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Schmidt looks to claim 'biggest win' over England DUBLIN: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt believes if Six Nations champions Ireland defeat England at Lansdowne Road on Sunday it will be the team's biggest win since he took over in 2013.Victory would also equal the best ever win sequence of an Irish side at 10 tests.However, the 49-year-old New Zealander -- who has guided the Irish to eyecatching victories over southern hemisphere giants South Africa and Australia -- added he is under no illusions how difficult it will be to beat the only other unbeaten side in the tournament after two matches.England are on a good run of their own, having won four tests on the trot, and have in recent times been a bogey side for Ireland, inflicting their only loss of the last Six Nations their fourth successive victory over the Irish.Schmidt admitted to being excited ahead of the game which if the Irish win would set them ...


Spurs plot Chelsea repeat in League Cup final LONDON: Inspired by their stunning 5-3 demolition of Chelsea on New Year's Day, Tottenham Hotspur will attempt to spoil Jose Mourinho's love affair with the League Cup in Sunday's final.Chelsea have enjoyed the upper hand over their London rivals in recent years, but a run of 10 matches without defeat came to an abrupt halt at a giddy White Hart Lane on January 1 as a Tottenham side inspired by 21-year-old breakthrough star Harry Kane ...

Giroud aims to recover from Monaco embarrassment LONDON: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has vowed to bounce back from his Champions League humiliation against Monaco when the Gunners host Everton on Sunday.Giroud missed a succession of chances as Arsene Wenger's side slumped to a shock 3-1 last 16 first leg defeat, and the France international is keen to make amends when the Toffees visit the Emirates Stadium.Giroud first faces an anxious wait to see whether he will retain his starting spot for the ...

City target Reds' Euro fatigue LIVERPOOL: Manuel Pellegrini believes Liverpool's exertions in Europe will provide Manchester City with an advantage when the teams meet at Anfield in a crucial Premier League clash on Sunday.Liverpool only returned to Merseyside at 0420 GMT on Friday after being knocked out of the Europa League by Turkish club Besiktas, so Brendan Rodgers' side have little time to recover before they return to action in Sunday's early game.Second placed City would dearly love a win ...

IOC approves Tokyo 2020 venue changes RIO DE JANEIRO: The International Olympic Committee executive board on Friday gave the greenlight to organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Games to move three competition venues as part of a plan to trim more than $1 billion from the budget.The IOC board meeting in Rio de Janeiro focused on preparations for the Tokyo games in five years time as well as the next Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang in 2018.Tokyo Games ...

Nadal cruises into Argentina semis BUENOS AIRES: Rafael Nadal, who is gunning for a record-tying 46th clay-court title, surged into the semi-finals of the Argentina Open on Friday with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Federico Delbonis.The world number four Nadal will face Carlos Berlocq for a berth in the final of the ATP Tour tournament. Nadal, who is playing in this event for the first time in 10 years, has won all three previous matches with Berlocq.Nadal needed just 62 ...

Safarova reaches Qatar final for first time DOHA: Wimbledon semi-finalist Lucie Safarova breezed through to her first ever Qatar Open final, comprehensively beating Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets on Friday.Left-hander Safarova won 6-3, 6-2 in a semi-final which she totally dominated and lasted little over an hour.The Czech broke the Spaniard's serve in the second game of the first set and was rarely troubled by her opponent.She dropped her serve just once, in the seventh game of the first set, but ...


 



 
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