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Van Gaal hails Man Utd hat-trick hero Rooney BRUGES: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal praised Wayne Rooney's "mentality" after the captain's hat-trick in a 4-0 win against Club Brugge helped his side secure a Champions League place.United will go into the hat in Thursday's group-stage draw after their victory in Bruges on Wednesday completed a 7-1 aggregate win in the competition's play-off round.Rooney had previously gone 10 club games without scoring, prompting suggestions he was unsuited to the role of lone striker in Van Gaal's single-striker system, but the Dutchman said he never doubted that the England captain would rediscover the path to goal."I have given him always the confidence that a player needs, but I think Wayne has a very strong mentality and with his level he always shall come back," Van Gaal said."And he proved that this evening (Wednesday). But still it's a long way for him and also for Manchester United it's not so ...

Anderson advances, Tsonga tumbles at Winston-Salem NEW HAVEN: Second-seeded South African Kevin Anderson locked up his sixth ATP quarter-final berth of the season Wednesday with a straight-sets win over Jerzy Janowicz at Winston-Salem.With the start of the US Open less than a week away, Anderson kept his campaign going at this hardcourt tune-up with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 victory over Poland's Janowicz, runner-up last year to Czech Lukas Rosol."I was really pleased with today's performance," said Anderson, who fired 17 aces ...

Four-time champ Wozniacki reaches New Haven quarter-finals NEW HAVEN: Four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki had to battle past Roberta Vinci Wednesday to book her quarter-final berth at the WTA hardcourt tennis tournament in New Haven.Denmark's Wozniacki, seeded third this year in the US Open tune-up, saved three match points in the third-set tiebreaker en route to the 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 7/6 (9/7) win, which saw her reach the quarter-finals for the seventh time in eight appearances on the courts at Yale University."I just ...

De Villiers stars as South Africa win series decider DURBAN: AB de Villiers hit a rapid 64 which provided the momentum for South Africa to gain a series-clinching 62-run win in the third and final one-day international against New Zealand on Kingsmead on Wednesday.The win enabled South Africa to leapfrog New Zealand into third place in the world one-day rankings, behind Australia and India.It also provided a measure of revenge for their heartbreaking defeat to the Kiwis in the World Cup semi-final earlier this ...

Coentrao joins Monaco as Kurzawa heads for PSG MONACO: French club Monaco confirmed on Wednesday that a loan deal has been reached with Real Madrid for Portuguese international defender Fabio Coentrao with Layvin Kurzawa moving to Paris Saint-Germain.Coentrao, who has been capped 50 times, has spent four seasons at Real Madrid, where he failed to make an impression, having previously played for Benfica in Portugal for four years. The 27-year-old will undergo his medical in Monaco on Thursday.PSG coach Laurent Blanc confirmed Wednesday ...

Warburton desperate to go 'one step further' LONDON: Wales captain Sam Warburton is eager to improve on the country's World Cup performance four years ago as he tries to lead them out of the so-called 'group of death' at next month's edition in England.The Welsh reached the semi-finals in New Zealand in 2011 only to lose 9-8 to France -- a match where they lost scrum anchor Adam Jones early in the first half before Warburton was sent off before half-time.Now they ...

Djokovic new UNICEF goodwill ambassador NEW YORK: Reigning world tennis champion Novak Djokovic became a new goodwill ambassador for the UN Fund for Children on Wednesday, joining a roster of athletes and celebrities to hold the post.The 28-year-old Serbian, who grew up during the Balkans war, has already worked to help vulnerable children through his role as UNICEF Serbia ambassador and his Novak Djokovic Foundation."I am honored to have become a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, and to continue to help ...


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