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Published: Sun, 17 December 2017 09:07:11 +0800


Football: A modern day Di Stefano, Ronaldo wants to retire at Real

Sun, 17 December 2017 05:50:51 +0800

Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he wants to finish his playing career at Real Madrid after making more history with the goal that saw the Spanish giants crowned world champions on Saturday (Dec 16).

Football: Torres lifts Atletico to second as Valencia falter

Sun, 17 December 2017 07:17:24 +0800

Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Valencia into second in La Liga thanks to Fernando Torres's first goal at the Wanda Metropolitano to edge out Alaves 1-0 on Saturday (Dec 16).

Football: Ronaldo retains Club World Cup for Real Madrid

Sun, 17 December 2017 04:19:14 +0800

Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.

Football: Neymar shines on return as PSG beat Rennes

Sun, 17 December 2017 06:16:55 +0800

Neymar starred on his return to the Paris Saint-Germain line-up after two games out with two goals and two assists in Saturday's (Dec 16) 4-1 defeat of Rennes in Ligue 1.

Football: South Korea win East Asia title as North restore pride

Sun, 17 December 2017 02:50:41 +0800

Beanpole striker Kim Shin-Wook fired a quick-fire double as South Korea thrashed fierce rivals Japan 4-1 to capture a fourth East Asian championship title in Tokyo on Saturday (Dec 17).

Football: Drama in Stuttgart as Bayern go 11 points clear

Sun, 17 December 2017 04:50:37 +0800

Thomas Mueller came off the bench to score the winner and Sven Ulreich saved a 95th-minute penalty as Bayern Munich won 1-0 at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday (Dec 16) to go 11 points clear in the Bundesliga.

Football: City make it 16 in a row, Ozil cracker downs Newcastle

Sun, 17 December 2017 04:25:54 +0800

Chelsea kept their faint Premier League title hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Southampton, while Mesut Ozil's stunning strike fired Arsenal to a 1-0 victory against Newcastle United on Saturday (Dec 16).

Squash: El Shorbagy brothers make World Championship history

Sun, 17 December 2017 06:55:38 +0800

Two brothers will contest the final of the World Championships for the first time in its 40-year history after Mohamed and Marwan Elshorbagy both upset the seedings and created an all-Egyptian final.

Football: Napoli capitalise on Inter Milan's slip to move top

Sun, 17 December 2017 07:29:57 +0800

Marek Hamsik equalled Diego Maradona's record as Napoli's all-time top goalscorer as they took advantage of Inter Milan's first defeat of the season and moved top of Serie A with a 3-1 win at Torino on Saturday (Dec 16).

Football: Man City must be cautious of ruthless Tottenham, says Sterling

Sat, 16 December 2017 16:50:44 +0800

LONDON: Manchester City must be wary of a dominant Tottenham Hotspur side that elevate their game for big matches, the hosts' midfielder Raheem Sterling said ahead of Saturday's (Dec 16) Premier League clash at the Etihad stadium. Tottenham, who last lost away at City in October 2014, are 18 ...

Football: Klopp ridicules idea the 'dark days are back'

Sat, 16 December 2017 15:50:40 +0800

LONDON: Jurgen Klopp took issue on Friday (Dec 15) with the notion that because Liverpool have drawn their last two games the "dark days are back" in terms of inconsistency. The 50-year-old German - whose side have drawn successive games against Everton and West Brom which dampened spirits ...

Football: Walker needs brains not just brawn, says Guardiola

Sat, 16 December 2017 15:50:43 +0800

MANCHESTER: Kyle Walker has been told by Pep Guardiola he is physically one of the best full-backs in the world, but needs to improve his football brain to maintain his form into his thirties. The 27-year-old Manchester City full-back has enjoyed an excellent season since arriving from Tottenham ...

Football: Monaco hit four to stay in PSG chase

Sat, 16 December 2017 15:40:51 +0800

PARIS: Reigning French champions Monaco eased past struggling Saint-Etienne 4-0 on Friday (Dec 15) to stay on PSG's tail for a Chamions League place, with the highly coveted Fabinho and Thomas Lemar among the scorers. Djibril Sidibe curled in the opener after Keita Balde shot was blocked and ...

Football: Mourinho faces Ibrahimovic dilemma for West Brom clash

Sat, 16 December 2017 15:40:48 +0800

MANCHESTER: Jose Mourinho must decide whether now is the time to recall Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his starting line-up as Manchester United prepare to visit West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday (Dec 17). The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has played 73 minutes in five substitute appearances ...

Squash: World champion Gawad loses his crown

Sat, 16 December 2017 07:50:42 +0800

MANCHESTER: Egypt's Karim Gawad surprisingly relinquished his squash world championship crown when he lost to Marwan Elshorbagy, his sixth-seeded compatriot, in the quarter-finals on Friday. Elshorbagy's 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 success was reward for a well-disciplined ability to play tightly and ...

Football: Monaco hit four to stay in PSG chase

Sat, 16 December 2017 07:30:42 +0800

Reigning French champions Monaco eased past struggling Saint-Etienne 4-0 on Friday (Dec 15) to stay on PSG's tail with the highly coveted Fabinho and Thomas Lemar among the scorers.

Football: FIFA threatens to boot Spain out of World Cup

Sat, 16 December 2017 04:30:44 +0800

The governing body of world football (FIFA) confirmed on Friday (Dec 15) that it has written to the Spanish federation (RFEF) warning they could be suspended form the 2018 World Cup because of political interference.

Beijing unveils Winter Olympics emblems with fanfare

Sat, 16 December 2017 04:00:44 +0800

China unveiled emblems for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics inspired by Chinese calligraphy on Friday (Dec 15), in a star-studded ceremony featuring songs from actor Jackie Chan and pianist Lang Lang.

Brazilian football chief Del Nero given 90-day FIFA ban

Fri, 15 December 2017 22:10:43 +0800

PARIS: FIFA handed Brazilian football confederation (CBF) president Marco Polo Del Nero a 90-day provisional ban from all football activities on Friday (Dec 15). The 76-year-old, a former member of the FIFA Council, is the latest prominent South American official to be banned by the sport's ...

Tennis: Federer voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year

Fri, 15 December 2017 17:30:43 +0800

LONDON: Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles. The Swiss, 36, returned from six months out with knee trouble to win the Australian Open before picking up a ...

Rugby: Blossoming Japan will boost 2019 World Cup

Fri, 15 December 2017 17:00:41 +0800

TOKYO: Japan's national rugby team can boost ticket sales for the 2019 World Cup if they carry their fine recent form into next year, organisers said Friday (Dec 15). The host country, who capped an improved second half of the year by drawing 23-23 with France in Paris last month, would give ...

India's new Olympics chief mulls bid for 2032 Olympics

Fri, 15 December 2017 15:50:42 +0800

NEW DELHI: India's new Olympics chief Narinder Batra has vowed to make bids to stage the 2032 Olympics, 2030 Asian Games or 2026 Commonwealth Games, saying the country must "think big". Batra, who is also the International Hockey Federation (FIH) president, said after winning the Indian Olympic ...

Football: Wenger desperate for win in race for Champions League places

Fri, 15 December 2017 09:20:48 +0800

LONDON: Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal cannot afford another slip-up when they face Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium aiming to end a damaging run of three Premier League games without a win. Wenger's team played a scoreless draw at West Ham United on Wednesday and is in seventh place going into ...

Squash: Veteran Matthew succumbs to Elshorbagy at worlds

Fri, 15 December 2017 06:46:54 +0800

MANCHESTER: Three-time winner Nick Matthew bowed out of his final world championships with a 11-7, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 quarter-final loss to Mohamed Elshorbagy on Thursday (Dec 14). The 37-year-old Englishman, who is also the oldest player to have been ranked in the world's top five, did well to take ...

Golf: England's Rose storms to Indonesian Masters lead

Fri, 15 December 2017 00:40:41 +0800

JAKARTA: England's Justin Rose fired a 10-under-par round on Thursday (Dec 14) to take a two-shot lead after the first day of the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta. Rose, who is ranked sixth in the world, notched up a bogey-free scorecard and bagged 10 birdies to take pole position in the Asian Tour's ...

Football: Manchester City hailed as Premier League greats

Fri, 15 December 2017 00:30:45 +0800

Manchester City - even though they have not won any silverware yet - are smashing record after record as they sprint towards the Premier League title.

Putin says Russia will defend in court athletes accused of doping

Thu, 14 December 2017 20:10:39 +0800

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said Thursday (Dec 14) that Russia was ready to defend the interests of athletes accused of doping in court, even though it will also cooperate with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the IOC. Russia has been banned from next year's Winter Olympics over state ...

Football: Fandi Ahmad takes charge of Young Lions; Richard Tardy to leave FAS

Thu, 14 December 2017 19:01:27 +0800

SINGAPORE: Local football icon Fandi Ahmad will be the head coach of the Young Lions with immediate effect, as the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced a slew of personnel changes on Thursday (Dec 14).   Fandi will now be in charge of preparing the Young Lions for the 2018 Asian Games ...

Singapore footballer Irfan Fandi set for trials at English Premier League clubs

Thu, 14 December 2017 23:25:05 +0800

Irfan will only reveal which clubs he is trying out for after the results of the trials are released next year.

Stanchart Marathon organiser apologises to patients, doctors affected by road closures

Sat, 16 December 2017 23:22:29 +0800

SINGAPORE: The organiser of this year's Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon apologised on Thursday (Dec 14) to those affected by road closures during the Dec 3 race.  The issue was brought to light on Tuesday when a doctor sent in a letter published in the Straits Times saying that the ...

Football: Norwegian Andersen plots North Korea revival

Thu, 14 December 2017 10:14:47 +0800

TOKYO: City slicker Jose Mourinho famously lives in a plush Manchester hotel, but he has nothing on North Korea coach Jorn Andersen - he has a suite in Pyongyang. "It's a very quiet city, it's very clean, there's no crime," the former Norway international told AFP in an interview in Tokyo. "I ...

Ashes spot-fixing allegations a 'grave concern' - ICC

Thu, 14 December 2017 08:40:13 +0800

Allegations in a British newspaper about attempts to organise spot-fixing during the third Ashes test between Australia and England were a "grave concern", global governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.

Unstoppable City break record, United edge out Bournemouth

Thu, 14 December 2017 07:50:10 +0800

LONDON: Manchester City set a new top-flight record of 15 consecutive wins as their seemingly unstoppable march towards the Premier League title continued with a 4-0 romp at bottom club Swansea City on Wednesday. David Silva struck twice for Pep Guardiola's side as they went past Arsenal's 14 ...

Liverpool frustrated again in West Brom stalemate

Thu, 14 December 2017 07:20:15 +0800

Liverpool suffered more frustration at Anfield as they again dropped crucial home points after being held to a goalless draw by a resilient West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday. After criticism for not starting with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in the Merseyside derby draw against Everton ...

Football: Milan set up Inter Italian Cup quarter-final clash

Thu, 14 December 2017 07:20:38 +0800

MILAN: New coach Gennaro Gattuso got back-to-back wins as AC Milan booked a quarter-final clash with city rivals Inter Milan in the Italian Cup after a comfortable 3-0 last 16 win over Verona on Wednesday (Dec 13). Gattuso earned his first win as Milan boss in Serie A action against Bologna last ...

Injured Bailly may need surgery, says Mourinho

Thu, 14 December 2017 08:55:18 +0800

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly may need surgery on the injury that has kept him out of action since early November, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.

West Ham hold dominant Arsenal to 0-0 draw

Thu, 14 December 2017 06:50:26 +0800

West Ham United held out to secure a goalless draw at home with Arsenal on Wednesday after the visitors missed a string of chances in a pulsating Premier League clash at the London Stadium. The result left Arsenal seventh on 30 points from 17 games while West Ham are 19th on 14 points, two more ...

Aurier gets first Tottenham goal in 2-0 defeat of Brighton

Thu, 14 December 2017 06:20:27 +0800

Serge Aurier's first goal for Tottenham Hotspur and a late effort by Son Heung-min sealed a 2-0 win for the hosts over Brighton and Hove Albion to restore their place in the top four of the Premier League on Wednesday.

Football: Lewandowski strikes as Bayern open nine-point gap

Thu, 14 December 2017 06:36:55 +0800

BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski bagged his 15th goal in 16 league games as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich went nine points clear despite struggling to beat bottom side Cologne 1-0 on Wednesday (Dec 13). The Poland hot-shot has failed to score in only four of Bayern's league matches this season and ...

Lukaku goal just enough for lacklustre Man United

Thu, 14 December 2017 07:20:18 +0800

MANCHESTER, England: A lacklustre Manchester United responded to their derby defeat by Manchester City with an unimpressive 1-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth at a subdued Old Trafford on Wednesday. Romelu Lukaku's ninth league goal of the season, a 25th- minute header at the back post from a ...

Rooney strike lifts Everton to win at Newcastle

Thu, 14 December 2017 06:05:30 +0800

Dec 13: Wayne Rooney's first-half goal lifted Everton to a 1-0 Premier League win over Newcastle United on Wednesday and continued their revival under manager Sam Allardyce. Rooney struck in the 27th minute, turning in a rebound from close range to secure Everton's first away league victory in 17 ...

Bayern go nine points clear with 1-0 win over Cologne

Thu, 14 December 2017 06:50:22 +0800

BERLIN: Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski grabbed his 15th goal of the season to help nervous Bayern Munich beat bottom club Cologne 1-0 on Wednesday and go nine points clear at the top of the table. On the day when winger Franck Ribery became Bayern's leading foreign player with his 366th ...

Puel's Leicester thump sorry Southampton 4-1

Thu, 14 December 2017 06:00:57 +0800

Dec 13: Leicester City secured a resounding 4-1 Premier League win at Southampton on Wednesday as their manager Claude Puel continued his superb start at the club and gained revenge over the team who sacked him in June. Leicester, who have won four straight Premier League games and lost only one ...

Football: Man City set win record, Lukaku lifts Man Utd

Thu, 14 December 2017 12:17:14 +0800

LONDON: David Silva scored twice as runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City won 4-0 at Swansea City on Wednesday (Dec 13) to set a new English top-flight record of 15 consecutive victories. Pep Guardiola's side, 2-1 winners at second-place Manchester United on Sunday, won comfortably at the ...

Football: Prosecutors urge conviction in FIFA trial

Thu, 14 December 2017 05:01:04 +0800

NEW YORK: US prosecutors urged a New York jury to convict three wealthy South American former soccer officials "on all counts" in the face of "overwhelming" evidence, delivering closing arguments on Wednesday (Dec 13) at the FIFA corruption trial. "The three defendants thought the payouts would ...

Bale earns Real Madrid late win over Al Jazira

Thu, 14 December 2017 06:05:32 +0800

ABU DHABI: Gareth Bale scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to strike the Real Madrid winner as the European champions survived a scare to beat local side Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday and reach the Club World Cup final. Al Jazira's Brazilian forward Romarinho gave the Abu Dhabi ...

Froome's positive Salbutamol test result unusual, says expert

Thu, 14 December 2017 04:50:09 +0800

Chris Froome's positive test for excessive levels of the asthma drug Salbutamol at this year's Vuelta a Espana was unusual but dehydration or metabolism could have played a part, an anti-doping expert said on Wednesday.

Boxing: Horn retains WBO welterweight title with TKO win over Corcoran

Thu, 14 December 2017 01:29:12 +0800

BRISBANE: Australian Jeff Horn retained his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title with an 11th round technical knockout win over English challenger Gary Corcoran in Brisbane on Wednesday (Dec 13). Horn, in his first title defence since he upset Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao in ...

Fury aims punch at British board, may seek licence elsewhere

Thu, 14 December 2017 01:05:14 +0800

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he may renew his boxing licence with a different organisation as he believes the British Boxing Board of Control treated him poorly after he was charged by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in June 2016.

Iniesta wants China-bound Mascherano to stay at Barca

Thu, 14 December 2017 00:50:37 +0800

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has not given up hope Javier Mascherano will stay at the club amid reports the Argentine is on the verge of moving to the Chinese Super League in January.

British boxing board to review Fury licence

Thu, 14 December 2017 00:47:45 +0800

LONDON: Tyson Fury could have his boxing licence reinstated when the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) meets next month, a move that would allow the controversial fighter to make a dramatic return to the ring. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has cleared the 29-year-old former world heavyweight ...

Sharma's third double ton leads India to series-levelling win

Wed, 13 December 2017 23:20:40 +0800

MOHALI, India: Skipper Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to hit three double centuries in one-day internationals as he powered India to a 141-run win over Sri Lanka in the second match on Wednesday (Dec 13). Sharma's unbeaten 208 steered the hosts to an imposing 392-4 and then restricted Sri ...

Concerned Formula One drivers put on united front

Wed, 13 December 2017 21:55:16 +0800

Formula One drivers, including Britain's four times world champion Lewis Hamilton, have shown rare unanimity by all signing up for their union amid concern for the sport's future direction.

Australian Horn beats Corcoran to retain world welterweight crown

Wed, 13 December 2017 21:40:11 +0800

SYDNEY: Australian Jeff Horn retained his WBO welterweight world title by technical knockout when Briton Gary Corcoran's corner threw in the towel in the 11th round of their contest in Brisbane on Wednesday. Horn, a former schoolteacher, won the title by beating multi-division world champion Manny ...

Man City's form will make rivals more determined-Guendogan

Wed, 13 December 2017 21:15:36 +0800

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Guendogan believes the club's 11-point lead in the Premier League before the halfway stage will make rival teams more determined to beat them as they approach a busy festive period.

India's Rohit smashes third ODI double hundred

Wed, 13 December 2017 20:25:35 +0800

MUMBAI: Opener Rohit Sharma smashed his third one-day international double century to help India set Sri Lanka an imposing target of 393 to win the second match of the series at Mohali on Wednesday. Leading the hosts in the absence of rested skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit laid waste to the Sri Lankan ...

Puel defends Southampton record, eyes win with Leicester

Wed, 13 December 2017 19:45:14 +0800

REUTERS: Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes he does not deserve criticism for his style of play at former club Southampton ahead of his first Premier League visit to St Mary's since being sacked in June. Puel's lone season at Southampton saw the club finish eighth in the league and reach ...

Football: Germany sets World Cup victory bonus at €350,000 per player

Wed, 13 December 2017 19:00:30 +0800

BERLIN: German players will receive €350,000 (US$411,000) each if they successfully defend their World Cup title in Russia next year, the country's football association (DFB) said on Wednesday (Dec 13). When Germany won the title at the Brazil World Cup in 2014, players received a bonus of €300 ...

Ings among West Brom transfer targets - Pardew

Wed, 13 December 2017 18:25:21 +0800

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew will decide his transfer strategy by the end of the week and has confirmed that the club were interested in signing striker Danny Ings from Premier League rivals Liverpool in January.

Olympics: Next Tokyo budget due soon as cost cuts continue

Wed, 13 December 2017 18:02:56 +0800

TOKYO: International Olympic Committee Vice-President John Coates said on Wednesday (Dec 13) that the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organisers were continuing to explore cost reductions and that the next version of the budget would be completed by the end of the year. Coates said the two parties were working ...

Ashes to Ashes, England face similar WACA ordeal

Wed, 13 December 2017 17:35:33 +0800

Two-nil down and with a harried captain insisting his team was neither dead nor buried, there was an unnerving sense of deja vu at the WACA as England made their final preparations on the eve of the third Ashes test on Wednesday.

Stoke manager Hughes sees positives in Burnley defeat

Wed, 13 December 2017 16:45:12 +0800

REUTERS: Stoke City manager Mark Hughes saw plenty of positives from his side's 1-0 Premier League defeat by Burnley on Tuesday and has told his players to deliver the same kind of performance against West Ham United at the weekend. Hughes has come under pressure with Stoke having won just four of ...

Froome faces tough questions after positive Vuelta test

Thu, 14 December 2017 07:40:16 +0800

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome could potentially be stripped of his Vuelta a Espana title after a urine test he gave during the race in September showed excessive levels of an asthma medication.

Man City keen to strengthen defence in January

Wed, 13 December 2017 16:05:20 +0800

Premier League leaders Manchester City plan to strengthen their defence in the January transfer window to avoid a lack of squad depth as they compete on multiple fronts, manager Pep Guardiola has said.

Allardyce concerned by Everton's long injury list

Wed, 13 December 2017 16:05:15 +0800

Everton manager Sam Allardyce is concerned that the club's long injury list could derail their recent upturn in fortunes during a congested Premier League festive period.

Halilhodzic urges China to trust 'best coach' Lippi

Wed, 13 December 2017 15:20:13 +0800

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has backed World Cup-winning manager Marcello Lippi to transform China into a team capable of qualifying for the 2022 finals in Qatar.

Root wants focus on England's cricket, not culture

Wed, 13 December 2017 14:55:13 +0800

England captain Joe Root sought to draw a line under the litany of off-field incidents that have dogged the team throughout the Ashes on Wednesday, even as a senior player admitted they would continue to haunt the side during the third test in Perth.

Football: Coutinho praises Klopp influence

Wed, 13 December 2017 15:21:32 +0800

BENGALURU: Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has credited manager Juergen Klopp with making him a more complete player and says a positional switch has made him feel more involved in games. The 25-year-old was Liverpool's leading scorer last season with 14 goals in all competitions and the ...

Wales forward Faletau set to miss Six Nations

Wed, 13 December 2017 13:55:43 +0800

REUTERS: Wales and Bath number eight Taulupe Faletau could miss next year's Six Nations championships after being ruled out for 12-to-16 weeks due to a knee injury, the forward's Premiership side said on Tuesday. Faletau, who has 70 caps for his country, sustained the injury during Bath's 24-20 ...

Australia lean towards Mitchell Marsh for third Ashes test

Wed, 13 December 2017 11:50:17 +0800

Australia are leaning towards bringing in bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for the third Ashes test against England but will not name their team until the toss on Thursday morning, skipper Steve Smith said on Wednesday.

SEA Games Federation names 3 athletes who failed doping tests at KL2017

Wed, 13 December 2017 12:08:00 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: The Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) on Tuesday (Dec 12) revealed that three athletes including Malaysian gold medal diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee failed doping tests at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017). Besides Ng, two Thai athletes – pencak silat exponent Nurisan ...

People hope 'I break my neck' after Trump comments - Vonn

Wed, 13 December 2017 08:30:12 +0800

Social media users have told American skier Lindsey Vonn they hoped she broke her neck after the Olympic champion made comments they deemed to be critical of U.S. President Donald Trump, she said on Tuesday.

Palace produce grandstand finish to beat Watford

Wed, 13 December 2017 08:20:10 +0800

Crystal Palace scored two late goals to earn a precious 2-1 win over Watford that moved Roy Hodgson's side out of the Premier League relegation zone on Tuesday. Palace's five-match unbeaten run seemed set to end and leave them bottom when Bakary Sako and James McArthur scored in quick succession ...

From strength to strength: Singapore's top powerlifters make an international impact

Wed, 13 December 2017 08:00:39 +0800

What goes into becoming a record-breaking powerlifter?

Football: Falcao's 50-yard stunner seals Monaco win

Wed, 13 December 2017 07:23:25 +0800

PARIS: An outrageous strike by Radamel Falcao was the highlight as a much-changed Monaco side eased to a 2-0 win over Caen to reach the quarter-finals of France's League Cup on Tuesday (Dec 12). Monaco were leading through Guido Carrillo's first-half effort when Falcao - who had come off the bench ...

Azarenka given wildcard for Australian Open

Wed, 13 December 2017 07:20:11 +0800

Twice champion Victoria Azarenka has been given a wildcard for next month's Australian Open, organisers said on Wednesday.

Russia's Olympic Committee to support its neutral athletes at Winter Games

Wed, 13 December 2017 07:30:39 +0800

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week banned Russia from the Games, due to take place in Pyeongchang in February, for what it called "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system.

Chelsea cruise to 3-1 victory at Huddersfield

Wed, 13 December 2017 06:35:13 +0800

HUDDERSFIELD, England: Third-placed Chelsea put in a determined performance as they returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Tuesday. Goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro put Chelsea 3-0 ahead after 50 minutes before Huddersfield ...

Football: Chelsea give Conte cheer, Burnley go fourth

Wed, 13 December 2017 06:52:50 +0800

HUDDERFIELD: Chelsea responded perfectly to head coach Antonio Conte's claim their Premier League title hopes are over with a convincing 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday (Dec 12). Tiemoue Bakayoko opened the scoring midway through the first half with a deft clipped finish, offering an ...

Football: Stoeger off to winning start with Dortmund

Wed, 13 December 2017 06:10:39 +0800

BERLIN: New coach Peter Stoeger led Borussia Dortmund to their first victory in 10 games on Tuesday (Dec 12), as his side picked up a hard-fought 2-0 win away to Mainz. It was victory at the first attempt for Stoeger, who replaced Peter Bosz as head coach of the struggling side on Sunday. A ...

Fury says 'nightmare' over after UKAD clears him to return to ring

Wed, 13 December 2017 04:25:15 +0800

LONDON: Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he was glad the "nightmare" was behind him as he was cleared to resume his boxing career after agreeing a two-year backdated ban for an anti-doping violation on Tuesday. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said in a statement that Fury, who was charged ...

Gremio reach Club World Cup final after extra time

Wed, 13 December 2017 05:20:19 +0800

REUTERS: Brazilian side Gremio beat Mexico's Pachuca 1-0 with a goal by winger Everton five minutes into extra time on Tuesday to book a place in the Club World Cup final. The 21-year-old substitute drifted inside from the left and hammered home a fierce strike that Pachuca goalkeeper Oscar Perez ...

Second-placed Leipzig held to 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg

Wed, 13 December 2017 04:05:10 +0800

BERLIN: RB Leipzig were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at midtable VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday to leave them seven points adrift of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. The hosts took the lead with a well-taken Paul Verhaegh penalty in the first half, but Marcel Halstenberg levelled seven minutes ...

Zidane delighted to call on 'world's best' Ronaldo

Wed, 13 December 2017 02:50:20 +0800

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he was delighted to be able to call on the "best player in the world" in Cristiano Ronaldo as his side gear up to defend their Club World Cup title.

Boxing: Fury cleared to fight again after 'nightmare'

Wed, 13 December 2017 01:43:57 +0800

LONDON: Controversial former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury vowed on Tuesday (Dec 12) to put the "nightmare of the last two years" behind him and reclaim his world titles after being cleared to resume his career. The British boxer agreed a compromise with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) over his ...

Spurs' Alderweireld suffers injury setback

Wed, 13 December 2017 01:05:16 +0800

Tottenham Hotspur centre back Toby Alderweireld has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury and will be out until February, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday.

Exclusive - Australia sound out Scolari for World Cup job

Wed, 13 December 2017 00:35:15 +0800

Australia have approached World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari about leading them to the 2018 tournament in Russia, the former Brazil and Portugal boss has told Reuters.

Benitez keen to bolster Newcastle squad, unsure of funds available

Wed, 13 December 2017 00:25:13 +0800

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is keen to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window to help halt their slide towards the Premier League relegation places, but is unsure what funds will be made available to him.

Football: Klopp admits passions ruled after derby draw

Tue, 12 December 2017 23:50:39 +0800

LONDON: Jurgen Klopp admitted on Tuesday (Dec 12) that he got caught up in the heat of the moment after Liverpool conceded a late penalty to draw at home with Everton. The Liverpool boss is known for his animated reactions but his behaviour came under extra scrutiny after a tetchy television ...

Gayle breaks sixes record in Bangladesh Premier League final

Tue, 12 December 2017 23:35:35 +0800

Chris Gayle hit 18 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 146 off 69 balls for Rangpur Riders against Dhaka Dynamites to create Twenty20 cricket history in the Bangladesh Premier League final on Tuesday.

Soccer - Colombia's Cardona gets five-game ban for racist gesture

Tue, 12 December 2017 23:35:40 +0800

Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona has been suspended for five matches by FIFA for making a racist gesture with his eyes towards South Korean players last month.

Football: Mourinho accuses Manchester City of lack of 'education'

Tue, 12 December 2017 23:47:47 +0800

MANCHESTER: Jose Mourinho has accused Manchester City players of a lack of "education" over their celebrations at Old Trafford following Sunday's derby win. The Manchester United manager was reluctant to speak about the confrontation outside the dressing rooms that followed City's 2-1 victory at ...

Japan, South Korea set up East Asian showdown

Tue, 12 December 2017 23:00:20 +0800

TOKYO: An own goal from Ri Yong-chol gave South Korea victory over North Korea, while Japan downed China 2-1 to set up a showdown between the World Cup-bound nations for this year's East Asian Championship. Japan's Gen Shoji scored with an effort from the edge of the centre circle three minutes ...

Trump and North Korea's Kim 'pretty much the same': Dennis Rodman

Tue, 12 December 2017 23:15:48 +0800

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is perhaps the only person in the world to call both US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "friend".

IOC bans six Russian female ice hockey players for life over doping

Tue, 12 December 2017 22:45:34 +0800

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday it had banned six Russian female ice hockey players for life from the Olympics over doping allegations linked to the Sochi 2014 winter games.

Man City celebrations not excessive, says Guardiola

Tue, 12 December 2017 23:10:26 +0800

Manchester City's celebrations after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford were not excessive, their manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday.

Matching Barca not Real's Club World Cup motivation - Marcelo

Tue, 12 December 2017 22:25:43 +0800

Real Madrid's Marcelo insists drawing level with arch-rivals Barcelona on three Club World Cup titles is not his team's motivation as they bid to defend the trophy in the United Arab Emirates.

Northampton sack Mallinder as director of rugby

Tue, 12 December 2017 21:15:18 +0800

Northampton Saints have sacked director of rugby Jim Mallinder after over a decade at the club following a poor run of results, the Premiership side said on Tuesday.

West Ham's spirit key to continuing resurgence - Zabaleta

Tue, 12 December 2017 20:41:38 +0800

West Ham United must maintain the spirit and commitment shown in their last two Premier League games if they are to beat Arsenal on Wednesday, defender Pablo Zabaleta has said.

Russia on alert for returning IS militants ahead of World Cup

Tue, 12 December 2017 19:39:49 +0800

Russia's security service on Tuesday said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018.