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De Villiers‚ Du Plesis steer Proteas to victory

HARARE: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis struck sublime centuries as South Africa chased down a massive score to beat Australia by seven wickets in the second one-day international of the triangular series on Wednesday. The pair put on 206 for the third wicket, the highest South Africa partnership against Australia, as the Proteas reached their victory target of 328 with 20 balls to spare at the Harare Sports Club home of series hosts Zimbabwe. It eclipsed the 187 put on by Herchelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith as they famously chased down 434 at The Wanderers in 2006, and was no less impressive ...
Published On: 2014-08-27

MK Dons hammer Man Utd

MILTON KEYNES: Manchester United sank to new depths on Tuesday when they crashed out of the League Cup in the second round following a 4-0 defeat at Milton Keynes Dons. United were brought down to earth with a painful bump as a second-string team fell apart at Stadium MK. Will Grigg scored either side of break for the League One side before substitute Benik Afobe added a brace to leave a shell-shocked Louis van Gaal still searching for his first competitive win as United manager. United’s defeat mirrored what had happened on their last appearance in the second round in 1995, when they...
Published On: 2014-08-27

Warnock returns to Palace job

LONDON: Neil Warnock was hired by Crystal Palace on Wednesday for his second spell as the manager of the Premier League club. Palace has been without a manager since Tony Pulis quit two days before the start of the new season. The 65-year-old Warnock, who has signed a two-year deal, spent 2 ½ years at Palace from 2007-10. He has been without work since leaving Leeds in April 2013. Warnock has coached 13 clubs since 1980 and has experience managing in the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United. Palace have lost their first two games of the season, at Arsenal and th...
Published On: 2014-08-27

Di Maria joins Man Utd with British record fee

LONDON: Manchester United smashed the British transfer record signing Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($98.77 million) on Tuesday. Di Maria has signed a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on their website, with the fee breaking the British record of 50 million pounds Liverpool received from Chelsea for Spain striker Fernando Torres in 2011. Di Maria said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only c...
Published On: 2014-08-27

All-round Perera helps Lanka level series

HAMBANTONA: Thisara Perera smashed 65 off 36 balls and then grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka thumped Pakistan by 77 runs in the second one-dayer on Tuesday to level the three-match series 1-1. Sri Lanka recovered from 194-6 to post 310-9 in their 50 overs after electing to bat, before dismissing Pakistan for 233 in 43.5 overs. Pakistan had won the first match at the same venue by four wickets last week. The decider will be played in Dambulla on Saturday. A second-wicket stand of 96 between Ahmed Shehzad (56) and Mohammad Hafeez (62) lifted Pakistan to 114-1 by the 18th over before nine wic...
Published On: 2014-08-27

TIME OUT: Everton sign Eto'o

LONDON: Everton announced on Tuesday that they have signed Cameroon great Samuel Eto’o on a free transfer after he was released by Chelsea at the end of last season. The 33-year-old striker has signed a two-year contract and could make his debut against his former club on Saturday when Chelsea visit Goodison Park in the Premier League. Eto’o scored 12 goals for Chelsea, including a hat-trick against Manchester United. But his relationship with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho came under scrutiny after the Portuguese was caught on camera by a French television channel apparently castin...
Published On: 2014-08-27

Federer‚ Serena advance as teen duo rock

NEW YORK: Five-time champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams reached the US Open second round on Tuesday, but found themselves sharing the headlines with teenage upstarts CiCi Bellis and Borna Coric. Federer claimed his 50th win of 2014 as the 17-time major winner, playing in his 60th successive Grand Slam and bidding to become the oldest major winner in over 40 years, defeated Australia’s Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to register his 23rd win in 24 night matches in New York. Second seeded Federer, who hit 10 aces and 41 winners and was cheered on by basketball legend Micha...
Published On: 2014-08-27

Serena Williams tops Taylor Townsend in Flushing Meadows opener

NEW YORK: Serena Williams started her quest to join Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in joint fourth place on the career grand slam list with a 6-3 6-1 victory over 18-year-old fellow American Taylor Townsend at the U.S. Open on Tuesday. Williams, seeking her third successive U.S. Open title and 18th grand slam singles crown of her career, was simply too experienced for the erratic-yet-gifted Townsend, the 2012 Australian Open junior singles and doubles champion. "Taylor is incredibly talented, she's just so good," Williams said of the big-serving left-hander in a courtside inte...
Published On: 2014-08-27

United's Van Gaal says Di Maria won't provide instant fix

LONDON: Manchester United's new winger Angel Di Maria will not change the course of their troubled season straight away following his British record transfer from Real Madrid, manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday. The Dutchman was speaking after United's humiliating 4-0 loss at third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round had compounded their terrible start to the campaign. "I think that he (Di Maria) can contribute and that is very important but we don't have to expect that from tomorrow our world has changed," van Gaal told Sky Sports after the Argentina interna...
Published On: 2014-08-27

Djokovic‚ Sharapova ease through

NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic wasted no time in seeing off Argentinian challenger Diego Schwartzman on Monday as four former US Open champions reached the second round with varying degrees of difficulty. World No 1 and top seed Djokovic defeated 79th-ranked Schwartzman 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, wrapping up the marquee match on Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I hope it was a midnight delight,” the reigning Wimbledon champion told fans, although in truth the contest offered little drama. Schwartzman, playing just his second Grand Slam tournament and his first tour-level hardcourt event, pulled the Serbian ...
Published On: 2014-08-26