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Women's downhill switched to Sunday CORTINA D'AMPEZZO: The women's World Cup downhill race at the Italian ski resort of Cortina has been switched to Sunday by organisers after bad weather prevented it from taking place on Saturday.Heavy snowfall and fog forced the organisers hand, who have moved the super-G originally planned for Sunday to Monday.Friday's downhill -- scheduled for last weekend at the Austrian resort of Bad Kleinkircheim but bad weather intervened -- was won by Italian Elena Fanchini.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Coach turns shrink to improve Saudi mindset MELBOURNE: Saudi Arabia's caretaker coach Cosmin Olaroiu Saturday said he's spending as much time acting as a psychiatrist to his players as imparting tactical wisdom at the Asian Cup.The Romanian said strengthening the mentality of the Saudi players was one of his biggest challenges as the three-time champions look to secure a spot in the quarter-finals."Improving the psychology of the players is a very important part of my job," he told reporters on the eve ...

Third New Zealand-Sri Lanka ODI abandoned AUCKLAND: The third one-day international between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was abandoned Saturday after frequent interruptions because of rain.The players were forced from the field for the third and final time with New Zealand, batting first, 145-3 after 28.5 overs.More than three hours later, the umpires ruled there was no likelihood of the weather clearing enough for play to resume and the match was abandoned.For New Zealand Martin Guptill was not out 66, while ...

New Zealand v Sri Lanka scoreboard AUCKLAND: Scoreboard in the rain-disrupted third one-day international between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.New ZealandM. Guptill not out 66B. McCullum c Kulasekara b Mathews 28T. Latham b Mathews 42R. Taylor lbw Mathews 3Extras (lb 5, wd 1, nb 0) 6Total (for 3 wickets, 28.5 overs) 145Fall of wickets: 1-40 (B. McCullum), 2-139 (Latham), 3-145 (Taylor)Bowling: Kulasekara 6-0-35-0, Prasad 6-0-30-0, Mathews 6.5-2-21-3, Senanayake 7-0-30-0 (1w), Perera 3-0-24-0Toss: Sri LankaResult: ...

Tunisia look for strong start in face of adversity EBEBIYIN: Tunisia must overcome the loss of two key attacking threats as they begin their Africa Cup of Nations Group B campaign against Cape Verde in the remote outpost of Ebebiyin on Sunday.The Carthage Eagles, Africa's best team in the FIFA rankings behind Algeria, have been tipped to do well at this year's Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea but this week saw forwards Saber Khalifa and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef withdraw from the finals due ...

Halep feeling no stress at Australian Open MELBOURNE: World number three Simona Halep on Saturday dismissed suggestions that the stress of being dubbed the next-big-thing in women's tennis would hinder her Australian Open campaign.The 23-year-old Romanian enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2014, reaching the French Open final and the semi-finals at Wimbledon to mark herself as a player to watch.But the women's game is littered with players who have failed to convert a rapid climb up the rankings into Grand Slam success.Halep ...

Rookie Thomas tied for Sony Open lead HONOLULU: Justin Thomas rolled in a 17-foot eagle putt to cap a dynamic finish at the PGA Tour's Sony Open on Friday, leaving the tour rookie in a three-way tie for the lead.The 21-year-old American vaulted up the leaderboard with a nine-under 61 but it was his final three holes -- where he went birdie, birdie, eagle -- that had the Waialae Country Club buzzing on Friday."I'm excited. It's a position I haven't been in ...


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