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Stielike gets vote of confidence despite China defeat

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:35:15 GMT

Uli Stielike's future as the South Korea head coach is safe despite the stunning 1-0 defeat to China in Thursday's World Cup qualifier, Korean FA chief Chung Mong-gyu said on Friday.



Cricket - De Kock to play third test against depleted New Zealand

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:30:30 GMT

South Africa's Quinton de Kock has been cleared to play the third test against New Zealand in Hamilton after passing a late fitness test on Friday.



Tennis - Indian Wells champion Vesnina on ropes against world 594

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:30:22 GMT

Russian Elena Vesnina and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza were in big trouble in their second round matches when the weather came to their rescue at the Miami Open in Florida on Thursday.



Sundown Marathon participants riled over race pack collection delays

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:30:39 GMT

Some people were angry that they had to wait more than two hours in the sun to pick up their race packs. 



Goalscorer Leckie looks forward to Australia's home run

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:30:26 GMT

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Australian Rules - 'Footy diplomacy' paves way for push into China

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:15:34 GMT

Grabbing a slice of China's huge market has proved elusive for an array of foreign sports but the full-contact game of Australian Rules is planning to tackle the nation head-on with a soft-power offensive backed by business and diplomacy.



Motor racing - Hamilton fastest in first free practise in Australia

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:15:23 GMT

Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of new Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in the first free practise session at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday.



Sweden veteran Larsson has no plans to retire

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:35:41 GMT

Sweden stalwart Sebastian Larsson may have missed the autumn internationals due to a knee operation but there is no end in sight for the 31-year-old who is back in the squad aiming to increase his haul of 87 caps.



Messi penalty lifts Argentina into qualifying berths

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:00:13 GMT

Lionel Messi converted a penalty as Argentina laboured to a 1-0 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that put them back in the automatic qualifying spots for next year's finals in Russia.



Schooling wins two relay golds with Longhorns at NCAA Championships

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:30:38 GMT

The Texas team also busted the NCAA and US records for the 400-yard medley relay. 



Paulinho hat-trick keeps Brazil on road to Russia

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:00:16 GMT

Brazil recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo on Thursday, with Paulinho grabbing a hat-trick in a win that all but cemented their place at next year's World Cup finals.



Tottenham get green light to fill Wembley for home matches

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:35:20 GMT

Tottenham Hotspur have been given approval to play the majority of their home matches next season in front of a capacity crowd at Wembley if they take up an option to play at the stadium, British media reported on Thursday.



Boult ruled out for New Zealand, Kuggeleijn called in

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:05:23 GMT

New Zealand's left-arm seamer Trent Boult has been ruled out of the third test against South Africa and been replaced in the squad by the uncapped Scott Kuggeleijn.



Johnson stays perfect as McIlroy eliminated at Match Play

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:24 GMT

World number one Dustin Johnson continued his perfect record at the WGC-Dell Match Play on Thursday while number two Rory McIlroy was eliminated without even setting foot on the course.



Golf: Mullinax grabs lead at Puerto Rico Open

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:12:58 GMT

Five days after marrying his high school sweetheart, American rookie Trey Mullinax fired a bogey-free nine-under par 63 to seize a one-stroke lead on Thursday at the storm-hit Puerto Rico Open.



Football: Rodriguez at the double as Bolivia pay penalty

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:57:08 GMT

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez bundled in the rebound from a late penalty as Colombia defeated Bolivia 1-0 on Thursday to boost their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.



Barca open memorial space for late president Montal

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:05:23 GMT

Barcelona have announced they will open up a memorial space at the Nou Camp stadium on Friday for supporters to pay their respects to former club president Agusti Montal, who died on Wednesday aged 82.



FIFA looks to ease the fixture burden on players

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:00:18 GMT

FIFA needs to take care of the players when it plans the next international match calendar, the head of a key committee at soccer's governing body told Reuters on Thursday.



Grenoble players released from custody in rape case

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:00:14 GMT

Three Grenoble rugby players who were being detained following a rape complaint have been released from police custody pending further investigations, a French prosecutor said on Thursday.



Tennis: Pliskova eases through in Miami Open

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:49:29 GMT

Second seed Karolina Pliskova cruised into the third round of the Miami Open, the Czech beating American qualifier Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday.



Out-of-favour Benzema wants showdown with Deschamps

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:45:11 GMT

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has asked France coach Didier Deschamps for an explanation on why he was not selected for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.



Japan and Iran remain on track to book World Cup berths

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:25:21 GMT

Japan stayed on course to book their spot at next year's World Cup finals as Vahid Halilhodzic's side handed the United Arab Emirates a 2-0 defeat on Thursday, while Iran recorded a 1-0 win over Qatar.



Tour de France sets wheels in motion for Chinese revolution

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:40:21 GMT

Selling the world's most famous cycle race to a country where an estimated 450 million people own a bike hardly sounds like a revolutionary concept.



Everton agree funding deal for new stadium site

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:35:16 GMT

Everton's plan to move to a new stadium alongside the River Mersey moved a step forward when the Premier League club announced on Thursday a finance model to buy land at Bramley Moore Dock.



Beckenbauer questioned by Swiss prosecutors over World Cup bid

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:30:14 GMT

Former German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer was questioned by Swiss prosecutors on Thursday as part of their investigation into his country's successful bid for the 2006 World Cup.



Former Disney boss Eisner in talks to buy Portsmouth

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:30:13 GMT

Former top-flight side Portsmouth, now languishing in the fourth tier of English soccer, announced on Thursday an exclusivity agreement with ex-Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner and his Tornante Company.



Bouhanni wins Catalonia stage five, Van Garderen still leads

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:25:16 GMT

Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni won a weather-shortened fourth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Thursday while American Tejay van Garderen retained the overall lead.



Squash: Gawad's top spot bid thwarted by best friend

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:08:00 GMT

World champion Karim Gawad was beaten 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 by Mohamed Abouelghar, the world number 23 with whom he is rooming, just when he was on the brink of climbing to the summit.



India call up uncapped Iyer as cover for injured Kohli

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:05:20 GMT

India have called up uncapped batsman Shreyas Iyer for the fourth and final test against Australia as cover for captain Virat Kohli who has not recovered fully from a shoulder injury.



Heavy car means crash diet for Force India's Perez

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:15:29 GMT

Mexican Formula One driver Sergio Perez has been on a crash diet ahead of Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix after Force India asked him to shed some kilos to compensate for an overweight car.