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Troisi strikes in extra time to hand Australia Asian Cup SYDNEY: Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea in a pulsating final on Saturday.South Korea's Son Heung-min scored in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes to send the match into the extra half an hour, cancelling out Massimo Luongo's strike on the stroke of halftime.It was just before another break with 105 minutes on the clock that Troisi put the ball into the net from close range to make Australia champions of Asia nine years after they switched from the Oceania confederation.Former World Cup semi-finalists South Korea had ridden their mean defence to a first Asian Cup final since 1988 but despite being the better side for much of thee match came up short in their bid for a first title in 55 years.Luongo's goal was the first they had ...


Serena beats Sharapova in Open final for 19th Slam MELBOURNE: American top seed Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam title on Saturday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova.The triumph means the world number one overtakes 18-time major champions Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert to go a clear second on the all-time Open-era winners' list, three behind Steffi Graf on 22.It also extends her staggering decade-long dominance of arch rival Sharapova, with the world number ...

Serena's 19 Grand Slam titles MELBOURNE: Serena Williams' 19 Grand Slam titles after her Australian Open win over Maria Sharapova on Saturday, which moves her to second on the all-time Open-Era winners list:Australian Open (2015, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003)French Open (2013, 2002)Wimbledon (2012, 2010, 2009, 2003, 2002)US Open (2014, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002, 1999)Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Aussie Bobridge misses hour world record MELBOURNE: Australian cyclist Jack Bobridge missed out on an attempt to break the hour world record in Melbourne on Saturday.Bobridge covered about 51.3 kilometres in his bid to pass the record of 51.852km, set on October 30 last year by Austrian Matthias Brundle.The Australian needed to ride 208 laps of the DISC Velodrome in Melbourne and finished the 60 minutes with about 205 laps.Bobridge made a strong start and by halfway he was on target ...

Afridi’s stunning innings, smashed 67 off 29 balls Pakistan’s first warm-up match against New Zealand, Shahid Afridi smashed 67 off 29 balls to help Pakistan recover from a bad start and reach 210 batting first in Saturday’s ODI against New Zealand.Put into bat, Pakistan lost their opener Mohammad Hafeez (0) to the fifth delivery of the day and kept losing wickets to slump to 127 for six in the 36th over. But Shahid Afridi and captain Misbah-ul-Haq lifted the total to 210 with ...

New Zealand v Pakistan scoreboard WELLINGTON: Completed scoreboard in the first one-day international between New Zealand and Pakistan at Wellington Stadium on Saturday.PakistanMohammad Hafeez b Mills 0Ahmed Shehzad c Ronchi b Boult 15Younis Khan lbw Mills 9Misbah ul-Haq c Latham b Elliott 58Haris Sohail c Guptill b Anderson 23Umar Akmal b Elliott 13Sarfraz Ahmed c Latham b Anderson 5Shahid Afridi c Guptill b Milne 67Bilawal Bhatti c Guptill b Boult 0Ehsan Adil c B. McCullum b Elliott 6Mohammad Irfan not ...

Ivorians set for Algeria showdown, Guinea look for more luck MALABO: The Ivory Coast and pre-tournament favourites Algeria go head to head in Malabo on Sunday in what has the makings of a classic quarter-final at the Africa Cup of Nations.Ghana and Guinea meet in the first of a double-header of last-eight ties in Equatorial Guinea's capital earlier in the day before Herve Renard's Elephants face the leading side in Africa according to the FIFA rankings.Neutrals will be hoping for a repeat of the 2010 ...


 



 
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