Sunday, 28 May, 2023


Ostapchuk claims women`s Diamond shot put title

ZURICH: Nadezha Ostapchuk of Belarus was on Wednesday crowned the women`s shot put champion of the season after dominating the penultimate Diamond League event. Ostapchuk, the European champion, was never tested at the makeshift shot put arena rigged up at Zurich`s main train station,

Buchanan`s Ashes role under funding threat

SYDNEY: Former Australia coach John Buchanan`s move to help England prepare for this year`s Ashes series in Australia may be scuppered by a cash crunch caused by London`s 2012 Olympics, reports said on Thursday. Buchanan, 57, helped England in a consultancy role last year as Andrew

New buzz word `vuvuzela` earns a place in English dictionary

LONDON: Vuvuzelas, the plastic horns that provided the soundtrack for the World Cup in South Africa, have blared their way into a dictionary containing the latest in the English language, published Thursday. The deafening trumpets are one new entry in the latest edition of the Oxford

Bremen make light of Ozil departure, Hapoel stun Salzburg

PARIS: German powerhouses Werder Bremen made light of the sale of midfield star Mesut Ozil as they walloped Italian side Sampdoria 3-1 in their Champions League play-off first leg clash on Wednesday. Goals by Clemens Fritz, captain Torsten Frings and Claudio Pizzaro will have eased some

Beckham urges support before World Cup inspection

LONDON: David Beckham urged English football fans Thursday to show their support for the country`s bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup by getting involved in events aimed at impressing a FIFA inspection team. The LA Galaxy midfielder threw his weight behind "Back the Bid Week", which will

Wozniacki, Clijsters reach third round at Montreal

MONTREAL: Reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters and 2009 US Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki, the world number two, advanced to the third round of the two million-dollar WTA Montreal Cup on Wednesday. Belgian fifth seed Clijsters outlasted 101st-ranked US qualifier Bethanie

Phelps flies to victory as Pan Pacs open

IRVINE: Michael Phelps held on for a "painful" victory in the 200m butterfly at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Wednesday, holding off Nick D`Arcy with the fastest time in the world this year. "That was painful," said the 14-time Olympic gold medallist, who has been battling

Murray, Nadal, Djokovic advance in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, third-ranked Serbian Novak Djokovic and British number four Andy Murray all won on Wednesday to reach the third round of the three million-dollar ATP Cincinnati Masters. Murray, coming off a victory in Toronto last week, beat France`s Jeremy Chardy

Five-star Riaz rocks England

LONDON: Wahab Riaz took five wickets on debut as Pakistan ended the first day of the third Test against England in a sound position at The Oval here on Wednesday.Pakistan were 48 for one in reply to England`s first innings 233, a deficit of 185 runs, with the recalled Yasir Hameed,

Henin calls time on season, targets 2011

BRUSSELS, August 18, 2010 (AFP) - Justine Henin, struggling with an elbow injury suffered at Wimbledon, announced on Wednesday she was calling time on this season.The former world number one, in a statement on her personal website, insisted this decision did not spell the end of her

Swann misses out on top ICC award

LONDON : Graeme Swann was the most notable omission as the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the long list for their Cricketer of the Year awards.Eight players each up for three awards as part of the ICC`s annual ceremony designed to honour Test, one-day international and

Anelka scornful of France ban

PARIS: France international striker Nicolas Anelka has poured scorn on the 18-match ban he received for swearing at coach Raymond Domenech during the World Cup, saying it made him laugh."As far as I am concerned, this commission and all that is a joke, a sham aimed at saving face," the

Gay happy, but needs a holiday

ZURICH: Tyson Gay is the pole sitter in the blue riband event of the 100m in the absence of the injured Usain Bolt, having trumped the Jamaican and set the season`s fastest time.But Gay, who like all other sprinters has fallen under the shadow double world and Olympic champion Bolt has

Commonwealth Games boss inspects Delhi venues

NEW DELHI:  Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell began a two-day tour Wednesday of the much-delayed venues for the Delhi showpiece as the city struggles to be ready just 46 days from the start.The Indian capital resembles a construction site in areas, with some of the

Nadal makes no promises before Cincinnati start

CINCINNATI: Two-time semi-finalist Rafael Nadal won`t make promises about his progress at this edition of the ATP Cincinnait Masters after squeezing in a pair of practice sessions Tuesday.The Spanish world number one maintained his standard low-attitude heading into the last bit even

Optimistic Federer ready for long haul on hardcourt

CINCINNATI: Roger Federer is settling in for the long haul on hardcourts, saying Tuesday that his final in Canada was almost the perfect start to perhaps the most physically demanding portion of a long year."Now that we`re on this kind of surface for eight months, I think this is a very

Trapped cat at heart of Swann drink-driving trial

LONDON: England cricketer Graeme Swann said he was motoring off to buy screwdrivers to rescue a trapped cat when he was arrested for drink-driving, a court heard at the beginning of his trial Monday.The Nottinghamshire off-spinner, ranked the third best Test bowler in the world, was

Pakistan sends Sri Lanka attack report to ICC

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent to the International Cricket Council (ICC) an official report on last year`s terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore."The ICC received the Lahore incident report from the PCB on August 3," a spokesman for the council,

Pakistan welcomes plans for World XI tour

KARACHI: Pakistan`s cricket chief on Tuesday welcomed an announcement of a possible World XI tour to his country, saying he hoped it would revive international cricket in the insurgency-hit nation."The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) welcomes the announcement by Giles Clarke of the intention

Julian Fountain becomes Bangladesh Fielding Coach

DHAKA: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Julien Fountain as the National Team’s Specialist Fielding Coach. His contract with the BCB will run till the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, according to said an official announcement.Julien will arrive here on August 19 to