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Peavy seeks back-to-back World Series titles KANSAS CITY: It took Jake Peavy 12 years to realize his dream of pitching for a Major League Baseball champion. Now the San Francisco Giants newcomer might do it in back-to-back seasons.The 33-year-old right-hander, who helped Boston win last year's crown before being sent to the Giants at this July's trade deadline, will start against 23-year-old Kansas City ace Yordano Ventura in Wednesday's second game of the 110th World Series."Getting back is the world," Peavy said. "When you win one, you would think that would quench you. It actually made it worse. You really can't settle for anything less and nothing else is acceptable. You want something so bad, you achieve it and you can't put into words how bad you want more."Peavy played for San Diego from 2002 to 2009, when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox and stayed until being sent to Boston at the 2013 ...

Di Matteo unimpressed by Schalke's late win GELSENKIRCHEN: Roberto di Matteo admitted Schalke 04 rode their luck as their dramatic 4-3 Champions League win over 10-man Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday was settled by a dubious penalty.Sporting were denied a Group G point in Gelsenkirchen when Schalke substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting converted a controversial 93rd-minute penalty.Replays showed Russian referee Sergey Karasev was wrong to award Schalke the decisive spot-kick as the ball struck defender Jonathan Silva in the face from a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar ...

Dusautoir hopes to crown career with World Cup TOULOUSE: Captaining France to their first ever World Cup trophy in England next year would set the seal on flanker Thierry Dusautoir's stellar career he said on Tuesday.The Ivory Coast-born Toulouse star -- who turns 33 in November --- has not enjoyed the best of times either with club or country since he captained France to a surprise place in the 2011 World Cup final where they were judged by many to have been unlucky ...

Roma must learn from painful Bayern slap: Garcia ROME: Coach Rudi Garcia insisted Roma will have to learn from their 7-1 humbling by Bayern Munich after the Germans handed the high-flying Serie A side a memorable lesson in Champions League football on Tuesday."We have to learn from this defeat, or else there's no point," said Garcia after the Italians suffered their biggest defeat in the competition since a 7-1 rout at Manchester United in 2007."It was a slap and it hurt. Now we ...

West Indies seek India meeting in bid to solve crisis BRIDGETOWN: West Indies Cricket Board directors are seeking a meeting with their Indian counterparts in a bid to minimise the potentially colossal consequences of the unprecedented abandonment of the tour of India by the Caribbean side last week.The West Indies cut short their tour last Friday because of an internal pay dispute, even though the fifth one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still remained to be played.India retaliated by cancelling a tour scheduled ...

Mourinho defiant despite striker crisis LONDON: Jose Mourinho insisted he was not worried by the prospect of running short of forward options ahead of Sunday's visit to Manchester United after confirming Loic Remy and Diego Costa will both miss Chelsea's trip to Old Trafford.Remy limped out of the Blues' comprehensive 6-0 Champions League victory over Maribor after scoring the 14th minute opening goal and with Costa sidelined with a hamstring injury, Didier Drogba will start for the Premier League leaders ...

Magnificent seven for Bayern as goals rain down PARIS: Bayern Munich produced a stunning display to demolish Roma 7-1 on Tuesday but they were not the biggest winners on the most prolific evening in Champions League history.A record 40 goals were scored in just eight group games as Shakhtar Donetsk destroyed BATE Borisov 7-0 in Belarus and Chelsea recorded their biggest win in the competition, thumping Maribor 6-0 at Stamford Bridge.There were also wins for Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke and Porto while Manchester ...


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