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Published: Wed, 26 April 2017 13:58:05 +0800


Serena says accidentally spilt news of her pregnancy

Wed, 26 April 2017 13:45:07 +0800

Serena Williams had no intention of sharing her pregnancy with the world last week but spilled the beans when she accidentally uploaded the "20 weeks" photo of herself on Snapchat, the world number one said on Tuesday.

Soccer - Granada in deeper trouble after third defeat for Adams

Wed, 26 April 2017 13:35:06 +0800

Tony Adams saw his wretched start to management in Spain continue on Tuesday as his Granada side edged closer towards relegation from La Liga with a 2-0 defeat at home to Malaga, their third straight defeat under the former England defender.

Niasse's three-match ban overturned after Hull appeal

Wed, 26 April 2017 13:05:08 +0800

Hull City striker Oumar Niasse's red card and consequent three-match ban has been overturned after an appeal to the English Football Association (FA), the Premier League club has said.

F1 to ditch 'halo' protection device in favour of screen

Wed, 26 April 2017 12:10:07 +0800

Formula One is set to abandon plans for a 'halo' head protection system in favour of a transparent screen that could be introduced for 2018.

AOC media boss steps down amid bullying allegations

Wed, 26 April 2017 11:55:06 +0800

The Australian Olympic Committee's (AOC) media and communications director Mike Tancred has stepped down from his role pending an investigation into bullying allegations, the AOC said on Wednesday.

Court orders convicted killer goalkeeper back to jail in Brazil

Wed, 26 April 2017 11:05:07 +0800

The goalkeeper who served part of a 22-year sentence for murder before returning to football in April has been ordered back to prison, Brazil's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

AFC to investigate Guangzhou fans' 'British Dogs' banner in Hong Kong

Wed, 26 April 2017 10:45:05 +0800

Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande face an investigation after the club's fans unfurled a banner in an Asian Champions League match on Tuesday describing Hong Kong's independence movement as "poison" and carrying the words: "Annihilate British Dogs".

Football: Hrgota sends Frankfurt into German Cup final

Wed, 26 April 2017 06:50:38 +0800

BERLIN: Branimir Hrgota scored the decisive spot-kick after a lengthy penalty shoot-out as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday (Apr 25) to reach the German Cup final. They will play either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, who meet on Wednesday, in the May final. Taleb ...

Football: Angers reach French Cup final in 60 years

Wed, 26 April 2017 06:25:55 +0800

ANGERS, France: Angers returned to the French Cup final for the first time since their only other appearance 60 years ago with a 2-0 semi-final victory over Guingamp on Tuesday (Apr 25). "We had said that getting to the final would be a dream - the key word was turning that into a reality, and we ...

Football: Soriano hands Villarreal shock win at Atletico

Wed, 26 April 2017 06:17:31 +0800

MADRID: Villarreal kept their slim hopes of Champions League football next season alive as Roberto Soriano's late winner shocked Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday (Apr 25). A battle between the two best defences in La Liga was unsurprisingly settled by a single goal when the ...

Football: Chelsea beat Southampton to extend lead in Premier League

Wed, 26 April 2017 05:24:47 +0800

LONDON: Diego Costa scored his 50th and 51st Premier League goals as Chelsea overcame spirited Southampton 4-2 on Tuesday (Apr 25) to establish a seven-point lead at the top of the table. Costa set up Eden Hazard's early opener, which was cancelled out by Oriol Romeu, before Gary Cahill restored ...

Cricket - Yasir spins Pakistan to test victory over Windies

Wed, 26 April 2017 13:20:12 +0800

Yasir Shah proved Pakistan's match-winner as they ended a six-test losing streak to beat West Indies by seven wickets in the first test in Jamaica on Tuesday.

Cavani extends PSG contract until 2020

Wed, 26 April 2017 02:50:15 +0800

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has extended his contract with Paris St Germain by two years until 2020, the French champions said on Tuesday.

Cycling - Felline wins Tour de Romandie prologue

Wed, 26 April 2017 02:50:11 +0800

Italian Fabio Felline won the prologue of the Tour de Romandie to claim the overall lead after a 4.8-km individual time trial on a slippery course on Tuesday.

Golf rule change to use of video evidence after Lexi fiasco

Wed, 26 April 2017 01:54:43 +0800

LOS ANGELES: Golf's governing bodies on Tuesday (Apr 25) announced sweeping rule changes to the use of video evidence in the wake of the furore that erupted after Lexi Thompson was deprived of an almost-certain victory at the ANA Inspiration earlier this month. Thompson was hit with a four-stroke ...

Cycling: Froome slips as Felline wins Romandie prologue

Wed, 26 April 2017 00:53:49 +0800

AIGLE, Switzerland: Italy's Fabio Felline won Tuesday's (Apr 25) opening prologue at the Tour de Romandie as race favourites Chris Froome of Britain and American Tejay Van Garderen struggled in the rain. Trek rider Felline, 27, covered the 4.8 kilometres in 5 minutes 57 seconds, finishing two ...

Dortmund midfielder Sahin signs deal extension to 2019

Wed, 26 April 2017 00:40:08 +0800

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the Bundesliga club until 2019, Dortmund announced on Tuesday.

Pakistan recall Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal for Champions Trophy

Wed, 26 April 2017 00:35:22 +0800

Former Pakistan one-day international captain Azhar Ali and wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal are back in the squad for June's Champions Trophy in England, the country's cricket board said on Tuesday.

Allardyce says Palace run is his best as manager

Tue, 25 April 2017 23:25:17 +0800

Sam Allardyce says he is enjoying the best spell of results in his long managerial career as his Crystal Palace side prepare to try to dent Tottenham Hotspur's title push.

Blues fan Schooling talks favourites, football and food with Chelsea's Hazard

Tue, 25 April 2017 23:48:56 +0800

Singapore Olympic champion Joseph Schooling took on one of his favourite footballers, Eden Hazard, in a lighthearted interview posted by Chelsea FC on its Facebook page.

Bayern defence trio fit for German Cup clash against Dortmund

Tue, 25 April 2017 22:40:11 +0800

Bayern Munich central defenders Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez have been ruled fit for their German Cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.

Clasico win has revitalised Barca title bid - Luis Enrique

Tue, 25 April 2017 22:35:20 +0800

Lionel Messi's 92nd minute winner against Real Madrid has given Barcelona's title bid a shot in the arm, coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday, while warning his side that they can ill afford any slip-ups as they seek a third straight La Liga crown.

Leicester don't want to be a 'selling club', says Shakespeare

Tue, 25 April 2017 22:15:14 +0800

Leicester City should be able to hold on to its key players as they prepare for the upcoming season without European football, rather than just selling them off, manager Craig Shakespeare has said.

Tennis - Muguruza confirmed to play at Birmingham grasscourt event

Tue, 25 April 2017 22:10:14 +0800

Former Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza will prepare for this year's Championships on the Birmingham grass courts after confirming she has entered June's Aegon Classic on Tuesday.

Rose in contention for Tottenham return against Arsenal

Tue, 25 April 2017 21:55:25 +0800

Tottenham Hotspur left back Danny Rose has a chance of making his return in this weekend's north London derby against Arsenal after recovering from a knee injury.

Bale set to miss semi-final with Atletico with calf injury

Tue, 25 April 2017 21:00:14 +0800

Gareth Bale's run of injury misery continued on Tuesday as Real Madrid said their record signing had picked up a calf injury that rules him out for up to four league games and their Champions League semi-final tie with Atletico Madrid.

Soccer referee seeks to send off senior Scottish nationalist in UK election

Tue, 25 April 2017 20:30:06 +0800

A lawmaker from Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party who works as a soccer referee is seeking to send off one of the leading lights of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) in the United Kingdom's June 8 election.

Murray ready to work overtime in Barcelona to stay at top

Tue, 25 April 2017 19:40:07 +0800

World number one Andy Murray returns to the Barcelona clay courts that launched his career this week as he puts in some overtime ahead of the French Open.

Athletics - Bekele was not wearing 'Breaking2 shoes', say Nike

Tue, 25 April 2017 19:10:10 +0800

The running shoes that Kenenisa Bekele blamed for his struggles in Sunday's London Marathon were not the revolutionary new model designed for use in the Breaking2 attempt on a sub-two hour marathon, manufacturers Nike said on Tuesday.

Liverpool must believe they can claim top-four finish - Wijnaldum

Tue, 25 April 2017 19:00:18 +0800

Liverpool will fight for a Premier League top-four finish to secure Champions League action next season despite Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has said.

Wenger says Arsenal must 'fight like mad' for top-four finish

Tue, 25 April 2017 19:00:15 +0800

Arsenal will need to show consistency in their final seven Premier League matches if they are to qualify for next season's Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger has said.

Zeman unable to work the old magic at Pescara

Tue, 25 April 2017 18:35:09 +0800

When Pescara ended a 22-match winless run by beating Genoa 5-0 in Zdenek Zeman's first game in charge in February, it seemed that the 69-year-old chain-smoking coach was about to work the old magic once again.

Disappointed Toure prefers no referees for Manchester derby

Tue, 25 April 2017 18:30:11 +0800

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is so disappointed with the standard of officiating in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal that the Ivorian would prefer to play Thursday's Manchester derby in the Premier League without referees.

Wood recalled to England's Champions Trophy squad

Tue, 25 April 2017 18:30:08 +0800

Durham fast bowler Mark Wood has been named in England's 15-man squad for the ODI series against South Africa and the Champions Trophy tournament in June having recovered from ankle surgery.

Arsenal's season a disappointment without Champions League - Cech

Tue, 25 April 2017 17:35:15 +0800

Arsenal's season will end as a "big disappointment" if they fail to finish in the Premier League top-four and secure Champions League qualification, goalkeeper Petr Cech has said.

Radcliffe urges Griffiths not to rush in search for coach

Tue, 25 April 2017 17:30:17 +0800

Josh Griffiths, the fastest Briton at the recent London Marathon, must not rush into a search for a coach, women's world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe has said.

Basketball: Warriors sweep past Blazers, Raptors take control

Tue, 25 April 2017 16:23:06 +0800

The Golden State Warriors punched their ticket to the second round of the NBA playoffs in emphatic style, with a 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Griezmann agent confirms 'concrete' move from United

Tue, 25 April 2017 15:35:07 +0800

Manchester United have shown "concrete interest" in signing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, who has an exit clause of £85 million, the Frenchman's agent Eric Olhats has said.

Lions omission will "eat away" at Haskell, says Wasps Young

Tue, 25 April 2017 15:20:11 +0800

England and Wasps flanker James Haskell's omission from the British and Irish Lions squad for their upcoming tour of New Zealand will "eat away at him", Wasps director Dai Young has said.

Manchester derby is 'game of the season', says United's Herrera

Tue, 25 April 2017 14:45:12 +0800

Manchester United's match against Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday is "the game of the season" and will play a decisive role in both teams' chances of finishing in the top four, midfielder Ander Herrera has said.

AOC chief Coates says victim of 'vindictive' campaign

Tue, 25 April 2017 11:35:08 +0800

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates has said that allegations of bullying levelled against his long-serving lieutenant Mike Tancred are part of a "vindictive" campaign aimed at bringing his 27-year reign to an end.

101-year-old Indian athlete wins 100m sprint gold at World Masters Games

Tue, 25 April 2017 10:20:38 +0800

AUCKLAND: With a jaunty victory dance, 101-year-old Man Kaur celebrated winning the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland on Monday, the 17th gold medal in the Indian athlete's remarkable late-blooming career. Kaur clocked one minute 14 seconds as a small crowd cheered her on ...

Cricket - Misbah stranded on 99, Pakistan take control against Windies

Tue, 25 April 2017 08:40:29 +0800

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq became the first Pakistan batsman left stranded on an unbeaten 99 in a test on Monday but the visitors still seized control of the first match against West Indies in Jamaica.

Serena fires back at Nastase for 'racist' comments

Tue, 25 April 2017 06:15:11 +0800

Serena Williams on Monday called the alleged comments about her unborn child by former world number one Ilie Nastase "racist" and applauded the International Tennis Federation for launching a probe into the remarks.

Football: Salah fires Roma brace as drop looms for Pescara

Tue, 25 April 2017 05:51:01 +0800

MILAN: A slick second-half brace from Mohamed Salah sealed a 4-1 Roma romp at Pescara that virtually sent the Serie A strugglers back to Italy's second division on Monday (Apr 24). Roma's 24th win of the campaign helped close the gap on leaders Juventus to eight points, although the Turin giants ...

Football: Benitez steers Newcastle back to Premier League

Tue, 25 April 2017 05:47:53 +0800

LONDON: Rafael Benitez succeeded in his gamble of staying on as manager as he steered Newcastle United straight back up to the Premier League with a 4-1 win over Preston on Monday (Apr 24). The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss stayed on after they were relegated to the Championship at the end ...

Inter confine players to training camp, back coach Pioli

Tue, 25 April 2017 03:35:11 +0800

Inter Milan's players will be confined to their training ground for the rest of the week after what the club described as an unacceptable Serie A defeat at Fiorentina on Saturday.

Roma hire former Sevilla director Monchi

Tue, 25 April 2017 03:10:17 +0800

AS Roma have named Ramon Rodriguez 'Monchi', who is widely regarded as the architect of Sevilla's recent success, as their sporting director, the club said on Monday.

Evans and Edmund through but home favourite Robredo loses

Tue, 25 April 2017 03:00:08 +0800

Britain's Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund made it through to the second round of the Barcelona Open on Monday.

Cahill pushing for return for Chelsea against Southampton

Tue, 25 April 2017 00:15:07 +0800

Gary Cahill could return for Chelsea's crucial Premier League home game against Southampton on Tuesday after illness kept him out of the weekend's FA Cup semi-final win over title rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Test bowler Tsotsobe charged with match fixing

Mon, 24 April 2017 23:45:07 +0800

Former South Africa bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been charged with match fixing and has been suspended immediately after a lengthy investigation, Cricket South Africa said on Monday.

Player of the year Kante must keep improving at Chelsea - Conte

Mon, 24 April 2017 23:35:12 +0800

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has developed his passing skills this season but needs to keep improving despite being named Professional Football Association's player of the year on Sunday, manager Antonio Conte has said.

Russian heptathlete stripped of Beijing 2008 bronze

Mon, 24 April 2017 23:20:12 +0800

Russian Olympic heptathlete Tatiana Chernova was stripped of her 2008 Beijing Games bronze medal on Monday after she tested positive to banned substances in re-tests of her sample.

Flying Eagles feel unbeatable ahead of Spurs clash, says Allardyce

Mon, 24 April 2017 22:40:21 +0800

Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League title aspirations face a severe test on Wednesday against a Crystal Palace side who manager Sam Allardyce says currently feel unbeatable.

Real’s title credentials to be tested at Riazor

Mon, 24 April 2017 22:25:08 +0800

Real Madrid’s La Liga title credentials will be put to the test on Wednesday as a tough week continues with a tricky trip to Deportivo La Coruna.

All eyes on Stuttgart as Sharapova poised for return

Tue, 25 April 2017 03:30:09 +0800

Not much phases Roberta Vinci after 16 years on Tour but the maelstrom swirling around her opening match in Stuttgart against Maria Sharapova will test even the Italian's vast experience.

Puel expects Romeu return to lift Southampton in Chelsea clash

Mon, 24 April 2017 21:20:15 +0800

Southampton's Oriol Romeu will give the club's midfield a significant boost when he returns from a two-match suspension for Tuesday's match against Chelsea, manager Claude Puel said.

Milan pair face ignominious end to the season

Mon, 24 April 2017 21:20:12 +0800

The season cannot end quickly enough for fallen giants AC Milan and Inter Milan, whose unhappy form persisted over the weekend with embarrassing Serie A defeats.

Ramos red could cost Madrid dear in title race

Mon, 24 April 2017 20:35:06 +0800

With Real Madrid trailing 2-1 to great rivals Barcelona in the Clasico on Sunday, there was something of an air of inevitability as Sergio Ramos was sent off for the 22nd time in his professional career.

Can Singapore football attract more commercial sponsorships?

Tue, 25 April 2017 10:10:47 +0800

While commercial sponsorship could provide a valuable lifeline for the local game, it is a challenge for clubs to persuade businesses to dip into their pockets.

Chelsea still a team in transition, says Conte

Mon, 24 April 2017 18:40:07 +0800

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said his team is going through a rebuilding phase and the best is yet to come despite reaching the FA Cup final and leading the Premier League title race in his first season at the club.

Llorente targeting more goals to aid Swansea survival

Mon, 24 April 2017 18:20:11 +0800

Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente is keen to score more goals in the club's four remaining Premier League games and help them avoid relegation, the Spaniard has said.

City need 'important' derby win against United, says Navas

Mon, 24 April 2017 17:50:24 +0800

Manchester City must move on from Sunday's FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal and focus on getting a win in the Premier League derby against Manchester United, defender Jesus Navas has said.

Ibrahimovic vows to return stronger from injury

Mon, 24 April 2017 17:15:19 +0800

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed to come back even stronger after suffering a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in Europa League last week.

AOC to meet in wake of bullying allegations

Mon, 24 April 2017 17:15:16 +0800

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is to hold a "crisis meeting" this week after allegations of bullying were levelled against a senior executive, local media reported on Monday.

Kane urges Spurs to finish games off after Chelsea defeat

Mon, 24 April 2017 16:50:10 +0800

Tottenham Hotspur must learn to "get over the finish line", striker Harry Kane has said after the club failed to convert a dominant performance into a victory against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final.

Mathews, Malinga back for Sri Lanka's Champions Trophy bid

Mon, 24 April 2017 16:10:13 +0800

A fit-again Angelo Mathews will lead Sri Lanka in June's Champions Trophy in England and Wales, the cricket board announced on Monday, unveiling a 15-member squad which also includes maverick paceman Lasith Malinga.

Klitschko looks beyond Joshua fight, has no plans to retire

Mon, 24 April 2017 15:55:08 +0800

With no question marks over his health or motivation, former champion Wladimir Klitschko has no plans to bring the curtain down on his 21-year professional career and is relishing the pressure ahead of his title fight against Briton Anthony Joshua.

Bangalore's star power refuses to translate into IPL success

Mon, 24 April 2017 15:50:17 +0800

Royal Challengers Bangalore learnt it the hard way that star power does not always guarantee success after succumbing to the lowest ever score in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Sunday's match against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Australia spinner O'Keefe misses out on national contract

Mon, 24 April 2017 15:50:15 +0800

Spin bowler Stephen O'Keefe has been omitted from Cricket Australia's proposed list of players to be awarded national contracts for the 2017/18 season after being sanctioned for a second alcohol-related offence in the space of a year.

Soccer pitch operator Goals Soccer confirms talks with Powerleague

Mon, 24 April 2017 15:45:09 +0800

Goals Soccer Centres Plc, the five-a-side football pitch operator, confirmed that it was in early discussions with privately owned Powerleague Group to explore possibilities of a merger.

Arsenal want to win FA Cup for Wenger, says Ramsey

Mon, 24 April 2017 14:30:09 +0800

Arsenal are targeting an FA Cup win to honour manager Arsene Wenger and make up for an inconsistent season, midfielder Aaron Ramsey said after their semi-final victory over Manchester City.

New Zealand recall injured trio in Champions Trophy squad

Mon, 24 April 2017 13:05:15 +0800

Fast bowlers Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne and all-rounder Corey Anderson returned to the New Zealand squad for June's Champions Trophy after proving their fitness during the Indian Premier League, the country's cricket board said on Monday.

Canada, Germany deliver shock World Relays wins

Mon, 24 April 2017 13:05:08 +0800

Canada survived a scary moment in the heats before going on to deliver a stunning win ahead of the United States and Jamaica in the men's 4x200 metres at the IAAF World Relays on Sunday.

Pacquiao lands Down Under, tells Horn to be ready

Mon, 24 April 2017 12:10:16 +0800

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao concedes his next opponent Jeff Horn is a bit of an unknown quantity but has told the Australian he needs to be in peak condition to make sure their WBO welterweight title fight pleases fight fans Down Under.

Europe becomes a new destination for American women stars

Mon, 24 April 2017 10:15:10 +0800

For years it was assumed that if professional women's club soccer was to truly take off it would be the United States that would provide the home for an elite competition.

Younis reaches 10,000 test runs in first for Pakistan

Mon, 24 April 2017 07:50:05 +0800

Younis Khan became the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 test runs, guiding his team to a solid position on the third day of the first test against West Indies in Jamaica on Sunday.

Motorcycling: Marquez wins fifth Grand Prix of the Americas

Mon, 24 April 2017 06:59:43 +0800

WASHINGTON: Spain's Marc Marquez captured his fifth consecutive Moto Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday (Apr 23), remaining perfect at the US race after beating Italy's Valentino Rossi by 3.069 seconds. Honda rider Marquez, whose Americas wins have all come from the pole, won in 43min 58.770sec ...

Chelsea's Kante named PFA player of the year

Mon, 24 April 2017 06:10:16 +0800

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante was named player of the year by the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) on Sunday, adding another chapter to the remarkable story of a player who was plying his trade in the French sixth tier a few seasons ago.

Chappell finally wins on PGA Tour in 180th career start

Mon, 24 April 2017 06:10:13 +0800

Kevin Chappell birdied the final hole on Sunday for his first victory on the PGA Tour, by one stroke over fellow American Brooks Koepka at the Texas Open.

US and Belarus to meet in Fed Cup final

Mon, 24 April 2017 06:05:05 +0800

The United States and Belarus will meet in the Fed Cup final in November after winning their respective semi-finals on Sunday.

Messi's 500th Barca goal sinks Real Madrid in thriller

Mon, 24 April 2017 07:09:14 +0800

Lionel Messi’s second goal in the final minute of added time earned Barca a vital win in the title race

Football: Messi's double as Barcelona beat Real Madrid in El Clasico

Mon, 24 April 2017 05:45:04 +0800

MADRID: Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday (Apr 23). Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro's opener for Madrid in the ...

Football: Arsenal boss Wenger salutes 'animal' Sanchez

Mon, 24 April 2017 04:03:42 +0800

LONDON: Arsene Wenger believes the spirit behind Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final 2-1 triumph against Manchester City was epitomised by the "animal" instincts of Alexis Sanchez. Gunners boss Wenger led his side to a record 20th FA Cup final appearance thanks to an unusually stubborn display from a team ...

Football: Celtic into Scottish Cup final in treble chase

Mon, 24 April 2017 02:41:21 +0800

GLASGOW: A second-half penalty by Scott Sinclair sealed a 2-0 win for champions Celtic over bitter rivals Rangers and a place in the Scottish Cup final on Sunday (Apr 23). Sinclair's penalty and a first-half effort by Callum McGregor set them up with a May 27 date with Aberdeen - who beat holders ...

Cycling: Valverde wins fourth Liege-Bastogne-Liege title

Mon, 24 April 2017 02:19:05 +0800

ANS, Belgium: Spain's Alejandro Valverde continued his stunning start to the season by winning the prestigious Liege-Bastogne-Liege race for the fourth time on Sunday (Apr 23). The 36-year-old overhauled Irishman Dan Martin in the final 300 metres to add to his fifth win at Fleche Wallonne on ...

Olympiakos claim their 44th Greek league title

Mon, 24 April 2017 02:15:11 +0800

Olympiakos Piraeus clinched their seventh consecutive Greek league title and 44th in total after enjoying a comfortable 5-0 home win over struggling PAS Giannina in their penultimate match of the Super League season on Sunday.

Football: Benteke returns to haunt Liverpool

Mon, 24 April 2017 01:50:05 +0800

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool old-boy Christian Benteke stunned his former club with both Crystal Palace goals in a 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday (Apr 23), denting the home side's top-four Premier League ambitions. Benteke handed a massive boost to Palace's survival hopes with a goal in each half to cancel ...

Football: Arsenal beat Manchester City to reach FA Cup final

Mon, 24 April 2017 01:00:14 +0800

LONDON: Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal an FA Cup final showdown with Chelsea and gave Arsene Wenger renewed hope of salvaging a troubled campaign as the gritty Gunners fought back to beat Manchester City 2-1 on Sunday (Apr 23). When Sergio Aguero put City ahead in the second half of a bruising semi ...

Tennis: Nastase suspended as Belarus, USA reach Fed Cup final

Mon, 24 April 2017 06:09:42 +0800

BUCHAREST: Ilie Nastase was suspended on Sunday (Apr 23) for his foul-mouthed and abusive behaviour during Romania's scandal-hit Fed Cup tie with Britain as Belarus and the United States booked their places in the final. Nastase, 70, a former world number one and two-time Grand Slam title winner ...

Clermont make fast start to reach Champions Cup final

Mon, 24 April 2017 00:30:05 +0800

Clermont Auvergne reached their third final in Europe's premium club competition when their impressive start helped them to beat Leinster 27-22 in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup in Lyon on Sunday.

Tennis: Nadal wins historic 10th Monte Carlo title

Mon, 24 April 2017 00:18:47 +0800

MONTE CARLO, Principality of Monaco: Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters for a record-breaking 10th time with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Spanish compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Sunday (Apr 23). The 30-year-old Nadal, who now has 50 clay court titles and 70 in all, will be aiming for a ...

Football: Man United inch nearer to top-four in Premier League

Mon, 24 April 2017 01:14:58 +0800

BURNLEY: Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial scored on their returns to the side as Manchester United improved their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish with a 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday (Apr 23). The convincing victory - United made light of the season-ending injury to top-scorer Zlatan ...

St Etienne v Rennes interrupted after fans get into closed stadium

Sun, 23 April 2017 23:55:05 +0800

Sunday's Ligue 1 game between St Etienne and Stade Rennais was interrupted after local fans managed to get into the stadium where the match was being played behind closed doors.

Shandong miss chance to go second despite Pelle goal

Sun, 23 April 2017 23:45:05 +0800

Graziano Pelle scored his first goal of the season on Sunday but his side Shandong Luneng missed the chance to move back into second place in the Chinese Super League as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chongqing Lifan.

Nastase suspended after verbal abuse allegations at Fed Cup

Mon, 24 April 2017 02:15:09 +0800

Romania Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase was provisionally suspended from all International Tennis Federation (ITF) events on Sunday after being thrown out of the tie against Britain for verbally abusing opposing team members and the umpire.

Valverde takes fourth Liege-Bastogne-Liege title

Sun, 23 April 2017 23:30:09 +0800

Alejandro Valverde lived up to expectations when he timed his final effort to perfection to claim an emotional win in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic for the fourth time on Sunday.

Rooney scores on return as United close in on City

Sun, 23 April 2017 23:25:25 +0800


Nadal claims record-extending 10th Monte Carlo title

Mon, 24 April 2017 00:55:35 +0800

Rafael Nadal claimed a record-extending 10th Monte Carlo Masters title as he geared up for his beloved French Open with a 6-1 6-3 victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos on Sunday.

Djokovic should seek Federer's advice, says former mentor

Sun, 23 April 2017 22:25:09 +0800

A floundering Novak Djokovic should seek advice from evergreen Swiss maestro Roger Federer in order to rediscover his vintage self, the Serb's former Davis Cup coach Bogdan Obradovic said.