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Murray slumps to defeat against Ferrer

 Andy Murray could find no way through the formidable defences of Spain’s David Ferrer as the home favourite slumped to a 6-4 7-5 defeat in his opening group match at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday.

The world number three had won all five previous meetings with Ferrer on hardcourts but produced a flat, error-strewn performance to leave his hopes of reaching the semi-finals at the season-ender in serious jeopardy.

Murray broke serve first in both sets but failed to build any momentum as the tenacious Ferrer returned everything the Scot could throw at him.

Ferrer sealed the opening set after 57 minutes when Murray hooked a forehand wide, after which the labouring Murray required treatment on his legs.

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Stakes rise in Champions League qualifiers

After a week of controversy caused mainly by FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s comments about racism, UEFA will hope that action on the pitch dominates this week’s Champions League headlines as the group stage reaches crunch time.

Former European champions Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Ajax Amsterdam will bid to seal their places in the last 16 and join Real Madrid, AC Milan and holders Barcelona in the knockout rounds.

English trio Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea can also take their places with a match to spare while this season’s surprise packages APOEL Nicosia will become the first team from Cyprus to reach the last 16 if they win at Zenit St Petersburg.

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Caanen and AEK Larnaca FC split

17:48 AEK Larnaca FC and coach Ton Caanen have parted ways after a disappointing start to the UEFA Europa League and Cypriot First Division season.

The club praised Caanen’s contribution in a statement after Saturday’s goalless draw against AEL Limassol: “Without a doubt, Ton Caanen has earned himself the reputation of being the most successful coach in AEK’s history and the club would like to wish him the very best both professionally and personally.”

It added: “This was a difficult decision for our club to make and we would like to thank Ton Caanen for his loyalty and for the success that he brought to our club during the last year and a half,”

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Israel boosts naval patrols around eastern Med

Israel has gradually boosted naval patrols around its east Mediterranean natural gas fields for fear of guerrilla attacks and as maritime rivalry with Turkey deepens, an Israeli official said on Monday.

Missile boats have stepped up missions around the Tamar and Leviathan platforms over the past year, as well as coordination with private security firms contracted by the U.S.-Israeli exploration consortium, the official said.

“We have replicated the arrangements already in place at Yam Tethys,” the official said, referring to another Israeli gas field 40 km (25 miles) off southern Ashkelon port, near the waters of the Palestinian territory Gaza.

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Christofias: Cyprus will continue offshore gas search


PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias said the government would press ahead with the search for hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone and the next round of licensing round soon.

Christofias made the comments during today’s visit to Noble Energy’s Homer Ferrington gas drilling rig south of the Mediterranean island, a project that Turkey disputes. It was his first visit since U.S. concession partners Noble started an exploratory drill in September.

“My presence here underlines the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus which we are determined to exercise,” Christofias said, according to a statement issued by the government press office.

Turkey has challenged the jurisdiction of Cyprus in searching for oil and gas.

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Glafcos Clerides recovering after surgery


FORMER President Glafcos Clerides is recovering from an operation to remove a malignant tumour from his large intestine this morning, doctors said.

Doctors Iosif Kassios and Pambis Nicolaides said in a statement after the surgery at Nicosia’s Evangelistria clinic that the 92 year old’s condition is satisfactory. 

“(Clerides’) post operative condition was satisfactory and all measures were taken to avoid post operative complications” the statement said.

The former president was admitted to Evangelistria a week ago with “chronic gastrointestinal disorder” but was released two days later as doctors were awaited his test results. 

The tests revealed the tumor and he was immediately booked for surgery.


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CY passenger numbers down 15 per cent


14:40 CYPRUS Airways (CY) passenger numbers fell 15 per cent between January and October this year compared to the same period in 2010 due to  increased competition and the economic crisis, the national carrier said.

In a statement to the Cyprus Stock Exchange, CY said: ”The number of passengers carried… were lower by approximately 210,000, or 15 per cent, from last year and the passenger load factor rose to 73.1 per cent in comparison to 71.6 per cent in the respective period of last year.”

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Hermes off the hook after off-season sale


14:37 LIMASSOL District court has acquitted Hermes department stores from the charge of selling discount goods outside of the legal sales period.

This was the second acquittal for the Shacolas Group subsidiary company, confirming a July 2011 court decision.

Both decisions accept the legal position of the company that forbidding sales outside of sales periods violates the EU directive 2005/29/EC.

In the past two years, several high street stores in the group, including Debenhams, Next and Peacocks have begun sales before the government’s decreed sales period, typically around the beginning of the second week in January.


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