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Tight security for North Korea athletes INCHEON: Hundreds of South Korean security personnel, including intelligence agents, are guarding North Korean athletes at the Asian Games as the host nation takes no chances during the showcase event, officials said Saturday.The 150 men and women, closely watched wherever they go, gave another stern performance at the official opening ceremony on Friday night.The crowd in the Incheon stadium gave the North Koreans one of the biggest cheers of the night but the delegation from the isolated state stared blankly ahead with barely a smile. There was a similar stony silence for their welcome ceremony at the Incheon athletes' village on Thursday. The North Koreans looked on expressionless as a South Korean breakdance group leaped about to South Korean pop star Psy's hit "Gangnam Style".Seven North Koreans who arrived at the weightlifting arena on Friday were escorted through security by an equal number of South Korean agents to keep spectators ...

Toure wants to deliver Champions League to City fans LONDON: Ivory Coast star midfielder Yaya Toure tells the BBC on Saturday that he is fully committed to English champions Manchester City and wants above all to win the Champions League for them.The 31-year-old -- who has been an integral part of City's domestic success since he signed from Barcelona for £24million ($39millionh) in 2010 -- was responding to criticism of his below-par performance in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat by German champions Bayern Munich in their ...

China's Bond girls blast to synchro gold INCHEON: Pistols drawn as if mirroring regional military tensions, China's synchronised swimmers stormed to Asian Games gold in the duet competition on Saturday to the sound of a ticking bomb.The disciplined sport with technical elements such as the "barracuda twirl" or the "porpoise twist walkout" drew an enthusiastic crowd in Games host city of Incheon.Despite their sparkly bathing costumes and nose pegs, Sun Wenyan and Huang Xuechen struck a fierce 'Bond villain' pose and aimed ...

IOC chief to demand 'sustainable' Games INCHEON: Olympic boss Thomas Bach Saturday said future Games hosts would have to prove their "sustainability" as he heralded a shake-up of the bidding criteria.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president made the comments to Olympic Council of Asia delegates in Incheon, which has gone into debt to host the ongoing Asian Games.The German said the IOC has to "act now" to preserve its "relevance", suggesting cities who pitch for international sports events need to think ...

Wozniacki reaches Pan Pacific Open final TOKYO: Second seed and US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki outplayed Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final of the $1 million WTA Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.The 24-year-old Dane, playing in her first tournament since losing to world number-one Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows two weeks ago, broke the Spaniard's serve five times but lost hers four times in a two-and-half hour marathon spiked with long rallies.The 2010 Pan Pacific Open winner ...

Team matters most for Ryder Cup skipper McGinley EDINBURGH: Paul McGinley's first love in sports was Gaelic football and were it not for a broken kneecap he sustained playing that when he was 18, he would almost certainly never have become Europe's Ryder Cup captain.The injury, allied to his own small stature, ruled out a career in the tough team sport so beloved of the Irish and instead he turned to golf which until then had been more a pastime for the Dubliner.A ...

Eldest captain Watson seeks Ryder Cup redemption EDINBURGH: Tom Watson, the oldest captain in Ryder Cup history at age 65, will serve as an inspirational leader for a United States golf team seeking redemption at this year's Ryder Cup.Watson, who came within a shot of a stunning triumph at age 59 in the 2009 British Open at Turnberry, captained the most recent US Ryder Cup victory on European soil in 1993.US player Jordan Spieth was two months old when Watson guided the ...


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