Sunday, 28 May, 2023


Japanese midfielder signs for Sydney FC

SYDNEY: Japanese midfielder Hirofumi Moriyasu has signed a one-year contract to play for Australian A-League champions Sydney FC, the club said on Wednesday.Moriyasu, 24, impressed Sydney coach Vitezslav Lavicka in four pre-season matches, including a substitute appearance against

Liverpool rubber-stamp Cole deal after medical

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool rubber-stamped the signing of Joe Cole on a four-year contract after the England midfielder passed his medical on Wednesday.Cole had already agreed personal terms on Monday after being released by Chelsea and flew to the club`s training camp in Switzerland to undergo

Hungarian police recover Eto`o`s stolen Bentley

BUDAPEST: Hungarian border guards have recovered a black Bentley belonging to Cameroon striker Samuel Eto`o that was stolen in Italy in March, police said Wednesday.Guards at the border between Serbia and Hungary became suspicious when they checked the papers of two Ukrainians wanting to

Muslims warned against wearing `devilish` ManUtd jersey

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims must not wear the famous Manchester United red jersey because of the "devil" emblem on its team crest, Malaysian clerics said Wednesday.Manchester United and the rest of the English Premier League are massively popular in Muslim-majority Malaysia and the rest of the

S.Korea name new coach

SEOUL: South Korea said on Wednesday that Gyeongnam FC coach Cho Kwang-Rae will take over the national team. The Korean Football Association said its technical committee unanimously approved Cho to replace Huh Jung-Moo. Cho, 56, was a midfielder for the national squad in the 1970s and

French footballers quizzed n under-age sex probe

PARIS: France international footballers Frank Ribery and Karim Benzema were charged with having had sex with an under-age prostitute Tuesday, as magistrates cracked down on an alleged celebrity vice ring.The indictments are the first stage of a formal judicial investigation that could

Cole capture shows Liverpool `mean business`

LIVERPOOL: The capture of England midfielder Joe Cole shows Liverpool mean business, defender Jamie Carragher warned the club`s Premier League rivals on Tuesday.Former Chelsea midfielder Cole agreed terms on a four-year contract on Monday and has flown to Liverpool`s Switzerland training

Germany coach Loew extends contract

BERLIN: Germany`s national coach Joachim Loew and his three right-hand men have agreed two-year extensions to their contracts following the team`s World Cup success, press reports said Tuesday.Loew was due to sign a new deal with the German Football Federation (DFB) later on Tuesday ahead

City dismiss Drogba talk claims

MANCHESTER: Claims by Didier Drogba`s agent that Manchester City had held talks about signing the Chelsea superstar were dismissed out of hand by a City spokesman on Tuesday.Drogba`s agent Thierno Seydi had suggested in a radio interview that Drogba could leave Stamford Bridge before the

Butt says captaincy will be no `hassle`

LEEDS: Salman Butt has insisted captaining a young Pakistan side shouldn`t be "that much of a hassle" when he leads the team in the second Test against Australia here at Headingley.Butt was thrust in to what is widely regarded as one of the most difficult jobs in world cricket after

England dumped by sponsors

LONDON: Nationwide, Britain`s top home-loans provider, confirmed Tuesday they will not renew their sponsorship of the England football team, as a pre-World Cup gamble backfired on the FA.Nationwide said it was "re-focusing its marketing priorities", leaving the Football Association -- the

Gerrard hints he will stay after Cole deal

LIVERPOOL: Steven Gerrard has hinted he will stay at Liverpool after the Reds captain revealed he was delighted by the club`s capture of England midfielder Joe Cole.Gerrard had been linked with a move to Real Madrid after Liverpool endured a dismal campaign last season, finishing seventh

Murali magic sets India back in rain-hit Test

GALLE: Retiring spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan dismissed Sachin Tendulkar cheaply as Sri Lanka seized control of the rain-ravaged first Test against India on Tuesday.The world`s most successful bowler, who was eight short of the 800-wicket mark in his final appearance, trapped batting

Pakistan`s Malik glad of `anti-Aussie` support

LEEDS: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has said the support for his team in the series against Australia has come as no surprise, saying even England fans like to see Ricky Ponting`s team beaten.Pakistan were cheered on to victory in two back-to-back Twenty20 victories over Australia

2012 tickets for the people, not VIPs

LONDON: The general public will be given priority for tickets for the 2012 London Olympics and everything possible will be done to fill stadiums, the chief organiser said in a newspaper interview Tuesday.Paul Deighton, the chief executive of LOCOG, the organising committee of the London

Japan World Cup bid chief upbeat

OSAKA: Japan`s football chief said Tuesday he felt FIFA inspectors had gained a "considerable understanding" of the country`s bid to host the 2022 World Cup, including its promise of global 3-D broadcasts.The Japanese bidders gave a three-hour presentation on the World Cup plans to a

Aussie skipper calls for reviews in all Tests

LEEDS: The International Cricket Council (ICC) should ensure the controversial decision review system is used in all Test series, according to Australia captain Ricky Ponting.The referral system is not being used in Australia`s two-match series with Pakistan in England, where the second

Heir apparent Clarke`s focus on cementing spot

LEEDS: Michael Clarke may be Australia`s captain in waiting but for now the batsman is adamant his main priority is to focus on making a success of his new role at number four.Clarke was made captain of Australia`s Twenty20 side after star batsman and Test captain Ricky Ponting opted out

Tendulkar`s blood to be used in biography

LONDON: Sachin Tendulkar`s blood is to be used in a special edition of a huge biography of the Indian cricket legend, its publishers said Monday.A giant de luxe book, the Tendulkar Opus, is coming out in February, with 10 copies being printed using his blood.The mammoth book is designed

Ijaz Ahmed hints at Yousuf return

LEEDS: Pakistan assistant coach Ijaz Ahmed has given the strongest hint yet a recall for former captain Mohammad Yousuf is being considered.Yousuf and fellow senior batsmen Younus Khan, who has been playing county cricket for Surrey, were both given indefinite bans after Pakistan`s 3-0