Wednesday, 22 Mar, 2023


Dumped Misbah questions Pakistan selection

KARACHI: Veteran batsman Misbah-ul-Haq expressed disappointment Thursday at being dropped from the England-bound Pakistan squad, defending his averages as among the best. "It is very disappointing," Misbah told AFP. "You find yourself in the eleven and suddenly you are not even in a

Breakers and royals take Wimbledon spotlight

LONDON: Nicolas Mahut and John Isner will drag their weary bodies back onto court at Wimbledon on Thursday to resume the longest match in tennis history as Queen Elizabeth II makes her first visit since 1977. A string of tennis records were blown away as Mahut and Isner came off court on

Cricket: India`s Tendulkar gets Air Force rank

MUMBAI: Cricket great Sachin Tendulkar is to be given an honorary rank in the Indian Air Force in recognition of his contribution to the nation and to encourage young people to join up. Tendulkar, one of India`s greatest ever batsmen, said he was pleased to be honoured by the air force.

Pride on the line as Brazil meet Portugal

DURBAN: Pride not pragmatism will be the watchword when soccer powerhouses Brazil and Portugal meet in a mouthwatering World Cup clash on Friday (1400) to decide the winners of Group G. Although whoever tops the group could meet Spain in the second round, any suggestion that either side

Shamed French squad faces humiliating return

PARIS: Frances shamed World Cup squad faced the wrath of President Nicolas Sarkozy, the press and a furious public on Wednesday after a disastrous exit from the tournament in South Africa.The players were due to fly back to a humiliated country that has largely written them off as spoiled

FIFA: No discipline for Spain`s Villa

JOHANNESBURG: FIFA will not take action against Spain striker David Villa after he raised his hand to the face of a Honduras player during the teams` World Cup match Monday. FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola says its disciplinary committee found no grounds to open a case. Villa appeared to

No Irish sympathy as French crash out of World Cup

DUBLIN: As France crashed out of the World Cup Tuesday seven months after a disputed Thierry Henry handball dashed the Republic of Ireland`s hopes of getting to the championship, there was no sympathy from the country`s former assistant manager. Liam Brady, who also won 72 caps for his

French Open finalist Stosur knocked out of Wimbledon

LONDON: Australia`s French Open finalist Samantha Stosur was brought back down to earth with a bang as she crashed out of the Wimbledon first round on Tuesday. Stosur, the sixth seed, was beaten in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 by Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi, just weeks after reaching her

Andy Murray gets good vibes from Wimbledon return

LONDON: Andy Murray admits he is already benefiting from the Wimbledon feel-good factor after putting an end to his recent dismal run. Murray has been stuck in a rut since losing to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final in January and has failed to get past the quarter-finals in his

Nigeria upbeat despite crashing out of World Cup

DURBAN, South Africa: Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback said he was disappointed to see his side crash out of the World Cup on Tuesday, but remained upbeat about his players` performance. The Super Eagles drew their final match 2-2 against South Korea, not enough to salvage two opening losses

Lego World Cup replays score Internet hit

LAATZEN, Germany: Fabian Moritz is not your average German football fan: he does not mind the relative goal drought at the World Cup and he wants England to do well. The 19-year-old may have just flunked his school leaving exams, but his remakes of World Cup matches using Lego figures

Bill Clinton to attend US-Algeria World Cup match

NEW YORK: Former US president Bill Clinton is ready to catch World Cup fever and plans to cheer on the US team against Algeria in Pretoria, South Africa, his New York-based foundation said on Tuesday. After attending the match on Wednesday, Clinton will visit Tanzania and Malawi to check

South Korea draws 2-2 with Nigeria

DURBAN, South Africa: South Korea has been a regular at the World Cup. All but one of its previous seven appearances ended disappointingly in the first round. There was, however, the 2002 tournament it co-hosted with Japan, when the South Koreans went to the semifinals.On Tuesday, they

Messi inspires Argentina to victory

POLOKWANE: Lionel Messi, who turns 23 on Thursday, captained his country for the first time on Tuesday and gave another virtuoso performance as Argentina beat Greece 2-0 to reach the second round of the World Cup. While his team mates may give him presents on Thursday, Messi presented

Italy`s Cannavaro under pressure as stakes rise

JOHANNESBURG: World champions Italy need a win against Slovakia on Thursday to ensure they stumble into the World Cup second round and all eyes will be on captain Fabio Cannavaro after mistakes in the first two matches led to goals. The fall from grace of the 2006 world player of the

Denmark need dynamite to progress

RUSTENBURG: Denmark coach Morten Olsen is hoping for some traditional `Danish dynamite` from his team`s attack in Thursday`s decisive Group E clash with Japan. Olsen, who captained Denmark when they made their impressive `dynamic` debut at the World Cup finals in 1986, acknowledged Japan

Maradona calls for fair play after Messi marking

POLOKWANE (Reuters) - Diego Maradona asked where was fair play at the World Cup after Lionel Messi was treated to systematic fouling by Greece in Argentina`s 2-0 win on Tuesday. "The famous fair play doesn`t exist (here), let`s make it effective once and for all," Maradona said.

Full-strength Dutch have learned a lesson

CAPE TOWN: Already-qualified Netherlands will be at full strength against out-of-contention Cameroon in their final Group E match on Thursday in a bid to avoid a hat-trick of early knockout exits after fielding weakened teams. In the 2006 World Cup and at Euro 2008 the Dutch qualified

Paraguay to pin hopes on strike trio

JOHANNESBURG: Paraguay will look to a trio of sharpshooters to see them into the World Cup second round while New Zealand, surprise contenders for a place in the last 16, are hoping luck favours them at last. The South Americans seemed the better team for much of their opening 1-1 draw

Serena through in quick time, Nadal up later

LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams does not care much for first-round dramas, especially at Wimbledon. Since debuting in 1998, the American has only lost one set at the first hurdle and the 28-year-old defending champion was at it again on Tuesday as temperatures soared into the high 70s