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SOCCER

Qatar fire Uruguayan coach

The Qatar Football Association on Thursday sacked Uruguayan coach Jose Daniel Carreno, 17 months after naming him to prepare the 2022 World Cup hosts for the 2018 tournament in Russia. The decision followed back-to-back losses in the qualifiers to Iran and Uzbekistan. There was no immediate word on who would replace Carreno, but fellow Uruguayan Jorge Fossati is considered the front-runner. Fossati coached the national team in 2007 and 2008 and is currently manager of top flight Qatar Stars League champions Al-Rayyan. Another candidate is Algerian Djamel Belmadi, who coached the national team in 2014 and last year, when Qatar won the Gulf championship. The new coach will face the challenge of preparing for a tough qualifier against South Korea on Oct. 6.

GOLF

Johnson keeps on rolling

Dustin Johnson hit out of a bunker for birdie on his first hole and kept right on rolling to a four-under 66 for a three-way tie of the lead at the Tour Championship on Thursday. Hideki Matsuyama had six birdies and Kevin Chappell played bogey-free to join Johnson at 66 on a tough day for scoring at East Lake. Johnson only has to win the Tour Championship to capture the US$10 million FedEx Cup bonus. Jason Day, who withdrew from the final round of the BMW Championship two weeks ago with back pain, was among those at 67. Jordan Spieth was three-over after two holes and shot 68, courtesy of six birdie putts between 18 and 30 feet. Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey were also at 68.

FORMULA ONE

Ricciardo tips Rosberg

Australian Daniel Ricciardo has spoken of the awkward pre-podium silences between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, while tipping the latter for the season’s Formula One title. The smiling Red Bull driver finished second in Singapore last weekend, with Rosberg winning and triple champion Hamilton third. The result sent Rosberg back on top in the championship, the German now eight points clear of Hamilton with six rounds remaining. “When Lewis made up that deficit to Nico and came back it was like OK, nobody’s going to touch Lewis,” he told Sky Sports television during a trip to Australia ahead of next week’s Malaysian race. “Nico’s come back... I’m going to throw a spanner in the works and say Rosberg,” he added when asked to pick one of the pair for the title.

FOOTBALL

Hazing prompts football ban

Hazing inflicted by older players on younger ones at a conditioning camp has led to the cancelation of an Oregon high school’s football season, investigations by authorities, and calls for soul-searching and healing. Meanwhile, three varsity high-school football players in California have been charged in a separate incident. Studies show more than half of college students in sports teams, clubs and organizations have experienced hazing — the practice of rituals, challenges and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group. Many were hazed in high school. Breaking the cycle is difficult, but the town of Philomath is tackling the issue head on. School district officials say they are focusing on students’ mental health and looking for ways to prevent hazing incidents in the future.

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