Thapa won

July 5th, 2017|

TASHKENT: Fourth seed Shiva Thapa (60kg) settled for a silver medal at the Asian Boxing Championships after an injury-forced loss in the final here on Saturday, becoming the first Indian to claim three back-to-back medals at the continental showpiece. Shiva, up against second seed and local favourite Elnur Abduraimov, lost

Resurgent Balotelli extends Nice contract

June 26th, 2017|

FRANCE: Italian international striker Mario Balotelli signed a new deal with French Ligue 1 outfit Nice on Sunday after spearheading their qualification for the Champions League in his first season. “OGC Nice are delighted to confirm that Mario Balotelli has signed a new contract with the club,” Nice wrote on

Dixon stretches IndyCar lead with Road America win

June 26th, 2017|

CHICAGO: New Zealand’s Scott Dixon stretched his IndyCar season points lead Sunday by taking his first victory of the campaign, holding off Josef Newgarden to win the Road America Grand Prix. Dixon, a four-time season champion, won his 41st career IndyCar race and first since last September at Watkins Glen.

Coleman cruises, Lyles out at US world team trials

June 26th, 2017|

SACRAMENTO: Christian Coleman blasted into the final of the 200m at the US world championships trials on Sunday as rising star Noah Lyles saw his World Championship hopes end in injury. Coleman, the fastest man in the world this year over 100m, raced to an impressive victory in his semi-final

After Ostapenko, Sevastova strikes another blow for Latvia

June 26th, 2017|

PALMA: Anastasija Sevastova won her first trophy since 2010 on Sunday when she captured the Mallorca Open, becoming the second Latvian in two weeks to clinch a title after Jelena Ostapenko’s Roland Garros triumph. The 27-year-old world 19 defeated Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to add the Mallorca grass

US Olympic doctor charged over sex abuse of athletes

June 24th, 2017|

CHICAGO: A former doctor to gymnasts from successive US Olympic teams is to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted female athletes, some younger than 13, over almost two decades. A Michigan court on Friday ruled that Larry Nassar, a member of USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2015, will

Kvitova hammers out Wimbledon warning

June 24th, 2017|

IRMINGHAM: Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion whose career was almost ended by a knife attack, reached her first semi-final since the incident seven months ago by winning her third straight-set match at Birmingham on Friday. The popular, grasscourt loving Czech did that with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) win over

Sanchez makes history as Chile draw with Germany

June 23rd, 2017|

RUSSIA: Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez became Chile’s all-time top-scorer with his 38th international goal in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup. The Gunners’ star, the man of the match, wrote himself into the record books by capitalising on an early mistake in the German defence. “I’m very happy

New back row as Argentina ring the changes

June 23rd, 2017|

ARGENTINA: Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has chosen a new back row for a one-off Test against Georgia Saturday in western city San Salvador de Jujuy. Demoted from the team beaten 35-25 by England in Santa Fe last weekend are No. 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon and flankers Javier Ortega Desio and