Thursday, 20 Jan, 2022


Klose joins 100 club, closes on Ronaldo

CAPE TOWN: Miroslav Klose joined the elite 100 club on Saturday, cementing his place in German football history while edging closer to Ronaldo`s World Cup goal-scoring record with his brace in the 4-0 win over Argentina.The Bayern Munich striker`s 100th cap, in front of German Chancellor

Serena reigns supreme at Wimbledon

LONDON: Defending champion Serena Williams won her fourth women`s singles title at Wimbledon with a crushing 6-3, 6-2 victory over Russian 21st seed Vera Zvonareva in the final on Saturday.Williams displayed all her trademark power and poise to overwhelm Zvonareva on Centre Court and

Brazil fan kills himself after Cup exit

Port-Au-Prince: A young Haitian football fan was so distraught at Brazil`s World Cup exit that he killed himself by leaping in front of a car, according to witnesses contacted by an AFP photographer.The 18-year-old died after the incident, which took place in Nerette, on the outskirts of

Germany beat Argentina 4-0 to make semi-finals

CAPE TOWNL: Germany steamrollered Argentina 4-0 on Saturday to reach the World Cup semi-finals with goals from Thomas Mueller, a brace from Miroslav Klose, winning his 100th cap, and Arne Friedrich seeing off Diego Maradona`s men.Three-times Germany now face either Spain or Paraguay in

Brazil loss too much to bear for Bangladeshi fans

DHAKA: At least 15 people were injured and Bangladesh`s largest hospital recorded a jump in cases of sedative poisoning following Brazil`s shock departure from the World Cup, a doctor said Saturday. The injured and poisoned were taken to the state-run Dhaka Medical College Hospital

Melo, Julio Cesar lament end of Brazil run

PORT ELIZABETH: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar and defensive midfielder Felipe Melo on Friday lamented the end of Brazil`s World Cup run after a 2-1 quarter-final loss to the Netherlands here.Melo was the villain of the piece for the Brazilians, putting through his own goal to gift Holland an

Uruguay in world cup semifinals after 40 years

JOHANNESBURG: Uruguay claimed their first World Cup semi-final appearance in 40 years after a pulsating 4-2 penalty shootout win over heartbroken Ghana at Soccer City on Friday.Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera saved skipper John Mensah and Dominic Adiyah`s attempts after the

Nobody sadder than players, says Brazil`s Kaka

PORT ELIZABETH: Brazil star Kaka said on Friday that nobody was sadder than the players after the five-time champions crashed out of the World Cup to Holland."There are many people who are sad in Brazil - but nodody is sadder than we are," said Kaka, who failed to find his top form

Brazil`s Cup dream becomes a `nightmare`

RIO DE JANEIRO: A devastated silence fell over Rio de Janeiro Friday after the country`s dreams of a sixth World Cup title were crushed by Holland in a stunning 2-1 defeat for the Brazilian team."It`s truly a nightmare!" TV Globo`s celebrated commentator Galvao cried.In the streets of

Sneijder Dutch hero, Melo Brazilian villain

JOHANNESBURG: Wesley Sneijder was the hero and Felipe Melo the villain as Netherlands came from behind to edge favoured Brazil 2-1 Friday after a World Cup quarter-final thriller.Sneijder, from European club champions Inter Milan, delivered the cross that Melo headed into his own net on

Berdych downs Djokovic to reach Wimbledon final

LONDON: Tomas Berdych clinched a place in the Wimbledon final for the first time as the Czech 12th seed defeated Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (11/9), 6-3 on Friday.Berdych, the first Czech man to reach the Wimbledon final since Ivan Lendl in 1987, has been a dangerous force

I`ll get better of Messi and Argentina, warns Ozil

CAPE TOWN: Mesut Ozil is determined to upstage Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi, in whose honour he has been nicknamed, by leading Germany into the World Cup semi-finals.The 21-year-old Ozil is a candidate to win the tournament`s best young player award and aims to boss the midfield in

The Olympics are next, says proud Zuma

JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma said Friday his country was ready to host the Olympics, after the World Cup inspired confidence in the nation`s ability to pull off major events."This has proved to the world that we are capable of hosting any international event, we have

French football heralds new era under Blanc

PARIS: France`s World Cup and European Championship winning defender Laurent Blanc was officially named national team coach on Friday, announced outgoing French Football Federation (FFF) president Jean-Pierre Escalettes.The 44-year-old, who cut his teeth for the job in coaching Bordeaux

Captaincy on line in Ashes: Ponting

LONDON: Ricky Ponting has said a third Ashes defeat is likely to signal the end of his time as Australia captain. Ponting, skipper of the teams beaten in England in 2005 and 2009, could become the first Australia captain to lose three Ashes campaigns in more than a hundred years if the

Fifa gives Nigeria 48 hours to reverse ban

JOHANNESBURG: Football governing body FIFA on Friday gave Nigeria just under two days to reverse its decision to ban the national football team from international matches following its poor showing at the World Cup.FIFA`s general secretary Jerome Valcke said he would meet the Nigerian

Hotshot Villa on track to match Raul

PARIS: Should Spain get to the World Cup final, in-form striker David Villa could write a new page in the tournament`s history and over-take Raul as his country`s all-time top scorer in one match.Whereas strike partner Fernando Torres has laboured in four scoreless appearances on his

South Korean coach quits over scathing cyber attacks

SEOUL: Huh Jung-Moo Friday stepped down as South Korea`s coach, citing distress from scathing attacks over his leadership during the football World Cup in South Africa."I`ve decided not to seek a second term," Huh, 55, told journalists."My family members suffered a lot ... I want to have

Argentina and Germany reignite intense rivalry

CAPE TOWN: Football powerhouses Argentina and Germany reignite their intense rivalry on Saturday in an eagerly-anticipated World Cup quarter-final, with both sides boasting they will win.The two country`s met at the same stage in 2006 with Juergen Klinsmann`s side going through 4-2 on

Zvonareva aims to pass final Wimbledon exam

LONDON: Vera Zvonareva has had to put her studies on hold for a few days as she prepares for her final exam at Wimbledon.Wimbledon finalist Zvonareva, the Russian 21st seed, has been spending her spare time studying for a master`s degree in international economic relations at the