Zhang retains men's world crown
2013-05-20 16:33:29 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
PARIS: Defending champion Zhang Jike of China retained his men's singles title at the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris on Monday after defeating compatriot Wang Hao in the final.Fourth seed Zhang prevailed 11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-7 in a rematch of last year's Olympic final to secure a fourth major title in a row.Zhang completed a career grand slam when he pipped Wang to ...
Indonesia advance to Sudirman quarters
2013-05-20 10:02:21 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
KUALA LUMPUR: Former champions Indonesia reached the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup on Monday with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over India in Group A.Indonesia have been joined by China, Japan and Denmark in the last eight.Japan crushed Singapore 5-0 on Monday, a result that ensured Denmark also qualified from Group D as the Singaporeans were eliminated.Indonesia will meet eight-time champions ...
Lippi's Guangzhou poised for Asia's last eight
2013-05-20 07:01:35 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
SINGAPORE: Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande will look to sweep aside the challenge of Central Coast Mariners and book their spot in the AFC Champions League last eight for the second year running this week.The Chinese domestic double-winners hold a 2-1 advantage from last week's round of 16 first leg, when goals from Lucas Barrios and Muriqui secured a stylish win at the Mariners'...
Zhang, Wang in final as Li wins women's gold
2013-05-19 22:54:43 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
PARIS: Reigning champion Zhang Jike of China moved to within one victory of retaining his title at the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris on Sunday with a ruthless dismissal of compatriot and world number one Xu Xin.Seeded fourth in the French capital after an inconsistent season, Zhang banished any such concerns about his form to whitewash top-ranked Xu 11-8, 11-2, 11-9, 12-10 and secure h...
Sweden grab world title on home ice
2013-05-19 22:52:20 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
STOCKHOLM: Sweden battled back from a goal down to grab their ninth world ice hockey title on Sunday with a 5-1 win over unfancied Switzerland.Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin collected two goals and an assist, while goalkeeper Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves to avenge a 3-2 defeat in the preliminary round.The win has also ended the home-ice curse that prevented the championships' hosts from ...
Williams sweeps Azarenka aside in Rome
2013-05-19 20:49:13 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
ROME: World number one Serena Williams swept Belarusian Victoria Azarenka aside 6-1, 6-3 to win her second Rome Open title on Sunday a week before a fresh tilt at the French Open.Williams broke Azarenka's serve three times in a one-sided first set and despite a tighter second set the American prevailed to stretch her career-best winning streak to 24 matches.It was Williams's 51st career ti...
Li wins world title, completes grand slam
2013-05-19 20:48:08 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
PARIS: China's Li Xiaoxia claimed her maiden world championship title in Paris on Sunday to complete a career grand slam after defeating compatriot Liu Shiwen in an enthralling final.Runner-up to Ding Ning in 2011 and four years earlier to Guo Yue, Li went one step further in the French capital with an 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 6-11, 13-11 victory at the Bercy Arena.Liu appeared set to extend t...
Pedrosa wins in France, takes MotoGP lead
2013-05-19 20:47:03 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
LE MANS: Honda's Dani Pedrosa won the French MotoGP at Le Mans on Sunday from a hobbling Cal Crutchlow to take the lead in the world championship standings.The Spaniard, following up his win in Spain last time out, made light of the tricky early wet conditions to cross the line five seconds clear of Crutchlow.The Briton manfully shrugged off a fracture to his right shin in a crash in qualifyin...
Ancelotti wants to leave PSG for Real - Leonardo
2013-05-19 20:44:04 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
PARIS: Carlo Ancelotti has asked to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid, PSG's sporting director Leonardo said Sunday.Ancelotti, who has long been rumoured to be a target for Real, whose current boss Jose Mourinho is tipped to return to Chelsea next season, had a meeting with club bosses earlier on Sunday.A subsequent report on television channel BeInSport, whose Qatari owner Nasser al-K...
Visconti takes victory in snow, Nibali retains pink
2013-05-19 20:40:45 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
VALLOIRE: Giovanni Visconti won the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday after a mountain finish in the snow following a 149km ride from Cesana Torinese to Col du Galibier.The Italian from the Movistar team held off a charge from the depleted peloton, made up of race favourites, to take his maiden Giro stage by 42 seconds from Carlos Betancur and Prezemyslaw Niemiec.Ahead of the second an...
McDowell edges Thongchai for World Match-Play title
2013-05-19 20:13:15 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
KAVARNA: Graeme McDowell again displayed the traits that has made him a feared Ryder Cup competitor in defeating Thongchai Jaidee 2 & 1 in the final of the Volvo World Match-Play Championship in Bularia on Sunday.McDowell had been 2 down after just four holes to Thongchai but sensed near the turn his 43-year- old rival was starting to tire in the hot and cloudless conditions on the Thracian Cl...
Liverpool legend Carragher bows out on high
2013-05-19 20:09:36 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
LONDON: Liverpool gave retiring stalwart Jamie Carragher a fitting send off by beating the Premier League's bottom club QPR 1-0 at an emotional Anfield on Sunday.The game brought down the curtain on the 35-year-old defender's illustrious career, and he was afforded a guard of honour from both sets of teams before being handed a memento from the opposition's Liverpool-born captain Clint...
Nadal crushes Federer to win seventh Rome title
2013-05-19 20:07:33 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
ROME: Spain's Rafael Nadal dominated his 30th meeting with Swiss rival Roger Federer to secure his seventh title in nine years at the Rome Masters on Sunday.Nadal's 6-1, 6-3 triumph means he now leads Federer 20-10 in their series, with 13 of his wins coming on clay.The Spaniard, winning his sixth title from eight finals this season after returning from a seven-month injury absence, showed...
Taiwan win historic first title
2013-05-19 20:05:22 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
PARIS: Taiwan claimed an historic first world title as the pairing of Chuang Chih-Yuan and Chen Chien-An won the men's doubles at the Table Tennis World Championships in Paris on Sunday.Chuang and Chen defeated Chinese duo Ma Lin and Hao Shuai 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 13-11, 9-11, 11-8 to secure the country's maiden world crown.Taiwan's previous best result at the event had been a silver med...
Americans beat Finland to grab world bronze
2013-05-19 20:04:18 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
STOCKHOLM: The United States won bronze at the world ice hockey championships after beating co-hosts Finland 3-2 in a penalty shootout on Sunday.Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk scored the winning penalty as the US won their first world championship medal since a bronze in Prague in 2004.US skipper Paul Stastny and Nashville Predators center Craig Smith both collected a goal and an assist...
Spurs suffer Euro agony despite Bale magic
2013-05-19 20:01:17 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
LONDON: Gareth Bale scored another stunning late winner for Tottenham, but his side's 1-0 victory over 10-man Sunderland was not enough to win the battle to qualify for the Champions League on Sunday.Andre Villas-Boas's team knew only a victory at White Hart Lane, combined with Arsenal failing to take three points from their visit to Newcastle, would allow them to leapfrog their north Lond...
Torres gives Benitez happy Chelsea ending
2013-05-19 19:59:11 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
LONDON: Fernando Torres ensured Rafael Benitez's troubled reign at Chelsea ended with a third place finish, striking a 76th-minute winner to secure a 2-1 over Everton at Stamford Bridge on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.But while Benitez could reflect on a successful end to his six-month spell at interim manager, Everton's David Moyes experienced defeat in his final g...
Inspirational Wilkinson claims European honour
2013-05-19 19:55:04 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
LONDON: England rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson rounded off the perfect weekend after being named European player of the year on Sunday, a day after captaining Toulon to European Cup victory.The 33-year-old's unerringly accurate kicking game drove the French side through the knock-out stages of the tournament, defeating Leicester and Saracens before running out 16-15 victors against Clermont in S...
Nadal, Serena triumph in Rome
2013-05-19 19:52:10 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
ROME: Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams underlined their French Open ambitions with convincing final victories in Rome on Sunday.In what was his 30th meeting with Roger Federer, clay court king Nadal outclassed the Swiss 6-1, 6-3 as he continued his stunning comeback following a seven-month injury absence.Williams, who will head to Paris next week hoping to avenge her stunning first round defeat to...
Four women among tentative Indy 500 starters
2013-05-19 19:49:19 GMT : (Sports/Other Sports)
INDIANAPOLIS: Britain's Katherine Legge and Pippa Mann and Brazilian Ana Beatriz joined the tentative Indianapolis 500 starting grid on Sunday to match a race record for women starters.Together with Swiss racer Simona de Silvestro, who qualified Saturday, the foursome would equal the mark for women starters when the 33-car field competes in the 97th Indy 500 next Sunday over the famed 2 1/2-mi...