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Aussies dominate pool, Wales suffer doping shock GLASGOW: Australia continued to dominate the Commonwealth Games swimming competition with four more golds on Friday while Wales were sent reeling by a second doping shock.Australia's men's 4x100m freestyle relay team retained their title ahead of South Africa and England to claim their seventh victory from a possible 14 events.Leiston Pickett became the first swimmer to retain a 50m Commonwealth breaststroke title, while there was an Aussie one-two in the men's 200m freestyle as Thomas Fraser-Holmes edged out Cameron McEvoy with Calum Jarvis claiming Wales' first medal of the meet in third.There was also a world record for Maddison Elliott in the women's para-sport 100m freestyle S8 ahead of England's Stephanie Slater and another Australian Lakeisha Patterson.There was more joy for hosts Scotland as Dan Wallace won the men's 400m individual medley and Canada's Katerine Savard took the women's 100m butterfly.Benjamin Proud claimed England's first gold of the swim meet ...

Sunderland land Van Aanholt from Chelsea LONDON: Sunderland signed Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on Friday.Van Aanholt agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League club after failing to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge.The 23-year-old is Sunderland's fourth signing of the pre-season, following on from the arrivals of defender Billy Jones, goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and midfielder Jordi Gomez.Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was keen to sign a left-back after Marcos Alonso's loan spell from ...

Amla, De Villiers dig in for South Africa COLOMBO: South Africa batted cautiously to reach 98 for three as they try to preserve their 1-0 lead in the series in the second test and final against Sri Lanka on Friday. The touring side, replying to the hosts' 421 all out, trailed by 323 runs at the close on the second day with Hashim Amla unbeaten on 46 and AB de Villiers on 11. Amla had two escapes on 10 and 34, edging a ...

FIFA committed to 2018 World Cup in Russia ZURICH: FIFA remains committed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and says a boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region, soccer's world governing body said on Friday. The ongoing conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine government came to a head last week with the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane, leading to the deaths of 298 people.Moscow denies supporting the separatists, but following the disaster senior ...

Wales hurdler Rhys Williams out after positive dope test GLASGOW: Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams, son of 1970s Wales and British Lion rugby icon 'JJ', has been withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games after failing a doping test.The Welsh team in Glasgow said Williams, the European champion and a bronze medallist in New Delhi in 2010, had been handed a "mandatory provisional suspension from all competition by UK Anti-Doping, after being charged with committing an anti-doping rule violation under the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules following an ...

Hamilton tops opening practice in Hungary BUDAPEST: Lewis Hamilton took the early initiative when he topped the times as Mercedes dominated Friday morning's opening free practice session for this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.The 29-year-old Briton clocked a best time of one minute and 25.814 seconds in clear, dry and hot conditions at the Hungaroring circuit, set in a rural bowl of farmland 25 kilometres north of the Hungarian capital.His best lap left him 0.183 seconds clear of his teammate Nico Rosberg ...

Jadeja fined over Anderson incident LONDON: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50 percent of his match fee after being found guilty of "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game", the International Cricket Council announced Friday.However, he was not banned and remains free to play in the rest of the ongoing five-Test series with England.Jadeja, 25, was involved in an incident with England seamer James Anderson during the lunch break on the second day of the drawn first ...


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