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Vieira told me City is ‘place to be’, says Nasri

Manchester City's latest big-money signing Samir Nasri's mind was made up about leaving Arsenal once fellow Frenchman Patrick Vieira told him his new club was the "place to be".

"When a player like this tells you Manchester City is the place to be, because it's the club of the future, they want to win everything and they have a big project, you have to listen," Nasri told the City website (www.mcfc.co.uk).

The versatile 24-year-old attacking midfielder, capable of playing through the middle or down the wing, signed for City on Wednesday for a reported 25 million pounds ($41 million) after protracted negotiations.

Vieira, formerly of Arsenal, AC and Inter Milan, Juventus and Manchester City, who won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European championship, retired in July and now works in Manchester as the club's football development executive.

Turkey to launch title play-off

»The Turkish first division title will be decided by a play-off at the end of this season, the country's soccer federation said, as it looked to boost clubs' earnings and revitalise a league mired in a match-fixing investigation.

The decision was announced after a meeting on Tuesday between the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) and the chairmen of the first division clubs. "A play-off system will be in effect in the 2011-2012 season. We will try this. We hope it will be lasting," TFF chairman Mehmet Ali Aydinlar told reporters after the meeting.

Under the plan, the top four teams in the league will face each other in a play-off. Media reports said the plan was based on the Belgian model and came amid fears of falling revenues as a result of the match-fixing investigation.

Battler Bogomolov rises up against all odds

»When Alex Bogomolov takes to the court at next week's U.S. Open it will be for the first time as a top 50 player after a belated and unlikely rise through the rankings that may yet produce a few more surprises.

"Bogie", as he is known on the circuit, is a Moscow-born, Florida-raised 28-year-old whose career was derailed by injury and a doping case and had to cope with a divorce in the midst of a slide down the rankings.

Bogomolov started 2010 outside the top 300 in the world but heads to Flushing Meadows a career-high 45th and with wins over world number four Andy Murray in Miami in March and France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Cincinnati last week. "I don't know why it has taken me so long," jokes Bogomolov, whose father was a Soviet national tennis coach that worked with two-times Grand Slam winner Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Regrets? Not many, says proud Schumacher

Michael Schumacher looked back with pride and pleasure, and maybe just a twinge of regret, on a Formula One career spanning 20 extraordinary years on Thursday.

All in all, the most successful -- and controversial -- of modern racing drivers declared his conscience to be clean. The 42-year-old German, who won his record seven championships with Benetton and Ferrari, took centre stage at a news conference at the Belgian Grand Prix circuit where he made his race debut for the Jordan team on Aug 25, 1991.

Sitting alongside current world champion Sebastian Vettel, Schumacher expressed astonishment that he was still around. "It is an unusual situation and certainly not something to be expected from the beginning," said the smiling Mercedes driver, who took three years out before making his comeback last season.

"Certainly I guess in every person's career...you take a summary, you almost make an account," he added when asked if he had any regrets.

Irish sports body to adopt goal-line technology

Ireland's Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) will introduce Hawk-Eye technology on a two-year trial basis, the organisation's central council has decided.

The technology would be used to help officials rule on contentious scores in championship hurling and Gaelic football games at the Croke Park stadium in Dublin, starting in 2012, the governing body of the sports said on its website (www.gaa.ie).

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