Argentine believes being part of the team trumps personal accolades. Messi joined Barcelona when he was still just 13 and climbed through the Catalans’ ranks, making his first team debut at just 17. PHOTO:FILEDOHA:
Argentine football star Lionel Messi said he could not play for any team other than Barcelona, More >
HULL, England: Nicol David may have to cope with uniquely tricky conditions caused by a large temperature drop if she is to avoid trouble early on during her British Open title defence.
Although David has been world number one for an amazing seven years, she encounters greater opposition in depth now More >
SYDNEY: Australia opening batsman David Warner will face a disciplinary hearing this week into an alleged code of conduct breach after a Twitter rant directed at two of the country’s leading cricket writers.
Cricket Australia said on Monday the hearing would take place on Wednesday via teleconference from India, where Warner More >
JAIPUR: Rajasthan Royals has suspended the contracts of all three of their players who were arrested on allegations of spot-fixing. The three players had already been suspended by the BCCI soon after the controversy came to light.
The franchise has also filed a complaint against the players with the Delhi Police, More >
LONDON: David Moyes started the post-Alex Ferguson era at Manchester United on Monday as the Premier League champions’ new boss arrived at the club’s training ground for the first time.
United are under new management for the first time since 1986 following Ferguson’s retirement and Moyes was due to meet the More >
China player downs Wang Hao 4-2 in men’s table tennis final at Bercy. It is the fifth time in a row that the men’s singles title was won by a Chinese player since Austrian Werner Schlager was crowned in Paris in 2003. PHOTO: AFPPARIS:
Zhang Jike sealed a remarkable hat-trick More >
NEW DELHI: India is mulling a law to deal with the issue of spot-fixing in sport following last week’s arrest of cricketers and bookmakers, government officials said on Monday.
Former India Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two other players were arrested along with 11 bookmakers on Thursday on suspicion of spot-fixing More >
Chelsea will challenge for the title next year, says manager Benitez. The English Premier League season finale witnessed the highs and lows for the clubs who would now have to prepare for the changes as well as challenges for next season. PHOTO: AFPWEST BROMWICH:
Robin van Persie said Manchester United More >
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Hopkins-Murat set for July in New York
NEW YORK: Bernard Hopkins, the oldest boxer to win a major world title, will defend his International Boxing Federation light-heavyweight belt against German Karo Murat on July 13 in Brooklyn.
Hopkins broke his own world record by nearly two years in March when More >
“The board is unaware about his plans for rehabilitation,” says a top PCB official. Asif is yet to show his consent with regards to taking part in the anti-corruption rehabilitation program of the PCB. PHOTO: AFP/FILEKARACHI:
While Salman Butt was quick to show his consent, banned fast-bowler Mohammad Asif is More >
KARACHI: Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has sent the names of its probable squad for Men’s World Squash Championship to be held in France from June 9-15, while at the same time announced final, three-day trials to select the team.
“[We have] received the names of the Pakistan team in due More >
KARACHI: Sindh High Court has summoned the parallel Sindh Olympic Association’s (SOA) president Osama Qadri and secretary Mudassir Arain on May 23, it was learnt on Monday.
The summon has been issued on the writ petition filed by the SOA secretary Ahmed Ali Rajput a few days ago in which he More >
LONDON: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum insisted he still had faith in his batsmen after an “hour of madness” cost the team dear in a thumping first Test defeat at Lord’s.
England went 1-0 up in the two-match series, with more than a day to spare, after dismissing New Zealand for More >
New Zealand’s top six were dismissed for under 40 for the third time this year, highlighting the problems being faced in the batting department. PHOTO: AFPLONDON:
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum insisted he still had faith in his batsmen after an ‘hour of madness’ cost the team dear in a More >
SANTA ROSA, California: Tejay van Garderen, fifth in last year’s Tour de France, captured the eighth Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, sealing his first career stage-race triumph in the final stage.
Slovakia’s Peter Sagan won the eighth and final stage, which took the riders out of San Francisco via More >
Club president Florentino Perez confirmed Mourinho’s exit. Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season after a turbulent three-year spell in charge of the Spanish giants PHOTO: AFP
MADRID: Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season after a turbulent three-year spell in More >
MADRID: Real Madrid directors called a board meeting on Monday as speculation mounts that coach Jose Mourinho is heading for the exit after a season he himself described as the worst of his career.
Directors brought forward a weekly meeting, usually held later in the week, to Monday, a club spokesman More >
Pakistan players start preparations for Asian Team, 6-Red events. IBSF world champion Asif will be under pressure after his failure to do well at the Asian Championship. PHOTO: EXPRESSKARACHI:
Deprived of training facilities in Doha due to visa issues, Pakistan cueists started preparations for the upcoming Asian Team Event and More >
VARNA, Bulgaria: Thongchai Jaidee’s disappointment in losing out in the final of the Volvo World Match-Play Championship has been eased knowing he will qualify for next month’s US Open in Pennsylvania.
Jaidee was at Varna Airport in Bulgaria early on Monday when he checked the updated World Rankings following this week’s More >
Imran stars in KL Hockey Club’s title win. Thirteen Pakistan players participated in the league after featuring in the Azlan Shah Cup. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILEKARACHI:
National hockey players return home today after spending over a couple of months at the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) which concluded during the weekend.
Thirteen Pakistan players More >
PACA stunned in Challenge Cup football. KRL beat HBL 1-0 to qualify for the quarter-finals. Kaleemullah scored the winner in the 17th minute. PHOTO: FILEKARACHI:
Ashraf Sugar Mills (ASM) stunned Pak-Afghan Clearing Agency (PACA) 4-1 a day after the latter defeated defending champions KRL to record an upset in the More >
KARACHI: Top seed Talha Zubair and Nazif Ahmed reached the semi-finals of the 2nd NBP Open National Junior and Senior tennis Championship at Karachi Gymkhana on Monday.
In the category of under-18, Talha Zuair got a walk-over against Aaiman Ashok while Nazif Ahmed beat Murad Khan 6-4, 0-6, 10-8.
Hania Naveed More >
KUALA LUMPUR: China thrashed India 5-0 in the Sudirman Cup on Sunday, but the defending champions were given a tough workout by their unfancied opponents while Taiwan managed a surprise win against Malaysia.
So distraught were the Chinese officials over their players’ lacklustre performances in their opening Group A match that More >
LONDON: Arsenal won the race for fourth place in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Newcastle, while Alex Ferguson’s extraordinary career ended in remarkable fashion as Manchester United drew 5-5 at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger’s side needed three points to guarantee a spot in next season’s More >
PARIS: China’s long-standing table tennis supremacy is nothing new to fans and administrators, but the threat of migrant Chinese players stifling opportunities for homegrown talent around the world has cast a dark cloud over its future.
The outflow of Chinese talent is particularly evident at the ongoing World Championships in More >
KARACHI: Pakistan, six times winner of Men’s World Squash Championship, are facing a crisis in sending a team to this year’s world championship to be held in France due to a row over trials players don’t want to appear in.
“The things took a new twist on Sunday as it More >
ROME: After all these years, Rafael Nadal still knows how to dominate Roger Federer.
In the 30th meeting between the two tennis greats, Nadal controlled the final from start to finish to win 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday for his seventh Italian Open title.
It was the most lop-sided win in the series More >
PUNE: Pune Warriors beat Delhi Daredevils comfortably here on Sunday, consigning the visitors to the last place in the IPL points table.
Robin Uthappa began Warriors’ charge with some lovely drives through the off side before his stay ended with the score on 38.
Finch then took over, opening up More >
KAVARNA, Bulgaria: Britain’s Graeme McDowell came from behind to win his maiden World Match Play Championship with a 2 & 1 victory over Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee on Sunday.
Former US Open Champion McDowell, the highest-ranked player in the field, battled back from two holes down after four and one at halfway More >
LONDON: Stuart Broad bowled England to victory in the first Test as New Zealand suffered a dramatic fourth-day collapse at Lord’s on Sunday.
New Zealand, chasing 239 for victory, were dismissed for just 68 in under two hours, with Broad taking seven wickets for 44 runs in a mere 11 overs.
South More >