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Published: Fri, 19 January 2018 23:16:30 +0800


Kerber revival meets Sharapova roadblock as Melbourne cools

Fri, 19 January 2018 23:10:27 +0800

Angelique Kerber's recent revival faces its toughest test in the shape of Maria Sharapova when the only two former Australian Open champions in the women's draw clash in round three on Saturday.

Howe wants Bournemouth to draw inspiration from Arsenal win

Fri, 19 January 2018 22:10:14 +0800

Bournemouth must take inspiration from last weekend's battling Premier League victory over Arsenal when they travel to West Ham United on Saturday, manager Eddie Howe said.

Former world champion Fury regains licence

Fri, 19 January 2018 21:55:11 +0800

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is free to box again after the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) lifted his suspension subject to medical clearance.

Dimitrov learning to manage the off-days

Fri, 19 January 2018 21:50:19 +0800

MELBOURNE: A key to becoming a grand slam champion is managing the off-days that are almost inevitable in a two-week tournament - a skill Grigor Dimitrov showed to good effect on Friday. The 26-year-old was not at his best against feisty young Russian Andrey Rublev, winning the Australian Open ...

Olympics - Same gold medal favourites for women's ice hockey, same questions

Fri, 19 January 2018 21:25:23 +0800

It has been 20 years since women's ice hockey became part of the Olympic programme but those playing the game at the highest level are still stick-handling around the same old question.

Olympics - 1928 silver medallist Marangoni dies at 102

Fri, 19 January 2018 21:00:25 +0800

MILAN: Carla Marangoni, whose silver medal at the 1928 Olympic games made her the oldest living Olympic medallist, has died at the age of 102, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said on Friday. CONI said that Marangoni, who competed in the team gymnastics, was the only surviving participant of ...

Ruthless Nadal storms past Dzumhur

Fri, 19 January 2018 20:55:11 +0800

MELBOURNE: Top seed Rafael Nadal stormed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a bludgeoning 6-1 6-3 6-1 defeat of Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur on Friday. Melbourne's heatwave had relented by the time the 31-year-old Nadal walked on Margaret Court Arena, but the Spaniard was on fire as he ...

Games - Shooters up in arms over Birmingham 2022 exclusion

Fri, 19 January 2018 20:40:08 +0800

LONDON: Shooters are up in arms over a decision not to include their Olympic sport in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games programme. Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive David Grevemberg confirmed on Friday that shooting, classified as an optional sport, would not feature. The ...

Football: Brazil great Pele collapses with exhaustion

Fri, 19 January 2018 21:18:11 +0800

Brazilian soccer great Pele has collapsed with exhaustion and been forced to cancel a long-planned trip to London this weekend, the Football Writers Association (FWA) said on Friday.

Easy win gives England 2-0 series lead over Australia

Fri, 19 January 2018 19:55:09 +0800

REUTERS: England's top order fired in unison to give them a four-wicket win in the second one-day international against Australia on Friday as Aaron Finch's second straight hundred for the hosts could not prevent them falling 2-0 behind in the series. Chasing 271 for victory in Brisbane, England ...

I will be judged on goals, says new Everton striker Walcott

Fri, 19 January 2018 19:25:38 +0800

Everton striker Theo Walcott said on Friday that he will be judged on his ability to score regularly for his new club.

Goggia delights home crowd in Cortina downhill

Fri, 19 January 2018 19:20:20 +0800

Italian Sofia Goggia won a second successive women's downhill in front of an elated home crowd, with the American duo of Lindsey Vonn and overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin also enjoying a podium finish in a thrilling race on Friday.

Las Palmas coach 'treated me like piece of shit' - Remy

Fri, 19 January 2018 19:15:16 +0800

Former Chelsea striker Loic Remy has said Las Palmas coach Paco Jemez treated him "like a piece of shit" in removing him from the struggling La Liga side's squad for arriving one minute late to a team dinner.

Staveley remains keen to buy Newcastle

Fri, 19 January 2018 18:20:10 +0800

British businesswoman Amanda Staveley remains keen to buy Newcastle United despite no progress in takeover talks with owner Mike Ashley since an offer in November.

Team Sky should suspend Froome, says UCI chief

Fri, 19 January 2018 18:05:13 +0800

Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome until an investigation into his failed drugs test for an asthma medication is over, according to International Cycling Union (UCI) president David Lappartient.

Japan Olympic boss blasts drink-spiking canoeist

Fri, 19 January 2018 17:29:14 +0800

TOKYO: Japan's Olympic chief has slammed a top canoeist for spiking a rival's drink with a banned substance to scuttle his Tokyo 2020 selection hopes, describing his act as "unthinkable". The Japan Anti-doping Agency last week banned Yasuhiro Suzuki for eight years for putting a prohibited muscle ...

Ski jumpers take to the skies at world champs

Fri, 19 January 2018 17:08:00 +0800

BERLIN: Man's desire to fly will touch reality this weekend when the best ski jumpers meet at the world ski flying championships in Germany, with leaps of around 250 metres expected. Slovenia's Peter Prevc covered 240 metres in a single jump on his way to winning the individual title at the last ...

Sapporo 'ready now' for 2026 Winter Games: Japan Olympic chief

Fri, 19 January 2018 17:05:47 +0800

TOKYO: The Japanese city of Sapporo would not need to construct a single competition venue in a potential bid to host the 2026 Winter Games, Japan's top Olympic official said Friday (Jan 19). Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) president Tsunekazu Takeda said the snow-swept northern city could make ...

Masters champion Garcia's 2018 campaign off to good start

Fri, 19 January 2018 16:35:29 +0800

Masters champion Sergio Garcia got his 2018 campaign off to a good start at the Singapore Open on Thursday, firing a five-under-par 66 to share the lead.

Failed ski resort looms over Pyeongchang Games' legacy

Fri, 19 January 2018 15:59:03 +0800

HEUL-RI, South Korea: Only an hour's drive from the Winter Olympics venues in South Korea, a stained mattress lies in an abandoned ski resort, a possible harbinger of the gleaming new facilities' fate. The Alps Ski Resort was one of the country's first winter sports destinations, attracting tens ...

Tennis - Physically extraordinary Djokovic is battle ready, says Agassi

Fri, 19 January 2018 15:25:24 +0800

Novak Djokovic is "physically extraordinary" and can emulate Roger Federer by winning the Australian Open in his first tournament for six months, mentor Andre Agassi said on Friday.

Tennis - Ruthless teacher Svitolina ends Kostyuk's dream debut

Fri, 19 January 2018 15:25:19 +0800

MELBOURNE: Elina Svitolina showed not an ounce of sentiment as she gave 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk a 59-minute lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the fourth round of the Australia Open for the first time on Friday. Qualifier Kostyuk became the youngest player to reach the third round ...

Football: Ankle injury makes Palace's Loftus-Cheek doubtful for World Cup

Fri, 19 January 2018 15:25:56 +0800

London: Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek appears doubtful for the World Cup in Russia after club manager Roy Hodgson said the player's ankle injury is worse than initially thought and may necessitate surgery. The 21-year-old England international, on loan from Chelsea, has not played ...

Australian Open players fry as Melbourne heatwave continues

Fri, 19 January 2018 14:20:14 +0800

The Australian Open's extreme heat policy came under increasing scrutiny on Friday as players struggled through a second consecutive day of 40 degree Celsius (104 F) heat at Melbourne Park.

Tennis - Birthday girl Martic reaches last 16 in Melbourne

Fri, 19 January 2018 13:15:15 +0800

Croatia's Petra Martic celebrated her 26th birthday in style by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.

After medal first, female Indian skier aims for Olympic summit

Fri, 19 January 2018 12:45:43 +0800

NEW DELHI: She has already defied the odds in a country fixated on cricket rather than the slopes to win India's first international skiing medal - but Aanchal Thakur insists she is just getting started. The 21-year-old dreams of following her older brother Himanshu to compete in the Winter ...

Tennis - Edmund outlasts Basilashvili in brutal heat

Fri, 19 January 2018 12:25:18 +0800

Britain's Kyle Edmund overcame Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in a brutal three-and-a-half hour contest to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time on Friday.

Olympics: South Korea short track coach suspended over 'assault'

Fri, 19 January 2018 12:02:38 +0800

SEOUL: A South Korean women's short track speed skating coach has been suspended just weeks before the country hosts the Winter Olympics, officials said, with reports saying he hit Sochi gold medallist Shim Suk-Hee. South Korea is a dominant power in short track, particularly its women, but has ...

Football: Barcelona stay calm after seeing unbeaten run end

Fri, 19 January 2018 11:31:20 +0800

MADRID: Andres Iniesta has insisted that nobody at Barcelona is panicking after the runaway leaders of La Liga saw their long unbeaten run come to an end. Lionel Messi missed a penalty as the Catalans lost 1-0 away to local rivals Espanyol in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday ...

Cricket: Pakistan peg back New Zealand, despite Guptill ton

Fri, 19 January 2018 10:54:13 +0800

WELLINGTON: Martin Guptill scored a century as Pakistan limited New Zealand to a modest 271 for seven in the fifth one-day international in Wellington on Friday (Jan 19). Guptill and Colin Munro gave the hosts a flying start before Rumman Raees helped spark a mini-collapse that put the brakes on ...

Football: Drogba looks to future as stellar career winds down

Fri, 19 January 2018 10:24:11 +0800

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast: At the age of 39, Didier Drogba is in the twilight years of a glittering football career that has spanned two decades and six countries and brought him a harvest of trophies. Such moments are typically occasions of nostalgia, even sadness, for many ageing football greats ...

Basketball: James, Curry will captain teams in new-look All-Star Game

Fri, 19 January 2018 09:55:17 +0800

LOS ANGELES: LeBron James and Stephen Curry led the voting for NBA All-Star Game starters announced on Thursday (Jan 18) and will serve as team captains in the league's new-look mid-season exhibition on Feb 18. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was the top ...

Get on with tennis, says Federer, there's been worse heat

Fri, 19 January 2018 09:37:28 +0800

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer has downplayed suffocating heat on court at the Australian Open, saying it was part of the game and players should be prepared. The Swiss great was commenting on furnace-like conditions at Melbourne Park on Thursday (Jan 19), which his rival Novak Djokovic described as ...

Golf: Rahm red-hot in California desert at CareerBuilder Challenge

Fri, 19 January 2018 09:31:56 +0800

LOS ANGELES: Spain's Jon Rahm fired a 10-under par 62 on Thursday (Jan 18) to seize a one-stroke lead in the first round of the US PGA Tour CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California. Rahm, the highest-ranked player in the field at number three in the world, sizzled on the La Quinta Country ...

Golf - Rahm cards his lowest score on PGA Tour for first-round lead

Fri, 19 January 2018 08:05:20 +0800

Spaniard Jon Rahm carded his lowest score on the PGA Tour, a bogey-free 10-under-par 62, for a one-stroke lead after the first round at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the California desert on Thursday.

Motor racing - Cancelled Montreal Formula E races will not be replaced

Fri, 19 January 2018 08:00:10 +0800

Formula E will not replace the two cancelled Montreal races that would have ended the season in July, the all-electric series said on Thursday.

'I thought I was going to die,' says US Olympian of doctor's abuse

Fri, 19 January 2018 08:36:57 +0800

CHICAGO: Olympian gymnast McKayla Maroney on Thursday (Jan 18) told of the "scars" left by alleged sexual abuse by the former national team doctor Larry Nassar, as a report claimed officials at an American university long knew he was suspected of misconduct. More than 100 victims have accused the ...

Asensio lifts stuttering Real Madrid at Leganes

Fri, 19 January 2018 07:25:25 +0800

Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio struck an 89th-minute volley to give the floundering European champions a badly-needed 1-0 win at Leganes on Thursday in a King's Cup quarter-final first leg.

Football: Late Asensio strike gives Real Madrid first leg Cup win

Fri, 19 January 2018 06:50:41 +0800

MADRID: A last gasp goal from Marco Asensio gave a virtually second string Real Madrid a 1-0 first leg Spanish Cup quarter-final victory at Leganes on Thursday. The 21-year-old midfielder converted a cross from French full-back Theo Hernandez from the centre of the box. That ended a run of three ...

Olympics: IOC steps up drug tests ahead of Winter Games

Fri, 19 January 2018 05:11:46 +0800

The tests, conducted between April and December 2017, represent a 70 per cent increase on the same period in 2016, the IOC said.

Boxing: Spence puts IBF welterweight belt on line against Peterson

Fri, 19 January 2018 05:09:12 +0800

NEW YORK: Unbeaten International Boxing Federation champion Errol Spence takes on fellow American Lamont Peterson in New York on Saturday with designs on a unified welterweight world title. "There are so many guys in the welterweight division, I want to clean them all out," said Spence, who seized ...

Rallying-Sainz takes another step towards Dakar victory

Fri, 19 January 2018 05:00:18 +0800

Carlos Sainz moved a step closer to a second Dakar win on Thursday after finishing the 12th stage with a 44 minute lead over Peugeot team mate Stephane Peterhansel and two days remaining.

Motor Rally: Sainz stays on Dakar title course

Fri, 19 January 2018 04:40:38 +0800

SAN JUAN, Argentina: Carlos Sainz lost nearly 16 minutes to his chief rival in Thursday's (Jan 18) 12th stage of the Dakar Rally, but the Spaniard holds a comfortable lead with just two days until the finish in Argentina. The veteran Sainz, champion in 2010, finished ninth on the stage from ...

IOC tests over 14,000 athletes ahead of Winter Olympics

Fri, 19 January 2018 03:05:24 +0800

Over 14,000 doping tests have been conducted ahead of next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in an effort to protect clean athletes and safeguard the Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.

Russia chooses neutral grey for Winter Olympians' outfits

Fri, 19 January 2018 01:35:24 +0800

Russian competitors at next month's Winter Olympics will be kitted out in predominantly grey uniforms with no national markings, in keeping with their status as neutral athletes after the national team was barred over doping allegations.

Dyche wriggles out of worm-eating allegation

Fri, 19 January 2018 01:30:12 +0800

Sean Dyche's trademark gruff, raspy voice, has nothing to do with an alleged bizarre eating habit, the Burnley manager clarified on Thursday.

Football: VAR here to stay, says Wenger

Fri, 19 January 2018 01:20:38 +0800

LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Video Assistant Referee technology is important for the future of the game despite some early "hiccups" with the system. Former England captain Alan Shearer labelled VAR a "shambles" after referee Graham Scott chose not to consult his video assistant ...

Golf: Fleetwood sets pace to open title defence

Fri, 19 January 2018 00:50:38 +0800

ABU DHABI: Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood picked up from where he left off in the UAE capital, racing to the top of the leaderboard early in the US$3 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Thursday (Jan 18) with a bogey-free round of 66. The Englishman was later joined on the top of the ...

Snooker: Allen knocks O'Sullivan out of Masters tournament

Fri, 19 January 2018 00:30:38 +0800

LONDON: Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan's hopes of an eighth Masters title disappeared on Thursday (Jan 18) when he suffered a 6-1 thrashing by Northern Irishman Mark Allen in the quarter-finals. The 42-year-old - the sport's greatest drawcard - has been suffering from dizzy spells although it ...

Football: Neymar cost Barcelona over €200m: Report

Fri, 19 January 2018 00:06:15 +0800

MADRID: FC Barcelona shelled out more than €200 million (US$245 million) for Neymar including his salary and the "countless hidden clauses of the transfer," Spain's El Mundo daily said on Thursday (Jan 18). If confirmed, this would be greatly superior to the €57.1 million the club said it paid for ...

Stoke boss Lambert eager to exploit Huddersfield knowledge

Thu, 18 January 2018 22:25:12 +0800

New Stoke City manager Paul Lambert is keen to use his previous experience against Huddersfield Town to help drive the relegation-threatened club to victory in Saturday's home Premier League match.

Snowboarding - British 'shred-homies' ready to take on the world

Thu, 18 January 2018 21:25:23 +0800

Great Britain broke their duck on snow at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and now they are gunning for further glory in Pyeongchang.

Short track still Korea's most likely path to gold

Thu, 18 January 2018 21:20:23 +0800

While there has been much handwringing over sluggish ticket sales for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, empty seats will not be an issue inside the Gangneung Ice Arena when short track speed skating is in session.

Beijing Games could help end NHL/IOC standoff

Thu, 18 January 2018 21:20:19 +0800

Since saying "I do" to the International Olympic Committee in 1998 the National Hockey League and Winter Games have endured an often tumultuous relationship, one that ended last year in an acrimonious separation.

Federer subdues hard-hitting Struff

Thu, 18 January 2018 20:55:25 +0800

MELBOURNE: Defending champion Roger Federer needed to knuckle down to end the feisty challenge of hard-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff with a 6-4 6-4 7-6(4) win in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday. Federer coasted through the opening sets under the lights at Rod Laver Arena ...

England's Stokes' court date clashes with potential comeback

Thu, 18 January 2018 20:30:19 +0800

Ben Stokes' return to international cricket was thrown into fresh doubt on Thursday when he was instructed to appear in court on the same day as his potential England comeback match in New Zealand.

Struggling Wawrinka knocked out by Sandgren

Thu, 18 January 2018 20:35:12 +0800

MELBOURNE: Stan Wawrinka was knocked out of the Australian Open by unheralded American Tennys Sandgren on Thursday as concerns over his knee injury re-surfaced in a 6-2 6-1 6-4 defeat. While the result was a huge shock, it was clear from the outset that the Swiss 32-year-old, champion in Melbourne ...

Barca visit thrill-seeking Betis after ending unbeaten run

Thu, 18 January 2018 19:50:19 +0800

Barcelona have had their confidence trimmed by Espanyol snapping their 29-game unbeaten run in all competitions with a surprise win in the King's Cup, and the runaway Liga leaders will be put to the test again on Sunday against thrill seekers Real Betis.

Arsenal's Sanchez likely to join Manchester United - Wenger

Thu, 18 January 2018 19:00:19 +0800

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is likely to join Manchester United, his manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.

'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:10:15 +0800

An agreement between South and North Korea to march under a unity flag and field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Olympics was met by sharp criticism from many in the South on Thursday, highlighting changing attitudes towards the country's northern neighbour.

Unhindered Halep dashes past Bouchard into third round

Thu, 18 January 2018 20:15:15 +0800

MELBOURNE: Top seed Simona Halep eased fears over her fitness with a brisk 6-2 6-2 demolition of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. The world number one sprained her ankle in her first round match at Melbourne Park on Tuesday but showed no sign ...

Rugby - Eight uncapped players in injury-hit England Six Nations squad

Thu, 18 January 2018 19:05:10 +0800

LONDON: Eddie Jones has included eight uncapped players in his 35-man squad for next month's Six Nations opener in Italy as he seeks to cover a number of injury absences while also continuing to build towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Forwards Lewis Boyce, Tom Dunn, Gary Graham, Alec Hepburn and ...

Top badminton players concerned about new format

Thu, 18 January 2018 17:00:38 +0800

World number one Viktor Axelsen, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei and China's Lin Dan have expressed concerns about a new badminton tournament structure requiring players to compete in more events.

Tennis: Injured Del Potro battles through to third round

Thu, 18 January 2018 16:52:36 +0800

Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro battled an apparent thigh injury and sapping heat to down Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6(4) 6-7(0) 6-4 and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Football: No bad blood with boss Lambert, says Stoke's Ireland

Thu, 18 January 2018 16:41:29 +0800

LONDON: Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland has no grudges as he reunites with new manager Paul Lambert, desperate to play a part in the club's Premier League survival bid. Ireland, who spent the majority of last two years recovering from a double leg break, returned to Stoke midfield in the ...

Cricket: India's Kohli named ICC Cricketer of the Year

Thu, 18 January 2018 17:00:06 +0800

India captain Virat Kohli had something to cheer on Thursday when he was named ICC World Cricketer of the Year, a day after suffering his first test series defeat as skipper in South Africa.

Basketball: Warriors equal team record with 14th road win in a row

Thu, 18 January 2018 16:09:45 +0800

Klay Thompson scored 38 points and Stephen Curry added 30 to spark defending NBA champion Golden State over Chicago 119-112 Wednesday, giving the Warriors a club record-matching 14th consecutive road victory.

Tennis: Federer shines as Djokovic survives brutal heat test

Fri, 19 January 2018 01:10:21 +0800

MELBOURNE: Defending champion Roger Federer cooly swept into the Australian Open third round on Thursday (Jan 18) as Novak Djokovic survived a gruelling fitness test under the brutal Melbourne sun. But with temperatures touching an energy-sapping 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and ice-towels in use ...

Two Koreas' 'one flag' emblematic of once better ties

Thu, 18 January 2018 16:07:08 +0800

North and South Korea's plan to march together under the same blue-and-white Korean peninsula flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month marks the revival of an emblem of warmer ties between the old foes from years past.

Tennis: Players and fans swelter in Melbourne, brace for worse on Friday

Thu, 18 January 2018 16:11:28 +0800

MELBOURNE: Tennis players and fans sweltered in scorching conditions at the Australian Open on Thursday (Jan 18), braced for a two-day heat wave to worsen with the mercury set to exceed 40 degrees Celcius on Friday. Players were handed ice towels to cool down as temperatures soared on the courts ...

Tennis: Muguruza outfoxed by Hsieh in second-round defeat

Thu, 18 January 2018 12:42:09 +0800

MELBOURNE: Third seed Garbine Muguruza became the latest big-name casualty at the Australian Open as she lost 7-6(1), 6-4 in the second round to tricky Taiwanese doubles specialist Hsieh Su-wei on Thursday (Jan 18).  In searing heat on Rod Laver Arena, the powerful Wimbledon champion never got to ...

Tennis: Crowd behaves badly as prankster halts play at Australian Open

Thu, 18 January 2018 11:40:16 +0800

MELBOURNE: A man who began heckling near the players' boxes during a Nick Kyrgios Australian Open match was an internet prankster, it emerged on Thursday (Jan 18), as concern mounted about rowdy crowds at the tournament. Kyrgios was about to serve early in the match on Wednesday when the man began ...

WTA Finals to move to Shenzhen from Singapore in 2019

Thu, 18 January 2018 11:12:35 +0800

China's growing influence over women's tennis moved up a notch on Thursday when the southern metropolis of Shenzhen was announced as the new venue for the season-ending WTA Finals from 2019 to 2028.

Football: All eyes on Aubameyang as Arsenal hover

Thu, 18 January 2018 11:08:18 +0800

BERLIN: All eyes will be on whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to Borussia Dortmund's starting line-up at Hertha Berlin on Friday (Jan 19), with the star striker reportedly chasing a move to Arsenal. Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger has told magazine Sport Bild he "assumes" Aubameyang, who ...

Tennis: Powerful Pera sends ninth seed Konta out

Thu, 18 January 2018 10:44:56 +0800

MELBOURNE: World number 123 Bernarda Pera sent ninth seed Johanna Konta tumbling out of the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday (Jan 18) with a 6-4, 7-5 upset in blazing sunshine on court two. A lacklustre serving display from the British number one allowed lefthander Pera ample ...

Tennis: Sharapova too hot for Sevastova, reaches third round

Thu, 18 January 2018 10:00:56 +0800

MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova suffered a late wobble in the blazing centre court heat before easing past 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6(4) to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. With the temperatures soaring, the former champion fired a barrage of winners past the ...

Football: Sanchez would become United's highest-paid player

Thu, 18 January 2018 07:40:38 +0800

LONDON: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez has agreed personal terms on a contract that will make him Manchester United's highest-paid player on yearly wages of £14 million (US$19 million) after tax, according to reports on Wednesday (Jan 17). Sanchez is reportedly on the verge of joining United after Jose ...

Tennis: Singapore to host WTA Finals for last time in 2018

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:22:53 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore will host the elite WTA Finals for the last time in 2018, organisers said on Wednesday (Jan 17), ending the season-ending tournament's run in the country. The US$7 million event, which Singapore took over from Istanbul in 2014, sees the top eight female players battle it out ...

Football: Chelsea edge into FA Cup fourth round

Thu, 18 January 2018 07:31:05 +0800

LONDON: Chelsea needed a penalty shoot-out before finally killing off Norwich after a 1-1 draw in Wednesday's (Jan 17) FA Cup third round replay, while Bournemouth slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Wigan. Antonio Conte's side finished extra-time down to nine men after late red cards for Pedro and Alvaro ...

Football: Neymar scores four as Cavani matches Zlatan record

Thu, 18 January 2018 07:34:05 +0800

PARIS: Neymar scored four times while Edinson Cavani equalled Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Paris Saint-Germain all-time goalscoring record as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders thrashed Dijon 8-0 on Wednesday (Jan 17). Angel Di Maria struck twice inside the opening quarter-hour at the Parc des Princes before the ...

Rallying - Sainz stretches Dakar lead after penalty rescinded

Thu, 18 January 2018 06:20:29 +0800

Spaniard Carlos Sainz stretched his Dakar Rally lead to more than an hour on Wednesday after organizers rescinded a 10-minute penalty imposed earlier in the week for an incident with a quadbike.

Football: Missed Messi penalty costs Barca in cup derby defeat

Thu, 18 January 2018 07:08:32 +0800

MADRID: Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Espanyol struck in the dying moments to consign Barcelona to their first defeat of the season, 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday (Jan 17). Oscar Melendo slotted home a neat finish with two minutes remaining of a ...

Coach tells ex-USA gymnastics doctor Nassar in court to 'go to hell'

Thu, 18 January 2018 03:55:20 +0800

A coach who sent dozens of young girls for treatment to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes, told the disgraced physicians on Wednesday to "go to hell" for his crimes.

Apple says will pay US$38b in taxes on repatriated profits

Thu, 18 January 2018 06:10:50 +0800

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple announced on Wednesday (Jan 17) it would pay some US$38 billion in taxes - likely the largest payment of its kind - on profits repatriated from overseas as it boosts investments in the United States. The iPhone maker said in a statement it plans to use some of its foreign cash ...

Motor Rally: Sainz closes in on second Dakar Rally title

Thu, 18 January 2018 03:26:14 +0800

CHILECITO, Argentina: Carlos Sainz has his second Dakar rally title in his sights after overcoming his second tough exam in the Argentine dunes in Wednesday's (Jan 17) 11th stage and maintaining his lead over Stephane Peterhansel in the general classification. Spaniard Sainz is an hour ahead of ...

Football: Everton sign Arsenal winger Walcott

Thu, 18 January 2018 02:42:36 +0800

LONDON: Everton signed England winger Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a deal worth a reported £25 million (US$34 million) on Wednesday. (Jan 17) Walcott had been out of favour with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for much of this season and has opted to move to Goodison Park in a bid to kick-start his ...

Big spending days over for settled French Top 14

Thu, 18 January 2018 00:40:29 +0800

After years of overspending where domestic and European success was bought via cherry-picked foreign superstars, the French Top 14 is stabilising as increased TV revenue has begun to level the playing field for those clubs not backed by a millionaire owner.

Tennis: Nadal dominant as big guns pull off great escapes

Thu, 18 January 2018 00:20:38 +0800

MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal swept into the Australian Open third round to keep his Grand Slam title hunt on track on Wednesday (Jan 17), as Caroline Wozniacki and Grigor Dimitrov pulled off great escapes to stay in contention. The world number one Spaniard's march towards a 17th Grand Slam crown was ...

Dimitrov suffers massive scare against qualifier McDonald

Wed, 17 January 2018 23:50:20 +0800

MELBOURNE: Third seed Grigor Dimitrov suffered a huge scare against 186th-ranked qualifier Mackenzie McDonald before holding his nerve in a tension-charged finish to win 4-6 6-2 6-4 0-6 8-6 and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Bulgarian Dimitrov, a semi-finalist at ...

Sharapova gets patience test with Melbourne set to sizzle

Wed, 17 January 2018 23:00:30 +0800

MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova returns to Rod Laver Arena for the first time since her drug ban for a second round match against Anastasija Sevastova on Thursday as players, officials and fans alike prepare for sweltering heat at the Australian Open. The former world number one, who missed last year's ...

Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Winter Olympics

Wed, 17 January 2018 21:20:15 +0800

The two Koreas agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women's ice hockey team to take part in next month's Winter Olympics in the South, and march together under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony, a joint statement released by Seoul's unification ministry said.

Ronaldo leaving Real beyond imagination - Zidane

Wed, 17 January 2018 22:20:27 +0800

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Wednesday he cannot foresee Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club, despite various reports in the Spanish media saying he is in the middle of a stand-off with president Florentino Perez over a pay dispute.

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

Thu, 18 January 2018 23:16:12 +0800

SEOUL: The two Koreas agreed on Wednesday (Jan 17) to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and field a united women's ice hockey team for the Games in a further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula. North Korea also said it would send a 550-member ...

Stokes available for England selection, says ECB

Wed, 17 January 2018 20:55:39 +0800

LONDON: England cricketer Ben Stokes can be selected for next month's tour of New Zealand after being charged with affray this week, the England and Wales cricket board (ECB) said on Wednesday. "Following a full Board discussion, in which all considerations were taken into account, the ECB Board ...

Debutant Ngidi leads South Africa to series victory v India

Wed, 17 January 2018 20:10:23 +0800

Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs to claim victory in the second test in Pretoria on Wednesday and also win the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match contest.

Kyrgios keeps cool to fly into third round

Wed, 17 January 2018 21:05:17 +0800

MELBOURNE: Nick Kyrgios's new-found focus remained intact despite a night of distractions as the fiery home favourite outplayed Serbia's Viktor Troicki to reach the Australian Open third round without conceding a set on Wednesday. The 17th seed dealt with a bellowing fan, a malfunctioning umpire's ...

England coach Jones extends contract until 2021

Wed, 17 January 2018 23:55:16 +0800

LONDON: England coach Eddie Jones has extended his contract to 2021 where he will work with his eventual successor in the final year, though the handover process might be cut off at the knees if England fail again at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Jones, who has won 22 of his 23 tests since taking over ...

Golf: Garcia hopes for another golden year from Singapore start

Wed, 17 January 2018 18:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Sergio Garcia finally fulfilled his incredible promise when he captured a first major at last year's US Masters and the Spanish Ryder Cup veteran is hoping for another big season as he kicks off his 2018 campaign at a familiar venue. The 38-year-old started last season at the Singapore ...

Tennis - Nadal mows down Mayer to reach third round

Wed, 17 January 2018 16:40:15 +0800

Top seed Rafa Nadal continued his marauding path through the Australian Open, hammering Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) to reach the third round on Wednesday.

Man United can still hunt down leaders City, says Jones

Wed, 17 January 2018 15:50:11 +0800

Manchester United defender Phil Jones remembers his team's title meltdown six years ago and believes rivals Manchester City's 12-point lead in the Premier League title race can still be overhauled.