Saturday, 23 Sep, 2023


Commonwealth Games boss inspects Delhi venues

NEW DELHI:  Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell began a two-day tour Wednesday of the much-delayed venues for the Delhi showpiece as the city struggles to be ready just 46 days from the start.The Indian capital resembles a construction site in areas, with some of the

Nadal makes no promises before Cincinnati start

CINCINNATI: Two-time semi-finalist Rafael Nadal won`t make promises about his progress at this edition of the ATP Cincinnait Masters after squeezing in a pair of practice sessions Tuesday.The Spanish world number one maintained his standard low-attitude heading into the last bit even

Optimistic Federer ready for long haul on hardcourt

CINCINNATI: Roger Federer is settling in for the long haul on hardcourts, saying Tuesday that his final in Canada was almost the perfect start to perhaps the most physically demanding portion of a long year."Now that we`re on this kind of surface for eight months, I think this is a very

Trapped cat at heart of Swann drink-driving trial

LONDON: England cricketer Graeme Swann said he was motoring off to buy screwdrivers to rescue a trapped cat when he was arrested for drink-driving, a court heard at the beginning of his trial Monday.The Nottinghamshire off-spinner, ranked the third best Test bowler in the world, was

Pakistan sends Sri Lanka attack report to ICC

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent to the International Cricket Council (ICC) an official report on last year`s terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore."The ICC received the Lahore incident report from the PCB on August 3," a spokesman for the council,

Pakistan welcomes plans for World XI tour

KARACHI: Pakistan`s cricket chief on Tuesday welcomed an announcement of a possible World XI tour to his country, saying he hoped it would revive international cricket in the insurgency-hit nation."The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) welcomes the announcement by Giles Clarke of the intention

Julian Fountain becomes Bangladesh Fielding Coach

DHAKA: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Julien Fountain as the National Team’s Specialist Fielding Coach. His contract with the BCB will run till the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, according to said an official announcement.Julien will arrive here on August 19 to

Defeat completes woes for African giants Ahly

JOHANNESBURG: A miserable weekend for African club football giants Al-Ahly of Egypt ended with a 1-0 Champions League loss at Algerian outfit JS Kabylie.The driver lost control of the bus carrying the record six-time champions to a training session in eastern city Tizi-Ouzou during heavy

Pakistan set to back Punjab against England

LONDON: Pakistan could, for the first time in their history, field a side comprised solely of players from the one province when they play England in the third Test at The Oval here on Wednesday.The Pakistan squad is dominated by players from the country`s most populous province, Punjab

Pakistan donates to flood victims

KARACHI: Pakistan cricket on Tuesday pledged more than 133,000 dollars for flood victims and said it was working to drum up further funds through an international exhibition match in England.Pakistan has been devastated by massive flooding that has affected 20 million people in the

Kamran Akmal set for recall after Zulqarnain injury

LONDON: Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has been ruled out of the remaining two Tests against England after doctors advised him on Monday he needed three weeks to recover from a finger injury.Zulqarnain suffered a hairline fracture on his little finger in his right hand while

Sri Lanka says sorry to India for no-ball row

DAMBULLA: Sri Lanka Cricket on Tuesday apologised to India after Virender Sehwag was denied a one-day century due to what the batsman said was a deliberate no-ball.Sehwag was stranded on 99 not out as India raced to a six-wicket win in a tri-series match on Monday, which ended amid

Phelps set for 400 IM return at Pan Pacific meet

IRVINE: Michael Phelps is feeling like his old self again, so much so that he is ready to swim the 400-meter individual medley for the first time since the Beijing Olympics.Phelps will test himself in the challenging event at the Pan Pacific Swim Championships, a five-day showdown

United give Magpies Premier League reality check

MANCHESTER: Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs scored as Manchester United began their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win over Newcastle here on Monday giving the losers a sharp reminder of the gulf in class between the Championship and the elite league.United had a

Sehwag powers India to win with unbeaten 99

DAMBULLA: Virender Sehwag cracked a robust 99 not out to help India post a comfortable six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the triangular one-day series on Monday.The opener hit two sixes and 11 fours in his 100-ball knock as India raced to the 171-run target with more than 15 overs to

Ponting backs Hauritz as Australia`s top spinner

MELBOURNE: Test captain Ricky Ponting on Monday backed Nathan Hauritz as Australia`s number one spinner for the coming Indian tour and the home Ashes series against England.The off-spinner, who has snared 57 wickets at 31.82 in 15 Tests, is returning to full fitness after a foot injury

Aussie paceman Tait rules himself out of Ashes

SYDNEY: Australian paceman Shaun Tait said Monday he will not be available to play in the Ashes Test series against England.Tait, who has just returned home after playing Twenty20 cricket for Welsh county Glamorgan, confirmed he will no longer play in the longer forms of the game, even if

Woods comes up empty in another grand slam

SHEBOYGAN: Tiger Woods` final major of 2010 is in the books and what turned into a frustrating day at the office Sunday has added up to a disappointing 2010 season for the world number one."Disappointed, certainly," said Woods. "In order for it to be a great year you have to win a major

Kaymer looks unflappable in maiden grand slam win

SHEBOYGAN: Germany`s Martin Kaymer took the slow steady route to his first major championship title.Tied with American Bubba Watson going into the final playoff hole at 92nd PGA Championship on Sunday, Kaymer decided to play it safe out of the rough and just punch his ball back onto the

Bolt shrugs off Gay resurgence

KINGSTON: Double sprint world record-holder Usain Bolt says his loss to American rival Tyson Gay will not play on his mind.Bolt, who cut his 2010 season short after losing his first 100m race in two seasons to Gay in Stockholm earlier this the month, returned home last week saying he