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The real Marouane Fellaini is finally standing up LONDON: Written off last season as a sub-standard misfit with a comical haircut, there are signs that Marouane Fellaini is finally beginning to feel comfortable in a red Manchester United shirt.The Belgian powerhouse, signed at the start of the ill-fated David Moyes era for 27.5 million pounds, was a convenient scapegoat last season as United endured their worst season in the Premier League, finishing a distant seventh.There seemed no way back for the rugged midfielder who most United diehards -- spoilt by years watching the likes of Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Roy Keane -- thought not fit to sweep the changing room, let alone be put in charge of United's creative department.Yet, with Louis van Gaal appearing to understand exactly what a fired-up and confident Fellaini can offer his team, the Afro-haired battering ram is beginning to flourish.Not that the season started particularly well.He was a substitute ...

Iordanescu named as Romania coach for third time BUCHAREST: Anghel Iordanescu has returned to soccer management by taking over as Romania coach for a third time, the country's football federation (FRF) said on Monday."The FRF's executive committee approved unanimously president Razvan Burleanu's proposals for new members of the technical staff of the national team," the FRF said in a statement, adding that Iordanescu signed a one-year contract.The head coach's position became vacant when Victor Piturca quit earlier this month after agreeing to join ...

Younis reckons form can land him Pakistan World Cup spot KARACHI: Senior batsman Younis Khan is hoping he can feature in the World Cup for Pakistan following his twin centuries against Australia in the first test in Dubai that ended in a big win on Sunday."After scoring these hundreds against Australia it has rekindled hope in me that I can play in the World Cup because that is what I want to do," he told Geo Super sports channel.The hosts beat Australia by 221 runs ...

Giant Irfan being kept fresh for World Cup KARACHI: Pakistan's tall left arm pacer Muhammad Irfan has had to reject lucrative offers to play in England and South Africa after his cricket board told him to stay fresh for the World Cup.He will not feature in Pakistan's second test against Australia starting on Thursday or the three tests against New Zealand in the UAE next month."I got offers to play in England this year and more recently in the T20 event in South ...

Thohir warns under-fire Inter coach Mazzarri MILAN: Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has given the strongest signal yet that coach Walter Mazzarri's job is hanging in the balance amid speculation that Roberto Mancini is ready to take over at the Serie A club.Mazzarri has been under fire following a poor start to the season that has seen the Nerazzurri lose ground in the race for a place in Europe.Inter, Italy's last Champions League winners, in 2010, have failed to qualify for ...

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe in first Test DHAKA: Hosts Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe by three wickets in the first Test in Dhaka on Monday to take the lead in the three-match series.The hosts, who bowled out Zimbabwe for 114 in their second innings, recovered from 0-3 to scrape past the modest 101-run victory target for the loss of seven wickets on the third day.The second Test starts in Khulna on November 3.Brief scores:Zimbabwe 240 and 114; Bangladesh 254 and 101-7Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...

Pakistan to participate in Commonwealth Taekwondo ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Taekwondo team will be participating in the 6th Commonwealth Taekwondo Championship being played at Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland from November 13 to 17.Talking to APP, a Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) official said we are still waiting for the NoC to chip in the event."Our team will be going to represent Pakistan in the event but aswe get the NoC then we will make an official announcement of the team," he said.He said we ...


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