Sports

  • Sihwan takes charge at Singapore Open

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    Sihwan takes charge at Singapore Open

    SINGAPORE, Jan 21 — American Sihwan Kim is the man to catch after he signed for a second round five-under-par 66 to head into the weekend rounds of the Singapore Open today,...

  • Cup of Nations heads into knockout round

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    Cup of Nations heads into knockout round

    YAOUNDE, Jan 21 — The Africa Cup of Nations finals head into the knockout stages from Sunday, lifting the stakes and adding excitement to a tournament that came alive over the...

  • Barcelona star Ansu Fati out again with femoral biceps injury

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    Barcelona star Ansu Fati out again with femoral biceps injury

    BARCELONA, Jan 21 — Teenage sensation Ansu Fati was injured again yesterday as Barcelona were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Athletic Club, losing a 3-2 extra-time thriller...

  • Champion Osaka crashes out to big-hitting American Anisimova

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    Champion Osaka crashes out to big-hitting American Anisimova

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — American Amanda Anisimova, ranked 60th in the world, saved two matchpoints and smashed winners at will to beat reigning champion Naomi Osaka 4-6 6-3 7-6...

  • Barty demolishes Giorgi to make Australian Open fourth round

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    Barty demolishes Giorgi to make Australian Open fourth round

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — Top seed Ashleigh Barty kept her unblemished record this year intact with a straight-sets demolition today of Camila Giorgi to inch closer to a maiden...

  • Two-time champion Azarenka on the up, Barty sets sights on Osaka

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    Two-time champion Azarenka on the up, Barty sets sights on Osaka

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — Victoria Azarenka crushed 15th seed Elina Svitolina in the Australian Open third round today as she tries to climb back to the top of women’s tennis, ahead...

  • Clinical Zverev marches into fourth round in Melbourne

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    Clinical Zverev marches into fourth round in Melbourne

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — Alexander Zverev did not have it all his way but eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open without dropping a set after a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over...

  • Berrettini survives Alcaraz comeback to edge five-set thriller

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    Berrettini survives Alcaraz comeback to edge five-set thriller

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — World number seven Matteo Berrettini overcame a gripping fightback from teenage Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz to edge a heavyweight slugfest 6-2 7-6(3) 4-6 2-6 7-6...

  • FAM name S. Korean Kim Pan-gon as Harimau Malaya head coach

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    FAM name S. Korean Kim Pan-gon as Harimau Malaya head coach

    PETALING JAYA, Jan 21 — The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have appointed former Korean Football Association (KFA) team director Kim Pan-gon as the new Harimau Malaya...

  • ‘Hope they’re scared’: Krejcikova survives to set up Azarenka clash

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    ‘Hope they’re scared’: Krejcikova survives to set up Azarenka clash

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova said her rivals should be “scared” after pulling off a  gritty comeback win against Jelena Ostapenko on...

  • Medvedev targets top ranking with Djokovic future uncertain

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    Medvedev targets top ranking with Djokovic future uncertain

    MELBOURNE, Jan 21 — US Open champion Daniil Medvedev said he was eyeing the world number one ranking with uncertainty over Novak Djokovic’s immediate playing future. The...

  • Jota at the double as Liverpool beat Arsenal to reach League Cup final

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    Jota at the double as Liverpool beat Arsenal to reach League Cup final

    LONDON, Jan 21 — Diogo Jota's double earned Liverpool a comfortable 2-0 win at Arsenal in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final on Thursday, setting up a Wembley...

  • Barca crash out of cup after extra-time defeat by Athletic Bilbao

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    Barca crash out of cup after extra-time defeat by Athletic Bilbao

    MADRID, Jan 21 — Barcelona were dumped out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday as Ferran Torres’ first goal for the club failed to prevent a dramatic 3-2 defeat after extra-time...

  • Brazil’s Pele released from hospital after tumor treatment

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    Brazil’s Pele released from hospital after tumor treatment

    PARIS, Jan 21 — Brazilian football great Pele was discharged from hospital on Thursday after undergoing two days of treatment for cancer, the Sao Paulo clinic that treated him...

  • Abraham puts Roma in Italian Cup quarters after Lecce scare

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    Abraham puts Roma in Italian Cup quarters after Lecce scare

    MILAN, Jan 21 — Tammy Abraham put Roma into an Italian Cup quarter-final with Inter Milan on Thursday, pulling his team out of the mire against second-tier Lecce with the...

  • Ahmad Faizal: Dropped athletes can still represent country, train at NSC

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    Ahmad Faizal: Dropped athletes can still represent country, train at NSC

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 — Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu has stressed that athletes dropped from the national training programmes still have the...

  • Infantino meets Premier League players over calendar changes

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    Infantino meets Premier League players over calendar changes

    MANCHESTER, Jan 21 — Fifa president Gianni Infantino held talks with Premier League players, including Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, on Thursday over changes to the...

  • Aubameyang ‘completely healthy’ after heart scare

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    Aubameyang ‘completely healthy’ after heart scare

    LONDON, Jan 21 — Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he is “absolutely fine” after the Gabon star was forced to leave the Africa Cup of Nations following a...

  • Leeds striker Bamford suffers injury setback

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    Leeds striker Bamford suffers injury setback

    LONDON, Jan 21 — Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has suffered a setback in his return to fitness following a foot injury, manager Marcelo Bielsa said on Thursday. England...

  • Struggling St Etienne sign Mangala

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    Struggling St Etienne sign Mangala

    PARIS, Jan 21 — Saint Etienne have signed Eliaquim Mangala on a free transfer, with the French defender signing a six-month contract, the Ligue 1 club said on Thursday. Mangala...

  • Venezia record 10 new Covid cases, Inter match at risk

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    Venezia record 10 new Covid cases, Inter match at risk

    MILAN, Jan 20 — Inter Milan’s Serie A match with Venezia is at risk of being postponed after their promoted opposition announced 10 new Covid-19 cases among playing and...

  • Australian Open chief defends ‘optional’ Covid tests

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    Australian Open chief defends ‘optional’ Covid tests

    MELBOURNE, Jan 20 — Australian Open chiefs said today that their Covid measures were working after several players questioned the “optional” testing policy at the Grand...

  • ‘Low IQ’: Medvedev takes aim at Melbourne crowd after victory

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    ‘Low IQ’: Medvedev takes aim at Melbourne crowd after victory

    MELBOURNE, Jan 20 — Daniil Medvedev took aim at sections of the raucous Australian Open crowd following his entertaining victory over home hero Nick Kyrgios today, saying:...

  • To be world’s best, you must be able to handle pressure, Chong Wei tells Zii Jia

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    To be world’s best, you must be able to handle pressure, Chong Wei tells Zii Jia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — National badminton legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei has this to say to men’s singles ace Lee Zii Jia: “To be the country and world’s number one shuttler,...

  • World number one shuttler Axelsen supports Zii Jia’s decision to quit BAM

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    World number one shuttler Axelsen supports Zii Jia’s decision to quit BAM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — The 2020 Tokyo Olympic gold medallist and world number one shuttler Viktor Axelsen has expressed his support for national men’s singles ace Lee Zii...

  • ‘I gave a good show’: Kyrgios defends antics in defeat

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    ‘I gave a good show’: Kyrgios defends antics in defeat

    MELBOURNE, Jan 20 — Nick Kyrgios said that he put on a “good show” during four high-octane sets against Daniil Medvedev and has no plans to change despite bowing out of the...

  • Dembele must leave before end of January, says Barcelona director of football

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    Dembele must leave before end of January, says Barcelona director of football

    MADRID, Jan 20 — Barcelona director of football Mateu Alemany said Ousmane Dembele must leave before the end of January after the French international made it clear he does not...

  • Ok and Suradit share clubhouse lead at Singapore Open

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    Ok and Suradit share clubhouse lead at Singapore Open

    SINGAPORE, Jan 20 — South Korea’s Taehoon Ok fired two eagles on the front nine to share the clubhouse lead with Thailand’s Suradit Yongcharoenchai today on the opening day...

  • OCM expects to send about 140 athletes to 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

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    OCM expects to send about 140 athletes to 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — Malaysia are expected to send a contingent of about 140 athletes to the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held from July 28-August 8....

  • US Open champion Raducanu crashes out of Australian Open

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    US Open champion Raducanu crashes out of Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Jan 20 — Reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round today as she struggled with blisters on her serving hand. The...

  • Medvedev defuses Kyrgios fireworks to advance in Melbourne

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    Medvedev defuses Kyrgios fireworks to advance in Melbourne

    MELBOURNE, Jan 20 — Composed Daniil Medvedev took all that mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios and the home crowd could throw at him to march into the third round at the...

  • Weary Murray dumped out of Australian Open by qualifier

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    Weary Murray dumped out of Australian Open by qualifier

    MELBOURNE, Jan 20 — Former world number one Andy Murray was stunned by Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in straight sets in the second round of the Australian Open today. The...

  • Chong Wei calls for BAM-Zii Jia crisis to be resolved amicably

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    Chong Wei calls for BAM-Zii Jia crisis to be resolved amicably

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — National badminton legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei hopes the crisis between the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and men’s singles ace Lee Zii Jia can...