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Spurs kick off title defence by edging Mavericks LOS ANGELES: Tony Parker scored 23 points as the San Antonio Spurs began their title defence with a 101-100 win over Dallas in one of three opening-night NBA contests Tuesday.The Spurs, despite their superb record in ring ceremony games, needed every minute of the contest to hold off their Texas-state rivals, who gave them their most difficult challenge of last year's playoffs.The Spurs rolled to their fifth title in June by dismantling the LeBron James-led Miami Heat. But first they had to get past the Mavericks in an epic seven-game series in the Western Conference semi-finals."We moved the ball much better in the second half," said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who came off the bench to score 20 points. "The defence was great. Tony had a couple of big baskets it was a very close game. Anything could have happened."Tuesday's three-game set to start the 2014-15 regular season also saw ...

England's injury woes continue with Burrell knock LONDON: England suffered another injury blow on Tuesday when head coach Stuart Lancaster confirmed centre Luther Burrell is unlikely to be fit for the upcoming Test against New Zealand after sustaining a hand injury.Northampton centre Burrell suffered an injury to his right hand during his side's European Champions Cup victory over the Ospreys last weekend and will see a specialist ahead of New Zealand's visit to Twickenham on Nov. 8."I think it would be tight ...

Pakistan got golden opportunity to seize Test series: Iqbal Qasim KARACHI: Pakistan team got the golden opportunity to seize the 2-Test match series against Australia by maintaining their, focus, momentum and firepower.These observations were made on Tuesday by former Test left arm spinner Iqbal Qasim in an interview here with APP."These kinds of golden opportunities doesn't come your way too often. So Pakistan team seize golden chance," he stressed."Pakistan team was outstanding in batting and bowling and they outplayed Australians with their brilliant display," he ...

American Lipsky eyes ticket home with Malaysia win KUALA LUMPUR: Asian Tour Order of Merit leader David Lipsky has already secured European Tour playing privileges this year but the American is eyeing an even grander ticket to his home PGA Tour at this week's CIMB Classic in Malaysian.The 26-year-old Californian made the most of the Asian Tour's co-sanctioning tie ups to seal a European circuit card until the end of 2016 with victory in Switzerland last month at the European Masters.The lucrative win ...

FIFA fully supports 2018 World Cup in Russia: Blatter MOSCOW: World football boss Sepp Blatter said Tuesday that FIFA categorically backs Russia's staging of the 2018 World Cup and praised its preparations."FIFA unconditionally supports the staging of the World Cup by Russia," he told the R-Sport news agency in comments translated into Russian.Diplomatic sources said last month that European nations were discussing a British-backed plan to boycott President Vladimir Putin's showpiece staging of the World Cup because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine."A boycott ...

Manly release Watmough, sign Mason, Mateo and Vave SYDNEY: The Manly Sea Eagles Tuesday released Anthony Watmough from his contract, after accepting his request to be released early as they signed Willie Mason, Feleti Mateo and Siosaia Vave for next season.Head coach Geoff Toovey said the Australian National Rugby League club was "disappointed to lose a quality player", as local media reported that Watmough was believed to be in final talks with rival team the Parramatta Eels."He has been an integral part of ...

Spin-hit Australia try to bounce back ABU DHABI: After failing another Asian spin test, Australia will strive to bounce back in the second and final Test against Pakistan starting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.The world number two team were all at sea against an inexperienced but effective Pakistan spin attack and suffered a crushing 221-run defeat in the first Test in Dubai.It was their fifth consecutive flop against spinners in Asia after being routed 4-0 in India last year.Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar ...


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