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Football: US women dump coach as 2015 World Cup looms

In a major blow ahead ahead of the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, the United States has fired coach Tom Sermanni as national team coach. The decision, announced Sunday just hours after a 2-0 home friendly victory over China, sends the 59-year-old Scotsman packing after 16 months in the post. Sermanni had coached the Australian national women's team from 2005 to 2012 before taking charge of the Americans last year after Swede Pia Sundhage left to return to her homeland.

Football: Belgian Georges Leekens to coach Tunisia

Belgian Georges Leekens is the new coach of Tunisia, the north African country's football federation announced Thursday. "An official agreement was reached with Georges Leekens that he become coach from April 1, 2014, until March 31, 2016," federation official Hichem Ben Omrane told AFP. The 64-year-old Leekens, capped three times internationally as a player, has previously coached Belgium and Algeria as well as a host of clubs, most recently Club Brugge.

RugbyL: New Zealand seek new coach after World Cup debacle

New Zealand Rugby League began a global search for a new national coach Tuesday following the embarrassing hiding suffered at the hands of Australia in last month's World Cup final. The Kiwis, who went into the final as defending champions, were thrashed 34-2 in a lopsided contest that put the future of coach Stephen Kearney in jeopardy. NZRL chief executive Phil Holden said the appointment of a new coach would be done in parallel with a review of the World Cup campaign.

RugbyL: New Zealand seek new coach after World Cup debacle

New Zealand Rugby League began a global search for a new national coach Tuesday following the embarrassing hiding suffered at the hands of Australia in last month's World Cup final. The Kiwis, who went into the final as defending champions, were thrashed 34-2 in a lopsided contest that put the future of coach Stephen Kearney in jeopardy. NZRL chief executive Phil Holden said the appointment of a new coach would be done in parallel with a review of the World Cup campaign.

Football: Seedorf confirms he will take over as Milan coach

Dutch veteran Clarence Seedorf confirmed on Tuesday he is taking over as coach of AC Milan, replacing Massimiliano Allegri. The seven-times European champions sacked Allegri after a shock weekend loss to Sassuolo and have turned to Seedorf, twice a Champions League winner with the club as a player. "This experience of a year and a half (with Brazilian side Botafogo) helped me grow and will help me in the next stage of my life -- as coach of Milan," Seedorf told reporters in Rio. cw/bc

Football: World Cup draw reaction

Team by team reaction to Friday's World Cup draw: GROUP A BRAZIL, CROATIA, MEXICO, CAMEROON Luiz Felipe Scolari - Brazil coach: "I am satisfied with the draw. But we shall be paying close attention to the opening phase. That should give us an incentive. I am not concerned with the second phase. Mexico is a classic going way back, I am happy with the match sequence." Niko Kovac - Croatia coach:

Reaction to World Cup draw

(Reuters) - Reaction following Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Group A Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari "It's always good to start off against a European team because they have to go through an adaptation period in Brazil and there are a series of things they'll need to implement," he said of the tournament opener against Croatia on June 12. "It will be a balanced first match but we live here, we work here and we know this country better than anybody."

Coach owner in manslaughter probe after deadly Italy crash

Italian prosecutors are investigating the owner of a coach which plunged off a viaduct for possible manslaughter after reports that the vehicle may not have been road-worthy, judicial sources said Thursday. Thirty-eight people were killed in one of Europe's worst road accidents when the coach rammed several cars after failing to brake on a bend, smashing through a highway crash barrier and plunging 30 metres (100 feet) down a slope.

Italy prepares mass funeral for 38 killed in coach crash

Prime Minister Enrico Letta will join bereaved relatives at a mass funeral Tuesday for the 38 people killed in Italy when a coach plunged off a viaduct near Naples. Prosecutors have launched an investigation into possible manslaughter over Sunday's accident, the worst such crash in western Europe in the last decade. Hundreds of relatives had to spend agonising hours viewing bodies and identifying victims on Monday before the victims were carried off in flower-covered coffins.

Italy coach crash kills 36: rescue services

At least 36 people were killed after a coach carrying pilgrims, including some children, plunged off a motorway flyover in southern Italy, rescue services said Monday. Another 11 people were injured, they added, in what is already one of the worst coach accidents in Europe in recent years. Rescue workers said they had pulled 33 bodies from the wreckage after Sunday evening's crash near the town of Avellino in the Campania region.
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