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Bumrah fifer puts India on cusp of win
NOTTINGHAM: India will have to wait till the final day after two unlikely England batsmen made it a battle of attrition with contrasting style of play in the Trent Bridge Test. Jasprit Bumrah fast forwarded India towards their target, snapping four wickets with the new ball to claim five in the innings, seven in all, in a superb comeback from injury. But England’s last wicket pair of Adil Rashid and James Anderson held out in
 
 
Beckham to receive UEFA President’s award
Paris: Former England captain David Beckham is to receive the 2018 UEFA President’s Award in honour of his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday. The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, who is now 43, will receive the award in Monaco later this year. “I have chosen David Beckham as the recipient of this year’s award because he has been a
   
Bolt takes first tentative steps towards Utd dream
Gosford: Usain Bolt has taken the first tentative steps towards his Manchester United dream after the sprint king joined Australian side Central Coast Mariners for his first training session Tuesday. Wearing gloves and tracksuit bottoms despite a mild winter’s day, the Jamaican did some light stretching, jogging and ball work with the rest of the squad in his maiden drill since being given the chance to win a playing contract by
 
 
Man.City lose Bravo to Achilles injury
London: Manchester City could be without reserve goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for the rest of the season after the Chilean ruptured an Achilles tendon, the Premier League champions confirmed on Monday. “Bravo has sustained an Achilles tendon injury in today’s training session,” City said in a statement. “He will fly out to Barcelona for further tests on Thursday where the extent of the injury will be examined.” Bravo won two La
   
‘Zouuu zouuu’: Iran out to reclaim ancient sport of kabaddi
Jakarta: Kabaddi fans gasped when seven-time men’s champions India -- whose country is widely seen as the sport’s birthplace -- lost their first ever match at the Asian Games. But India’s unlikely vanquishers, South Korea, are not the only country with growing ambitions in the tag-meets-rugby contact sport, reputedly rooted in ancient Hindu mythology. Iran’s women’s coach doesn’t just want to wrestle the title from the
 
 
Liu shatters 50m back world mark
Jakarta: China’s Liu Xiang sparked an explosive night of Asian Games swimming by smashing the world record in the women’s 50 metres backstroke on Tuesday. The 21-year-old set the first new world best time at the six-day Jakarta meet, storming to gold in 26.98 -- the first time a woman has broken the 27-second barrier. Japan’s Rikako Ikee crushed it in the women’s 100m butterfly to win her fourth gold in three days, while
   
China hoopsters edge Philippines in thriller
Jakarta: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson fell just short of leading the Philippines to victory over China’s own NBA stars on his international debut, in a thrilling Asian Games basketball encounter Tuesday. The Zhou Qi-led China edged past Philippines 82-80 in a last-minute win at the GBK Basketball Hall in Jakarta. Clarkson, who joined up with the team five days ago after the US league released him in a last-minute U-
 
 
India women’s hockey team hammer Kazakhstan 21-0
Jakarta: The Indian women’s hockey team registered their second consecutive victory in the 18th Asian Games as they hammered Kazakhstan 21-0 in their Pool B match in Jakarta on Tuesday. World No. 9 India showed their quality with their dominant performance against a lowly ranked Kazakh side, scoring 21 goals in the team’s second biggest victory of the Asian Games. The Indian team started the first quarter on the front-foot as
   
India’s Saurabh hits bull’s-eye in 10m Air Pistol
Jakarta: Indian shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma bagged the gold and bronze medals respectively in the Men’s 10 metre Air Pistol final in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Tuesday. Saurabh, 16, clinched the gold after producing an Asian Games record score of 240.7. It was India’s third gold medal at the ongoing Games. Abhishek, 29, stood third scoring 219.3 to take India’s medal tally to seven. He had
 
 
Hosts’ Irawan mines yellow metal; Diaz lifts first gold for Philippines
Jakarta: Eko Yuli Irawan declared he was a “proud Indonesian” after winning the hosts’ first weightlifting gold of the Asian Games in front of President Joko Widodo on Tuesday. Veteran Irawan, 29, has won multiple major medals in a senior weightlifting career stretching back to his bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, but had never before set foot on the top step of the podium. “I’m a proud Indonesian and pleased for the
   
Indonesian couple name new baby ‘Asian Games’
Palembang: A sports-mad Indonesian couple have named their new baby ‘Asian Games’ to mark her arrival as the country kicked off the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event. The little girl -- full name Abidah Asian Games -- was born about a month early in co-host city Palembang, just hours before Saturday’s opening ceremony, her parents told AFP on Tuesday. “We already had a first name for her but didn’t have a last name,” new
 
 
Son warns of tough route as S.Korea seek Asian gold
Jakarta: Son Heung-min has warned South Korea face a tough run to the Asian Games final after failing to top their group, as he bids for a gold that could save his career from being derailed by military service. Son’s volley in a 1-0 win against Kyrgyzstan fired his team into the last 16 of the regional Olympics on Monday, setting up a clash with fellow heavyweights Iran -- the tournament’s top-ranked team. Nothing less than
   
Rejuvenated Djokovic eyes US Open as ‘Big Four’ reunited
New York: From the pits of despair in Paris, record-setting Novak Djokovic now eyes a third US Open title in New York where for the first time since Wimbledon last year, the sport’s ‘Big Four’ will be reunited. Djokovic became the first man to win all nine Masters titles with victory over Roger Federer at Cincinnati on Sunday. Having captured, against all the odds, a fourth Wimbledon in July, the 31-year-old Serb suddenly finds
 
 
Halep, Bertens withdraw from Connecticut Open
Los Angeles: World number one Simona Halep withdrew from the WTA Connecticut Open on Monday with a leg injury, the day after losing the Cincinnati final to Kiki Bertens. The Romanian, who cited soreness in her right Achilles, said she still plans to take part in the upcoming US Open. “I need to recover in time for the US Open,” she said. This would have been Halep’s third tournament in as many weeks. She won the WTA Montreal
   
Woods eyes Ryder Cup claim at Northern Trust
Paramus: Tiger Woods is aiming to cement his claim to a place in the USA’s Ryder Cup team as he prepares for this week’s Northern Trust Open in New Jersey. The former world number one said Tuesday securing a place in Jim Furyk’s Ryder Cup squad had been one of his goals at the start of his comeback season after nearly two years out with injury. Woods heads into this week’s opening leg of the lucrative FedEx Cup Play-Off Series
 
 
Gasly to replace Ricciardo at Red Bull next season
Paris: French driver Pierre Gasly will replace the departing Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull next season, the Formula One team announced on Monday. The 22-year-old Gasly, who currently drives for Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, will line up alongside Max Verstappen after Australian Ricciardo leaves for Renault at the end of the 2018 campaign. “It has been my goal to race for this team since I joined the Red Bull Junior Driver
   
Zazai stars as Afghanistan see off Ireland in first T20
Belfast: Hazratullah Zazai smashed a blistering 74 as Afghanistan beat Ireland by 16 runs in the opening T20 international at Bready Cricket Club near Derry on Monday. The tourists posted 160-7 batting first after rain had reduced the match to 18 overs a side. Ireland fell short on 144-9, as star spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman taking five wickets between them. Afghanistan will take a 1-0 lead into Wednesday’s second
 
 
South Africa’s Steyn faces another injury lay-off
CAPE TOWN: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn could be set for another stint on the sidelines after picking up a groin injury in a county cricket match on Monday. The 35-year-old, who will undergo an examination of the problem on Tuesday, was unable to complete his 11th over for Hampshire against Nottinghamshire at Southampton and was forced to leave the field. At the time, it didn’t seem clear what injury Steyn had picked
   
Salah in diving storm as Liverpool win at Palace
London: Mohamed Salah was engulfed in a diving storm as the Liverpool star won the controversial penalty that inspired their 2-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace on Monday. Salah was accused of diving by Palace when he tumbled in the penalty area late in the first half at Selhurst Park. Referee Michael Oliver awarded a spot-kick for Mamadou Sakho’s challenge on the Egypt winger and James Milner converted the penalty.
 
 
Witsel rescues Dortmund from Cup exit on debut
Berlin: Belgian international Axel Witsel struck deep into injury time on his Borussia Dortmund debut to save his new club from an embarrassing German Cup exit at Greuther Furth on Monday, before Marco Reus sealed a 2-1 win in extra time. The 29-year-old Witsel, who joined the Bundesliga giants from Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian earlier this month, came off the bench in the 74th minute of the first-round tie. He saw Sebastian
   
Rodrigo strikes as Valencia hold Atletico in opener
Madrid: Atletico Madrid failed to get their La Liga title bid off to a winning start, as Rodrigo earned Valencia a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla Stadium on Monday. Angel Correa gave Diego Simeone’s visitors a 26th-minute lead, but Rodrigo struck in the second half for the home team and last season’s runners-up Atletico failed to find a winner. There are high hopes at the Wanda Metropolitano that Atletico can muster a serious title
 
 
Henry wants Bordeaux job, says Wenger
LONDON: Arsene Wenger is in no hurry to return to management but the former Arsenal boss says fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry is interested in taking over at Bordeaux. The Ligue 1 side suspended manager Gus Poyet last week for his comments on the club’s transfer dealings after the sale of striker Gaetan Laborde to Montpellier. “Yes, he (Henry) wants to do it, he is intelligent and he has the qualities,” Wenger, who is on an
   
No complacency due to competition for places: Kompany
Manchester: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes the champions are well placed to avoid past mistakes and become the first team in a decade to retain the Premier League title. The Belgian, who is the only current City player to have been with the club through the decade that they have been under Abu Dhabi’s free-spending ownership, has won the league three times at City. But on the previous two occasions, City have
 
 
Gomez shines as Atalanta punish new boys Frosinone
Milan: Captain Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez scored a brace and set up two more as Atalanta gave newcomers Frosinone a tough introduction to life in Serie A with a 4-0 home win in the final match of the opening round of the 2018-2019 season on Monday. The Argentine international scored in either half to bring his tally of Serie A goals to 50 in his eighth season, with on-loan Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic getting his first goal for
   
China-based players left out of Cameroon squad
Yaounde: New Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf has named France cap Paul-Georges Ntep in his first squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away against Comoros, but there is no place for two China-based stars. Dutchman Seedorf, who was appointed on Aug.4 as the successor to Belgian Hugo Broos with compatriot Patrick Kluivert as his assistant, has left out both Benjamin Moukandjo and Christian Bassogog.
 
 
Soccer’s big names are ‘Little Wife’, ‘Busty’ to China fans
Shanghai: Mesut Ozil is “Little Wife”, Paul Pogba is “Busty” and Jose Mourinho is called “Magic Bird” — Chinese fans and media have conjured up creative and bizarre nicknames for many of the world’s best-known football figures. There is also “Very Homesick Boy” (Carlos Tevez), “Little Puppy” (Kylian Mbappe) and “Violent Bird” (Paulinho). Chinese is expressed using idiomatic characters rather than an alphabet, making it difficult
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