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Published: Thu, 17 August 2017 01:33:04 +0800


Football: Ronaldo's appeal against five-game ban rejected

Thu, 17 August 2017 00:40:39 +0800

MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo will be suspended for Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup, second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday (Aug 16) evening after his appeal against a five-game ban was dismissed. The Spanish football federation's (RFEF) appeals committee "dismissed the appeal presented by Real ...

Football: Sigurdsson passes medical, set for record move to Everton

Thu, 17 August 2017 00:30:39 +0800

LONDON: Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is due to complete a £45 million (US$58 million) move to Everton from Premier League rivals Swansea City later on Wednesday (Aug 16) after he passed a medical, Everton manager Ronald Koeman announced. The 27-year-old, due to sign a five-year contract ...

Golf - Matthew to replace injured Pettersen for Europe at Solheim Cup

Thu, 17 August 2017 00:20:31 +0800

REUTERS: Scotland's Catriona Matthew will replace injured Suzann Pettersen in Europe's Solheim Cup team at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, captain Annika Sorenstam said on Wednesday. Norway's Pettersen was set to make her ninth appearance for the European team but withdrew ...

Ronaldo loses appeal against five-match ban after pushing ref

Thu, 17 August 2017 00:20:27 +0800

Cristiano Ronaldo lost his appeal to the Spanish football federation of his five-match ban for pushing a referee after being sent off in the Spanish Super Cup first leg.

Tennis: Nishikori to miss rest of season with wrist injury

Thu, 17 August 2017 00:31:46 +0800

CINCINNATI: World number nine Kei Nishikori of Japan will miss the remainder of the 2017 ATP season after suffering a torn tendon in his right wrist, his management team announced on Wednesday (Aug 16). The 27-year-old Asian number one will miss the upcoming US Open, on the New York hardcourts ...

SEA Games football: Singapore sink 2-1 to Malaysia

Wed, 16 August 2017 23:03:48 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore footballers' hopes of advancing in the Southeast Asian Games took another hit, after they lost a second match in a row in Group A when they took on Malaysia on Wednesday (Aug 16). Amiruldin Asraf put Singapore ahead in the 37th minute with a long-range effort. https://www ...

Stoneman selected as Cook's latest partner for England

Wed, 16 August 2017 20:45:13 +0800

Opening batsman Mark Stoneman has been selected to make his debut for England in their first day-night test match against the West Indies, starting at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Arsenal risk losing Sanchez for free, Wenger says

Wed, 16 August 2017 20:05:22 +0800

Arsenal risk losing striker Alexis Sanchez for free next season, according to manager Arsene Wenger, who confirmed the club have made no progress on a new contract for the Chilean striker.

Boateng leaving Las Palmas for personal reasons

Wed, 16 August 2017 20:00:15 +0800

Kevin-Prince Boateng has agreed with Las Palmas to terminate his contract, the club announced Wednesday.

Bacca returns to La Liga with Villarreal loan

Wed, 16 August 2017 19:55:10 +0800

Villarreal have landed Colombian striker Carlos Bacca on loan for the season from AC Milan, replacing the departed Roberto Soldado, who joined Fenerbahce last week.

Stoke sign forward Rodriguez on loan from PSG

Wed, 16 August 2017 18:55:17 +0800

Stoke City have signed forward Jese Rodriguez on a season-long loan from France's Paris St Germain, making him the Premier League side's sixth recruit of the transfer window.

SEA Games: Malaysia avenge 2015 netball loss against defending champs Singapore

Wed, 16 August 2017 18:50:38 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia beat Singapore 50-37 in the netball preliminaries at Juara Stadium on Wednesday (Aug 16), signalling their intent to wrest the SEA Games gold from their rivals from across the Causeway.  Malaysia was beaten 46-43 by their arch-rivals at the last SEA Games, narrowly missing ...

SEA Games: Malaysia promises to iron out 'glitches'

Wed, 16 August 2017 18:37:24 +0800

Malaysia's sports minister admitted Wednesday there were "glitches" with preparations for the Southeast Asian Games after a report said a key venue was not ready and fans had trouble getting into a football game.

O'Connor backs Tuilagi return for England's November tests

Wed, 16 August 2017 18:25:23 +0800

Leicester Tigers coach Matt O'Connor believes Manu Tuilagi has returned with a renewed attitude and deserves to feature in the England squad for the autumn internationals despite his recent off-field indiscretion.

Newcastle sign Spanish striker Joselu from Stoke

Wed, 16 August 2017 17:20:14 +0800

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez said on Wednesday he was delighted to have signed striker Joselu from Premier League rivals Stoke City.

Cricket - Lehmann says batsman Warner recovering from neck blow

Wed, 16 August 2017 17:00:19 +0800

Australia opening batsman David Warner is recovering well after being struck in the neck by a bouncer from team mate Josh Hazlewood and should be fit for the upcoming two-test series in Bangladesh, coach Darren Lehmann said on Wednesday.

Serena eyes 'outrageous' Australian Open return

Wed, 16 August 2017 16:45:13 +0800

Serena Williams aims to defend her Australian Open title next year, the American saying the rapid return to action would only give her around three months to prepare after giving birth to her first child.

Bacsinszky out of US Open with hand injury

Wed, 16 August 2017 16:30:09 +0800

Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky has withdrawn from the U.S. Open due to a lingering hand injury, the world number 24 has said.

Boks can continue revival in Rugby Championship

Wed, 16 August 2017 16:25:15 +0800

South Africa will seek to continue their recent revival in this year's Rugby Championship, a tournament that will reveal much about whether their shortcomings of 2016 can be consigned to history.

Rugby - No place like home for Argentina's squad

Wed, 16 August 2017 16:25:11 +0800

Argentina's decision not to call up Facundo Isa for the Rugby Championship may yet force a rethink in their selection policy but coach Daniel Hourcade is confident he has enough depth for this year's campaign.

Wallabies battling to win back the faith

Wed, 16 August 2017 16:20:12 +0800

Michael Cheika's rebuilding Wallabies suffered a blow to their confidence during the June internationals and may struggle to get it back when they start the Rugby Championship with back-to-back tests against the All Blacks.

All Blacks battle hardened and ready to prove point

Wed, 16 August 2017 16:20:08 +0800

WELLINGTON: New Zealand's failure to overcome the British and Irish Lions may end up being very bad news for their Rugby Championship rivals as the world champions look to wash away the bitter aftertaste of the drawn series over the next seven weeks. The All Blacks were not only unhappy at being ...

German minister calls for tough response to soccer violence

Wed, 16 August 2017 16:10:15 +0800

Germany's interior minister called for tough measures to crack down on soccer fans who commit violent acts, including stadium bans, after fireworks and fires disrupted a match in the Baltic city of Rostock on Monday.

Frustrated Williams raring to take on Wallabies in Sydney

Wed, 16 August 2017 14:50:14 +0800

The likely return of Sonny Bill Williams for New Zealand's Rugby Championship opener against Australia after a four-match ban on Saturday should be an opportunity for the centre to shake off more than a year of frustration.

Wales international Lawrence leaves Leicester for Derby

Wed, 16 August 2017 13:55:09 +0800

Welsh winger Tom Lawrence has moved to Championship side Derby County from Leicester City for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club have announced.

Golf: Bae swaps firing range for driving range ahead of return

Wed, 16 August 2017 16:20:40 +0800

SEOUL: Bae Sang-moon took his first steps back into civilian life on Wednesday after completing his mandatory stint in the South Korean military and the two-time PGA Tour winner is eager to get his golfing career back on track. The 31-year-old has spent the last 21 months as a rifleman in the army ...

And then there was one, last amigo Beale set for Wallabies return

Wed, 16 August 2017 11:05:09 +0800

Playmaker Kurtley Beale has declared himself fit for this weekend's Rugby Championship opener against New Zealand in what would be his first match for Australia for nearly two years.

Rebels poised to swoop for Wessels if Force fold

Wed, 16 August 2017 09:35:07 +0800

MELBOURNE: The Melbourne Rebels have targeted Western Force coach Dave Wessels as a potential replacement for the departed Tony McGahan if the Perth team lose their battle to stay in Super Rugby. The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Friday it would axe the Force from the competition, but the ...

SEA Games Football: Young Lions hope to rise above negativity ahead of crunch match against Malaysia

Wed, 16 August 2017 08:20:38 +0800

Aware of the online backlash against them, Team Singapore's footballers hope to cast all of that aside ahead of their group game against Malaysia in the 2017 SEA Games.

Chess: Kasparov suffers first loss in comeback event

Wed, 16 August 2017 16:17:31 +0800

ST LOUIS: Chess legend Garry Kasparov on Tuesday (Aug 15) suffered the first loss of his brief but highly anticipated comeback to the game, succumbing to fellow Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi and bringing his draw total to five. After three draws on Monday, the 54-year-old former world champion - who ...

Football: Own goal seals Liverpool win at Hoffenheim

Wed, 16 August 2017 05:32:48 +0800

BERLIN: Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are far from certain of a Champions League group stage berth despite their 2-1 win at Hoffenheim on Tuesday (Aug 15) in their play-off, first-leg. The result in south-west Germany leaves Klopp's Liverpool in pole position ahead of the return at Anfield on ...

Injured Barcelona skipper Iniesta to miss Super Cup return

Wed, 16 August 2017 04:15:16 +0800

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will miss their Spanish Super Cup second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday after suffering a thigh injury.

Everton agree deal for Swansea's Sigurdsson - reports

Wed, 16 August 2017 04:15:12 +0800

Everton have agreed a deal to sign Swansea City's Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee of about 45 million pounds, British media reported on Tuesday.

Venus overpowers Riske at Cincinnati Masters

Wed, 16 August 2017 04:00:20 +0800

Ninth-seeded Venus Williams used her powerful serve and pinpoint shot making to defeat fellow American Alison Riske 6-2 6-0 in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday.

West Bromwich sign midfielder Barry from Everton

Wed, 16 August 2017 04:00:12 +0800

LONDON: West Bromwich Albion have signed former England midfielder Gareth Barry on a one-year deal from Premier League rivals Everton, the Midlands club announced on Tuesday. The 36-year-old, who has also played for Aston Villa and Manchester City, moved for an undisclosed fee having turned down ...

Raonic latest to withdraw from Cincinnati tournament

Wed, 16 August 2017 03:45:20 +0800

Milos Raonic withdrew from the Western & Southern Cincinnati Open tennis tournament, pulling out on Tuesday due to a wrist injury.

Tennis: Raonic withdraws from Cincinnati with sore wrist

Wed, 16 August 2017 02:52:47 +0800

CINCINNATI: World number 10 Milos Raonic of Canada withdrew from the ATP Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday (Aug 15) with a left wrist injury, joining a list of high-profile absentees at the US Open tuneup. Raonic blamed the sore wrist for his first-match loss last week in Montreal to France's Adrian ...

Last two years have taken heavy toll on Murray, says mum Judy

Wed, 16 August 2017 01:50:14 +0800

The last two years on the relentless ATP Tour have taken their toll on Andy Murray, the three times grand slam champion's mum Judy told Reuters.

Football: Neymar becomes Handicap International ambassador

Wed, 16 August 2017 01:30:42 +0800

GENEVA: Neymar-mania, which has engulfed France, landed briefly in neighbouring Switzerland on Tuesday (Aug 15) where the Brazilian star became Handicap International's first-ever ambassador at a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva. Paris Saint-Germain's new prize acquisition told reporters ...

Tennis: Sharapova receives US Open wildcard

Wed, 16 August 2017 00:48:28 +0800

NEW YORK: Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova of Russia will play her first Grand Slam event since serving a 15-month doping suspension after receiving a wildcard on Tuesday (Aug 15) into the US Open. The move by the US Tennis Association (USTA) comes after Sharapova, ranked 148th this week ...

Spurs out to conquer their Wembley hoodoo

Wed, 16 August 2017 00:45:08 +0800

LONDON: Many years after Tottenham Hotspur fans sang their famous cup anthem about Ossie Ardiles's knees going all trembly on his way to Wembley, they hope their side overcome similar nerves as the stadium becomes their new home this weekend. On Sunday Spurs begin a season playing at England's ...

Water polo: Singapore women off to winning start at SEA Games

Wed, 16 August 2017 10:02:52 +0800

Casting aside the disappointment of 2015, Team Singapore took their first step towards regaining gold in women's water polo at the 2017 SEA Games with an opening victory against Indonesia.

Buffon, Messi and Ronaldo on UEFA player of the year shortlist

Tue, 15 August 2017 22:55:30 +0800

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon have been nominated for the UEFA's Player of the Year award, the sport's European governing body said on Tuesday.

Landa joins Movistar from Team Sky

Tue, 15 August 2017 22:50:16 +0800

Spanish rider Mikel Landa has left Team Sky and signed a two-year contract with rivals Movistar, the team's general manager said on Tuesday.

Zidane frustrated by Ronaldo's hefty punishment

Tue, 15 August 2017 21:50:12 +0800

Zinedine Zidane showed his anger over a five-match ban imposed on Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo for pushing the referee in Sunday's Spanish Super Cup first leg.

Former Man United defender Brown joins Indian side Kerala Blasters

Tue, 15 August 2017 21:05:26 +0800

Indian Super League's Kerala Blasters have signed former Manchester United defender Wes Brown ahead of the 2017-18 season, the Kochi-based franchise said on Tuesday.

England unsure what to expect as pink-ball cricket arrives

Tue, 15 August 2017 20:15:19 +0800

England's cricketers admit they will be taking a leap in the dark when the country hosts its first day-night test, with a pink ball, against the West Indies this week.

SEA Games stickers released on Facebook

Wed, 16 August 2017 04:59:00 +0800

From a motivational "do your best" to more local expressions like "cun lah", the 16 stickers can be used to illustrate statuses and comments. The pack went online on Monday (Aug 14).

Confusion over transfer dealings underlies Chelsea's woes

Tue, 15 August 2017 20:05:14 +0800

MANCHESTER, England: After a season in which they dominated the Premier League, winning the title by seven points, Chelsea are looking far from comfortable after just one game of the new campaign. The 3-2 loss to Burnley on Saturday, in a game where Chelsea ended with nine men on the field, was a ...

Taiwan or Chinese Taipei? 'Little Olympics' spotlights China row

Tue, 15 August 2017 19:18:22 +0800

Taiwan is about to host its largest ever sporting event, attracting thousands of athletes from around the world, but the World University Games, dubbed the "Little Olympics", has highlighted tensions with China and Taiwan's struggle for international recognition.

Soccer - Injured Tevez to return to China after Argentina treatment

Tue, 15 August 2017 17:35:16 +0800

Carlos Tevez has been granted a return to his native Argentina for treatment on a calf injury, but only after agreeing in writing to return to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua before the end of the month.

Boxing: Philippine fighters at risk in brain scan scam

Tue, 15 August 2017 16:54:21 +0800

A total of 150 professional boxers in the Philippines have been banned for falsifying brain scan results aimed at detecting serious head injuries in the sport, regulators said Tuesday.

Back to business as usual for All Blacks in Rugby Championship

Tue, 15 August 2017 15:10:10 +0800

The All Blacks juggernaut hit a road bump in the British and Irish Lions series but it should be back to business as usual for the world champions when they take on South Africa, Australia and Argentina in the Rugby Championship.

Cricket - Dhoni no automatic choice, says India chief selector

Tue, 15 August 2017 14:40:13 +0800

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no longer an automatic choice in one-day internationals and the former India captain needs to keep performing to be involved in the 2019 World Cup, chief selector MSK Prasad has said.

Cricket - India whitewash worst loss for Sri Lanka captain Chandimal

Tue, 15 August 2017 12:45:12 +0800

The 3-0 whitewash to India at home was the worst series loss Dinesh Chandimal has ever experienced, Sri Lanka's new test captain has said while apologising to the fans for the team's performance.

Philippines targets stronger showing at SEA Games despite domestic problems

Tue, 15 August 2017 12:30:38 +0800

Philippines has not topped the medal tally since 2005 when it last hosted the biennial meet but this year, it is looking to boost its standings.

Australian former Olympic champion Wooldridge dies

Tue, 15 August 2017 11:00:24 +0800

MELBOURNE: Australian cyclist Stephen Wooldridge, a former Olympic and world champion, has died at the age of 39. Wooldridge won a team pursuit gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and four world titles in the same event from 2002-06. Cycling New South Wales confirmed the cyclist's death in a ...

Tennis: Keys beats Vandeweghe again in Cincinnati

Tue, 15 August 2017 16:45:29 +0800

REUTERS: Madison Keys beat fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe for the second time in eight days with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory on Monday to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Open. Keys beat Vandeweghe in straight sets in the Stanford Classic final and while pushed a little harder on Monday, the ...

Rugby - Wallabies scrumhalf Genia signs two-year deal with Rebels

Tue, 15 August 2017 10:20:10 +0800

Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia has signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels in a major coup for the struggling Super Rugby club.

Woods had five drugs in system at time of DUI arrest - report

Tue, 15 August 2017 09:20:07 +0800

Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods had five different drugs in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in May, according to an ESPN report on Monday.

Premier League clubs mull closing transfer window early

Tue, 15 August 2017 07:55:09 +0800

LONDON: English Premier League clubs are set to discuss whether to shut the transfer window before the start of the 2018-19 season when they meet next month, British media have reported. Representatives from the 20 ­top-flight clubs are due to attend ­a shareholders meeting on September 7 with the ...

Tennis: Pliskova, Halep lead five-woman fight for number one

Tue, 15 August 2017 07:39:58 +0800

CINCINNATI: With sidelined Serena Williams about to have a baby, five players have a chance to grab the world number one ranking at this week's US Open tuneup event in Cincinnati. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion who announced her pregnancy and the end of her season in April, owned the top ...

Galatasaray swoop for West Ham winger Feghouli

Tue, 15 August 2017 07:15:11 +0800

Galatasaray have signed West Ham United winger Sofiane Feghouli on a five-year contract for 4.25 million euros (3.86 million pounds), the Turkish club announced on Monday.

Matsuyama announces marriage and fatherhood, surprising Japan

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

Hideki Matsuyama announced on Monday that he has been married since January and is now a father, news which caught Japanese media and fans by surprise.

Winning one major is a great year, says Spieth

Tue, 15 August 2017 05:45:24 +0800

A major season that began with the Masters favourite falling down stairs ended with one of the game’s best young players capturing the PGA Championship, a reminder of the ephemeral nature of the most unpredictable of sports.

Gavrilova hangs on to defeat Mladenovic at Cincinnati Open

Tue, 15 August 2017 05:10:14 +0800

Australian Daria Gavrilova shook off an uncertain second set to defeat France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-0 7-6(6) on Monday at the Cincinnati Open.

Chess: Kasparov ties Karjakin in first comeback match

Tue, 15 August 2017 06:03:04 +0800

ST. LOUIS: Twelve years after trading chess for politics, Garry Kasparov proved on Monday (Aug 14) that time hadn't dulled his edge as he battled to a draw with a fellow Russian half his age in the opening game of a hotly anticipated comeback. The 54-year-old Kasparov, whose genius has left a wide ...

Olympics - Ireland's Rio ticket agent was front for banned seller, says report

Tue, 15 August 2017 03:25:13 +0800

DUBLIN: The agent at the centre of an alleged scheme to illegally pass Ireland's tickets for the 2016 Rio Olympics to touts was "not genuine" and was used to hide the involvement of banned ticket reseller THG, a Irish government report said on Monday. The Olympic movement was rocked during the Rio ...

Tennis: Federer withdraws from Cincinnati, Nadal to become No. 1

Tue, 15 August 2017 00:40:38 +0800

CINCINNATI: Rafael Nadal was assured a return to world number one for the first time since July of 2014 on Monday (Aug 14) when 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer withdrew from this week's ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament. Third-ranked Federer said he injured his back in Montreal, where he ...

Federer's pullout from Cincinnati hands number one spot to Nadal

Tue, 15 August 2017 00:25:14 +0800

Roger Federer has pulled out of the Cincinnati Open with a back injury, meaning Rafa Nadal will be the new world number one in next week's rankings.

Lavezzi double keeps Hebei's Asian hopes alive

Tue, 15 August 2017 00:15:27 +0800

HONG KONG: - Ezequiel Lavezzi scored twice as Manuel Pellegrini's Hebei CFFC kept their hopes of a place in next year's Asian Champions League alive with a 2-0 win over Tianjin Teda on Monday evening. The Argentinian striker's brace moved Hebei up to fifth in the standings and just two points ...

Marathoner Soh Rui Yong given formal warning for 'repeatedly' breaching sponsorship rules

Tue, 15 August 2017 00:00:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Defending SEA Games marathon champion Soh Rui Yong was given a formal warning by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) after "repeatedly" breaching a rule that prohibits Team Singapore athletes from promoting their personal sponsors during the Games.   The rule is in effect ...

Football: Chinese owner completes Southampton takeover

Mon, 14 August 2017 23:30:20 +0800

LONDON: Chinese businessman Jisheng Gao has completed a takeover of Southampton, club owner Katharina Liebherr said in a letter to fans on Monday (Aug 14). "Following extensive and fruitful work, we are entering into a partnership with the Gao family and I am excited about what we will achieve ...

Busquets urges Barcelona to make signings after Madrid defeat

Mon, 14 August 2017 23:15:13 +0800

REUTERS: Sergio Busquets called on Barcelona to sign more players after the club's 3-1 Spanish Super Cup defeat by Real Madrid on Sunday. The defensive midfielder believes his team need to reinforce if they are to wrestle power back from their rivals Madrid, who won a Champions League and La Liga ...

Indian pair to play for English counties

Mon, 14 August 2017 22:15:25 +0800

Ravi Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara will play English county cricket this year ahead of India's tour next summer, India's chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said on Monday.

After showing its worst, Premier League shines

Mon, 14 August 2017 21:35:15 +0800

MANCHESTER, England: A player moaning about his 65,000 pounds a week salary; another handing in a transfer request 24 hours before the first game and suspicious injuries to players known to want to leave for bigger money elsewhere. The final week of build-up to the new Premier League season ...

Rugby - Bok flyhalf Pollard to miss Argentina test

Mon, 14 August 2017 21:30:11 +0800

Flyhalf Handre Pollard will have to wait at least one more week before making his return for South Africa after he was ruled not ready to face Argentina in the Springboks’ Rugby Championship opener at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

Football: Ronaldo handed five-match ban for referee push

Tue, 15 August 2017 00:41:48 +0800

MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday (Aug 14) for pushing the referee after being sent-off in Real Madrid's 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona. The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban ...

Football: Coutinho left out of Liverpool's travelling squad for Hoffenheim clash

Tue, 15 August 2017 00:38:26 +0800

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho was not included in the 22-man travelling squad for the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim, the Premier League club said on Monday (Aug 14). According to reports in British media, Barcelona target Coutinho ...

Davis hopeful Van Dijk will stay at Southampton

Mon, 14 August 2017 20:00:14 +0800

Southampton players would welcome Virgil van Dijk back with open arms despite the Dutch centre-back's transfer standoff with the Premier League club, midfielder Steven Davis has said.

Football: Barcelona begin spending spree with Paulinho

Tue, 15 August 2017 02:57:30 +0800

BARCELONA: Barcelona made Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho their first signing since banking a world record fee for Neymar on Monday (Aug 14) after agreeing a €40 million (US$47 million) fee with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. "Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an ...

Blue-blood battles: VIPs competing at the 2017 SEA Games

Tue, 15 August 2017 08:33:34 +0800

SINGAPORE: A princess and the son of a prince will add a dash of royal glitz to the regional sporting realm when they compete at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur this month of August. Past editions of the biennial multi-sport gala have also seen royalty square off ...

Cricket - Ruthless India complete 3-0 series sweep against Sri Lanka

Mon, 14 August 2017 18:15:10 +0800

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and paceman Mohammed Shami combined to help India crush Sri Lanka inside three days by an innings and 171 runs in the third and final test to complete a 3-0 series sweep on Monday. The beleaguered hosts were all out for 181 in their second ...

Athletics: Farah rebrands as 'Mohamed' for road career

Mon, 14 August 2017 18:11:28 +0800

British athletics great Mo Farah wants to be known as 'Mohamed' now that he is switching his focus to road racing, he has announced.

SEA Games: Malaysian Armed Forces deployed to maintain order, security

Mon, 14 August 2017 18:10:39 +0800

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 1,000 Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) officers and men will be deployed to maintain order and security during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) from Aug 19 to 30, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Monday (Aug 14).  Hishammuddin said ATM and police would team ...

Football: Singapore beaten 2-0 by Myanmar in SEA Games opener

Tue, 15 August 2017 17:42:19 +0800

A double from Myanmar striker Aung Thu has put a serious dent in Singapore's hopes of qualifying from their group and into the semi-finals.

Football: Chelsea treating me like a criminal, says Costa

Tue, 15 August 2017 00:39:22 +0800

LONDON: Diego Costa has accused Chelsea of treating him like a "criminal" in a forthright newspaper interview which will deepen the breach with the Premier League club. The striker is seeking a move back to Spain in the transfer window and has not played for Chelsea since the FA Cup final in May ...

All Blacks won't be caught out by rush defence again - Barrett

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

The British and Irish Lions used a rush defence to great effect in their drawn series against the All Blacks this year but flyhalf Beauden Barrett says the world champions will be ready to counter if the Wallabies adopt the same tactic on Saturday.

Cricket - Sri Lanka keen to visit Pakistan in September for T20

Mon, 14 August 2017 13:25:07 +0800

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka are keen to visit Pakistan in September, potentially becoming the first high-profile team to tour the country which has played most of its home international matches in the United Arab Emirates in the last eight years due to security situation. Gunmen attacked a bus carrying Sri ...

Golf - American Schubert wins US Amateur

Mon, 14 August 2017 13:05:19 +0800

REUTERS: American Sophia Schubert won the U.S. Amateur Championship on Sunday, beating Albane Valenzuela of Switzerland 6&5 in the 36-hole final at San Diego Country Club in southern California. Schubert, competing in her first U.S. Women’s Amateur, became the first player over the age of 19 to ...

Son's Spurs run-out boosts South Korea's World Cup hopes

Mon, 14 August 2017 12:30:10 +0800

South Korea's hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup have received a huge boost after talismanic forward Son Heung-min made a surprise appearance for English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Football: Dad Fandi backs Irfan, Ikhsan to spur Singapore's SEA Games medal hopes

Mon, 14 August 2017 19:59:58 +0800

SINGAPORE: When Ikhsan Fandi gets picked up from matches or training sessions by his father, he gets extra lessons in how to become a more clinical striker. The 18-year-old listens intently as Singapore’s legendary football icon Fandi Ahmad gives him tips on intelligent movement and finishing ...

Soccer - Alianza draw to earn first Peru league title in 11 years

Mon, 14 August 2017 11:05:21 +0800

LIMA: Alianza Lima won the Peruvian league on Sunday for the first time in 11 years after a 0-0 draw with Comerciantes Unidos gave them the point they needed to clinch the title. The result meant they finished three clear of second-placed Cultural Universidad Tecnica. It was Alianza's fifth ...

Athletics - Golden London run has triumphant Pearson eyeing Tokyo

Mon, 14 August 2017 11:00:14 +0800

Australia's Sally Pearson will reward herself with "volumes" of greasy food after winning her second 100 metres hurdles world championship but plans to keep herself in top shape in the long-term for a tilt at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Rugby - Force win reprieve, file appeal with Supreme Court

Mon, 14 August 2017 11:55:10 +0800

MELBOURNE: The Western Force have won an injunction order against a decision to axe the team from Super Rugby and lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court, setting up a costly legal battle the cash-strapped Australian Rugby Union (ARU) can ill afford. The ARU announced its intention to axe the ...

Golf: American Justin Thomas wins PGA Championship

Mon, 14 August 2017 07:45:27 +0800

CHARLOTTE: Justin Thomas made two spectacular birdies in the final six holes on Sunday (Aug 13) to win the PGA Championship, the 14th-ranked American taking his first major title in a back-nine shootout thriller. On a day that saw five players share the lead at one stage, Thomas fired a three ...

'Chess god' Kasparov returns to compete 12 years later

Mon, 14 August 2017 06:50:03 +0800

Kasparov utterly dominated the sport from 1985 to 2000. Since his withdrawal from a tournament in Linares, Spain in March 2005, the Russian's absence has left many chess fanatics feeling orphaned.

Tennis: Zverev stuns Federer to win Montreal Masters

Mon, 14 August 2017 06:36:42 +0800

MONTREAL: Alexander Zverev shocked second seed Roger Federer in straight sets in the Montreal Masters final to win his fifth title of the season on Sunday (Aug 13) and announce himself as a dangerman for the US Open. The 20-year-old German used his booming serve to overpower Federer 6-3, 6-4 as ...

Football: Lazio win Italian Super Cup

Mon, 14 August 2017 07:29:07 +0800

ROME: Lazio defeated Juventus for the first time in four years with a 3-2 triumph in the Italian Super Cup on Sunday (Aug 13) with victory secured by an injury-time goal from substitute Alessandro Murgia. Ciro Immobile gave Lazio a 2-0 lead with a 31st-minute penalty and 52nd-minute header before ...

Athletics: Bolt vows 'never again' after emotional London farewell

Mon, 14 August 2017 07:05:05 +0800

LONDON: Usain Bolt took an emotional final bow on the track at the end of the World Championships in London on Sunday (Aug 13) before declaring that, definitely and definitively, there was no way he would ever return to sprinting. After embarking on a special lap of honour so slow that you could ...