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  • Star trio of Mickelson, McIlroy, Spieth fails to shine

    June 14, 2018 11:56 PM 14

    SOUTHAMPTON: Phil Mickelson's hopes of easing his way into the US Open in search of a potentially career-defining win evaporated in the winds whipping across Shinnecock Hills on Thursday. Mickelson, a six-time US Open runner-up who needs only his national title to complete the career Grand Slam, hit 13 of 14 fairways but found only nine greens in regulation

  • Argentina great Zanetti excited by 2030 World Cup bid

    June 14, 2018 2:10 PM 14

    MOSCOW: Former Argentina star Javier Zanetti said it would be a "great satisfaction" for his country to host the 2030 World Cup as part of a joint bid alongside Uruguay and Paraguay. The 44-year-old Zanetti appeared at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and played 143 times for Argentina, a record he shares with Javier Mascherano. "(The bid) would be a great

  • All eyes tracking Tiger as 118th US Open tees off

    June 14, 2018 2:06 PM 16

    SOUTHAMPTON, United States: Tiger Woods's latest bid to end his 10-year major championship drought begins Thursday at a US Open stacked with talent and packed with compelling story lines. By the time Woods was to tee off at Shinnecock Hills at 1:47 pm (1747 GMT) — alongside world number one Dustin Johnson and second ranked Justin Thomas — the powerhouse

  • PSG escape UEFA sanctions but remain under scrutiny

    June 14, 2018 12:05 AM 12

    PARIS: UEFA have closed their financial fair-play case against Paris Saint-Germain after the Qatari-backed French Ligue 1 champions were cleared of any wrongdoing on Wednesday. The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) had been monitoring PSG's 'break-even requirement' for 2015, 2016 and 2017. "Compliance with the break-even requirement for the 2018 financial

  • Morocco congratulates North America on World Cup 2026 win

    June 13, 2018 12:26 PM 13

    RABAT: Morocco congratulated the United States, Canada and Mexico after they defeated the North African kingdom's bid to host the 2026 World Cup on Wednesday. "At the 68th congress of @FIFAcom, member countries voted in favour of North America" to host the tournament, Morocco's committee for the 2026 games said on Twitter. The vote at FIFA's annual congress

  • Mohamed Salah shrugs off injury to join Egypt training

    June 13, 2018 10:12 AM 13

    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

  • Salah makes World Cup headlines for Chechnya photo

    June 13, 2018 1:03 AM 19

    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 13

    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 12

    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 8

    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