Friday, 12 Aug, 2022


Villa hot seat could attract Maradona

LONDON: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona would not rule out coming to England to take over Aston Villa, according to a newspaper report Sunday.Maradona is currently out of work after being sacked as Argentina manager last month, while Premier League side Villa are currently

Sevilla stun Barca in Spanish Super Cup first leg

MADRID: Sevilla came back from one goal down to defeat league champions Barcelona 3-1 in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Saturday.Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Barca the lead after 20 minutes after being set-up by Maxwell.But Sevilla dominated the second half with

Eight killed in California desert race

LOS ANGELES: At least eight people were killed and 12 others were injured after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of spectators at a popular off-road race in Southern California, MSNBC television reported.The accident occurred Saturday at 7:40 pm (0240 GMT Sunday) at a race called the

Watney breaks clear to lead PGA Championship

KOHLER Wisconsin: American Nick Watney broke free of the chasing pack to open up a three-stroke lead after the third round of the U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Saturday. Watney made eight birdies and two bogeys in a superb round of 66 to head into the final day leading at

India PM takes charge of CGames, says will be a success

NEW DELHI: India`s prime minister promised a successful Delhi Commonwealth Games Sunday, a day after he intervened to rescue the troubled event that has been beset by delays and allegations of corruption."The successful organisation of the Commonwealth Games would be another signal to the

RBS preparing to take control of Liverpool

LONDON: The Royal Bank of Scotland is preparing to take over Liverpool Football Club as the search for a buyer looks increasingly likely to end in failure, a newspaper reported Sunday.Negotiations last week, including with Chinese sports tycoon Kenny Huang and the Syrian businessman Yahya

Europe in Ferguson`s sights as Newcastle await

MANCHESTER: Manchester United will open their Premier League season against Newcastle United with manager Sir Alex Ferguson claiming the Champions League will be his priority this season.In a break from his usual stance, the Old Trafford boss has outlined his desperation to make up for

Clijsters, Sharapova advance to WTA Cincinnati final

CINCINNATI: Reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters and Russian beauty Maria Sharapova advanced to the WTA Cincinnati Open final in very different fashion on Saturday.Belgian fourth seed Clijsters needed only 12 minutes to reach Sunday`s title match of the two million-dollar hardcourt

Same again for England against Pakistan

LONDON: England named the same XI on Sunday that had put them 2-0 up in their four-match series against Pakistan for the third Test starting at The Oval on Wednesday.Tim Bresnan, left out from a 12-man squad in the sides that won the first Test at Trent Bridge by 354 runs and the second

Yousuf worried by lack of match fitness

WORCESTER: Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has admitted he is far from being match-fit for next week`s third Test against England at The Oval.The former Pakistan captain was unable to add to his overnight 40 as rain washed out the second and final day of the tourists` match against

Federer wins another thriller to book final with Murray

TORONTO: Roger Federer will return to world number two after reaching the ATP Toronto Masters final by dodging a bullet for the second night in a row, beating Novak Djokovic 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 on Saturday.The dramatic victory sets up a final against fourth-seeded Scot Andy Murray, who put out

Blackpool enjoy dream return to top flight

LONDON: Blackpool lit up the opening day of the Premier League season with a 4-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic to celebrate their long-awaited return to the top flight of English football in style.Manchester City paraded 70 million pounds worth of new signings in a 0-0 lunchtime draw at

Injured Zulqarnain could miss test

WORCESTER: Zulqarnain Haider, one of Pakistan`s few successes in the test defeat to England last week, has a chipped finger and will see a specialist on Tuesday to see if he can play again in the series.Keeper Zulqarnain, 24, was handed a test debut for the second test at Edgbaston and

Venus Williams withdraws from Montreal WTA event

MONTREAL: World number four Venus Williams said Friday she has withdrawn from next week`s two million-dollar WTA event in Montreal due to a nagging left knee injury that has frustrated her US Open preparations.The US veteran also withdrew from this week`s event in Cincinnati, meaning she

No dress code for 2012 tennis but grass will stay green

LONDON: The All England Club will be awash with colour in two years with its rigid all-white clothing policy being relaxed for the 2012 Olympics tennis competition.The lush grass courts will be their trademark green rather than dusty brown, however, after Games organisers confirmed on

Nadal storms through comeback to set up Murray match

TORONTO: Top seed Rafael Nadal won 10 points in a row late in the match to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Friday and reach a Saturday semi-final against holder Andy Murray at the Toronto Masters.Nadal, off the boil in the opening set, managed to right the ship by winning the

Kuchar tops PGA leaderboard as Tiger battles brisk winds

SHEBOYGAN: In his mind`s eye, Matt Kuchar is still the same fresh-faced kid that graduated from the US college ranks full of promise and eager to learn the ropes on the PGA Tour."It is going by so fast," said Kuchar, who shot a three-under 69 to seize the clubhouse lead in the second

Real beat Bayern to lift Beckenbauer Cup

MUNICH: Real Madrid won the Franz Beckenbauer Cup on Friday, beating Bayern Munich 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out at the Allianz Arena in a testimonial for the German World Cup winning veteran.French international Franck Ribery, besieged by problems both on and off the pitch, played 60

Shower power as Gay sprints to 100m season best

LONDON: America`s Tyson Gay followed up his Stockholm win over Usain Bolt by clocking the fastest 100m time this season in a blistering triumph at a rain-soaked London Diamond League meeting on Friday.Gay won in 9.78sec in miserable, damp conditions at Crystal Palace to easily see off

Clijsters, Sharapova, Ivanovic advance to semi-finals

CINCINNATI: Reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic and Russian beauty Maria Sharapova reached the WTA Cincinnati Open semi-finals with straight-set triumphs Friday.Belgian fourth seed Clijsters, who made her return to tennis at this event last year ahead