Wednesday, 22 May, 2024


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

Uruguay win group, Mexico also through

RUSTENBURG, South Africa: Uruguay secured a place in the second round of the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990 when they beat Latin American rivals Mexico 1-0 on Tuesday. The result meant Uruguay topped Group A and Mexico also went through on goal difference over hosts South

World Cup will create more jobs in South Africa - Zuma

JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday he was confident the Soccer World Cup, hosted for the first time in Africa, will boost job creation and economic growth in his country. "The event itself has created such an opportunity that our economy is notgoing to be of

South Africa beat sorry France but go out

BLOEMFONTEIN: South Africa overcame a dispirited France team, who were reduced to 10 men for more than a hour, to win 2-1 in their last World Cup Group A match on Tuesday but it was not enough to reach the second round. Uruguay, who beat Mexico 1-0, finished top of the group with seven

Nadal downs Nishikori at Wimbledon Sports Desk

LONDON:  French Open champion Rafael Nadal was back in the old routine at Wimbledon as he moved into the second round with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Japan`s Kei Nishikori on Tuesday. Nadal was in action at the All England Club for the first time since his thrilling victory over Roger

Frustrated Kaka`s revival on hold after red card

JOHANNESBURG: Kaka has been hampered by injury and a drop in form over the last two seasons but probably the last thing the squeaky-clean Brazilian expected at the World Cup was for his revival to be halted by a red card. Just as he seemed to be returning to something near his peak, Kaka

Court drops case against Dutch women

JOHANNESBURG: A South African court has dropped a case against two Dutch women accused of an illegal promotion stunt by a brewer at a World Cup match last week, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday. "FIFA was not interested in proceeding with the matter. There was a