Sunday, 28 May, 2023


Collingwood ready for Pakistan bowlers

NOTTINGHAM: Paul Collingwood is adamant there is no reason why he or his fellow England batsmen should feel daunted by the challenge of facing Pakistan`s bowlers here at Trent Bridge.Pakistan go into the first of four-Test series starting Thursday on the back of a dramatic three-wicket

Tendulkar masterclass keeps India afloat

COLOMBO: Sachin Tendulkar hit his 48th Test century to lead India`s fightback in the second Test on Wednesday after Sri Lanka`s new-look bowling attack ran through the top order.The world`s leading international run-scorer was unbeaten on 108 as India, replying to Sri Lanka`s 642-4

Afghanistan, Hong Kong to help Pakistan revival

KARACHI: Cricket teams from Afghanistan and Hong Kong are to appear in a club-level event in Pakistan, in a tentative step towards reviving the sport in the violence-hit country, an official said Wednesday.Pakistan has not hosted any international cricket since Islamist militants attacked

Umpire Rana regretted row with Gatting, son says

KARACHI: Shakoor Rana, the Pakistani umpire who became famous for his furious row with England captain Mike Gatting during a test in Faisalabad, later regretted the incident, his son said."My father was a very jovial and temperamental person and he gained a lot of fame and attention after

Booby prize again for Germany legend Matthaeus

BERLIN: Lothar Matthaeus was a footballing legend, captaining West Germany to their 1990 World Cup triumph and much more besides. But the 49-year-old`s personal life has not always been so glorious.On Wednesday the latest installment in his roller coaster love life was that his

Raul joins Germany`s Schalke 04

BERLIN: Real Madrid`s talismanic striker Raul, forced out of the Bernabeu after 16 record-breaking seasons, has signed for Schalke at the age of 33, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday.Raul, who scored 323 times in 741 games for Real, notched 66 Champions League goals and is Spain`s

Mushtaq tells Pakistan to stick with Butt and Waqar

NOTTINGHAM: Mushtaq Ahmed has urged Pakistan to persist with the combination of captain Salman Butt and coach Waqar Younis.Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq, now England`s spin bowling coach, will find himself on the opposite side to his compatriots when a four-Test series gets underway

Qatar upbeat on 2022 World Cup bid

SINGAPORE: Qatar is optimistic on its chances of hosting the 2022 World Cup, the bid`s chief executive said Wednesday in the countdown to a decision by football`s governing body FIFA on December 2.Hassan Al Thawadi said he expected tough competition but believed the Gulf state had made

Murray sacks coach

LONDON: World number four Andy Murray has sacked his coach Miles Maclagan, his management company 19 Entertainment said on Tuesday.Former professional player Maclagan, 35, had been on Murray`s coaching team for two and a half years.Murray, 23, is currently competing in Los Angeles in the

Collingwood ready for Pakistan bowlers

NOTTINGHAM: Paul Collingwood is adamant there is no reason why he or his fellow England batsmen should feel daunted by the challenge of facing Pakistan`s bowlers here at Trent Bridge.Pakistan go into the first of four-Test series starting Thursday on the back of a dramatic three-wicket

Chambers and Lemaitre set for European 100m showdown

BARCELONA: Britain`s Dwain Chambers and Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre are set for a much-anticipated showdown in the 100 metres at the European championships in Barcelona Wednesday.Assuming both athletes, the only two in the field to have broken 10 seconds this season, make it through

Argentina bosses betrayed me - Maradona

BUENOS AIRES: Diego Maradona accused Argentine soccer chiefs of betraying him on Wednesday, a day after they voted unanimously to end his tenure as national team coach.The Argentine Football Association (AFA) decided not to renew Maradona`s contract following the team`s 4-0 drubbing by

Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool

LIVERPOOL: Argentina skipper Javier Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool, the club`s manager Roy Hodgson confirmed on Tuesday.Hodgson has been speaking to the key figures in the team since taking over from Rafael Benitez at Anfield.While captain Steven Gerrard has indicated he wants to

Barcelona posts big financial losses

MADRID: Spanish champions Barcelona posted a loss last season of just over 77 million euros, its first in seven years, instead of a profit as had been claimed by the previous board, the club said Tuesday.The previous board, led by former Barcelona president Joan Laporta, announced at the

Ballack ruled out of Germany-Denmark friendly

BERLIN: German midfielder Michael Ballack, who missed the World Cup because of an ankle injury, is not fit enough to play in next month`s friendly against Denmark, his Bayer Leverkusen coach said on Tuesday.The former Chelsea midfielder, who joined the German club during the summer, began

Russian teen upsets odds to claim first Euro gold

BARCELONA: Russian teen Stanislav Emelyanov produced an upset in the men`s 20km walk to take the first gold of the European Athletics Championships and push favourite Alex Schwazer of Italy into second here on Tuesday.The 19-year-old is the latest walker to emerge from the successful

Suspended IPL boss calls probe a `witch hunt`

NEW DELHI: Suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi called an investigation into him a "witch hunt" ahead of a second hearing of an inquiry set up by the country`s cricket board.Modi, 46, said he was unwilling to co-operate with the board`s current disciplinary panel because

Menezes vows to achieve `dreams` in start as Brazil coach

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil`s new coach, Mano Menezes, said Monday he intended to build a side capable of achieving his nation`s football "dreams," as he was officially presented in his new job.The successor to Dunga, who was axed after Brazil was knocked out of this year`s World Cup in the

Raul leaves Real, may go to England or Germany

MADRID: Real Madrid`s talismanic striker Raul bid an emotional farewell to the La Liga club on Monday after 16 seasons and said he was eyeing a move to the Bundesliga or the English Premier League. The 33-year-old, a huge favourite among Real fans and a club captain, had tears in his

Sangakkara, Jayawardene leave India in doldrums

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene revelled on their favourite hunting ground to send India chasing leather in the second cricket Test on Tuesday.Sangakkara hit 219, his seventh double-century, and Jayawardene made 174 as Sri Lanka declared at 642-4 on the