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Published: Sat, 25 November 2017 02:54:39 +0800


Salah has nothing to prove in Chelsea reunion - Klopp

Sat, 25 November 2017 02:15:15 +0800

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has nothing to prove when he faces his former employers Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend, his manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday.

Former Valencia president Orti dies aged 70

Sat, 25 November 2017 02:00:23 +0800

BARCELONA: Former Valencia president Jaume Orti, who presided over the club's last two Liga title wins in 2002 and 2004, has died aged 70 from lung cancer, the club said on Friday. "Valencia CF expresses its disbelief and its dearest condolences after the death of former club president Jaume Orti ...

Chairman Moshiri says Everton close to appointing manager

Sat, 25 November 2017 01:35:17 +0800

Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri has shortlisted three candidates and says he is close to the appointment of a new manager for the Premier League club.

Football: China U-20 team's German tour halted after Tibet protests

Sat, 25 November 2017 00:30:40 +0800

BERLIN: The China under-20 team's controversial tour of Germany has been suspended at least until the winter break following a row over the display of Tibetan flags, the German Football Association (DFB) announced on Friday (Nov 24). "We believe this adjournment is essential in order to give us ...

Football: Messi wins fourth European Golden Shoe award

Sat, 25 November 2017 00:10:39 +0800

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi insisted he was getting better with age after receiving the European Golden Shoe award for the fourth time on Friday (Nov 24). The 30-year-old Argentine won the prize for being the top scorer in Europe's leading leagues last season after netting 37 times for Barcelona. "I ...

In rare admission, Trump golfs (quickly) with Woods, Johnson

Sat, 25 November 2017 00:00:28 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he would tee off with professional golf stars Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, a rare admission from the putter-in-chief that he is taking time out for his favourite pastime.

Golf: Rose targets 'hot run' as Chawrasia extends Hong Kong Open lead

Fri, 24 November 2017 23:55:31 +0800

HONG KONG: Justin Rose targeted one "hot" run this weekend to claw his way back into the Hong Kong Open, as world number 231-ranked golfer SSP Chawrasia extended his lead on Friday (Nov 24). The Englishman, who won at Hong Kong in 2015, shot 69 in a turbulent round including six birdies on day two ...

Australia thrash Fiji to reach Rugby League World Cup final

Fri, 24 November 2017 23:46:27 +0800

BRISBANE: Australia cruised into the Rugby League World Cup final when they thrashed Fiji by 48 points in their semi-final in Brisbane on Friday (Nov 24). Kangaroos winger Valentine Holmes scored six tries as the home side annihilated the hapless Fijians 54-6. They will now play either England or ...

Formula One: Hamilton on top in Abu Dhabi with record lap time

Sat, 25 November 2017 01:45:59 +0800

ABU DHABI: A gold topped Lewis Hamilton topped the times with record speed on Friday (Nov 24) as he and Sebastian Vettel traded fastest laps in second practice for this weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. As both men and their Mercedes and Ferrari teams set about claiming the early ...

No stress as Goffin beats Pouille to put Belgium ahead

Fri, 24 November 2017 23:30:27 +0800

David Goffin gave visitors Belgium a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup final against France when he crushed Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-3 6-1 in the opening singles match on Friday.

IOC bans Russian bobsledders, speed skaters for Sochi doping

Fri, 24 November 2017 23:40:15 +0800

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday it had banned two Russian bobsledders, including double-gold-winning Alexander Zubkov, and two speed skaters for life from the Olympics over doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Skater Cheyenne Goh qualifies for Winter Olympics, a first for Singapore

Fri, 24 November 2017 22:10:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore will have an athlete competing at the Winter Olympics for the first time ever, the Singapore Ice Skating Association (SISA) said in a media release on Friday (Nov 24). Singaporean short-track speed skater Cheyenne Goh, 18, earned a spot in the 1500m event for Pyeongchang 2018 ...

Football: Man Utd's Fellaini sues New Balance over 'defective boots'

Fri, 24 November 2017 22:00:39 +0800

LONDON: Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini is suing sportswear giant New Balance for around £2 million (US$2.6 million) over "defective boots" that he says have had a negative impact on his performances. Rosalina Investments, which represents the Belgian international, said the boots had to be ...

Man United boss Mourinho fears Fellaini exit

Fri, 24 November 2017 21:05:25 +0800

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho fears that midfielder Marouane Fellaini will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season.

Bournemouth's Defoe to miss Swansea game with calf injury

Fri, 24 November 2017 21:05:20 +0800

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe will miss Saturday's trip to Swansea City in the Premier League after failing to recover from a calf injury, manager Eddie Howe said on Friday.

Soccer-Southampton's Lemina faces late test to be fit for Everton

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:10:34 +0800

Midfielder Mario Lemina faces a late fitness test to make Southampton's squad for Sunday's Premier League game with Everton, manager Mauricio Pellegrino said.

Atalanta thrashing shows scale of Everton's problems

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:00:22 +0800

LONDON: Everton were already enduring a poor season when they welcomed Italian side Atalanta to Goodison Park in the Europa League on Thursday but they reached a new nadir in a humbling 5-1 defeat. The match was a dead rubber for the Toffees given that they were already unable to qualify for the ...

Six-try Holmes steers Australia into World Cup final

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:00:18 +0800

BRISBANE: Australia winger Valentine Holmes kept up his record-breaking exploits with six tries as the Kangaroos blew away Fiji 54-6 on Friday to set up a Rugby League World Cup final against England or Tonga. Winger Holmes set a World Cup record with five tries in last week's quarter-final ...

Hamilton fastest in Abu Dhabi practise

Fri, 24 November 2017 23:30:19 +0800

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the pace in opening practice for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday with Lewis Hamilton second fastest for Formula One champions Mercedes.

Chawrasia extends lead in Hong Kong

Fri, 24 November 2017 19:50:15 +0800

REUTERS: India's SSP Chawrasia forged a two-shot lead at the Hong Kong Open on Friday, overcoming buffeting winds to card a four-under-par 66 in the second round at Fanling. The 39-year-old, searching for his first European Tour victory away from home soil, extended his one-shot overnight lead at ...

Hartley collects fourth penalty in four races

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:55:11 +0800

ABU DHABI: New Zealander Brendon Hartley will start his fourth race in Formula One with a fourth grid penalty after his Toro Rosso team replaced part of his car's Renault power unit for Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 28-year-old double world endurance champion and Le Mans 24 ...

Ashwin takes four as Sri Lanka all out for 205

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:50:23 +0800

REUTERS: Sri Lanka were dismissed for 205 in their first innings against India after opting to bat on the first day of the second test in Nagpur on Friday. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler for the hosts with four for 67. Paceman Ishant Sharma and left-arm spinner ...

UFC targets Asia with Shanghai fight card

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:50:21 +0800

SHANGHAI: Fighters and fans in Asia are relishing the prospect of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's first visit to mainland China, with a 12-fight card showcasing a lot of local talent set for a sell-out in Shanghai on Saturday. The UFC continues its global expansion with a card featuring an ...

Brighton can cause Man United upset, says Hughton

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:50:18 +0800

Brighton and Hove Albion must perform at a very high level and be fearless if they are to end Manchester United's unbeaten home record with a shock win, the promoted side's manager Chris Hughton said ahead of Saturday's Premier League game.

Southampton v Everton - fans' view

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:05:09 +0800

LONDON: Southampton host Everton at St Mary's on Sunday as Mauricio Pellegrino searches for his first league win since October. Everton, who are still yet to appoint a permanent manager after the departure of Ronald Koeman, are winless in 14 away league matches, their second-longest run in the ...

Alcantara out for 'lengthy period' with thigh injury

Fri, 24 November 2017 17:35:15 +0800

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining a thigh injury during Wednesday's 2-1 Champions League win over RSC Anderlecht, the German champions said on Thursday.

Ederson confident Manchester City can win at Huddersfield

Fri, 24 November 2017 17:15:11 +0800

Premier League leaders Manchester City will face a tough challenge when they travel to Huddersfield Town on Sunday but have the strength to continue their stellar winning run, goalkeeper Ederson has said.

Burnley's home record will unsettle Arsenal, says Lowton

Fri, 24 November 2017 16:55:32 +0800

Burnley have established a reputation for being hard to beat at home and Arsenal will not be looking forward to their trip to Turf Moor on Saturday, defender Matt Lowton has said.

South Korea UFC fighter jailed for match-fixing

Fri, 24 November 2017 16:30:39 +0800

SEOUL: South Korean mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Bang Tae-hyun on Thursday (Nov 23) received a 10-month jail sentence for his involvement in a match-fixing scam. Bang was found guilty of taking a bribe of 100 million won (US$92,160) from match-fixers in exchange for promising to throw an ...

Pot-smoking Japanese snowboarders set for Olympic reprieve

Fri, 24 November 2017 16:15:39 +0800

Two Japanese snowboarders banned last year after being found guilty of puffing marijuana could be cleared to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics, ski officials said Friday.

West Ham boss Moyes defends Carroll over aerial duels

Fri, 24 November 2017 15:45:09 +0800

West Ham United manager David Moyes believes Andy Carroll is being unfairly punished by referees when he contests high balls and says there is no malicious intent in the towering forward's technique.

Herbert leads Day by one shot at Australian Open

Fri, 24 November 2017 15:20:15 +0800

A charging Jason Day drilled a birdie putt just wide of the 18th hole and had to settle for second place behind young compatriot Lucas Herbert at the halfway stage of the Australian Open on Friday.

Mata keen to extend long-term Manchester United stay

Fri, 24 November 2017 15:10:18 +0800

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is enjoying life at the club and says he is open to extending his four-year stay at Old Trafford.

Stonewall Smith drags Australia back from brink

Fri, 24 November 2017 16:40:10 +0800

BRISBANE: Captain Steve Smith frustrated England with a fighting half-century and pushed Australia to 165 for four at the close of a see-sawing day two, rescuing the hosts after a top order collapse in the series-opening Ashes test in Brisbane on Friday. With his team in peril at 76 for four ...

Pacquiao calls out McGregor for #realboxingmatch

Fri, 24 November 2017 13:10:39 +0800

MANILA: Manny Pacquiao threw down the gauntlet to Conor McGregor - and took a dig at Floyd Mayweather - as he promised to give the mixed martial arts star a "real boxing match". McGregor lost a megabucks fight in August against the unbeaten Mayweather, who defeated Pacquiao in their disappointing ...

Spieth fails to cash in as putter splutters in Sydney

Fri, 24 November 2017 13:00:12 +0800

Jordan Spieth failed to cash in on his early start to the second round of the Australian Open on Friday but the world number two still feels he is very much in the hunt to retain the Stonehaven Cup over the weekend.

Alpine skiing: Skiers prepare for emotional World Cup opener

Fri, 24 November 2017 13:00:39 +0800

LOS ANGELES: The death of France's two-time Olympian David Poisson will weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of downhill ski racers as they start their season on Saturday (Nov 25) in Lake Louise, Canada. Poisson, a downhill bronze medalist at the 2013 World Championships, was killed after he lost ...

Ashwin takes four as Sri Lanka are bowled out for 205

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:00:15 +0800

REUTERS: Ravichandran Ashwin spearheaded a dominant bowling display by India, taking four wickets as they dismissed Sri Lanka for 205 after the visitors had won the toss and opted to bat on the first day of the second test in Nagpur on Friday. The off-spinner took 4-67 while paceman Ishant Sharma ...

Football: Singapore moves up to 170 on FIFA rankings, edges past Malaysia

Fri, 24 November 2017 12:00:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: Despite two successive losses in November, Singapore moved up three places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday (Nov 23). The Lions fell to their lowest-ever position in October’s FIFA ranking list when they placed at 173. November’s ranking sees the national team tied at ...

Sydney to splurge AUS$ 2billion on stadium rebuilds

Fri, 24 November 2017 11:35:09 +0800

SYDNEY: Sydney's two main rectangular stadiums, the Olympic Stadium and Sydney Football Stadium, are to be demolished and rebuilt at a cost of around AUS$2 billion (1.15 billion pounds) , the New South Wales government announced on Friday. The 80,000-seater Olympic Stadium was built as the main ...

Sydney in multi-billion-dollar stadium splurge

Fri, 24 November 2017 11:00:38 +0800

SYDNEY: Sydney's two biggest stadiums will be torn down and rebuilt in a major A$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) redevelopment, the state government said Friday (Nov 24), in a controversial move that critics called a waste of money. The 83,500-capacity ANZ Stadium - completed in 1999 for Sydney's ...

Tomic offered spot in Australian Open wild card playoff

Fri, 24 November 2017 10:35:10 +0800

Bernard Tomic has been offered the chance to win a wild card for January's Australian Open in a 16-man playoff in Melbourne next month but has not said whether he will take up the place, organisers said on Friday.

Iran allows women to compete internationally

Fri, 24 November 2017 07:50:10 +0800

LONDON: Women weightlifters from Iran will be allowed to compete internationally for the first time, the president of the country's weightlifting federation said on Thursday. In a sign of changing attitudes, Saudi Arabia also confirmed the setting up of a women's programme, opening the way to the ...

World Rugby council set for female influx

Fri, 24 November 2017 05:11:22 +0800

DUBLIN: World Rugby's council will be at least one-third female from next year, the global governing body said as it announced a "transformational" change on Thursday (Nov 23). The move will see the 32-strong council increased to 49 members, with all the 17 new representatives women. However, a ...

Football: Arsenal lose at Cologne, Milan make last 32

Fri, 24 November 2017 06:42:50 +0800

PARIS: Arsene Wenger's Arsenal secured top spot in Europa League Group H on Thursday (Nov 23) despite slumping to a 1-0 defeat at Cologne, while AC Milan reached the last 32 by thrashing Austria Vienna. Frenchman Wenger made 11 changes to the team that beat Tottenham Hotspur in last weekend's ...

Football: Brazilian striker Robinho handed nine-year term for rape

Fri, 24 November 2017 06:37:33 +0800

ROME: Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy on Thursday (Nov 23) after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports. The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when Robinho was playing for Milan in Serie A. He was ...

Wallabies' Cheika warned over angry outbursts

Fri, 24 November 2017 03:15:09 +0800

Rugby coach Michael Cheika has been warned about his future conduct by the game's global governing body but will not face sanction following a number of angry outbursts during Australia's 30-6 loss to England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Alpine skiing - Men's downhill training cancelled again at Lake Louise

Fri, 24 November 2017 03:25:07 +0800

REUTERS: Training ahead of the opening World Cup men's downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta was cancelled for a second consecutive day due to wet and soft weather conditions, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said on Thursday. Another training run is scheduled for Friday at the Canadian resort in ...

Brotherly love for All Blacks as Read ruled out against Wales

Fri, 24 November 2017 01:50:12 +0800

Lock Sam Whitelock will captain New Zealand against Wales on Saturday, taking over from injured number eight Kieran Read, who has been replaced in the side by Whitelock’s brother Luke.

Lambert confident Southampton's fortunes will change

Fri, 24 November 2017 01:40:20 +0800

Southampton are suffering a blip in form but former striker Rickie Lambert believes it will be only a matter of time before Mauricio Pellegrino's squad improve in the Premier League.

Palace boss says points not Niasse ban would help team out of basement

Fri, 24 November 2017 01:45:08 +0800

The Football Association's retrospective ban on Everton striker Oumar Niasse for "diving" against Crystal Palace will make it harder to get the Premier League's bottom side out of their current predicament, manager Roy Hodgson said on Thursday.

Man United greats Giggs, Scholes sign up for Vietnam's World Cup drive

Fri, 24 November 2017 00:40:14 +0800

Manchester United greats Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes will kick-start plans by Vietnam to secure World Cup qualification for the cream of the country's next generation of players.

Rugby - Gatland says Wales have no fear ahead of New Zealand clash

Fri, 24 November 2017 00:35:10 +0800

Warren Gatland says the fear that once gripped Welsh sides when facing New Zealand will not be there at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday when his side aim to end a 64-year wait for success against the All Blacks.

Pochettino says no problem between him and Rose

Fri, 24 November 2017 00:30:15 +0800

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has played down talk of a rift between himself and full back Danny Rose after the England international was left out of last week's north London derby against Arsenal.

Golf: Day outshines bogey man Spieth in Sydney

Fri, 24 November 2017 00:00:39 +0800

SYDNEY: Jason Day made a spectacular return to the Australian Open on Thursday (Nov 23), finishing the first round three shots off the lead as defending champion Jordan Spieth struggled in tricky conditions. Day, playing his national open for the first time in four years, made the most of his ...

Everton agree lease for new stadium site

Thu, 23 November 2017 23:50:19 +0800

LONDON: Everton's move to a new stadium edged a little closer when the Premier League club formally signed an agreement to lease land at the proposed Bramley Moore Dock site on Thursday. The 200-year lease, for a 'peppercorn' rent, is still conditional upon the club gaining consent and securing a ...

Golf: Fitzpatrick thrives, Garcia falters in Hong Kong Open

Thu, 23 November 2017 23:40:40 +0800

HONG KONG: England's rising star Matthew Fitzpatrick enjoyed a fine start to the new European Tour on Thursday (Nov 23), firing a four-under par round as Sergio Garcia struggled in testing conditions at the Hong Kong Open. Playing in a group with compatriot Tommy Fleetwood and defending champion ...

Injury rules out Henshaw as Ireland go for clean sweep

Thu, 23 November 2017 23:10:22 +0800

Centre Robbie Henshaw will miss Ireland's final November test series game against Argentina on Saturday with a hamstring injury, allowing Munster's Chris Farrell to keep his place after making his debut in last week's win over Fiji.

Five memorable Southampton v Everton matches

Thu, 23 November 2017 23:10:18 +0800

Southampton and Everton meet for the 97th time in all competitions on Sunday. We look at some notable clashes.

Swansea's Abraham doubtful for Bournemouth game with back problem

Thu, 23 November 2017 23:05:29 +0800

Swansea forward Tammy Abraham is doubtful for Saturday's Premier League game against Bournemouth with a back problem but strike partner Wilfried Bony is set to make his first start in nearly two months, manager Paul Clement has said.

Rugby - Boks lose strongman Marx for Italy showdown

Thu, 23 November 2017 22:50:10 +0800

REUTERS: South Africa will be without injured hooker Malcolm Marx for their revenge mission against Italy in Padua on Saturday, handing a first test start to Bongi Mbonambi. Marx has been a standout performer for the Springboks in 2017 with his strength at the scrum and ferocity in the loose, both ...

Rugby - Trinh-Duc starts for reshaped France against Japan

Thu, 23 November 2017 22:20:17 +0800

Scrumhalf Baptiste Serin and flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc will start France's final November test against Japan at the brand new U-Arena, among eight changes by coach Guy Noves after defeats against New Zealand and South Africa.

Rugby - Licata gets first start as Italy seek repeat win over South Africa

Thu, 23 November 2017 22:15:11 +0800

REUTERS: Highly-rated flanker Giovanni Licata will make his first start for Italy as one of two changes to their side for the meeting with South Africa in Padua on Saturday. Licata, 20, came off the bench in the victory over Fiji and defeat to Argentina this month, but has been drafted into the ...

Hamilton mourns end of good-looking era for F1

Thu, 23 November 2017 23:30:16 +0800

Formula One faces an uglier future after Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with the 'halo' head protection device due to be introduced in 2018, four times world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday.

FA to fund study into possible link between heading and dementia

Thu, 23 November 2017 21:05:14 +0800

LONDON: An English study into whether heading a football can cause brain trauma will begin in January, investigating an issue that has been widely debated since the activity was blamed for contributing to a former star striker's dementia. A BBC documentary presented by former England captain Alan ...

World Rugby ramps up women's representation

Thu, 23 November 2017 20:40:12 +0800

At least a third of the members of the World Rugby Council will be women from next year, the sport's governing body announced on Thursday as a part of a push to further gender equality at all levels of the organisation.

Reborn Valencia face Barca in early Liga title showdown

Thu, 23 November 2017 20:25:16 +0800

BARCELONA: Valencia have gone from being the laughing stock of La Liga a year ago to becoming the main challengers to Barcelona in the title race and face the biggest test of their credentials when they host Ernesto Valverde's leaders on Sunday. Valencia, the six times Liga champions who last ...

Sharing match fees is not a decision for players - England's Cole

Thu, 23 November 2017 20:15:17 +0800

World Rugby and the national unions should rule on whether a team can donate a portion of their match fees to an opponent rather than leaving the players to decide, England prop Dan Cole has said ahead of Saturday's game against Samoa.

International authorities to blame for Sochi Games doping scandal - Russia

Thu, 23 November 2017 20:10:15 +0800

The International Olympic Committee and anti-doping authorities are to blame for a Russian doping scandal that tarnished the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday.

Golf - Chawrasia grabs Hong Kong lead in windy conditions

Thu, 23 November 2017 19:35:21 +0800

HONG Kong: India's SSP Chawrasia mastered windy conditions to grab the first-round lead at the Hong Kong Open with a superb five-under-par 65 in the co-sanctioned event on Thursday. Starting on the 11th hole, the six-time Asian Tour winner dropped a lone shot on the fifth but sank his sixth birdie ...

France drop Benneteau, Mahut for Davis Cup final

Thu, 23 November 2017 20:10:09 +0800

Doubles specialists Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau have been omitted from the France team to play Belgium in the Davis Cup final starting on Friday.

Cricket - India see a back-up all-rounder in Shankar, says Kohli

Thu, 23 November 2017 19:30:19 +0800

India plan to groom rookie Vijay Shankar as a back-up pace bowling all-rounder with an eye on future overseas tours, skipper Virat Kohli said on the eve of the second test against Sri Lanka beginning in Nagpur on Friday.

Indonesia basketball players fixed games 'to pay their salaries'

Thu, 23 November 2017 19:09:27 +0800

JAKARTA: Eight Indonesian pro-basketball players and a team official have been banned for life over match-fixing, the league said Thursday (Nov 23), reportedly to help their cash-strapped squad pay salaries. The members of Siliwangi Bandung, one of a dozen teams in the Indonesian Basketball league ...

Supermom and The Leech: MMA grabs a foothold in China

Thu, 23 November 2017 19:05:19 +0800

Her toothy smile and "Supermom" nickname may not seem very intimidating, but that changes when Chinese mixed martial artist Miao Jie steps into the cage.

Rugby - George and Care start as England ring the changes for Samoa

Thu, 23 November 2017 18:50:17 +0800

Hooker Jamie George will finally make his first start for England after 19 appearances off the bench as coach Eddie Jones on Thursday unveiled a much-changed side to face Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday.

Golf - Casey's Ryder Cup hopes receive EurAsia boost

Thu, 23 November 2017 17:45:14 +0800

European Team captain Thomas Bjorn tapped into Paul Casey's vast match play experience on Thursday in naming the Englishman as one of his two wildcard selections for January's EurAsia Cup against hosts Asia.

Everton will be lifted by return of key players - Unsworth

Thu, 23 November 2017 17:10:14 +0800

Everton are looking forward to the return of key players Yannick Bolasie, James McCarthy and Ross Barkley from injury layoffs with interim manager David Unsworth saying the trio were close to full fitness.

Ruhr derby is last-chance saloon for Dortmund's Bosz

Thu, 23 November 2017 17:05:13 +0800

Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz arrived in Germany at the start of the season pledging attractive, attacking football but his time could run out as soon as Saturday if his side fail to beat bitter rivals Schalke 04 in the Ruhr valley derby.

MMA: Pro grapplers and local fighters promise to excite at ONE: Immortal Pursuit

Thu, 23 November 2017 16:50:39 +0800

Headlining Friday's (Nov 24) MMA event will be undefeated Ben Askren's last professional fight, while Singaporeans Amir Khan, May Ooi and Tiffany Teo will be aiming for wins at the Indoor Stadium.

Chelsea showing great character this season, says Conte

Thu, 23 November 2017 15:55:14 +0800

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is pleased with the way his side have reacted to setbacks this season and says the players have shown great character to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

Davis soars, Day lurks, Spieth falters in Australian wind

Thu, 23 November 2017 15:50:20 +0800

Young local Cameron Davis upstaged Jordan Spieth and Jason Day by shooting an eight-under-par 63 in benign morning conditions for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Leicester boss Puel cautious of West Ham reaction under Moyes

Thu, 23 November 2017 15:20:16 +0800

Claude Puel says his Leicester City side must be wary of a reaction from West Ham United in Friday's Premier League clash following the appointment of David Moyes as manager.

Secondary role at Man City not frustrating, says Toure

Thu, 23 November 2017 14:10:10 +0800

REUTERS: Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure remains content at the club despite being relegated to a bit-part role with the Premier League leaders this season. The Ivorian, instrumental to City's success in recent years, has been limited to just two substitute appearances in the league, two ...

'Never take a backward step', Socceroos laud Postecoglou legacy

Thu, 23 November 2017 13:10:14 +0800

REUTERS: Tim Cahill led the way as a host of Socceroos paid tribute to the contribution coach Ange Postecoglou made to Australian football after his abrupt resignation as coach of the national team seven months before the World Cup. The 52-year-old stood down on Wednesday after taking Australia to ...

Hamilton targets season-ending F1 win as pack scramble for points

Thu, 23 November 2017 10:58:37 +0800

ABU DHABI: Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team will be aiming to end an already-triumphant season on a high while the chasing pack scrap for points, positions and prize money at this weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Much more than pride will be at stake for the middle and lower order ...

Australia rally to restrict England in Ashes opener

Thu, 23 November 2017 18:00:09 +0800

BRISBANE: Australia fought back with two late wickets to restrict England to 196 for four and leave the Ashes series-opener delicately poised on Thursday after the tourists' unheralded batsmen threatened to dominate an intriguing first day. Ashes debutantes Mark Stoneman and James Vince had ...

Liverpool's in-form Salah poses threat to old club Chelsea

Thu, 23 November 2017 10:15:10 +0800

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah could be excused for celebrating a little more loudly than normal if he scores against Chelsea in the standout clash in the Premier League this weekend.

South Korea considers scrapping exercise with US for Olympics - Yonhap

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:55:22 +0800

South Korea is considering scrapping a regular military exercise with U.S. forces next year to minimise the risk of an aggressive North Korean reaction during the Winter Olympics in the South, the Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday.

Nigeria to take exciting crop of young talent to Russia

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:50:20 +0800

CAPE TOWN: Nigeria are the only one of Africa's five representatives from the last World Cup who return for the 2018 edition in Russia and will be looking to better their place in the last 16 in Brazil. A crop of exciting youngsters headline a team representing Africa’s most populous nation and ...

Coachless Australia wrangle with a finishing problem

Thu, 23 November 2017 09:55:31 +0800

Australia will head into a second World Cup in a row with a newly-appointed coach next year in the wake of Ange Postecoglou's resignation a week after qualification was assured.

Japan saddled with big World Cup hopes

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:50:13 +0800

They might be in the weakest pot, but expectation will be high in Japan when they compete in their sixth successive World Cup next summer.

Senegal's new generation ready show World Cup what it's been missing

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:45:31 +0800

Senegal's only prior appearance at a World Cup came in 2002 when they beat holders France in the opening game before going on to reach the quarter-finals, and while that golden era has come and gone a new generation of talent is set to take Russia by storm.

Decades of disappointment ends as Egypt discover Holy Grail

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:45:26 +0800

Egypt have finally found their Holy Grail, overcoming the disappointment of decades of heartbreaking failure to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990.

Panama World Cup bow owes much to old hands and Gomez magic

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:45:22 +0800

If your country's national team has never qualified for the World Cup, they could do worse than appoint Hernan Dario Gomez as coach.

Tunisia looking for first World Cup win since 1978

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:45:17 +0800

Tunisia were handed a relatively easy passage to their fifth World Cup but they went through the African preliminaries with a proficiency that augurs well for next year's finals in Russia.

Will the real South Korea please stand up?

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:45:13 +0800

South Korea have followed a dismal qualifying campaign with some morale-boosting friendly performances against quality opposition so it is anyone's guess which side will show up for the World Cup next year.

Saudi Arabia target return to past glories in Russia

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:40:20 +0800

REUTERS: Saudi Arabia make their return to the World Cup finals for the first time since 2006 aiming to recapture the country's glory days. The Saudis reached the knockout phase in their first appearance at the tournament in the United States in 1994 when Saeed Owairan's 80-yard run culminated in ...

Andersson springs surprise to take Sweden to Russia

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:40:18 +0800

Sweden manager Jan Andersson and his players have stunned pundits at home by overcoming some sizeable hurdles to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, beating Italy in a thrilling playoff to make it to the finals for the first time since 2006.

Brazil back in the mix as memories of 7-1 rout fade

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:40:13 +0800

Brazil head to Russia in better shape than anyone could have imagined after their 7-1 mauling by Germany in 2014 and with new coach Tite having turned the team around there is every reason to believe they can add to their record five World Cup crowns.

Costa Rica's familiar faces look for repeat of Brazil upsets

Thu, 23 November 2017 08:40:09 +0800

REUTERS: Costa Rica were one of the major surprises of the 2014 World Cup and will head to Russia for next year's tournament with largely the same squad of players having easily qualified from the CONCACAF region. Little was expected of the 'Ticos' in Brazil after they were drawn in a group with ...