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SOCCER

Sexwale eyes FIFA role

An apartheid-era political prisoner turned multi-millionaire mining tycoon joined the FIFA presidential race on Saturday. South African Tokyo Sexwale announced his intention to run in next year’s emergency election to replace FIFA president Sepp Blatter after receiving the endorsement of the South African Football Association. Sexwale is to submit his candidature papers to FIFA to meet today’s deadline after receiving the unanimous backing of his national federation, he said at a news conference in Johannesburg. The 62-year-old Sexwale’s varied credentials include being a current FIFA anti-racism adviser, a former prisoner on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela, and a previous host of South Africa’s version of The Apprentice television show. He is also a hugely successful businessman, with interests in the mining and energy sectors, whose wealth has been estimated at US$200 million. Four other men have already submitted their papers for the FIFA election: UEFA President Michel Platini, whose chances appear to have been thwarted by an ethics investigation, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, ex-FIFA official Jerome Champagne and David Nakhid, a former player from Trinidad and Tobago.

CRICKET

Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe

Afghanistan made history on Saturday when they became the first associate nation to defeat a Test-playing nation in a one-day series, with a comprehensive 73-run win over Zimbabwe. The victory gave Afghanistan a 3-2 series win after the two sides had shared the first four games at the Queen’s Sports Club. Chasing a 246-run winning target, Zimbabwe were skittled for 172 in the 45th over, despite Sean Williams making a fine 102 off 124 balls, with three boundaries and four sixes. Fast bowler Dawlat Zadran finished with a career best 4-22 in his 10 overs. Earlier, opener Noor Ali Zadran made 54 and Mohammad Nabi, who hit a maiden century in the second match of the series, chipped in with 53 as Afghanistan reached 245-9 in their 50 overs.

TENNIS

Ferrer, Johnson make final

Top-seeded David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils of France 7-6(7/5), 7-5 at the Erste Bank Open on Saturday to reach his fifth final of the season. Ferrer was to play Steve Johnson of the US for the title. The 47th-ranked American beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 7-6(7/4) to advance to his maiden ATP final.

TENNIS

Sock faces Berdych in final

American Jack Sock reached his second ATP tour final of the season on Saturday by beating second-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-4, 6-2 at the Stockholm Open. He was to play defending champion Tomas Berdych in the final, after the top-seeded Czech player advanced when Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus retired with a right groin injury after losing the first set 6-1 in the other semi-final.

TENNIS

Doi, Barthel win semis

Misaki Doi was to take on Mona Barthel in her first WTA tour final after Alison van Uytvanck was forced to retire when trailing 6-4 against the Japanese player in their semi-final at the Luxembourg Open on Saturday. Van Uytvanck, a quarter-finalist at the French Open, cited a viral illness. Barthel converted four of five break points to breeze past wild-card entry Stefanie Voegele 6-2, 6-3 in the other semi-final.

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