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China grab team gold as Japan stumble

China grab team gold as Japan stumble

ROTTERDAM
Olympic champions China claimed a fourth straight men’s team title at the world gymnastics championships here on Thursday as a late tumble ended the gold-medal hopes of Asian rivals Japan.
The title-chase went down to the wire with the Chinese sealing victory when Japan’s Kazuhito Tanaka fell on the final rotation – the horizonal bar. The Kohei Uchimura-led Japanese finished 1.228 points behind to take silver with the bronze going to Germany in a repeat of the

Sangakkara slams century in Sri Lanka’s one-day win

BRISBANE
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara hammered 110 off 95 balls as Sri Lanka blazed to a score of 301 on their way to a 112-run win over Queensland in their opening Australian tour match on Friday.
The Sri Lankans, building up to their three-match one-day international series with Australia next month, were spearheaded by Sangakkara and Chamara Silva (75) at the Gabba.
The tourists then dismissed Queensland for 189 off 36.1 overs with paceman Dilhara Fernando taking 4-41

Federer, Soderling stay on course for final

STOCKHOLM
Roger Federer, returning to the Stockholm Open after a decade away, swept past outgunned American Taylor Dent 6-1, 6-2 in his 900th career match on Thursday.
It took a mere 49 minutes for the top seed to move through, a tennis lifetime after his last appearance at the Kungligahallen which ended with a second-round loss.
The 16-time grand slam champion now stands 727-173 for his singles career and becomes the only active ATP player to reach 900 matches. Second

Miyazato, Lee disregard reputations to take lead

KUALA LUMPUR
Japan’s Mika Miyazato and South Korea’s Lee Jee-Young upstaged a star-studded field at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia to take a one-stroke lead after the first day on Friday.
Big crowds turned up to watch the likes of Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie and Natalie Gulbis, but it was the strength of the Asian players on the LPGA Tour that stood out with Miyazato and Lee both firing 66.
It left them five-under-par and one stroke ahead of another Korean, Han Hee-Won,

Adebayor treble fires City, Liverpool hold Napoli

PARIS
Emmanuel Adebayor, making a rare start for moneybags Manchester City, scored his first goals of the season on Thursday to secure a 3-1 win over Lech Poznan and give his club an excellent chance of qualifying from Europa League Group A.
Spoilt for choice City boss Roberto Mancini brought in David Silva and Shaun Wright-Phillips and benched Carlos Tevez and James Milner with French veteran Patrick Vieira replacing Gareth Barry – but it was Adebayor who bagged the

England tour report not filed yet as UAE awaits

LAHORE
Pakistan squad is set to leave for the United Arab Emirates for another gruelling series against South Africa but the national team management is yet to submit its report on the England tour and the spot-fixing scandal that rocked international cricket.
A Pakistan Cricket Board official confirmed that the board had not received any tour report up till now from former manager Yawar Saeed or coach Waqar Younis. “Till now we have not received any report from the manager

Zeeshan plans revenge in India clash

LAHORE
Pakistan hockey captain Zeeshan Ashraf is confident that his team can end its losing streak against India and tame the arch-rivals in next month’s Asian Games at Guangzhou, China.
Pakistan and India will meet in a crucial Pool B encounter in the Asian Games hockey event on November 20. “We have to win our match against India at any cost,” Zeeshan said in an interview on Thursday. “We played badly against them in our last match but we won’t repeat the same mistakes

Aleem honoured for his laurels

LAHORE
Pakistan’s top umpire Aleem Dar, recently nominated the ICC Umpire of the Year, was given half-a-million rupees and a souvenir by the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt at the National Cricket Academy here on Thursday.
Aleem made his international debut as an umpire in 2000 and joined the ICC’s Elite panel of umpires in 2004. It is the second time that Aleem has received the award ahead of his colleagues Tony Hill and Simon Taufel, the five-time ICC umpire of

US duo battle the Russian star for all-around title

ROTTERDAM
Rebecca Bross and Alexandra Raisman will be gunning to restore US pride and scupper Russian star Aliya Mustafina’s bid for a gymnastics double in the women’s all-around final at the world gymnastics championships here on Friday.
Mustafina helped Russia to their first ever women’s team gold by a narrow margin ahead of the US at the Ahoy Arena on Wednesday night, and is now a favourite for all-around gold after leading qualifiers.
World silver medallist Bross is

Redknapp vows not to sell hat-trick hero

MILAN
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp vowed not to sell hat-trick hero Gareth Bale for any figure after the Welshman lit up the San Siro in the Champions League.
Spurs hit back from a 4-0 half-time deficit and the early sending off of goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes as Bale stunned the holders with a brilliant treble in the second period. And although Spurs didn’t win, the form of Bale gave Redknapp hope for the future. But he said there’s no chance he’d be selling his star

Sun City welcomes the Ryder stars

JOHANNESBURG
World number two Lee Westwood will lead five of the victorious Europe Ryder Cup team to the Sun City Challenge golf tournament in December.
Fellow Englishman Ross Fisher, Irishman Padraig Harrington, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiminez and Italian Edoardo Molinari are the other members of the team heading for north-west South Africa.
Europe pipped defending champions the US by one point in a Celtic Manor thriller this month that went to the wire with the final

Russian men fail to fire-up home crowd

MOSCOW
Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko, top seed of the joint ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup tournament, crashed out of the event beaten by unheralded Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in straight sets.
The 24-year-old Cuevas won 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5) in one hour 48 minutes to level his record with Davydenko, three-times a champion here (2004/06/07), at 1-1. It was not a good day for the Russian hopes as defending champion Mikhail Youzhny pulled out because he has not recovered after falling ill in

Bale hits treble in Spurs loss, Rooneyless United win

PARIS
A second half Gareth Bale hat-trick enabled Tottenham Hotspur to limit the damage on Wednesday but was still not enough to stave off a Champions League loss at holders Inter Milan in a seven-goal thriller.
Manchester United, meanwhile, missing injured and want-away striker Wayne Rooney, thanked an early Nani goal to see off Turkey’s Bursaspor at Old Trafford to go two points clear of Rangers in Group C after the Scots could only draw 1-1 at home to Valencia.

Top seed Jankovic crashes out of Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW
Top seed tennis player Jelena Jankovic crashed out of the Kremlin Cup at the first hurdle in a 6-1 6-2 thrashing by Kazakh teenager Zarina Diyas on Thursday.
Serbia’s former world number one, who had a bye in the first round, looked out of sorts from the start, committing numerous errors and winning only 43 percent of her first serves. The 268th-ranked Diyas beat her in less than an hour.
Diyas, who had not won a tour match this year before this week, now takes

Hussey to miss decider

VISAKHAPATNAM
Cricketer Batsman Mike Hussey will return to Australia ahead of the third and final one-day international against India, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.
Hussey will return to play in West Australia’s Sheffield Shield match with South Australia. “Mike (Hussey) will have a few days off and then resume cricket in the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and West Australia commencing on Oct 29 at Adelaide Oval,” national selection panel chairman

Bollinger back home with injury

SYDNEY
Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger has been sent home from the one-day series against India with an abdominal strain, team officials said Thursday, raising further injury concerns before the Ashes.
Middle-order batsman Mike Hussey, who is returning to play for his domestic side West Australia, will accompany Bollinger. Bollinger also missed the second Test against India with an abdominal problem.
Sims said Bollinger would undergo further assessment and

Lillee backs Aussie bowlers to decide Ashes battle

LONDON
Australia cricket legend Dennis Lillee believes his country will regain the Ashes from England because Ricky Ponting’s team has a stronger bowling attack.
Lillee, who took 355 wickets in 70 Tests from 1971 to 1984, knows what it takes to win the Ashes after forming a lethal partnership with Jeff Thomson to destroy England in the 1974-75 series in Australia.
While Australia’s current crop of bowlers may not be in the same class as Lillee and Thomson, the fiery

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