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Goffin wins five-setter to boost Belgium GHENT: David Goffin clawed his way back from a two-set deficit to defeat British newcomer Kyle Edmund 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 and give Belgium a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup final in Ghent on Friday.It brought his singles record in the competition to 12-2, his two previous losses both coming in five-setters after he had led by two sets to love. It was the first time in his career that he had won a match after losing the first two sets. Edmund, meanwhile, came up short in his bid to become the first player to win a live rubber while making his debut in the competition in the final. But with world number two Andy Murray to follow in the day's second singles against lowly-ranked Ruben Bemelmans, Britain were still well-placed to draw level by the end of day one."It was not easy. Kyle had good intentions and ...

Carter at peace with end of All Black career as Racing loom LE PLESSIS-ROBINSON: Giving up playing for New Zealand may have been a wrench but Dan Carter said on Friday the time had come to move on and tackle a new challenge.Just a few hours after arriving in France, the 33-year-old said he had made his peace with his All Black career coming to an end as he embarks on a new chapter at big-spending but underachieving Racing 92.But despite being set to earn a million ...

 Sinama-Pongolle signs for Dundee United GLASGOW: Former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle has returned to football after agreeing a deal with Scottish Premiership strugglers Dundee United.Sinama-Pongolle, 31, has signed on until the end of the season subject to international clearance, United announced on Friday."He will bring experience, tactical awareness and quality to our squad. He understands football, shows excellent passing and positional sense. I am looking forward to working with him," said United manager Mixu Paatelainen.Sinama-Pongolle, who won ...

Real Madrid lose Varane to hamstring injury MADRID: Real Madrid and France centre-back Raphael Varane faces a spell on the sidelines after his club announced on Friday he was suffering with a right hamstring injury.The 22-year-old picked up the injury during Madrid's 4-3 Champions League win away to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Wednesday and Spanish press reports indicated that he will be missing for three to four weeks.Varane joins fellow defenders Marcelo and Sergio Ramos in the treatment room and will ...

India clinch South Africa Test series NAGPUR: India defeated South Africa by 124 runs with two days to spare in the third Test on Friday to take a decisive 2-0 lead in the four-match series.The Proteas, who resumed at 32-2 chasing a target of 310, folded up for 185 after tea on the third day on a dusty, deteriorating pitch at the VCA stadium in Nagpur.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged 7-66, taking his match haul to 12 wickets after claiming 5-32 in ...

Leicester hot-shot Vardy a ‘great’ striker: van Gaal LONDON: Leicester striker Jamie Vardy deserves the accolade of "great", Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.And Van Gaal, who has worked with some great strikers over the years, went as far as to say he would not discount the possibility that Vardy could keep his side in contention for the Premier League title.Vardy's 13 goals this season have taken Leicester to the top of the table, a point ahead of United before ...

Hamilton hits back at critics with speed ABU DHABI: Newly-crowned three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton hit back at criticism of his jetset lifestyle on Friday by outpacing Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in opening free practice for Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The 30-year-old, attacked by his former McLaren team boss Ron Dennis for doing things that 'would not have been allowed' under his regime and told by Rosberg not to complain about the handling of their Mercedes cars, produced his riposte on ...


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