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Published: Thu, 19 October 2017 13:38:40 +0800

 



New Zealand defender Durante out of World Cup playoff

Thu, 19 October 2017 11:50:10 +0800

New Zealand's hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Russia next year have suffered a setback after defender Andrew Durante was ruled out of the two-leg playoff against Peru in November due to injury.



Australia team to play All Blacks in final Bledisloe test

Thu, 19 October 2017 10:50:15 +0800

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika named the following team to play the All Blacks in the final Bledisloe Cup test in Brisbane on Saturday:



Conte unimpressed as Chelsea lose the plot

Thu, 19 October 2017 06:55:15 +0800

Antonio Conte was in no mood to wax lyrical about the virtues of free-flowing Champions League football after his Chelsea side lost the plot and threw away a two-goal lead before scrambling a 3-3 home draw with AS Roma on Wednesday.



Mourinho's pragmatism reaping rewards for United

Thu, 19 October 2017 06:50:13 +0800

Accustomed to winning trophies with prolific scoring more than by cagey, safety-first displays, Manchester United fans may have to get used to Jose Mourinho's preferred strategy if a dour 1-0 Champions League win over Benfica is anything to go by.



Messi joins 100-goal club in Europe in Barca stroll

Thu, 19 October 2017 05:25:10 +0800

Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition as Barcelona moved close to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages by outclassing Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday despite playing the entire second half with 10 men.



Efficient Basel win 2-0 at CSKA Moscow

Thu, 19 October 2017 05:05:09 +0800

MOSCOW: Goals either side of halftime earned Basel a 2-0 win at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday to keep the Swiss side in second place in Champions League Group A. Midfielder Taulant Xhaka sped past CSKA's sluggish backline and unleashed a powerful low drive that beat veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev in ...



Terrific trio on target as PSG thump Anderlecht

Thu, 19 October 2017 05:05:12 +0800

Paris St Germain’s feared attacking trio all got on the scoresheet as the French side completed a comfortable 4-0 away victory over Anderlecht in their Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday.



Juve recover from bizarre own goal to snatch late win

Thu, 19 October 2017 06:10:09 +0800

Juventus hit back to snatch a late 2-1 win at home to Sporting after gifting the Portuguese side an early lead with a bizarre own goal by Alex Sandro in their Champions League match on Wednesday.



Hayward receives encouragement from NBA players who overcame injuries

Thu, 19 October 2017 04:50:15 +0800

After suffering a devastating ankle fracture just five minutes into his debut as a Boston Celtic on Tuesday, forward Gordon Hayward received encouragement from NBA players who overcame gruesome injuries of their own before returning to the league.



Freak Rashford goal gives Man United 1-0 win at Benfica

Thu, 19 October 2017 04:45:25 +0800

Manchester United ground out a 1-0 win at Benfica in Champions League Group A on Wednesday after forward Marcus Rashford scored a bizarre goal which embarrassed the home team's 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar.



Chelsea and Roma share spoils in six-goal thriller

Thu, 19 October 2017 06:10:12 +0800

Chelsea and Roma served up a rip-roaring 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as both clubs stayed firmly on course for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.



Bayern beat Celtic 3-0 as Heynckes makes winning European return

Thu, 19 October 2017 04:45:16 +0800

Bayern Munich eased past Celtic 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday to hand coach Jupp Heynckes a winning return to the competition he won with them in 2013.



Scotland captain Laidlaw out of autumn tests

Thu, 19 October 2017 04:35:12 +0800

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw will miss the autumn internationals series because of a broken fibula, his French club Clermont Auvergne said on Wednesday.



Cricket: Imam hits debut ton in Pakistan series-clinching win

Thu, 19 October 2017 04:15:07 +0800

Young opener Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq, smashed a hundred on debut to guide his side to a seven-wicket win in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.



Mladenovic, Vandeweghe knocked out of Kremlin Cup round of 16

Thu, 19 October 2017 04:00:18 +0800

Lesia Tsurenko upset second-seeded Coco Vandeweghe on Wednesday to reach the quarter-final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, while top-seed Kristina Mladenovic was knocked out by Aliaksandra Sasnovich.



Barca banner calls for 'dialogue and respect' amid crisis

Thu, 19 October 2017 03:50:18 +0800

Barcelona unveiled a huge banner reading "Dialogue, Respect and Sport" before kick-off against Olympiakos at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, calling for a resolution to the political crisis between Catalonia and the Spanish central government.



Raucous Red Star fans not a factor, says Arsenal's Wenger

Thu, 19 October 2017 02:40:13 +0800

Arsenal are relishing the prospect of facing fervent Red Star Belgrade fans in the cauldron of their Rajko Mitic stadium when the two teams clash in the Europa League on Thursday, the Premier League club's manager Arsene Wenger said.



Tennis: Konta splits with coach, ends season

Thu, 19 October 2017 02:34:27 +0800

British number one Johanna Konta split with coach Wim Fissette on Wednesday and shut down her season in a disappointing finale to a campaign which had seen her reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.



US gymnast Maroney reveals abuse by team doctor

Thu, 19 October 2017 02:26:36 +0800

Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast McKayla Maroney, inspired by the "Me Too" movement, revealed on Wednesday that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.



Struggling Atletico held by spirited Qarabag

Thu, 19 October 2017 02:05:17 +0800

Atletico Madrid's poor start to this season's Champions League continued as they were held to a frustrating goalless draw at Qarabag, who picked up their first point in Group C on Wednesday.



Snapchat signs Olympic deal with Eurosport

Thu, 19 October 2017 00:45:19 +0800

Social media platform Snapchat will present Winter Olympics content at next year's event in Pyeongchang after striking a deal with Discovery communications' Eurosport, a move which could help the Games reach the younger demographic it craves.



NZ's Sopoaga to start against Wallabies, Barrett out

Thu, 19 October 2017 00:30:20 +0800

All Blacks flyhalf Lima Sopoaga will make his first test start in more than two years after Beauden Barrett was ruled out of the final Bledisloe Cup test against Australia on Saturday.



Brilliant De Villiers steers South Africa to series win

Thu, 19 October 2017 00:25:17 +0800

PAARL, South Africa: A swashbuckling century from AB de Villiers secured a 104-run victory for South Africa over Bangladesh and sealed the three-match series in the second One-Day International at Boland Park on Wednesday. De Villiers smashed his highest ODI score of 176 from 104 balls as South ...



MP Ross misses parliamentary debate to monitor Messi

Thu, 19 October 2017 00:00:14 +0800

LONDON: While his parliamentary colleagues debate a new welfare payment system in Westminster, MP Douglas Ross will be in Barcelona's dazzling Nou Camp stadium, focusing on whether Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have strayed offside. Ross, who was elected for the governing Conservatives in June's ...



Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

Wed, 18 October 2017 23:35:10 +0800

REUTERS: Match-by-match facts and statistics ahead of round nine of the Premier League on Oct. 20: Oct. 22 (games at 1400 GMT unless stated): Friday, Oct 20 West Ham United v Brighton and Hove Albion (1900) *The Hammers have won three of the last five matches between the two sides, beating ...



Trump and NFL at odds on how to get players to stand for anthem

Thu, 19 October 2017 04:25:10 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the National Football League on Wednesday for not forcing players to stand for the national anthem, firing back after league officials meeting in New York chose instead to effectively back players' right to political activism.



Betis concerned by impact of Barca potentially leaving Liga

Wed, 18 October 2017 22:45:14 +0800

Barcelona's hypothetical expulsion from Spanish football in the event of Catalonia breaking away from Spain would leave a huge hole in La Liga, Real Betis's general manager said on Wednesday, and negatively impact on clubs such as his own.



Brazil's former Olympic chief charged in 2016 Games bribes investigation

Thu, 19 October 2017 02:29:13 +0800

Brazilian prosecutors charged the former head of the national Olympics committee (COB), Carlos Nuzman, and five other people on Wednesday with racketeering based on a probe of alleged bribery to win the selection of Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Games.



FA under fire from MPs after apologies to women players

Thu, 19 October 2017 02:30:12 +0800

The Football Association made a public apology to England women's soccer internationals Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence on Wednesday for comments that were "discriminatory on grounds of race" made to them by former manager Mark Sampson.



Mercedes and Hamilton on brink of F1 titles

Wed, 18 October 2017 21:06:00 +0800

Lewis Hamilton could be crowned Britain's first four-times Formula One world champion in Texas this weekend while Mercedes are on the brink of a fourth consecutive constructor's title.



Five memorable Huddersfield Town v Manchester United matches

Wed, 18 October 2017 20:10:09 +0800

REUTERS: Manchester United and Huddersfield Town meet for the first time in 45-and-a-half years at the John Smith's Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday. We look at five standout matches between the sides:     Huddersfield 0-3 Man Utd (First Division, Oct. 1971) A record attendance of 33 ...



Swiss cabinet backs bid to host 2026 Olympic Games

Wed, 18 October 2017 20:05:10 +0800

The Swiss government threw its weight behind a bid to host the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, promising on Wednesday to provide up to 1 billion Swiss francs (£772.8 million) to support the campaign.



Spanish Olympic high jump champion Beitia announces retirement

Wed, 18 October 2017 19:30:19 +0800

Olympic champion high jumper Ruth Beitia has retired from athletics due to persistent injuries, the Spaniard announced on Wednesday.



Danish women risk World Cup expulsion over FA dispute

Wed, 18 October 2017 19:25:09 +0800

REUTERS: The Danish women's football team will not play Sweden in their planned World Cup qualifier on Friday and risk being kicked out of the competition as a dispute between the players and the Danish Football Association (DBU) has not yet been resolved. "The DBU has today told the Swedish FA ...



Financier Amanda Staveley eyes US$400 million bid for Newcastle United - source

Wed, 18 October 2017 17:55:19 +0800

PCP Capital Partners, the investment firm run by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley, is interested in bidding around US$400 million (£303.7 million) for Newcastle United after owner Mike Ashley put the Premier League club up for sale on Monday, according to a source familiar with the matter.



A fit Morata key to Chelsea's title hopes - Flo

Wed, 18 October 2017 17:40:14 +0800

Champions Chelsea can make up for their slow start in the Premier League provided they can keep Spain forward Alvaro Morata fit, former club striker Tore Andre Flo said in an interview.



Boxing: Title, not payday the prize Pulev seeks

Wed, 18 October 2017 16:10:10 +0800

Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev has no regrets about pulling out of his fight against world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua due to a shoulder injury and says he has not given up hope of fighting the Briton.



Bournemouth getting back to their best, says Howe

Wed, 18 October 2017 15:45:20 +0800

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says his side have shown clear signs of improvement in recent games and that while they continue to sit in the Premier League relegation zone they are now approaching something close to top form.



Soccer-Feyenoord coach bullish despite Champions League setbacks

Wed, 18 October 2017 15:30:17 +0800

Feyenoord might have lost a third Champions League group match but their performance in their 2-1 home defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk has encouraged coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst ahead of Sunday's Dutch league clash against Ajax Amsterdam.



West Ham must beat Brighton after Burnley heartbreak - Reid

Wed, 18 October 2017 14:30:14 +0800

West Ham United defender Winston Reid believes Friday's Premier League match against a promoted Brighton and Hove Albion is a must-win game for his team following Saturday's draw against Burnley.



Liverpool must extend goalscoring form, says Salah

Wed, 18 October 2017 14:10:12 +0800

Liverpool must replicate their Champions League finishing to revive their Premier League campaign, winger Mohamed Salah has said.



Everton forward Calvert-Lewin eager to improve scoring form

Wed, 18 October 2017 13:35:12 +0800

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin is happy to be making an impact for the Premier League club but is frustrated at not getting on the scoresheet more often.



Palace striker Benteke hopeful of November return

Wed, 18 October 2017 12:35:20 +0800

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is recovering well from a knee ligament injury and is confident of returning to first-team action for the Premier League club in November, the Belgium international has said.



Nadal withdraws from Basel with knee problem

Wed, 18 October 2017 12:05:15 +0800

World number one Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the upcoming Basel indoors tournament due to a knee issue, the Spaniard has said.



Madrid draw a huge step forward for Pochettino's Spurs

Wed, 18 October 2017 07:00:14 +0800

Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 Champions League draw at Real Madrid on Tuesday was the moment they proved they can compete at the highest level, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino who hopes it could be the making of his young, exciting side.



City now on a par with Barca and Real, says Napoli coach

Wed, 18 October 2017 06:10:17 +0800

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri says he believes that Manchester City are now at the same level as Barcelona and Real Madrid and can go on to win the Champions League this season.



Klopp's Liverpool send timely reminder of attacking brilliance

Wed, 18 October 2017 06:10:13 +0800

Juergen Klopp's Liverpool have been breathtaking and infuriating in equal measure this season, but it all came together on Tuesday as they displayed their devastating attacking prowess in a 7-0 victory against Maribor.



Sharapova out, Gavrilova through to second round of Kremlin Cup

Wed, 18 October 2017 05:55:10 +0800

Maria Sharapova was swept away in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Tuesday by Magdalena Rybarikova, while sixth-seeded Daria Gavrilova beat Kristyna Pliskova to make it to the round of 16.



Monaco on the brink after Besiktas defeat

Wed, 18 October 2017 05:30:10 +0800

Monaco slumped to a 2-1 home Champions League defeat against Besiktas on Tuesday that left last year's semi-finalists bottom of Group G and facing a battle to reach the knockout rounds.



Dortmund in danger of Champions League exit after Apoel draw

Wed, 18 October 2017 05:25:26 +0800

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund face an uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after they were unexpectedly held to a 1-1 draw by Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday which left them third in Group H.



City make it three out of three with win over Napoli

Wed, 18 October 2017 05:05:14 +0800

Manchester City stayed top of Champions League Group F after beating Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday but Pep Guardiola's side almost paid the price for their sloppiness after having gone 2-0 up inside 13 minutes.



Football: Red-hot Liverpool hit seven to ignite Champions League campaign

Wed, 18 October 2017 05:08:32 +0800

MARIBOR, Slovenia: Liverpool produced a superb attacking display to ignite their stuttering Champions League campaign with a blistering 7-0 Group E victory at Maribor on Tuesday. Having drawn their opening two games, Liverpool made a dream start when Mohamed Salah burst into the box before ...



Football: Leipzig battle past Porto for first Champions League win

Wed, 18 October 2017 05:04:39 +0800

BERLIN: RB Leipzig struck twice in three minutes to beat Porto 3-2 at home on Tuesday, securing their maiden Champions League victory and moving into second place in Group G. Last season's Bundesliga runners-up kept possession well throughout and scored three times in a topsy-turvy first half ...



Football: Bernard double seals victory at Feynoord for Shakhtar Donetsk

Wed, 18 October 2017 05:01:58 +0800

Brazilian Bernard bagged a double as 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to defeat Feyenoord in their Champions League Group F clash at De Kuip on Tuesday.



Football: Acrobatic Spurs keeper Lloris keeps Real at bay in Bernabeu

Wed, 18 October 2017 05:01:47 +0800

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made a string of impressive saves in the second half to earn his side a 1-1 away draw with Champions League holders Real Madrid on Tuesday which kept the two sides locked on seven points at the top of Group H.



Football: La Liga TV rights on hold due to Catalan crisis

Wed, 18 October 2017 04:00:06 +0800

The Spanish league have delayed putting out to tender their international television rights amid uncertainty over what the Catalonia crisis could mean for Barcelona, La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Tuesday.



Tennis: Nadal to miss Basel in boost to Federer's No.1 bid

Wed, 18 October 2017 03:41:10 +0800

Rafael Nadal on Tuesday announced he will miss this month's Swiss Indoors tournament, boosting arch rival Roger Federer's dream of ending the season as world number one.



Football: Hungary coach Storck leaves after World Cup qualification failure

Wed, 18 October 2017 03:36:37 +0800

Hungary have parted company with national team coach Bernd Storck by mutual consent after he failed to guide them to next year's World Cup finals, the Hungarian Football Association (HFA) said on Tuesday.



Tennis: Sharapova in shock Kremlin Cup 1st-round exit

Wed, 18 October 2017 03:32:17 +0800

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova crashed out in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Tuesday, losing in straight sets to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova.



Football: Honestly, I have no PSG plans, Mourinho says

Wed, 18 October 2017 03:21:09 +0800

Jose Mourinho insists he has no plans to join Paris Saint-Germain despite admitting he will not be signing a new contract with Manchester United in the immediate future.



Furyk hopes Tiger will play role on US Ryder Cup team

Wed, 18 October 2017 02:55:15 +0800

Jim Furyk said on Tuesday he hopes Tiger Woods will be a part of his team at next year's Ryder Cup, calling the injury-plagued golfer a valuable resource to a U.S. squad looking to snap a 25-year drought on European soil.



Zaccheroni appointed coach of Asian Cup hosts UAE

Wed, 18 October 2017 02:45:14 +0800

Former AC Milan and Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni is the new head coach of the United Arab Emirates.



Football: Camp Nou reopens amid political confusion in Catalonia

Wed, 18 October 2017 03:56:19 +0800

For the first time since playing to an empty stadium in protest at a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia, Barcelona's Camp Nou opens its doors when Olympiakos visit on Wednesday.



Benfica transformed me, says Man United's Matic

Wed, 18 October 2017 02:20:10 +0800

A three-year spell at Portuguese giants Benfica helped Nemanja Matic develop into the player that he is today, the Manchester United midfielder said ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with his former club.



No crisis here, says Juventus coach Allegri

Wed, 18 October 2017 02:15:14 +0800

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has rejected any suggestion that the Serie A champions have slipped into a crisis after their league defeat at home to Lazio on Saturday. Juve host Sporting in the Champions League on Wednesday still licking their wounds from their first home defeat in more than ...



Furyk and Bjorn follow in Palmer's footsteps by hitting balls off Eiffel Tower

Wed, 18 October 2017 02:11:51 +0800

Ryder Cup captains Thomas Bjorn and Jim Furyk hit synchronised shots off a platform high up on the Eiffel Tower to continue the countdown to next year's showdown between Europe and the United States - to be held in France for the first time.



Leicester sack manager Shakespeare

Wed, 18 October 2017 02:15:16 +0800

LONDON: Craig Shakespeare's short reign as Leicester City manager was brought to an end on Tuesday when the Premier League club confirmed he had been sacked after four months in permanent charge. The 53-year-old, assistant manager to Claudio Ranieri when Leicester stunned the sporting world to win ...



Football: History boys Italy confident of reaching World Cup

Wed, 18 October 2017 02:35:44 +0800

Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura insisted on Tuesday the four-time world champions could overcome a tricky play-off draw against Sweden to reach the 2018 World Cup finals.



Football: Leicester confirm Shakespeare sacking

Wed, 18 October 2017 02:31:59 +0800

Leicester City have confirmed the sacking of Craig Shakespeare, just four months after handing him a permanent contract to manage the former Premier League champions.



Pole dancing eyes Olympics after recognition by sports body

Tue, 17 October 2017 23:00:40 +0800

LONDON: Pole dancing has been recognised by an international sports body and organisers hope they can take it all the way to the Olympic Games. The International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) was this month awarded observer status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations ...



Football: Ashley puts Newcastle up for sale

Tue, 17 October 2017 11:10:39 +0800

LONDON: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is ready to end his controversial reign after putting the Premier League club up for sale on Monday (Oct 16).  Ashley has been a polarising figure at Newcastle since taking over at St James' Park in 2007 and the sports retail tycoon has decided now is the ...



Liverpool boss gives Champions League start to keeper Karius

Mon, 16 October 2017 23:30:15 +0800

Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool against NK Maribor in Tuesday's Champions League clash, Juergen Klopp said on Monday.



Napoli's 'Mr 33' takes roundabout route to the top

Mon, 16 October 2017 22:45:14 +0800

Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City are the only clubs Pep Guardiola has coached during his illustrious managerial career.



Guardiola insists his love for Napoli is genuine

Mon, 16 October 2017 21:35:23 +0800

Ever since Manchester City were drawn in Champions League Group F with Napoli, the club's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola has been effusive in his praise of the Serie A leaders and their coach Maurizio Sarri.



Spurs can keep up English record and win in Madrid - Alderweireld

Mon, 16 October 2017 21:15:16 +0800

Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld believes Spurs are capable of defending the unbeaten record of Premier League teams in the Champions League this season when they play at Real Madrid on Tuesday.



Zidane praises 'complete player' Kane

Mon, 16 October 2017 21:15:12 +0800

MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash between the sides which will be an acid test for the prolific England striker. Kane leads the scoring charts in Europe's elite competition with five goals in Spurs' ...



France hopes Ryder Cup will help break sport's elitist image

Mon, 16 October 2017 21:05:20 +0800

France is hoping to break golf's elitist image in the country when it host the Ryder Cup next year, the president of the organising committee said on Monday.



Sterling enjoying life with Pep - and without social media

Mon, 16 October 2017 20:55:21 +0800

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling says he is loving playing under Pep Guardiola for the Premier League leaders and admits that his life is also better for having tuned out critics on social media.



Football: Singapore slumps to lowest ever FIFA world rankings

Mon, 16 October 2017 20:30:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Singapore national football team has slumped to its lowest-ever position in FIFA's world rankings, according to the latest table published on Monday (Oct 16).  The Lions, on the back of October defeats to Turkmenistan in an Asian Cup qualifier tie and Qatar in an international ...



Hatton stays grounded as hot streak continues

Mon, 16 October 2017 20:05:15 +0800

Tyrrell Hatton hardly got carried away after winning his second successive tournament on Sunday.



Real keeper Navas set to return against Tottenham

Mon, 16 October 2017 19:45:20 +0800

Real Madrid were boosted on Monday by the return of first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas from injury ahead of their Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur.



Khawaja criticises Australia's selection policy

Mon, 16 October 2017 19:40:30 +0800

Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has criticised the country's selection policy and says the constant team changes hampered his attempts to develop his all-round game.



Liverpool's Ox struggling to find his feet

Mon, 16 October 2017 19:10:16 +0800

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not enjoyed the smoothest of starts to his Liverpool career and will be hoping to kickstart it in Tuesday's Champions League game at NK Maribor.



France join top seeds for World Cup draw

Mon, 16 October 2017 19:45:16 +0800

France will be among the top seeds for next month's World Cup draw after they climbed to seventh in the FIFA rankings published on Monday.



Kaepernick files grievance against NFL, citing collusion

Mon, 16 October 2017 16:20:12 +0800

(The Sports Xchange) - Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the 32 owners of collusion, his legal team announced on Sunday. Kaepernick has remained unemployed through the first six weeks of the NFL season, even when injuries to other quarterbacks ...



England won't win in Russia and must improve, says Shearer

Mon, 16 October 2017 16:05:21 +0800

England's age-group teams might have dazzled on the global stage in various youth tournaments in 2017 but the senior side is not yet of a standard to be a serious title contender at next year's World Cup, former striker Alan Shearer told Reuters.



England sacking biggest regret of my career, says Allardyce

Mon, 16 October 2017 15:40:14 +0800

Sam Allardyce says his ousting as England manager following an undercover newspaper sting after just a single match in charge is the biggest regret of his career.



Pep says Man City cannot take Napoli lightly in Champions League

Mon, 16 October 2017 15:15:18 +0800

Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City would be "stupid" to expect an easy outing against Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday just because they thumped Stoke City 7-2 in the Premier League over the weekend.



West Ham players must be smarter to avoid red cards, says Zabaleta

Mon, 16 October 2017 15:05:11 +0800

Frustrated West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta has urged his team mates to be smarter after they were reduced to 10 men early in their 1-1 draw at Burnley in the Premier League at the weekend.



Federer eyes ATP Finals title, top ranking after Shanghai triumph

Mon, 16 October 2017 13:55:17 +0800

Roger Federer is eying a seventh ATP Finals crown and has not ruled out pinching the world number one ranking from Rafa Nadal if he maintains the form that won him his second Shanghai Masters trophy on Sunday.



All Blacks flanker Cane commits to New Zealand to 2021

Mon, 16 October 2017 11:50:14 +0800

All Blacks loose forward and captain-in-waiting Sam Cane has committed to New Zealand rugby through to 2021.



Australia coach Postecoglou mind on Russia, says FA boss

Mon, 16 October 2017 09:35:09 +0800

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou's focus is on securing qualification for the World Cup and he has "not necessarily" made up his mind to quit, Football Federation Australia (FFA) boss David Gallop has said.



Valencia move up to second after winning nine-goal game

Mon, 16 October 2017 06:10:15 +0800

MADRID: Valencia continued their excellent start to the Liga season by beating Real Betis 6-3 away from home on Sunday, rising tosecond in the standings. Geoffrey Kondogbia headed Marcelino's side into a deserved lead 10 minutes before halftime after the visitors had missed a glut of chances ...



Innsbruck bid for 2026 Winter Olympics set for rejection in referendum

Mon, 16 October 2017 03:45:10 +0800

Innsbruck's plan to bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics is set to be rejected in a local referendum, with more than 53 percent of voters saying no and only a small number of postal ballot papers still to be counted.



Werder sink deeper in trouble after Gladbach defeat

Mon, 16 October 2017 02:30:19 +0800

BERLIN: Former German champions Werder Bremen slumped to a 2-0 home defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday to sink deeper into trouble after having now gone eight games without a win in the Bundesliga. First-half goals from Lars Stindl and Jannik Vestergaard in a span of seven minutes and ...



Golf - Hatton wins Italian Open with birdie on final hole

Mon, 16 October 2017 00:45:21 +0800

MILAN: Tyrrell Hatton capped a final round of 65 by sinking a superb birdie putt on the last hole to win the Italian Open and claim back-to-back European Tour titles on Sunday. The tournament looked to be set for a three-way playoff as Hatton came to the final hole level on 20 under par with ...



Rooney rides to Everton's rescue

Mon, 16 October 2017 00:31:25 +0800

Wayne Rooney came to Ronald Koeman's rescue as the Everton striker's last-gasp penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Sunday.



Indonesian goalkeeper dies after collision with teammate

Mon, 16 October 2017 02:59:00 +0800

JAKARTA: An Indonesian goalkeeper died during a league match on Sunday (Oct 15) after a collision with a teammate in Lamongan, East Java. Choirul Huda was playing in goal for his side Persela Lamongan against Semen Padang in Indonesia's Liga 1 when the incident happened in the 44th minute. The 38 ...



Icardi's last-gasp penalty gives Inter 3-2 derby win

Mon, 16 October 2017 05:55:07 +0800

MILAN: Inter Milan snatched a dramatic 3-2 win over AC Milan in Sunday's derby thanks to a last-minute penalty from Mauro Icardi, who completed his hat-trick and condemned their gallant opponents to a third successive league defeat. Milan twice hit back to equalise but were sent tail-spinning ...



De Kock, Amla flay Bangladesh in 10-wicket win

Mon, 16 October 2017 00:05:09 +0800

KIMBERLEY, South Africa: Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla smashed unbeaten centuries as South Africa cruised to a record-breaking 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first One-Day International at the Diamond Oval on Sunday. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat on a flat wicket, setting ...