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No panic stations from Massaro in world title defence DOHA: World champion Laura Massaro believes that surviving an entire day of near panic before the final in Penang nine months ago has given her a better chance of becoming the first Englishwoman ever to make a successful world title defence this week.Massaro, who has a rest day before playing Annie Au of Hong Kong tomorrow for a place in the quarter-finals, says she will draw on memories of her extreme ordeal last time to help deal with new challenges here. "There's these different levels of nervousness," the 31-year-old Lancastrian said with a hint of humour. "There's the nervousness when playing for England, which is worse than that when you're playing for yourself, and then there's Penang nervousness, which is something else."That's the most nervous I have ever been in my life by far, and it helps me to know I can win a world final, even when I have ...

Malaysian skipper struggling to make Suzuki Cup final BANGKOK: Malaysia skipper Shukor Adan is struggling to overcome a back problem and could miss the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final against Thailand on Wednesday.The central defender picked up the injury in the closing stages of their surprise 4-2 win over Vietnam in the second leg of the semi-final on Thursday and has been undergoing treatment since."The knock is causing me some discomfort in training," Shukor was quoted as saying by Malaysian ...

McIlroy named European Tour's Golfer of Year LONDON: Rory McIlroy has been named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for the second time in three seasons, capping an outstanding 2014 for the world number one.The 25-year-old Northern Irishman landed the British Open title in July and the U.S. PGA Championship crown in August -- the third and fourth majors of his career -- before winning three points as Europe retained the Ryder Cup in September."To be named the European Tour's Golfer ...

Medel working too hard, Icardi not enough, says Mancini MILAN: Inter Milan midfielder Gary Medel is over-worked and striker Mauro Icardi is not doing enough, according to coach Roberto Mancini.Inter gave Mancini his first Serie A win in four games since returning to the club where he won three league titles when they beat Chievo 2-0 on Monday but the coach reiterated his belief that the side needs to be overhauled."Medel, the poor guy, runs so much, but with the team that I have ...

Barca defender Montoya eyes Premier League move BARCELONA: Barcelona defender Martin Montoya is eyeing a move to the Premier League having decided to leave the Catalan club in the January transfer window, his agent said.The 23-year-old home grown talent opted to stay and fight for his place this season despite being on the radar of several European clubs including Liverpool, but he has been given little playing time."He is going to go in January and all that has to be done is ...

Man United can win the league, says Rooney LONDON: Manchester United can challenge for the league title after recovering from their worst start to a Premier League season and rediscovering the art of winning ugly, according to their captain Wayne Rooney.The England striker scored as United beat bitter rivals Liverpool 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday to make it six consecutive league victories.The 20-times English champions are third in the table with 31 points from 16 games, eight adrift of leaders Chelsea, after ...

San Lorenzo to complain over match overload in Marrakesh MARRAKESH: South American champions San Lorenzo were going to complain to FIFA on Tuesday over a match schedule change they feel will leave their Club World Cup semi-final pitch "a mess".The change has Real Madrid playing their semi-final against CONCACAF champions Cruz Azul in Marrakesh rather than in Rabat the day before the Saints meet Oceania's Auckland City at the same venue."Tomorrow (Tuesday) we'll be raising a formal complaint before FIFA for the change in ...


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