Wednesday, 18 May, 2022


Murali calls his bowling action `a gift from God`

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka`s world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday brushed aside criticism of his bowling action saying his unorthodox style was a gift from God.Muralitharan`s 18-year career was marred by controversy due to his bent-arm action -- the result of an elbow

Back problem could rule out Klose record bid

ERASMIA: Brazil`s all-time World Cup record goal scorer Ronaldo`s mark of 15 goals could well remain intact as it was revealed on Thursday German striker Miroslav Klose could miss Saturday`s third place match with Uruguay because of a back injury.The 32-year-old Poland-born marksman

Consolation prize for beaten Germany and Uruguay

PORT ELIZABETH: Two-time winners Uruguay and three-time champions Germany clash here on Saturday in a match that neither side wanted to be contesting - the playoff to decide third place. Both coaches, Oscar Tabarez of Uruguay and Germany`s Joachim Loew will have a job on their hands to

Loew leaves future open after semi-final defeat

ERASMIA: In the wake of his side`s World Cup semi-final defeat to Spain, Germany coach Joachim Loew remains tight-lipped on his future plans despite now being out of contract. The 50-year-old`s four-year deal with the German Football Federation (DFB) officially expired on June 30 and

`Psychic octopus` to predict final -- if not tired

BERLIN: Paul the "psychic" octopus, who has become a global star after correctly forecasting all six of Germany`s World Cup games, will predict the final, but only if his hefty workload has not exhausted him. The mollusc medium, who stunned Germany by tipping Spain in the semi-final --

Hong Kong police seize millions in illegal World Cup bets

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police have seized 35 million US dollars worth of illegal betting slips during the World Cup, with that figure expected to soar ahead of this weekend`s final, a report said Thursday.Since the global tournament kicked off last month, police in the financial hub have

`Tears across the country`: German press mourns bitter loss

BERLIN: "It`s finished. It`s over. We`re out," cried Germany`s most-read paper, Bild, as the country descended into collective mourning following the 1-0 semi-final defeat to Spain that ended their World Cup dream."The whole of Germany is now upset and tears are flowing up and down the

Hearts broken in one corner of Spain

PLAYA DE PALMA: While Spaniards were ecstatic over their World Cup semi-final win, one corner of the country was in despair, as tens of thousands of German tourists in a Majorcan beach resort were left with broken hearts.Cries of "Nein!" (No!) erupted throughout Playa de Palma, a

Del Bosque vows to keep feet on ground

DURBAN: Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque insisted his side would take nothing for granted ahead of a World Cup final meeting with the Netherlands they will start as clear favourites."Of course we must celebrate this victory but we will do so with moderation," Del Bosque said after Carles

Loew hails Spanish masters

DURBAN: Germany coach Joachim Loew hailed Spain as masters of the football universe and expressed confidence that they would beat the Netherlands in Sunday`s World Cup final.Despite his frustration at his side`s failure to reproduce the kind of form with which they swept past England and

Viva Espana! Spain euphoric at semi-final win

MADRID: The whole of Spain erupted with joy as the national side reached the World Cup final for the first time ever with a 1-0 win over Germany -- and the fiesta looked set to last well into the night."It`s over! We are in the final of the World Cup! It`s historic, what joy!" shouted a

Germany`s `Octopus oracle` keeps perfect record

BERLIN: It won`t come as much of a consolation to heartbroken German fans, but at least Paul, Germany`s now world-famous "Octopus oracle", has maintained his perfect record.The "psychic" creature has correctly predicted all six of Germany`s World Cup games and, amid excruciating drama

Hearts broken in one corner of Spain

MADRID: While Spaniards were ecstatic over their defeat of Germany, one corner of the country was in despair, as tens of thousands of German tourists in a Majorcan beach resort were left with broken hearts.Cries of "Nein!" (No!) erupted throughout Playa de Palma, a traditionally German

Spain beat Germany to reach World Cup final

DURBAN: Carles Puyol scored the only goal of the game to send Spain into the World Cup final against Holland following a 1-0 victory against Germany on Wednesday.The Barcelona centre-back powered home a header from 10 yards from Xavi`s corner 17 minutes from time to send the reigning

Mortaza expects more from Bangladesh in one-dayers

NOTTINGHAM: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is confident his side will provide more of a challenge to England in their upcoming three one-dayers than they did in last month`s Test series.The Tigers face England in the first one-day international at Trent Bridge here on Thursday having

Strauss promises no let-up against Bangladesh

NOTTINGHAM: England captain Andrew Strauss is adamant there is no danger of his side taking Bangladesh lightly in the first of three one-day internationals at Trent Bridge here on Thursday.The Tigers have never beaten England in any match, across all formats.England come into these

Lawmaker suggests statue to Maradona

BUENOS AIRES: An Argentine lawmaker on Wednesday suggested erecting a statue to football coach Diego Maradona in the capital Buenos Aires as he sponsored a bill to honour one of the country`s most famous sons.Maradona, who will be 50 later this year, still has great public cachet in his

German surrenders to Spanish court after World Cup murders

PALMA DE MAJORCA: A German man suspected of shooting two Italians in a pub in Hanover after a row about the World Cup has surrendered to authorities on the Spanish island of Majorca, police said Wednesday.A police spokeswoman said the man, a 42-year-old identified only as Holger B., had

Spain warned Germany tougher to beat than in 2008

DURBAN: Spain headed into their World Cup semi-final with Germany here on Wednesday having been warned they would have to overcome a much stronger side than the one they beat in the Euro 2008 final.German striker Lukas Podolski has spoken of his desire to avenge the defeat by the

Germany`s time has come, says Ballack

LONDON: Germany`s time has come to win the World Cup for the fourth time claimed injured captain Michael Ballack in his column for The Times on Wednesday.The 33-year-old - who was ruled out of the World Cup after suffering an ankle injury in Chelsea`s 1-0 FA Cup final win over Portsmouth