Monday, 24 Jan, 2022


Pietersen feared for career after 2009 Achilles surgery

LONDON: Kevin Pietersen feared his career might be over when he developed an infection after undergoing Achilles surgery 11 months ago, England`s premier batsman said on Sunday. "It was a pretty dark time," the 29-year-old told the Mail on Sunday newspaper. "The infection was really bad.

Portugal plan all-out attack v North Korea

CAPE TOWN: Portugal need to switch to attack mode against North Korea on Monday to get the big win they may need to open the door to the World Cup second round. With Portugal having drawn their Group G opener against Ivory Coast, and with Brazil still to come, second place in the group

Spain confident defeat will spark reaction

POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa: Spain are optimistic that a shock 1-0 defeat by Switzerland in their Group H opener will stun the European champions into action for their second match against Honduras on Monday. "The loss helps to show you that there are no easy matches, that every team at

West Indies trail South Africa by 457 at close

BASSETERRE: West Indies raced to 86 for one by the end of day two of the second test at Warner Park in St Kitts on Saturday after South Africa had declared on 543 for 6. The home side were 457 runs behind with nine wickets in hand when bad light stopped play for the day. Captain Chris

England`s Rooney says sorry for rant on camera

JOHANNESBURG: England`s short-tempered striker Wayne Rooney apologised on Saturday for his outburst at fans who booed the team`s abject 0-0 draw with Algeria. Fresh from a fantastic season for Manchester United, the 24-year-old was England`s main hope for World Cup goals but has failed

Safina ruled out of Wimbledon with back injury

LONDON: Russia`s former world number one Dinara Safina has withdrawn from Wimbledon because of injury, tournament organisers said on Saturday. Safina, who was seeded 20th for the grand-slam event which starts on Monday, has a lower back injury. Her position in the draw will now be taken

Venus says she is addicted to majors

LONDON: She turned professional in 1994, has just celebrated her 30th birthday and is about to embark on her 50th grand slam tournament, yet Venus Williams says she is still addicted to tennis. "It`s awesome," Williams told reporters after a session on one of Wimbledon`s pristine

Sneijder fires Dutch to Japan win and group pole

DURBAN, South Africa: Wesley Sneijder fired the Netherlands to a comfortable 1-0 win over Japan and pole position in World Cup Group E here on Saturday. After seeing off Denmark 2-0 in their opening match, the Dutch now sit atop their group on a maximum six points from two games, with

Cameroon head out, Brazil look forward

JOHANNESBURG: Brazil and Paraguay hope to extend Latin America`s great start to the World Cup on Sunday while holders Italy would love to restore some European pride. There was sadness across Africa, though, after Cameroon`s Indomitable Lions lost again -- 2-1 to Denmark on Saturday

Fragile Italy fear New ZealandÔÇÖs height

NELSPRUIT: Italy’s confidence is so brittle that the holders are talking about the threat posed by New Zealand in Sunday’s Group F World Cup clash rather than boldly predicting how they will destroy the 78th-ranked team. The Azzurri’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay in Monday’s group

Paraguay wary of nasty Slovakian surprise

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa: Paraguay aim to extend the South American dominance gripping the World Cup when they face Slovakia on Sunday (1130 GMT) looking for goals but are wary of being caught out on the counter-attack. South American teams, led by the impressive Argentina, have so far

Boos for England after Algeria stalemate

CAPE TOWN: England delivered one of their worst tournament performances for years when they were held to a goalless draw by Algeria on Friday to leave their World Cup qualification hanging on the final matches. However, any repeat of their ragged, disorganised error-strewn display in

Vuvuzelas will not shatter the peace at Wimbledon

LONDON: Enthusiastic tennis fans will not be allowed to shatter the traditional tranquillity of the All England Club with vuvuzelas, despite the popularity of the plastic horn at the World Cup this year. Wimbledon security has been told to confiscate -- in the politest possible way --

Smith`s 21st test ton leaves W.Indies reeling

BASSETERRE, St Kitts: Captain Graeme Smith cracked his 21st test century to put South Africa in complete control on the first day of the second test against West Indies on Friday. The left-handed opener elected to bat after winning the toss and powered his way to 132 as the visitors, 1-0

Controversy clouds glorious U.S. comeback

JOHANNESBURG : The United States fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Slovenia on Friday but were left furious by a disallowed effort that would have handed them victory. The U.S. were staring almost certain elimination in the face when 2-0 down at halftime and their battling

Germany shocked by Serbia, Europe retreats

JOHANNESBURG: Germany`s status as an early World Cup favourite slumped on Friday as they lost to Serbia, missing a penalty that could have saved them and joining a retreat of Europe`s big soccer powers. The Germans` shock 1-0 defeat, which revives Serbia`s chances of qualifying for the

Mexico leave France on brink of World Cup exit

POLOKWANE, South Africa: Mexico recorded their first victory over France and left the former winners facing a possible embarrassing early World Cup exit after a 2-0 win in their second Group A game on Thursday. Substitute forward Javier Hernandez beat an offside trap, raced into the box

Officials defend Pebble Beach greens after players complain

PEBBLE BEACH California: U.S. Golf Association officials defended the quality of the Pebble Beach greens after players criticised the hard and fast putting surfaces following Thursday`s U.S. Open first round. World number one Tiger Woods, who failed to make a single birdie and took 34

Unhappy Cameroon in disarray before facing Danes

JOHANNESBURG: Cameroon’s World Cup campaign is in danger of imploding after senior players asked coach Paul Le Guen to reconsider his team selection for their Group E match against Denmark on Saturday (1830 GMT). Cameroon lost 1-0 to Japan and Denmark were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands

Ghana set sights on celebrating progress

RUSTENBURG, South Africa: Ghana hope to have more than birthdays to celebrate on Saturday when they seek to clinch their passage to the World Cup second round with a decisive Group D triumph over Australia. After goalkeeper Richard Kingson marked his 32nd birthday last Sunday with a fine