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SA in charge as Morkel reaches milestone
Cape Town: Fast bowler Morne Morkel took his 300th Test wicket as South Africa bowled themselves into a strong position on the second day of the third Test against Australia at Newlands on Friday. Australia were 245 for nine when bad light ended play, 66 runs behind South Africa’s first innings total of 311. But it could have been worse for Australia. They were in deep trouble at 175 for eight before Nathan Lyon hit a Test-best
Argentina to be ‘Messi’s team’ at World Cup: Sampaoli
Barcelona: Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has the talent and maturity to carry Argentina’s hopes of a successful World Cup campaign this year, the national team’s manager Jorge Sampaoli has said. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has led Barcelona to 30 domestic and European trophies during a stellar career but is yet to win a major trophy with the national team, apart from a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Argentina finished
Powell out of Jamaica team for CWG due to injury
KINGSTON: Former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell was left out of the Jamaica team for next month’s Commonwealth Games (CWG) because he was injured, the head of the country’s athletics association said on Friday. Powell, who won 100m gold at the last Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia in 2006, had expressed a desire to race on the Gold Coast despite heading towards retirement at the age of 35. The Olympic
Nadal to feature in Monte Carlo Masters
Paris: Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal, crowned 10 times in the Monte Carlo Masters, is set to play the ATP 1000 event in April after tournament director Zeljko Franulovic unveiled a list of 45 officially admitted players in Paris. The Rolex Monte Carlo Masters, slated for April 14-22, is the first major tournament of the European season following the first two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 of the year in the United States, reports
FIFA team heads to Athens for pitch violence talks
Athens: World Football body FIFA on Tuesday informed Greek deputy minister of sport Yiorgos Vassiliadis that a delegation is heading to Athens in order to hold talks on the recent spell of violence at Football grounds. FIFA Director of European Member Associations Bjorn Vassallo informed Vassiliadis in a letter that the delegation would be leaving later Tuesday “to hold talks with the respective stakeholders on the actions going f
Hamilton sets pace in Australian GP practice
Melbourne: World champion Lewis Hamilton took up where he left off last season with the fastest lap times in opening practice for the Australian formula One Grand Prix on Friday. Hamilton lowered his opening practice best time of one minute 24.026 seconds with 1:23.931 in the second session to hold a 0.127sec gap over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (1:24.058). Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas (1:24.159) was third in Melbo
F1 teams urge better deal to avoid breakaway series
Melbourne: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Friday urged formula One owners Liberty Media and the sport’s regulators FIA to come up with an improved deal to avoid a breakaway championship. Formula One’s biggest teams Mercedes and Ferrari are questioning some of Liberty’s plans for the sport beyond the expiration of the Concorde Agreement -- a deal which binds teams and stakeholders together until the end of 2020. Disgruntled Ferrari
Halep survives Dodin scare; Pliskova, Kerber sail
Miami: World number one Simona Halep survived a scare from Oceane Dodin on Thursday, beating the lucky loser 3-6 6-3 7-5 to reach the Miami Open third round, and while the Romanian was unhappy with her performance she said it had been a “good day at the office”. Halep was delighted with the way she dug in and fought in the deciding third set on centre court. An upset looked possible in the first set when Dodin’s big first
Afghanistan beat Ireland to qualify for World Cup
Harare: Skipper Asghar Stanikzai put a bout of appendicitis behind him to guide Afghanistan to a five-wicket victory over Ireland on Friday to qualify for next year’s cricket World Cup. Afghanistan, after losing their opening three qualifying games, suffered a middle-order wobble that looked to have handed Ireland the advantage. But Stanikzai, who received on-field treatment for dressings around his abdomen, hit an invaluable
Williamson reaches NZ ton milestone
Auckland: Kane Williamson’s New Zealand-record 18th Test century brightened an otherwise wet and gloomy day two as the hosts tightened their grip on the first Test against England on Friday. Williamson’s 102 provided a rare moment of cheer on a truncated day when play was restricted to 23.1 overs with only 54 runs scored. The Black Caps skipper fell after guiding his side to a substantial first innings lead as New Zealand reached
Walker leads Hornets to record win; Rockets soar
Washington: Kemba Walker scored 46 points on Thursday in leading the Charlotte Hornets to a record-shattering 140-79 romp over visiting Memphis, one of the most lopsided routs in NBA history. The 61-point victory margin was the largest in any NBA game since 1998 and marked only the sixth time in league history a team won by 60 or more points. “It was fun. The crowd was into it. It was good to be a part of something like that,”
Federer relaxed about No.1 ranking quest in Miami
Miami: Roger Federer said on Thursday retaining his world number one ranking is no more than a “mini-goal” as he prepares his bid to defend the ATP Miami Open title. The 36-year-old Swiss star needs to advance to the quarter-finals in Florida to hold on to his number one ranking, or face being supplanted by old rival Rafael Nadal in top spot. However Federer, who was beaten by Juan Martin Del Potro in Sunday’s Indian Wells final,
Pantano wins 5th stage, Valverde keeps lead
Barcelona: Colombian Jarlinson Pantano, of Trek-Segafredo, won stage five of the Tour of Catalonia on Friday as Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde retained his overall lead. Pantano edged out Norwegian Vegard Stake Laengen on the final descent in Vielha Val d’Aran, crossing the line with his arms aloft in a time of 5 hours 20 minutes and 53 seconds. Slovenia’s Matej Mohoric broke free of the peloton to claim third while Valverde,
Johnson crashes out at WGC Match Play
Austin: World number one Dustin Johnson crashed out of the World Golf Championships Dell Technologies Match Play on Thursday after suffering his second defeat of the tournament. Defending champion Johnson, who suffered an upset loss to Austrian Bernd Wiesberger on Wednesday, was beaten 4&3 by Canada’s Adam Hadwin at the Austin Country Club in Texas. The loss made it impossible for Johnson to progress from Group One in the round-r
Hewitt slams Davis Cup shake-up as ‘money grab’
Sydney: Furious Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has slammed a proposed shake-up of the competition as a “money-grabbing” exercise that will ruin the century-plus event. The two-time Grand Slam champion said International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty should resign if the plan fails to receive a two-thirds majority at the organisation’s general meeting in August. The ITF last month unveiled plans for
Boxing under Olympic ban threat after alleged fraudster takes charge
Lausanne: If your objective was to see your sport barred from the Olympics, naming a man labelled “one of Uzbekistan’s leading criminals” as federation president might not be a bad strategy. Thanks to Boxing’s ever-interesting governing body, AIBA, we may soon see if the gambit works. AIBA, of course, is not actually trying to have Boxing excluded from the 2020 Games in Tokyo despite naming as its head a man linked to the
Galaxy confirm Ibrahimovic signing
Los Angeles: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Los Angeles Galaxy confirmed the Swedish star’s move to Major League Soccer on Friday, announcing the deal in a Los Angeles Times advert. “Dear Los Angeles, you’re welcome,” the enigmatically worded full-page advert read, above Ibrahimovic’s signature and a Los Angeles Galaxy logo. A photo of Ibrahimovic wearing a Los Angeles Galaxy jersey appeared above a separate story on the front page
Suarez stars as Uruguay down Czech Republic
Nanning: Luis Suarez scored his 50th international goal as Uruguay cruised past the Czech Republic 2-0 on Friday to reach the final of the China Cup. The Barcelona forward also created the second goal for the South Americans, who will face hosts Russia in the group stages of the World Cup this summer. Uruguay had the better of the opening stages and went ahead after ten minutes, when Suarez scored from the spot after being
Sprint king Bolt on target in Dortmund training
DORTMUND: Multiple Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt had the chance to show off his football skills on Friday, nutmegging an opponent and scoring with a header as he trained with Borussia Dortmund in front of a cheering crowd. Some 1,500 people were in the stands of Dortmund’s training ground in the suburb of Brackel for the morning session and dozens of reporters and camera crews were spread along the sideline as Bolt entered
Salah can surpass my Liverpool record: Rush
London: Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes Mohamed Salah can pass his club-record of 47 goals in a season, and hopes the Egyptian’s incredible stats will be backed up by silverware. The Egyptian scored four against Watford last weekend to take his tally to 36 goals in 41 appearances in an incredible debut season at Anfield. Salah has scored 28 goals in the Premier League this season and 36 in all competitions, the most by a Liver
Son’s hot-streak boosts case to be Asia’s all time best
London: South Korea’s Son Heung-min is already staking a claim to be considered the greatest player Asia has ever produced thanks to his stunning form for Tottenham Hotspur. The free-scoring Son, 25, already has 18 goals in all competitions this season, including seven in his last five games, and is well on course to beat his own record of 21 for goals by a Korean in a European league. “In terms of recent form and impact in one o
McLeish wants to impose Ferguson’s style on Scotland
London: Alex McLeish is hoping lessons learned from his former manager and mentor Sir Alex Ferguson can inspire Scotland to qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 22 years. Scotland will again miss out on the showpiece in Russia, but McLeish wants to build the foundations of a team capable of qualifying for Euro 2022, using the principles Ferguson taught him during their time together at Aberdeen. “I worked with a
‘England must fight racism before accusing Russia’
London: England manager Gareth Southgate believes more must be done to eradicate racism in football closer to home before criticising World Cup hosts Russia’s willingness to tackle the problem. Southgate cited a host of racist comments left on social media targeting several black players featuring in an England under-16 side as an example that a lot more still needs to be done to confront the problem in England. “The comments
Buffon happy to be part of new Italy generation
Manchester: Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon insisted on Thursday that he still has a role to play in Italy’s future despite already having passed his 40th birthday. The Juventus star quit international football after Italy stunningly failed to qualify for the World Cup finals. However, he has since reversed his decision and will play against Argentina on Friday, also retaining the captain’s armband. “Everyone knows the truth
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