Saturday, 23 Sep, 2023


Australia must fix fragile batting:Katich

SYDNEY: Opening batsman Simon Katich said Friday Australia still has weaknesses in its batting three months ahead of the Ashes Test opener with England.Australian batting collapses at the second Lord`s Test and the fifth Oval Test lost Ricky Ponting`s team the Ashes urn last year, and

Former Arsenal skipper Gallas set for Spurs

LONDON: William Gallas, the former Arsenal captain who is now a free agent, has reportedly agreed terms to join the Gunners` north London rivals Tottenham.The 33-year-old French defender is due to undergo a medical on Friday after agreeing to cross from the Emirates to White Hart Lane,

Murray and Nadal labour into Cincinnati quarters

MASON: World number one Rafa Nadal battled back to defeat Frenchman Julien Benneteau 5-7 7-6 6-2 at the Cincinnati Masters Thursday while Andy Murray needed a final set tiebreak to beat Latvia`s Ernests Gulbis.Third seed Roger Federer, coming off a runner-up finish in Toronto last week,

Liverpool edge Trabzonspor as Juve win in Austria

LONDON: Joe Cole`s undistinguished start to his Liverpool career continued on Thursday when he missed a penalty during his side`s 1-0 victory over Turkish club Trabzonspor in the Europa League playoff round first leg.On a night featuring 35 ties littered with some of the biggest names in

Germans want Lahm to remain captain: poll

BERLIN: Germany Six out of ten Germans think Philipp Lahm should keep the captain`s armband for Germany`s national side, rather than see Michael Ballack regain the captaincy. German sports agency SID, an AFP subsidiary, authorised a poll which saw 60.3 percent of those surveyed say

BrazilÔÇÖs Internacional win Libertadores Cup

PORTO ALEGRE: Internacional of Brazil won South America’s Libertadores Cup for the second time when they beat Guadalajara of Mexico 3-2 in the second leg of the final at the Beira Rio on Wednesday. Inter, also champions in 2006, won 5-3 on aggregate after a 2-1 first-leg victory on

Brazilian striker signs for Melbourne Victory

SYDNEY: Brazilian striker Ricardinho on Thursday signed for two-time Australian A-League champions Melbourne Victory. Ricardinho, 26, penned a two-year contract shortly after arriving in Melbourne on Thursday and was introduced to his new teammates at training. The forward played with

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