Friday, 09 Jun, 2023


Hotshot Villa on track to match Raul

PARIS: Should Spain get to the World Cup final, in-form striker David Villa could write a new page in the tournament`s history and over-take Raul as his country`s all-time top scorer in one match.Whereas strike partner Fernando Torres has laboured in four scoreless appearances on his

South Korean coach quits over scathing cyber attacks

SEOUL: Huh Jung-Moo Friday stepped down as South Korea`s coach, citing distress from scathing attacks over his leadership during the football World Cup in South Africa."I`ve decided not to seek a second term," Huh, 55, told journalists."My family members suffered a lot ... I want to have

Argentina and Germany reignite intense rivalry

CAPE TOWN: Football powerhouses Argentina and Germany reignite their intense rivalry on Saturday in an eagerly-anticipated World Cup quarter-final, with both sides boasting they will win.The two country`s met at the same stage in 2006 with Juergen Klinsmann`s side going through 4-2 on

Zvonareva aims to pass final Wimbledon exam

LONDON: Vera Zvonareva has had to put her studies on hold for a few days as she prepares for her final exam at Wimbledon.Wimbledon finalist Zvonareva, the Russian 21st seed, has been spending her spare time studying for a master`s degree in international economic relations at the

Focussed Spain wary of Paraguay threat

JOHANNESBURG: Spain will be wary when they face Paraguay on Saturday in Johannesburg`s Ellis Park stadium of not making the same mistakes as in the past.Until two years ago when the Spanish finally delivered on their undoubted promise by winning the European Championships, they had been

Santos named new Greece coach

ATHENS: Portugal`s Fernando Santos was named coach of the Greek national team Thursday, replacing Germany`s Otto Rehhagel who held the post nine years and guided Greece to victory at Euro 2004.The executive board of the Greek Football Federation (EPO) on Thursday unanimously voted to

Zvonareva reaches Wimbledon final

LONDON: Russian 21st seed Vera Zvonareva reached the women`s singles final at Wimbledon with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova on Thursday.Zvonareva fought back from a set down to subdue Pironkova in a hard-fought semi-final on Centre Court and will face

Matthaus interested in Cameroon vacancy

PRETORIA: German World Cup winning captain Lothar Matthaus revealed on Thursday that he is interested in becoming coach of Cameroon.The 49-year-old - who led West Germany to the 1990 World Cup title - told SID, a subsidiary of AFP, that he had been in touch with the Cameroon Football

Nigerian football ban gets mixed reception

LAGOS: There was a mixed reaction on Thursday to the government decision to suspend the Nigerian national football team from international matches following its disappointing first round exit at the World Cup.President Goodluck Jonathan slapped a two-year ban on the team from competing

South America, Europe collide at World Cup

JOHANNESBURG: The first of three World Cup last-eight collisions between South America and Europe pits Brazil against The Netherlands in a Port Elizabeth blockbuster on Friday. And Ghana, sole survivors in the tournament from outside the two most powerful football regions, face Uruguay

Uruguay and Ghana chase last four dream

JOHANNESBURG: One-time football power Uruguay are on the verge of their first World Cup semi-final appearance in 40 years with African hope Ghana blocking their way at Soccer City here on Friday.Before Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay were the dominant South American team winning two World

You`ll remember me, `ballboy` Mueller warns Diego

ERASMIA: Diego Maradona thought Thomas Mueller was a ballboy when they first met, a demeaning snub which has fired-up the German star to plot Argentina`s downfall in Saturday`s World Cup quarter-final. The 20-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder scored twice in Germany`s 4-1 hammering of

Holland send Brazil crashing out

PORT ELIZABETH: Brazil`s dreams of a sixth World Cup title were shattered as the Netherlands came from behind to claim a famous 2-1 win in an enthralling quarter-final here on Friday.An own goal by Felipe Melo - who was to be sent off later - and a Wesley Sneijder header enabled the Dutch

Brazil happy to let results talk

PORT ELIZABETH: For a team that was supposed to founder in the first round and that has come under attack for its reliance on style over substance, Dunga`s boys from Brazil aren`t doing too badly. Dunga`s class of 2010 head into Friday`s World Cup quarter-final clash against the

BCB chief Kamal becomes ACC President

DHAKA: Bangladesh Cricket Control Board President AHM Mustafa Kamal MP has been made President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), an official announcement said to the cheers of the youngest test-playing nation.                 Bangladesh’s coronation as chief of the

Nigeria leader bans team after World Cup fiasco

Abuja: Nigerian football was in disarray Wednesday after President Goodluck Jonathan suspended the national team from all international tournaments for two years following the Super Eagles` poor performance at the World Cup in South Africa. Nigeria was knocked out in the group stages

Berdych ends Federer`s reign as Wimbledon champ

LONDON: Roger Federer crashed out of Wimbledon on Wednesday as Czech 12th seed Tomas Berdych clinched a stunning 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over the defending champion in the quarter-finals. Federer has been almost untouchable at Wimbledon for the last seven years, winning the title six

Williams sisters downed in doubles

LONDON: Defending champions Venus and Serena Williams were knocked out of the women`s doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Wednesday, piling on the misery for Venus. While Serena progressed to the singles semi-finals on Tuesday, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus was knocked out by the

Gerrard and Rooney pull out of `skills` event

LONDON: England internationals Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney avoided a potential public relations disaster after an organiser said the duo had withdrawn from a soccer skills event. The pair were set to compete in a series of challenges against the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Cristiano

Djokovic downs Lu to storm into semis

LONDON: Serbia`s Novak Djokovic stormed through to the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Taiwan`s Lu Hsun-Yen on Wednesday. World number three Djokovic played almost faultless tennis to wrap up victory in an hour and 51 minutes on Court One as Lu, the conqueror of