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Football: Bastia lining up Cisse deal

Much-travelled French striker Djibril Cisse looks set to return to France after having transfer talks with Corsican side Bastia. The 32-year-old international forward has been playing at Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League since July, but is keen to return to France to better his chances of making the French World Cup squad. "Our talks are at an advanced stage, but nothing has yet been finalised," said Bastia chairman Pierre-Marie Geronimi.

Tennis: Bastia lining up Cisse deal

Much-travelled French striker Djibril Cisse looks set to return to France after having transfer talks with Corsican side Bastia. The 32-year-old international forward has been playing at Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League since July, but is keen to return to France to better his chances of making the French World Cup squad. "Our talks are at an advanced stage, but nothing has yet been finalised," said Bastia chairman Pierre-Marie Geronimi.

Cycling: Kittel wins Tour de France first stage

Germany's Marcel Kittel of the Argos-Shimano team won the opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, a 213-kilometre ride from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia in Corsica. Kittel stole in front of Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff right on the line to win a Tour stage for the first time in his career, while Danny Van Poppel of the Vacansoleil team came in third. Kittel will be the first rider to wear the yellow jersey in the 100th Tour, which continues on Sunday with a 156 km second stage across Corsica from Bastia to Ajaccio. as/nr

Football: French league results

French league results on Saturday: Saturday Montpellier 0 Lille 0 Sochaux 1 (Sio 42) Toulouse 2 (Sylla 14, Akpa Akpro 21) Reims 1 (Krychowiak 33-pen) Lorient 0 Evian/Thonon 2 (Khelifa 2, Ehret 12) Valenciennes 0 Nancy 1 (Puygrenier 60) Bastia 2 (Ilan 47, Modeste 71) Troyes 1 (Bahebeck 56) Bordeaux 0 Rennes 1 (Erding 45+2) Ajaccio 1 (F. Diawara 5) Saint-Etienne 2 (L. Perrin 25, Brandao 42) Marseille 0 Paris SG 3 (Ibrahimovic 5, 36, Matuidi 31) Brest 1 (Benschop 81) Playing Sunday Nice v Lyon afp

Football: Lyon crash at Bastia to dent title hopes

Lyon's title hopes took a serious blow on Saturday as they crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Bastia which leaves them four points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who travel to Saint-Etienne on Sunday. "We were sleeping at the start of the match," said Lyon coach Remi Garde after a loss which moved Bastia up to joint 13th with fellow Corsican club Ajaccio after three second half goals handed Lyon their fourth away defeat of the season.

Football: Lyon crash at Bastia to dent title hopes

Lyon's title hopes took a serious blow on Saturday as they crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Bastia which leaves them four points back of leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who travel to Saint-Etienne on Sunday. Bastia are now joint 13th with fellow Corsican club Ajaccio after three second half goals handed Lyon their fourth away defeat of the season. On-loan midfielder Florian Thauvin broke open a tight first-half with a goal just before the break and although Lisandro Lopez equalised on 54 minutes, Bastia scored twice in five minutes to take command.

Football: Five sent-off as red mist shrouds Corsican derby

Bastia's 1-0 win over bitter Corsican rivals Ajaccio was overshadowed by an injury-time skirmish that prompted the referee, who had already sent-off one player, to issue four more red cards, two to each side. Veteran striker Toifilou Maoulida netted the Ligue 1 game's only goal two minutes after half-time to halt Bastia's run of six matches without victory but tempers flared at Stade Armand Cesari after home goalkeeper Mickael Landreau was caught by the boot of Kenyan forward Dennis Oliech in the closing stages.

Soccer-Bastia barred from playing at home for three games

PARIS, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Bastia have been barred from playing at home for three games and given a suspended two-point deduction after supporters of the Ligue 1 club were involved in a series of violent incidents, the French League (LFP) said on Friday. The club have already served one match of the ban when they beat basement side Nancy in Gueugnon, eastern France, last month after they were banned from using their own ground pending the ruling.
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