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SOCCER

Galliani will stay: Berlusconi

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi insisted on Saturday that chief executive Adriano Galliani will stay at the club despite the latter’s claim on Friday that he would resign. Galliani, who is also a vice-president of the club, responded to recent criticism by saying he would resign in a few days. The move came after a miserable first half of the season that sees the Rossoneri struggling in the bottom half of Serie A. “Serenity has returned to Milan, Adriano Galliani will remain in his position,” said Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister. Berlusconi later released a statement confirming that a new organizational structure had been agreed in the club, with Galliani running the sporting sector and the owner’s daughter, Barbara Berlusconi, in charge of all other sectors. Asked to comment on Silvio Berlusconi’s statement, Galliani said: “The president’s words have been sacred for 34 years and are not commented upon.”

CRICKET

Ireland retain T20 crown

Ireland won the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier title for the third time in four appearances with a 68-run victory over Afghanistan in Saturday’s final in Dubai. The defending champions posted 225 with Trent Johnston smashing 62 off just 32 balls. Johnston then returned bowling figures of 3-34 to take the man-of-the-match award. Paul Stirling top-scored for Ireland with a 43-ball 76. In the third-fourth placed play-off Nepal beat United Arab Emirates by five wickets.

SOCCER

Ethiopia and Kenya win

Favorites Ethiopia and Kenya registered identical 3-1 wins over Zanzibar and South Sudan on Saturday to move level on points in Group A of the Cecafa Challenge Cup Championship. Ethiopia dominated the first half with their attacking play as their strikers caused havoc with their pace. Fasika Asfaw made tapped in the ball from close range in the fifth minute and the Ethiopians increased their lead in the 37th when Salahadin Bargicho slotted home from the penalty spot. Zanzibar pulled one back through Awadh Juma in the 68th minute, but Rashid Kebede’s 86th minute strike put the result beyond doubt for the three-time champions, who are tied on four points with Kenya in Group A. Kenya squandered numerous scoring chances against South Sudan. A Jockins Atudo penalty in the 16th minute put Kenya ahead but three minutes later the Sudanese drew level from Justin Lado’s free-kick. Jacob Keli restored Kenya’s lead in 29th minute and David Owino scored in the 77th minute to seal the win.

SOCCER

Rangers into last 16

Fallen giants Rangers needed two late goals to book their place in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup with a 2-0 victory over Falkirk on Saturday. Rangers had the best of the first half chances, but lacked a killer touch in front of goal. The League One side had a great chance to make the breakthrough when Falkirk were reduced to 10 men in the 57th minute. David McCracken was shown a straight red card after he clipped the heels of Nicky Clark as he chased down a headed flick-on in the box, but Michael McGovern saved Lee McCulloch’s penalty and the Rangers skipper’s follow-up was ruled out for offside. The match looked to be heading to a replay before Nicky Law gave Rangers a deserved lead in the 89th minute. Ian Black’s free-kick was knocked down and Law angled a low shot through a ruck of players into the far corner. David Templeton sealed the win with a goal two minutes into stoppage time.

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