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  • Salah makes World Cup headlines for Chechnya photo

    June 13, 2018 1:03 AM 6

    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

  • Monaco to sell Lemar to Atletico Madrid

    June 13, 2018 12:58 AM 4

    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

  • Honeymoon on hold as Risdon targets World Cup bliss

    June 12, 2018 10:30 AM 4

    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

  • 'Fiasco': How Saudi players had a rough time in Spain

    June 12, 2018 10:25 AM 3

    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

  • Swiss canton votes down bid to host 2026 Olympics

    June 10, 2018 12:25 PM 4

    GENEVA: Voters in the southern Swiss canton of Valais rejected Sunday a bid for the town of Sion to host the 2026 winter Olympics, according to a near-final count of ballots. A full 54% of voters in the canton came out against paying up to 100 million Swiss francs (RM404.62 million) to host the games. With Valais out of the picture, six cities remain

  • Salah joins Egypt training, but doiesn't take part

    June 9, 2018 11:58 PM 6

    CAIRO: Liverpool star Mohamed Salah turned up for Egypt training in Cairo on Saturday ahead of the Pharaohs' departure for the World Cup in Russia but didn't take part, AFP witnessed. Thousands of supporters turned up to watch Egypt's final, late night training session before taking flight for Russia, cheering wildly. Although dressed in kit, Salah stood

  • Neymar due to start Brazil's final World Cup warm-up

    June 9, 2018 11:58 PM 4

    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

  • Former world No. 1 Johnson grabs PGA St. Jude lead

    June 9, 2018 8:01 AM 7

    LOS ANGELES: Dustin Johnson, tuning up for the US Open and aiming to regain the world number one ranking, fired a seven-under par 63 on Friday to grab the second-round lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Johnson holed out for an eagle and nabbed six birdies as he built a 10-under par total of 130 at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. Johnson had a one-shot

  • Fekir to join Liverpool from Lyon: Reports

    June 8, 2018 3:35 AM 8

    LONDON: Lyon captain Nabil Fekir is set to become Liverpool's latest signing in a £53 million (RM283 million) deal, according to British press reports on Thursday. Looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the Champions League final last month, Liverpool have already bolstered their midfield options for next season with the arrivals of Fabinho

  • Messi woos Griezmann, hopes Neymar stays in Paris

    June 7, 2018 12:16 PM 8

    MADRID: With Antoine Griezmann's reported transfer to Barcelona inching closer, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi described the French striker as a "great player", Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Thursday. "He is clearly a great player," Messi said when asked about the Atletico Madrid striker, although he said he was "not 100% sure" if the French