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Published: Fri, 23 March 2018 04:38:39 +0800


Soccer - Women's soccer league gaining foothold in U.S

Fri, 23 March 2018 03:45:13 +0800

REUTERS: Women's professional soccer has long been a tough sell in the United States but the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is already in uncharted territory as it gets set to open its sixth season this weekend. The nine-team NWSL has displayed a sort of lasting power that the two failed U ...

Soccer - Belgium's Kompany anticipates successful World Cup

Fri, 23 March 2018 03:30:32 +0800

Belgium's Vincent Kompany has no fear about suffering another of the injury breakdowns that have littered his career at Manchester City when he goes to this year's World Cup.

Juventus to face MLS All-Stars in August

Fri, 23 March 2018 03:25:18 +0800

REUTERS: Italian champions Juventus will be the opponents for the 2018 Major League Soccer All-Star Game in August, the North American league said on Thursday. Juventus, who are seeking a seventh consecutive Serie A title and will face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals, will play ...

Cricket - UAE all but end Zimbabwe's World Cup dream with three run win

Fri, 23 March 2018 03:20:17 +0800

HARARE: United Arab Emirates secured a surprise three run win via the Duckworth/Lewis method to all but end Zimbabwe’s hopes of reaching the 2019 World Cup on Thursday. Chasing a rain-reduced total of 230 in 40 overs at the Harare Sports Club, Zimbabwe could only manage 226 for seven despite a run ...

Soccer - Gullit says plastic pitches destroying Dutch football

Fri, 23 March 2018 03:05:34 +0800

There has been much soul-searching in the Netherlands since they failed to qualify for this year's World Cup with many predicting the production line of Dutch talent has ground to a halt.

Van Dijk named Netherlands captain ahead of England friendly

Fri, 23 March 2018 02:55:50 +0800

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was named captain of the Netherlands by manager Ronald Koeman on Thursday, a day ahead of his first game in charge of the national team against England.

Ibrahimovic leaving Manchester United after club agrees to terminate contract

Fri, 23 March 2018 02:40:21 +0800

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is leaving Manchester United after the Premier League club terminated the Swedish striker's contract on Thursday.

Biathlon: France's Fourcade seals magnificent seventh World Cup

Fri, 23 March 2018 02:20:38 +0800

TYUMEN, Russia: France's five-time Olympic champion Martin Fourcade secured a seventh consecutive overall biathlon World Cup title on Thursday (Mar 22) by winning the men's sprint event in Tyumen, Russia. Fourcade hit a perfect 10/10 at the shooting range to claim his eighth victory of the season ...

Figure Skating: Chen riding high at worlds after Olympic meltdown

Fri, 23 March 2018 02:10:38 +0800

MILAN: US teenager Nathan Chen credited his Olympic meltdown with maturing him as a skater as he grabbed the lead in the men's short programme at the world figure skating championships on Thursday (Mar 22). The 18-year-old from Salt Lake City had gone into the Olympics among the favourites after ...

Football: Ibrahimovic signs for Los Angeles Galaxy

Fri, 23 March 2018 02:33:47 +0800

LOS ANGELES: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could make his debut for the Major League Soccer side this month, US media reported on Thursday (Mar 22). The Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated both reported Ibrahimovic had inked a deal with the Galaxy shortly before ...

PSG ordered to partially close stadium for next European match

Fri, 23 March 2018 03:05:25 +0800

ZURICH: Paris St Germain will have to partially close their stadium for their next home European match following trouble during the defeat by Real Madrid which knocked the big-spending Ligue 1 club out of the Champions League. UEFA said on Thursday its disciplinary committee had ordered PSG to ...

Cricket - De Villiers wicket was catalyst for turnaround: Cummins

Fri, 23 March 2018 03:00:34 +0800

Pat Cummins proved the catalyst for an huge change in fortunes for Australia as he halted a South African charge and left the hosts reeling at the close on the opening day of the third test on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic set to leave Manchester Utd for LA Galaxy -reports

Fri, 23 March 2018 01:20:35 +0800

Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to leave Manchester United imminently and join Los Angeles Galaxy, according to media reports in Britain and the United States on Thursday.

Football: World Cup at risk from match-fixing, say betting experts

Fri, 23 March 2018 00:12:13 +0800

Betting companies have plans in place in the event of suspicious betting patterns related to any of the matches in the tournament, which runs from Jun 14 to Jul 15.

Guardiola lost faith in me at Barca, says Pique

Fri, 23 March 2018 03:05:28 +0800

Gerard Pique is unsure whether he would have stayed at Barcelona had former manager Pep Guardiola remained at the club beyond 2012 after the now Manchester City boss lost faith in the Spain defender.

Toure puts Ivory Coast international comeback on hold

Thu, 22 March 2018 22:55:16 +0800

Yaya Toure has pulled out of two friendly internationals over the next week for "family reasons", officials said on Thursday, putting his long-awaited Ivory Coast comeback on hold.

Morgan to captain World XI against West Indies in T20 fundraiser

Thu, 22 March 2018 22:50:36 +0800

England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan will lead a World XI to face the West Indies in a Twenty20 International to raise funds for two stadiums damaged by hurricanes in the Caribbean, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.

Kennedy quits as London Irish's director of rugby

Thu, 22 March 2018 22:46:15 +0800

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy has left the club after opting not to work alongside new technical consultant Declan Kidney and head coach Les Kiss, the Premiership side announced on Thursday.

India's Shami to get central contract as corruption probe ends

Thu, 22 March 2018 22:41:27 +0800

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami will be offered a central contract after the committee of administrators (CoA) running India's cricket board (BCCI) said no action was warranted against him for alleged breaches of its anti-corruption code.

Hamilton calls for more diversity in F1

Thu, 22 March 2018 21:40:45 +0800

Four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton has called for more diversity in Formula One after highlighting how little he felt had changed since he came into the sport in 2007.

Sprint king Bolt to get his Dortmund trial on Friday

Thu, 22 March 2018 21:15:49 +0800

Multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt will train with Borussia Dortmund on Friday as the retired Jamaican sprinter fulfils his ambition to workout with a major professional soccer team, the German club said on Thursday.

Manchester City owners keen to expand stable of soccer clubs

Thu, 22 March 2018 20:45:25 +0800

City Football Group, which owns Premier League leaders Manchester City, is looking to add to its stable of soccer clubs and is especially keen on acquisitions in China, according to its chief commercial officer, Tom Glick.

England batsmen were 'rabbits in the headlights', says Bayliss

Thu, 22 March 2018 19:55:38 +0800

England head coach Trevor Bayliss has said his players were like "rabbits in the headlights" as they were dismissed for 58 in a dismal batting performance in the first test against New Zealand on Thursday.

Formula One start lights moved to compensate for halo

Thu, 22 March 2018 19:55:34 +0800

Formula One has changed the positioning of race start lights to ensure drivers can see clearly around the new halo head protection system that debuts in Australia this weekend.

Bolt's coming! Star to train with Dortmund on Friday

Thu, 22 March 2018 19:00:35 +0800

Athletics legend Usain Bolt, who has ambitions to start a football career at 31, will train with Borussia Dortmund on Friday, the Bundesliga club has announced.

Elgar, Amla steady South Africa in third test

Thu, 22 March 2018 19:00:29 +0800

Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla put on an unbeaten 69 for the second wicket to make it South Africa’s morning as they guided their side to 75 for one at lunch on the opening day of the third test against Australia at Newlands.

West Ham hand out five life bans over stadium trouble

Thu, 22 March 2018 18:30:23 +0800

West Ham United issued lifetime bans to five individuals on Thursday for invading the pitch at the London Stadium during their 3-0 Premier League defeat by Burnley earlier this month.

UAE champions 'determination' tag for Special Olympians

Thu, 22 March 2018 17:43:25 +0800

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates, slated to become the first Arab country to host the Special Olympics in 2019, is championing an alternative label for those with special needs: "People of Determination". Arab athletes used to being called "special needs" - or even derogatory terms like ...

Football: Russia test World Cup mettle against Brazil and France

Thu, 22 March 2018 17:37:09 +0800

MOSCOW: World Cup hosts Russia will test their World Cup mettle in two tough friendlies against Brazil and France that just might lift team spirits after a rash of bad injuries. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov lined up the trophy favourites to brace his men for the pressure of living up to Vladimir ...

Motor racing - Ricciardo hopeful of ending Australia curse

Thu, 22 March 2018 16:50:24 +0800

MELBOURNE: For Daniel Ricciardo, his home Australian Grand Prix has been an exasperating mix of desperately willing fans and mostly unwilling cars. This year, however, the Red Bull driver feels a record of frustration could end with a long-awaited podium at Albert Park on Sunday. Red Bull were ...

Du Plessis wins toss, South Africa opt to bat v Australia

Thu, 22 March 2018 16:30:26 +0800

CAPE TOWN: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat in sunny conditions at Newlands on the opening day of the third test against Australia on Thursday. Visiting captain Steve Smith admitted he would have done likewise, though conditions for batsmen are expected to be at ...

Formula One: Hamilton says critical Rosberg trying to get 'headlines'

Thu, 22 March 2018 16:39:05 +0800

MELBOURNE: Lewis Hamilton has dismissed criticism from former Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg as the product of someone seeking "headlines". Rosberg, who beat Hamilton to the 2016 world championship before retiring, told Sky Sports this week that the Briton was "almost unbeatable" when on song but ...

Formula One: Motor racing-Hamilton, Vettel savour competing against the 'best'

Thu, 22 March 2018 17:27:15 +0800

MELBOURNE: The tension of a rivalry that produced "road rage" and acrimony between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in 2017 was absent on Thursday (Mar 22) as the four-times Formula One champions made nice before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. This year marks the first ever in the ...

Football: Messi begins road to Russia as Argentina chase World Cup glory

Thu, 22 March 2018 12:34:13 +0800

MANCHESTER: Lionel Messi begins his road to World Cup redemption on Friday (Mar 23) as Argentina take on Italy in a glamour friendly, desperate to win a major international prize to crown his glorious career. In Barcelona's colours, Messi has experienced nothing but success, winning eight La Liga ...

Football: Sanchez expected more from himself after Man United move

Thu, 22 March 2018 14:31:45 +0800

LONDON: Alexis Sanchez says he expected a lot more from himself since moving to Manchester United from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January. The Chile international, who has scored just once in 10 appearances for United, said he has high expectations for himself and that he has struggled to ...

Football: In the snow without Neymar, Brazil brace for Russia

Thu, 22 March 2018 12:32:18 +0800

MOSCOW: Training between mounds of snow without Neymar, Brazil may be forgiven for feeling out of their element as they prepare to face hosts Russia in their penultimate World Cup warm-up. The most expensive football player on the planet is back home, celebrating his sister's birthday with his ...

Williams pondered Wales retirement after World Cup failure

Thu, 22 March 2018 11:50:29 +0800

Wales captain Ashley Williams says he considered retiring from international football after their failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup finals in Russia.

Tennis-Sousa beats Harrison to set up Goffin clash in Miami

Thu, 22 March 2018 11:20:14 +0800

REUTERS: Brazil's Joao Sousa edged American Ryan Harrison 7-6(4) 7-6(4) in first round action at the Miami Open on Wednesday as unseeded players enjoyed a day in the limelight in Florida. The big names start their campaigns at the weekend, allowing the 80th-ranked Sousa to enjoy the prestige of a ...

Williamson stands up after England crumble for 58

Thu, 22 March 2018 16:55:21 +0800

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was in sight of his 18th test century as the ball dominated the bat on the opening day of the two-match series with England dismissed for a record low score of 58 at Eden Park on Thursday.

Facebook data concern at Commonwealth Games

Thu, 22 March 2018 09:26:31 +0800

SYDNEY: Visitors at the Commonwealth Games in Australia could have their Facebook data mined in exchange for free and fast Wi-Fi, although authorities Thursday (Mar 22) insisted no private or personal information will be stored. The local Gold Coast council is offering a service up to 10 times ...

Golf: Johnson, McIlroy lose on first day of Match Play

Thu, 22 March 2018 12:22:39 +0800

AUSTIN: World number one Dustin Johnson and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy suffered surprise defeats on Wednesday (Mar 21) as the WGC-Dell Match Play got off to a typically unpredictable start in Texas. Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, seeded 52nd at the tournament, beat defending champion and top ...

NZ win toss, to field against England in first test

Thu, 22 March 2018 08:50:23 +0800

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to field on Thursday in the first test of the two-match series against England at Eden Park.

Figure Skating: Kostner outshines Olympic champ Zagitova to lead worlds

Thu, 22 March 2018 07:25:37 +0800

MILAN: Italian veteran Carolina Kostner outshone newly-crowned Olympic champion Alina Zagitova to grab a slender lead after the women's short programme at the world figure skating championships in Milan on Wednesday (Mar 21). Zagitova, 15, bidding to top a golden debut to her first senior season ...

Football: Manchester United apply to establish professional women's team

Thu, 22 March 2018 09:05:00 +0800

LONDON: Manchester United have applied to the Football Association to establish a professional team in the second tier of the Women's Super League, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday (Mar 21). United have been widely criticised for not having an adult women's team with many leading ...

Golf: Johnson, McIlroy upset in WGC Match Play openers

Thu, 22 March 2018 07:17:38 +0800

AUSTIN: World number one Dustin Johnson and in-form Rory McIlroy suffered shock losses as the World Golf Championship Dell Technologies Match Play opened with a string of uspets on Wednesday (Mar 21). Defending champion Johnson was spent spinning to a 3 & 1 defeat in his opening group game against ...

Tennis: Serena out in Miami as Osaka wins in straight sets

Thu, 22 March 2018 06:30:38 +0800

MIAMI: Serena Williams crashed out of the Miami Open in the first round on Wednesday (Mar 21), slumping to a straight sets defeat against Japan's Naomi Osaka in the latest setback to the former world number one's comeback. Osaka, who won her first major title in Indian Wells last weekend, was ...

Rugby - Romanian federation president condemns 'hooliganism' of Spain players

Thu, 22 March 2018 05:40:29 +0800

SOFIA: The Romanian Rugby Federation president has condemned as "hooliganism" the behaviour of the Spain players who pursued the Romanian referee at the end of their shock defeat by Belgium on Sunday. The Spanish players were left fuming over the performance of official Vlad Iordachescu after the ...

Doping - WADA President confident on Russia despite apparent impasse

Thu, 22 March 2018 03:25:11 +0800

LAUSANNE: World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie said changing circumstances made him confident Russia would become compliant with international anti-doping standards despite an apparent impasse. Reedie also told Reuters that he hoped world soccer's ruling body FIFA would clear up ...

Italian prosecutors investigating sale of AC Milan - source

Thu, 22 March 2018 03:05:30 +0800

Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into last year's sale of AC Milan soccer club by Silvio Berlusconi's holding company to a Chinese group, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

Football: UK wants Russian guarantees over World Cup fan safety

Thu, 22 March 2018 01:22:17 +0800

LONDON: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Wednesday he wanted Russian guarantees over the safety of England fans at this year's football World Cup amid a diplomatic row over a spy attack. Relations between London and Moscow are in crisis over the Mar 4 nerve agent attack on a former ...

Thunderstorm helps West Indies to qualify for World Cup

Wed, 21 March 2018 23:55:30 +0800

Two-time World Cup winners West Indies qualified for next year's tournament after rain ended Scotland's modest run chase and handed the Caribbean side victory by five runs on the Duckworth Lewis method in their qualifying match on Wednesday.

Costa urges Griezmann to remain at Atletico

Wed, 21 March 2018 23:16:05 +0800

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa has said he would 'love' for team mate Antoine Griezmann to stay at the La Liga club beyond the next transfer window.

Root wants 'best behaviour' from Stokes in New Zealand tests

Wed, 21 March 2018 22:46:00 +0800

England all-rounder Ben Stokes must be on his "best behaviour" when he returns to the test arena against New Zealand or risk getting a demerit point that could lead to a ban, skipper Joe Root said ahead of the first test starting on Thursday.

Construction at World Cup stadium in Samara still behind schedule, says FIFA

Wed, 21 March 2018 22:06:19 +0800

FIFA warned on Wednesday that a huge amount of work still needs to be done to get the stadium in Samara ready for the World Cup which kicks off on June 14.

Soccer-Germany needs major reforms to remain competitive-Bierhoff

Wed, 21 March 2018 21:10:30 +0800

German football will need to undertake major steps to remain competitive globally, the world champions' team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday ahead of their friendly against Spain this week.

Football: S.League to be rebranded as Singapore Premier League for 2018

Wed, 21 March 2018 20:41:12 +0800

SINGAPORE: Twenty-two years after its founding, Singapore's professional football league is changing its name as part of efforts to revive its ailing fortunes. The S.League will now be known as the Singapore Premier League (SPL), the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said on Wednesday (Mar ...

South Africa still unsure over two selections ahead of third test

Wed, 21 March 2018 20:25:26 +0800

CAPE TOWN: South Africa are still unsure over two selections ahead of the crucial third test against Australia at Newlands on Thursday as captain Faf du Plessis hailed the "fair" process that made fast bowler Kagiso Rabada available for the game. Du Plessis revealed on Wednesday that all-rounder ...

ECB to allow replacements for concussed players in domestic matches

Wed, 21 March 2018 20:20:26 +0800

Teams across all four professional domestic cricket competitions in England will be allowed to replace concussed players during matches, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday after it approved rule changes for the new season.

Spain's prosecutor seeks five-year jail for Xabi Alonso on tax fraud

Wed, 21 March 2018 19:10:58 +0800

Spain's prosecutor said on Wednesday it was seeking a five-year jail sentence and a fine of 4 million euros (£3.5 million) for former soccer player Xavi Alonso over accusations of tax fraud.

Former Boks coach Meyer to take over at Stade Francais

Wed, 21 March 2018 16:55:15 +0800

Former South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer will take over at Stade Francais next season after signing a two-year contract with the option of a further year, the Paris club said.

In Somalia, women defy strict rules to play football

Wed, 21 March 2018 15:47:59 +0800

Shortly after sunrise, a group of young women arrives at a football pitch in Mogadishu, where they shrug off their hijabs - some changing underneath the billowing veil - to reveal their team kit.

Rugby - Injured Vunipola faces fitness race for Leinster trip

Wed, 21 March 2018 15:21:02 +0800

Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola is struggling to be fit in time for the club's European Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster on April 1, the Premiership team's director of rugby Mark McCall has said.

McIlroy hopes Bay Hill ascent can lead to Augusta joy

Wed, 21 March 2018 14:30:16 +0800

Rory McIlroy believes Sunday's Arnold Palmer Invitational triumph provided vindication to his assertion that he was close to his best as the Northern Irishman hopes to carry that form to a maiden U.S Masters victory at Augusta next month.

Japan condom makers hope for 2020 Olympic lift

Wed, 21 March 2018 13:03:07 +0800

TOKYO: Japanese condom makers are ramping up preparations ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, seeing a golden opportunity to showcase their world-record ultra-thin products. For years, hundreds of thousands of condoms have been distributed for free to competitors at Olympic Games in a bid to ...

Driven to perfection: Can anyone stop F1 champ Hamilton?

Wed, 21 March 2018 12:38:14 +0800

MELBOURNE: A refreshed and hungry Lewis Hamilton has declared he's ready to take the new Formula One season by the scruff of the neck - which is bad news for his long-suffering rivals. The Mercedes driver is the man they all have to beat again, but at 33 it seems that Hamilton, the four-time world ...

Football: Kante feels 'at home' with Chelsea

Wed, 21 March 2018 11:59:35 +0800

LONDON: Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante says he feels "at home" at the club despite speculation linking him with a return to France. Kante was instrumental to Leicester City's league triumph in the 2015/16 season before he moved to London and helped Chelsea do the same the following year. "I am ...

Cricket: Black Cap Taylor fit for first Test against England

Wed, 21 March 2018 11:30:43 +0800

AUCKLAND: New Zealand received a boost Wednesday (Mar 21), on the eve of the first Test against England at Auckland's Eden Park, with confirmation senior batsman Ross Taylor is fit to play. Taylor, who has a Test average of 48.04, had been battling a groin injury and a stomach bug but captain Kane ...

New Zealand's Taylor fit for first test against England

Wed, 21 March 2018 11:15:23 +0800

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has been confirmed fit to take his place in the side for the first test against England, captain Kane Williamson said on Wednesday.

Rugby: Ex-All Black and Samoa flanker Mika dead at 45

Wed, 21 March 2018 11:04:48 +0800

WELLINGTON: New Zealand rugby was reeling Wednesday (Mar 21) at the sudden death of former All Black and Samoa flanker Dylan Mika at the age of just 45. "It's with sadness we confirm that the former All Black & Manu Samoa star passed away suddenly," New Zealand Rugby tweeted late Tuesday. Mika ...

Boxing: Alvarez is a dope cheat, says middleweight king Golovkin

Wed, 21 March 2018 10:57:18 +0800

BIG BEAR, United States: World middleweight boxing king Gennady Golovkin accused rival Saul "Canelo" Alvarez of doping on Tuesday (Mar 20), rubbishing the Mexican fighter's claims that he had failed a recent drugs test due to contaminated meat. In explosive comments to reporters at his secluded ...

Tennis: American teen Anisimova stuns Wang in Miami

Wed, 21 March 2018 11:01:50 +0800

MIAMI: American teenager Amanda Anisimova, fresh off an impressive run at Indian Wells, beat China's Wang Qiang 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 at the Miami Open on Tuesday (Mar 20) to set up a second round clash with Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza. The 16-year-old wild card, who had never won a WTA main-draw ...

Football: Under-18 youth Ben Davis savours first national call-up

Wed, 21 March 2018 16:13:53 +0800

Having played with the Singapore Under-18s before turning out for Fulham's youth squad, Davis is hopeful for his first national start for the Lions on Friday (Mar 23).

Tennis: Tomic's return to court ends early in France

Wed, 21 March 2018 09:56:35 +0800

MELBOURNE: Bernard Tomic's bid to kick-start his career after slipping to 181st in the world hit a speed bump on Tuesday (Mar 20) when the 25-year-old Australian was knocked out in the first round of a second-tier tournament in France. Tomic, once touted as a top-10 player, was beaten 6-2 2-6 6-4 ...

Rugby - Stannard to lead Australia at Comm Games after Holland injured

Wed, 21 March 2018 08:00:27 +0800

James Stannard will captain the Australian men's rugby sevens team at next month's Commonwealth Games after Lewis Holland was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Football: Surgeon says Neymar's recovery 'going well'

Wed, 21 March 2018 06:41:57 +0800

PARIS: Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said on Tuesday (Mar 20) that Neymar's recovery from foot surgery "is going well", as the star forward bids to be fit for the World Cup in Russia. Lasmar, who operated on Neymar on Mar 3, said he speaks "two or three time a day" with the physiotherapists ...

Football: From non-league to World Cup, Pope dreams of keeping for England

Wed, 21 March 2018 06:40:38 +0800

BURTON-ON-TRENT: Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope once had to get up at 4.00am to drive a milk float, now the Burnley goalkeeper is hoping his dreams of being England's number one at the World Cup are not disturbed. Pope, 25, has worked his way up through England's football pyramid, playing in the ...

Tennis: Djokovic says he's playing pain-free at last

Wed, 21 March 2018 06:02:30 +0800

MIAMI: Novak Djokovic insists he is playing pain free for the first time in "years" as he pursues his comeback at the Miami Masters. The former world number one has been beset with an elbow injury that sidelined him for six months after he was forced to retire at the quarter-finals of Wimbledon ...

Rugby: Spain demand rematch in World Cup qualifying controversy

Wed, 21 March 2018 05:50:55 +0800

PARIS: The Spanish Rugby Federation (FER) on Tuesday (Mar 20) officially asked to replay Sunday's controversial loss to Belgium, which saw Romania book a place at the 2019 World Cup. Spain were left incensed by several refereeing calls made by Romanian official Vlad Iordachescu during their 18-10 ...

Football: Contenders for England's goalkeeper World Cup conundrum

Wed, 21 March 2018 03:07:04 +0800

In its final World Cup warm-up friendlies, England will play against the Netherlands on Friday and Italy on Mar 27.

Exclusive - Cycling-X-ray trucks to be used at top races to detect motors

Wed, 21 March 2018 02:55:18 +0800

The International Cycling Union (UCI) will use X-ray equipped trucks on Grand Tour stages and leading classic races this season following an increase in concerns about riders using motors inside their bikes.

'Prove you're more than a club' - Barca urged to drop ticket prices

Wed, 21 March 2018 01:22:02 +0800

Barcelona should extend their "more than a club" motto to their ticket pricing, Rome-based newspaper Il Romanista said on Tuesday as they urged the La Liga side to lower rates for their Champions League quarter-final first leg against AS Roma.

Injured Saunders postpones WBO title defence

Tue, 20 March 2018 23:45:30 +0800

Britain's WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has postponed his title defence against Martin Murray next month after suffering a hand injury in training.

Gibson sure fiery Rabada will cool it in third test

Tue, 20 March 2018 20:50:42 +0800

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson believes the world's best test bowler Kagiso Rabada has learnt from his brush with suspension and expects more mature on-field behaviour in the third test against Australia starting in Cape Town on Thursday.

Tennis - Fever-Tree puts fizz back into Queens

Tue, 20 March 2018 20:35:18 +0800

LONDON: The makers of Fever-Tree mixer drinks are putting some fizz into the annual Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen's Club with a three-year sponsorship deal announced on Tuesday. No figures were revealed for the deal which makes Fever Tree the third title sponsor of the grasscourt tennis event ...

Puma takes up basketball again as it sets new targets

Tue, 20 March 2018 20:00:21 +0800

German sportswear brand Puma plans to rejoin the basketball market as it makes a push to grow in the United States and China and bring its profitability closer to that of larger rivals Adidas and Nike.

Lyon excited about facing Rabada in third test

Tue, 20 March 2018 19:30:26 +0800

Australia respect the decision to allow Kagiso Rabada to feature in the rest of the test series and the South African fast bowler’s participation is "exciting", Australia spinner Nathan Lyon said on Tuesday.

Former Samoa and All Blacks flanker Mika dies at age 45

Tue, 20 March 2018 19:30:21 +0800

REUTERS: Former Samoa and All Blacks flanker Dylan Mika died in Auckland on Tuesday at the age of 45, his family said in a statement released by New Zealand Rugby. Local media reported he had died from a suspected heart attack. Mika played two tests for Samoa and seven for the All Blacks who he ...

Ireland lock down Best, Kearney and Henderson for World Cup

Tue, 20 March 2018 23:40:30 +0800

Ireland captain Rory Best extended his contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) on Tuesday in a deal that will see him stay on until the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Bournemouth's Cook rules out jitters ahead of England 'dream'

Tue, 20 March 2018 19:25:21 +0800

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook is confident he can overcome the jitters and make the most of his England debut if given the chance to play in the team's upcoming international friendlies.

Cricket: ICC overturns ban, clears Rabada to play against Australia

Tue, 20 March 2018 16:17:48 +0800

South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada as been cleared to play in the remainder of the test series against Australia having won his appeal against a Level Two breach of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) code of conduct.

Newcastle must change if they are to progress - Benitez

Tue, 20 March 2018 16:23:23 +0800

Newcastle United must effect significant changes and establish a clear structure for progress off the pitch to improve their on-field performances and compete at a higher level, manager Rafa Benitez has said.

Cricket: Stokes shakes up England side for pink-ball test against New Zealand

Tue, 20 March 2018 16:35:39 +0800

WELLINGTON: All-rounder Ben Stokes' probable return is likely to be a major determinant in the makeup of his under-fire England team as New Zealand enters the pink ball era with their first day-night test at home at Eden Park starting on Thursday (Mar 22). Stokes missed the 4-0 Ashes series loss ...

Cricket: New Zealand seek All Black magic against England

Tue, 20 March 2018 15:49:10 +0800

AUCKLAND: New Zealand's cricketers are drawing inspiration from images of Richie McCaw leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory as they head into their first home day-night Test against England on Thursday (Mar 22). Despite some injury concerns, New Zealand short-ball specialist Neil Wagner ...

Football: Terry helped me through slump, says Chelsea's Christensen

Tue, 20 March 2018 15:09:50 +0800

LONDON: Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has thanked former club captain John Terry for his advice which helped the 21-year-old overcome his recent poor form. The Denmark international has imposed himself in the centre of Chelsea's defence this campaign, making 36 appearances across all ...

Tennis: Del Potro hopes to make another big splash in Miami

Tue, 20 March 2018 13:06:11 +0800

INDIAN WELLS: The stars are finally starting to align for Juan Martin Del Potro who will be seeking his third straight ATP title at the Miami Masters this week. The south Florida showcase got an additional boost on Sunday (Mar 18) when Del Potro saved three championship points to hand world number ...

Football: Pogba can't be happy at United, says Deschamps

Tue, 20 March 2018 12:41:18 +0800

PARIS: France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday (Mar 19) said that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba "can't be happy" with his current situation at Old Trafford. The 25-year-old arrived at United from Juventus in 2016 for a then-world record fee of €105 million. But he was an unused ...

Football: No extra pressure to match Salah's hot streak, says Firmino

Tue, 20 March 2018 12:39:08 +0800

LONDON: Liverpool forwards are focused on the club's progress and under no pressure to match playmaker Mohamed Salah's goal-scoring exploits this season, striker Roberto Firmino has said. Egyptian Salah leads the race for the European Golden Shoe award, ahead of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi ...

Former Real boss Schuster takes charge at rock bottom Dalian

Tue, 20 March 2018 12:18:49 +0800

HONG KONG: Former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster has been named head coach of Dalian Yifang as the newly promoted club looks to bounce back from a poor start to life in the Chinese Super League. The German replaces Chinese coach Ma Lin, who oversaw three successive defeats which have left the ...

Fiorentina to rename training ground after Astori

Tue, 20 March 2018 12:18:45 +0800

Italian club Fiorentina are to rename their training ground the "Centro Sportivo Davide Astori" in honour of their former captain, who died suddenly at the age of 31 earlier this month.

Manchester United extend Young's deal by a year

Tue, 20 March 2018 12:18:40 +0800

Manchester United have extended Ashley Young's deal for an extra year by triggering a one-year option in the versatile England wing back's contract, British media said on Monday.