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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 94

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 29

June 13, 2018 8:00 AM MCA service centres nationwide to shut down

PETALING JAYA: MCA's service centres nationwide are shutting down due to a lack of funds after Barisan Nasional's loss of federal power. A branch leader said the service centres could no longer match the party's claim of providing services to the community as funds were no longer coming, a news portal reported today. "The voters don't want us anymore 21

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 75

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 24

June 9, 2018 11:58 PM Neymar due to start Brazil's final World Cup warm-up

VIENNA: Neymar's Brazil put the finishing touches to their World Cup preparations against Austria on Sunday in a game coach Tite described as the "most difficult" of all their warm-ups on the road to Russia. Neyamr proved his fitness with an explosive return after injury, his stunning strike inspiring a 2-0 win over Croatia in Liverpool last weekend 83

June 7, 2018 12:16 PM Injured Ozil to miss Germany's final World Cup warm-up

BERLIN: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will miss Germany's final warm-up match on Friday with a knee injury, but the attacking midfielder's participation in the World Cup is not in danger, according to the German football federation. Ozil, 29, will sit out the friendly against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen with light bruising to his left knee, but was able to run in training 67

June 5, 2018 8:15 AM FROM MOSCOW TO SAMARA: A JOURNEY THROUGH WORLD CUP CITIES AND VENUES

MOSCOW (dpa) – From the majestic Moscow to the quiet Saransk, from the historic Revolution in Saint Petersburg to the blood spilt in Stalingrad: Russia’s history is as vast as the country itself, with its 17 million square kilometres that span 11 time zones. The Russia 2018 World Cup is set to be played in 11 cities and 12 stadiums, all of them in the country’s 33

May 30, 2018 9:09 AM Halep finally makes her bow

PARIS: World number one Simona Halep finally gets her French Open campaign underway on Wednesday while Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev seek spots in the second round. — Romanian top seed and world number one Halep is a two-time runner-up at Roland Garros - losing to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 final and giving up a set and 3-0 lead to lose to Jelena 78

May 29, 2018 1:06 PM Teenager Shapovalov eases to victory on Roland Garros debut

PARIS: Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov eased to a 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australian John Millman in his first ever main-draw French Open match on Tuesday. The 19-year-old, who lost in Roland Garros qualifying last year but is now the 24th seed, was erratic at times but always had too much power for his opponent. He will next take on German world 70