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Torrid season over as Nadal opts for surgery

LONDON: Rafa Nadal's announcement on Friday that he will miss the ATP World Tour Finals because of appendicitis ended a difficult year for the Spaniard during which he has endured injury, illness and worrying defeats. The 28-year-old's ninth French Open crown in June stands out like a beacon in the gloom as for most of the season Nadal has looked like a mere mortal, far from the force of nature that collected 14 grand slam titles. On Friday he was crushed by Croatian teenager Borna Coric at the Swiss Indoor event in Basel, losing the first five games before offering some instinctive resistan...
Published On: 2014-10-25

Stellar Lamela is hot Spur as Tottenham hit five

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela scored a stunning 'rabona' goal to light up Thursday's Europa League ties, wrapping his left boot round the back of his right leg 20 metres out and blasting the ball into the top corner. That goal, a second Lamela volley and a Harry Kane hat-trick helped secure a 5-1 victory over Greek side Asteras Tripolis but the result seemed almost insignificant in comparison to the sheer technical brilliance of the Argentine's moment of magic. Elsewhere, the goals were liberally spread among the games in Europe's second tier competition with Borussia Moenchengladb...
Published On: 2014-10-24

Blues‚ Bayern‚ Shakhtar register big wins

FRANKFURT: The Champions League returned on Tuesday with a 40-goal bonanza as Bayern Munich thrashed Roma 7-1 for their biggest victory on the road and Luiz Adriano scored five as Shakhtar put seven goals past BATE Borisov. On a record-busting night, Chelsea weren’t far behind in a 6-0 win over Maribor, but Manchester City remained without a victory in three matches after wasting a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at CSKA Moscow. Schalke also squandered a two-goal lead before scoring a controversial penalty in stoppage time to edge 10-man Sporting 4-3. Neymar and Lionel Messi scored in Barcel...
Published On: 2014-10-22

Halep routs Williams; Ivanovic wins

SINGAPORE: Ana Ivanovic recovered from her opening loss to race to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over an out-of-sorts Eugenie Bouchard on Wednesday, putting the world No 7 back into the mix for a WTA Finals last-four berth. The Serb was edged by world No 1 Serena Williams in her first appearance in the elite eight-woman event since 2008 on Monday, but was ruthlessly efficient on her first serve to breeze past her Canadian opponent in her second match on Singapore's purple hard court. After Simona Halep had stunned Williams 6-0, 6-2 in the first match of the day to virtually assure a place in the semi-f...
Published On: 2014-10-22

ICC 'concerned' by India-WI row

NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its concern about the dispute between the Indian and West Indian cricket boards but says it is powerless to intervene. The ICC released a statement on Wednesday saying it was closely following the case and would discuss the dispute next month but did not have the authority to take action after West Indies aborted their tour of India. “The ICC hopes that the matter will be resolved amicably, but clarified that, unless the matter is otherwise referred to it, it does not have the power to intervene in disputes resulting from ...
Published On: 2014-10-22

Utd job too big for Moyes: Fergie

LONDON: Alex Ferguson has broken his silence on David Moyes’ short, traumatic reign at Manchester United, saying the former Everton manager underestimated the size of the job while denying he retired leaving the club in decline. In an updated version of his book, “My Autobiography”, Ferguson also says it was “nonsense” to suggest he hand-picked Moyes for the job alone and that a due process was involved in his appointment. Ferguson has not previously spoken at length about Moyes’ 10 months as his successor but does so in a new chapter updating the book that...
Published On: 2014-10-22

Ton-up Younus leads Pakistan fightback

DUBAI: Younus Khan led Pakistan’s fightback with a dogged century after the hosts made a terrible start to the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. After opting to bat first, Pakistan reached 219-4 at stumps on the first day with captain Misbah-ul-haq (34) and Asad Shafiq (nine) at the crease. The 36-year-old Younus fell on 106, leg before to Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson’s second delivery with the second new ball. Younus walked in at No 4 with Pakistan having lost both their openers before the total had reached double figures. The stylish right-hander ...
Published On: 2014-10-22

TIME OUT: Platini‚ CAF in spat

CAPE TOWN: UEFA President Michel Platini is demanding that the Confederation of African Football withdraws an "insulting" statement that claimed the Frenchman was interfering in its affairs over Ebola. The spat revolves around a television interview where Platini was asked about next year's troubled African Cup of Nations in Morocco, and if it should be held in January and February despite the threat of Ebola. CAF said Platini had "found it necessary to question" the African body's decision that the tournament should go ahead. In a strongly-worded letter to CAF President Is...
Published On: 2014-10-22

4 months after bite‚ Suarez to face Real Madrid

BARCELONA: Few might remember his knee surgery just three weeks before the World Cup, or the two goals he scored in a 2-1 victory over England in his first match in the tournament. The last and most memorable image of Luis Suarez is the striker biting Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder in a group stage match against Italy, a play that earned him a four-month suspension. Discipline problems have defined the career of one of the most talented and feared strikers in the world. Loved by teammates and loathed by opponents, Suarez has a knack for scoring and controversy. He returns to the field on...
Published On: 2014-10-22

Champions League sets record with 40 goals in one night

LONDON: The goal machines of Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk cranked into top gear on Tuesday as the Champions League captivated its continental audience with a record 40 goals in one eight-game night. Bayern, who humbled Roma 7-1, Chelsea, who beat Maribor 6-0, and Shakhtar, who enjoyed a 7-0 win at Bate Borisov, contributed 20 between them on an evening to forget for defenders and goalkeepers alike. Ukraine's Shakhtar became the first team to score six times in the first half of a Champions League match, and their victory was the joint-best for an away side. Shakhtar's Brazili...
Published On: 2014-10-22