Thursday, 07 Jul, 2022

Sports

Sarkozy blasts `disastrous` French World Cup team

PARIS: President Nicolas Sarkozy damned the shamed French football squad on Monday, saying the team had been "disastrous" for their country`s image at the World Cup in South Africa."The image shown by the French team in South Africa? Disastrous. I said: `Those in charge must go`. They are

Post World Cup blues hit basking host S.Africa

CAPE TOWN: rritable? Sad? Feeling empty? It could be post-World Cup withdrawal.The post-mortem on South Africa`s World Cup drew a near perfect score but locals are now grappling a once far-off question after a month of celebration and rare unity: How are you going to get your life

England competition excites Strauss

BIRMINGHAM: England captain Andrew Strauss revelled in the growing competition for places in the one-day side after "leading from the front" as his team wrapped up a series win over Bangladesh."We are going to need a squad of players at the World Cup (in Asia next year)," said Strauss

Spanish king thanks `champions` for World Cup win

MADRID: Spain`s King Juan Carlos on Monday thanked the country`s national team for winning the World Cup for the first time at a reception for the 23-man squad at his palace in Madrid."Thank you champions, in the name of all of Spain and all Spaniards," he said after personally greeting

Defeated Dutch arrive back home

AMSTERDAM: The Dutch football team returned home Monday after their 1-0 World Cup defeat at the hands of Spain, their plane escorted by two F-16 fighter jets.The team landed at 5.20 pm (1520 GMT) at Amsterdam`s Schiphol airport, where they were kept away from the public, an AFP journalist

Sri Lanka disappointed no review system for India

sCOLOMBO: Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara said on Monday he was disappointed that the umpire review system would not be used for the upcoming three Test series with India."As a player and a team, we are very much for the umpire decision review system," skipper Kumar Sangakkara told

Heroes` welcome for World Cup winning Spanish team

MADRID: Spain gave its football team a heroes` welcome Monday as their World Cup triumph over the Netherlands inspired a red and gold fiesta after years of dashed hopes.As the South African hosts prided themselves for defying pessimistic predictions, up to a million people were expected

FIFA`s Blatter saddened by Uganda blasts

JOHANNESBURG: FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday said he was saddened by the Uganda bombings that killed 64 people while watching the World Cup final."I am very sad. I was really, really touched this morning when I heard about this news," the head of the football governing body told

Afridi promises to unify troubled Pakistan squad

LONDON: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has vowed to rid his squad of the disharmony that scarred their recent tour to Australia.Pakistan`s ill-fated trip to Australia earlier this year ended in a 3-0 Test whitewash and bans for four players - including former captain Younus Khan - amid

Spain predict beauty will save the world

JOHANNESBURG: Spain believe international football is entering a bright new age, powered by the sleek, easy on the eye style which triumphed over Holland`s muscular harassment in the World Cup final.Vicente Del Bosque`s side added the world title to their European crown thanks to Andres

England make 347-7 against Bangladesh

BIRMINGHAM: England, after losing the toss, made 347 for seven against Bangladesh in the third and final one-day international at Edgbaston here on Monday.England captain Andrew Strauss made 154, his best ODI score, and together with Jonathan Trott (110) shared an England record stand for

Afridi promises to unify troubled Pakistan squad

LONDON: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has vowed to rid his squad of the disharmony that scarred their recent tour to Australia.Pakistan`s ill-fated trip to Australia earlier this year ended in a 3-0 Test whitewash and bans for four players - including former captain Younus Khan - amid

Spain predict beauty will save the world

JOHANNESBURG: Spain believe international football is entering a bright new age, powered by the sleek, easy on the eye style which triumphed over Holland`s muscular harassment in the World Cup final.Vicente Del Bosque`s side added the world title to their European crown thanks to Andres

Tutu encourages S.Africa to build on World Cup success

JOHANNESBURG: Archbishop Desmond Tutu Monday encouraged South Africans to build on the infrastructure and social cohesion brought by hosting the World Cup to help the poor. "The challenge, now, is to ensure that the infrastructure that has been developed, particularly the transport

S.Africa orders `harsh` action on anti-immigrant threats

CAPE TOWN: South Africa`s government Monday ordered the police and army to take "harsh" action to stamp out anti-foreigner threats after immigrants fearing violence sought refuge in several police stations. Seven people were arrested for public violence in a Cape Town township after

Spain predict beauty will save the world

JOHANNESBURG: Spain believe international football is entering a bright new age, powered by the sleek, easy on the eye style which triumphed over Holland`s muscular harassment in the World Cup final. Vicente Del Bosque`s side added the world title to their European crown thanks to Andres

Canal parade for defeated Dutch team

AMSTERDAM: The Dutch football team, who were beaten 1-0 by Spain in the World Cup final, will return to a heroes welcome and a parade along the canals of Amsterdam on Tuesday afternoon, city officials confirmed. "The players will parade in a boat which will navigate the canals of

Ole! Millions celebrate Spain`s historic World Cup win

MADRID: Millions danced, cheered and set off fireworks in an all-night football induced delirium after Spain`s first World Cup triumph. The centre of Madrid became a sea of red and gold -- the national colours -- as huge crowds poured onto the streets to celebrate Spain`s nailbiting 1-0

Fiesta time in Spain after World Cup glory

MADRID: Spain revelled in World Cup glory Monday as its conquering football team headed home with the trophy having inspired a red and gold fiesta with their victory in the final over the Netherlands. As the South African hosts gave themselves a pat on the back for defying pessimistic

Casillas seals World Cup win with live on-air kiss

MADRID: Keeper Iker Casillas sealed Spain`s first ever World Cup win by kissing his TV reporter girlfriend, who had been accused of distracting him, before millions of viewers during a live on-air interview. The 29-year-old told Sara Carbonero, a journalist for Spain`s Telecinco channel,