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June 13, 2018 10:12 AM Mohamed Salah shrugs off injury to join Egypt training

GROZNY, Russia: Mohamed Salah gave Egypt's World Cup hopes a huge boost Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base. The Pharaohs' superstar has been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26. However, an AFP reporter saw the forward take part in his first 111

June 13, 2018 10:07 AM Man suspected of taking bets on World Cup held

SIBU: A 62-year-old man has been picked up from a house in Taman Rajang here at 8pm last night for suspected involvement in 2018 World Cup football betting. A raid by a Sibu CID team also recovered several betting slips from the man who was also taking bets for an illegal four digit syndicate. Sarawak CID chief SAC Dennis Leong in a statement here said a mobile 36

June 13, 2018 1:03 AM Salah makes World Cup headlines for Chechnya photo

GROZNY, Russia: Mohamed Salah, a star attraction ahead of football's 2018 World Cup in Russia, has made headlines for a smiling photo with Ramzan Kadyrov, strongman of Chechnya where his Egypt team have set up camp. "Mo Salah was woken from his sleep so a man accused of 'torture and extrajudicial killings' could have a photo with him during training 112

June 13, 2018 12:58 AM Monaco to sell Lemar to Atletico Madrid

PARIS: French World Cup star Thomas Lemar (pix) looks set to quit Monaco and join Atletico Madrid, the two clubs revealed on Tuesday. "Atletico de Madrid and AS Monaco have achieved a preliminary agreement over the transfer of Thomas Lemar to our club," for the definitive transfer," the Spanish club said of the 22-year old. "Over the next days, both clubs 105

June 12, 2018 10:30 AM Honeymoon on hold as Risdon targets World Cup bliss

KAZAN: There's only one thing better than the post-wedding bliss of a relaxing honeymoon: playing at the World Cup, says Australia defender Josh Risdon. "I guess there's no better place to be, except for the honeymoon, after a wedding," Risdon told media on Tuesday at the Socceroos' training camp in Kazan on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's World Cup opener 87

June 12, 2018 10:25 AM 'Fiasco': How Saudi players had a rough time in Spain

MADRID: Nine Saudi players loaned to Spanish clubs to improve their level before the World Cup left without hardly playing in what ended up as a "fiasco". "Adapting is difficult," said David Cobeno, sporting director at Madrid-based second division side Rayo Vallecano, which signed 24-year-old Saudi midfielder Abdulmajeed Al-Sulayhem. "Everything outside 88

June 11, 2018 11:12 AM Ex-president Martinelli extradited from US to Panama

MIAMI: Panamanian former president Ricardo Martinelli was extradited to his home country Monday to face charges of spying on journalists and political opponents. Martinelli, president 2009-2014, was transferred from the federal prison in Miami to the Opa Locka Executive Airport, where he was placed on a flight to Panama City around 6:20 am (1020 GMT, 6.20pm Malaysia 53

June 11, 2018 8:47 AM Gambling syndicates securing bank accounts ahead of World Cup

AS the world counts down to the FIFA World Cup which kicks off in Russia on Thursday, local bookmaking syndicates are said to be busy securing bank accounts from individuals to be used to accept bets and launder money during the month-long tournament. According to a report in Oriental Daily News today, account holders are getting paid as much as RM1,000 for each account 25

June 11, 2018 7:18 AM Guardiola hits back at Toure's racism jibes

MADRID: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (pix) has hit back at Yaya Toure denying accusations he's racist in an interview on Spanish television. "He knows I'm not," insisted Guardiola when asked about Toure's previous claims the Spaniard "has problems with Africans". "What do you want me to do," added Guardiola in an interview with TV3. "We were together 29

June 9, 2018 11:58 PM Ronaldo's Portugal arrive in Russia for World Cup

MOSCOW: Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal arrived Saturday in Russia to begin final preparations for a World Cup campaign that pits them against arch-rivals Spain. The European champions play their Iberian neighbours in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city Sochi in the opening match for both nations Friday. The winner will be in pole position to come out on top in a Group 28