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Lippi ban weakens Guangzhou grip on title SINGAPORE: Guangzhou Evergrande face a serious test of their resolve this week after a triple player suspension and touchline ban for coach Marcello Lippi loosened their grip on the AFC Champions League title.A 1-0 quarter-final first-leg deficit against Western Sydney Wanderers does not seem insurmountable at Guangzhou's Tianhe stadium, but disciplinary woes have complicated the Chinese champions' task on Wednesday.Last week's red cards to Zhang Linpeng and Gao Lin have robbed Guangzhou of two of their most dependable players, while Lippi earned a touchline ban for storming onto the pitch in protest at the late dismissals.The Chinese champions will be further weakened by the loss of Korean centre-back Kim Young-Gwan, who is ineligible after picking up his second yellow card of the knock-out rounds in Sydney.Zhang and Kim have started every game for Guangzhou in this season's competition, while Gao has played in eight of their nine matches.However, they will ...

Phelps form suggests Olympics story not over GOLD COAST: Michael Phelps showed he could be on track for even more Olympic glory after making a winning return to international competition just a few months after coming out of retirement.The greatest Olympian, with 18 golds among his 22 medals at the Games, is laying the foundations to add to his unrivalled tally at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Phelps, who will be 31 by the time of the Rio Games, won three gold medals at ...

Pacquiao dismisses Algieri threat in Macau MACAU: Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Monday dismissed his next opponent, undefeated American Chris Algieri, as merely an "okay" fighter as the build-up began to their upcoming contest.Pacquiao (56-5-2) will put his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on the line against 30-year-old former kickboxer Algieri (20-0) on November 23 when the Filipino icon returns for his second fight in the southern Chinese gambling haven of Macau.Despite Algieri wresting the WBO light welterweight title ...

'Lion King' Lee earns SKorea recall SEOUL: Veteran South Korea striker Lee Dong-Gook has been recalled to the national squad for next month's home friendlies against Venezuela and Uruguay as he hopes to win his long-awaited 100th cap.The Korea Football Association (KFA) announced a 22-man squad on Monday, bringing the 35-year-old Lee back into the fold after he shot to the top of the K-League scoring charts this season with 11 goals in 21 matches.The Jeonbuk Motors forward, dubbed the "Lion ...

Shoulder surgery for world champion Campbell GOLD COAST: Australia's Cate Campbell said she's willing to sacrifice her world sprint freestyle title in order to be fit for the 2016 Olympics after announcing a shoulder operation to end months of chronic pain.The world, Commonwealth Games and newly-crowned Pan Pacific 100m freestyle champion said next year's world championships in Russia were "not a major drama" compared to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics a year later."I'm actually getting shoulder surgery next week," she told ...

Late birdies bring Mahan sixth career PGA title PARAMUS: Hunter Mahan fired a six-under par 65 Sunday to win the US PGA Barclays tournament by two strokes, giving the American his first tour victory in more than two years.Mahan, who had not taken a title since the 2012 Houston Open, birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to seize a three-stroke lead, then sank a clutch eight-foot bogey putt at 18 to claim the first event in the US tour's season-ending playoffs."Haven't played ...

Djokovic, Sharapova, set to shine in New York night NEW YORK: World number one Novak Djokovic, seeking to consolidate his Wimbledon win, is one of four former champions in action Monday on the first day of the US Open.The Serbian star ended a maddening spate of near-misses in majors with a five-set triumph over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.With his seventh Grand Slam title in hand, the 27-year-old will be trying to claim a second title at Flushing Meadows, where he won the ...


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