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  1. Borussia Dortmund football team bus hit by explosions Three explosions have hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their home Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco. Player Marc Bartra was injured and was taken to hospital, the club said, but is not believed to be seriously hurt. The team tweeted (in German) that the other players were safe and there was no danger in or around the stadium. The first-leg match was postponed and will now be played on Wednesday at 18:45 local time (16:45 GMT). http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39571776
  2. Japan gov't approves Osaka's bid to host 2025 World Expo April 11, 2017 (Mainichi Japan) TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government approved Tuesday the bid by Osaka Prefecture to host the 2025 World Exposition. The western Japanese city will be pitted against Paris, while Russia is also seen as moving to announce its candidacy to host the world's fair. Osaka previously hosted the expo in 1970, an event that symbolized Japan's rapid economic growth after World War II along with the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The host will be decided through a vote by member countries of the expo's governing body, the Bureau International des Expositions, at its general meeting in November 2018. Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui will file the candidacy as early as April 24 at the BIE headquarters in Paris. Sadayuki Sakakibara, the chief of the Japan Business Federation, heads the bidding committee and will accompany Matsui. Osaka has proposed to hold the event on the artificial island of Yumeshima over a period of 185 days between May and November 2025, with estimates that it could benefit the economy by 1.9 trillion yen ($17 billion), while 28 million to 30 million people are expected to visit the fair "It will bring significant economic impact to our country," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference after the Cabinet approved Osaka's bid. The 1970 Osaka Expo was visited by around 64 million people. Japan also hosted the expo in 2005 in Aichi Prefecture. Construction costs for the latest attempt are estimated at 125 billion yen. The central government, the Osaka prefectural and municipal governments as well as the private sector will each shoulder a third of the expenses. Japan is planning to push its bid at the BIE's general meetings to be held in June and November. It will also have a similar opportunity when the body visits Osaka for inspection in early 2018 at the earliest. https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170411/p2g/00m/0dm/062000c
  3. US, Canada and Mexico set to submit joint bid to host 2026 World Cup https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/06/us-canada-mexico-joint-world-cup-bid-2026
  4. Bureau of the Council recommends slot allocation for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ (FIFA.com) 30 Mar 2017 The Bureau of the FIFA Council – comprised of the FIFA President and the presidents of each of the six confederations – convened this Thursday at the Home of FIFA in Zurich and agreed on a proposed slot allocation for the FIFA World Cup™ as of the 2026 edition. The recommendation will now be submitted for the ratification of the FIFA Council, whose next meeting is scheduled for 9 May in Manama, Bahrain, two days prior to the 67th FIFA Congress. After 10 January, when the FIFA Council unanimously decided on expanding the FIFA World Cup to a 48-team competition, FIFA, the confederations and the Member Associations engaged in a consultation process, which resulted in the proposal recommended by the Bureau of the Council. According to this proposal, the split of direct berths is as follows: Slot allocation* · AFC: 8 direct slots · CAF: 9 direct slots · CONCACAF: 6 direct slots · CONMEBOL: 6 direct slots · OFC: 1 direct slot · UEFA: 16 direct slots * The host country would also automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup, and its slot would be taken from the quota of its confederation. In the event of co-hosting, the number of host countries to qualify automatically would be decided by the FIFA Council. Play-off tournament for two remaining slots The above allocation accounts for 46 of the 48 participating teams. The proposal reviewed by the Bureau of the Council includes a play-off tournament involving six teams to decide the last two FIFA World Cup berths: - One team per confederation with the exception of UEFA + one additional team from the confederation of the host country; - Two teams to be seeded based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The seeded teams will play for a FIFA World Cup berth against the winners of the first two knockout games involving the four unseeded teams; - Tournament to be played in the host country(ies) and to be used as a test event for the FIFA World Cup; - Existing play-off window of November 2025 suggested as tentative date for the 2026 edition. http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/y=2017/m=3/news=bureau-of-the-council-recommends-slot-allocation-for-the-2026-fifa-wor-2878254.html
  5. OFC Group B Tahiti 1-2 Papua New Guinea CONCACAF Honduras 1-1 Costa Rica Trinidad Tobago 0-1 Mexico Panama 1-1 USA
  6. CONMEBOL Bolivia 2-0 Argentina Ecuador 0-2 Colombia Chile 3-1 Venezuela Brazil 2-0 Paraguay Peru 2-1 Uruguay Brazil become first team to qualify for 2018 World Cup
  7. Lionel Messi suspended for four matches The FIFA Disciplinary Committee – in application of articles 77 a) and 108 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) – has reached a decision in relation to the case of Lionel Messi following an incident that occurred during the match between Argentina and Chile on 23 March 2017 as part of the qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™: Lionel Messi has been found guilty of violating art. 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee. As a result, Messi will be suspended for four official matches and sanctioned with a fine of CHF 10,000. The first match for which the sanction will apply is the next fixture in the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ between Bolivia and Argentina, which will be played today, 28 March. The remainder of the sanction will be served over Argentina’s subsequent FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. This decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s previous rulings in similar cases. Both the player and the Argentinian Football Association have been informed of the decision today. FIFA http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=lionel-messi-suspended-for-four-matches-2877817.html
  8. AFC Group A South Korea 1-0 Syria Iran 1-0 China Uzbekistan 1-0 Qatar Group B Australia 2-0 UAE Japan 4-0 Thailand Saudi Arabia 1-0 Iraq 1- Japan 16 pts 2- Saudi Arabia 16 3- Australia 13 4- United Arab Emirates 9 5- Iraq 4 6- Thailand 1
  9. OFC Group A New Zealand 2-0 Fiji 1- New Zealand 10 pts 2- New Caledonia 1 3- Fiji 0 New Zealand advanced to the final stage of World Cup qualifying in the Oceania
  10. UEFA Group C Azerbaijan 1-4 Germany San Marino 0-6 Czech Rep Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway Group E Armenia 2-0 Kazakhstan Romania 0-0 Denmark Montenegro 1-2 Poland Group F England 2-0 Lithuania Scotland 1-0 Slovenia Malta 1-3 Slovakia
  11. Vettel wins as Mercedes got the strategy wrong.
  12. UEFA Group A Luxembourg 1-3 France Bulgaria 2-0 Netherlands Sweden 4-0 Belarus Group B Portugal 3-0 Hungary Switzerland 1-0 Latvia Andorra 0-0 Faroe Islands Group H Belgium 1-1 Greece Bosnia Herzegovina 5-0 Gibraltar Cyprus 0-0 Estonia
  13. Special panel formed to discuss 2020 opening, closing ceremonies Sports Mar. 25, 2017 - 06:33AM JST ( 4 ) TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee’s executive board on Friday approved a panel of experts in various fields to advise on the production of the opening and closing ceremonies. The 12-member panel, which will be chaired by 2020 Honorary President and Chairman/CEO of Canon Fujio Mitarai, will decide the general theme of the ceremonies as well as their artistic directors. The panel includes the likes of Yoshinobu Miyake, weightlifting gold medalist at the last Tokyo Olympics in 1964, author Ayako Sono and one foreigner, David Atkinson, a former analyst with Goldman Sachs based in Japan who is now a cultural expert as head of Konishi Decorative Arts and Crafts. Hidemasa Nakamura, 2020’s chief financial officer, said the experts will discuss how the ceremonies can help define what will be the legacy of the Tokyo Games. “The 1964 Games left a huge influence on Japan. It was an event with great historical and social significance,” Nakamura said. “We need to ask ourselves what kind of significance the 2020 Games will have for Japan as we move forward.” Organizers on Tuesday also announced that as of April 1, they will begin recycling metals at 2,400 NTT Docomo outlets and public buildings in all 47 prefectures to produce the medals for the Tokyo Olympics. The metals will be extracted from small household appliances such as mobile phones, computers and digital cameras. Approximately 2 tons of metal will be needed to produce 5,000 medals in the three colors for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. © KYODO https://www.japantoday.com/category/sports/view/special-panel-formed-to-discuss-2020-opening-closing-ceremonies?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  14. CONCACAF Mexico 2-0 Costa Rica USA 6-0 Honduras Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 Panama
  15. Season opening qualifying. Seems its gonna be a fight between Mercedes and Ferrari this time..
  16. UEFA Group D Ireland 0-0 Wales Georgia 1-3 Serbia Austria 2-0 Moldova Group G Spain 4-1 Israel Italy 2-0 Albania Leichtenstein 0-3 Macedonia Group I Croatia 1-0 Ukraine Turkey 2-0 Finland Kosovo 1-2 Iceland
  17. PyeongChang 2018 Take a glimpse into the newly built #Olympic venue in Gangneung for the ice sports!
  18. CONMEBOL Uruguay 1-4 Brazil Argentina 1-0 Chile Colombia 1-0 Bolivia Paraguay 2-1 Ecuador Venezuela 2-2 Peru 1- Brazil 30 pts 2- Uruguay 23 3- Argentina 22 4- Colombia 21 5- Ecuador 20 6- Chile 20 7- Paraguay 18 8- Peru 15 9- Bolivia 7 10 - Venezuela 6
  19. AFC Group A China 1-0 South Korea Syria 1-0 Uzbekistan Qatar 0-1 Iran 1- Iran 14 pts 2- South Korea 10 3- Uzbekistan 9 4- Syria 8 5- China 5 6- Qatar 4 Group B UAE 0-2 Japan Iraq 1-1 Australia Thailand 0-3 Saudi Arabia 1- Saudi Arabia 13 pts 2- Japan 13 3- Australia 10 4- United Arab Emirates 9 5- Iraq 4 6- Thailand 1
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