Thursday, 18 Aug, 2022


BrazilÔÇÖs happy feet rediscover samba beat

EAST RUTHERFORD: After a World Cup where they failed to live up to expectations, the smiles appeared to return to Brazilian faces again on Tuesday after a new-look team beat the United States 2-0 in a friendly.The bright and lively performance from the team coached for the first time by

Germany`s Osieck surprise new Australia coach

SYDNEY: Australia Wednesday named German veteran Holger Osieck as their surprise new coach, opting against a "big name" to help rebuild after a disappointing World Cup.Osieck, 61, who was Franz Beckenbauer`s assistant when Germany won the 1990 World Cup and coached Canada to the 2000

India suffer humiliating 200-run defeat by New Zealand

DAMBULLA: A run-a-ball record fourth wicket partnership of 190 by captain Ross Taylor and Scott Styris guided New Zealand to a thumping 200 run victory over India in the opening match of the one-day tri-series on Tuesday.India was bundled out for 88, their lowest one-day total against New

Argentine pair sign Inter extensions

ROME: Argentine pair Diego Milito and Javier Zanetti on Monday signed contract extensions with European champions Inter Milan.Both were integral players in Inter`s historic treble season last time out.Hot-shot Milito, who scored the winning goals in both the Champions League and Coppa

Legendary Zaheer fears for Pakistan cricket

KARACHI: Former captain Zaheer Abbas said Tuesday he feared for the future of cricket in Pakistan, saying bad administration had led the sport towards disaster."Win or lose are part and parcel of the game, but I fear for Pakistan cricket because the manner in which matters like

Loew to decide between Ballack and Lahm in September

FRANKFURT: German coach Joachim Loew will decide next month who between Michael Ballack and Philipp Lahm will captain the team in qualifiers for the 2012 European Championships.Ballack, Germany captain up until the injury that ruled him out of this summer`s World Cup, and Lahm, who took

Bayern set for record 350-million-euro turnover

BERLIN: German footballing giants Bayern Munich are set to achieve a record turnover of 350 million euros, club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Tuesday."We`re basing this on a turnover exceeding 300m euros for the first time. With the consolidated takings of the Allianz-Arena

Nadal, Djokovic lose doubles match to unheralded Canadians

TORONTO: The world`s top two players, Spain`s Rafael Nadal and Serbian Novak Djokovic, slumped to a shock loss in their Toronto Masters first round doubles match to a pair of wildcard Canadians.Nadal and Djokovic took the first set 7-5 against the unheralded duo of Vasek Pospisil and

Bolt out for rest of season with back problem

PARIS: World sprint sensation Usain Bolt on Tuesday ruled himself out of the rest of the 2010 season because of a back problem that affects his striding power.The Jamaican, who won gold in both the 100 and 200 metres at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 worlds, and is world record

Mexico first test for champions Spain

Mexico City: Spain set off today on the long trip to face Mexico in what will be their first international since winning the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time.La Roja set off for Mexico City, where they are scheduled to play in the Azteca stadium as part of their hosts` bicentenary

Argentine duo sign Inter extensions

Rome: Argentine pair Diego Milito and Javier Zanetti on Monday signed contract extensions with European champions Inter Milan. Both were integral players in Inter`s historic treble season last time out.Hot-shot Milito, who scored the winning goals in both the UEFA Champions League and

Drogba warns his best is yet to come

LONDON: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has warned his best is yet to come as he makes his comeback after groin surgery.The Ivory Coast forward stepped up his recovery with a 30-minute cameo in the 3-1 Community Shield defeat to Manchester United at Wembley.The 32-year-old feels the

Argentina ready to unleash World Cup anger

DUBLIN: Argentina will be desperate to take out their World Cup anger on the Republic of Ireland in Wednesday`s friendly in Dublin, according to Giovanni Trapattoni.Trapattoni`s Ireland will provide the opposition for Argentina`s first game since their shock 4-0 quarter-final defeat

Federer takes new coach for test drive at Toronto Masters

TORONTO: Roger Federer celebrated his 29th birthday this week but the cagey Swiss said he was not too old to learn a few new tricks as he launched his North American hardcourt campaign with coach Paul Annacone at his side.The 16-time grand slam winner came to the Toronto Masters with his

Injured Cahill to miss Slovenia friendly

SYDNEY: Australia`s star midfielder Tim Cahill has pulled out of this week`s friendly with Slovenia due to injury, team officials said on Tuesday.Everton`s Cahill and JEF United defender Mark Milligan did not travel to Slovenia with the rest of the squad and will not be replaced, the

Ivanovic turns back clock with win in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI: Former world number one Ana Ivanovic showed flashes of the form that took her to the pinnacle of tennis as she upset ninth seed Victoria Azarenka 2-6 7-6 6-2 in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Monday.Serb Ivanovic, a first-round casualty at San Diego last week,

Butt banking on Yousuf experience

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan captain Salman Butt indicated Mohammad Yousuf would be called upon during the remainder of their series against England after a heavy second Test defeat here at Edgbaston.England won by nine wickets on the fourth day here on Monday to go an unbeatable 2-0 up in this

Strauss glad of workout in latest win over Pakistan

BIRMINGHAM: England may have beaten Pakistan by nine wickets to win the second Test with more than a day to spare but home captain Andrew Strauss insisted the result didn`t tell the story of the match.Pakistan were bowled out for 72 -- their lowest total against England -- in the first

Toure defends City move

MANCHESTER: Manchester City`s new signing Yaya Toure has defended his move to the Premier League club from Barcelona amid claims he is more interested in money than football.The Ivory Coast midfielder moved to City in a 24 million pound (28 million euro) move that will see him become the

Bayern refuse to release Ribery for French FA hearing

PARIS: Bayern Munich will not release France forward Franck Ribery for a disciplinary hearing by the French Football Federation to probe his alleged role in the team`s World Cup revolt, the German champions said on Monday.Ribery is one of five France players summoned by the FFF. The