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Wanderers unfazed by Saudi giants in ACL final SYDNEY: From day one, their maiden Asian Champions League campaign has been a leap into the unknown for the Western Sydney Wanderers, so they feel little trepidation about taking on Saudi heavyweights Al Hilal in the first leg of the final on Saturday.The Wanderers have stared down a succession of powerful East Asian outfits in the continental club championship and now face their first Middle Eastern opponents at their home Parramatta Stadium.In contrast to the no-frills team from Sydney's working class west, founded only two years ago as an expansion club in Australia's top-flight A-League, Al Hilal boast a rich heritage, powerful connections in the Saudi royal family and a trophy cabinet crammed with domestic silverware and two Asian titles.The Wanderers, however, have demonstrated that reputations count for nothing on game-day, having downed Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande and FC Seoul in the knockout rounds.In facing Al Hilal, Wanderers defender Antony ...


Zahid wants Misbah to lead like 1992 Imran ISLAMABAD: Former pace bowler Mohammad Zahid wants Misbah-ul-Haq to lead from the front like Imran Khan did in the 1992 World Cup by batting at number 3 saying this way he can guide the team and his batting unit in a better way.Zahid said during the 1992 World Cup Imran led the team from the front by batting at the number 3. "Misbah should also lead from the front by batting at number three during ...

Ryder run-fest pushes Black Caps cause WELLINGTON: New Zealand's out-of-favour batman Jesse Ryder bludgeoned 136 from 57 balls against Ireland on Thursday to press his case for an international recall.Ryder punished the Ireland attack when his provincial side Otago took on the visitors in a one-dayer at Lincoln on the South Island.He belted a century off 39 balls and notched eight sixes and 18 fours before being dismissed as Otago won by three wickets.Ryder was dropped from the Black Caps in ...

Williams a 'talented' mercenary, says ex-Blacks coach WELLINGTON: Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains on Thursday labelled code-hopping rugby star Sonny Bill Williams a mercenary, albeit a supremely talented one.Williams, 29, is beginning his second stint with the All Blacks after spending two seasons playing rugby league in Australia and has been slotted straight back into the squad for next month's northern hemisphere tour.Mains, who coached the New Zealanders from 1992-95, said the current All Blacks hierarchy appeared content to let Williams ...

NHL game postponed after Canada shooting LOS ANGELES: The National Hockey League game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed following the fatal shooting of a soldier in the Canadian capital."The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed," the NHL said in a statement."The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the ...

Nibali unconcerned by Astana doping problems PARIS: Vincenzo Nibali insists his Astana team's doping problems will not prevent him defending his Tour de France title next year.In the past month three Astana doping cases have come to light, with Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO and trainee Ilya Davidenok, another Kazakh, returning an adverse analytical finding for anabolic steroids.Already once before, in 2008, a reigning champion was prevented from defending his title because ...

Royals rip Giants, pull even in World Series KANSAS CITY: Omar Infante smashed his first playoff home run to cap a five-run outburst Wednesday, giving the Kansas City Royals a 7-2 victory over San Francisco to level the 110th World Series.By breaking open a 2-2 game in the sixth inning, the Royals deadlocked the best-of-seven Major League Baseball final with the Giants at 1-1 as the scene shifts to San Francisco for games three through five on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Infante's two-run blast ...


 



 
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