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Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal named ‘coach of the year’ Manchester United’s Louis Van Gaal has been named coach of the year at the Dutch Sports Gala in Amsterdam, Holland. Arjen Robben and Robin Ven Perise were also honored with the ‘Sportsman of the year’ and ‘coveted moment of the year’ award respectively.According to media reports, the Manchester United boss was honored as ‘Coach of the Year’ after guiding the Oranje to an unexpected third place at the World Cup in Brazil, while Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben who was sensational at the finals was named ‘Sportsman of the Year’ at the ceremony in Amsterdam. Robin van Persie won the ‘Coveted Moment of the Year’ award for his stunning header against Spain at the 2014 showpiece and the squad itself picked up the Team of the Year gong.Former Holland coach Louis Van Gaal led his country to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil. Gaal left his job with ...


Pakistan to go ahead with match despite Peshawar tragedy ABU DHABI: Pakistan cricket officials decided to go ahead with Wednesday's fourth day-night international against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi despite calls to postpone it for a day after the carnage in Peshawar.The Taliban attacks on an army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday left 141 dead, 132 of them school children.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it cannot postpone the one-day international due to broadcast commitments."We tried our best to postpone the 4th ODI but ...

Rory's the story in golf after stellar year PARIS: Rory McIlroy dominated golf in 2014, winning two majors, recapturing the world number one spot and starring in Europe's latest Ryder Cup triumph.Not since Tiger Woods was at his best from 2000 to 2006 has one player been so commanding and, by the time the season was over, there was no more debate over who is the best golfer in the world.McIlroy's year started slowly enough following a poor 2013, but following the breakup ...

Brazil 2014 - a World Cup to cherish PARIS: The 2014 World Cup was a captivating carnival of football, rated by many as the best yet, with high drama on and off the pitch, and, in Germany, champions worthy of the name.Despite a stressful build-up, Brazil put on an $11 billion show to remember.From Rio's iconic Maracana to the steamy Amazon Forest setting of Manaus, football fans were treated to a month-long diet of mainly breathless, intoxicating action.It was a timely antidote to ...

Indian boxer banned for Asiad medal snub NEW DELHI: Indian boxer Sarita Devi was Wednesday banned for one year by the sport's world governing body for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games in protest against judging decisions, an official said.Devi has been ordered to sit out of competitions until October 2015 and pay a fine of 1,000 Swiss francs ($1,038) by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the official added.The year-long ban, however, still leaves her eligible to qualify ...

West Indies bowl against South Africa CENTURION: The West Indies won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat in the first Test at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.Rain delayed the toss and start of play by half an hour and play was due to start in heavily overcast conditions.South Africa opted to play four specialist fast bowlers and no spinner, with Kyle Abbott playing ahead of left-arm spinner Robin Peterson. Left-handed batsman Stiaan van Zyl was a new cap for ...

India 311 for 4 at the close in second Test BRISBANE: India were 311 for four at the close of the opening day in the second Test against Australia at the Gabba on Wednesday.Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 75 with Rohit Sharma not out 26 after Murali Vijay hit 144.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


 



 
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