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Sunderland land Van Aanholt from Chelsea LONDON: Sunderland signed Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on Friday.Van Aanholt agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League club after failing to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge.The 23-year-old is Sunderland's fourth signing of the pre-season, following on from the arrivals of defender Billy Jones, goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and midfielder Jordi Gomez.Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was keen to sign a left-back after Marcos Alonso's loan spell from Fiorentina finished at the end of last term.Van Aanholt made just eight appearances for Chelsea in his five-year spell with the west London club and was sent out on loan to Coventry in 2009, Newcastle in 2010 and Leicester and then Wigan in 2011.He spent the last two-and-a-half seasons on loan at Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem and has been capped twice at senior international level.Van Aanholt was named in Louis van Gaal's 30-man provisional Holland ...

Amla, De Villiers dig in for South Africa COLOMBO: South Africa batted cautiously to reach 98 for three as they try to preserve their 1-0 lead in the series in the second test and final against Sri Lanka on Friday. The touring side, replying to the hosts' 421 all out, trailed by 323 runs at the close on the second day with Hashim Amla unbeaten on 46 and AB de Villiers on 11. Amla had two escapes on 10 and 34, edging a ...

FIFA committed to 2018 World Cup in Russia ZURICH: FIFA remains committed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and says a boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region, soccer's world governing body said on Friday. The ongoing conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine government came to a head last week with the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane, leading to the deaths of 298 people.Moscow denies supporting the separatists, but following the disaster senior ...

Wales hurdler Rhys Williams out after positive dope test GLASGOW: Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams, son of 1970s Wales and British Lion rugby icon 'JJ', has been withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games after failing a doping test.The Welsh team in Glasgow said Williams, the European champion and a bronze medallist in New Delhi in 2010, had been handed a "mandatory provisional suspension from all competition by UK Anti-Doping, after being charged with committing an anti-doping rule violation under the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules following an ...

Hamilton tops opening practice in Hungary BUDAPEST: Lewis Hamilton took the early initiative when he topped the times as Mercedes dominated Friday morning's opening free practice session for this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.The 29-year-old Briton clocked a best time of one minute and 25.814 seconds in clear, dry and hot conditions at the Hungaroring circuit, set in a rural bowl of farmland 25 kilometres north of the Hungarian capital.His best lap left him 0.183 seconds clear of his teammate Nico Rosberg ...

Jadeja fined over Anderson incident LONDON: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50 percent of his match fee after being found guilty of "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game", the International Cricket Council announced Friday.However, he was not banned and remains free to play in the rest of the ongoing five-Test series with England.Jadeja, 25, was involved in an incident with England seamer James Anderson during the lunch break on the second day of the drawn first ...

Ajmal determined to perform well in coming test series ISLAMABAD: Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he was determined to play decisive role to beat Sri Lanka in forthcoming Test series.Talking to a private news channel, Ajmal said that Sri lankan team is one of the best sides of the world and it is going to be an entertaining game."In the presence of classy and mature batsmen like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene it is not easy to beat Sri Lanka on their ...


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