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Berdych returns for Czech Davis Cup clash with France PRAGUE: World number seven Tomas Berdych returns to the Czech Republic's Davis Cup side to face France in this month's semi-finals after missing out on the quarter-final win against Japan.He joins Lukas Rosol (27th in the ATP rankings), Radek Stepanek (39) and Jiri Vesely (75) for the September 12-14 date with the French in Paris, captain Jaroslav Navratil announced on Tuesday."I'm very happy that Tomas Berdych, our number one, is playing this match. With him we've got a chance of winning," said Navratil.The Czech Republic are vying for their third straight Davis Cup title. They have met the French 14 times already in Davis Cup action, with the score seven wins apiece.France's team comprises Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10th in the world), Richard Gasquet (14), Gaël Monfils (24), Julien Benneteau (28) and Gilles Simon (31)."The French team makes me scared, I have to admit it," commented Navratil.France, finalists in 2010, last captured ...

England's Hardaker faces second homophobic allegation LONDON: Leeds and England full-back Zak Hardaker is to face a second investigation that he used homophobic language, the Rugby Football League confirmed on Tuesday.They have launched a probe into allegations that the 22-year-old used inappropriate language during the Rhinos team's 13-12 defeat by St Helens on Friday night.Hardaker, who was banned for five matches in June after being found guilty of homophobic abuse of a referee, is thought to have directed his comments towards ...

Bolt could have been cricketer except for dad BANGALORE: Sprint superstar Usain Bolt said Tuesday he wanted to play cricket for Jamaica as a youngster but his father convinced him to take up track and field instead.Bolt, the world's fastest man, could have followed in the footsteps of Jamaican speedsters Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh, who struck fear into the hearts of batsmen while playing for the West Indies in the 1980s and 90s.Asked on a promotional visit to India why he did ...

Kumar double leaves India on top against England BIRMINGHAM: Bhuvneshwar Kumar made an early double strike from which England never truly recovered as they were dismissed for just 206 by India in the fourth one-day international at Edgbaston on Tuesday.World champions India, eyeing a series victory at 2-0 up with two to play, saw Kumar reduce England to 16 for two with two wickets in the fifth over.Swing bowler Kumar returned impressive figures of two for 14 in an unchanged eight overs, including ...

Schweinsteiger named Germany captain DUSSELDORF: Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was on Tuesday named the new captain of world champions Germany by manager Joachim Loew.Loew t5urned to the 30-year-old to succeed Philipp Lahm, who stepped down from international duty after skippering Germany to the World Cup title in July."Bastian will be a great and dignified captain of our national team," Loew told a press conference in Dusseldorf.Schweinsteiger is currently injured with a knee problem, leaving goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to ...

Man United move 'a dream', says Falcao LONDON: Colombian striker Radamel Falcao said that he had fulfilled "a dream" after completing a loan move to Manchester United from Monaco in the early hours of Tuesday morning."For me, it was a dream to play in the Premier League," he told MUTV. "I always wanted to be here because this league is very good, it has very good teams, and Manchester United is the best team in England. Everything is perfect for me."The 28-year-old ...

Beckham 'sad' over Welbeck's United exit LONDON: Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham told the BBC on Tuesday that he was "sad" to see home-grown striker Danny Welbeck leave the club for their Premier League rivals Arsenal.Welbeck, 23, was allowed to join Arsenal in a deal reportedly worth £16 million ($26.6 million, 20.2 million euros) on Monday after United agreed to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco."He (Welbeck) has been there since he was eight. His ...


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