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Brazil rounded off a successful pre-World Cup year yesterday with a 2-0 friendly win in Oman to take their tally to 14 victories in 17 matches. Nilmar opened the scoring in the fourth minute and Oman midfielder Hassan Ghailani headed into his own goal just past the hour.

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Dr. William Ganz, who died on 10 November aged 90, was a pioneering cardiologist who co-invented a specialised catheter. In 1970, Dr. H.J.C. Swan and Ganz, who was born in Slovakia and moved to the US in 1966, invented a balloon-tipped catheter which measures heart function and blood flow in critically ill patients.

World Cup round-up: Nani fills in to help keep Ronaldo's hopes alive

Two more European qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup finals were confirmed last night, Switzerland and Slovakia booking their places in South Africa, while Portugal, despite being without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, reached the play-offs with a 4-0 win over Malta.

Worthington lifted by trio's determination to keep playing

The Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has secured the long-term futures of three of his senior players ahead of tonight's final World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic.

Seedings set to hand Irish tough task in play-offs

With one round of World Cup qualifying group matches in Europe left – tomorrow – the play-off picture is taking shape. Russia, Bosnia-Herzogovina, France and the Republic of Ireland (respectively in Groups 4, 5, 7 and 8) are already certain to finish second in their sections, and have thus booked play-off berths.

Slovakia: Wellness is the word in the alps of the east

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Lafferty's absence leaves Worthington short up top

The Northern Ireland manager, Nigel Worthington, believes it was right and proper that his striker Kyle Lafferty returned to Rangers for treatment on his knee injury.

Worthington calls for heroes

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington gave a history lesson to his players on the eve of the World Cup qualifier against Poland and urged them to become heroes.

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