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Published: Sat, 24 June 2017 19:32:04 +0800


England's Broad hopeful of playing Lord's test against SA

Sat, 24 June 2017 19:20:08 +0800

England's Stuart Broad is hoping to be fit for the first test against South Africa but the recovering paceman would first like to see if he can send down 10 overs for Nottinghamshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup final against Surrey on July 1.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley sells off Rangers shares

Sat, 24 June 2017 18:25:07 +0800

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has sold his Rangers shares to Hong Kong-based investor Julian Wolhardt and supporters group Club 1872, chairman of the Scottish Premiership team Dave King said.

All Blacks face down Lions challenge to win first test

Sat, 24 June 2017 18:15:07 +0800

AUCKLAND: New Zealand winger Rieko Ioane scored two tries as the All Blacks faced down a spirited British and Irish Lions challenge 30-15 at Eden Park on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-test series. The world champions produced a performance of real grit and character to subdue a Lions ...

West Brom give nod to safe-standing trial

Sat, 24 June 2017 18:00:11 +0800

REUTERS: West Bromwich Albion have responded positively to the Premier League's letter asking the 20 teams about their interest in re-introducing standing sections in stadiums on a trial basis, the club's director of operations Mark Miles has said. English clubs are legally required to have all ...

Sri Lanka coach Ford steps down before Zimbabwe series

Sat, 24 June 2017 17:20:13 +0800

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has stepped down after 15 months in his second stint with the team, the cricket board announced on Saturday.

Former Real Madrid defender Arbeloa retires

Sat, 24 June 2017 15:45:05 +0800

REUTERS: Former Liverpool and Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has decided to retire from professional football, the 34-year-old told a Spanish newspaper. The Spain international won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and two European Championships in 56 appearances for his country. He also won multiple ...

Australia labour in shaky 40-27 win over Italy

Sat, 24 June 2017 15:25:10 +0800

An unconvincing Australia suffered a huge scare against Italy before scoring two late tries to secure a shaky 40-27 win in Brisbane on Saturday.

Murray to warm up for Wimbledon at Hurlingham event

Sat, 24 June 2017 15:10:11 +0800

World number one Andy Murray will play two exhibition matches at next week's Aspall Tennis Classic event in Hurlingham as he steps up preparations for his title defence at Wimbledon in July.

WTF? World Taekwondo Federation rebrands over acronym

Sat, 24 June 2017 15:06:45 +0800

The World Taekwondo Federation has changed its name to World Taekwondo after becoming uncomfortable with the "negative connotations" of its acronym, WTF.

Park opens with 63 to take lead in Arkansas

Sat, 24 June 2017 14:35:06 +0800

(The Sports Xchange) - Rookie Sung Hyun Park fired an eight-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Friday in Rogers, Arkansas. Park went out in 31, including a stretch of six consecutive birdies interrupted by her only bogey of the day, and added three ...

American Leeper breaks Pistorius record in 400 metres

Sat, 24 June 2017 14:10:07 +0800

SACRAMENTO, California: American Blake Leeper broke South African Oscar Pistorius's T43 paralympic world record in the 400 metres when he ran 45.25 seconds at the U.S. athletics championships on Friday, officials said. "It is hard to believe. To run 45.25 to break the world record, I am excited ...

Midfielder Harrop joins Preston from Man United

Sat, 24 June 2017 13:30:08 +0800

Preston North End have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Josh Harrop from Manchester United on a four-year contract after his contract, the English Championship team said on Friday.

Ageless Gatlin beats the youngsters in US 100m final

Sat, 24 June 2017 13:20:06 +0800

SACRAMENTO, California: Who says the old man still can't run? Olympic silver medallist Justin Gatlin stormed to the lead in the final 20 metres and defeated favoured youngster Christian Coleman in the 100 metres final at the U.S. nationals/world championships trials on Friday. Gatlin, 35, claimed ...

New Zealand's Coles cleared of concussion but won't play Lions

Sat, 24 June 2017 12:20:12 +0800

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has resumed training and is almost clear of concussion symptoms but will not play against the British and Irish Lions, coach Steve Hansen said on Saturday.

Thompson wins Jamaican 100m title with year-best time

Sat, 24 June 2017 11:45:13 +0800

Jamaica's Olympic champion sprinter Elaine Thompson defended her national 100 metres title in Kingston on Friday with a world leading time of 10.71 seconds.

Golf - Spieth leads by one despite pedestrian 69 at Travelers

Sat, 24 June 2017 07:50:25 +0800

REUTERS: Jordan Spieth had an off day but still found himself in the lead after the second round at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut on Friday. After opening with a superb 63, Spieth could manage only a pedestrian one-under-par 69 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. “For an off day, to ...

US Olympic doctor charged over sex abuse of athletes

Sat, 24 June 2017 07:14:12 +0800

A former doctor to gymnasts from successive US Olympic teams is to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted female athletes, some younger than 13, over almost two decades.

Golf: McIlroy just survives cut, Day signs for wrong score

Sat, 24 June 2017 07:17:11 +0800

Rory McIlroy almost missed the cut at the Travelers Championship on Friday after his foot slipped while playing his approach shot to the final hole, leading to an unexpected bogey in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Rain cuts short Windies vs India ODI

Sat, 24 June 2017 04:40:13 +0800

REUTERS: Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane compiled an opening partnership of 132 for India against West Indies before rain washed out the first one-day international in Trinidad on Friday. India advanced to 199 for three off 39.2 overs before the skies opened over Queen’s Park Oval in Port of ...

Sailing - Winds of change for America's Cup in Bermuda Triangle

Sat, 24 June 2017 04:20:10 +0800

Mystery surrounds what next for the America's Cup if New Zealand win sailing's most prestigious prize in Bermuda next week.

South Africa fight back to level T20 series with England

Sat, 24 June 2017 04:00:13 +0800

Andile Phehlukwayo delivered a superb final over as South Africa beat England by three runs in a thrilling Twenty20 international at Taunton on Friday.

Sevastova sets up repeat clash with Garcia in Mallorca

Sat, 24 June 2017 03:05:18 +0800

Second seed Anastasija Sevastova dispatched Croatian Ana Konjuh to reach the semi-finals of the Mallorca Open grasscourt event on Friday as she bids to go one better than last year.

Renault vow to back Palmer during 'tough period'

Sat, 24 June 2017 02:50:28 +0800

Despite colliding with the barriers during Friday's second practice session ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Jolyon Palmer has the backing of his team according to Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul.

Wimbledon hopefuls beware of Muller the leftie from Luxembourg

Sat, 24 June 2017 02:50:23 +0800

LONDON: When the Wimbledon draw is made next week there will be a few players hoping the name Gilles Muller is nowhere near theirs. The left-hander from Luxembourg is enjoying the best form of his 16-year career and is arguably the form player on grass having put together a seven-match winning run ...

Tennis: Federer cruises past defending champ Mayer into Halle semis

Sat, 24 June 2017 04:13:40 +0800

HALLE, Germany: Top seed Roger Federer reached the Halle Open semi-finals on Friday, beating defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4 and edging closer to a ninth title at the Wimbledon tune-up event. The 18-times grand slam champion, whose last title at Halle was in 2015, skipped the entire ...

Athletics: Gatlin wants to be part of history with Bolt in London

Sat, 24 June 2017 02:31:19 +0800

After years of being Usain Bolt's main rival, Justin Gatlin wants one more race with the Jamaican world record holder and for a special reason.

Yachting: Heat on for helmsmen in US-New Zealand America's Cup showdown

Sat, 24 June 2017 04:09:41 +0800

Opposites both on and off the water, New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling and U.S. skipper Jimmy Spithill are set for a showdown which could see the Kiwi pretender wrest the America's Cup from his rival.

Muller scythes past Querrey at Queen's, Cilic next

Sat, 24 June 2017 02:15:09 +0800

LONDON: Gilles Muller of Luxembourg continued scything his way through the grasscourt season when he beat former champion Sam Querrey at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Friday. The late-blooming 34-year-old chalked up a seventh successive victory on the green stuff as he beat the ...

Kvitova into Birmingham semis, Vandeweghe injury scare

Sat, 24 June 2017 04:30:33 +0800

Czech Petra Kvitova moved into the Aegon Classic semi-finals with a 6-4 7-6(5) win over France's Kristina Mladenovic on Friday.

British player Evans tests positive for cocaine

Sat, 24 June 2017 01:55:12 +0800

Briton Dan Evans failed a drugs test in April, testing positive for cocaine, he said in a statement on Friday.

Southampton appoint Pellegrino as manager

Sat, 24 June 2017 00:35:28 +0800

Southampton have appointed former Argentina international Mauricio Pellegrino as their manager on a three-year contract, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Tennis: Former champs Cilic, Dimitrov into Queen's semi-finals

Sat, 24 June 2017 04:16:22 +0800

Marin Cilic faces a Queen's Club semi-final showdown with Gilles Muller, while Feliciano Lopez eyes revenge against Grigor Dimitrov in the other last four clash at the Wimbledon warm-up event.

Motorcycling: Vinales sets pace for Dutch GP

Sat, 24 June 2017 04:08:55 +0800

World championship leader Maverick Vinales rebounded from his struggles in Barcelona with the fastest time across the first two practice sessions on Friday ahead of the Dutch MotoGP.

Horse Racing: Winter, Caravaggio land Ascot double for O'Brien

Sat, 24 June 2017 00:24:55 +0800

Winter and Caravaggio propelled Irish trainer Aiden O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore to victories in the Coronation Stakes and Commonwealth Cup at Ascot on Friday.

Tennis: Murray to play Hurlingham exhibitions after Queen's exit

Sat, 24 June 2017 00:22:58 +0800

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will play two exhibition matches at Hurlingham next week in a bid to get more grass-court action following his shock defeat at Queen's Club.

Football: 'Passionate' Pellegrino gets Saints job

Sat, 24 June 2017 04:03:10 +0800

English Premier League side Southampton on Friday named Argentine coach Mauricio Pellegrino as their new manager to succeed Claude Puel who was sacked after just one season in charge.

Froome says was never offered triamcinolone by Team Sky

Fri, 23 June 2017 20:10:07 +0800

Three-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome has said he was never offered or administered the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone by Team Sky and was not aware of other riders in the British outfit taking it.

Joseph urges Japan to create opportunities against Ireland

Fri, 23 June 2017 19:45:06 +0800

REUTERS: Japan will need to create more opportunities and show the hunger to win when they face Ireland in the second test on Saturday, coach Jamie Joseph said. Joseph has made eight changes to the starting 15 ahead of Saturday's clash at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium as the Brave Blossoms seek to ...

F1-Red Bull take top two spots in Azerbaijan practice

Fri, 23 June 2017 19:35:13 +0800

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished first and second in the first practice ahead of Sunday's Azerbaijan, in a scorching session that was halted with a red flag after Sergio Perez of Force India crashed into the barriers.

Evans brace helps Wales pip Samoa

Fri, 23 June 2017 19:20:07 +0800

REUTERS: Wing Steff Evans ran in a couple of tries to help Wales pip Samoa 19-17 and finish their two-Test summer tour on a high at a sodden Apia Park on Friday. Alapati Leiua crossed to put the islanders ahead in the fourth minute but Ospreys fly-half Sam Davies slotted three penalties to keep ...

Monk tells Downing he can leave Middlesbrough - reports

Fri, 23 June 2017 18:00:16 +0800

Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing has been told he will not feature in new manager Garry Monk's plans next season and can leave the club, according to multiple reports in the British media on Thursday.

Stoke striker Crouch getting hungrier with age

Fri, 23 June 2017 17:55:08 +0800

Stoke City's 36-year-old striker Peter Crouch is not contemplating hanging up his boots anytime soon and the club's top scorer last season believes his age has made him "hungrier" to continue playing.

Huddersfield face lawsuit over wrongful dismissal of coach - report

Fri, 23 June 2017 17:50:06 +0800

REUTERS: Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town are facing a claim of wrongful dismissal after sacking their goalkeeping coach Nick Colgan last week, the Times reported on Friday. Former Ireland goalkeeper Colgan has asked the League Manager Association's legal team to prepare the claim ...

Everton must improve away form to reach top four - Schneiderlin

Fri, 23 June 2017 17:40:09 +0800

Everton will challenge for a top four spot in the Premier League next season if they can improve their away form, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has said.

Sauber drivers stunned by Kaltenborn exit

Fri, 23 June 2017 17:30:08 +0800

Sauber drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson have admitted they were shocked to learn of the sudden departure of team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, the first woman to run a Formula One outfit, earlier this week.

Ireland keen to hold talks over Lord's test in 2019

Fri, 23 June 2017 17:20:11 +0800

REUTERS: Ireland will hold talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about the possibility of playing a test match at Lord's in 2019 after they and Afghanistan were granted full-member status by the International Cricket Council on Thursday. The two countries became the game's 11th and ...

SEA Games: SNOC, SportSG take charge of athletics team's preparation amid infighting at Singapore Athletics

Fri, 23 June 2017 23:47:11 +0800

The Singapore National Olympic Council says the team will be managed by a major games preparation committee led by Chris Chan and Toh Boon Yi.

Stoke dismiss Shaqiri transfer speculation

Fri, 23 June 2017 16:55:23 +0800

Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is "settled" at the Premier League club and will not be sold in the transfer window, club chairman Peter Coates has said.

Bairstow stays level-headed over limited opportunities

Fri, 23 June 2017 16:55:19 +0800

Jonny Bairstow's outstanding form in the last two years has not been enough to nail down a full-time place in the England squad but the 27-year-old admits he has come to terms with the situation.

Afghan coach has long-term vision for test arena

Fri, 23 June 2017 16:45:24 +0800

While Afghanistan celebrate their lofty status as a test-playing nation, far away in Mumbai, head coach Lalchand Rajput is busy plotting how to instil a five-day temperament into a team more attuned to the hard-hitting nature of limited-overs cricket.

Spain prosecutor open to lifting Messi prison sentence

Fri, 23 June 2017 20:00:09 +0800

Spain's state prosecutor would accept substituting a fine of 255,000 euros (224,554 pounds) for the 21-month prison sentence handed down by a Barcelona court to soccer player Lionel Messi for tax fraud, Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia reported on Friday.

Gamba's Doan joins Dutch side Groningen on loan

Fri, 23 June 2017 16:40:17 +0800

REUTERS: Gamba Osaka attacking midfielder Ritsu Doan has secured a move to Dutch club FC Groningen on a season-long loan deal, the J-League side on Friday. The 19-year-old Japanese helped his country win the under-19 Asian championship title for the first time last year and was named the ...

Ennis-Hill's coach urges Coe to act on medal delay

Fri, 23 June 2017 16:40:15 +0800

International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe must take action over the delay in presenting Jessica Ennis-Hill with her 2011 World Championships gold medal, her former coach Toni Minichiello has said.

Svitolina suffers injury scare ahead of Wimbledon

Fri, 23 June 2017 15:25:24 +0800

World number five Elina Svitolina has expressed fears that a foot injury that contributed to her Aegon Classic defeat to Italian Camila Giorgi in Birmingham on Thursday could lead to her withdrawal from Wimbledon.

Pressure nothing new for All Blacks, says Read

Fri, 23 June 2017 15:15:08 +0800

All Blacks captain Kieran Read says the team do not feel burdened by the phenomenal level of success they have enjoyed and, like the entire country, they expect nothing less than victory in their series against the British and Irish Lions.

CA offer players new deal in bid to end pay dispute

Fri, 23 June 2017 14:50:12 +0800

Cricket Australia (CA) has offered players a revised pay deal in a bid to end a bitter dispute over a revenue-sharing model with just a week to go before the current agreement expires.

All Blacks vanquisher Murray thinks Lions can storm Eden Park

Fri, 23 June 2017 14:05:12 +0800

AUCKLAND: Conor Murray believes that if any team can end the All Blacks' 23-year unbeaten run at Eden Park it is the British and Irish Lions side that will line up against them on Saturday. The world champions have not lost at their 50,000-seater fortress since France's Jean-Luc Sadourny scored ...

Arsenal's Asano rejoins Stuttgart on loan

Fri, 23 June 2017 13:35:06 +0800

Arsenal forward Takuma Asano will return to VfB Stuttgart for a second successive season on loan, the English Premier League club said on Thursday.

Read recovered and raring to go against Lions

Fri, 23 June 2017 12:45:32 +0800

Kieran Read has been training without any issues for the last two weeks and the All Blacks skipper says his repaired broken thumb will be able to stand the rigours of the first test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

Coleman sizzles in 100m heats as Gatlin keeps pace

Fri, 23 June 2017 14:20:05 +0800

SACRAMENTO, California: Christian Coleman displayed the kind of speed that helped him clock the fastest time of the year when he led 100 metres qualifying at the U.S. national championships on Thursday as 35-year-old Justin Gatlin kept pace with the youngsters. Coleman, who has clocked a season ...

Australia's credibility on the line in Italy test

Fri, 23 June 2017 11:10:14 +0800

With rugby union in Australia suffering a crisis of confidence, nothing less than a handsome victory for the Wallabies will suffice when they take on Italy in Brisbane on Saturday.

Football: External consultant to help FAS revamp Singapore's league system

Fri, 23 June 2017 09:50:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will engage experts to help the Singapore football authorities revamp the country’s league system, its general secretary Dato’ Windsor John said on Thursday (Jun 22).  Dato’ Windsor, who was in Singapore to meet local officials, said: “We have a ...

Jamaican Thompson to only race in 100m at Worlds

Fri, 23 June 2017 09:35:30 +0800

Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson will only run in the 100 metres at the World Championships in London this August after skipping the longer distance at Jamaica's national trials.

Cricket - De Grandhomme, Raval earn New Zealand central contracts

Fri, 23 June 2017 09:15:24 +0800

New Zealand Cricket have awarded all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and opening batsman Jeet Raval with central contracts for the next 12 months.

Rangers sign Mexican pair, take summer signings to eight

Fri, 23 June 2017 08:46:18 +0800

Mexicans Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera have signed three-year deals at Rangers, bringing to eight the number of players to join the Scottish side this summer as manager Pedro Caixinha overhauls a squad that finished 36 points behind champions Celtic.

Golf - Spieth returns to form and grabs Connecticut lead

Fri, 23 June 2017 08:25:53 +0800

Jordan Spieth put an emphatic end to his putting woes during an impressive Travelers Championship debut on Thursday, grabbing a one-shot lead after the first round in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Grand Tour teams to be reduced to eight riders from 2018

Fri, 23 June 2017 04:52:06 +0800

Teams will be reduced from nine riders to eight for next year's three Grand Tours while the 2018 Tour de France will start a week later to avoid clashing with the soccer World Cup.

Golf: Garcia two off lead in Germany as Ormsby sets pace

Fri, 23 June 2017 04:22:44 +0800

MUNICH, Germany: Sergio Garcia marked his return to Europe for the first time since his Masters triumph with an opening round 66 to sit two shots off the lead at the BMW International Open on Thursday (Jun 22). The Spaniard enjoyed a bogey-free round at the Golfclub Munchen Eichenried while ...

Cricket Afghanistan celebrates 'big dream' coming true

Fri, 23 June 2017 04:21:30 +0800

KABUL: Afghanistan celebrated its entry into test cricket on Thursday, saying it was a dream come true for the country which has suffered from years of violence and conflict. The International Cricket Council voted in London to make Afghanistan, along with Ireland, full members of the organisation ...

Football - Sanchez breaks Chile scoring record in Germany draw

Fri, 23 June 2017 04:36:00 +0800

Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time leading scorer when he grabbed an early goal in their 1-1 draw against Germany at the Confederations Cup on Thursday.

Football: Liverpool sign Mohamed Salah from Roma

Fri, 23 June 2017 04:33:21 +0800

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool on Thursday (Jun 22) completed the signing of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for a fee reported to be €39 million (US$43.5 million). The 25-year-old agreed a five-year contract with the Premier League giants. Salah, who has also played for Basel, Chelsea and ...

Football: Sanchez makes history as Chile draw with Germany

Fri, 23 June 2017 05:20:42 +0800

KAZAN, Russia: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time top scorer with his 38th international goal in Thursday's (Jun 22) 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup. The Gunners' star, voted man of the match, wrote himself into the record books by capitalising on an early mistake in ...

Tennis: Federer into 15th Halle quarter-final

Fri, 23 June 2017 03:32:31 +0800

HALLE WESTFALEN, Germany: Eight-time champion Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals of the Halle grass court tournament for a 15th time on Thursday (Jun 22) with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 win over German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev. Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam title winner who is building up ...

Improving Federer beats Zverev to reach Halle quarters

Fri, 23 June 2017 01:50:24 +0800

HALLE, Germany: Top seed Roger Federer beat Germany's Mischa Zverev 7-6(4) 6-4 to advance to the last eight of the Halle Open on Thursday as the 18-times grand slam champion sharpens his grasscourt game ahead of Wimbledon. Federer, who skipped the entire claycourt season after winning the ...

Tennis: Querrey ends Thompson's Queen's fairytale

Fri, 23 June 2017 01:52:54 +0800

LONDON: Jordan Thompson was unable to build on his stunning Queen's Club victory over Andy Murray as the Australian was beaten by Sam Querrey in the second round on Thursday (Jun 22). Thompson, ranked a lowly 90th, was the talk of the tennis world after his astonishing straight-sets victory over ...

Football: Milligan penalty rescues draw for Australia

Fri, 23 June 2017 01:45:02 +0800

SAINT PETERSBURG: Australia captain Mark Milligan converted a second-half penalty in Thursday's (Jun 22) 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Saint Petersburg that left both teams heading for an early Confederations Cup exit. Cameroon midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa scored with a superb flick on the ...

Cricket: Ireland and Afghanistan join Test elite

Fri, 23 June 2017 00:50:38 +0800

LONDON: Ireland and Afghanistan were awarded Test match status on Thursday (Jun 22), taking the number of countries playing at the pinnacle of cricket from 10 to 12 in a decision described as "fantastic" and "remarkable". Both countries were confirmed as full members after a unanimous vote at an ...

Boks aim to keep feel-good factor going against France

Fri, 23 June 2017 00:06:16 +0800

South Africa will seek to maintain the feel-good factor that has returned to their rugby in the third test against France on Saturday, knowing that tougher challenges lie ahead this season.

Giorgi upsets Svitolina at Birmingham

Thu, 22 June 2017 23:42:44 +0800

Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi pulled off a surprise three-set win over number two seed Elina Svitolina on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Aegon Classic.

Doping - IPC VP says Russia has until September to conform

Thu, 22 June 2017 23:27:46 +0800

LONDON: Russia has until September to prove it has made the necessary reforms to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) presidential candidate Andrew Parsons said on Thursday. Brazilian Parsons, an IPC vice president who unveiled his election ...

Cycling - Sky name formidable line-up to support Froome on Tour

Thu, 22 June 2017 21:22:22 +0800

LONDON: Chris Froome will have the benefit of a formidable Team Sky support crew as the Briton seeks a fourth Tour de France victory next month. The British outfit confirmed its rider lineup on Thursday for the race, which starts in Dusseldorf on July 1, with specialist climbers Michel Landa and ...

Japan's Joseph makes eight changes for Ireland, Leitch back as captain

Thu, 22 June 2017 20:26:58 +0800

Japan coach Jamie Joseph has made eight changes to the starting 15 ahead of Saturday's second test against Ireland at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.

Chalobah hopeful of cementing a place in Chelsea squad

Thu, 22 June 2017 20:26:54 +0800

Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is hoping to cement his place at Stamford Bridge after making a breakthrough for the Premier League champions under Antonio Conte last season.

Klopp sends message of support to son of Joost vd Westhuizen

Thu, 22 June 2017 20:06:43 +0800

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp left the son of South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen "speechless" after responding to a heart-felt letter written by the boy following his father’s death from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in February.

IOC's Bach to meet President Trump at White House

Thu, 22 June 2017 20:06:39 +0800

BERLIN: International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday, a source within the Olympic movement told Reuters, as Los Angeles bids against Paris to host the 2024 summer Games. The source gave no further details about the ...

Oscar handed eight-match ban for sparking CSL brawl

Thu, 22 June 2017 19:32:54 +0800

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar was handed an eight-match ban by Chinese football authorities on Thursday for his role in a brawl that broke out during Shanghai SIPG's draw with Guangzhou R&F at the weekend.

Football: Oscar gets 8-game ban over China brawl

Thu, 22 June 2017 19:00:38 +0800

SHANGHAI: Brazilian international Oscar was banned for eight games on Thursday (Jun 22) for triggering a spectacular mass brawl in the Chinese Super League between his Shanghai SIPG side and Guangzhou R&F. After the former Chelsea midfielder appeared twice to fire the ball deliberately at ...

Everton's Bolasie seeks benefits of injury layoff

Thu, 22 June 2017 18:53:03 +0800

REUTERS: Everton winger Yannick Bolasie expects to return from his serious knee injury a more cautious player, believing the approach will improve his composure on the ball and help him reach the next level. The speedy Congolese wide man was recruited by manager Ronald Koeman last August and made ...

Afghanistan and Ireland wait on vote to join test nations

Thu, 22 June 2017 18:53:01 +0800

REUTERS: Afghanistan and Ireland could join the ranks of full test-playing nations if they receive the backing of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) conference on Thursday. The body is expected to vote on admitting the two nations into the elite group that is permitted to play in the ...

Halep awarded wildcard at Eastbourne

Thu, 22 June 2017 18:52:59 +0800

French Open runner-up Simona Halep was awarded a wildcard entry to feature at the Aegon International in Eastbourne next week, organisers said on Thursday.

Juventus set to sign striker Schick from Sampdoria

Thu, 22 June 2017 18:32:43 +0800

REUTERS: Striker Patrik Schick is undergoing medical tests at Juventus ahead of his move there from Sampdoria, the Serie A champions said on Thursday. "A formal confirmation of the move is expected later in the afternoon," the club said in a statement. The Czech Republic international, who scored ...

Redmond backs academy prospects to shine at Southampton

Thu, 22 June 2017 18:32:40 +0800

Southampton forward Nathan Redmond believes the south coast club's efforts to promote youth academy players to the first team has provided a solid platform for future success at St Mary's.

Plisson back at flyhalf as France change backline for Boks

Thu, 22 June 2017 16:45:32 +0800

Jules Plisson has been restored at flyhalf as one of three changes to the backline by France coach Guy Noves for the third and final test against South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Soccer: Mexico coach apologises for touchline rant

Thu, 22 June 2017 16:15:16 +0800

REUTERS: Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has apologised after television cameras caught him using an expletive during Wednesday's ill-tempered Confederations Cup match against New Zealand. Osorio said he was incensed during the first half of the game when Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo was left ...

Quiet Munsterman O'Mahony ready to lead Lions roar

Thu, 22 June 2017 16:15:14 +0800

But for Jamie Heaslip succumbing to a hamstring strain just before Ireland's Six Nations clash with England in March, there is a good chance Peter O'Mahony would not be on the British and Irish Lions tour at all.

Shenhua back coach Poyet despite poor start to season

Thu, 22 June 2017 16:10:19 +0800

Gus Poyet has received the backing of the Shanghai Shenhua president following growing calls for the Uruguayan coach's dismissal after a disappointing start to the Chinese Super League season.

McIlroy backs PGA Tour drug testing reforms

Thu, 22 June 2017 14:35:35 +0800

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has voiced support for the PGA Tour's drug-testing reforms that introduce blood screening and revise the list of banned substances to match the World Anti-Doping Agency's directory for the 2017-18 season.

Broad suffers heel issue ahead of South Africa series

Thu, 22 June 2017 13:45:52 +0800

England paceman Stuart Broad suffered an injury scare ahead of the four-test series against South Africa when he left the field with a heel problem after bowling just one over for his county Nottinghamshire against Leicestershire on Wednesday.

Moore included among six Wallabies changes to face Italy

Thu, 22 June 2017 13:30:40 +0800

Australia captain Stephen Moore will return to the starting line-up in a new-look forwards unit for the weekend test against Italy at Lang Park in Brisbane, as coach Michael Cheika shuffled his pack on Thursday.

New Zealand's Ronchi retires from international cricket

Thu, 22 June 2017 13:06:10 +0800

WELLINGTON: New Zealand wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi has retired from international cricket but will continue to play in franchise-based Twenty20 tournaments around the world, the country's cricket board said on Thursday. The 36-year-old played four one-day internationals and three T20 matches for ...