Tuesday, 01 Dec, 2020


Taiwan`s Lu makes history by reaching fourth round

LONDON: Lu Yen-Hsun became the first Taiwanese man to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam when his third round opponent Florian Mayer retired during the third set here at Wimbledon on Friday. Lu had taken the first two sets 6-4 and was a break up at 2-1 in the third when Mayer

Home favourite Murray ready for unorthodox Simon

LONDON : After meeting Queen Elizabeth on Thursday, Britain`s Andy Murray will be hoping for another majestic performance when he faces Frenchman Gilles Simon in the third round on Saturday. A barnstorming demolition of Finland`s Jarkko Nieminen has raised expectations among a British

Ivory Coast bow out on victorious note

NELSPRUIT: Ivory Coast joined the exodus of African teams from the World Cup here on Friday as they could only beat already eliminated North Korea 3-0 in their Group G match. Chasing a seemingly impossible nine goals to nudge Portugal out of the last 16 - though it wouldn`t have made a

Hewitt downs Monfils for fourth round spot

LONDON: Australia`s Lleyton Hewitt beat France`s Gael Monfils in straight sets on Friday to progress through to the men`s fourth round at Wimbledon. The 2002 champion won 6-3, 7-6 (11/9), 6-4 and was forced to dig deep in the second set before eventually triumphing in the crucial tie

Record-breaker Isner finally runs out of steam

LONDON: John Isner said he would be doing "anything but tennis" as he tries to recover from his record-shattering exploits at Wimbledon. Isner, who played the longest tennis match ever to make it through the first round, crashed out of the second round in straight sets as the "brutal"

Mexico have to cut off supply to Messi: Marquez

JOHANNESBURG: If Mexico are to have a hope of seeing off Argentina to reach the World Cup quarter-finals they have to close off the supply to dangerman Lionel Messi, the world footballer of the year`s Barcelona teammate Rafael Marquez says. Looking forward to Sunday`s encounter Marquez

India ponders IPL format in post-Modi era

NEW DELHI: India`s cricket chiefs on Friday moved to make a new start for the scandal-hit Indian Premier League, hoping to dispel doubts over the event`s future in the absence of its creator Lalit Modi. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) met representatives of the 10 teams and held a

Cannavaro says fear cost Italy

IRENE: Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro on Friday blamed fear for the reigning champions` ignominious exit from the World Cup following a shock 3-2 defeat to debutants Slovakia. The 36-year-old, who has now played his last match for the Azzurri and will move to Al-Ahli in Dubai next season,

No worries over Germany-England match security

JOHANNESBURG: The World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) said on Friday that they were not worried about potential trouble in the high-octane last 16 clash between old rivals Germany and England on Sunday. LOC spokesman Jermaine Craig said that they had been in close contact with

African hopes Ghana again bar US path at World Cup

RUSTENBURG: Four years after sending the United States crashing out of the World Cup, Ghana`s Black Stars again block the Americans` path and are the only African team into the knockout rounds. Former US President Bill Clinton is among the American supporters who will make his way to

Italy crash out of World Cup

JOHANNESBURG: Holders Italy bombed out in the first round of the World Cup on Thursday, as South African police beefed up security for a showdown between two of Europe`s other big guns, Germany and England. The Italians` stunning 3-2 loss to Slovakia in Johannesburg was the shock of the

Obama phones US World Cup heroes

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama told America`s World Cup heroes Thursday that the West Wing of the White House erupted in cheers when Landon Donovan scored the dramatic winning goal against Algeria. Obama called the jubilant United States team as they prepared in South Africa for

Japan eye bigger prize after breakthrough

RUSTENBURG: Japan star Keisuke Honda has backed his side to make an even bigger impression on this World Cup after a landmark victory over Denmark sent the Blue Samurai into the last 16 for the first time on foreign soil. Honda picked up the man of the match award after scoring a

Disappointment, pride for fans as NZ bows out

WELLINGTON: New Zealanders` disappointment as the All Whites bowed out of the World Cup was quickly overtaken by pride Friday as their unfancied team ended the competition unbeaten.   The World Cup minnows` scoreless draw with Paraguay in their final pool match followed draws with

Humiliated Italy crash out, Japan make history

JOHANNESBURG: Humiliated defending champions Italy joined former winners France on the World Cup scrapheap on Thursday and Japan ensured Asia has two qualifiers for the last 16. This shock-riddled World Cup delivered another twist when four-time world champions Italy slumped 3-2 to a

Paraguay top group after drab goalless draw

POLOKWANE: Paraguay topped Group F at the World Cup on Thursday after a drab 0-0 draw with surprise packets New Zealand.The polished South Americans who harbour dreams of at least a quarter-finals place ended with five points and were joined in the round of 16 by Slovakia, who stunned

Sarkozy meets Thierry Henry over World Cup fiasco

PARIS: Football star Thierry Henry met Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee palace on Thursday as the president demanded answers over the French teams humiliating exit from the World Cup.Henry flew in from South Africa and was taken in a limousine provided by the French presidency to meet with

King Otto set to be removed from Greek hotseat

ATHENS: Veteran German coach Otto Rehhagel is to be asked to step down after nearly nine years as Greek coach, the Greek Football Federation (EPO) president said on Thursday.The 72-year-old guided the Greeks to a shock victory in Euro 2004 and qualified them for both Euro 2008 and the

Mexicans look to learn from past lessons

JOHANNESBURG: Mexico say they will look to learn lessons from the past when they play Argentina in their second round match at the World Cup in Johannesburg on Sunday.Mexico lost to Diego Maradona`s two-times champions at the same stage of the last World Cup in Germany to an extra-time

Well done Ghana, say World Cup organisers

JOHANNESBURG: World Cup organisers have congratulated Ghana for qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup where they will likely be the sole African representative. The Ghanaians went through despite losing 1-0 to Germany, edging out both Australia and Serbia in a tight Group D and