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Real Madrid fans jam streets to celebrate Cup win MADRID: Thousands of cheering Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital early Thursday after winning the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Barcelona. Supporters, many wrapped in the club's flag, cheered as the squad arrived at Madrid's central Cibeles Square, the traditional home for raucous Real Madrid victory celebrations, in a white open-topped bus with the word "champions" written in black letters on its sides.Fans applauded Real goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas as, following tradition, he leant over the side of the bus and wrapped a Madrid insignia and club scarf around the statue of the Roman goddess that adorns a fountain in the square.The victory bus drove three times around the fountain as fans twirled Real scarves in the air and took photos of the players."Winning the cup is fantastic, winning against Barcelona is even better," said Ezequiel Munoz, a 20-year-old ...


Monte Carlo Masters results MONTE CARLO: Results on the fourth day of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):Second roundStanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-0, 6-2Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x12) bt Albert Ramos (ESP) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4Nicolas Almagro (ESP x15) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Radek Stepanek (CZE) 6-1, 6-2,Milos Raonic (CAN x8) bt Yen Lu-Hsun (TPE) 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-1Fabio Fognini (ITA x10) bt Roberto Bautista Agut ...

Pakistan name new coaches in search of lost glory LAHORE: Pakistan named new coaches for their senior and junior hockey teams Wednesday as they try to drag themselves out of a slump and revive past glories.Pakistan failed to qualify for the World Cup to be held in the Netherlands in June -- the first time they have ever missed the tournament, which they have won four times.Pakistan have also won three Olympic gold medals but slumped to seventh position in the 2012 London Olympics. ...

Akmal in trouble over wedding party LAHORE: Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal could be in fresh trouble with the law after a party for his wedding breached local rules restricting marriage celebrations, police said Wednesday.Officers in the eastern city of Lahore said the 23-year-old international held a function on Tuesday that violated bylaws which say only one food dish can be served at wedding parties, which must end at 10:00 pm.Akmal, who was to wed former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir's daughter Noor ...

City coach Pellegrini defends Kompany choice LONDON: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no regrets about selecting captain Vincent Kompany to play in last weekend's costly 3-2 loss at Premier League title rivals Liverpool, he said Wednesday.A training-ground injury scare had put Kompany's participation in doubt and although he was ultimately passed fit to play, he produced an uncharacteristically error-strewn performance.The Belgian centre back was partly at fault for Liverpool's first two goals and directly responsible for the hosts' 78th-minute winner, ...

Sharks' Deysel moves to Japan TOKYO: South African Jean Deysel, a loose forward for the Super Rugby club the Sharks, has joined Japan's Top League side Toyota Verblitz, the league said Wednesday.The 29-year-old, who has been capped three times for South Africa, will play flanker and number 8 for Toyota, the Top League said in a brief statement.According to the Sharks' website, Deysel has agreed a two-year deal with Toyota."The decision to leave the Sharks, a franchise which means the ...

Anelka rebuffs Mineiro move claims PARIS: Controversial French forward Nicolas Anelka on Wednesday rubbished claims he was ever in line to join Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro.Atletico claimed on Tuesday they had scrapped plans to sign Anelka after running out of patience waiting for him to make contact with them.That came after Mineiro chairman Alexandre Kalil had said on April 5 via Twitter that Anelka would be signing.But on Wednesday the 35-year-old striker uploaded a video to his Twitter and Facebook ...


 



 
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