Surprise move by Fifa

Geneva: Fifa surprisingly opted for GoalControl on Tuesday as their goalline technology system to be used at next year's World Cup in Brazil, picking the little-known German project ahead of more established rivals like Hawk-Eye.

GoalControl-4D uses 14 high-speed cameras placed strategically around a stadium to track a ball's position, in a similar manner to the Hawk-Eye system which was predicted to win after establishing its reputation for accuracy and added entertainment value in top-level tennis and cricket.

While Hawk-Eye was at the forefront for several years during efforts to break down Fifa president Sepp Blatter's initially stubborn resistance to high-tech help for referees, the GoalControl company was formed last year and was licensed by football's world governing body only one month ago.

London: Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has escaped a jail sentence despite admitting to driving while disqualified and without insurance. Instead, the Argentine has been ordered to do 250 hours community service, banned from driving for six months and fined �1,000 for motoring offences.

London: Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe will miss up to three matches with a muscle injury, his manager Andre Villas-Boas said on Wednesday.

The England forward will sit out Thursday's Europa League quarter-final first leg at home to Basel and Sunday's Premier League clash with Everton and could also miss the return match with the Swiss side next week.

"Jermain has a muscle injury which is probably going to take him out of the next two games definitely and maybe Basel away," Villas-Boas told reporters.

Vasco: Salgaocar will look to capitalise on their goalless draw against title aspirant Churchill Brothers, when they lock horns with Prayag United FC in their I-League match at the Tilak Stadium, on Thursday.

With the I-League matches being shifted from Duler Stadium to Tilak Stadium due to renovation work, Salgaocar will be happy to play in their home town and will be looking to script a win against the Calcutta side.

"We are doing pretty well now. We have a very good chance of winning this match. But that doesn't mean we are taking Salgaocar lightly," United SC coach Eelco Schattori said.

Sao Paulo: Ronaldinho and Pato have been recalled to Brazil's squad for Saturday's friendly at Bolivia in aid of the family of a fan killed by a flare at a Libertadores Cup match last month.

Calcutta: City lad Viraj Madappa shot a brilliant 5-under 66 to grab a four-shot lead at the end of the second round of the IGU Uttar Pradesh Juniors being played at the Noida Golf Course on Wednesday. Viraj's two-day total stood at 139. Feroz Singh Garewal returned a card of level par-71 to be placed second at 145. Yuvraj Sandhu and Jairaj Singh Sandhu shared the third place at 149 while Kartikey Vashist and Pukhraj Singh Gill were tied for fifth at 152.


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