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Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal

LONDON: Didier Drogba completed a remarkable return to Chelsea on Friday, signing a one-year deal to rejoin the club where he wrote his name into the record books and spearheaded the most successful period in their history. Two years after leaving Stamford Bridge on a high after his heroics helped them win the Champions League, the emotional pull of reuniting with manager Jose Mourinho proved too great a draw for the Ivory Coast striker. "It was an easy decision - I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again," the 36-year-old told the club website (www.chelseafc.com...
Published On: 2014-07-26

Cautious South Africa dig in against Lankans

COLOMBO: South Africa batted cautiously to reach 98-3 as they try to preserve their 1-0 lead in the series in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka on Friday. The touring side, replying to the hosts’ 421 all out, trailed by 323 runs at the close on the second day with Hashim Amla unbeaten on 46 and AB de Villiers on 11. Amla had two escapes on 10 and 34, edging a drive off Dilruwan Perera past Mahela Jayawardene’s outstretched hand at slip and then having his stumps shattered by Suranga Lakmal as he moved away from his crease when a crow flew across the pitch. The bowler a...
Published On: 2014-07-25

Navardauskas makes history for Lithuania

BERGERAC: Ramunas Navardauskas made history on Friday as he became the first Lithuanian to win a stage of the Tour de France. The 26-year-old, who won a stage of the Giro d’Italia last year, stole a march on a disjointed peloton to escape to victory on the 208.5km 19th stage from Maubourguet to Bergerac. The Garmin rider made his attack 13km from home on a short fourth category climb, passing his teammate and loan escapee Tom-Jelte Slagter before holding on in driving rain all the way to the finish. German John Degenkolb won the sprint for second seven seconds back with two-time stage ...
Published On: 2014-07-25

Major changes shake Zimbabwe cricket

REUTERS: Major changes to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC), with Test skipper Brendan Taylor losing the one-day role and coach Andy Waller becoming the newly-created director of coaching, were announced by the ZC board on Thursday. The changes came on the day Zimbabwe suffered a crushing 100-run defeat by Afghanistan with the ODI series ending in a disappointing 2-2 draw for the home side. Taylor’s replacement in the ODI and Twenty20 format is Elton Chigumbura, while assistant coach Stephen Mangongo moves up to replace Waller, whose last game in charge was Thursday’s defeat. Mangongo led th...
Published On: 2014-07-25

Jadeja fined for Anderson fiasco

LONDON: India’s Ravindra Jadeja has been fined half of his match fee for his involvement in an altercation with England quick bowler James Anderson during the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge. The clash, which occurred as the players left the field at lunch on the second day, saw Jadeja charged with a level two misconduct charge for allegedly approaching Anderson in a threatening manner. Anderson was charged with a level three offense for having “abused and pushed” his opponent. Match referee David Boon found Jadeja not guilty of the offence for which he had been charged, b...
Published On: 2014-07-25

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup

ZURICH: FIFA has rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament “can achieve positive change.” Russia’s alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week prompted calls from some lawmakers in Germany to review the country’s hosting rights. On Friday, FIFA issued a statement saying it “deplores any form of violence” and would support only peaceful, democratic debate about the World Cup. “History has shown so far that boycotting sport events or a policy of isolation or confrontation are...
Published On: 2014-07-25

TIME OUT: Wenger not happy

Wenger not happy NEW YORK: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has echoed the sentiments of new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal in criticising the demands of their pre-season tour. Wenger said it was "impossible" to prepare his squad properly for the upcoming Premier League campaign, which begins on August 16, given the demands of their pre-season schedule and players returning later than normal after World Cup duty. Arsenal are in the US for a friendly against Major league Soccer franchise New York Red Bulls, before heading to Austria for a training camp and then returning to Londo...
Published On: 2014-07-25

Pinto quits as Costa Rica coach

SAN JOSE: Jorge Luis Pinto, who produced the surprise of the World Cup by coaching tiny Costa Rica to the quarter-finals, is leaving after failing to agree on a new contract. The Costa Rican federation announced Pinto’s departure on Thursday. Pinto said he was leaving because of disagreements with unnamed members of his coaching staff. He said they asked that he be fired one-and-half years ago. “I slept with the enemy for one and half years,” Pinto said. “I had my differences with the staff. They don’t share my style. I’m demanding. I want dedication and ef...
Published On: 2014-07-25

TIME OUT: CIS100 School Chess

CIS100 School Chess KATHMANDU: Ashok BK, Sushil Kafle and Sampurna Raj Neupane took the lead with three points each in the CIS100 Inter-school Chess Tournament in the U-10 boys’ category here on Friday. In U-12 section, Atal Bahadur Koirala and Pratim Shakya are in the pole position. In U-14 category, Process Shrestha, Prayush Shrestha and Milan Lama earned four points each to stay atop. Likewise, Yuvraj Tamang, Pradeep Sapkota, Prism Lama and Umesh Dangol are in top with three points in U-16 group. In girl’s U-12 category, Aava Pudasaini, Anisha Neupane, Anusha Pandey and Simran ...
Published On: 2014-07-25

Hamilton fastest in hot Hungarian practice

BUDAPEST: Lewis Hamilton started his Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as he meant to continue, with the fastest lap in Friday's first free practice and championship-leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg behind him. The winner of the last two Hungarian Grands Prix lapped the Hungaroring circuit outside Budapest with a best time of one minute 25.814 seconds. Rosberg was second fastest, 0.183 slower than the 2008 champion, on a hot morning with track temperatures rising to around 48 degrees Celsius. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were the closest to the dominant duo, who have won n...
Published On: 2014-07-25