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Rossi aims to cement second spot in Sepang KUALA LUMPUR: Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is looking to take a major step towards securing second place in the world championship over teammate Jorge Lorenzo at the Malaysian MotoGP this weekend.The Italian great is eight points clear of the Spaniard going into Sunday's penultimate race in Sepang following his win at Phillip Island, Australia, just a few days ago.With Spanish sensation Marc Marquez crowned the championship winner earlier this month, second place is the best Rossi, 35, and Lorenzo, 27, could hope for but are determined to secure it.Rossi has won seven premier class titles in Malaysia but will be aware that the last of those was in 2010. The Italian was only able to finish fourth last year, one place behind Lorenzo.He will also be conscious of the 5.5 kilometre (3.4 mile) track's unique challenges, particularly the often difficult weather conditions with high temperatures and heavy tropical rain."Apart from ...

Ferguson backs 'formidable' Van Gaal to revive United LONDON: Alex Ferguson has said the "formidable" Louis van Gaal is the right man to return Manchester United to winning ways once again.Ferguson, who retired as United manager at the end of the 2012/13 campaign after a career that saw him become British football's most successful boss during more than 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, looked on as struggling successor David Moyes was sacked after less than a season at the helm.Not only ...

Vidic defiant as EPL veterans struggle in Italy MILAN: Under-fire Inter defender Nemanja Vidic claimed he is still adapting to life in Serie A as the jury remains out on former English Premier League stars who have failed to spark in Italy's top flight."I always try to train and adapt as much as I can, but it's not for me to say who should evaluate if the system is affecting or not my performances," Vidic told reporters on the eve of Inter's Europa ...

Serena slumps to biggest defeat in 16 years SINGAPORE: Serena Williams won just two games Wednesday as she crashed to her heaviest defeat in 16 years and raised concerns over a knee injury that could dash her hopes at the WTA Finals.The 18-time Grand Slam champion was a shadow of her dominant best as she slumped 6-0, 6-2 to Romania's Simona Halep, her biggest loss since she was 16 and without a tournament win to her name.The seismic defeat ended a run of ...

Rokoduguni gets England call as Robshaw retains captaincy LONDON: Bath's Fijian-born British Army solider Semesa Rokoduguni was one of three uncapped players included in the England squad named by coach Stuart Lancaster on Wednesday for next month's internationals at Twickenham.The dashing wing forced his way into a 33-man squad for the Tests against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia, starting with the visit of the world champion All Blacks on November 8, after impressing in the Premiership this season.Rokoduguni, 27, who forced ...

Murray eases past Melzer, Berdych out in Valencia VALENCIA: Andy Murray's return to form continued as he progressed to the second round of the Valencia Open on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Austria's Jurgen Melzer.Murray claimed his second title of the season in Vienna last week and is hoping to boost his chances of reaching the World Tour Finals in London next month with another strong showing in Spain.And despite looking far from sure on his own serve, the two-time Grand ...

Ton-up Younis defies Australia in first Test DUBAI: Younis Khan hit a record-equalling century to guide Pakistan to 219-4 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.The 36-year-old right hander scored 106 for his 25th century to help Pakistan counter the fiery pace of Mitchell Johnson (3-22) after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch.At close, skipper Misbah-ul Haq was unbeaten on 34 and with him Asad Shafiq ...


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