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Athletics: Three in the mix to host 2019 outdoor world championships

Barcelona, Doha and American city Eugene will compete to be the hosts of the 2019 outdoor World Athletics Championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced on Tuesday. All three have experience of hosting major athletics meetings. Barcelona, hosts of the successful 1992 Olympic Games, hosted the 2010 European Athletics Championships while Doha welcomed the indoor world championships in the same year. The Qatari capital also opens the IAAF's Diamond League series each season.

Football: Minnows aim to "kick it like Dortmund" at Bayern

Giant-killers Kaiserslautern aim to take a leaf out of Borussia Dortmund's book in their bid to claim a shock German Cup semi-final win at holders Bayern Munich on Wednesday. Dortmund stunned Bayern 3-0 at Munich's Allianz Arena in the league last Saturday as the European champions suffered their first Bundesliga home defeat since October 2012. Second division Kaiserslautern, who earned an upset quarter-final victory at Champions League side Bayer Leverkusen and beat Hertha Berlin in the second round, have not won in Munich for 17 years.

Football: Guardiola sounds alarm as Real loom

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has sounded the alarm bells ahead of next week's Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid after back-to-back defeats in the Bundesliga. "If we play like we have done in the last three league games, we won't be reaching any finals," said Guardiola as Bayern bid to reach their fourth Champions League final in five years.

Cricket: Pakistan must restore international confidence

Pakistan authorities need to restore the confidence of the cricketing world to bring international activity back to the country, an Asian Cricket Council official said Tuesday. Pakistan has not hosted any international cricket since a brazen militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) chief executive Ashraful Haque said the situation was improving but that Pakistan needed to do more to convince teams to tour there.

Football: Man City's Toure out for 'up to two weeks'

Premier League title contenders Manchester City expect to be without influential midfielder Yaya Toure for around two weeks due to a leg muscle injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed on Tuesday. "Yaya has a muscle injury. We will see with the doctor how many days," Pellegrini told a press conference. "Maybe it is not so hard as we thought at the beginning, but I think he needs at least 10 days or two weeks to recover."

Football: Minnows aim to "kick it like Dortmund" at Bayern

German Cup giant-killers Kaiserslautern aim to take a leaf out of Borussia Dortmund's book when they bid to claim a shock semi-final win at holders Bayern Munich on Wednesday. Dortmund stunned Bayern 3-0 at Munich's Allianz Arena in the league last Saturday as the European champions suffered their first Bundesliga defeat at home since October 2012. Second division Kaiserslautern, who earned an upset quarter-final victory at Champions League side Bayer Leverkusen and beat Hertha Berlin in the second round, have not won in Munich for 17 years.

Tennis: ATP Monte Carlo Masters results

Results on the third day of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday (x denotes seeded player): 1st rd Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x13) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) Michael Llodra (FRA) bt Jerzy Janowicz (POL x16) 6-4, 6-2 Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) bt Federico Delbonis (ARG) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 afp

Cricket: 'Tarnished' ex-pros made Latif snub Pakistan job

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted by corruption. The 45-year-old, who famously blew the whistle on match-fixing in 1994 and 1995, last week refused to take up the chief selector's post with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Corruption, match-fixing and spot-fixing allegations have dogged Pakistani cricket for two decades and Latif said he could not work with tarnished ex-pros.

Cycling: Gesink out of Amstel Gold Race - report

Dutch rider Robert Gesink will skip Sunday's Amstel Gold Race due to a heart condition, the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper reported on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Belkin rider suffers from stress in major races triggering problems with his heart beat, the paper said. When contacted by AFP Gesink's team declined to comment ahead of a scheduled press conference the rider is due to give later Tuesday. Gesink retired during the fifth stage of last week's Tour of the Basque country, and in March he also failed to complete the Tirreno-Adriatico.

Football: Man City, PSG face FFP sanctions - report

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain both face substantial punishments for failing to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday. The paper said that City faced a "huge" penalty for breaching the regulations, which were introduced by European governing body UEFA to prevent clubs from spending beyond their means. According to the paper, French champions PSG will also be penalised by UEFA's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), which was due to meet for the first time on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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