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Published: Wed, 25 April 2018 16:50:24 +0800


MMA star 'Cowboy' Cerrone eyes record in Singapore

Wed, 25 April 2018 16:33:41 +0800

US mixed martial arts star Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone vowed Wednesday to make short shrift of his British opponent in June, saying he is excited at the prospect of notching up the most wins in UFC history.

Manchester United keeper De Gea says current campaign is his best

Wed, 25 April 2018 16:44:00 +0800

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes the ongoing season has seen him perform at his best at the Premier League club.

Long-serving Cook still hungry to impress for England

Wed, 25 April 2018 16:33:31 +0800

Opener Alastair Cook has the desire to keep playing for England but is aware that he must continue scoring runs to hold on to his spot, the former captain has said.

NBA: Durant steers Warriors past Spurs in first round of playoffs

Wed, 25 April 2018 16:08:20 +0800

Kevin Durant scored 25 points as the Golden State Warriors powered into the Western Conference playoff semi-finals with a 4-1 series victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.

Courtois launches legal action against former Belgium boss Wilmots

Wed, 25 April 2018 12:45:45 +0800

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and his father Thierry have initiated legal action against Marc Wilmots after the former Belgium manager accused them of leaking team selection information.

Spurs' Son keen to play at Asian Games, says South Korea coach

Wed, 25 April 2018 12:00:23 +0800

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min is keen to play at the Asian Games later this year, South Korea's under-23 coach Kim Hak-bum has said, with a gold medal at the event bringing an exemption from almost two years of mandatory military service.

Bournemouth's Surman expects tough Southampton test

Wed, 25 April 2018 12:00:18 +0800

Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman is surprised by former club Southampton's troubles and is expecting a torrid clash between the south coast rivals in the Premier League on Saturday.

NBA: Heat put on ice as 76ers advance

Wed, 25 April 2018 11:55:21 +0800

The Philadelphia 76ers advanced to the second round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs on Tuesday, defeating the Miami Heat 104-91 to seal a 4-1 series victory.

F1 goes back to Baku, hoping for another thriller

Wed, 25 April 2018 11:25:28 +0800

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has a lot to live up to this weekend and Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has plenty to think about as well.

Celtics hold off Bucks to take series lead

Wed, 25 April 2018 10:54:41 +0800

Al Horford scored 22 points as the Boston Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 92-87 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series.

Bale with work to do against Bayern to repair relationship with Zidane

Wed, 25 April 2018 09:35:12 +0800

Gareth Bale's future will come under fresh scrutiny when Real Madrid face Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.

Football: Oxlade-Chamberlain injury casts shadow on five-star Liverpool show

Wed, 25 April 2018 08:00:38 +0800

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool's giant step towards a first Champions League final for 13 years was marred by a likely season-ending injury to midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that could also rule the England international out of the upcoming World Cup. Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had to be stretchered off ...

World Cup in doubt for Liverpool's England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain

Wed, 25 April 2018 06:20:31 +0800

Liverpool and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's hopes of heading to the World Cup are in doubt after he suffered a what appeared to be a serious injury in the 5-2 win over AS Roma in their Champions League semi-final, first leg on Tuesday.

Football: 'Fantastic' Liverpool surpass Klopp's expectations

Wed, 25 April 2018 05:40:40 +0800

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp saluted Liverpool's "fantastic" 5-2 demolition of Roma on Tuesday (Apr 24) as the Reds manager soaked up a Champions League semi-final first leg goal spree that was beyond his expectations. Klopp's side are within touching distance of the final after crushing Roma at ...

Football: Two Roma fans arrested for attempted murder outside Anfield

Wed, 25 April 2018 16:00:47 +0800

LIVERPOOL: Police have arrested two people on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was seriously injured in an incident before Liverpool's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday (Apr 24). A Liverpool supporter was attacked by Roma hooligans before the match ...

Football: Salah superb but five-star Liverpool give Roma lifeline

Wed, 25 April 2018 07:57:56 +0800

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp labelled talisman Mohamed Salah a "genius" as the Egyptian came back to haunt former club Roma in spectacular style with two goals and two assists in a 5-2 semi-final, first-leg demolition of the Italians at Anfield. However, Liverpool's night was soured ...

Snooker: Ding brushes aside compatriot Xiao at world championships

Wed, 25 April 2018 03:00:38 +0800

LONDON: Chinese snooker star Ding Junhui eased into the second round of the world championships on Tuesday (Apr 24) with a 10 frames to three demolition of compatriot and close friend Xiao Guodong. Ding, who lost to Mark Selby in the 2016 final, rattled off the first four frames of the session to ...

Flawless Wozniacki eases into Istanbul second round

Wed, 25 April 2018 02:35:30 +0800

REUTERS: World number two Caroline Wozniacki powered past Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2 6-2 to reach the second round of the Istanbul Cup on Tuesday. Denmark's Wozniacki was barely troubled by world number 101 Alexandrova as she converted five out of six break points to win her first ...

Tennis - Goffin fights back from the brink to beat Granollers

Wed, 25 April 2018 02:25:36 +0800

BARCELONA: World number 10 David Goffin survived a scare against Spaniard Marcel Granollers after fighting back from 5-1 down in the second set to win his second round tie in the Barcelona Open on Tuesday 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2. Granollers, ranked 129 in the world, made a flying start but he never ...

Bayern are better than last season warns Real's Zidane

Wed, 25 April 2018 02:15:20 +0800

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned on Tuesday Bayern Munich are better than they were last season when the Spaniards beat them en route to the Champions League title.

Panathinaikos banned from Europe for three seasons - UEFA

Wed, 25 April 2018 01:20:28 +0800

Former Greek champions Panathinaikos have been excluded from European competition for three seasons after failing to meet financial requirements, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Tuesday.

Error-prone Sharapova falls to Garcia in Stuttgart opener

Wed, 25 April 2018 00:45:27 +0800

Maria Sharapova's claycourt season got off to a poor start on Tuesday as she lost in three sets to Caroline Garcia in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

Tennis: Sharapova stunned by Garcia in Stuttgart first round

Wed, 25 April 2018 04:38:27 +0800

STUTTGART, Germany: Maria Sharapova crashed out in the opening round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix on Tuesday (Apr 24) as French sixth seed Caroline Garcia staged a fightback to win 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4. "This was not the result that I wanted, but I can take a lot out of this match," Sharapova said ...

'Sorry, Andres' - France Football apologises to Iniesta

Wed, 25 April 2018 00:05:24 +0800

Andres Iniesta has received an apology from France Football for never awarding the Barcelona midfielder the prestigious Ballon d'Or.

Mediacorp, Singtel, StarHub to broadcast 2018 World Cup

Wed, 25 April 2018 09:11:42 +0800

Mediacorp will be broadcasting nine free-to-air matches on okto - five more than in previous years.

Football: Liverpool's Salah aims to shoot down Roma in Champions League semi

Tue, 24 April 2018 23:03:11 +0800

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool are banking on Mohamed Salah and the passion of the Anfield crowd to propel them towards the Champions League final on Tuesday (Apr 24) but Roma stand in their way in a mouthwatering repeat of the 1984 title decider. Spearheaded by Salah and inspired from the touchline by ...

South Africa's Habana to retire at end of season

Tue, 24 April 2018 22:45:32 +0800

South Africa's World Cup-winning winger Bryan Habana is to retire at the end of the season after failing to recover from injury, he said on Tuesday.

World Cup hosts Russia defend anti-racism chief in theft probe

Tue, 24 April 2018 22:38:33 +0800

Russian football bosses are rallying behind World Cup anti-racism inspector Alexei Smertin in an embezzlement probe unfolding less than two months before kickoff.

Froome named in Sky team for Giro

Tue, 24 April 2018 22:15:47 +0800

Team Sky have named Britain's Chris Froome in their team for the Giro d'Italia starting next month despite the ongoing investigation into his adverse doping test.

Former France manager Henri Michel dies aged 70

Tue, 24 April 2018 21:46:24 +0800

Former France manager Henri Michel, who guided the national team to an Olympic gold medal and third place in the World Cup, has died at the age of 70, the French Football Federation announced on Tuesday.

Bayern's Alaba, Tolisso doubtful against Real Madrid

Tue, 24 April 2018 21:10:30 +0800

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes will decide at the last minute if full back David Alaba and midfielder Corentin Tolisso can play in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at home against Real Madrid, he said on Tuesday.

Misfiring Southampton cannot just rely on Austin in relegation battle

Tue, 24 April 2018 20:40:20 +0800

Southampton's Charlie Austin is back to help their relegation battle but his team mates must take the scoring burden off the fit-again striker if Saints are to stay in the Premier League.

ODIs, T20s will help India adjust to English conditions - Shastri

Tue, 24 April 2018 20:05:49 +0800

Playing limited overs cricket ahead of their test series in England will serve as the ideal platform for the Indian team to get used to conditions away from home, coach Ravi Shastri said.

Germany pledges 'perfect' Euro 2024 in heart of Europe

Tue, 24 April 2018 19:46:05 +0800

Germany on Tuesday submitted its official bid book for Euro 2024, saying the tournament would offer "perfect" organisation and an atmosphere to match as it looks to land its first major soccer event since the 2006 World Cup.

Football: Leeds United plan to tour crisis-hit Myanmar sparks criticism

Wed, 25 April 2018 00:37:13 +0800

YANGON: Leeds United will play two friendlies in Myanmar next month as the Championship side looks to build a fanbase in the troubled Southeast Asian country. The tour, which will also see Leeds hold football clinics and PR visits to landmarks including Yangon's Shwedagon pagoda, is likely to stir ...

'Answer questions!' Tokyo 2020 warned by Olympic bosses

Tue, 24 April 2018 18:26:12 +0800

TOKYO: Tokyo Olympic organisers were given a sharp reminder Tuesday (Apr 24) to raise their game after complaints from several international sports federations about preparations for the 2020 Summer Games. IOC coordination commission chief John Coates warned that as the spotlight falls on Tokyo ...

Snubbed Root holds no grudge for England team mates in IPL

Tue, 24 April 2018 17:39:51 +0800

England test captain Joe Root is not bitter about his exclusion from this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) and believes his team mates playing in the Twenty20 tournament will hugely benefit from the experience.

Ancelotti offered job of Italian team coach: Reports

Tue, 24 April 2018 16:59:30 +0800

Carlo Ancelotti is set to be given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy's national team, according to reports on Tuesday.

Rugby: All Blacks champion diversity as Folau anti-gay row rumbles

Tue, 24 April 2018 16:02:43 +0800

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Rugby have released an anti-discrimination video celebrating diversity as the fallout from Wallabies star Israel Folau's anti-gay comments continues. Filmed last year and tweeted by the All Blacks on Monday (Apr 23), the video features All Black stars and their female ...

FA apologises for cheeky Smalling-Kane tweet

Tue, 24 April 2018 15:37:48 +0800

The English Football Association (FA) has apologised to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur for sending a tweet which mocked Spurs striker Harry Kane during Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.

In Iraq, ex-sports stars seek to shake up politics

Tue, 24 April 2018 15:20:18 +0800

In the sweltering heat of Mexico '86, Ahmed Radhi and Basil Gorgis pulled on the same jerseys to represent Iraq's football team in its sole World Cup Finals.

Injury-free Mendy ready to fight for starting spot at Manchester City

Tue, 24 April 2018 15:05:11 +0800

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is keen to reclaim his place in the Premier League champions' starting line-up after making his comeback from a lengthy injury layoff in last weekend's 5-0 win over Swansea City.

Bogut says goodbye to NBA, vows to win in Australia

Tue, 24 April 2018 11:22:21 +0800

Championship-winning centre Andrew Bogut on Tuesday vowed to win games and draw crowds after signing a two-year contract with Australia's Sydney Kings -- a move he said would "retire me from the NBA".

Unstoppable Ronaldo the sole survivor of Real's 'BBC'

Tue, 24 April 2018 10:05:50 +0800

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid's feted "BBC" can be sure of their place against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Salah to hang around to make history at Liverpool: Henderson

Tue, 24 April 2018 09:50:52 +0800

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is confident Mohamed Salah will not be lured away from Anfield in the same manner the Egyptian was tempted from Roma last year.

Football: Walcott downs Newcastle to boost under-fire Allardyce

Tue, 24 April 2018 05:32:53 +0800

LIVERPOOL: Theo Walcott did his best to boost Sam Allardyce's approval rating as the Everton winger clinched a 1-0 win against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday (Apr 23). Allardyce has been under fire for Everton's dour style of play since he was hired in November and fans called ...

Snooker: Ding erases slow start at World Championship

Tue, 24 April 2018 03:30:38 +0800

LONDON: Ding Junhui recovered from a slow start to seize control of his snooker World Championship first-round clash against fellow Chinese star Xiao Guodong on Monday (Apr 23). Ding is bidding for his first title at the Crucible in Sheffield, but his dreams of lifting the trophy were under threat ...

Atletico's Juanfran poised to miss Arsenal clashes

Tue, 24 April 2018 02:46:06 +0800

MADRID: Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran is set to miss both legs of the club's Europa League semi-final tie with Arsenal because of a hamstring injury. The right back was substituted in the 65th minute of Atletico's 0-0 home draw with Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday and was replaced by Sime ...

Karlovic beats former Barcelona Open tennis champion Robredo

Tue, 24 April 2018 02:35:56 +0800

MADRID: Croatia's Ivo Karlovic hit 29 aces as he beat Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-7(5) 7-6(8) 6-4 in the first round of the Barcelona Open on Monday. The Croatian, both the oldest and tallest player at the clay court tournament at 39 years old and 211 centimetres, used his cannonball serve to beat ...

LTA aims to double women taking up tennis coaching roles

Tue, 24 April 2018 02:35:53 +0800

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) wants to double the number of women tennis coaches in Britain to 1,600 in the next five years and their ambitious goal has received the backing of former Fed Cup captain Judy Murray.

Soccer fans will lose interest if domestic game is too predictable - EPFL

Tue, 24 April 2018 02:31:50 +0800

Some European fans will shun soccer if domestic championships become too predictable, the European Leagues (EPFL) umbrella group said on Monday after a season in which Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Paris St Germain ran away with the title.

Van Persie ponders football future despite cup success

Tue, 24 April 2018 01:15:51 +0800

Robin van Persie says he is considering his future in football even after a starring role for Feyenoord as they won the Dutch Cup with a 3-0 win over AZ Alkmaar in Sunday's final.

VAR still right in the spotlight after FA Cup no-show

Tue, 24 April 2018 00:25:41 +0800

Introduced to provide help for under pressure referees, the role of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) still remains unclear after more questions over consistency arose at Wembley on Sunday.

Liverpool's Salah takes centre stage against former club Roma

Mon, 23 April 2018 23:45:28 +0800

When AS Roma agreed to sell Mohamed Salah to Liverpool last June they could well have anticipated that the Egyptian would go on to be a big success with the Premier League club.

Real need Champions League triumph to salvage poor season

Mon, 23 April 2018 23:40:25 +0800

In suffocating August heat at the start of the season Real Madrid stayed ice cool to crush Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup.

Football: Roma signs shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways

Mon, 23 April 2018 23:20:15 +0800

DOHA: Italian club and Champions League semi-finalists Roma announced Monday (Apr 23) their new shirt sponsors will be Qatar Airways in a three-year deal, described as the largest the club has ever signed. The deal was made public just a day before one of Roma's biggest games for decades, the ...

Football: Klopp calls for Roma respect amid Anfield cauldron

Tue, 24 April 2018 03:09:48 +0800

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned the club's fans not to repeat the scenes that saw windows of Manchester City's team bus smashed by thrown cans and bottles ahead of their Champions League semi-final, first leg against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday. City became just the latest ...

AS Roma, Qatar Airway multi-year shirt sponsorship worth 40 million euros - source

Mon, 23 April 2018 21:55:31 +0800

The multi-year shirt sponsorship agreement between Italy's AS Roma soccer club and Qatar Airways is worth 40 million euros (35 million pounds) for three seasons, a source close to the matter said on Monday.

Pau's Armitage out for up to nine months with Achilles injury

Mon, 23 April 2018 21:45:31 +0800

Former England flanker Steffon Armitage has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will be out of action for up to nine months, his club Pau said on Monday.

Roma sign sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways

Mon, 23 April 2018 21:35:32 +0800

AS Roma have agreed a multi-year partnership with Qatar Airways which will make the airline the team's official shirt sponsor until 2021, the Italian Serie A club said on Monday.

Tennis: India tennis star Mirza announces pregnancy

Mon, 23 April 2018 20:51:51 +0800

Grand Slam-winning Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on Monday announced that she is pregnant, but did not say if this meant the end of her injury-prone career.

Sevilla vow to take action after King's Cup final humbling

Mon, 23 April 2018 20:50:53 +0800

Sevilla President Jose Castro says action will be taken after the team's humiliating King's Cup final defeat by Barcelona on Saturday.

Football: Messi zooms past Ronaldo as top earner

Mon, 23 April 2018 20:40:43 +0800

Lionel Messi has overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest earner in world football while Jose Mourinho tops the managers' chart, according to France Football magazine.

Bangladesh player in police custody for possessing ya ba drug

Mon, 23 April 2018 19:10:37 +0800

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh: A Bangladeshi court on Monday sent a female cricketer to two-days' police custody after she was arrested with 14,000 pills of popular drug ya ba, as methamphetamine is widely known in Asia, a senior police officer said. Consumption of ya ba is booming in Bangladesh, with ...

London Marathon runner dies in hospital: Organisers

Tue, 24 April 2018 09:51:37 +0800

A 29-year-old chef who collapsed while running in Sunday's London Marathon has died in hospital, event organisers said on Monday.

Wenger will get many job offers after leaving Arsenal, says Dein

Mon, 23 April 2018 18:40:23 +0800

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will have plenty of clubs interested in his services after he leaves the job, according to the Premier League club's former vice-chairman David Dein.

Thousands of euphoric Napoli fans welcome team home

Mon, 23 April 2018 17:41:19 +0800

Thousands of delirious Napoli fans flocked to Naples airport, jamming approach roads, to welcome home their team after their famous 1-0 win at old rivals Juventus on Sunday re-ignited the Serie A title race.

PFA award winner Sane hails 'best coach' Guardiola

Mon, 23 April 2018 17:31:05 +0800

Manchester City playmaker Leroy Sane has hailed Pep Guardiola as the "best coach in the world", crediting the manager for improving the team's overall performance which culminated in their Premier League triumph this season.

South Africa unveil bumper summer ahead of World Cup

Mon, 23 April 2018 16:48:48 +0800

CAPE TOWN: Cricket South Africa have announced their home schedule for the 2018/19 season that will see tours by Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, with the focus on One-Day Internationals ahead of the World Cup next year. Pakistan will feature in the marquee Boxing Day and New Year tests as they ...

Japan's iron ladies show struggling male footballers the way

Mon, 23 April 2018 16:19:44 +0800

TOKYO: As Japan's women return home with the Asian Cup and bold plans for world domination, their crisis-hit male counterparts have serious work to do to avoid an early World Cup exit. The Japanese "Nadeshiko" came to embody the iron-willed spirit of a country recovering from a deadly tsunami and ...

Football" No need to panic about Liverpool defence, says Van Dijk

Mon, 23 April 2018 16:44:09 +0800

REUTERS: Liverpool's defensive errors in last weekend's Premier League draw with West Bromwich Albion was a one-off occurrence and is not really a concern, defender Virgil van Dijk has said ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma. Liverpool had managed six clean ...

Bulls prop Schoeman bit Hardwick's stomach - Rebels

Mon, 23 April 2018 13:25:27 +0800

MELBOURNE: Bulls prop Pierre Schoeman bit Melbourne Rebels back-rower Richard Hardwick on the stomach during their Super Rugby match on Saturday but the referee ignored the "evidence", the Australian team said. Although not charged on the field, Schoeman was issued an off-field red card by the ...

Olympics - Tokyo 2020 must address questions, says IOC's Coates

Mon, 23 April 2018 12:17:16 +0800

John Coates, chairman of the IOC's Coordination Committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, told organisers on Monday that stakeholders may lose confidence in their ability to host the Games if they do not answer questions about preparations.

Family affair as Thai sisters celebrate Moriya's maiden win

Mon, 23 April 2018 11:34:32 +0800

Thai golfer Moriya Jutanugarn finally joined her sister Ariya in the winner's circle, closing with a three-under 68 on Sunday to capture the LA Open.

Golf - Park to regain world number one ranking

Mon, 23 April 2018 11:00:16 +0800

REUTERS: South Korea's Park In-bee will return to the top of the women's world golf rankings for the first time in 2 1/2 years after finishing tied for second at the LPGA's HUGEL-JTBC LA Open on Sunday. The seven-times major champion will jump from third place to overtake China's Shanshan Feng as ...

US gymnast says spoke of Nassar abuse 5 years before his arrest

Mon, 23 April 2018 10:51:45 +0800

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney revealed sexual abuse by Larry Nassar five years before his arrest but nobody listened, she told NBC News' "Dateline" in an interview aired on Sunday.

Pyeongchang 'raised the bar' for Tokyo 2020: IOC

Mon, 23 April 2018 10:28:58 +0800

A successful Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has "raised the bar" for Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee said Monday, warning organisers to brace for difficult questions and criticism as the Games approach.

NBA's Bogut to return to play in Australia

Mon, 23 April 2018 10:25:36 +0800

NBA championship-winning centre Andrew Bogut has confirmed he will return to Australia to play for the Sydney Kings, who said Monday they are submitting "appropriate paperwork" to the NBL head office.

Bucks edge Celtics to level NBA playoff series

Mon, 23 April 2018 09:36:20 +0800

Greek star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, including the decisive tip-in with five seconds remaining, to give the Milwaukee Bucks a 104-102 NBA playoff victory Sunday over Boston.

Landry wins Texas Open for Tour breakthrough

Mon, 23 April 2018 09:05:22 +0800

Andrew Landry made his first PGA Tour victory a home state affair when he secured a two-stroke win at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Sunday.

Football: Salah crowned English PFA Player of the Year

Mon, 23 April 2018 07:49:31 +0800

LONDON: Mohamed Salah was crowned the Premier League's Players' Player of the Year on Sunday (Apr 22), with his incredible 41-goal debut season at Liverpool beating out strong competition from Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne. "It's a big honour. I've worked hard and I'm very happy to win it," ...

Atletico held by Betis, Las Palmas down

Mon, 23 April 2018 06:30:24 +0800

Atletico Madrid failed to break down Real Betis in a 0-0 draw on Sunday which further reduced their slim chances of catching Barcelona at the top of La Liga, while Las Palmas were relegated after a crushing 4-0 home defeat by Alaves.

Football: Lo Celso hits late winner for champions PSG

Mon, 23 April 2018 05:30:38 +0800

PARIS: Giovani Lo Celso's late goal gave champions Paris Saint-Germain a hard-earned 1-0 win at Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Sunday (Apr 22) as they stayed on course to finish their season with a clutch of records. Argentine playmaker Lo Celso scored twice in last week's 7-1 demolition of Monaco that ...

Yachting: Volvo Ocean race leaves Brazil for Newport

Mon, 23 April 2018 05:20:39 +0800

ITAJAI, Brazil: Seven Volvo Ocean Race yachts left Brazil on Sunday (Apr 22) for Newport in the United States on the eighth leg of the tough round-the-world contest, marred last month by a sailor's death. The departure from the Brazilian port of Itajai saw the two current overall race leaders ...

Football: Atletico draw to leave Barcelona even closer to title

Mon, 23 April 2018 05:10:38 +0800

MADRID: Atletico Madrid warmed up for their Europa League clash with Arsenal by playing out a 0-0 draw with in-form Betis in La Liga on Sunday (Apr 22), a result that left Barcelona closer still to the Spanish title. Antoine Griezmann was left out of the starting line-up by coach Diego Simeone and ...

Football: Koulibaly hands Napoli victory as Juve lead cut to one point

Mon, 23 April 2018 05:33:18 +0800

TURIN, Italy: Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly's last-gasp goal kept Napoli's title hopes alive with a 1-0 win against Juventus on Sunday (Apr 22) to close the gap to just one point on the Serie A champions. Koulibaly headed the winner in the final minute to give Napoli their first ever ...

Motorcycling: Marquez wins sixth consecutive MotoGP of the Americas

Mon, 23 April 2018 04:50:05 +0800

WASHINGTON: Two-time defending world champion Marc Marquez won his sixth consecutive MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday (Apr 22) despite being dropped from pole position to fourth on the starting grid by a qualifying penalty. The Spanish Honda rider won by 3.5 seconds from compatriot ...

Cycling: Tale of the unexpected as Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Mon, 23 April 2018 02:54:10 +0800

LIEGE, Belgium: Luxembourg's Bob Jungels produced yet another surprise victory from distance in cycling's Spring Classics, winning the Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday (Apr 22) after a solo breakaway from 20 kilometres out. Canada's Michael Woods came second with France's Romain Bardet third to ...

Chelsea's Conte says Mourinho spat is over ahead of FA Cup final

Mon, 23 April 2018 02:15:22 +0800

LONDON: Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said he and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had settled their differences ahead of next month's FA Cup final between the two clubs. Conte, who won the title with Chelsea last season, and Mourinho, the London club's most successful ever manager, have ...

Schalke waste two-goal lead to draw at Cologne

Mon, 23 April 2018 02:15:18 +0800

Schalke 04 squandered a two-goal advantage to settle for a 2-2 draw at bottom club Cologne on Sunday but stayed two points clear in second place in the Bundesliga with three games left.

Football: Record seekers Man City thrash Swansea to celebrate title

Mon, 23 April 2018 02:10:38 +0800

MANCHESTER: Pep Guardiola's hope that his team's hunger to rewrite the English football record books would see them maintain their championship-winning form proved well-founded as Manchester City swept aside Swansea City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (Apr 22). The only negative aspect of the ...

Football: United will be Cup final favourites, says Conte

Mon, 23 April 2018 01:50:38 +0800

LONDON: Antonio Conte says Chelsea will be underdogs when they face Manchester United and his old rival Jose Mourinho in the FA Cup final. Conte's side cruised to a 2-0 win over Southampton in Sunday's (Apr 22) semi-final to set up a heavyweight clash with United at Wembley on May 19. But Conte ...

Golf - Levy holds nerve for fifth European Tour win in Morocco

Mon, 23 April 2018 01:05:25 +0800

RABAT, Morocco: Frenchman Alex Levy carded four birdies on his way to a final-round 70 and a fifth career title on the European Tour at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday to provide a boost to his 2018 Ryder Cup hopes. Levy finished the tournament at the Royal Golf Dar es Salam on eight ...

Chelsea beat Saints to set up FA Cup final against Manchester United

Mon, 23 April 2018 00:20:18 +0800

LONDON: A flash of attacking brilliance from Olivier Giroud and an emphatic header from substitute Alvaro Morata earned Chelsea a 2-0 win over struggling Southampton at Wembley on Sunday and an FA Cup final date with Manchester United next month. Giroud muscled and dribbled past three defenders ...

Football: Chelsea face Man Utd in FA Cup final as Giroud sinks Saints

Mon, 23 April 2018 01:18:44 +0800

LONDON: Chelsea booked an FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United as Olivier Giroud tormented Southampton again with a sublime strike in Sunday's (Apr 22) 2-0 win at Wembley. Giroud has made a habit of scoring against Southampton and the France forward was their nemesis in a one-sided semi ...

Athletics: Kipchoge, Cheruiyot celebrate Kenyan double at London Marathon

Mon, 23 April 2018 00:55:34 +0800

LONDON: Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge stormed to his third London Marathon title on Sunday (Apr 22) to complete an impressive Kenyan double after Vivian Cheruiyot beat the heat to win the women's race. Kipchoge, 33, saw off the challenge of Ethiopia's Tola Shura Kitata and home favourite Mo ...

Tennis: Keys sets up US Fed Cup final with Czech Republic

Mon, 23 April 2018 00:07:43 +0800

PARIS: Madison Keys predicted "a crazy" Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic after seeing off Pauline Parmentier to fire the United States past France in Sunday's (Apr 22) semi-final. Keys, 13th in the world, defeated the 122nd-ranked Parmentier 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to earn the US a 3-1 win in Aix ...

Tennis: Nadal swats aside Nishikori to seal 11th Monte Carlo crown

Mon, 23 April 2018 00:12:25 +0800

MONTE CARLO, Principality of Monaco: Rafael Nadal romped to a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside an outclassed Kei Nishikori in Sunday's (Apr 22) final to retain the world number one ranking. The 31-year-old saw off Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to become the first man to win a ...

Football: Arsenal give Wenger reason to smile with West Ham hammering

Mon, 23 April 2018 02:07:03 +0800

LONDON: Arsene Wenger decided to bring his 22-year reign as manager to a close to unite the club's frustrated fanbase, the Frenchman revealed after a 4-1 victory over West Ham was played out in a surprisingly subdued atmosphere at the Emirates on Sunday (Apr 22). Wenger, 68, had come under growing ...

Cycling - Jungels rides solo to Liege-Bastogne-Liege win

Sun, 22 April 2018 23:15:47 +0800

ANS, Belgium: Luxembourg's Bob Jungels upset the pre-race favourites to ride solo to victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege 'Monument' classic on Sunday. The Quick Step-Floors rider sped away from the main group towards the end and never looked back as the main contenders played mind games behind ...