Wednesday, 25 May, 2022


Players` chief calls for uniform referral system

  SYDNEY: The chief of the Federation of International Cricketers` Associations on Friday called for the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) to be applied throughout all Test series. The referral system is being used in a Test series in Britain for the first time during the current

Gritty Sri Lanka leave India a mountain to climb

COLOMBO: India`s renowned batsmen were handed a stern challenge to secure a series-levelling win in the final Test after Sri Lanka fought hard with both bat and ball on Friday.India, set a victory target of 257, ended the rousing fourth day`s play on 53-3 in their second innings,

USA name strong squad for Brazil challenge

Chicago: Landon Donovan and Tim Howard are among 14 players from the USA`s FIFA World Cup™ squad named for next Tuesday`s friendly against Brazil in New Jersey. More than 55,000 tickets have already been sold for the Americans meeting with the five-time FIFA World Cup champion at the

Test hangs in the balance as India fight back

COLOMBO:Defiant batting by India`s tailenders and twin blows by part-time spinner Virender Sehwag left the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka evenly poised on Thursday. India, chasing Sri Lanka`s first innings total of 425, were reduced to 321-6 in the post-lunch session of

Tiger`s grip on the top spot under threat at Firestone

AKRON: Extra spice has been added to this week`s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational where Tiger Woods is in danger of being dethroned as world number one by either fellow American Phil Mickelson or Britain`s Lee Westwood.Mickelson would take over at the top for the first time with victory at

Kaka out for three to four months after operation

Sports Real Madrid star Kaka is expected to be out of action for three to four months after undergoing an operation on his left knee, his club Real Madrid announced on their website Thursday.Following an earlier announcement that the

I know Bolt will break more records, says mum

LONDON: Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, will smash his world records yet again if he listens to his mum, she told AFP.Jennifer Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter`s mother, said she had tried simply telling her son to run even faster, but gentle encouragement combined with hard work in

Asif wants Pakistan to learn from Morgan

BIRMINGHAM: Mohammad Asif has urged Pakistan`s batsmen to follow the example of England`s Eoin Morgan as the tourists look for a series-levelling win in the second Test here at Edgbaston.Pakistan suffered a 354-run thrashing in last week`s first of four Tests at Trent Bridge, in a match

Phelps paying price for lax training at US meet

IRVINE: Michael Phelps` lack of focus in wake of the 2009 World Championships drove Bob Bowman to distraction, but the perfectionist coach thinks the virtual vacation was vital to the swimming star`s continuing career."If we wanted him to swim into London, we had to have this year,"

Paraguay to play Australia, New Zealand in October

SYDNEY: World Cup quarter-finalists Paraguay will play Australia and New Zealand in October in two friendlies.The South Americans take on Australia at Sydney Football Stadium on October 9 and play New Zealand three days later at a venue to be confirmed, Football Federation Australia and

Messi says didn`t want Maradona to go

BEIJING: Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi said Thursday he was sad to see national coach Diego Maradona go, but that the football legend`s sacking was just part of the game.Messi is in the Chinese capital with Spanish champions Barcelona for a friendly on Sunday against reigning Chinese

Messi says he hopes to play with Fabregas

BEIJING: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said Thursday he hopes to one day play with Cesc Fabregas, the Arsenal captain who has made no secret of his desire to eventually join the Spanish champions.Messi made the comments at a press conference ahead of a friendly on Sunday between Barca

Messi stars as Barca beat K-League All Stars

SEOUL: Lionel Messi scored a quick-fire double as Barcelona cruised to a convincing 5-2 win over the K-League All Stars in a friendly at Seoul World Cup Stadium Wednesday.The Argentinian superstar made his pre-season debut halfway into the game and scored two quick goals, giving his team

Premier League mull football `schools` after W.Cup flop

LONDON: The English Premier League (EPL) is contemplating the creation of "football schools" in a bid to improve the standard of the England national team.EPL chief executive Richard Scudamore insisted his organisation had "suffered" as a result of England`s early World Cup exit and

Dutch teen sets off for world solo sailing bid

DEN OSSE: Dutch girl Laura Dekker, the 14-year-old bidding to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone, set off Wednesday saying the daunting voyage held no fear for her.Dekker left the port of Den Osse in southwestern Netherlands only days after winning a year-long

Indian tycoon `targets Blackburn takeover`

LONDON: Blackburn Rovers could be the latest English club set for a takeover after Indian entrepreneur Ahasan Ali Syed made a formal approach to the club`s advisors, it was reported Wednesday.Owned by the trustees of the late Jack Walker, Blackburn currently have debts of around 20

France `98 champions set for charity reunion

NANTES: Zinedine Zidane and Lilian Thuram are set to make a rare appearance for France in a charity match which will pit the 1998 world champions against a European select side.Like most of France`s World Cup winners, Zidane and Thuram have both retired from the game.But the pair will

Yousuf to play second England Test

KARACHI: Recalled Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf flies to London Thursday to join his embattled team ahead of the second Test against England, which starts in Birmingham a day later.Yousuf, who turns 37 later this month, was recalled from retirement on Sunday, hours after Pakistan`s

Ronaldinho, Pirlo will miss AC Milan`s US match

PONTIAC: Brazilian Ronaldinho and star Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo are among four top AC Milan players who will not make the trip to suburban Detroit for a Friday friendly against Greek outfit Panathinaikos.Ronaldinho suffered a strained left hamstring last week, prompting the Italian

Money can`t buy the title, Kalou warns City

LONDON: Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou on Tuesday warned rivals Manchester City that their spending spree will not guarantee them the Premier League title.City boss Roberto Mancini has spent over 70 million pounds (84 million euros) on signing Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng, Alexander Kolarov