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McKenzie walks on Wallabies after Beale row indignities SYDNEY: Ewen McKenzie always places great stock in the character of the players he works with and ultimately it seems that having his own integrity so publicly questioned caused him to walk away from a job he coveted for so long.The 49-year-old said the media would have to wait until he published his memoirs to know the real story behind his shock departure as Australia's rugby coach, but there is no doubt the saga surrounding Kurtley Beale played a central role.What was not surprising was that he went out on his own terms, tendering his resignation in the morning before the Wallabies came so close to beating New Zealand and sticking to his guns when Australian rugby chief Bill Pulver tried to change his mind.The victim of what Pulver characterised as a media "character assassination", McKenzie departed after 15 months in the job with 11 wins, one draw and 10 ...

Rossi rolls back the years after Marquez fall PHILLIP ISLAND: Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win his sixth premier class Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after world champion Marc Marquez's cruise to a pole-to-flag victory was ended suddenly by a crash on lap 18.With a second successive MotoGP world title secured in Japan last week, 21-year-old Honda rider Marquez looked destined to match Mick Doohan's record of 12 race wins in a single season when he led by four seconds.Ten laps ...

Serena slams Russian chief for ‘sexist’ slur SINGAPORE: World number one Serena Williams slammed Shamil Tarpishchev for using "extremely sexist, racist and bullying" comments after the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president described her and sister Venus as the "Williams brothers".The WTA took swift action and fined Tarpishchev $25,000 and disqualified him from working in an organisational capacity for a year on Saturday after he made the comments on Russian State Television on Friday.Tarpishchev, who is also an International Olympic Committee member, made ...

Wanderers go down in Sydney derby, Villa strikes again SYDNEY: Western Sydney Wanderers gave up a two goal lead to go down 3-2 to Sydney FC in a pulsating A-League derby on Saturday night in another hiccup in their preparations for next week's Asian Champions League final.Spain striker David Villa, meanwhile, continued to make his mark in his 10-match loan period in Australia, scoring an equaliser to earn a point for Melbourne City for the second week in a row in their match against ...

Videl denies report he has been fined by Juventus MILAN: Arturo Vidal has denied reports that he has been fined by Juventus for indiscipline, describing them as "ill-intentioned", and said he is fully committed to the Serie A champions.The Chile midfielder, who underwent keyhole surgery on his right knee one month before playing at the World Cup, has struggled for form and fitness this season.He was left out of the starting line-up for the top-of-the-table clash against AS Roma two weeks ago amid reports ...

Faldo has lost respect of European players, says Poulter LONDON: Nick Faldo has lost the respect of Europe's leading golfers after calling Sergio Garcia "useless" during their Ryder Cup victory over the United States at Gleneagles, Europe's talisman Ian Poulter has said in his autobiography.Working as a golf commentator for American television at this year's Ryder Cup, six-time major winner Faldo said world number three Garcia was "useless" during Europe's 2008 Ryder Cup defeat at Valhalla.Englishman Poulter, writing in "No Limits" which was released ...

Indian league gets off to strong start with FIFA endorsement NEW DELHI: The jury is still out on whether the Indian Super League (ISL) can wake the world's second most populous nation from its football slumber but the first week of the eight-team competition has at least made people sit up and take notice.Some 70,000 fans thronged the Salt Lake Stadium in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata for last Sunday's spectacular opening ceremony and the social media has been abuzz with discussions about the ...


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