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Sports - Football

Costa rescues Chelsea, Arsenal bounce back LONDON: Diego Costa snaffled a stoppage-time equaliser to preserve interim manager Guus Hiddink's unbeaten record as Chelsea snatched a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United on Sunday.United looked to be closing to within four points of the Premier League's top four after Jesse Lingard's 61st-minute goal set Louis van Gaal's men on course for a third consecutive win in all competitions.But in the first of six minutes of injury time, added on for a serious-looking knee injury to Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma, Costa rounded David de Gea to score, extending Hiddink's unbeaten run since succeeding the sacked Jose Mourinho to 10 matches.Chelsea remain 13th, 17 points below the top four, but while their Champions League qualification hopes have long seemed over, Costa's goal dealt a weighty blow to embattled United manager Van Gaal.Van Gaal bullishly dismissed speculation linking Mourinho with his job prior to the game, but finishes the ...


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Mantellato saves day for Hull KR in Castleford draw LONDON: Josh Mantellato came to Hull KR's rescue as they kicked off their 2016 Super League season with a 16-16 draw at home to Castleford.Denny Solomona crossed to put the Tigers ahead, but James Donaldson's score before the interval levelled up proceedings at the KC Lightstream Stadium. Jake Webster then hit back for the visitors before Mantellato got the first of his two-second half tries to trim the lead down to two points.Webster then bagged ...

Sports - Cricket

Yasir Shah suspended for three months KARACHI: Pakistan's suspended spinner Yasir Shah will be eligible to play cricket from March 27, 2016 as ICC has decided to ban the bowler for three months after he pleaded guilty of breaching Article 2.1 of the ICC Anti-Doping Code.Shah had provided a urine sample as part of the ICC's random in-competition testing programme after the conclusion of the One Day International between England and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, UAE on November 13, 2015.His sample ...

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Hingis joy as Switzerland set up Czech Fed Cup semi-final BERLIN: Martina Hingis rolled back the years on Sunday as her doubles win alongside Belinda Bencic sealed a 3-2 win over Germany to put Switzerland in the Fed Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1998.Teenager Bencic and Hingis, 35, who won her 12th Grand Slam doubles title in last weekend's Australian Open final alongside India's Sania Mirza, needed just over an hour to seal their 6-3, 6-2 win over Germany's Andrea Petkovic and Anna-Lena ...

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Barca equal unbeaten record, more woe for Neville MADRID: Barcelona equalled a club record of 28 games unbeaten to move three points clear at the top of La Liga with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Levante on Sunday.Gary Neville's stay in Spain as Valencia boss may be short-lived as his winless La Liga streak stretched to nine games with a 1-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Real Betis.Barca were far from their best in coach Luis Enrique's 100th game in charge, but David Navarro's ...

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Costa and Chelsea keep heat on Van Gaal LONDON: Diego Costa pounced in stoppage time as Chelsea nipped Manchester United's mini-revival in the bud with a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday.Jesse Lingard's smartly taken 61st-minute strike at a rainy Stamford Bridge had set United on course for a third straight win, which would have lifted them to within four points of the Champions League places.But Costa equalised in the 91st minute, rounding United goalkeeper David de Gea to score and ...

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Hamburg stop rot as Mueller rescues point against Cologne BERLIN: Hamburg broke their run of three successive Bundesliga defeats with a 1-1 draw at home to Cologne on Sunday on a weekend of stalemates for Germany's top sides.After defeats to Augsburg, Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart, Hamburg stopped the rot as striker Nicolai Mueller's second-half equaliser cancelled out winger Simon Zoller's goal just before the break.Despite the point, Hamburg drop to 12th while Cologne are ninth.Second-from-bottom Hoffenheim are now seven points from safety after ...