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Sports Shorts: Kane looks to 'role model' Ronaldo; Raonic parts ways with coach

June 09, 2017 16:03 IST

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday

Kane looks to 'role model' Ronaldo for pathway to success

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur

IMAGE:  Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Livepic/Acton Images via Reuters

Ronaldo is on course to win his fifth Ballon d'Or after helping Real Madrid to La Liga and Champions League success and Kane, 23, said the Portuguese forward was a great role model.

"Who wouldn't want to win that big gold trophy? It's definitely something I aspire to do," Kane told reporters when asked about the Ballon d'Or.

"Doing that, you have to win the big tournaments, for club and country. Ronaldo won the Euros and the Champions League... Messi's in a similar situation.

"To do that, it isn't just individual, I think it's part of a team thing as well, winning team trophies. That's hopefully what we can do at Tottenham."

Kane, who scored 29 goals in 30 Premier League games last season, said he hoped to emulate Ronaldo's big-game mentality.

"You see him do that game in, game out, in the finals, in the semi-finals," Kane said of Ronaldo's goal-scoring record in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

"That's what I aspire to be. Ronaldo's a great role model, a fantastic player. That's hopefully something I can achieve one day."

Kane will be in action on Saturday when Group F leaders England face Scotland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. England then face France in a friendly on June 13.

Raonic parts ways with coach Krajicek

Milos Raonic

IMAGE:   Milos Raonic of Canada plays a forehand. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Milos Raonic and coach Richard Krajicek have decided to part ways after less than six months working together, the Canadian said in the wake of his exit from the French Open.

The world number six did not win a title under the former Wimbledon champion, who was appointed in December, and progressed to the final in two of nine tournaments.

Raonic lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round at Roland Garros on Sunday.

"My coach, Richard Krajicek, and I have decided to part ways. This decision has been a mutual one," Raonic said on his official Twitter account.

"I would like to thank Richard for his help with my game, his dedication and professionalism. I wish him all the best."

Raonic, who has continued to work with long-time coach Riccardo Piatti, will aim to get his season back on track at the Aegon Championships in Birmingham, later this month.

Malaysian player banned for year as AFC cracks down on indiscipline

Malaysian player Mohd Farizal Bin Marlias has been banned for a year and fined $40,000 for violent conduct against match officials during Johor Darul Ta'zim's AFC Cup match against the Philippines' Ceres Negros, the Asian Football Confederation said on Friday.

The AFC also handed out lengthy bans and heavy fines to players from South Korean side Jeju United following ugly scenes at the end of their AFC Champions League match against Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds last week.

Johor Darul's Farizal was sent off for pushing the referee and continued using his fists to push the match official and his colleagues and brought the game into "serious disrepute", the region's governing body said in a statement.

Johor Darul, the 2015 winners, were eliminated on away goals after a 2-1 second leg win for the side from the Philippines during the match in Bacolod last week.

Johor Darul head coach Benjamin Mora Mendivil was also fined $7,000 for using insulting language at AFC staff and match officials after the game.

The AFC also suspended Jeju player Cho Yong-hyung for six months and fined the Korean $20,000 after a protest lodged by Urawa.

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