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Villa leaves A-League without a win with City MELBOURNE: Spanish star David Villa leaves Australia's A-League without a win after his Melbourne City team went down 2-1 to Adelaide United in Melbourne on Friday.Villa looked a forlorn figure as he left the field and headed straight down the players' tunnel after his fourth game in Australia before heading to New York City.The World Cup winner had some lively moments in attack, but too often was left isolated out on the left wing by his Melbourne teammates.Villa forced Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic into a sharp save and made a mesmerising dribble down the left side and brought out another fine save from Galekovic.Villa will leave Australia just four matches into an expected 10-game loan stint with Melbourne City.While the club has not revealed the reasons for Villa's early departure back to New York City, a combination of football, family and marketing reasons are thought to be behind his exit.New ...

Pakistan 517-4 at tea in second Test ABU DHABI: Pakistan continued to dominate the second Test against Australia as they reached 517 for four at tea on the second day in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Younis Khan continued his superb innings with 205 not out while Asad Shafiq was one not out as Pakistan added 213 runs after resuming at 304 for two.Younis, on 181, became the third Pakistani to complete 8,000 Test runs after Javed Miandad (8832) and Inzamam-ul Haq (8829).Australia got ...

Westwood ace keeps him in hunt in Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Westwood conjured the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on a 225-yard par 3 to jump into contention at the halfway stage of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia Friday.Westwood's seven-under-par 65 brought the former world number one to within just three shots of leader Billy Hurley III.The Englishman is one of seven players tied for third at seven-under, including Spanish star Sergio Garcia and defending champion Ryan Moore.Westwood, who had shot ...

Colsaerts gets out big guns to take Shanghai lead SHANGHAI: Big-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts fired a superb eight-under 64 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai.Colsaerts used his booming length to great effect, grabbing four of the nine birdies on his card at each of the par-fives on the 7,607-yard rain-softened Lake Malaren layout. Colsaerts leads by one to France's long-hitter Alexander Levy with compatriot Romain Wattel -- no slouch off the tee himself -- ...

Younis leads Pakistan charge against sloppy Australia ABU DHABI: Younis Khan continued to dominate sloppy Australia as Pakistan reached 405-3 at lunch on the second day of the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Younis furthered his third consecutive century in as many innings and was unbeaten on 141 and with him skipper Misbah-ul Haq on an aggressive 55 as Pakistan continued to bat solidly against a hapless Australian attack.That raised Pakistan's chances of winning their first series against Australia ...

Family man G-Mac finds the perfect balance SHANGHAI: Former major winner Graeme McDowell believes that being the newest member of the European Tour's 'daddy club' has enabled him to re-focus on his game and achieve balance in his life.The 35-year-old Northern Irishman shot a solid three-under 69 Friday to lie well placed at eight-under par for the tournament, six shots behind leader Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium in the $7 million BMW Masters in Lake Malaren.McDowell -- known as "G-Mac" -- and wife ...

Royals' success warms outgoing commisioner Selig's heart KANSAS CITY: In a way, it was fitting for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's last World Series in charge to finish in Kansas City.Selig, 80, is ending a 22-year reign as overseer of the game in January, and several of the innovations he instituted paid dividends at the 2014 Fall Classic.In his early days in charge, small market owners clamored for change, complaining that only a handful of wealthier clubs had a chance to ...


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