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'Shirt saga' Santos signs for India's Goa NEW DELHI: Former Arsenal defender Andre Santos has signed up for the inaugural Indian Super League, two months after he was beaten up by disgruntled home fans in Brazil.The 31-year-old former Brazilian left back will turn out for the FC Goa franchise coached by his legendary countryman Zico for the inaugural season starting in mid-October."FC Goa is proud to announce the signing of another former Arsenal and Brazil player," a statement from the franchise said.Santos, who played for Arsenal from 2011 to 2013, has been without a club since leaving struggling Brazilian side Flamengo in August.Santos was beaten up in July by Flamengo fans who kicked and punched him after a loss which left his side bottom of the table.Santos was famously embroiled in a half-time shirt-swap controversy with Manchester United's Robin Van Persie in November 2012.The Brazilian was forced to apologise to his Arsenal team-mates and the club's fans ...

German Foda back in Sturm Graz saddle VIENNA: German Franco Foda has been renamed as coach of Austrian first division club Sturm Graz, manager-less since Darko Milanic left for Leeds.Foda, 48, led Sturm Graz to the Austrian title in 2011 while enjoying a six year spell at the helm between 2006-2012.His most recent coaching job was at Kaiserslautern in the German second division, who missed out on promotion to the Bundesliga in last season's play-offs.After 10 games, Sturm Graz have just 12 ...

Sharapova, Berdych win but Radwanska falls in China BEIJING: Five-times Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova made it through to the third round of the $5.4 million China Open Tuesday, while men's third seed Tomas Berdych won his opening match.But it was heartbreak for women's world number six Agnieszka Radwanska, who became the highest seed to tumble so far in Beijing as she crashed to an early exit in her second consecutive tournament.Sharapova was facing a potential banana skin in her match with Elina ...

Hong Kong routs Pakistan 72-0 in Asian Games Rugby INCHEON: Hong Kong humiliated minnows Pakistan by whooping margin of 72-0 in their opening group match in XVII Asian Games Rugby here at the Namdong Asiad Rugby Field on Tuesday.Pakistan players lacked required technique, tactics and power and were annihilated by Hong Kong team in the both the halves.Hong Kong led 25-0 at the breather and added 47 more goals in the second to make hapless Pakistan players struggle. For winning team Alifie Jack Capon, ...

Inspired Nishikori ready for London ATP final TOKYO: Kei Nishikori will take his growing confidence on court into the concluding weeks of the ATP season, with hopes of becoming the first Asian man to qualify for the eight-man final in November."I'm sixth now (in the season points race) and I'm really hoping to qualify for the World Tour Finals," he said on Tuesday at the Japan Open after a doubles win.The Japanese player, who was last weekend's champion in Kuala Lumpur, said ...

Li named ambassador for WTA Finals in Singapore SINGAPORE: Recently retired Chinese tennis trailblazer Li Na, Asia's only grand slam singles winner, has been appointed as an ambassador for next month's season ending WTA Tour Finals in Singapore. The 32-year-old was in position to qualify for the lucrative Oct. 17-26 tournament before announcing she was quitting a fortnight ago after being worn down by the effects of long-term knee injuries.This year's Australian Open winner and the 2011 French Open champion will take on ...

Waterboy Cruden to play for province as Barrett steers test WELLINGTON: Dumped New Zealand flyhalf Aaron Cruden will get some game time for his provincial side Manawatu on Sunday before an expected recall for the All Blacks' final Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia next month. The 25-year-old was dropped for the All Blacks' final two matches of the Rugby Championship after he missed the team's flight to Argentina following a night out drinking, though coach Steve Hansen said he expected he would re-join the squad ...


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