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Wang on brink of year’s biggest win as rain stops play

RECASTS WITH WANG Chinese number one Wang Qiang was on the brink of the biggest win of her season Friday when rain abruptly stopped her quarter final against world number five Elina Svitolina. The 26-year-old was serving for the match at 15-30, 5-2 in the second set — after cruising to a 6-2 victory in […]

Carrick hails Mourinho as managerial ‘great’ alongside Ferguson

Manchester United coach Michael Carrick says Jose Mourinho is in an elite group alongside Alex Ferguson as one of the greatest managers of the past 30 years despite his current problems at Old Trafford. The former midfielder, 37, took up a coaching role at the end of last season after a distinguished playing career at […]

Pakistan set Australia 462-run target to win first Test

Pakistan set Australia a daunting target of 462 to win the first Test in Dubai after declaring their second innings at 181 for six on the fourth afternoon on Wednesday. Resuming at 45 for three, Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq (48), Haris Sohail (39) and Asad Shafiq (41) before declaring 7.5 overs after lunch. Pakistan had made […]

Pakistan progress to 329-4 in first Test

Pakistan’s batsmen continued to prosper on a flat pitch to reach 329-4 at lunch on the second day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Monday. Haris Sohail was unbeaten on 46 and with him Asad Shafiq on 43 not out as Pakistan added 74 runs for the loss of just one wicket […]

Pakistan win toss, bat in first Test against Australia

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat in the first Test against Australia at Dubai stadium on Sunday. Pakistan included off-spinner Bilal Asif for his first Test at the age of 33, backing up leg-spinner Yasir Shah. Australia handed Test caps to Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne in a […]

Embattled Ronaldo presents selection headache for Juventus

by Emmeline MOORE Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to play for Juventus against Udinese on Saturday, despite rape claims made against him, although his coach Massimiliano Allegri admits he may be tempted to rest the embattled star. “I could go with a front three of Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo, or alternatively one of […]

New Zealand team named to play South Africa

The New Zealand team named Thursday to play South Africa in the sixth and final round of the Rugby Championship in Pretoria on Saturday:  New Zealand (15-1): Ben Smith; Waisake Naholo, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Shannon Frizell; Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock; Owen Franks, […]

Fighters flock to Russia’s Dagestan where wrestling is a way of life

by Nikolay KORZHOV Eyes focused on each other, boys in colourful singlets practise wrestling takedowns as others watch from the side of the modest studio, leaning against walls covered with peeling paint and splintering wood panelling. The sports hall in Kayakent, a small town in Russia’s Dagestan region in the Caucasus, has seen better days. […]

The army of tiny Tigers driving China’s young golf boom

by Peter STEBBINGS Lai Runci practises every day and looks very much the golfer as she pings the ball effortlessly off the tee. She is aged six. Lai Yiyan has won so many tournaments that she has lost count. She is nine. The two girls — who are not related — represent China’s growing army […]

German FA boss rekindles war of words with Ozil

by Ryland JAMES The president of the German Football Association (DFB) on Friday rekindled his war of words with Mesut Ozil by criticising the Arsenal midfielder for refusing to meet with Germany head coach Joachim Loew this week. “I think it’s not okay that every attempt at communication is being rejected (by Ozil),” Reinhard Grindel […]

US power into 3-1 Ryder Cup lead

ADDS DETAILS The United States made a strong start to the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on Friday as Jim Furyk’s men claimed a 3-1 lead after the opening session despite a defeat for Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed. The away team are bidding to win the trophy for the first time on European […]

Real struggles spice up Madrid derby against resurgent Atletico

by Thomas ALLNUTT Diego Simeone described Atletico Madrid’s sluggish start to the season as a wake-up call but it was Real Madrid’s nightmare in Seville that threw a whole new complexion on Saturday’s city derby. Atletico were seven points adrift of the top of La Liga after drawing to Eibar two weeks ago, and it […]

‘Jinxed’ Hertha out to ruin Kovac’s homecoming with Bayern

by Ryland JAMES   Pal Dardai says his Hertha Berlin side must overcome the penalty curse on their ‘jinxed’ defence when they host league leaders Bayern Munich in Friday night’s key Bundesliga clash. Defending champions Bayern arrive at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium under head coach Niko Kovac with a two-point lead in the table having won […]

Who’s saying what at the Ryder Cup

ADDS FURYK QUOTES With Europe and the United States set to tee off in the 42nd edition of the Ryder Cup on Friday, AFP Sport picks out some of the best quotes from Le Golf National: “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be an awesome environment. There’s a lot of nerves. It’s excitement.” […]

Australia name two Test vice-captains for first time

Australia have for the first time named two Test cricket vice-captains — all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood — as they look to move on from a major cheating scandal. The pair were chosen to back up captain Tim Paine via an unprecedented vote by team members and a final decision made by […]

Asian football boss seeks fresh term to stave off ‘chaos’

Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said he didn’t want to allow the organisation to lapse back into “chaos” as he announced a bid for re-election next year. The Bahraini royal first took the reins in 2013 when the Asian body was still reeling from a corruption scandal which saw his […]