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Year of new arrivals ends with Barca still on top MADRID: In a year in which Barcelona started and finished on top of La Liga, 2013 was otherwise filled with change in Spain as the arrivals and departures of star players and coaches dominated the headlines.Barca began the year with an almost unassailable lead in the title race and despite the unfortunate absence of coach Tito Vilanova for a large part of the second-half of the season, as he continued cancer treatment in New York, the Catalans wrapped up their 22nd league title with a club record 100 points.However, there was to be disappointment once more in the Champions League semi-finals for Barcelona as they suffered an embarrassing 7-0 aggregate defeat to eventual champions Bayern Munich.Real Madrid were also eliminated at the semi-final stage for the third consecutive year as they too lost to German opposition in Borussia Dortmund.Another season of failure in Madrid's quest for a 10th European title ...

Australia beat England to win Test and reclaim Ashes PERTH: Australia beat England by 150 runs on Tuesday to win the third Test in Perth and reclaim the Ashes from their arch-rivals.England were all out for 353 on the final day at the WACA Ground to hand the home side an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Stokes century lifts England hopes PERTH: Ben Stokes smashed his maiden century as England dared to dream of a remarkable win over Australia in the third Test at the WACA Ground on Tuesday.At lunch on the final day, the tourists were 332 for six as they battled desperately to keep their Ashes hopes alive.Stokes was 117 not out and Tim Bresnan was on seven with England needing a further 172 runs for victory with four wickets in hand.Set a seemingly ...

England 332-6 at lunch in third Ashes Test PERTH: England were 332 for six at lunch on the final day of the third Ashes Test against Australia at the WACA Ground on Tuesday.England need another 172 runs to win with four wickets in hand. Ben Stokes is unbeaten on 117 and Tim Bresnan has seven.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Warner mulls US baseball trial: report SYDNEY: Explosive Australian opener David Warner is mulling a baseball trial in the United States where successful hitters can earn millions of dollars a year, a report said Tuesday.Warner's manager Tony Connelly told the Sydney Daily Telegraph all options were being considered for a player who has plundered the English bowling in the ongoing Ashes series where he is averaging over 90."Dave and I have spoken about it -- it would be interesting to see ...

Totti returns but Roma lose ground on Juventus MILAN: Francesco Totti ended a two-month injury absence for Roma but had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw away to Milan, who had Sulley Muntari to thank for a late leveller at the San Siro on Monday.Roma travelled to struggling Milan looking to close the gap on leaders Juventus to three points after they had opened up a six-point gap with an eighth consecutive win on Sunday.But despite bossing ...

Windies Shillingford 'gutted' over ban: coach WELLINGTON: West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford is "gutted" at being banned for using an illegal bowling action but hopes to return to international cricket soon, national coach Ottis Gibson said in New Zealand Tuesday.The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced late Monday that Shillingford had been banned indefinitely after an independent biomechanical analysis showed his action was illegal.The tests also found Shillingford's team-mate, Marlon Samuels, was delivering an illegal quicker ball, although his standard off-break was ...


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