Sunday, 24 Sep, 2023


Liverpool, Juventus, Ajax learn European fates

PARIS: Some of Europe`s biggest clubs learnt their immediate fates in continental competition on Friday when the third-round qualifying draws for the Champions League and Europa League were made.Liverpool and Juventus have 45 league titles and seven European Cups between them, but enter

ICC chief hints at Test Championship by 2013

LONDON: International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has hinted England could play host to an inaugural Test championship in 2013.The ICC, cricket`s governing body, have been weighing up the possibility of introducing a Test championship as they seek to revive

Afridi to quit Tests after Australia finale

LONDON: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said Friday he would retire from Test cricket following the second Test against Australia at Headingley starting next Wednesday.Afridi made his announcement after leading Pakistan to a 150-run defeat by Australia in the first Test at Lord`s here on

Tamim leads Bangladesh to victory over Ireland

BELFAST: Tamim Iqbal played the star role as Bangladesh avenged their defeat to Ireland 24 hours earlier with a six-wicket win in the second one-day international in Belfast on Friday.Bangladesh had been easily beaten by the Irish on Thursday but Tamim`s innings of 74 from 91 balls

Brearley, Chappell to be Pakistan ambassadors

LONDON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) have appointed Mike Brearley and Greg Chappell as ambassadors to help support the beleaguered Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, announced the roles during the `neutral` Test match between Pakistan and

North`s six-appeal proves too much for Pakistan

LONDON: Part-time spinner Marcus North stunned record-chasing Pakistan with a maiden six-wicket haul as Australia won the first Test by 150 runs at Lord`s on Friday.North took six wickets for 55 runs in 18.1 overs as Australia, in the first neutral Test played in England since 1912, won

Asian police arrest 5,000 over World Cup betting: Interpol

LYON: Police in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand arrested more than 5,000 people in a coordinated swoop against illegal football betting during the World Cup, Interpol said Friday.The international police agency, which helped coordinate the month-long operation, said officers had

Maradona set to stay on

BUENOS AIRES: Diego Maradona is set to stay as Argentina coach despite their loss to Germany in the World Cup quarter-finals, amid reports Friday the Argentine Federation would offer him the chance to stay on for the next tournament in neighbouring Brazil in 2014.Maradona was a surprise

Barcelona set aside 50m euros for new players

MADRID: Spanish champions Barcelona, who secured a bank loan of 155 million euros this week to solve cash-flow problems, have set aside 50 million euros to spend on new players, the club said on Thursday. "The club has approximately 50 million euros net to spend on new players each

Japan defender Tulio back from brink of retirement

TOKYO: Gutsy Brazilian-born defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka, who helped Japan reach the World Cup last-16 round, says he has come back from the brink of retirement thanks to advice from his ailing father.The 29-year-old rejoined his J-League club Nagoya Grampus on Thursday after spending

China boss says `best time` for 2026 World Cup bid

BEIJING: China`s football chief has said now is the "best time" for the country -- still trying to bounce back from a graft scandal that rocked the sport -- to launch a bid for the World Cup in 2026."It really moved us to see all the social benefits South Africa got from hosting the World

15-year-old Russian biathlete killed by teamate

MOSCOW: A junior Russian biathlete aged just 15 died Friday in hospital after being shot by his teammate at a training camp, local media reported.Reports said the incident happened at Izhevsk sports base in the central Russian region of Udmurtia, where the students of former star

India tweaks dates of Australia tour

NEW DELHI: India`s cricket board on Friday revised the schedule of Australia`s Test and one-day tour of the country in September-October.The two Tests have been advanced by a day but the dates continued to clash with the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi from October 3-14,

1,000 World Cup crimes committed in South Africa: police

JOHANNESBURG: Nearly 1,000 crimes, mainly thefts and muggings, took place in and around stadiums on match days during the World Cup, South Africa`s police minister said on Thursday.A total of 290 incidents were reported to police inside the 10 venues of the month-long tournament while a

India vow to spoil Muralitharan`s finale

GALLE: India are determined not to join the party as Sri Lanka celebrate world record wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan`s final Test appearance in Galle from Sunday.The off-spinner, 38, will retire after the opening contest of the three-match series at the Galle International Stadium, in

Leon joins Real Madrid as Mourinho moves in

MADRID: The Mourinho Years began for Real Madrid on Thursday as Jose Mourinho met his players for the first time, with one new player arriving amid rumours of possible exits.The Spanish giants announced the signing of winger Pedro Leon on a six-year deal from Getafe.The player, who turns

France `timebomb` at World Cup, says Anelka

PARIS: Nicolas Anelka, the Chelsea striker at the eye of the storm that rocked the French team at the World Cup, described Thursday the tensions between the squad and coach as a timebomb waiting to go off.Anelka was sent home from the World Cup in disgrace for verbally abusing France

Aamer `cleverer than I was at 18` - Wasim

LONDON: Pakistan fast bowling great Wasim Akram believes new pace sensation Mohammad Aamer is "much cleverer than I was at 18" after watching the teenage quick`s latest impressive Test display..Aamer, like Wasim a left-arm seamer, took four wickets for 72 runs as he led Pakistan`s attack

Former IPL boss Modi loses court battle

MUMBAI: Suspended Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi was dealt a fresh blow Thursday after a court dismissed his plea to stay disciplinary proceedings initiated against him by India`s cricket board.The Bombay High Court also rejected Modi`s demand that a three-member panel set up by

Man Utd begin US tour prep

CHICAGO: Manchester United, missing many of their big names, began training for their North American tour Wednesday with an hour-long workout at the Chicago Fire`s Toyota Park ground. Some 1,500 fans turned out to watch the training session, which took place in 90-degree heat. The