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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Real Madrid blank Espanyol to keep lead in La Liga

Monday - Mar 05, 2012, 03:36pm (GMT+5.5)
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Madrid - Real Madrid retained their 10 point lead at the top of the Spanish La Liga football with a comfortable 5-0 win at home against Espanyol.

Espanyol have traditionally been easy victims for Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring after 23 minutes Sunday.

Sami Khedira doubled the lead and Gonzalo Higuain made it 3-0 just after the break. Kaka added a fourth after 66 minutes and Higuain doubled his tally for the night with 12 minutes remaining.

The win sees Madrid maintain their advantage over FC Barcelona, who defeated Sporting Gijon Saturday.

Valencia remain in third place after a hard-fought win 1-0 in Granada. Sofiane Feghouli's first half strike giving Unai Emery's side all three points.

Meanwhile Athletic Club Bilbao move into fourth place after two Markel Susaeta goals gave them a 2-0 win at home to Real Sociedad, who were unlucky to see a Carlos Vela goal not given after TV replays showed the ball had clearly crossed the goalline.

Earlier in the day Villarreal squandered a lead to allow bottom of the table Zaragoza to defeat them 2-0. The visitors had opened the scoring in the first half through Hernan Martinucco, but failed to press home their advantage and paid for it as Luis Garcia and Abraham Minero grabbed late goals to give Zaragoza a surprise home win.





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