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Published: Sat, 27 May 2017 22:03:23 +0800


Watford appoint Marco Silva as head coach

Sat, 27 May 2017 21:35:15 +0800

Watford have appointed former Hull City manager Marco Silva as their new head coach on a two-year deal to replace Italian Walter Mazzarri who left at the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Saturday.

Defending champion Wood laments Wentworth woes

Sat, 27 May 2017 21:25:13 +0800

Chris Wood was the toast of the 2016 BMW PGA Championship after waving the shortest club in the bag like a magic wand but fast forward 12 months and he cannot buy a putt for love nor money.

Button set to start Monaco GP from last place

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:20:10 +0800

Jenson Button is set to start Sunday's showcase Monaco Grand Prix from last place after McLaren's engine partners Honda detected a power unit problem that will incur a 15-place grid penalty.

Highlanders win ninth straight as indiscipline costs 'Tahs

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:05:06 +0800

WELLINGTON: The Otago Highlanders overcame a halftime deficit to thrash the New South Wales Waratahs 44-28 in Dunedin on Saturday and register a ninth straight Super Rugby victory which kept them in touch with the New Zealand conference leaders. The 2015 champions trailed the 2014 winners by one ...

Cycling - Kruijwijk abandons Giro with stomach problems

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:25:05 +0800

PARIS: Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk has pulled out of the Giro d'Italia because of stomach problems, the LottoNL-Jumbo rider said on Saturday. "After a bad evening and night due to stomach problems I won't be able to start today's stage. Completely empty," Kruijswijk wrote on his Twitter feed before ...

Mathieu hits out at French federation boss over wild card snub

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:05:07 +0800

Paul-Henri Mathieu has hit out at French federation president Bernard Giudicelli for saying the 35-year-old, who played some memorable matches at Roland Garros, did not deserve a wild card for the French Open.

Revenue share is 'starving' grassroots - Cricket Australia

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:40:08 +0800

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland believes the revenue-share model which the body is trying to dump in its ongoing pay negotiations with players is "starving" the grassroots of the game of funding.

Athletics - Chespol loses shoe, then roars to second best steeplechase

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:35:06 +0800

EUGENE, Oregon: Kenyan teenager Celliphine Chespol, after temporarily losing a shoe on the penultimate lap, recovered to run the second fastest women's 3,000 metres steeplechase ever at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Friday. The 18-year-old needed to stop and reattach the shoe ...

Park leads LPGA event by two at halfway mark in Michigan

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:35:11 +0800

LPGA Tour rookie Sung Hyun Park of South Korea shot a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Spieth finds touch at Colonial, avoids third straight missed cut

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:35:10 +0800

Jordan Spieth avoided missing three consecutive cuts for the first time in his career when he turned his game around to card a two-under-par 68 in the second round at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday.

Hamilton most popular driver in F1 fan survey

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:55:07 +0800

Formula One is feeling a fresh wave of optimism under its new owners, while Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are the two most popular drivers, according to an extensive fan survey released on Friday.

Crowds turn out for street meet in Manchester

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:45:05 +0800

MANCHESTER, England: Large crowds took to the streets and squares of central Manchester to watch athletes in action at The Great City Games on Friday, just days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in the city. Several leading British athletes, including 2012 Olympic gold medal ...

Tennis: Wawrinka in Geneva final as Nishikori slumps

Sat, 27 May 2017 03:52:44 +0800

Third seed and defending champion Stan Wawrinka reached the Geneva claycourt final on Friday where he'll face German outsider Mischa Zverev who stunned Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Spain's players' union calls for later games as summer kicks in

Sat, 27 May 2017 03:00:10 +0800

BARCELONA: Spanish soccer players' union AFE said on Friday it had asked for an urgent meeting with the league's organising body to ask that games in the summer months take place at night to avoid playing when temperatures are hottest. The first tier La Liga season finished last week, but Spain's ...

Title-chasing Grace answers free-drop critics at Wentworth

Sat, 27 May 2017 02:55:07 +0800

South African Branden Grace shrugged off criticism about a free drop he took 24 hours earlier to maintain his title push in the second round of the US$7 million BMW PGA Championship on Friday.

Silva joins Manchester City as Premier League clubs start to splash the cash

Sat, 27 May 2017 02:50:10 +0800

Manchester City have begun what is predicted to be a record summer of spending across the Premier League by paying Monaco a reported 43 million pounds (US$55 million) to sign versatile midfielder Bernardo Silva.

Tsonga reaches maiden final on clay

Sat, 27 May 2017 02:02:48 +0800

PARIS: France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached his first claycourt final just ahead of the French Open by beating Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2 3-6 6-1 at the Lyon Open on Friday. Tsonga served 14 aces to reach the 26th final of his career - and his first on the red dirt, where he will face either ...

Gavrilova, Stosur to play all-Australian final in Strasbourg

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:45:13 +0800

PARIS: Daria Gavrilova booked an all-Australian final with Sam Stosur at the Strasbourg Internationals when she beat defending champion and local favourite Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-2 on Friday. Stosur beat China's Peng Shuai 7-6(0) 6-4 to advance, with the winner of Saturday's final also set to ...

Stokes fit to play in second ODI against South Africa

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:05:14 +0800

Ben Stokes was passed fit to take his place for England in Saturday’s second one-day international against South Africa in Southampton after suffering a knee injury in the series opener.

Westwood flies high as Poulter bemoans "pathetic" putting

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:14 +0800

Two of English golf's favourite sons experienced mixed fortunes at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday, Lee Westwood boosting his title chances while Ian Poulter called his putting "absolutely shocking".

MMA: Angela Lee keeps ONE Championship title after choking out Brazilian challenger

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:15:38 +0800

Fellow upstart Agilan Thani of Malaysia fell short in his bid to dethrone American star Ben Askren.

Quintana snatches Giro lead from Dumoulin

Sat, 27 May 2017 01:07:45 +0800

REUTERS: Nairo Quintana claimed the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia on Friday after Tom Dumoulin lost ground in the final ascent of an eventful 19th stage won by Spain's Mikel Landa, meaning the race is likely to go right down to the wire. Quintana's Movistar team attacked 135km from the finish ...

Pochettino dismisses 'rumours' after friendly win

Sat, 27 May 2017 01:02:35 +0800

HONG KONG: Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said he was unconcerned over speculation Eric Dier and Kyle Walker are due to move away from the London club in the upcoming summer transfer window. The England internationals have been linked with moves to Manchester United and Manchester ...

Halep says ankle injury is much better

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:35:10 +0800

Women's title tip Simona Halep gave an upbeat injury update on Friday having admitted a few days ago it was 50-50 whether her right ankle would recover in time for her to play at the French Open.

Spiderman-style works wonders for German Kieffer

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:15:09 +0800

Adopting the spiderman-style crouch to read the greens made famous by Colombian Camilo Villegas on the U.S. Tour, Germany's Max Kieffer powered his way into contention at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday.

Thiem can dream big at French Open after recent run of Nadal matches

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:50:16 +0800

Dominic Thiem, the only player to beat claycourt giant Rafa Nadal on the red dirt this season, is one of the dark horses at the French Open - and the Austrian feels he deserves the tag.

Kvitova return adds sparkle to tough-to-call French Open

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:40:12 +0800

The comeback of Petra Kvitova will sprinkle some much needed stardust on this year's French Open women's singles, with the absence of household names Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams making the draw the toughest to call in years.

German Siegemund out for six months with torn ligament

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:35:18 +0800

BERLIN: Germany's Laura Siegemund, who won the Stuttgart Grand Prix in April, has undergone surgery to repair a torn cruciate ligament and will be out for six months, Germany's Fed Cup coach Barbara Rittner said on Friday. Siegemund, the world number 32, sustained the injury during her second ...

Conte wants to stay 'many years' at Chelsea

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:25:21 +0800

Antonio Conte said he hopes to stay at Chelsea "for many years" despite speculation that the Italian could be tempted by big-money offers back home.

Conte offers support for Wenger ahead of final showdown

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:05:21 +0800

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte offered his backing to Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger on Friday, even if he hopes to pile on the misery for the Frenchman in the FA Cup final.

Top seed Bertens in Nuremberg final again after Doi retires

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:40:05 +0800

BERLIN: Top seed and defending champion Kiki Bertens moved into the Nuremberg Cup final on Friday after Japan's Misaki Doi retired with an abdominal injury early in the second set. The Dutch world number 19 has enjoyed a successful claycourt season in the build up to the French Open which starts ...

European coaches have eye on lucrative Premier prize

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:00:37 +0800

Dutchman Jaap Stam and German David Wagner are hoping they will be Premier League managers by the end of Monday's Championship play-off game at Wembley which brings a £170 million Premier League revenue boost for the winner.

Claycourt king Nadal favourite to regain Paris throne

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:25:12 +0800

For the first time in three years, Rafael Nadal will bounce through the Roland Garros gates at the peak of his powers and favourite to take his collection of French Open titles to 10.

Pique wants to give Luis Enrique one last trophy

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:25:08 +0800

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has hailed outgoing coach Luis Enrique as one of the club's best managers of all time and called on his side to give him a fitting send off in Saturday's King's Cup final against Alaves.

Singapore's rising MMA stars Amir Khan, Tiffany Teo extend winning streak

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:36:24 +0800

Thai-Japanese newcomer Rika Ishige also picks up a second victory on the trot.

Fire brigade called to blaze at Wimbledon

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:10:07 +0800

LONDON: The London Fire Brigade were called to put out a blaze at Wimbledon on Friday, the All England Club said. Photographs posted on social media showed a hedge close to the practice courts engulfed in flames with workmen watching on. "The AELTC can confirm the London Fire Brigade has been ...

Valencia extends Man United contract until 2019

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:05:07 +0800

Manchester United full back Antonio Valencia has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2019, with an option to extend for a further year, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Free agent Zabaleta joins West Ham on two-year contract

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:55:07 +0800

West Ham United have signed full back Pablo Zabaleta on a two-year deal, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Rossi leaves hospital after motocross accident

Sat, 27 May 2017 03:00:07 +0800

REUTERS: Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi was discharged from hospital in Rimini on Friday after a motocross accident while training, his Yamaha team said. The fall, in Mondavio in eastern Italy, came little more than a week before his home grand prix at Mugello on June 4. The 38-year-old, a ...

Ake among newcomers in expansive Dutch squad for three internationals

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:30:09 +0800

Nathan Ake and Sergio Padt have been named in the Netherlands squad for the first time as new coach Dick Advocaat selected an expansive 28-man selection for three internationals in 10 days, starting next Wednesday in Morocco.

WBA suspend two judges over N'Dam-Murata title fight decision

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:25:07 +0800

REUTERS: The World Boxing Association has suspended two judges and ordered a rematch of a middleweight title fight between Hassan N'Dam of France and Japan's Ryota Murata after the bout ended with a controversial split decision last weekend. N'Dam took the vacant title in Tokyo despite being ...

No easy starts for top guns at the French Open

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:10:14 +0800

There will be no gentle start for the favourites at the French Open starting this weekend, with nine-time winner Rafa Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic on a semi-final collision course.

Kvitova included in French Open draw after recovering from stabbing

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:40:15 +0800

Czech player Petra Kvitova was included in the draw for the French Open on Friday after recovering from being stabbed during a burglary at her home last December.

Palace chairman Parish wants cap on youth salaries

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:25:13 +0800

The English Football Association (FA) must look for ways to cap salaries at youth level to prevent a loss of motivation for players who are paid too highly too early in their careers, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has said.

Golf: Former number one Miyazato to announce retirement - report

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:05:14 +0800

Japanese former world number one golfer Ai Miyazato will retire at the end of the season, the Kyodo news agency reported on Friday.

Wallabies hooker set for Moore captaincy

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:05:11 +0800

Australia hooker Stephen Moore will remain captain of the Wallabies even if he might struggle for a spot in the starting side, coach Michael Cheika has said.

Wales boss Coleman says not interested in Palace job

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:00:37 +0800

Wales boss Chris Coleman is not interested in becoming the new manager of former club Crystal Palace and is rather preoccupied with the June 11 World Cup qualifier against Serbia, the 46-year-old has said.

Bilic wants to sign 'game-changers' for West Ham

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:15:09 +0800

West Ham United have set their sights on strengthening their squad with players that can make an impact on games rather than signing replacements for those who leave, manager Slaven Bilic has said.

Chelsea players wary of 'fantastic' Arsenal in final

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:45:07 +0800

Chelsea have to put on a "high level" performance to beat a strong Arsenal side in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley, the Premier League champions' defender David Luiz has said.

Stam staying at Reading regardless of playoff outcome

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:55:14 +0800

Reading manager Jaap Stam will stay at the club next season regardless of the result of Monday's Championship playoff final against Huddersfield Town, the Dutchman has said.

Everton to play pre-season friendly in Tanzania

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:40:23 +0800

Everton will celebrate their new partnership with Kenyan gaming firm SportPesa by playing a friendly in Tanzania during pre-season in July, becoming the first Premier League side to play in the Eastern African nation.

Rooney 'more or less' decided on Man United future

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:25:16 +0800

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is close to making a decision about extending his 13-year stay at the Premier League club but will take a few weeks to contemplate, the 31-year-old has said.

Arsenal must stop Hazard in Cup final, says Ramsey

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:00:13 +0800

Arsenal must make a quick start in Saturday's FA Cup final and clamp down on Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard to reduce his impact on the game, midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said.

Moeen seeks improvement for more sixes at seven

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:55:19 +0800

LONDON: The balance of the England's one-day team means Moeen Ali is required to bat at number seven and the bearded all-rounder, who prefers to ply his trade earlier in the innings, is working hard to hone his skills at a tricky position in the order. Not a power-hitter in the mould of Ben Stokes ...

Man City release quartet as summer clear-out begins

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:20:11 +0800

Manchester City will not extend the contracts of defenders Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, midfielder Jesus Navas and goalkeeper Willy Caballero as the quartet will leave the club during the summer, the Premier League side announced on Thursday.

Barbarians squad finalised for opening Lions clash

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:20:09 +0800

WELLINGTON: Super Rugby commitments have forced selectors to make several changes to the Provincial Barbarians side that will face the British and Irish Lions in the opening match of their tour of New Zealand next week. The Barbarians side are drawn principally from New Zealand's semi-professional ...

Rugby-Australia to set up national coaching think-tank

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:10:06 +0800

Australia will set up a National Coaching Panel to oversee coaching development and education in a bid to strengthen the grass-roots and return the Wallabies to the top of world rugby.

Murray struggles with illness on French Open eve - reports

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:40:07 +0800

World number one Andy Murray is battling to recover from illness before the French Open begins on Sunday, according to British media reports.

Steffi stepped in after Agassi said 'no' to Djokovic

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:05:56 +0800

Andre Agassi revealed on Thursday that his wife and fellow tennis legend Steffi Graf encouraged him to become Novak Djokovic's new coach after he had originally turned down the job.

Manchester bombing on drivers' minds at Indy 500

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:20:07 +0800

Even in the United States heartland the Manchester bomb attack that killed 22 people and left dozens injured was on the minds of drivers on Thursday who will race in the Indianapolis 500.

Football: Luiz happy the risk of coming 'home' paid off

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:40 +0800

COBHAM: Chelsea defender David Luiz admits he took a risk leaving Paris St Germain to come 'home' but as he prepares for the FA Cup final, having already won the Premier League, it's a gamble which he believes has reaped dividends. The 30-year-old Brazilian was a firm favourite in Paris, an ...

United's Europa league win gave Manchester a lift, says Ferguson

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:55:06 +0800

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to the people of the city and said the team's success in winning soccer's Europa League gave everyone a lift following Monday's deadly terror attack.

Football: Sanchez - the 'Wonder Kid' seeking greatness

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:39 +0800

LONDON: Alexis Sanchez's future at Arsenal is in doubt with rumours about a move to Bayern Munich but few Gunners' fans would begrudge him bowing out with a second FA Cup winners medal. The 28-year-old Chilean - known as the 'Wonder Kid' - has at times this season cut a disgruntled figure venting ...

Football: Wenger seeks solace in quest for seventh FA Cup

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:50:38 +0800

Bruised but unbowed, Arsene Wenger hopes to end the most painful season of his long tenure as Arsenal manager with a record-breaking FA Cup final victory over double-chasing Chelsea.

Rossi injured in motocross accident

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:10:19 +0800

Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has been taken to hospital in Italy after being involved in a motocross accident on Thursday, his Yamaha team said in a statement.

MotoGP star Rossi injured in motocross accident

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:41:36 +0800

ROME: MotoGP star Valentino Rossi suffered chest and stomach injuries in a motocross training accident on Thursday and was taken to hospital, his Yamaha team said. The 38-year-old was injured while riding in the event at Mondavio in Pesaro Urbino near Rimini. "He was taken to a local hospital for ...

Alonso the rising tide lifting IndyCar

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:55:11 +0800

There is no mistaking who the headliner is at this year's Indianapolis 500 as Fernando Alonso hogged the spotlight on Media Day at the Brickyard on Thursday.

Gattuso returns to AC Milan to coach youth team

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:40:08 +0800

Former Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso is returning to AC Milan, where he spent most of his career, to coach the youth team, he said on Thursday.

Football: Europa League victory lifted Manchester, says Ferguson

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:24:48 +0800

Manchester United's Europa League victory gave the city a boost just two days after a devastating suicide bomb attack left 22 dead and dozens injured, claimed legendary former manager Alex Ferguson.

Near gale delays first America's Cup races to Saturday

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:15:09 +0800

LONDON: The opening races of the America's Cup in Bermuda have been pushed back 24 hours until Saturday due to forecasts of winds above the limits allowed for some of the world's top crews to compete in their high-tech catamarans. "Forecasts indicate that winds may gust over 30 knots during the ...

Hosting World Cup would be dream for China - deputy football chief

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:10:10 +0800

The Chinese Football Association vice president said hosting a future World Cup would be "a dream" for China, but declined to say when the nation would bid to organise football's showcase event.

Gomez penalty gives Wolfsburg edge in relegation playoff

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:45:11 +0800

VfL Wolfsburg forward Mario Gomez converted a first-half penalty to secure a 1-0 victory over second-tier Eintracht Braunschweig in their relegation playoff first leg on Thursday.

Golf - Unknown Swede Carlsson upstages big guns at Wentworth

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:10:14 +0800

Little-known Swede Johan Carlsson took full advantage of the new improved greens at Wentworth by firing a pacesetting six-under 66 in the first round of the US$7 million BMW PGA Championship on Thursday.

Football: Silva resigns as Hull manager

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:13:48 +0800

LONDON: Marco Silva resigned as manager of relegated Premier League side Hull on Thursday (May 25), the club announced. The 39-year-old Portuguese - who Jose Mourinho once described as his 'kid friend' - impressed during his stay reviving the club's hopes of preserving their top-flight status ...

Motor racing - Bourdais released from hospital

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:00:19 +0800

Sebastien Bourdais, injured in a spectacular crash during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, was discharged from hospital and moved to a local rehabilitation facility, IndyCar said on Thursday.

Bulls appoint Mitchell as Executive of Rugby

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:00:15 +0800

PRETORIA: Struggling South African Super Rugby side the Bulls have named New Zealander John Mitchell as their Executive of Rugby, the Blue Bulls Rugby Union that runs the team said on Thursday. Mitchell replaces Nollis Marais, who will continue with the domestic Currie Cup side. Former loose ...

Champions Trophy success hinges on execution for India's Kohli

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:15:17 +0800

India will benefit from a fitter, more mature squad when they begin their defence of the Champions Trophy next month, but the team have little room for error because of the tournament's short format, skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday.

Tennis: Nishikori fights back to reach Geneva semi-finals

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:31:28 +0800

GENEVA: Second-seed Kei Nishikori saved three consecutive match points in the final set to beat South African Kevin Anderson 2-6 6-4 7-6 in the quarter-finals at the Geneva Open on Thursday (May 25). The 27-year-old Japanese managed an impressive recovery to hold his serve after trailing 0-40 in ...

Football: Navas, Clichy, Caballero and Sagna in City exodus

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:09:34 +0800

MANCHESTER: Spanish international winger Jesus Navas, and experienced French defender Gael Clichy on Thursday (May 25) headed a quartet of players to be released by Manchester City in the promised close season clearout. City announced later Thursday reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who famously ...

Cycling: Dumoulin in pink as Van Garderen wins Giro 18th stage

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:49:14 +0800

ORTISEI, Italy: Tom Dumoulin laughed off the tactics of rivals Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali on his way to defending the pink jersey in a thrilling 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia won by American Tejay Van Garderen on Thursday (May 25). After thwarting a series of attacks by Quintana on the ...

Dumoulin fends off Quintana to keep Giro lead

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:50:14 +0800

REUTERS: Dutchman Tom Dumoulin took a massive step towards winning the Giro d'Italia when he fended off some desperate attacks by Nairo Quintana on stage 18 to retain the Maglia Rosa on Thursday. While American Tejay van Garderen took his first ever Grand Tour stage win by edging out fellow day ...

Sport needs new types of sponsors - USATF boss

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:50:11 +0800

EUGENE, Oregon: Athletics must expand its range of sponsors as it seeks revenue to grow the sport nationally and internationally, the president of USA Track & Field (USATF) said in an interview with Reuters. "Our incredible dependence upon one industry, the shoe companies and the apparel companies ...

Murray slump is a mystery, says Becker

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:25:15 +0800

Andy Murray's wretched form ahead of the next week's French Open has left pundits including Boris Becker scratching their heads about what exactly is wrong with the world number one.

Joseph Schooling returns home to cheer on MMA champ Angela Lee

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:20:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Olympic champion Joseph Schooling has returned home to cheer on mixed martial arts fighter Angela Lee at ONE Championship's ONE: Dynasty of Heroes event on Friday night (May 26). Lee will be accompanied into the ring by Schooling for her atomweight title defence against Brazilian ...

Leeds United manager Monk resigns despite contract extension offer

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:05:16 +0800

Leeds United manager Garry Monk has resigned only days after Andrea Radrizzani's takeover of the Championship soccer club, eschewing the Italian businessman's offer of an extended contract to keep him at Elland Road.

Rugby - Upwardly-mobile Exeter seek to take final step

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:05:13 +0800

LONDON: Exeter can cap their remarkable rise through the rugby ranks by securing their maiden English Premiership title on Saturday but they will need to be at their defensive best to counter the threat of a Wasps team hoping to roll back the years. When Wasps were winning European and domestic ...

Luis Enrique eyes one last trophy in Barca swansong against Alaves

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:00:25 +0800

Luis Enrique is set to leave a mixed legacy when he departs Barcelona but the coach can go out on a high by lifting a third consecutive King's Cup when his side meet Alaves in Saturday's final in Madrid.

Portugal drop Euro 2016 heroes Sanches, Eder

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:55:08 +0800

LISBON: Portugal have dropped midfielder Renato Sanches and forward Eder, two of the heroes from their triumphant Euro 2016 side, from the squad after a poor run of form at their respective clubs. Sanches, 18 at the time, became a key player after he was given a starting place from the quarter ...

Totti confirms end of Roma career, set for new challenge

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:10:18 +0800

ROME: AS Roma's talismanic playmaker Francesco Totti has confirmed that Sunday's Serie A match at home to Genoa will be his last after 25 years at the club but left his future shrouded in mystery by saying he was ready for a "new challenge." The 40-year-old gave no clues as to whether the new ...

Air of mystery hangs over Totti's 'final' Roma game

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:10:14 +0800

AS Roma's home game with lowly Genoa on Sunday is expected to bring the curtain down on Francesco Totti's 25 years at the club though the player himself has not said he intends to retire.

Djokovic can tap into Agassi's brilliant mind, says McEnroe

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:45:08 +0800

Novak Djokovic's decision to work with American great Andre Agassi at the French Open could be an inspired move as he seeks to recover his lost spark, according to John McEnroe.

Jones names Robshaw and Ford co-captain for Barbarians clash

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:40:12 +0800

Chris Robshaw and George Ford will co-captain England coach Eddie Jones' 23-man squad to face the Barbarians in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday.

Rooney left out again by England boss Southgate

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:40:08 +0800

England's record international goalscorer Wayne Rooney has been left out of Gareth Southgate's squad for next month's World Cup Group F qualifier against Scotland and a friendly with France.

India advertise for new coach despite Kumble success

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:40:13 +0800

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) invited applications for the head coach's role on Thursday but will also consider a contract extension for incumbent Anil Kumble.

Tennis-ATP Tour Finals to stay in London until 2020

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:20:21 +0800

The season-ending ATP World Tour Finals will remain in London until 2020, the men's governing body confirmed on Thursday.

Soccer: Prolific Kubo, promising Kato in Japan squad for qualifier

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:30:16 +0800

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic named prolific Gent striker Yuya Kubo and promising Bulgaria-based midfielder Kohei Kato in his 25-member squad for next month's friendly against Syria and World Cup qualifier against Iraq on Thursday.

High winds threaten delay to America's Cup racing

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:15:10 +0800

LONDON: Near gale force winds could delay the start of the America's Cup in Bermuda, with gusts above the limits allowed by its rules forecast for Friday afternoon when racing between some of the world's top sailors is due to begin. "If the prudent decision is to postpone the start of the event ...

Everton eyeing 'productive' players in transfer window

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:35:06 +0800

Everton are looking to sign "productive" players in the upcoming transfer window to strengthen their squad for next season, manager Ronald Koeman has said.

Siegemund out of French Open, Del Potro doubtful

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:30:08 +0800

Stuttgart Open champion Laura Siegemund has sustained a right knee injury and will miss next week's French Open, Germany's Fed Cup captain has said.

MMA: Singapore's Tiffany Teo ready to outlast US opponent at local ONE Championship event

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:10:01 +0800

Despite lacking her parents' support for her chosen career, the Singaporean is confident ahead of her bout against "The Professor" on May 26.