Balotelli ruled out
Italy forward Mario Balotelli has been sent back home after he was ruled out of the rest of the Confederations Cup with a thigh injury. Balotelli strained his left quadriceps during Italy’s 4-2 defeat to Brazil in Salvador on Saturday. Italy’s team doctor Enrico Castellacci had already stated Balotelli would miss Thursday’s semifinal against Spain in Fortaleza. "The player cannot recover between now and the final on Sunday. We prefer not to take any risks," Castellacci said. Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli will now look to Alberto Gilardino, Sebastian Giovinco or Stephan El Shaarawy to replace the AC Milan star. Playmaker Andrea Pirlo is in doubt for the match against the world champions after missing the Brazil clash with a calf injury.
Good intentions
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has moved to defuse anti-World Cup sentiment in Brazil, insisting world football’s governing body is "doing good things" for the South American nation. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff met with state governors and city mayors Monday to seek an end to the unrest which has prompted more than a million fans to march through Brazil’s major cities, reports Xinhua. "FIFA is not making four billion reais to run away in a big Mercedes Benz. I’m not ashamed of what we’re going, we’re doing good things for Brazil," Valcke said.
Club opposition
Goa’s I-League clubs have decided to fight against the unfriendly resolutions taken by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), including a cap on the number of clubs from a particular city. Owners of all four I-League clubs, Shrinivas Dempo, Peter Vaz (Sporting Clube de Goa), Shivanand Salgaocar (Salgaocar FC) and Churchill Alemao (Churchill Brothers), met for the first time at a city hotel and resolved to oppose several initiatives that the AIFF is to force on the clubs. The AIFF emergency committee has decided to put a cap on the number of teams from any particular city in the I-League and 2nd Division put together. If additional teams from Goa and Kolkata qualify in subsequent editions, those particular teams have to relocate and play in a different venue subject to approval of the AIFF.
Lajong signs Nga
Shillong Lajong FC on Tuesday announced the signing of Cameroon International Charles Edoa Nga for the upcoming I-League season. Edoa, 23, played for the U-17 national football team in 2006 and the U-20 national football team in 2008, SLFC stated in a release. The young striker joined Union Douala in 2008 which competes in the Cameroon domestic league – MTN Elite One.
Race tips
Following are the selections for  Wednesday&’s Mysore races:  2.30 pm: Small Cruise 1, Stardom Girl 2; 3 pm: The Alchemist 1, Southern Grackle 2; 3.30 pm: Money Bay 1, Dance Of A General 2; 4 pm: Lad Lady 1, Miyarsprincess 2; 4.30 pm: Artic Rose 1, Ayman 2; 5 pm: Prezzie 1, Ceasaria 2; 5.30 pm: Ohiyesa 1, Aristocratic 2. Best bet: Artic Rose.