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James, Rutherford give Glasgow Olympic touch GLASGOW: Olympic champions Kirani James and Greg Rutherford brought world-class performances to the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday while Usain Bolt hit back at claims that he'd made disparaging remarks about the event.James won the men's 400m to give Grenada its first Commonwealth Games gold and became the first man to win gold in that event at both Olympic and Commonwealth level."I am happy for my country and everyone affiliated to us," said 21-year-old James who took gold ahead of Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa and Trinidad's Lalonde Gordon. England's Rutherford, 27, backed up his Olympic long jump gold in 2012 with the Commonwealth title.His leap of 8.20 metres was enough to defeat South Africa's Zarck Visser by eight centimetres with Rushwahl Samaai, also of South Africa, taking bronze. "It's never an easy road and after last year I never thought I would win a medal," said Rutherford.Elsewhere, Canada's Derek ...

Root revels in England return to form SOUTHAMPTON: Joe Root said England had enjoyed close to a perfect day after starring with both bat and ball in the third Test against India at Southampton on Wednesday.First Root made a rapid 56, which with England captain Alastair Cook's 70 not out formed the cornerstone of a second innings score of 205 for four declared.That enabled Cook to set India, who won the second Test at Lord's by 95 runs, a huge target of ...

India in a spin as England eye victory SOUTHAMPTON: England were in sight of their first win in 11 Tests as they closed in on a series-levelling victory against India at Southampton on Wednesday.India were 112 for four, still needing a further 333 runs to make what would be a new record 445 to win, at stumps on the fourth day of the third Test.Renowned for their ability to play spin, India lost three wickets to Moeen Ali and Joe Root -- both ...

India 112-4 against England SOUTHAMPTON: India were 112 for four, needing a further 333 runs to reach what would be a record victory total of 445, at stumps on the fourth day of the third Test against England at Southampton on Wednesday.Ajinkya Rahane was 18 not out and Rohit Sharma six not out.The most any side have made in the fourth innings to win a Test is the 418 for seven the West Indies posted against Australia at St ...

India's Pankaj Singh sets unwanted record SOUTHAMPTON: India seamer Pankaj Singh took possession Wednesday of a record he would rather not have broken when he recorded the most expensive match figures by a Test debutant without a wicket.The 29-year-old 6ft 6in paceman finished with a match haul of none for 179 after England declared their second innings on 205 for four in the ongoing third Test at Southampton.That saw Singh surpass the previous worst wicketless debut return of none for 164 ...

World Cup 'a bridge too far' for Kallis JOHANNESBURG: Jacques Kallis acknowledged on Wednesday that his dream of playing in next year's Cricket World Cup was "a bridge too far".Kallis, 38, scored just five runs in three innings in a recent one-day international series in Sri Lanka"I just knew on that tour that I was done," Kallis said in a statement. "The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the ...

Cook leaves India facing record chase SOUTHAMPTON: England captain Alastair Cook set India a record target of 445 to win the third Test after England declared their second innings on 205 for four on the fourth day at Southampton on Wednesday. Cook called a halt when he he himself was 70 not out after Joe Root (56) was bowled by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (three for 52) to force an early tea, with 42 overs left in the day's play.Left-handed opener ...


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