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Warner‚ Watson shake off injury fears

MELBOURNE: Opener David Warner and all-rounder Shane Watson both took part in training today as injury scares eased for Australia ahead of the Boxing Day Test against India. The pair returned to the fray during a Christmas Eve session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Warner, batting for the first time since hurting his thumb in the second Test victory over India in Brisbane last week, was soon driving and hooking with little sign of discomfort. Watson, who was dazed when struck on the helmet by a bouncer on Tuesday, took on a bowling machine in the indoor nets before moving outdoors. The blo...
Published On: 2014-12-24

Windies face tough task at St George's

PORT ELIZABETH: The West Indies face a daunting task when they take on South Africa in the second Test at Port Elizabeth’s St George’s Park on Friday. The tourists were outplayed in the first Test at Centurion, where they were beaten by an innings and 220 runs, with the match ending before lunch on the fourth day. It was such a one-sided contest that South Africa will again be strong favourites, even though there are several factors that favour the West Indians in Port Elizabeth, where the pitches usually offer minimal seam movement and less pace than other South African venues. ...
Published On: 2014-12-24

Van Gaal keen to repay Fergie's faith

MANCHESTER: Manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he feels under pressure to succeed at Manchester United to repay the generous support of Old Trafford legend Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson has given his backing to van Gaal in recent interviews, claiming the United manager can restore the team to the lofty levels which Ferguson himself attained in his 27 years as boss. Certainly, van Gaal’s efforts in leading United into a top three position as the Premier League enters the Christmas period have been impressive and generated an air of optimism at the club not felt since Ferguson retired in 2...
Published On: 2014-12-24

Absent Ronaldinho threatened with sack

MEXICO CITY: Two-time world footballer of the year Ronaldinho has been threatened with the sack if he doesn’t return as soon as possible to his Mexican club Queretaro, the team’s president said on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Brazilian — a member of the 2002 World Cup winning side and world player of the year in 2004 and 2005 — has not returned as he said he would a fortnight ago for pre-season training having been allowed to go to the United States and Brazil to put his personal affairs in order after the end of the previous campaign. The first match is on January 11 bu...
Published On: 2014-12-24

Saints sign Dutch winger Elia

LONDON: Southampton have agreed to sign Werder Bremen’s Dutch international winger Eljero Elia on loan until the end of the season. Ronald Koeman’s side are short of attacking options with Jay Rodriguez’s recovery from a cruciate ligament injury taking longer than expected and Senegal’s Sadio Mane due to leave for the African Nations Cup next month. Elia, who has played 28 times for Holland, is seen as the perfect man to bolster Koeman’s front three. The 27-year-old will initially join Saints on loan when the transfer window opens next month, with the option o...
Published On: 2014-12-24

TIME OUT: Malpi claim titles

KATHMANDU: Malpi lifted the titles of the fourth Ace Inter-A-Level College Basketball Tournament here on Wednesday. In the boys’ section final, Malpi defeated hosts Ace Institute of Management 51-41 riding on 21 points from Saugat Baniya. Likewise in the women’s section final, Malpi beat Rupy’s International 24-19 with Doli Tamang scoring 14 points. The winning teams received Rs 15,000 each. Baniya and Tamang were named the Most Valuable Players. A total of 16 teams took part in the six-day tournament. — HNS Heskey joins Bolton LONDON: Former England forward Emile Hes...
Published On: 2014-12-24

World Cup preparations loom over test series

WELLINGTON: Final preparations for the World Cup loom large over the upcoming test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which starts at the Hagley Oval on Friday, with seven one-day games to follow the two matches in Christchurch and Wellington. Both sides will be fine tuning their World Cup selections, with final squads needed for Jan. 8, the day after the second test ends, but New Zealand will also be seeking to build on their recent resurgence in the test arena.After winning both home series last summer, beating West Indies away, then drawing with Pakistan after being hammered in the ...
Published On: 2014-12-24

WI lose Roach

CAPE TOWN: West Indies have lost their most accomplished fast bowler after Kemar Roach was ruled out of the final two matches of the Test series in South Africa and replaced by uncapped Kenroy Peters. Roach injured his right ankle while bowling on the first day of the first Test in Pretoria that ended in an innings and 220 run defeat for the tourists and will return home to continue his rehabilitation. Peters, a 32-year-old left-arm fast bowler, was the leading bowler in the domestic four-day competition in 2014. He has yet to represent the West Indies at senior level in any form of the game b...
Published On: 2014-12-24

Michael Clarke recovery as expected‚ still has World Cup hopes

SYDNEY: Australia batsman Michael Clarke has said his recovery from surgery on his torn hamstring was progressing as expected and he still hoped to lead his country at next year's World Cup. The 33-year-old tore his hamstring during the first test against India and was ruled out for the series, prompting speculation his latest injury could spell the end of his career. The right-hander has a chronic back problem that causes hamstring injuries and had been battling to make the field for the delayed first test before suffering back spasms while batting and then injured his hamstring while fiel...
Published On: 2014-12-24

Napoli edge Juve in penalty shootout

DOHA: Napoli ended Juventus’ hopes of securing a record seventh Italian Super Cup with a dramatic 6-5 shootout win in the final that stretched to 18 nerve-jangling penalties at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Monday. Carlos Tevez fired league champions Juventus ahead twice but Gonzalo Higuain scored two equalisers to send to game to penalties. Tevez looked to have won the game in extra time when he handed Juventus a 2-1 lead with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. But with three minutes to go, Higuain also found the back of the net for a second time to set up the elec...
Published On: 2014-12-23