ZURICH: Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown has her eyes firmly fixed on next year’s world athletics championships in Beijing after claiming her first win at a Diamond League meet since her doping controversy in Zurich on Thursday.
THE Cinderella grand slam debut of 15-year-old Catherine Bellis ended in the second round of the US Open on Thursday when she was beaten by emerging Kazakh talent Zarina Diyas in three sets.
ABUJA: Players and clubs yesterday joined a boycott of Nigeria’s top flight league but the country’s football association insisted that matches would go ahead as planned.
THE Serie A season kicks off today with Italian football at a new low following a miserable World Cup campaign and the election of a federation president embroiled in a racism row.
PARIS: Big-spending Paris Saint Germain, poised for a tough Champions League campaign, turn their focus first to their stuttering Ligue 1 start when they host high-flying rivals St Etienne at the weekend.
NOVAK Djokovic reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the 25th consecutive time while Serena Williams racked up her 80th US Open win as the top seeds eased into the third round on Thursday.
BARCELONA and Real Madrid face difficult trips in their first away games of the La Liga season tomorrow when they travel to Villarreal and Real Sociedad respectively.
LONDON: England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that Wayne Rooney faces a challenge to balance his natural aggression and ferocious will to win with his new responsibilities as captain.
BACARY Sagna believes Manchester City can complete a clean sweep of trophies this season as the French defender prepares to make his debut in the champions’ Premier League clash against Stoke today.
LOUIS van Gaal admits not even his record-breaking swoop for Angel Di Maria will be enough to revive Manchester United immediately as the Argentina star prepares for his debut at Burnley today.
MONACO: Manuel Pellegrini must have been looking for Mario Balotelli’s ‘Why Always Me’ T-shirt on Thursday night.
DEFENDING champions Pahang, Super League winners Darul Ta’zim, FA Cup runners-up Felda United and Kelantan eased into the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals after the penultimate round of group matches yesterday.
NATIONAL coach Dollah Salleh yesterday called up a goalkeeper found guilty of match-fixing for next month’s friendly matches against Indonesia and Cambodia while handing recalls to former captain Shukor Adan and Indra Putra Mahayuddin in preparation for the AFF Cup.
YOUNG Tigers D will be playing for more than personal pride and glory when they face PVF Vietnam in the return leg of the Asia Champions Trophy Under-16 final at the Frenz Stadium in Janda Baik tomorrow.
WORLD No 1 Lee Chong Wei powered into the semi-finals of the World Championships in Copenhagen after seeing off China's Wang Zhengming in the quarter-finals yesterday.
NICOL David’s fine run at the Hong Kong Open continued after the World No 1 disappointed the crowd by beating home favourite Joey Chan to reach the semi-finals yesterday.
NEW YORK: It was a tale of three sets that played out like three distinct matches, and in the end it was Italian Sara Errani roaring in triumph at the U.S. Open on Friday moments after shaking from excitement.
LONDON: Chelsea has agreed terms with AC Milan for striker Fernando Torres to join the Serie A club in a two-year loan deal.
BERLIN: Mario Gomez and Marco Reus, who both missed Germany’s World Cup-winning campaign through injury, have returned to the squad for next month’s friendly against Argentina and a Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Scotland.
BARCELONA: Cristiano Ronaldo admits that he suffered for pushing himself too much at the end of last season but is now close to his best as Real Madrid prepare to face Real Sociedad this weekend.
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