Thursday, 07 Jul, 2022


Teenager dies while playing footballA 15-year-old

ROME: A 15-year-old boy has died suddenly while playing football in Cordenons in the northeast of Italy, near Venice, Italian news agency Ansa reported Thursday.Giacomo Palazzi was playing with friends in the park when he suddenly fell to the ground motionless.His friends, who initially

Ponting taken to task for toss decision

SYDNEY: Skipper Ricky Ponting`s decision to bat first with disastrous results for Australia in the second Headingley Test against Pakistan was roundly condemned by the Australian press on Thursday. The Australians were routed for just 88 on the first day for their lowest innings since

Sri Lanka win first India Test

GALLE: Retiring world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan finished with 800 wickets as Sri Lanka beat India by 10 wickets in the first Test on Thursday.Brief scores:Sri Lanka 520-8 declared and 96-0; India 276 and 338.BDST: 1623hrs, July 22, 2010

Extra assistant refs to be used in Champions League

CARDIFF: Champions League matches next season will feature two extra assistant referees after the experiment was approved by Wednesday`s meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB).The additional assistant referees system was used in the Europa League last season and

India face defeat after Murali bags five

GALLE: Hosts Sri Lanka were well-placed to win the first Test against India after spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan wreaked havoc in his final match on Wednesday.The world`s leading wicket-taker grabbed 5-63 in the first innings as India were forced to follow on after being shot out for

Australia 88 all out against Pakistan

LEEDS: Australia, after winning the toss, were bowled out for 88 by Pakistan on the first day of the second Test at Headingley here on Wednesday.Australia`s score was their lowest Test innings total since being bowled out for 76 by the West Indies at Perth in 1984.Tim Paine was last man

FIFA gives thumbs-up to Japanese stadium

TOKYO: FIFA officials inspecting Japan`s bid for the 2022 World Cup gave the thumbs-up to a major football stadium outside Tokyo Wednesday, according to the Japanese bid chief.A five-member team from the sport`s world governing body visited the 64,000-seat stadium in the satellite city of

Hodgson set to sign Rangers starlet Wilson

GLASGOW: Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is set to sign highly-rated young Rangers defender Danny Wilson in a deal worth up to five million pounds (7.6 million dollars.Hodgson made his first signing since taking charge of Liverpool when he swooped for England midfielder Joe Cole earlier

Real united behind Benzema

MADRID: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has the "total support" of his Spanish team despite being placed under formal judicial investigation on allegations of sex with an under-age prostitute, a source close to the club told AFP on Wednesday.The 22-year-old was put under investigation

Japanese midfielder signs for Sydney FC

SYDNEY: Japanese midfielder Hirofumi Moriyasu has signed a one-year contract to play for Australian A-League champions Sydney FC, the club said on Wednesday.Moriyasu, 24, impressed Sydney coach Vitezslav Lavicka in four pre-season matches, including a substitute appearance against

Liverpool rubber-stamp Cole deal after medical

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool rubber-stamped the signing of Joe Cole on a four-year contract after the England midfielder passed his medical on Wednesday.Cole had already agreed personal terms on Monday after being released by Chelsea and flew to the club`s training camp in Switzerland to undergo

Hungarian police recover Eto`o`s stolen Bentley

BUDAPEST: Hungarian border guards have recovered a black Bentley belonging to Cameroon striker Samuel Eto`o that was stolen in Italy in March, police said Wednesday.Guards at the border between Serbia and Hungary became suspicious when they checked the papers of two Ukrainians wanting to

Muslims warned against wearing `devilish` ManUtd jersey

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims must not wear the famous Manchester United red jersey because of the "devil" emblem on its team crest, Malaysian clerics said Wednesday.Manchester United and the rest of the English Premier League are massively popular in Muslim-majority Malaysia and the rest of the

S.Korea name new coach

SEOUL: South Korea said on Wednesday that Gyeongnam FC coach Cho Kwang-Rae will take over the national team. The Korean Football Association said its technical committee unanimously approved Cho to replace Huh Jung-Moo. Cho, 56, was a midfielder for the national squad in the 1970s and

French footballers quizzed n under-age sex probe

PARIS: France international footballers Frank Ribery and Karim Benzema were charged with having had sex with an under-age prostitute Tuesday, as magistrates cracked down on an alleged celebrity vice ring.The indictments are the first stage of a formal judicial investigation that could

Cole capture shows Liverpool `mean business`

LIVERPOOL: The capture of England midfielder Joe Cole shows Liverpool mean business, defender Jamie Carragher warned the club`s Premier League rivals on Tuesday.Former Chelsea midfielder Cole agreed terms on a four-year contract on Monday and has flown to Liverpool`s Switzerland training

Germany coach Loew extends contract

BERLIN: Germany`s national coach Joachim Loew and his three right-hand men have agreed two-year extensions to their contracts following the team`s World Cup success, press reports said Tuesday.Loew was due to sign a new deal with the German Football Federation (DFB) later on Tuesday ahead

City dismiss Drogba talk claims

MANCHESTER: Claims by Didier Drogba`s agent that Manchester City had held talks about signing the Chelsea superstar were dismissed out of hand by a City spokesman on Tuesday.Drogba`s agent Thierno Seydi had suggested in a radio interview that Drogba could leave Stamford Bridge before the

Butt says captaincy will be no `hassle`

LEEDS: Salman Butt has insisted captaining a young Pakistan side shouldn`t be "that much of a hassle" when he leads the team in the second Test against Australia here at Headingley.Butt was thrust in to what is widely regarded as one of the most difficult jobs in world cricket after

England dumped by sponsors

LONDON: Nationwide, Britain`s top home-loans provider, confirmed Tuesday they will not renew their sponsorship of the England football team, as a pre-World Cup gamble backfired on the FA.Nationwide said it was "re-focusing its marketing priorities", leaving the Football Association -- the