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How France reclaimed the Tour from Britain PARIS: When the 2014 Tour de France started in Britain with a British reigning champion riding for a British team, in some quarters there was the feeling that a piece of French heritage was being dragged across the channel.To make things even worse, the British manager of the champion Team Sky, Dave Brailsford, had almost condescendingly said that his next challenge might be to try to win the Tour with a Frenchman.The insinuation was that it had been easier to win the Tour with a rider from a country with almost no cycling culture than it would be to do so with a cyclist from the spiritual home of the sport.For the previous two years Britain had been the epicentre of the Tour de France as Team Sky won the 2012 and 2013 editions with first Bradley Wiggins and then Chris Froome.On top of that, the best sprinter over the ...

Rejuvenated Carter back for All Blacks WELLINGTON: A rejuvenated Dan Carter is back in the All Blacks as one of three additions to their squad named Monday for the Rugby Championship, which starts next month. Carter, who took an extended break at the end of last season, was recalled along with Charles Piutau and Sam Cane who missed the June tour by England because of injury. It is expected Carter will immediately resume his customary fly-half duties ahead of Aaron Cruden, ...

Liverpool sign defender Lovren from Southampton LONDON: Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has joined Liverpool from Southampton, the club said on Sunday.Liverpool's website said Lovren, 25, had agreed a long-term deal. Lovren is Liverpool's fifth signing of the summer and the third capture from Southampton, following the arrivals of England duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. The fee was reported to be 20 million pounds.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Magnussen spearheads another golden night for Australia GLASGOW: World 100m freestyle champion James Magnussen added the Commonwealth Games title to his collection by edging out fellow Australian Cameron McEvoy in a time of 48:11sec on Sunday. Tommaso D'Orsogna claimed bronze to make it an all-Australian podium.McEvoy had surprisingly beaten Magnussen at the Australian trials in April and the man nicknamed "The Missile" said he planned to let his rival make the early pace before surging to victory in the final 25 metres."Obviously ...

Clark powers past Furyk for Canadian Open win MONTREAL: South Africa's Tim Clark birdied five of his last eight holes on Sunday to power past Jim Furyk to win the Canadian Open, his first US PGA Tour title since 2010.Clark, who won the prestigious Players Championship four seasons ago, posted a final round five-under par 65 on Royal Montreal's Blue Course for a 17-under total of 263 and a one-stroke victory over Furyk.Furyk, 44, took a three-stroke lead into the final round and ...

Kittel to target green jersey in future PARIS: Sprint ace Marcel Kittel said he will target the green points jersey in the future after winning on the Champs Elysees for the second year in a row.The burly German matched exactly his achievement form last year, winning both the opening and final stages amongst four in total, while wearing the leader's yellow jersey for a day.And although he hadn't tried to win the sprinters' green jersey this year, allowing Peter Sagan to claim ...

ICC warns Dhoni over Anderson-Jadeja row SOUTHAMPTON: The International Cricket Council on Sunday accused India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni of "undermining" its disciplinary process by condemning a fine handed against team-mate Ravindra Jadeja.Dhoni said Saturday that Jadeja had been the target of "hurtful" treatment when he was fined 50 percent of his match fee for misconduct in an incident with England bowler James Anderson during the first Test in Nottingham on July 10.England captain Alastair Cook, not long after India brought ...


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