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India stretch lead against South Africa JOHANNESBURG: India wrapped up the South African tail and took a potentially valuable lead on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma finished with four wickets apiece as South Africa were bowled out for 244, giving India a first innings lead of 36, which they stretched to 67 as they reached 31 for one at lunch.South African opening bowler Vernon Philander claimed his 100th Test wicket in his 19th Test when he had Shikhar Dhawan caught at second slip for 15.But South Africa suffered what could be a major blow when fellow fast bowler Morne Morkel twisted awkwardly on his right ankle while chasing a ball in the outfield shortly before lunch. He had to be assisted from the field.Philander reached the 100 wicket mark faster than any other South African, achieving the feat in one Test ...

Sri Lanka send Pakistan into bat in second one-day DUBAI: Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and put Pakistan into bat in the second day-night international in Dubai on Friday.Pakistan, leading the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first match by 11 runs in Sharjah on Wednesday, remained unchanged.Sri Lanka brought in Nuwan Kulasekara in place of Suranga Lakmal to bolster their pace attack while batsman Lahiru Thirimanne was injured and replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne.Teams:Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed ...

Didier Drogba: Jose Mourinho brought out the best in me According to English media reports Didier Drogba feels Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made him one of the best strikers in Europe.The Ivorian striker, who joined Chelsea in 2004 for £24million, has helped his squad win six trophies during Mourinho's first tenure with the Blues. The 35-year-old player, who will return to Stamford Bridge in March for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, praised his boss. "When Chelsea were thinking of signing me, ...

Stylish performance puts Asia ahead at Royal Trophy GUANGZHOU: Y.E. Yang's Asian team produced a dominant foursomes performance to sweep into a 3-1 lead on the opening-day of the seventh edition of the Royal Trophy.Playing with style and spirit, the power-packed Asian line-up put Jose Maria Olazabal's European team to the sword over the Dragon Lake Golf Club's Asian Games Course.While Korean Yang had reason to smile as his players lived up to the high expectations he had placed upon them in the ...

Messi fends off money-laundering claims BARCELONA: Barcelona star Lionel Messi defended himself, his family and fellow players on Friday against press reports linking charity football matches he played in to alleged laundering of Colombian drug money.In his first personal reaction to the allegations that emerged on Monday, the striker insisted the benefit matches were "100 percent charitable"."I deeply regret what is being said not only about me but about people I love such as my dad and players who are ...

Patrice Evra: Manchester United should not slip back again According to English media reports Manchester United defender Patrice Evra claims their side cannot afford more slip-ups. Evra feels United, who will be facing West Ham on Saturday, need to reclaim the club’s spirit to win back their fans’ support.Wednesday’s 2-0 Capital One Cup win at stoke, in which Evra scored, was United’s third win in succession in all competitions. "Last year we won that kind of game.We have had more trouble at Old Trafford ...

Ex-world champ John retires after defeat JAKARTA: Indonesian boxing star Chris John said on Friday he was retiring two weeks after being dethroned as the world featherweight champion in his first ever loss in an astonishing career.Known as "The Dragon", John won the World Boxing Association featherweight champion crown in 2003 and successfully defended it 18 times. But the 34-year-old finally lost the title to South African boxer Simpiwe Vetyeka in a December 6 bout in Perth, Western Australia, throwing in ...


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