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Egypt recalled its ambassador from Algiers for consultations yesterday, a day after the Egyptian soccer team lost to its longtime rival 2-0 in a World Cup qualifying playoff. Egypt has accused Algeria's fans of post-match thuggery in Sudan. Soccer's world governing body, FIFA, said it was investigating the incidents. "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Egyptian Football Association," FIFA said in a statement. "According to the official reports received by FIFA, on November 12 there were incidents affecting the Algerian team on their way from the airport to the hotel." (Reuters)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol is set to make his long-awaited return to the court today when the defending NBA champion hosts the Chicago Bulls. Having missed the team's first 11 games because of a hamstring ailment, the seven-foot Spaniard trained yesterday and declared himself fit for his first regular season game, the Lakers' Web site reported. "I think that I'll be able to go tomorrow," Gasol told the Los Angeles Times after practice yesterday. "It felt great today and I don't see any reason why it wouldn't feel the same way." (Haaretz Sports Staff and Agencies)