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Meares targets medal record on super Saturday GLASGOW: Australian cyclist Anna Meares will attempt to defend her women's sprint title on Saturday and become the joint most decorated track cyclist in Commonwealth Games history.The 30-year-old equalled Kathy Watt's Australian women's record of seven Commonwealth medals and became the first rider to win a medal at four Games when she retained her title in the women's 500m time trial on Thursday.If Meares can win medal in the sprint, she will become the first track cyclist to win six golds and also equal New Zealand's Gary Anderson as the most decorated track cyclist at the Commonwealth Games with eight.After winning the women's 3000m individual pursuit, Joanna Rowsell returns to the track to compete in the 10km scratch race along with English team-mates Laura Trott and Dani King. New Zealand's Simon van Velthooven, who claimed bronze in the world championships, will be the man to beat in the men's 1000m ...


Defending champ Isner advances in Atlanta ATLANTA: John Isner kept his Atlanta ATP title defence on track Friday with a 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 quarter-final victory over Australian Marinko Matosevic.A day after Isner fired 30 aces and still had to fight off two match points in a second-round win over Robby Ginepri, the towering American fired 17 aces and won 84 percent of his first-serve points in his win over Matosevic.Isner was broken in the first game of the match, but kept ...

Aussies dominate pool, Wales suffer doping shock GLASGOW: Australia continued to dominate the Commonwealth Games swimming competition with four more golds on Friday while Wales were sent reeling by a second doping shock.Australia's men's 4x100m freestyle relay team retained their title ahead of South Africa and England to claim their seventh victory from a possible 14 events.Leiston Pickett became the first swimmer to retain a 50m Commonwealth breaststroke title, while there was an Aussie one-two in the men's 200m freestyle as Thomas ...

Sunderland land Van Aanholt from Chelsea LONDON: Sunderland signed Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on Friday.Van Aanholt agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League club after failing to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge.The 23-year-old is Sunderland's fourth signing of the pre-season, following on from the arrivals of defender Billy Jones, goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and midfielder Jordi Gomez.Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was keen to sign a left-back after Marcos Alonso's loan spell from ...

Amla, De Villiers dig in for South Africa COLOMBO: South Africa batted cautiously to reach 98 for three as they try to preserve their 1-0 lead in the series in the second test and final against Sri Lanka on Friday. The touring side, replying to the hosts' 421 all out, trailed by 323 runs at the close on the second day with Hashim Amla unbeaten on 46 and AB de Villiers on 11. Amla had two escapes on 10 and 34, edging a ...

FIFA committed to 2018 World Cup in Russia ZURICH: FIFA remains committed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and says a boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region, soccer's world governing body said on Friday. The ongoing conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine government came to a head last week with the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane, leading to the deaths of 298 people.Moscow denies supporting the separatists, but following the disaster senior ...

Wales hurdler Rhys Williams out after positive dope test GLASGOW: Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams, son of 1970s Wales and British Lion rugby icon 'JJ', has been withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games after failing a doping test.The Welsh team in Glasgow said Williams, the European champion and a bronze medallist in New Delhi in 2010, had been handed a "mandatory provisional suspension from all competition by UK Anti-Doping, after being charged with committing an anti-doping rule violation under the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules following an ...


 



 
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