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June 21, 2018 10:00 AM Alli sits out training ahead of Panama World Cup clash

SAINT PETERSBURG: England midfielder Dele Alli missed training on Thursday as doubts grow about whether he will be fit to face Panama in England's second match of the World Cup. Alli picked up a thigh strain during the opening win against Tunisia and is likely to be rested on Sunday. Panama lost their first match 3-0 to Belgium and, even if fit, Gareth 5

June 19, 2018 12:57 PM Newborn named after Russia scorer

Moscow (dpa) - A mother in Russia was so taken by her country's victory in their opening match at the World Cup that she named her newborn son after midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, who scored Russia's fifth goal late on. "A patient in her 36th week of pregnancy was so nervous during the match as she rooted for the Russian team that she began to give birth 8

June 19, 2018 9:00 AM Turkish rapper Ezhel acquitted on first day of drugs trial

ISTANBUL: An Istanbul court on Tuesday acquitted a popular Turkish rapper who faced up to 10 years in jail on charges of encouraging drug use, activists and lawyers said, on the first day of a trial that had sparked widespread alarm. Ezhel, 28, whose real name is Omer Sercan Ipekcioglu, was accused of inciting cannabis use through social media postings 6

June 18, 2018 9:15 AM Portugal 'stronger than Morocco', says Andre Silva

KRATOVO, Russia: Portugal striker Andre Silva believes the European champions are well equipped to beat Morocco ahead of their upcoming World Cup group stage clash in Moscow. "I think we are stronger than Morocco if we compare the two teams, but I'm not saying the game will be easy for us," Silva told reporters at Portugal's team base on Monday 5

June 18, 2018 7:29 AM Malaysia expects more trade with China with opening of Alibaba office

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia which saw a 14.7% increase in bilateral trade with China in the first five months of this year compared to a year ago, is expected to see a further boost with the opening of Alibaba's Group's national office and electronic world trade platform (ewtp) in Kuala Lumpur today. The total trade between the two countries stood at US$42.7 billion 4

June 16, 2018 4:54 PM Why Umno must choose Zahid and not Ku Li

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has demonstrated loyalty to the party president, Najib Tun Razak, and from 2015 right up to GE14 he stood by Najib. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, however, said and did nothing but took the safe path and just kept quiet. If he did not agree with Najib and believed that Najib stole 1MDB’s money then he should have spoken up. On the other 9

June 16, 2018 10:40 AM Costa reminds Spain why they asked him to switch allegiance

Five years since the Brazilian-born forward turned his back on his home nation and "signed" for Vicente del Bosque's Spain, Diego Costa has finally given a big match performance to win Spanish hearts. Barcelona (dpa) - "Not enough luck and too much Ronaldo" was the front-page headline on Spain's Diario AS newspaper as the country did its best to look on the bright 7

June 15, 2018 11:36 PM Three things we learned today at the World Cup

SAINT PETERSBURG: The blockbuster clash of the day at the World Cup didn't disappoint as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick denied Spain the perfect response to a turbulent week following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Sochi. Both sides will remain confident of progressing to the knockout stages as Iran shocked Morocco 1-0 in Saint 9

June 14, 2018 9:39 AM Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

LONDON: Premier League champions Manchester City will begin their title defence away to Arsenal on the weekend of August 11-12, the English Premier League announced Thursday as it unveiled the fixtures for the 2018/19 season. The match will also be new Arsenal manager Unai Emery's first in English football's top flight. The exact date of the game will be confirmed 8

June 13, 2018 10:12 AM Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain coach: Spanish federation (Updated)

KRASNODAR, Russia: Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team's opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on Wednesday. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage 5