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Waratahs coach Cheika slams ARU for pulling Folau MELBOURNE: New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has slammed the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) for its extraordinary 11th hour decision to pull fullback Israel Folau out of Saturday's Super Rugby match against Western Force due to player safety concerns.Sidelined for two weeks with a throat injury, Folau had been picked for the Perth clash after being deemed fit to play by Waratahs medical staff.However, the ARU's chief medical officer Warren McDonald overruled his selection late on Friday, leaving Cheika to break the bad news to brilliant fullback Folau and re-jig his gameplan on the eve of the match."Frustrated!" Folau wrote on his Twitter account, while Cheika, in a telephone interview from Perth, told Reuters the ARU had breached protocols by conducting their own independent medical analysis without notifying the team.He bristled at the suggestion the Waratahs had been prepared to risk the player's safety."When every rugby player runs out ...

Red Bull appeal is first test of F1's new era LONDON: The first big technical controversy of Formula One's new engine era has its day in court on Monday with champions Red Bull confident they have a strong case in appealing Daniel Ricciardo's Australian Grand Prix exclusion.Ricciardo finished second in his home race last month, his debut for Red Bull, but was disqualified hours later when stewards ruled his car had breached the new fuel flow regulations.In what is seen as a critical test of ...

Verdasco powers into Houston semi-finals HOUSTON: Fernando Verdasco booked his first ATP semi-final of 2014 on Friday, powering home to beat Donald Young 7-6 (7/1), 6-1 in the US Men's Clay Court Championship.The fourth-seeded Spanish veteran admitted Young's solid play had him feeling "uncomfortable" in the opening set, but once he'd pocketed the tiebreaker he was on his way."He played great tennis in the first set," Verdasco said. "I kept fighting and he didn't serve well in the game I ...

Rodgers warns Man City of Liverpool's home record According to the Daily Mirror Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claims his side has no pressure ahead of Sunday’s highly anticipated clash against Manchester City.Liverpool have won 14 out of 16 games at home this Premier League season. They were defeated only in one home game against Southampton in September and in the other they had a draw against Aston Villa in January. After securing a victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, City moved top of ...

Bubba three clear at Masters AUGUSTA: Bubba Watson was set to take a three-stroke lead into the Masters weekend after a five-birdie run on the back nine in Friday's second round blasted him clear of the field.The 2012 winner started the day at Augusta National one off the lead, but a round of 68 left him three clear off the field at seven-under 137.His closest challenger was Australian John Senden, who had a 68 to get to four-under 140.A further ...

'New boss' Bielsa sees Marseille edge late win PARIS: Former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa, who is widely tipped to take charge at Marseille, watched the struggling French giants clinch an 89th-minute winner for a 3-2 triumph at Montpellier on Friday.The 58-year-old Bielsa, who has also coached Chile and Althletic Bilbao in Spain and is favourite to succeed the besieged Jose Anigo, took his seat at Montpellier 45 minutes before kick-off.He then looked on as Marseille twice gave up a one-goal lead before going ...

Pacquiao, Bradley seek to erase doubts LAS VEGAS: Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley go into their welterweight world title rematch on Saturday in Las Vegas aiming to lay the ghost of their polarizing first contest."I've got to knock him out, that's what I have to do," Bradley said Friday at a raucous weigh-in on a stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.California's "Desert Storm" Bradley seized the World Boxing Organization belt from the Philippine icon with a narrow split decision that ...


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