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Clarke splits opinion right until the end

LONDON: Australia's Michael Clarke will retire from international cricket after the fifth Ashes Test against England, starting on Thursday, with a brilliant record but strangely lacking the universal praise his figures might suggest.Only three Australia have scored more runs than Clarke — who has battled a chronic back condition throughout his career — and the outgoing captain is also the ... Read More »

Canadian teen Henderson granted LPGA Tour card

LOS ANGELES: Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson was granted an LPGA Tour card on Tuesday following her stunning record victory in the Portland Classic.The 17-year-old became only the third player in history to win an LPGA title before their 18th birthday on Sunday with a remarkable eight-stroke win in Portland.LGPA commissioner Michael Whan said accepting Henderson's petition for LPGA Tour membership ... Read More »

Van Gaal braced for play-off pressure game

MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits Tuesday's Champions League play-off against Club Brugge will be one of the most pressurised games of his tenure so far.The Red Devils host the Belgian Pro League side in the first leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday seeking a return to European football's elite competition after a one-season hiatus.Given the extra revenue ... Read More »

Austin unimpressed as Monfils bows out

CINCINNATI: Frenchman Gael Monfils was accused of not trying his best by former US women's singles star Tracy Austin on Monday after crashing out in the first round of the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters.Austin, commentating for the Tennis Channel, accused Monfils of playing fast and loose with little regard for the score as he bowed out 6-4, 7-5 to ... Read More »

Sri Lanka aim to give Sangakkara victorious send-off

COLOMBO: Kumar Sangakkara gets a chance to bow out in style by leading Sri Lanka to a series-cliching victory in the second Test against India starting in Colombo on Thursday.The prolific left-hander, the highest run-getter among those still playing at the highest level, will bid adieu to international cricket after the match, ending a glorious 15-year career.With Sri Lanka leading ... Read More »

Nadal bullish on season-ending success

CINCINNATI: The ever-positive Rafael Nadal is confident he can end a disappointing season on a high note as he prepares for an assault on the US Open.The 14-times Grand Slam winner is competing this week at the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters, which he won in 2013, the last time that he played the tournament.After an injury absence which decimated ... Read More »

Anderson gets fitness boost ahead of Ashes finale

LONDON: England pace bowler James Anderson could feature in the fifth Ashes Test against Australia after returning to practise on Monday.Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, suffered a side strain on the second day of the third Test at Edgbaston and was immediately ruled out of the fourth Test, in which the hosts secured the Ashes.The 33-year-old will be assessed ... Read More »

Watford sign Diamanti from Guangzhou

LONDON: Watford have signed former West Ham striker Alessandro Diamanti on a season-long loan from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, the Premier League club announced on Monday.Diamanti, 32, returns to the English top tier five years on from his single season with the Hammers."Watford have completed the signing of Italian international Alessandro Diamanti on a season-long loan, subject to receiving international ... Read More »

Messi, Tevez join Argentina for friendlies

BUENOS AIRES: Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who suffered more disappointment with Argentina in the Copa America last month, has been called up by national coach Gerardo Martino for friendlies against Bolivia and Mexico in September.Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties a year after falling in the World Cup final to Germany.Striker Carlos Tevez, who recently left ... Read More »

Ikeme gets Nigeria call for Africa Cup qualifier

ABUJA: Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh on Monday called up Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme among an 18-man squad of foreign professionals for next month's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Tanzania.English-born Ikeme, 29, qualifies to play for Nigeria through his father and he is now expected to battle skipper and the country's first-choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama for a place ... Read More »