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S.Korea survive Bahrain scare to reach last eight
Dubai: Son Heung-min’s South Korea needed an extra-time winner to beat world ranked 113th Bahrain 2-1 as they stumbled into the Asian Cup quarter-finals in unconvincing fashion at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday. Kim Jin-su’s diving header at the end of the first extra period proved the difference as the two-time champions met unexpected resistance before winning in Dubai. But Paulo Bento’s side, runners-up in 2015 and
Kohli becomes first to sweep top three ICC awards
Dubai: India captain Virat Kohli said on Tuesday he was “very very happy” after becoming the first-ever player to clinch all three top honours, including cricketer of the year, in the International cricket Council awards. Kohli, who recently led India to their maiden Test and one-day series triumph in Australia, was also voted the Test and ODI men’s player of the year as the cricket’s world governing body announced its annual
Ronaldo hit by hefty fine for tax fraud in Spain
Madrid: Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo avoided jail on Tuesday but was ordered by a Spanish court to pay $4.1 million for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid. The court sentenced him to a two-year jail sentence that it immediately reduced to a fine of 365,000 euros, which adds on to another penalty of 3.2 million euros, the sentence read. A court spokesman said he did not know whether this would be added on to the
Nadal marches on as Kvitova makes Open semis
Melbourne: Rafael Nadal continued his relentless march towards an 18th major title on Tuesday as an emotional Petra Kvitova swept into her first Grand Slam semi-final since a terrifying knife attack almost ended her career. On day nine of the Australian Open, the fairytale runs of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Danielle Collins were also extended as they too swept into the last four. Second seed Nadal inched closer to winning an event
CR7 misses penalty but Juve down Chievo
Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty but Italian league leaders Juventus eased past bottom club Chievo 3-0 to pull nine points clear on top of Serie A on Monday as AC Milan returned to the Champions League berths with a 2-0 win in Genoa. Portuguese superstar Ronaldo had sealed Juventus’s first title of the season -- a record eighth Italian Super Cup trophy against AC Milan last Wednesday in Saudi Arabia. But the 33-year-
Boateng prepared for bit-part role at Barcelona
Barcelona: Barcelona’s new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng accepts he has joined the club to be a back-up after the 31-year-old was officially unveiled at the Camp Nou on Tuesday. Boateng has moved to Barca from Italian side Sassuolo on a six-month loan deal worth an initial one million euros, with the option to buy for eight million euros in the summer. He will provide cover up front for Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi after Munir
Albion cruise as furious Bolton fans protest
London: West Bromwich Albion ignored a bizarre tennis ball protest from furious Bolton fans as the promotion chasers moved into third place in the Championship with a 2-0 win at the Macron Stadium on Monday. Bolton owner Ken Anderson has infuriated supporters with his running of the struggling club and some supporters threw dozens of tennis balls on to the pitch to delay the start of the match. When play got underway, Bolton’s
New Huddersfield boss Siewert won’t ape Wagner
London: Huddersfield’s new manager Jan Siewert has promised to do things his own way despite following a similar career path to former Terriers boss David Wagner. Siewert, 36, becomes the Premier League’s youngest manager having previously been in charge of Borussia Dortmund’s reserve side. Wagner held the same role as Siewert at Dortmund before he arrived at Huddersfield in November 2015. He left the club by mutual consent
Gatland yet to decide post-Wales future
London: Wales coach Warren Gatland insists there is “nothing concrete” lined up for his next coaching role after he leaves his current post. Gatland said last week that he has had informal conversations about coaching the British and Irish Lions for a third time when they head to South Africa in 2021. But while the New Zealander isn’t short of offers, he maintains his future is still to be resolved. “I have had a couple of
Rescuers ‘fearing worst’ over plane carrying Sala
London: One of the rescuers searching for the missing plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala said on Tuesday they were “fearing the worst”. Sala, 28, is feared dead after contact was lost with the aircraft taking him to Wales -- where he had just become the record signing for Premier League club Cardiff City. “Sadly we are fearing the worst...the sea temperature is so cold at the moment,” John Fitzgerald, Chief
Pochettino stays positive despite Tottenham injury blows
London: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is “optimistic” his team can beat Chelsea to reach the League Cup final despite injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli. The 46-year-old Argentine remains focused and upbeat even though Kane likely to be missing until March while Alli is being assessed after going off late in the 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday with a hamstring problem. Pochettino is also without South Korean forward Son
Bellerin out for up to 9 months with knee injury
London: Arsenal announced on Tuesday that defender Hector Bellerin will be out of action for up to nine months after rupturing knee ligaments in his team’s win against Chelsea. Bellerin, 23, went down unchallenged during the second half of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at the Emirates on Saturday and was carried off on a stretcher. The 23-year-old was making his first start since mid-December, having overcome a calf problem, but will
Sanconnie in for Le Roux in French 6 Nations squad
Paris: Flanker Fabien Sanconnie has replaced his injured Racing 92 club-mate Bernard Le Roux in the France squad preparing for the Six Nations, team management announced on Tuesday. Sanconnie, a 23-year-old with four caps, joins the 30 squad members who gathered on Sunday at the training base at Marcoussis outside Paris, to prepare for France’s opening match, at home to Wales, on Friday, February 1. Le Roux, a 29-year-old with
Russia avoids new doping penalties over missed deadline
Montreal: Russia will not face new penalties for missing a December deadline to allow investigators access to the Moscow laboratory at the centre of alleged state-sponsored doping, the World Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday. “Several members of the (Executive Committee) voiced their disappointment that the deadline had been missed but agreed that no sanction in that regard should be imposed,” WADA President Craig Reedie said.
Tiger to make ’19 debut alongside Finau, Schauffele
Los Angeles: Former world number one Tiger Woods will make his 2019 PGA debut Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open alongside fellow Americans Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele, according to groupings released on Monday. Woods, a 14-time major winner playing his first event since turning 43 last month, returns to the Torrey Pines course where he won this event seven times and captured his most recent major victory at the 2008 US
England favourites as WI test kicks off today
Bridgetown: England are solid favourites although history is on the side of the underdog West Indies ahead of the first Test of the three-match series starting on Wednesday at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Riding a wave of five consecutive victories -- eight in nine matches going back to the last English summer -- which includes series wins over top-ranked India and an historic sweep in Sri Lanka, the tourists appear supremely
Pacquiao on the mend after scratched cornea
Los Angeles: The eye injury Manny Pacquiao suffered in a unanimous-decision win over Adrian Broner is a scratched cornea, and the Filipino ring icon is already on the mend, a spokesman for Pacquiao’s camp said Monday. The New York Daily News had reported that some in Pacquiao’s camp feared he had suffered a potentially career-threatening detached retina in beating Broner to retain the World Boxing Association “regular”
Indian selectors get bonus for historic Australia tour
New Delhi: The selectors who chose the Indian cricketers to tour Australia recently have been awarded almost $30,000 each as a bonus for picking the history-making squad. India clinched their first Test series in Australia in 71 years before claiming another historic first with a 2-1 win in the one-day internationals. The Twenty20 series ended in a draw. The squad captained by Virat Kohli -- who won three top International
Langer calls on batsmen to step up against Lanka
Brisbane: Coach Justin Langer on Tuesday said senior batsman Usman Khawaja must convert solid starts into hundreds, as Australia look to bounce back from a crushing loss to India when they face Sri Lanka this week. Australia axed Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and the Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitch, after the India humbling. But Khawaja survived and Langer is looking for fireworks from his number three. “I had a good hit with
Cycling to start tramadol tests at Paris-Nice race
Paris: The first tests for tramadol, a painkiller which will be banned in cycling from March 1, will be carried out at the Paris-Nice race, the UCI, the sport’s governing body sport, announced on Tuesday. The drug is not banned by world anti-doping agency WADA, but has been on its watchlist since 2012. The UCI said in a press release on January 15 that: “4.4% of in-competition tests on cyclists showed the use of tramadol.
Hewitt overlooks Kyrgios for Davis Cup Bosnia tie
Melbourne: Skipper Lleyton Hewitt Tuesday overlooked Nick Kyrgios for next month’s Davis Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina and instead opted for Australia’s in-form stars. Alex de Minaur, John Millman, Jordan Thompson, Alexei Popyrin and doubles specialist John Peers were named for the February 1-2 tie at Adelaide’s Memorial Drive. But Hewitt, who engaged in a bitter war of words with Bernard Tomic over his Davis Cup
Steely Serena ready for record Slam win: Coach
Melbourne: Serena Williams is emotionally and physically ready to win another Grand Slam, unlike during her famous meltdown in the final of the US Open last year, according to coach Patrick Mouratoglou. The 37-year-old American stormed past top seed Simona Halep to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Monday, with the Romanian saying it felt like being “hit by a train”. Long-time coach Mouratoglou said Williams
China, Europe follow Brazil’s Bolsonaro onto Davos stage
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Cardiff striker Sala ‘concerned about plane’ in final audio message
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Venezuela accuses US of ordering coup, seeks ‘revision’ of ties
CARACAS: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday accused Washi..
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Australia seeking info on dual national missing in China
SYDNEY: Australia is investigating reports a dissident writer and Chin..
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Putin and Erdogan to hold Syria talks
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UAE 2nd most trusted government in the world
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Sultan decree to establish Sharjah's free zone authority
SHARJAH: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme..
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ADNOC named Middle East’s most valuable brand
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Abu Dhabi book fair to promote Emirati identity at Cairo
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