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Published: Tue, 20 February 2018 16:29:00 +0800


Olympics: USA rips Slovakia to reach hockey quarter-finals

Tue, 20 February 2018 16:28:04 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: US top scorer Ryan Donato and goaltender Ryan Zapolski rose after being flattened to lead the United States over Slovakia 5-1 and into the Pyeongchang Olympic men's hockey quarter-finals on Tuesday (Feb 20). Harvard University star Donato scored two goals and Zapolski made ...

Olympics: Third doping scandal hits Games, overshadows magic on ice

Tue, 20 February 2018 16:14:12 +0800

PYEONGCHANG: The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was hit by a third doping scandal on Tuesday (Feb 20), casting a dark shadow over the magic on ice served up by peerless Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Slovenian ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic failed a drugs test and has been banned from the ...

Liverpool's Salah credits manager Klopp for goal rush

Tue, 20 February 2018 14:10:36 +0800

Liverpool's top scorer Mohamed Salah has credited manager Juergen Klopp's tactics for his prolific form, saying a change in his playing position has helped him score more goals.

NBA player JJ Redick apologises for racial slur in Chinese New Year video

Tue, 20 February 2018 14:10:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: NBA basketball player JJ Redick apologised in a tweet on Monday (Feb 19) over a video in which he appeared to use a racial slur to address fans in China. "To all our NBA fans in China and everyone celebrating the Chinese New Year, I want to sincerely apologise to anyone I may have ...

Avoiding wardrobe malfunction a priority for Turkish pair

Tue, 20 February 2018 14:00:34 +0800

A pair of Turkish ice dancers on Tuesday said they take care to ensure their relatively conservative costumes are firmly in place when they compete but maintained it was not due to any pressure from their government.

Olympics: Virtue, Moir win second ice dance gold with world record

Tue, 20 February 2018 15:30:25 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir claimed their second Olympic gold medal with a brilliant free dance on Tuesday (Feb 20), edging to the top of the podium by less than a point and breaking the world record into the bargain. Skating last to Moulin Rouge, the ...

South Korean Olympic skaters face backlash for shaming teammate

Tue, 20 February 2018 12:30:38 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: South Korean speed skaters faced an angry backlash Tuesday (Feb 20) after shaming a teammate in a live interview, prompting calls for their expulsion from the Olympic team. Kim Bo-reum and her team finished seventh in the 500m team pursuit Monday, failing to qualify for the ...

Freestyle skiing - Canada at the Sharpe end of ski slopestyle gold

Tue, 20 February 2018 12:50:08 +0800

Cassie Sharpe dominated her rivals with the two best runs of the final as the 25-year-old Canadian soared to Olympic gold in the women's ski halfpipe on Tuesday.

North Korean official says may be possible to co-host Asian Games with South Korea: Report

Tue, 20 February 2018 11:07:15 +0800

SEOUL: North Korea may be able to co-host the 2021 Asian Winter Games with South Korea and make the North's Masikryong ski resort available for the Games, a North Korean official said on Tuesday (Feb 20) according to the South's Yonhap news agency. Chang Ung, North Korea's representative on the ...

Barcelona wanted to avoid Chelsea, says coach Valverde

Tue, 20 February 2018 09:21:04 +0800

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has said he wanted to avoid meeting Chelsea in the first knockout stage of this season's Champions League and wished the London side had won their group.

Chelsea's Conte has sleepless nights before Barca clash

Tue, 20 February 2018 09:15:48 +0800

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said the prospect of facing Barcelona in the Champions League last 16 has given him sleepless nights as he prepares for Tuesday's clash.

Ten-man Man City sunk by third-tier Wigan in Cup shock

Tue, 20 February 2018 07:30:07 +0800

Third-tier Wigan Athletic lived up to the billing as Manchester City's bogey team by beating the 10-man Premier League leaders 1-0 in a stunning FA Cup fifth round upset on Monday.

Football: Immobile double ends crisis and lifts Lazio into Champions League spots

Tue, 20 February 2018 07:05:27 +0800

Ciro Immobile scored twice in a five-minute blitz to end Lazio's three-match losing streak and lift the Roman side up to fourth in Serie A with a 2-0 victory over Verona on Monday.

Football: Wigan end Man City quadruple bid with FA Cup shock

Tue, 20 February 2018 06:20:17 +0800

WIGAN, UNITED KINGDOM: Pep Guardiola's quest to win an unprecedented quadruple with Manchester City came to a stunning and controversial end when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at third-tier Wigan in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday (Feb 19). In an uncanny repeat of the 2013 FA Cup final, in ...

Boost for Wales as Lions contingent roar again

Tue, 20 February 2018 05:30:14 +0800

Wales have been handed a major boost ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations clash in Ireland with Dan Biggar, Taulupe Faletau, Leigh Halfpenny and Liam Williams all declared fit to play.

Williams hire former McLaren head of aerodynamics

Tue, 20 February 2018 05:30:09 +0800

LONDON: Former McLaren head of aerodynamics Doug McKiernan has joined the Williams Formula One team as chief engineer in a move that will see him working with technical head Paddy Lowe again. McKiernan left McLaren in 2015, after a period of 'gardening leave', before that team began a failed ...

Football: Wolfsburg coach Schmidt resigns after five months

Tue, 20 February 2018 05:59:49 +0800

VfL Wolfsburg coach Martin Schmidt resigned on Monday after five months and 22 games in charge and only four days before a key Bundesliga relegation battle against Mainz 05.

Mourinho sweating over United injury woes for Sevilla clash

Tue, 20 February 2018 02:25:12 +0800

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hopeful that some of his key players will recover in time for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg tie at Sevilla.

Champions Cup organiser to summon Toulon owner over homophobic comment

Tue, 20 February 2018 01:15:12 +0800

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has opened disciplinary proceedings against Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal after he defended Mathieu Bastareaud following the French international's homophobic remarks.

Muguruza to play in Birmingham before Wimbledon title defence

Tue, 20 February 2018 00:55:11 +0800

Spain's Garbine Muguruza will prepare for the defence of her Wimbledon title by playing the Birmingham Classic on grass in June, the tournament organisers said on Monday.

Coleman can go faster, former world record holder Greene says

Tue, 20 February 2018 00:50:21 +0800

Newly crowned 60 metres world record holder Christian Coleman can run even faster in both the indoor race and the outdoor 100 metres, former holder Maurice Greene believes.

Former football coach Barry Bennell jailed for 30 years for child sex abuse

Tue, 20 February 2018 00:55:14 +0800

LONDON: Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been jailed for 30 years on 50 counts of child sexual abuse by a judge who called him the "devil incarnate," the BBC reported on Monday. The 64-year-old Bennell, once a scout for Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, abused 11 boys aged eight to 15 ...

Norway's coach hopes Olympic gold ends funding woes

Tue, 20 February 2018 00:25:13 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: Norway's national coach Sondre Skarli is hoping the country finally ending its long wait for a gold medal in an Olympic speed skating discipline will end years of austerity imposed by a chronic lack of funding. Once a powerhouse of speed skating alongside the Netherlands ...

Football: Liverpool squad 'best I've coached', says Klopp

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:46:37 +0800

LONDON: Jurgen Klopp says his current Liverpool squad is the strongest he has ever worked with as the players prepare for a return to action after a warm-weather training camp in Spain. Despite the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million (US$192 million) last month, the former ...

Football: Spain midfielder Jonathan Viera heads to China

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:07:01 +0800

MADRID: La Liga strugglers Las Palmas on Monday (Feb 19) confirmed that Spanish international attacking midfielder Jonathan Viera is leaving the club to join Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League. Las Palmas did not reveal the transfer fee for the 28-year-old Gran Canaria native, although club ...

Olympics: Canada crush OAR to set up US ice hockey showdown

Tue, 20 February 2018 00:03:58 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: Canada thumped the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0 on Monday to book their spot in the Olympic women's ice hockey final and renew one of the Winter Games's greatest rivalries. Canada have played for gold at every Winter Games since women's hockey became part of the Olympic ...

Olympics: Norway soar to victory in ski jumping team event

Mon, 19 February 2018 22:41:48 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Robert Johansson soared through the night air to land a spectacular final leap that sealed victory for Norway in the men's ski jumping team event at the Alpensia resort on Monday (Feb 19). The Norwegians, who scored 1,098.5 points in total, were dominant throughout en ...

Former England women's captain Stoney retires for coaching role

Mon, 19 February 2018 22:17:22 +0800

Former England women's captain Casey Stoney is to join Phil Neville's coaching staff on the national team after announcing her retirement on Monday.

Olympics: Canada and Germany in dead-heat for bobsleigh gold

Mon, 19 February 2018 23:49:26 +0800

Canada's Justin Kripps and Germany's Francesco Friedrich won gold medals after a dead-heat in the men's Olympic two-man bobsleigh on Monday.

Quotes from the Pyeongchang Winter Games on day 10

Mon, 19 February 2018 22:17:10 +0800

Following are memorable quotes from the Pyeongchang Olympics on Monday:

Football: James Rodriguez - Bayern Munich's 'godsend'

Mon, 19 February 2018 22:07:56 +0800

BERLIN: Unloved at Real Madrid, yet declared a "godsend" by Bayern Munich, James Rodriguez has rebooted his stuttering career in Bavaria and is set to shine again in the Champions League. In his preferred attacking midfield role, Rodriguez is set to face Besiktas on Tuesday (Feb 20) in the first ...

Olympics - Norway's Lorentzen wins gold in men's 500 metres

Mon, 19 February 2018 20:55:27 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: Norwegian Havard Lorentzen struck gold in the men's 500 metres speed skating at the Gangneung Oval on Monday after edging out South Korea's Cha Min-kyu in a dramatic photo finish. Skating after Cha had broken the Olympic record in a blistering lap, the ice-cool Lorentzen ...

Olympics: Canada's Kripps has bobsleigh gold in his sights

Mon, 19 February 2018 21:25:15 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Canada's Justin Kripps was closing on his first Olympic gold medal in the two-man bobsleigh final on Monday (Feb 19) as German sleds in second and third place threatened to spoil his party with one run left. Ahead of the final run, the fastest five pilots were separated ...

Britain's dry slope 'Rocket' targets Olympic history

Mon, 19 February 2018 20:13:48 +0800

PYEONGCHANG: Britain's Dave "Rocket" Ryding didn't start ski race training on snow until he was 21, honing his technique instead on dry slopes in the north of England and content with the family's annual ski holiday. Ten years on, he has worked his way into contention to possibly win a first ...

Arsenal announce record shirt deal with Emirates

Mon, 19 February 2018 20:09:44 +0800

LONDON: Arsenal announced the club's biggest-ever sponsorship deal on Monday (Feb 19), extending their shirt partnership with Dubai-based airline Emirates by five years. The Gunners confirmed the branding of Emirates, which began its sponsorship agreement with the north London club in 2006, would ...

Russian curling chief calls Olympic doping case a 'provocation'

Mon, 19 February 2018 20:06:38 +0800

MOSCOW: Russia's curling federation chief said Monday (Feb 19) the doping case involving a Russian curler at the Winter Olympics was a "provocation" and a "subversive act". Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in the mixed doubles curling with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova, has tested positive ...

Olympics: South Korea, Japan celebrate skaters' bonhomie

Mon, 19 February 2018 20:59:59 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: A photo of rival skaters from South Korea and Japan hugging each other after a tense race has touched many hearts in the two neighbours with a bitter history, with many including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe applauding their friendship. Japanese skater Nao Kodaira ...

Olympics: 'What do they need doping for?' Shock at curling drugs case

Mon, 19 February 2018 19:48:09 +0800

GANGNEUNG: The Olympic curling fraternity was reeling from a doping scandal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Monday (Feb 19) - with many wondering why a curler would need performance-enhancing drugs at all. Russia's Alexander Krushelnitsky, a mixed doubles bronze medallist, is the curler at the ...

Olympics reels as 'clean' Russian curler hit by doping case

Mon, 19 February 2018 19:26:35 +0800

PYEONGCHANG: A Russian curler who passed rigorous vetting to attend the Pyeongchang Olympics was hit by a drug case on Monday (Feb 19), raising questions over the testing programme and the move to let Russians compete despite systemic doping. Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in the mixed ...

Olympics: Rule change ends weighty dilemma for athletes

Mon, 19 February 2018 19:46:08 +0800

As if flying off a steep slope at 90km an hour wasn't enough to contend with, ski jumpers used to have to worry about their weight, but a rule change has all but removed eating disorders from the sport, a senior official told Reuters on Monday.

Medals not the only valuable Olympic memories

Mon, 19 February 2018 19:15:19 +0800

Inside the Pyeongchang venues the world's finest winter sports athletes battle it out for medals, but outside the atmosphere is friendlier as athletes and collectors gather to trade the Olympic pins that are made as mementos of each Games.

Too early to comment on doping scandal: Kremlin

Mon, 19 February 2018 19:00:02 +0800

MOSCOW: Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Monday (Feb 19) it was too early to comment on an investigation into suspected doping at the winter Olympics by a Russian sportsman. Alexander Krushelnitsky, a bronze-medallist along with his wife in mixed-doubles ...

Olympics: Togo trailblazer Petitjean says Africa warming to winter sports

Mon, 19 February 2018 19:09:01 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Togo's trailblazing cross-country skier Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean is glad she is no longer the "new kid on the block" at the Winter Olympics and says the record number of African countries competing in Pyeongchang proves the continent is warming to sports on snow and ice ...

Olympics: Canadian skaters break record as Papadakis suffers 'worst nightmare'

Mon, 19 February 2018 18:39:00 +0800

GANGNEUNG: Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir smashed the short dance world record as French rival Gabriella Papadakis suffered "my worst nightmare" with a wardrobe malfunction at the Olympics on Monday (Feb 19). As Virtue and Moir glided, twizzled and spun their way to a best-ever score of 83 ...

Olympics - Sleepless nights for Kramer after 10km failure

Mon, 19 February 2018 18:05:54 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer is still having sleepless nights over his failure in the Olympic 10,000 metres race but is trying to take consolation from his record-breaking 5,000 performance. The 31-year-old became the first male speed skater to get a third consecutive ...

Motor Racing: Red Bull launch new F1 car with temporary livery

Tue, 20 February 2018 02:01:20 +0800

LONDON: Red Bull became the first of Formula One's top three teams to lift the covers off their new-look car on Monday, a week before pre-season testing starts in Spain, but kept some secrets under wraps. The four times world champions, third overall last year after winning three of the 20 races ...

Football: Galatasaray's Gomis collapses during match

Mon, 19 February 2018 19:09:28 +0800

Galatasaray striker Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed during a Turkish Super Lig game late Sunday, but insisted after the match that he would continue to play "like a lion".

'Love is love': Televised gay kiss lights up Olympics

Mon, 19 February 2018 17:48:55 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Gay freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy said it was a moment that he "never dreamed" possible as a child after he was filmed kissing his partner on live television at the Olympics. It has been hailed by some as a landmark moment in Games history and the footage went viral on ...

Bournemouth players driven by international aspirations - Howe

Mon, 19 February 2018 17:35:22 +0800

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his players' desire to play for their national teams at the 2018 World Cup spurs them on to impress at the club level.

Olympics: Frenchman Faivre kicked out of Games for lack of team spirit

Mon, 19 February 2018 17:45:53 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: French Alpine skier Mathieu Faivre, the boyfriend of Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, has been sent home from the Games after saying he did not care about medals won by his team mates and was only concerned with his own success. The French Alpine team confirmed on ...

Ice hockey - Unified Korean team could be Beijing-bound

Mon, 19 February 2018 17:30:13 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: The prospect of seeing a unified Korean women's ice hockey team return to action at the 2022 Winter Olympics would be welcomed by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), who believe it would keep alive the message of peace and hope. The team has found little success on ...

Tennis: 'One of the best weeks of my life', says Federer after 97th title

Mon, 19 February 2018 17:19:51 +0800

ROTTERDAM: Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings by winning the Rotterdam Open on Sunday (Feb 18), his 97th career title, and declared it "one of the best weeks of my life". The 36-year-old, the oldest No. 1 in history, thrashed ailing Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 ...

Olympics: Vonn joins other top names in shunning Alpine skiing team event

Mon, 19 February 2018 16:12:52 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: The Alpine skiing team event looks like lacking in star quality when it makes its Olympic debut in Pyeongchang this week after Lindsey Vonn became the latest high-profile athlete to say she probably won't be taking part. The inaugural team event is scheduled for Saturday ...

Freestyle skiing - Korean Jackie eager to learn home truths

Mon, 19 February 2018 16:00:10 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: For Korean skier Lee Meehyun the Pyeongchang Olympics have proved a very welcome homecoming as the 23-year-old seeks to find out more about her past. Born in South Korean, Lee was adopted by an American couple at the age of one and grew up in Pennsylvania where she ...

Conte wants 'perfect game' from Chelsea against Barcelona

Mon, 19 February 2018 15:55:15 +0800

REUTERS: Chelsea must play the "perfect game" to beat a formidable Barcelona in Tuesday's first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie, the manager of the Premier League club Antonio Conte has said. The Premier League champions have recovered from a poor run of form, winning consecutive matches ...

Freestyle skiing - Heaven is a halfpipe for unconventional Swaney

Mon, 19 February 2018 15:16:11 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Elizabeth Swaney finished 24th and last in qualification for the women's ski halfpipe final on Monday, but the 33-year-old will leave Pyeongchang having achieved exactly what she wanted - to compete at an Olympic Games. Swaney, born and raised in the United States but ...

Olympics: Doping case launched against Russian athlete

Mon, 19 February 2018 16:01:58 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has launched a doping procedure against Russian Olympic medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky, the court said in a statement on Monday (Feb 19). The court said no hearing date had been fixed yet and no further information would be provided ...

Ice Hockey - US women ease past Finland into final

Mon, 19 February 2018 17:30:10 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: The U.S. cruised into their third straight women's Olympic ice hockey final on Monday, shutting down Finland 5-0 in the semis with two goals by Dani Cameranesi and a shutout from goaltender Maddie Rooney. In the kind of offensive burst U.S. coach Robb Stauber has been ...

Football: Liverpool's Ings inspired by tireless Firmino

Mon, 19 February 2018 16:08:39 +0800

LONDON: Liverpool forward Danny Ings has praised hard-working strike partner Roberto Firmino, with the 25-year-old saying he had improved after studying the Brazilian's relentless style of play. Ings, who has recovered from successive knee injuries, has fought his way back into the first team and ...

Golf - Watson finds path back to the top after losing his way

Mon, 19 February 2018 14:30:09 +0800

REUTERS: The stinging disappointment of missing the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team was one of the factors why Bubba Watson contemplated retirement last year. Watson was ranked seventh in the world at the time but suffering from uneven form and not even considered by captain Davis Love as one of ...

Alpine skiing - Venier sets women's downhill pace with Goggia, Vonn on her tail

Mon, 19 February 2018 13:25:19 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Stephanie Venier set the fastest time in second training for the women's downhill at the Winter Olympics on Monday but race favourites Sofia Goggia and Lindsey Vonn were close behind. Austrian Venier, ninth in the World Cup downhill rankings, was the first of the 53 ...

Alpine skiing - Vonn to defy online 'bullies'

Mon, 19 February 2018 13:16:12 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Abuse on social media would not silence Lindsey Vonn from voicing her own personal political opinions or stop her from engaging with her fans online, the American has said. Vonn has faced hostility from some supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump since she said in ...

Japan PM congratulates gold medallists

Mon, 19 February 2018 12:45:17 +0800

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu and speed skater Nao Kodaira on Monday for winning the country's first two golds at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Freestyle skiing - Sharpe sets pace in halfpipe qualifying

Mon, 19 February 2018 11:45:38 +0800

Cassie Sharpe laid down the two highest-scoring runs of the competition as the Canadian topped the qualifying standings for the ski halfpipe final on Monday.

Russian team in shock over Games doping scandal

Mon, 19 February 2018 19:05:08 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: Russian athletes and sports officials voiced disbelief on Monday that one of their Winter Games medallists was being investigated for suspected doping, a scandal that could imperil Russia's efforts to regain full Olympic status. Alexander Krushelnitsky, who competes in ...

Athletics: Coleman breaks world record in 60 metres, runs 6.34 seconds

Mon, 19 February 2018 09:31:39 +0800

ALBUQUERQUE: World silver medallist Christian Coleman broke the world record in the 60 metres when he ran 6.34 seconds at the U.S. indoor national championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sunday. Fellow American Maurice Greene had held the record of 6.39 seconds for 20 years. "It feels like a ...

Golf - Bubba joins Palmer, Hogan as three-times Los Angeles winner

Mon, 19 February 2018 07:45:12 +0800

Bubba Watson holed a bunker shot at the 14th hole to set the stage for a two-stroke triumph at the Genesis Open - and 10th PGA Tour title - in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Real stage comeback at Betis, Costa strikes in Atletico win

Mon, 19 February 2018 06:35:12 +0800

BARCELONA: Real Madrid mounted a stirring second-half comeback helped by Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos to win 5-3 at Real Betis in a thrilling La Liga game on Sunday, demonstrating their awesome power in attack as well as their vulnerabilities. Second-placed Atletico Madrid earlier won 2-0 at ...

Football: Thauvin boosts Marseille as Lyon lose more ground

Mon, 19 February 2018 06:30:39 +0800

PARIS: Florian Thauvin extended his brilliant run of goalscoring form to earn Marseille a 1-0 win over a resurgent Bordeaux on Sunday (Feb 18) and reinforce their push for Champions League football next season. Thauvin headed in a corner from Dimitri Payet on 35 minutes at the Velodrome to match ...

Football: Real Madrid win eight-goal thriller

Mon, 19 February 2018 06:29:20 +0800

SEVILLE, Spain: Man of the moment Marco Asensio scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target as Real Madrid kept up the feel-good factor with a thrilling 5-3 victory at Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday (Feb 18). Madrid had been 2-1 down at half-time in a fantastic game at the Benito ...

Football: Napoli reply to Juventus to stay top in Serie A

Mon, 19 February 2018 06:53:23 +0800

MILAN: Napoli matched Juventus with a 1-0 win over SPAL on Sunday (Feb 18) to regain top spot in Italy from the champions who had earlier won the Turin derby by the same score. The two Serie A pacesetters both bounced back from European setbacks to claim their ninth consecutive league wins ...

Hawkeye apologises for confusing VAR graphic

Mon, 19 February 2018 04:05:10 +0800

Hawkeye have apologised after a faulty graphic caused confusion during a video assistant referee (VAR) review in Manchester United's 2-0 defeat of Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.

Football: Pitch battle as Reus ends goal drought in Dortmund win

Mon, 19 February 2018 04:00:38 +0800

BERLIN: A brilliant first-half strike saw Marco Reus grab his first Bundesliga goal since May to secure a 1-0 win for Borussia Dortmund at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday (Feb 18) in a match played on an atrocious pitch. The two teams were forced to play on a highly uneven surface in ...

Rugby - England's Haskell, Marler in squad to face Scots after suspension

Mon, 19 February 2018 03:40:16 +0800

England loose forward James Haskell and prop Joe Marler both returned to the squad after suspension as they were named by coach Eddie Jones on Sunday in a 29-man squad for the Six Nations match against Scotland on Saturday.

Kvitova beats Muguruza in Qatar final to get back into top 10

Mon, 19 February 2018 03:15:21 +0800

Petra Kvitova stormed back into the world top 10 for the first time since 2016 by beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the Qatar Open final on Sunday for her second title of the season.

Lyon dropped in race for second after Lille draw

Mon, 19 February 2018 02:30:13 +0800

PARIS: Olympique Lyonnais lost touch in the race for second place in Ligue 1 after they squandered a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Lille on Sunday. Burkina Faso striker Bertrand Traore struck twice before the break, but the hosts fought back with goals by Nicolas Pepe and Luiz Araujo to salvage a ...

Football: Rochdale stun Spurs to force FA Cup replay

Mon, 19 February 2018 04:24:44 +0800

LONDON: Lowly Rochdale scored deep into stoppage time to deny Tottenham Hotspur victory as their FA Cup fifth-round tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday (Feb 18). It seemed Spurs had done enough to book their place in the quarter-finals when in-form England striker Harry Kane, on as a ...

Football: Tech company behind Man Utd's VAR 'wobble' apologises

Mon, 19 February 2018 02:10:38 +0800

LONDON: The company responsible for the 'wobbly line' that caused confusion during Manchester United's debut using the controversial video assistant referee (VAR) system has apologised for a technical error. Juan Mata thought he had put United 2-0 up against Huddersfield Town just before half-time ...

Tennis: Kvitova takes Qatar title and heads back into top 10

Mon, 19 February 2018 02:17:13 +0800

DOHA: Petra Kvitova fought back from a set down against Garbine Muguruza on Sunday (Feb 18) to win the Qatar Open, a victory which will take her back into the world's top 10. Kvitova overcame an awful start which saw her lose the first five games to eventually triumph 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. It is the ...

Kumar rips through South Africa to lead India to T20 victory

Mon, 19 February 2018 01:00:16 +0800

JOHANNESBURG: Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar took career-best figures of 5-24 to help India ease to a 28-run victory over South Africa in the opening Twenty20 International of their three-game series at the Wanderers on Sunday. Having been sent in to bat, India plundered 203 for five from their 20 overs ...

Federer cruises past Dimitrov to claim Rotterdam title

Mon, 19 February 2018 00:30:20 +0800

Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings with his second title of the season, swatting aside Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2 in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tournament in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Cricket: Kohli limps off as India beat South Africa by 28 runs in first T20

Mon, 19 February 2018 00:54:34 +0800

JOHANNESBURG: Virat Kohli limped off the field before India completed another dominant performance over South Africa in the first Twenty20 international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday (Feb 18). Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were mainly responsible for India's 28-run win, just two days ...

Sweden beat Finland 3-1 in Nordic rivalry game

Mon, 19 February 2018 00:25:17 +0800

A diving shot by Patrik Zackrisson proved the difference as Sweden edged Finland 3-1 on Sunday to claim the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament's top seeding going into the knockout rounds.

Olympics: Canada, Sweden, Czechs reach ice hockey quarter-finals

Mon, 19 February 2018 00:30:38 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: Two-time defending champion Canada, unbeaten Sweden and undefeated Czech Republic advanced to the Olympic men's hockey quarter-finals with impressive victories on Sunday (Feb 18). Sweden, which took 2014 silver at Sochi, defeated Finland 3-1 while the Czech Republic downed ...

Olympics: Hirscher rules slopes as Russian doping spectre returns

Mon, 19 February 2018 06:01:27 +0800

Austria's Hirscher hit his groove in the men's giant slalom, winning by an impressive 1.27sec - five days after his debut Olympic victory in the combined.

Tennis: Federer wins Rotterdam Open for 97th title

Mon, 19 February 2018 00:48:24 +0800

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings by winning the Rotterdam Open on Sunday (Feb 18), his 97th career title. The 36-year-old, the oldest ATP No.1 in history, thrashed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in a one-sided final. In the Open era ...

Motor Rally: Snow king Neuville wins Rally of Sweden

Sun, 18 February 2018 23:50:38 +0800

SUNNE, Suede: Belgian Thierry Neuville of Hyundai showed relentless focus to win the atypical "ice and snow" Rally of Sweden on Sunday (Feb 18) having led the field since Friday. Ireland's Craig Breen in a Citroen was second at 19.8sec and Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen, also of Citroen, was third at ...

Cricket: Mendis drives Sri Lanka to T20 series sweep

Mon, 19 February 2018 00:09:15 +0800

SYLHET, Bangladesh: Opener Kusal Mendis hit a blazing half-century as Sri Lanka thrashed Bangladesh by 75 runs in the second Twenty20 to complete a 2-0 series sweep on Sunday (Feb 18). Sri Lanka rode on Mendis' 70 off 42 deliveries to post 210-4 and then bowled out the hosts for 135 in Sylhet ...

Luiten staves off Wood to claim Oman Open title

Sun, 18 February 2018 22:40:38 +0800

Joost Luiten of the Netherlands outplayed England's Chris Wood on the final stretch of the Oman Open to claim a two-shot win and his sixth European Tour title at Al Mouj Golf on Sunday.

Bobsleigh - German sleds dominate two-man heats but Canada well placed

Sun, 18 February 2018 22:25:10 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: German sleds dominated the opening heats of the men's two-man bobsleigh competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday, with pilot Nico Walther setting a confident gold-medal pace ahead of Canada's Justin Kripps. Walther and brakeman Christian Poser crossed the ...

Napoli and Juventus continue see-saw battle in Serie A

Mon, 19 February 2018 02:20:23 +0800

Napoli stayed one point ahead of Juventus at the top of Serie A on Sunday after both teams won their ninth league games in a row, this time beating SPAL and Torino 1-0 respectively.

Japan's Kodaira wins gold in women's 500m

Sun, 18 February 2018 21:00:18 +0800

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: Nao Kodaira stormed to gold in the women's 500 metres in an Olympic record time of 36.94 seconds at the Gangneung Oval on Sunday, becoming the first speed skater from Japan to win an Olympic title in an individual event. Defending champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea ...

Russian medallist at Games suspected of doping - source

Sun, 18 February 2018 22:50:08 +0800

A Russian medallist at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is suspected of having tested positive for a banned substance, a source at the Games said on Sunday, in a potential major blow to Russia's efforts to emerge from a drug-cheating scandal.

Freestyle skiing-Abramenko wins aerials gold after tense final

Sun, 18 February 2018 22:35:24 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Oleksandr Abramenko pulled off one of the best jumps of his life to win the aerials competition in the freestyle skiing on Sunday and become the first Ukrainian man to collect a Winter Olympic gold medal. China’s Jia Zongyang took home the silver medal, while Olympic ...

Fourcade wins biathlon to make French history

Sun, 18 February 2018 20:06:08 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Martin Fourcade became France's most successful Olympian of all time with a brilliant display of shooting and skiing to win the men's 15km mass start biathlon race at the Alpensia resort to claim his fourth Olympic gold. Simon Schempp of Germany lost out to the Frenchman ...

Czechs beat Swiss 4-1 to win group

Sun, 18 February 2018 20:00:25 +0800

The Czech Republic scored three third-period goals to beat Switzerland on Sunday and win their group in the preliminary round of the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament, earning a spot in the quarter-finals.

South Koreans, Dutch reach men's team pursuit semis

Sun, 18 February 2018 20:00:18 +0800

Hosts South Korea posted the fastest time in the quarter-finals of the men's team pursuit at the Gangneung Oval on Sunday, ahead of the Netherlands, Norway and New Zealand.

Belarus president blasts freestyle skiing judges after Kushnir eliminated

Sun, 18 February 2018 19:40:13 +0800

MINSK: Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has complained to the president of the International Olympic Committee over defending freestyle skiing champion Anton Kushnir's failure to qualify for the men's aerials final, saying the judging was unfair. Kushnir, competing in his fourth Olympics ...

Swedes apologise to nation after relay wax mistake

Sun, 18 February 2018 19:35:10 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: The team responsible for waxing Sweden's cross-country skis have apologised to the nation after getting it wrong in Sunday's 4x10km relay, when the defending Olympic champions came a disappointing fifth and bitter rivals Norway took gold. The waxing of cross-country skis ...

Quotes from the Pyeongchang Winter Games on day nine

Sun, 18 February 2018 19:30:11 +0800

Following are some memorable quotes from the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday: