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Kiryat Shmona loses to Be'er Sheva, crashes out of Toto Cup

Holders Kiryat Shmona crashed out of the Toto Cup last night, after a 2-1 defeat to Hapoel Be'er Sheva. Kiryat Shmona had to overcome a 3-2 defeat from the first leg, but trailed after Tomer Swisa robbed goalkeeper Itamar Nitzan and scored in the 10th minute. Ahmed Abed equalized in the first half, but Swisa grabbed the winner in the 48th minute. Be'er Sheva will play Hapoel Ramat Gan for a place in the finals. The second semifinal will have Hapoel Haifa playing Maccabi Netanya. (Haaretz Sports Staff )

Liverpool's Suso fined for Twitter comment, warned by FA

Liverpool forward Suso has been fined 10,000 pounds (NIS 6,1089 ) for a comment he posted on Twitter, the Football Association said yesterday. Suso was responding to his teammate Jose Enrique posting a photograph of himself getting his teeth whitened. "What the f*** is he doing? This guy is gay. ... He does everything except play football," tweeted Suso, who accepted the charge that he had brought the game into disrepute. The 19-year-old Spaniard, who has made 13 first-team appearances for Liverpool this season, was also warned as to his future conduct by the FA. (Reuters )

Karim Benzema named French player of the year

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been voted the best French soccer player of 2012, winning the award for the second consecutive year, the Spanish club said yesterday. Former France international Zinedine Zidane presented the 24-year-old with the trophy at Real's Bernabeu stadium. "It is an honor to receive it from Zidane because for me he is the best French footballer ever," Benzema told the club website. Benzema won the award, organized by France Football, ahead of Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in voting carried out by a panel of former winners, including Zidane. The former Olympique Lyon striker scored 21 goals in La Liga last term, helping Real win the title, and seven in the Champions League. (Reuters )

Russian walker banned for life

The Russian track and field federation has handed walker Sergey Morozov a life ban for doping after abnormal readings were revealed in a blood profile on the athlete's biological passport, the federation's anti-doping committee said yesterday. The decision means Morozov loses his national 20-kilometer titles from 2011 and 2012, as well as a national winter championships silver medal. (DPA )