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Japan's Yamaguchi targets second badminton gold after team woes

Japan's Yamaguchi targets second badminton gold after team woes

Japan's former badminton world number one Akane Yamaguchi has vowed to put her poor team performances behind her as she bids for individual gold at the Asian Games, after she won her opening match Friday without breaking a sweat. The 21-year-old Yamaguchi, who in April became the first ever...

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Ancelotti set for emotional Napoli home debut against old club AC Milan

Ancelotti set for emotional Napoli home debut against old club AC Milan

© AFP | Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti set for emotional home debut at the San Paolo Stadium against former team AC Milan. MILAN (AFP) -  Carlo Ancelotti faces an emotional home debut as Napoli coach against old club AC Milan on Saturday as Cristiano Ronaldo plays his first match in...

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First convicted FIFA bigwig awaits US sentencing

First convicted FIFA bigwig awaits US sentencing

The first bigwig convicted in the United States in the FIFA corruption scandal that disgraced world football awaited sentencing on Wednesday. US prosecutors are seeking 10 years in prison and a $6.6 million fine for Jose Maria Marin, 86, the former president of the Brazilian football...

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Premier League threatens legal action over Saudi piracy

Premier League threatens legal action over Saudi piracy

The English Premier League said Tuesday it is taking steps to bring legal action in Saudi Arabia to resolve a piracy issue over the televising of its matches and to protect its authorised broadcaster Qatar-based beIN Media Group. The EPL said it had seen "compelling evidence" that all...

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Singapore's Schooling set to graduate, return to goldfish bowl

Singapore's Schooling set to graduate, return to goldfish bowl

Singapore's Olympic swimming champ Joseph Schooling is getting ready for what could just be the biggest challenge of his life: going home. The 23-year-old left his southeast Asian homeland in 2009 for the United States to pursue his goal of becoming an Olympic gold medallist. He...

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Bolt takes first tentative steps on Man Utd dream

Bolt takes first tentative steps on Man Utd dream

Usain Bolt has taken the first tentative steps towards his Manchester United dream after the sprint king joined Australian side Central Coast Mariners for his first training session Tuesday. Wearing gloves and tracksuit bottoms despite a mild winter's day, the Jamaican did some light...

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Ronaldo, Modric and Salah up for UEFA Player of the Year

Ronaldo, Modric and Salah up for UEFA Player of the Year

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah make up the three-man shortlist for the UEFA Player of the Year award for the 2017-18 season, the European football’s governing body announced Monday. Ronaldo – the winner in each of the last two years – and Modric both starred for Real...

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Rodrigo strikes as Atletico held by Valencia in La Liga opener

Rodrigo strikes as Atletico held by Valencia in La Liga opener

Atletico Madrid failed to get their La Liga title bid off to a winning start, as Rodrigo earned Valencia a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla Stadium on Monday. Angel Correa gave Diego Simeone's visitors a 26th-minute lead, but Rodrigo struck in the second half for the home team and last season's...

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Three hat-tricks in Gladbach's 11-1 German Cup romp

Three hat-tricks in Gladbach's 11-1 German Cup romp

New signing Alassane Plea, Thorgan Hazard and Raffael all claimed hat-tricks as Borussia Moenchengladbach romped to a 11-1 win at minnows Hastedt in the German Cup on Sunday. Gladbach raced into a 3-0 lead with just 15 minutes gone at fifth-tier Hastedt, in the suburbs of Bremen, and...

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Ban will keep China out of Asian Games weightlifting

Ban will keep China out of Asian Games weightlifting

A doping ban will keep China out of weightlifting at the Asian Games. China and eight other countries, including Asian Games participant Kazakhstan, were suspended last October for 12 months. Weightlifting has been under pressure from the IOC to eliminate endemic doping or be banned from the...

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Ronaldo, Ancelotti make winning start to life in Serie A

Ronaldo, Ancelotti make winning start to life in Serie A

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score but helped get Juventus's title defence off the mark with a 3-2 win against Chievo as Carlo Ancelotti began life as Napoli coach also with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Lazio in the opening matches of the 2018-2019 league season on...

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 'I want to play': Super-sub Hazard makes his point to Sarri

'I want to play': Super-sub Hazard makes his point to Sarri

  Eden Hazard came off the bench to inspire Chelsea's dramatic 3-2 win over Arsenal on Saturday, then told Blues boss Maurizio Sarri he is desperate to return to the starting line-up. Hazard has started on the bench for Chelsea's opening two games of the Premier League season after the...

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Only 25 minutes of Springboks display pleased Erasmus

Only 25 minutes of Springboks display pleased Erasmus

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus was critical of his side after they defeated Argentina 34-21 in their Rugby Championship opener at Kings Park stadium in Durban on Saturday. Erasmus said his team were far from where they needed to be and rated only 25 minutes of the game as "satisfactory"...

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Klopp willing to let Liverpool's fringe players leave

Klopp willing to let Liverpool's fringe players leave

Jurgen Klopp admits he is willing to allow some of Liverpool's fringe players to leave before the end of the August. Reds boss Klopp splashed out £160 million ($203.8 million) on Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri before the Premier League transfer window closed...

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'I've never been so happy with him': Mourinho praises Pogba

'I've never been so happy with him': Mourinho praises Pogba

Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his relationship with French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and insists there has been no disagreement with Manchester United's record signing. A summer of discontent has seen repeated reports that Pogba wishes to leave the club he joined from...

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Former Test opener Jamshed banned for ten years over spot-fixing

Former Test opener Jamshed banned for ten years over spot-fixing

Pakistan cricket banned former Test opener Nasir Jamshed for ten years Friday on multiple charges of spot fixing, wrapping up a 16-month investigation into a wide-ranging scandal that rocked the Pakistan Super League. Jamshed, 28, is the sixth player to be banned following the scandal...

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Ethiopia asks dissident runner Feyisa Lilesa to come home

Ethiopia asks dissident runner Feyisa Lilesa to come home

Ethiopia has asked dissident marathoner and Olympics silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa to come home, promising a "hero's welcome", in an open letter published Tuesday. Lilesa has lived in self-imposed exile in the US since 2016 when he raised his arms in a gesture against government...

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Liverpool's Salah reported over allegedly using mobile while driving

Liverpool's Salah reported over allegedly using mobile while driving

Egyptian star Mohamed Salah could be in trouble with police after his club Liverpool passed a video apparently showing him using his mobile phone while driving. A spokesman for last season's Champions League finalists said they passed the video, which had circulated on social media, on to...

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