(Olympics) Rio sends off rocky yet rousing Games with tropical tribute

By Reuters - Monday, 22 August 2016.

RIO DE JANEIRO: A blustery storm, a touch of melancholy and a sense of pride converged at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on Sunday as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief at having pulled off South America’s first Games.


Asean's Olympic gold medalists to get free flights for life, says AirAsia boss

By ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 12:14

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia will reward all five Olympic gold medal winners from Asean nations with free flights for life, group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes announced today.

(Football) Blatter in last fight against FIFA ban

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:28

GENEVA: Sepp Blatter will mount his final challenge against his six-year FIFA ban on Thursday, following more than a year of scandal that saw him thrown out of football in disgrace.

(NBA) Los Angeles pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 09:33

LOS ANGELES: Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant will be honoured Wednesday with a ceremony in Los Angeles, the city where he played his entire 20-year professional career.

(Football) Iceland hero Sigurdsson joins Fulham

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 09:25

LONDON: Ragnar Sigurdsson, one of the stars of Iceland’s Euro 2016 campaign, has signed for Fulham from Russian side Krasnodar, the English second-tier club announced on Tuesday.

(Football) Celtic survive scare as Porto dismiss Roma in Champions League

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 09:10

PARIS: Scottish champions Celtic withstood a furious fightback from Hapoel Beer-Sheva to reach the Champions League group stage on Tuesday despite a 2-0 defeat in Israel, while Porto beat nine-man Roma 3-0 to advance.

(Football) Liverpool cruise, Chelsea squeeze in League Cup

By AFP - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 09:00

LONDON: Daniel Sturridge scored twice as Liverpool strolled into the League Cup third round with a 5-0 win at Burton Albion on Tuesday, while Chelsea edged third-tier Bristol Rovers 3-2.

(Cricket) Pakistan celebrate 'incredible journey' to No. 1

By AFP - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 14:34

KARACHI: Cricket-obsessed Pakistanis were Tuesday celebrating their national team’s “incredible journey” to the top of the Test rankings after a turbulent seven years in which they were forced to play home matches on neutral venues.

Ryan Lochte loses all his major sponsors after Rio incident, apology

By Reuters - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 08:37

US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lost all four of his major sponsors on Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren Corp, following his apology for an “exaggerated” story about being robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Games.

India welcomes back Sindhu after rare medal in Rio

By AP - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 20:10

Dutch legend Gullit joins Netherlands team as a coach

By Reuters - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 18:41

AMSTERDAM: Ruud Gullit has agreed to join the coaching staff of the Dutch national team after being asked to play a role by head coach Danny Blind, local media reported on Monday.

(Football) Banana thrower raises racism fears in AFL

By AFP - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 15:00

After Rio, Olympics headed for Asian venues seen as safe

By AP - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 12:03

BEIJING: For the Olympics, it’s so-long Rio, hello Asia.

(Olympics) Stray dog beats Jordanian runner to finish line

By AFP - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 11:43

RIO DE JANEIRO: Amid celebrations for the end of the Rio Olympics, few spared a thought for Jordan’s Methkal Abu Drais who finished the marathon behind a Japanese comedian, a stray dog and an Argentinian running sideways.

(Football) Liverpool hire advisers after Chinese bid

By Reuters - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 11:20

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool’s owners have hired an investment bank to advise on the possible sale of a sizeable stake in the club to a Chinese consortium, the Financial Times said on Saturday citing sources close to the matter.

(Football) Inter beaten at Chievo, Bacca's penalty earns Milan 3 points

By AFP - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 11:12

ROME: Inter Milan crashed to a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chievo on Sunday in the biggest upset of the opening weekend of the new Serie A campaign.

(Football) Wasteful Cavani jeered as PSG see off Metz

By AFP - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:57

PARIS: Lucas, Layvin Kurzawa and Marco Verratti got the goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat newly promoted Metz 3-0 at the Parc des Princes in coach Unai Emery’s first home game in charge on Sunday.

(Football) Stuani gives Middlesbrough second win

By AFP - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:49

SUNDERLAND: Uruguayan striker Cristhian Stuani’s fine brace earned Middlesbrough a 2-1 win at Sunderland on Sunday in the northeast rivals’ first Premier League encounter since January 2009.

(Football) Antonio gives West Ham first Premier League win at new ground

By Reuters - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:44

LONDON: West Ham United safely negotiated a nervous first Premier League game at their new ground to record their opening win of the season 1-0 against Bournemouth thanks to a late header from Michail Antonio at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Football: Bale fires Real Madrid to opening win

By AFP - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:15

BARCELONA: A Gareth Bale brace and a Marco Asensio lob helped Real Madrid make light work of Real Sociedad, running out 3-0 winners at Anoeta in their opening game of the season in La Liga.

(Olympics) Kenya's Kipchoge wins gold before closing

By AFP - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 09:53

RIO DE JANEIRO: Kenya’s phenomenal Eliud Kipchoge stormed to a runaway marathon win and Brazil celebrated volleyball gold as the chaotic but compelling Rio Olympics prepared for the final curtain on Sunday.

(Olympics) US NBA stars rip Serbia for gold

By AFP - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 09:38

RIO DE JANEIRO: Completing a third consecutive unbeaten run to gold, the United States crushed Serbia 96-66 in Sunday’s Rio Games basketball final to win its sixth Olympic title with NBA talent in seven tries.

(Moto3) Khairul misses out on podium finish after wiping out at Czech GP

By Fadhli Ishak - Monday, August 22, 2016 - 00:34

KUALA LUMPUR: Rookie Khairul Idham Pawi missed out on notching a third podium finish in Moto3 this season after crashing out late in the race at the Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix today.

(Olympics) Heroes' welcome for victorious Fijians

By AFP - Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 14:38

SUVA: Fiji’s gold-medal-winning sevens rugby team received a tumultuous heroes’ welcome when they returned home from Rio Sunday to launch two days of celebrations.

(Olympics) China blame 'fierce' competition after Rio flop

By AFP - Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:50

RIO DE JANEIRO: China blamed fierce competition for their Rio flop and promised to examine their “shortcomings” on Saturday after slumping to their worst Olympic performance in 20 years.

(Football) Wenger rails at Arsenal transfer focus

By AFP - Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:40

LEICESTER: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at criticism of his club’s transfer policy after he once again came under pressure from supporters to spend money on new players.

(Tennis) Murray routs Raonic to reach Cincy final

By AFP - Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:20

CINCINNATI: Andy Murray beat Milos Raonic for the fifth time this season as the Olympic gold medallist rode his Rio momentum into the final of the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters on Saturday.

Football: Juve boss hails 90-million man Higuain

By AFP - Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:00

ROME: Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has hailed Gonzalo Higuain’s debut goal as testimony to the predatory instincts that prompted the club to splash out 90 million euros $(102m) on him.