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Extra Cup motivation not necessary for Johnson

American Zach Johnson says he does not need any extra motivation at this month's Ryder Cup in Scotland where the United States will bid to improve on a dismal record of seven losses to Europe in the last nine editions. The last time the teams met, in what became known as the 'Meltdown at Medinah' in 2012, the Americans threw away a commanding four-point lead going into the last-day singles to lose by 14-1/2 points to 13-1/2. This year's U.S. captain, Tom Watson, believes memories of that stinging defeat will serve as his team's greatest motivation at Gleneagles, but Johnson says he does not ...
Published On: 2014-09-18

Medinah motivation could backfire on U.S.: Rose

LOS ANGELES: The ploy by the United States to draw extra motivation from a stinging loss to Europe at Medinah two years ago could prove to be "a double-edged sword" for them at next week's Ryder Cup in Scotland, Justin Rose told Reuters. U.S. captain Tom Watson has already pinpointed that 2012 defeat outside Chicago as a focal point for his team, saying the Americans will be driven to make amends for one of their most harrowing experiences in the biennial competition. "It could be very powerful, and it could be exactly the right thing to do -- or it could lead to a lot of frus...
Published On: 2014-09-18

Gerrard rescues Reds as Gunners fail to fire

PARIS: Steven Gerrard was Liverpool’s hero with a stoppage-time penalty as the Reds marked their return to the Champions League with a victory on Tuesday, while Arsenal endured a torrid evening against Borussia Dortmund. Gerrard struck from the spot right at the death to hand Liverpool a 2-1 win in their Group B opener against an awkward Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield. Meanwhile, goals just either side of half-time by Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave 2013 runners-up Dortmund a 2-0 win against Arsenal in Germany in Group D, and the hosts were unlucky not to win by more. T...
Published On: 2014-09-17

Safarova rallies to down Bencic; Ivanovic triumphs

TOKYO: Seventh-seeded Lucie Safarova battled back to beat wild card Belinda Bencic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Wednesday and reach the Pan Pacific quarter-finals, spoiling the Swiss teenager’s upward momentum this year. The 27-year-old Czech lost three straight games after 3-3 in the first set but in the second she broke Bencic’s serve in the third game and sprinkled five aces. In the decisive set, the left-hander broke the 17-year-old Swiss in the first and fifth games before conceding no point in the eighth game, finishing her off with two straight aces, her ninth and 10th of the match. &ldq...
Published On: 2014-09-17

Knights oust Mumbai

RAIPUR: Last year’s champions Mumbai Indians crashed out of the Champions League T20 losing to Northern Knights by six wickets on Tuesday. Mumbai were outclassed in all departments by the Kiwi side that did not put a foot wrong on their way to securing a place in the main draw. The table toppers in the qualification round, Knights go into the tournament proper along with Lahore Lions. Chasing a 133-run target, Knights were off to a brilliant start with Anton Devcich and Kane Williamson putting up an 83-run stand. By the time Mumbai managed to get their first breakthrough in the 10th ov...
Published On: 2014-09-17

TIME OUT: LRI‚ Gyanodaya thru

KATHMANDU: Hosts LRI-Red, Gyanodaya, Baba and Buddha Academy advanced to the boys’ section semi-finals of the seventh LRI Inter-school Basketball Championships on Wednesday. Baba defeated Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyala 55-45, while Buddha beat Excelsior 42-33. LRI-Red edged Galaxy 38-32. In girls’ section, Valley Public, LRI and Gyanodaya made it to the last four. Valley Public outplayed RIBS 49-8, Gyanodaya sneaked past Galaxy 38-32 and LRI beat Rato Bangla 33-20. — HNS CAB names squad KATHMANDU: Cricket Association of the Blind, Nepal on Wednesday named a 14-member women squ...
Published On: 2014-09-17

Windies sweep Test series against Bangladesh

ST LUCIA: Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul completed his 30th Test century and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn followed with 5-72 on Tuesday as the West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 296 runs late on day four of the second Test. The West Indies, playing their landmark 500th Test, swept the two-Test series 2-0. Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 101 allowed the West Indies to declare their second innings at 269-4 early in the day. Bangladesh, set 489 for an unlikely victory, were bowled out for 192 in the final over of the day. Benn’s second five-wicket haul of the series was supported well by ...
Published On: 2014-09-17

Ex-NZ skipper Crowe suffers cancer relapse

WELLINGTON: Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe has suffered a relapse of his cancer. The 51-year-old first said he was suffering from a form of lymphoma in 2012 but after chemotherapy he said in June 2013 the tumours had been eroded and he was clear of the disease. Crowe was, however, told it could possibly return, which he confirmed on Wednesday. “After a brilliant year of self discovery and recovery I have more work to do,” he wrote on his Twitter page. “My friend & tough taskmaster Lymphoma is back to teach me.” Crowe told local media he had recent...
Published On: 2014-09-17

Thousands flood in ahead of Asian Games gala opening

INCHEON: Thousands of athletes and officials gathered in Incheon on Wednesday as the clock ticked down to Asia’s biggest sports spectacular and organisers fretted over low ticket sales. Long queues formed at South Korea’s Incheon airport two days ahead of the start of the Asian Games, an Olympic-size event with 36 sports, 45 countries and about 10,000 athletes. China, with roughly one-tenth of the competitors, will dominate proceedings, four years after winning a record 199 gold and 416 medals overall at Guangzhou 2010. China’s Olympic swim stars Sun Yang, Ye Shiwen and bad...
Published On: 2014-09-17

Hughes replaces Australia captain Clarke for Pakistan ODIs

SYDNEY: Top order batsman Phil Hughes has replaced Michael Clarke in the Australia squad for next month's one-day international series against Pakistan after the Australia captain was ruled out by a hamstring injury. Hughes, who was overlooked for the original squad despite scoring two half centuries against South Africa in the recent triangular one-day series in Zimbabwe, had been included in the test squad to play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. The 25-year-old was already scheduled to travel to the UAE earlier than his test team mates to spend time working on his batting against spi...
Published On: 2014-09-17