Tuesday, 06 Jun, 2023


Nadal tests knee in Toronto as US Open run begins

TORONTO: World number one Rafael Nadal will make his first tournament start since lifting the Wimbledon title, leading the field at the Toronto Masters as the ATP starts the concluding sprint to the US Open.Nadal will be coming down from another sporting high after travelling to

FA would have been right to sack me admits Capello

LONDON: Fabio Capello has given an honest assessment of England’s dismal performance at the World Cup and admits he would not have blamed the Football Association if they had sacked him.Much was expected from Capello and England in South Africa following their impressive qualification

Beckham hopes to be back with Galaxy next month

PASADENA: David Beckham, who was ruled out of England`s World Cup campaign with a ruptured Achilles tendon, said Saturday he hopes to be back with his US club Los Angeles Galaxy next month.The 35-year-old English midfielder injured his left Achilles` tendon in March during a Serie A match

Robinson retires from England duty

LONDON: Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson retired Sunday from international football despite being named in the England squad to face Hungary at Wembley on Wednesday.The 30-year-old former Leeds and Tottenham shot-stopper was included in Fabio Capello`s squad named Saturday having been

Nalbandian ends drought with run to ATP semi-final

WASHINGTON: Former world number three David Nalbandian, who has missed the past six Grand Slam events with injuries, reached his first ATP semi-final in 18 months on Friday at the Washington Classic. The 117th-ranked Argentine rallied to oust 33rd-rated Frenchman Gilles Simon 3-6, 6-2,

Fabregas commits to Arsenal as Barca bid fails

LONDON: Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas ended speculation linking him with a move back to La Liga champions Barcelona by confirming his commitment to the Premier League club on Friday. "Firstly I would like to apologise to all the Arsenal fans for not speaking sooner about my future but I

Nadal-Federer final as appealing as ever in Canada

TORONTO: A Rafa Nadal-Roger Federer final remains one of the most mouthwatering matches in tennis and the Spaniard set the stage for another classic showdown on Friday, calling his rival on the other side of the Canada Masters draw. Back on top of the world rankings, a relaxed Nadal

Kaka admits he had knee problem before World Cup

MADRID: Real Madrid star Kaka, who has been ruled out through injury for three to four months, said he had a problem with his left knee even before the World Cup. "This knee has been bothering me for quite some time. But I didn`t know that it was so serious. I was the first to be

Bonera`s penalty kick gives AC Milan shootout win

PONTIAC: Italian defender Daniele Bonera scored the deciding goal in a penalty-kick shootout for AC Milan after playing a goal-less draw Friday with Greek side Panathinaikos in a football friendly. The shootout was deadlocked until the fourth Panathinaikos shooter, Antonios Petropoulas,

`I`m no puppet` for ICC factions, says Isaac

SYDNEY: New Zealander Alan Isaac says he is not a puppet and does not feels like a third-rate choice after his nomination as vice-president of cricket`s global governing body, reports said Saturday. Isaac is Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket`s nomination behind former Australia

Pennetta beats Stosur to reach San Diego semi-finals

SAN DIEGO: French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur of Australia was ousted from the 700,000-dollar WTA San Diego Open on Friday, losing a quarter-final 6-4, 6-3 to Italian fifth seed Flavia Pennetta. Second seed Stosur joined Serbian top seed Jelena Jankovic and Russian third seed Vera

Hobbling Laxman hits ton to secure India Test win

COLOMBO: Venkatsai Laxman overcame back spasms to hit an unbeaten 103 as India defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets in the final Test on Saturday to draw the three-match series 1-1. Sachin Tendulkar chipped in with 54 and Suresh Raina made 41 not out to help India surpass a challenging

Gay condemns Bolt to first defeat in two years

STOCKHOLM: World record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt crashed to his first defeat in two years on Friday when America`s Tyson Gay won their eagerly-awaited 100m clash at the Diamond League meeting.Gay clocked 9.84sec to edge Bolt, who was second in 9.97sec, while Trinidad`s

Lochte captures medley victory over Phelps

IRVINE: World record-holder Ryan Lochte seized a rare 200-meter individual medley victory over Michael Phelps on Friday, winning the title at the US Swim Championships in a blistering 1min 54.84sec.Lochte boasts impeccable medley credentials and set the world record of 1:54.10 in winning

England on top as Pakistan slump again

BIRMINGHAM: James Anderson and Stuart Broad took four wickets apiece as Pakistan collapsed to 72 all out - their lowest total against England - on the first day of the second Test at Edgbaston on Friday.England were 112 for two in reply when bad light forced an early close -- a lead of

Vandeweghe rallies to stun Zvonareva

SAN DIEGO: California teenager Coco Vandeweghe rallied to upset Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA San Diego Open. Qualifier Vandeweghe, ranked 205th in the world, shook off her poor start to topple the ninth-ranked Russian,

Roddick ousted, Berdych tested at Washington

  WASHINGTON: US second seed Andy Roddick was eliminated by France`s Gilles Simon while Czech top seed and Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych struggled into the ATP Washington Classic quarter-finals on Thursday. Simon, sidelined nearly three months by a right knee injury, ousted Roddick

Japan to face Paraguay, South Korea in friendlies

TOKYO: Japan will host Paraguay in a friendly match in September, the Japan Football Association said on Friday, just over two months after the South American side knocked them out of the World Cup.The association also said Japan will take on arch rivals South Korea the following

Woods flounders at Firestone

AKRON: Tiger Woods carded his career worst score at Firestone, a shocking four-over-par 74 in the opening round at the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday.Woods has dominated the World Golf Championships event, winning it seven times at Firestone Country Club, but he was completely off

Bayern reward Mueller with new deal

BERLIN: Bayern Munich have rewarded Germany international Thomas Mueller, top scorer at the World Cup with five goals, with an improved two year contract extension, the Bundesliga champions announced.The new deal ties Mueller to Bayern until 2015.The 20-year-old`s starring role in helping