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Froome considering skipping 2015 Tour PARIS: Chris Froome has said he may skip the 2015 Tour de France because the course, which was revealed in Paris on Wednesday, doesn't suit him.Speaking on his personal website the 2013 champion said he may focus on the Giro d'Italia instead as it is a more "balanced" route whereas the Tour is aimed predominantly at climbers."The team (Sky) and I will have to give it some careful consideration before we make any commitments to which of the grand tours I will compete in," he said on"Next year's Tour is going to be about the mountains. There's very little emphasis on time-trialling which means the race will be decided up in the high mountains."With six mountain-top finishes it is going to be an aggressive and massively demanding race."I see myself as quite a balanced GC (general classification) rider and the Giro with it's inclusion of a long TT (time-trial) ...

Younis, Ali steady Pakistan in first Test DUBAI: Younis Khan and Azhar Ali scored patient half-centuries to steady Pakistan after they lost two early wickets in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.Younis was still holding the fort with a fighting 52 and Misbah-ul Haq was unbeaten on eight taking their team to 125-3 at the interval after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch.Mitchell Johnson, who has figures of 2-18 in ...

Pakistan 125-3 at tea in first Test DUBAI: Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, were 125-3 at tea on the first day of the opening Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday.Younis Khan was unbeaten on a fighting 52 and Misbah-ul Haq eight not out at the interval after Pakistan lost two early wickets to Australian new-ball pair of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle.Mohammad Hafeez was leg-before to Johnson for nought while Ahmed Shahzad made only three before he was bowled ...

Alcaraz is new coach at Levante MADRID: La Liga strugglers Levante have named Lucas Alcaraz as their new head coach, taking over from Jose Luis Mendilibar, who was sacked on Monday after just two months in charge."Lucas Alcarez is the new coach of Levante for the rest of the season with a one-year option," a club statement said late Tuesday.The 48-year-old Alcaraz was coach at Grenada until the end of last season, having taken over at the Andalucian outfit at the ...

Goal hungry Messi targets El Clasico BARCELONA: Lionel Messi took a step closer to the Champions League scoring record against Ajax on Tuesday and now turns his target to the El Clasico with Real Madrid on Saturday and the all-time La Liga goals tally.His partnership with Neymar is blossoming this season after a slow start and he set the Brazilian up for the first goal against Ajax before striking the other in the 3-1 win to give him 69 Champions League ...

Indian Asian Games medal snub boxer suspended NEW DELHI: Indian boxer Sarita Devi was on Wednesday provisionally suspended by the sport's world governing body after refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games in a protest against judging.It means Devi will not be allowed to participate in the world championships to be held in Jeju Island, South Korea, in November, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said in a statement.AIBA, which has referred the suspension to its disciplinary commission for a ...

Bangladesh appeals against reduced Ashraful ban DHAKA: Bangladeshi and international cricket authorities have jointly appealed against a reduced match ban for former captain Mohammad Ashraful for match-fixing, an official said on Wednesday.The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) lodged the appeal this week after a ban imposed on the one-time prodigy was reduced from eight to five years, said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury.The appeal was lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne."Our ...


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