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Published: Fri, 21 July 2017 09:04:03 +0800


All Blacks centre Fekitoa confirms move to Toulon

Fri, 21 July 2017 08:30:07 +0800

All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa has confirmed his move to French club Toulon at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Tennis: Karlovic ousted, Aussie qualifier into Newport semis

Fri, 21 July 2017 07:09:51 +0800

WASHINGTON: Defending champion Ivo Karlovic squandered a match point and 30 aces in losing to Germany's 131st-ranked Peter Gojowczyk in three tie-breaker sets on Thursday (Jul 20) at the ATP Hall of Fame Open. Gojowczyk fired 12 aces of his own and saved one break point in each set of his 7-6 (7 ...

West Ham agree terms for striker Javier Hernandez

Fri, 21 July 2017 06:20:18 +0800

West Ham United have agreed a deal to sign Mexico striker Javier Hernandez from German side Bayer Leverkusen, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

Football: Spanish court orders federation head Villar held in custody

Fri, 21 July 2017 05:40:38 +0800

MADRID: A Madrid court on Thursday (Jul 20) ordered Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar and his son Gorka to be held in custody without bail following his arrest on corruption charges. High Court judge Santiago Pedraz ordered the two men detained because he said there was a ...

African Nations Cup to be moved to June/July from 2019

Fri, 21 July 2017 05:15:13 +0800

RABAT: The African Nations Cup will move from January to June and July from its next staging in Cameroon in 2019, and be expanded from 16 to 24 teams, the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided on Thursday. The change of timing will be welcomed by European club ...

Formula One 'halo' is a mistake, says Lauda

Fri, 21 July 2017 03:30:14 +0800

LONDON: Formula One's decision to introduce a 'halo' cockpit protection device next year is a mistake, according to former champion Niki Lauda. The Austrian, who is non-executive chairman of world champions Mercedes, told Germany's Auto, Motor und Sport on Thursday that he recognised safety had to ...

Cycling - Barguil happy to take time to end French Tour drought

Fri, 21 July 2017 05:25:18 +0800

It is 32 years since French cycling fans had a home hero to cheer as overall winner of the Tour de France, but Warren Barguil showed signs on Thursday that he could be the man to eventually end the victory drought.

Cricket: India stun champions Australia to reach women's World Cup final

Fri, 21 July 2017 03:26:43 +0800

DERBY, United Kingdom: India stunned defending champions Australia by 36 runs to secure a spot in the Women's World Cup final after an undefeated 171 by Harmanpreet Kaur provided the platform for victory on Thursday (Jul 20). With their first win over six-time champions Australia in World Cup ...

Diving: Tearful Xie lands China's seventh world gold

Fri, 21 July 2017 03:00:48 +0800

BUDAPEST: China's Xie Siyi burst into tears after winning the men's 3m springboard gold at the world aquatic championships on Thursday (Jul 20) as reigning Olympic champion Cao Yuan finished a lowly 10th. Having won the 1m springboard title at the 2015 world championships in Kazan, Xie made a ...

O.J. Simpson granted October release from Nevada prison

Fri, 21 July 2017 06:15:06 +0800

CARSON CITY, Nev.: O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday and will be released from a Nevada prison in October, following an emotional hearing that centred on the botched armed robbery of his own mementos at a Las Vegas hotel that landed him behind bars for nine years. A four-member panel of ...

Spanish soccer federation boss to be held in custody over graft case

Fri, 21 July 2017 02:35:07 +0800

The head of Spain's soccer federation and FIFA vice-president Angel Maria Villar will be held in custody without bail pending an investigation into corruption allegations, a Spanish High Court judge ruled on Thursday.

OJ Simpson granted parole, could be freed in October

Fri, 21 July 2017 05:32:02 +0800

LOS ANGELES: Disgraced American football legend O.J. Simpson, whose 1995 acquittal for double murder polarised the nation, was granted his release from prison on Thursday (Jul 20) after serving nearly nine years behind bars for armed robbery. A four-member parole board in the western US state of ...

Ex-Manchester United winger Obertan joins Levski Sofia

Fri, 21 July 2017 01:50:16 +0800

Former Manchester United and Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan has joined Levski Sofia on a two-year contract, the Bulgarian side said on Thursday.

Froome safe in yellow as Barguil wins on Izoard

Fri, 21 July 2017 01:30:11 +0800

BRIANCON, France: Tour de France leader Chris Froome remained rock-solid on a thrilling Col d'Izoard climb on Thursday and now looks unstoppable in his bid for a fourth title in Paris. Fans wedged onto the 2,360m sun-bleached summit roared home Warren Barguil as the Frenchman broke clear to win ...

World Rugby to trial more new laws around ruck and scrum

Fri, 21 July 2017 01:20:09 +0800

LONDON: Six new law amendments focussing on the scrum and ruck will have a global trial in a bid to make the game easier to play and referee, World Rugby announced on Thursday. The changes will be trialed in the northern hemisphere from Aug. 1, extended to the south from Jan. 1, and will include ...

Spartak Moscow, Dynamo Moscow fined for fan racism

Fri, 21 July 2017 00:35:11 +0800

MOSCOW: Russian Premier League champions Spartak Moscow and rivals Dynamo Moscow have each been fined 250,000 roubles (US$4,250) over fans' racist behaviour, the Russian Football Union (RFU) said on Thursday. In a statement posted on its website (, the RFU said both clubs could face ...

Soccer - Monaco say forward Mbappe approached without consent

Fri, 21 July 2017 00:25:22 +0800

AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe has been approached by a number of European clubs without the Ligue 1 side's permission, they said on Thursday.

Konta vs. Halep set BBC record for women's Wimbledon match

Fri, 21 July 2017 00:25:18 +0800

The epic quarter-final between Britain's Johanna Konta and Romanian Simona Halep drew a record peak audience for a Wimbledon women's match on BBC television, figures released on Thursday showed.

Golf: Spieth in tie for lead at British Open as rivals trail

Fri, 21 July 2017 03:38:35 +0800

Jordan Spieth produced one of his best major championship efforts to take a share of the lead alongside fellow Americans Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar after the first round of the British Open.

Cycling: Barguil wins Tour's Izoard stage, Froome keeps yellow

Fri, 21 July 2017 00:29:56 +0800

COL D'IZOARD, France: Frenchman Warren Barguil won his second stage of the Tour de France on the imposing Col d'Izoard on Thursday (Jul 20) as compatriot Romain Bardet snatched back four seconds from leader Chris Froome. Bardet finished third to take some bonus seconds that moved him above ...

Italy defender Bonucci signs five-year contract with AC Milan

Thu, 20 July 2017 22:00:14 +0800

AC Milan have completed the signing of centre back Leonardo Bonucci from Italian champions Juventus on a five-year contract, the club said on Thursday (

Kipchoge returns to the road at Berlin Marathon

Thu, 20 July 2017 21:30:12 +0800

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge will make return to the road race circuit at the 2017 Berlin Marathon in September having come agonisingly close to breaking the two-hour barrier at Monza in May.

Van Vleuten takes Izoard stage on La Course by Le Tour

Thu, 20 July 2017 19:45:08 +0800

Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands attacked four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the finish on Thursday to win the first stage of La Course by Le Tour, the women's race run by Tour de France organisers ASO.

Juventus sign Italy full back De Sciglio from AC Milan

Thu, 20 July 2017 19:35:19 +0800

Juventus have signed Italy full back Mattia De Sciglio from Serie A rivals AC Milan for 12 million euros (10.66 million pounds), the Italian champions said on Thursday.

Doping - Russian octet cleared to compete as neutrals, 53 declined

Thu, 20 July 2017 17:35:05 +0800

ZURICH: The world athletics body has approved eight Russians to compete as neutrals but declined the applications of a further 53 competitors hoping to be awarded a similar status, the IAAF said on Thursday. Russia's national athletics federation (RUSAF) remains suspended as a result of widespread ...

Joined Man City to win silverware, says Walker

Thu, 20 July 2017 17:20:16 +0800

England right back Kyle Walker has said he joined Manchester City from Tottenham Hotspur to win trophies, with the North London side sometimes lacking the edge to get over the line.

Shelvey toughened up by lower-tier life with Newcastle

Thu, 20 July 2017 17:20:12 +0800

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey feared for his future at the beginning of the last campaign and says that a season in the Championship has helped toughen him up in preparation for a return to the Premier League.

New Zealand dominance goes unrewarded in playoffs

Thu, 20 July 2017 17:20:08 +0800

MELBOURNE: The Super Rugby playoffs have never been entirely meritocratic but the dominance of New Zealand teams this season have lent an added air of unfairness to the quarter-finals kicking off this weekend. Under the vagaries of a conference system that will barely change when the competition ...

Poulter takes lead after early carnage at British Open

Thu, 20 July 2017 17:00:08 +0800

England's Ian Poulter took an early lead on two-under-par at the 146th British Open, which began on Thursday, rolling in two birdie putts on the second and fourth holes.

Football: PSG edge Roma on penalties in friendly

Thu, 20 July 2017 23:58:21 +0800

LOS ANGELES: Paris Saint-Germain edged Roma 5-3 on penalties on Wednesday (Jul 19) after they played to a 1-1 draw in a friendly international football match in Detroit, Michigan. Brazilian defender Marquinhos gave the Ligue 1 giants the lead in the 36th minute, but Roma responded with a strong ...

Hartley signs new Northampton deal, appointed captain

Thu, 20 July 2017 15:40:11 +0800

Northampton Saints have re-appointed Dylan Hartley as captain after the hooker signed a new contract at the Premiership club, the East Midlands team said on Wednesday.

Everton's Funes Mori faces nine months out after surgery

Thu, 20 July 2017 15:25:13 +0800

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori is expected to miss a big part of the next Premier League campaign after undergoing further surgery on a knee injury that will sideline him for six-to-nine months, the club said on Wednesday.

Mkhitaryan eager to help United's new boys settle in

Thu, 20 July 2017 15:25:09 +0800

Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is impressed with the Premier League club's new signings and says the team is keen on helping them adapt quickly to life at Old Trafford ahead of the upcoming season.

Pietersen slams England top order after South Africa rout

Thu, 20 July 2017 15:00:10 +0800

Former captain Kevin Pietersen has criticised England's top-order batsmen for being too passive and has called for the inclusion of Jason Roy and Dawid Malan in next week's third test against South Africa.

Premier League 'Game 39' idea dead, says Scudamore

Thu, 20 July 2017 14:15:09 +0800

England's top clubs remain keen to play competitive matches abroad but the idea of a putting on a dedicated additional round of fixtures outside the country is dead, Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore conceded on Thursday.

All Blacks coach Hansen hopes Fekitoa will stay in NZ

Thu, 20 July 2017 13:10:16 +0800

WELLINGTON: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is hoping Malakai Fekitoa does not leave New Zealand to play club rugby in Europe but will support the midfield back if he decides to make the move. Media reports in France suggest wealthy Top 14 club Toulon are on the point of signing the powerful 25-year ...

US defenders double up in Gold Cup win over El Salvador

Thu, 20 July 2017 11:45:07 +0800

Defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj scored a goal apiece in the closing minutes of the first half to send the United States into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over El Salvador on Wednesday.

Johnson and Spieth favourites as British Open begins

Thu, 20 July 2017 08:30:10 +0800

SOUTHPORT, England: Americans Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are the bookmakers' favourites to win the British Open, which starts at Royal Birkdale on Thursday. World number one Johnson is among the later starters in a group including Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, the world number four, who ...

Celtic, Legia and Salzburg ease through in Champions League

Thu, 20 July 2017 06:30:17 +0800

Celtic, Legia Warsaw and Salzburg enjoyed comfortable home wins as they eased into the Champions League third qualifying round without conceding a goal between them on Wednesday.

Robert Kraft joins committee for joint 2026 World Cup bid

Thu, 20 July 2017 05:25:21 +0800

Robert Kraft, owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and Major League Soccer's Revolution, has been named honorary chairman of the board for the joint 2026 World Cup bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Tennis: Halep, Raonic, Dimitrov take Washington wildcards

Thu, 20 July 2017 05:08:03 +0800

WASHINGTON: World number two Simona Halep and men's top-10 players Milos Ranoic and Grigor Dimitrov have accepted wildcard entries for the ATP and WTA Washington Open, organisers announced on Wednesday (Jul 19). The US capital's hardcourt event, which begins Jul 31, comes just ahead of the top US ...

Tennis: Isner and Karlovic advance, Mannarino out at Newport championships

Thu, 20 July 2017 06:32:36 +0800

WASHINGTON: US top seed John Isner and second-seeded defending champion Ivo Karlovic advanced to the quarter-finals of the ATP Hall of Fame Championships with straight-set triumphs on Wednesday (Jul 19) at Newport, Rhode Island. Isner, the 2011 and 2012 winner at the grass-court event, fired 13 ...

F1 to implement 'halo' protection device from 2018

Thu, 20 July 2017 04:45:08 +0800

LONDON: Formula One will introduce the 'halo' cockpit protection system from next year, the sport's governing body, the FIA, said on Wednesday. The FIA said in a statement that it had tested a large number devices over the past five years and it had "become clear that the halo presents the best ...

Formula One opts for cockpit protection from 2018

Thu, 20 July 2017 03:59:35 +0800

PARIS: Formula One cars will have the Halo cockpit safety device installed in the 2018 world championship, the sport's strategy group said on Wednesday (Jul 19), despite reservations over its effectiveness. The sport has searched for extra head protection for drivers in the last two years ...

Diving: Malaysia pips China in 10m platform for historic gold

Thu, 20 July 2017 19:27:27 +0800

Chinese divers have long dominated this event at world championships, winning 22 medals, 16 more than any other country.

Football: Chelsea agree deal for Real Madrid striker Morata

Thu, 20 July 2017 02:50:38 +0800

LONDON: Chelsea have reached an agreement to buy Spain international striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a reported €80 million (US$92.2 million), the two clubs announced on Wednesday (Jul 19). "Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to ...

Chelsea agree deal to sign Morata from Real Madrid

Thu, 20 July 2017 02:20:11 +0800

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, subject to the Spain international agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday.

Everton midfielder Barkley out for a month after surgery

Thu, 20 July 2017 02:05:10 +0800

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has had groin surgery and will be out for four weeks, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Athletics: Bolt to run 100m and 4x100m in London farewell

Thu, 20 July 2017 01:42:19 +0800

MONACO: Usain Bolt will run the 100m and 4x100m at the world championships in London next month, his final event before retiring, the Jamaican sprint star confirmed on Wednesday (Jul 19). Bolt, winner of eight Olympic and 11 world gold medals, is looking to bring down the curtain on his glittering ...

Guardiola says Man City working on three or four more deals

Thu, 20 July 2017 01:30:14 +0800

Manchester City are working on three or four more signings before the start of the Premier League season and Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is staying, manager Pep Guardiola said on Wednesday.

Southampton keeper Forster signs new five-year contract

Thu, 20 July 2017 01:25:14 +0800

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster has signed a new five-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2022, effectively extending his current deal by a year.

Formula One appoints Nielsen as sporting director

Thu, 20 July 2017 01:20:35 +0800

LONDON: Former Williams team manager Steve Nielsen is joining Formula One as sporting director, reporting to motorsport head Ross Brawn. "His appointment will strengthen the working group we are setting up to work with the FIA and the teams in defining a framework for the technical and sporting ...

British governing body warns funding at risk without reform

Thu, 20 July 2017 00:20:20 +0800

LONDON: British Cycling risks losing 43 million pounds of funding if governance reforms are not voted through at a national council meeting on Saturday, the organisation's president Bob Howden warned on Wednesday. Cycling is one of Britain's most successful and heavily funded sports, enjoying huge ...

Froome in control as Aru slips down the rankings

Thu, 20 July 2017 00:15:08 +0800

Chris Froome kept control of his rivals in a gruelling Alpine ride to move a step closer to a fourth Tour de France title on Wednesday, retaining the leader's yellow jersey after the 17th stage, won by Slovenia's Primoz Roglic.

Bolt winning race against time to peak for London

Wed, 19 July 2017 23:55:09 +0800

Usain Bolt says he is over his early season setbacks and running into form at the right time to sign off his career with two more gold medals at next month's world athletics championships in London.

Johnson feeling back to his best ahead of Birkdale challenge

Wed, 19 July 2017 23:50:13 +0800

World number one Dustin Johnson believes he is entering the British Open close to his best again after recovering from the injury he suffered prior to the U.S. Masters in April.

Football: Singapore crash to 2-0 defeat against Myanmar in AFC U-23 qualifiers

Wed, 19 July 2017 23:50:38 +0800

Singapore's chances of qualifying for the AFC U-23 championships were dealt a heavy blow after this latest defeat.

Snedeker pulls out of Open due to injury

Wed, 19 July 2017 23:45:13 +0800

American Brandt Snedeker has pulled out of this week's British Open at Royal Birkdale due to injury, the organisers said on Wednesday.

Football: Arsenal stun Bayern on penalties in Shanghai

Thu, 20 July 2017 04:00:31 +0800

SHANGHAI: Arsenal were outplayed for long periods by Bayern Munich before salvaging a last-gasp draw and then winning 3-2 on penalties in a Shanghai friendly on Wednesday (Jul 19). Reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the unlikely hero for the Premier League side, saving Juan Bernat's soft ...

Cycling: Roglic wins Tour de France 17th stage

Thu, 20 July 2017 00:33:23 +0800

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France: Former champion ski-jumper Primoz Roglic took a sensational solo victory on the mountainous 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday (Jul 19). Chris Froome came home third to stretch his lead to 27 seconds as Rigoberto Uran moved up to second and Fabio Aru dropped to ...

Football: Arsenal hit by food poisoning in China

Wed, 19 July 2017 23:40:38 +0800

Manager Arsene Wenger revealed the sickness that had swept the Arsenal camp, coupled with the severe heat in China and long flights, made for far-from-ideal preparations for another taxing campaign.

Football: Solanke shines as Liverpool beat Palace in Hong Kong

Thu, 20 July 2017 00:23:16 +0800

HONG KONG: New signing Dominic Solanke came off the bench to score as Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in a pre-season game in Hong Kong on Wednesday (Jul 19). The 19-year-old suggested he could prove a summer bargain at just US$4 million as he linked up well with fellow striker Divock Origi, who ...

Celtic Rugby confirms talks with South Africa over Pro 12 expansion

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:50:41 +0800

CAPE TOWN: Celtic Rugby have confirmed that "advanced and positive discussions" are taking place with South African Rugby for the introduction of two new sides into the Pro 12 competition for the 2017/18 season. Although not named in a statement from Celtic Rugby on Wednesday, reports in Ireland ...

All the president's fault! Day blames Trump for late arrival

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:50:39 +0800

Australian golfer Jason Day on Wednesday offered an unusual excuse for arriving later than planned for practise at the British Open - it was U.S. President Donald Trump's fault.

Newcastle sign winger Murphy from Norwich City

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:50:35 +0800

Newcastle United have signed England under-21 winger Jacob Murphy from Norwich City, the newly-promoted Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Rodriguez strike earns Pulis praise

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:45:11 +0800

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis hailed new signing Jay Rodriguez after the former England international marked his first appearance for his new club with a goal against Leicester City in the Premier League Asia Trophy on Wednesday evening.

Juventus sign Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny

Wed, 19 July 2017 22:05:27 +0800

REUTERS: Juventus have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on a four-year contract for 12.2 million euros (10.80 million pounds), the Italian champions said in a statement on Wednesday. The Poland international, capped 29 times, spent the last two years on loan at Serie A rivals AS Roma ...

Allardyce rules out any more rescue roles

Wed, 19 July 2017 21:55:16 +0800

Former England manager Sam Allardyce says his days as the rescuer of relegation-threatened clubs are over but he could be tempted back to football in an international capacity.

Don't call me the new Seve, says Spain's Rahm

Wed, 19 July 2017 21:35:17 +0800

It is hard to avoid talk of Spanish golfing genius at the British Open, a tournament that for so long was the personal fiefdom of Seve Ballesteros.

Kittel abandons Tour de France

Wed, 19 July 2017 21:15:09 +0800

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France: German sprinter Marcel Kittel abandoned the Tour de France during the 17th stage, a 183-km ride from La Mure on Wednesday. Kittel, who was wearing the green jersey as leader of the points classification, crashed early in the stage and was dropped in the first climb of the ...

Liga fixture draw postponed by one day following Villar arrest

Wed, 19 July 2017 20:05:09 +0800

The draw to set fixtures for the next La Liga season will take place one day later than scheduled following Tuesday's arrest of Spanish football chief Angel Maria Villar, the national association announced on Wednesday.

Twichell takes first US gold of Budapest worlds

Wed, 19 July 2017 20:00:10 +0800

Ashley Twichell won the U.S. swimming team's first gold medal of the Budapest world championships on Wednesday with victory in the women's five km open water event.

Nations Cup to be expanded and timing changed - CAF

Wed, 19 July 2017 19:00:07 +0800

RABAT: The African Nations Cup finals are set to be expanded to 24 teams and moved to dates in June and July but will continue to be held every two years after recommendations on the tournament at a symposium in Morocco on Wednesday. The decision must still be ratified by the Confederation of ...

Everton have strength to compete on two fronts - Pickford

Wed, 19 July 2017 17:35:27 +0800

Everton have the strength and depth to sustain a challenge in both the Premier League and Europe during the upcoming season, recently signed goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has said.

Mourinho targets 15-year stay at Man United

Wed, 19 July 2017 17:05:12 +0800

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to stay at Old Trafford for the next 15 years but concedes the pressures of managing at the top level make a long tenure difficult.

Johnson lobs Ashes grenade at beaten England

Wed, 19 July 2017 16:45:12 +0800

England's abject display against South Africa in the second test shows they are a side struggling for consistency and Australia should be able to exploit their lack of cohesion in the upcoming Ashes series, former paceman Mitchell Johnson has said.

Leicester sign goalkeeper Jakupovic from Hull

Wed, 19 July 2017 16:35:09 +0800

Leicester City have completed the signing of Swiss goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic from Hull City on a three-year deal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Aubameyang told by Dortmund he will not be sold

Wed, 19 July 2017 16:15:20 +0800

German side Borussia Dortmund will not sell prolific striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the 28-year-old failed to make a decision within a deadline provided by the club, the team's sporting director Michael Zorc has said.

Ennis-Hill to receive gold medal in London after CAS verdict

Wed, 19 July 2017 16:15:22 +0800

Jessica Ennis-Hill will be presented with the heptathlon gold medal from the 2011 world championships at this year's event in London after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed Russian Tatyana Chernova's appeal against her doping ban.

Arsenal manager Wenger insists Sanchez 'not for sale'

Wed, 19 July 2017 14:05:07 +0800

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains adamant that Alexis Sanchez is not for sale after the Frenchman dismissed the Chilean forward's comments about wanting to play in the Champions League as meaning he is pushing to leave.

Cricket - Bracewell to step down as Ireland coach in December

Wed, 19 July 2017 13:55:08 +0800

New Zealander John Bracewell will step down as head coach of Ireland at the end of his contract in December, the country's cricket board has said.

Football: Conte signs improved Chelsea deal

Wed, 19 July 2017 07:00:38 +0800

LONDON: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte signed a new two-year deal with the Premier League giants on Wednesday (Jul 19) as the club moved to quell reports of a rift with the Italian. The deal was confirmed as Conte, who guided Chelsea to the title in his first season last year, prepares to take his ...

Diving: Historic French triumph in mixed 3m, 10m team event

Wed, 19 July 2017 05:40:39 +0800

BUDAPEST: European champions Matthieu Rosset and Laura Marino won France's first ever world diving title in Budapest on Tuesday (Jul 18) in the mixed combined 3 and 10 metres team event. Rosset, 27, and Marino, 24, had won the event at the European championships last month in Kiev, but the duo ...

Canal pool shows Paris could have Seine swimming for 2024 Olympics, mayor says

Wed, 19 July 2017 05:10:10 +0800

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo opened a clean swimming zone in a city canal on Tuesday, calling it a step on the way to open water swim events in the city's Seine river in time for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Tour will be decided on the Izoard climb - LeMond

Wed, 19 July 2017 04:25:09 +0800

The Tour de France will go down to the wire and will be decided in the last mountain stage on Thursday at the end of another gruelling ride, three-time champion Greg LeMond said on Tuesday.

England's Ballance ruled out of third test with fractured finger

Wed, 19 July 2017 04:00:10 +0800

England batsman Gary Ballance has been ruled out of next week's third test against South Africa after fracturing his left index finger, the English Cricket Board said in a statement.

US Open to top US$50 million in prize money

Wed, 19 July 2017 03:10:11 +0800

This year's U.S. Open will become the first tennis tournament to top US$50 million (38 million pounds) in prize money following a nine percent increase in the total purse, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Tuesday.

Boasson Hagen denied win for African team on Mandela Day

Wed, 19 July 2017 02:50:12 +0800

ROMANS-SUR-ISERE, France - Edvald Boasson Hagen came agonisingly close to delivering a victory for his African-based Dimension Data team in stage 16 of the Tour de France on Nelson Mandela Day on Tuesday. The Norwegian has been the nearly-man of this year's Tour, finishing second in two stages and ...

Cycling - Matthews accuses Degenkolb of bad sportsmanship after clash

Wed, 19 July 2017 02:20:12 +0800

Australian Michael Matthews accused German rival John Degenkolb of being a poor sport after his angry reaction to being beaten in a sprint for the line at the end of a windy 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.

Football: Spain's federation chief held in fraud probe

Wed, 19 July 2017 02:06:54 +0800

MADRID: Police raided the headquarters of Spain's football federation on Tuesday (Jul 18) and arrested its president Angel Maria Villar as part of an anti-corruption probe. Villar, 67, a senior vice president of FIFA, world football's governing body, was being held on suspicion of abusing his ...

Lucas leaves Liverpool for Lazio 'to play more games'

Wed, 19 July 2017 02:05:07 +0800

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva said on Tuesday he had left "one of the greatest clubs in the world" for a new life at Lazio.

England reach Women's World Cup final with two balls to spare

Wed, 19 July 2017 01:15:09 +0800

LONDON: England booked a place in the Women's World Cup final with a dramatic two-wicket win over South Africa on Tuesday. Anya Shrubsole hit the winning runs off the first ball she faced, with the hosts needing two runs from the final three balls of the innings. In a tight encounter at Bristol ...

Football: Aubameyang nets two as Dortmund beat AC Milan

Wed, 19 July 2017 00:40:38 +0800

GUANGZHOU: Borussia Dortmund insisted that Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was going nowhere after the Chelsea target scored twice in a 3-1 pre-season win over AC Milan in China on Tuesday (Jul 18). The coveted Gabon hitman showed just why Dortmund are so reluctant to part company with ...

England goalkeeper Hart joins West Ham on loan

Wed, 19 July 2017 00:35:11 +0800

England goalkeeper Joe Hart has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan from Premier League rivals Manchester City, the London club announced on Tuesday.

Cycling: Matthews at the double on Tour de France stage 16

Wed, 19 July 2017 00:27:45 +0800

ROMANS-SUR-ISERE, France: Australian Michael Matthews won his second stage of the 2017 Tour de France on Tuesday (Jul 18) and closed in on the green jersey held by Marcel Kittel. Chris Froome retained the overall lead in a hectic finale to stage 16 baulked by crosswinds that saw contenders Daniel ...

No-one will dominate again like Tiger says Spieth

Tue, 18 July 2017 23:55:21 +0800

Golf is unlikely ever to be dominated again by a single player in the way that Tiger Woods ruled the sport, world number three Jordan Spieth said on Tuesday ahead of this week's British Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Football: Crystal Palace swoop for Dutch defender Riedewald

Tue, 18 July 2017 23:30:30 +0800

LONDON: Crystal Palace have signed Dutch international defender Jairo Riedewald from Ajax for around £8 million (US$10.4 million), according to British media reports on Tuesday (Jul 18). The 20-year-old will reunite with new Eagles manager Frank de Boer, who handed Riedewald his Ajax debut in 2013 ...

F1 shield needs more work, says Horner

Tue, 18 July 2017 22:25:25 +0800

Formula One should hold fire on introducing a new "shield" cockpit protection system until the device has been fully tested and refined, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Screwed-up paper costs Rangers 7,000 euros UEFA fine

Tue, 18 July 2017 22:20:15 +0800

REUTERS: Rangers have been fined 7,000 euros (6,208 pounds) after screwed-up pieces of paper were thrown on to the pitch by fans during their Europa League tie against Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox last month, UEFA said on Tuesday. UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body found the Scottish side ...

Tottenham defender Trippier signs new five-year deal

Tue, 18 July 2017 21:05:13 +0800

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier has signed a new five-year contract to extend his stay until 2022, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.