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  • Djokovic to test elbow injury in Melbourne before Australian Open decision

    January 4, 2018 5:33 AM 6

    PARIS: Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic (pix) will travel to Australia to test his long-standing elbow injury before deciding whether or not to play in the Australian Open. The 12-time Grand Slam tournament winner, who hasn't played since a right elbow problem forced him to quit Wimbledon in the quarter-finals in July, has already had to shelve his comeback

  • Coutinho? I prefer my players, says Barca coach Valverde

    January 4, 2018 1:41 AM 7

    Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a €150 million (RM724 million) switch to Barcelona in the current transfer window. — Reuters picBARCELONA, Jan 4 ― Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde shrugged off speculation over an imminent swoop for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho yesterday by insisting: “I prefer the players I currently have in the team.” Brazilian

  • Nishikori withdraws from Australian Open

    January 3, 2018 11:20 PM 9

    REUTERS: Japan's Kei Nishikori has pulled out of this month's Australian Open as he continues to recover from a wrist injury, the world number 22 said on Wednesday. The former U.S. Open finalist, who last year reached the fourth round of the year's first grand slam in Melbourne, has been sidelined since August. "The Aussie Open is my favourite Slam ... it’s my ‘home’

  • Torino incensed over VAR decision as Juve win derby

    January 3, 2018 11:00 PM 11

    MILAN: Juventus reached the Coppa Italia semi-finals on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over neighbours Torino, who had coach Sinisa Mihajlovic sent off for his angry protest over a decision from the video replay system (VAR) that confirmed the second goal. Torino claimed that Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira fouled Afriyie Acquah as he won possession to set up the move which

  • Halep rallies past Duan, ensures top billing for Australian Open

    January 3, 2018 11:30 AM 8

    REUTERS: World number one Simona Halep assured herself of top billing for the Australian Open after powering past local hope Duan Yingying and into the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China on Wednesday. Halep hit 21 winners and won five out of eight break points to prevail 3-6 6-1 6-2 and secure her number one ranking going into next week and top seeding

  • Thomas scores 17 points in NBA debut for Cavaliers

    January 3, 2018 7:48 AM 7

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas (right) drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers guard Shabazz Napier in their NBA match in Cleveland January 2, 2018. — USA TODAY Sports/Reuters picLOS ANGLES, Jan 3 — LeBron James dropped in 24 points and two-time all-star Isaiah Thomas made his Cleveland debut as the Cavaliers defeated the Portland

  • Football: Dembele ready to return for Barcelona

    January 3, 2018 6:30 AM 7

    BENGALURU: Barcelona's record signing Ousmane Dembele is set to return from a long injury layoff in Thursday's (Jan 4) Copa del Rey match against Celta Vigo, the club has said. Dembele, who joined Barcelona for a €105 million (US$126.60 million) fee that could rise to €147 million, from Borussia Dortmund in August, made only three appearances for the La Liga side before

  • Starc returns for fifth Ashes test, Smith 'fine'

    January 3, 2018 5:10 AM 7

    SYDNEY: Australia captain Steve Smith brushed off concerns about his fitness on the eve of the fifth and final Ashes test against England on Wednesday before Mitchell Starc's return to spearhead the pace attack was confirmed as the only change to his team. Left-arm quick Starc, the leading wicket-taker in the series after claiming 19 in the first three

  • Football: Huddersfield sign Kongolo on loan from Monaco

    January 3, 2018 4:36 AM 9

    BENGALURU: Huddersfield Town have signed AS Monaco defender Terence Kongolo on loan for the rest of the season, the Premier League club have said. The 23-year-old, who joined Monaco from Dutch side Feyenoord at the start of the season, bolsters Huddersfield boss David Wagner's defensive options ahead of Saturday's (Jan 6) FA Cup tie at Bolton Wanderers

  • BBC drop football pundit Trevor Sinclair after racial abuse

    January 3, 2018 2:20 AM 10

    LONDON: Former England international Trevor Sinclair (pix) has been dropped as a football pundit by the BBC after he racially abused a policeman who arrested him for drink-driving. Sinclair, 44, was ordered on Tuesday to do 150 hours' community service and given a 20-month drink-driving ban after being found to be twice over the legal limit. A magistrate's