some of the gloss off the series win.” However, the PCB claimed the statements were made by Arthur to “sell” his biography. Arthur conceded he had no proof of match fixing, “but when you have been involved in the game long enough, you know when something is not right.” Pakistan looked set to beat South Africa to clinch the series, but slipped from a strong positions at 149-2 and 209-6 to 219 all out chasing 234 to win.

SOCCER

Zenit bounce back to win

Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg battled back to thrash Novosibirsk 5-2 away on Sunday. Zenit now have 63 points, nine ahead of second-placed CSKA Moscow. Novosibirsk stunned Zenit by taking the lead after just one minute through Ivan Nagibin, who beat Zenit goalkeeper Yury Zhevnov with a shot inside his left post. Bartolomei Grzelak made it 2-0 four minutes later poking the ball home from close range. Zenit reduced the arrears in the 13th minute through Vladimir Bystrov. Zenit made it 2-2 in the 15th minute, when Novosibirsk’s Steve Josef-Renett sent the ball into his own net. The visitors had to wait until the 61st minute to increase their lead, when Danny fired home. Sergei Semak and Alexander Anyukov added one apiece to secure the win. Meanwhile, CSKA remained in the title race with a 4-3 home win over Samara.

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