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Australia target new gold medal drive at Games GLASGOW: Swimming and cycling dominate the action on the second day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with Scotland and Australia looking for more gold in the pool and Australia and England the powerhouses on the trackThose three nations sparked Thursday's opening day with Australia topping the medals chase with six golds, England second on five and hosts Scotland delighted with four.The Australians were looking to build on their three golds in the pool with the men's 4x100m freestyle relay team out to defend their title.Thomas Fraser Holmes was also well-fancied for the men's 400m individual medley, whilst Cameron McKay will battle with home favourite Robbie Renwick in the men's 200m freestyle.Alicia Coutts will be looking to claim her sixth Commonwealth Games gold in the women's 100m butterfly, but she had to settle for third fastest in qualifying behind England's Siobhan O'Connor and Katerine Savard.Australia also have a strong medal ...

Neymar's brain on auto-pilot: Japan neurologists TOKYO: Brazilian superstar Neymar's brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 percent the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on auto-pilot, according to Japanese neurologists.Results of brain scans conducted on Neymar in February this year indicated minimal cerebral function when he rotated his ankle and point to the Barcelona striker's wizardry being uncannily natural."From MRI images we discovered Neymar's brain activity to be less than 10 percent of an ...

Sri Lanka 395-6 at lunch on day two COLOMBO: Sri Lanka were 395-6 at lunch in their first innings on the second day of the series-deciding second and final Test against South Africa in Colombo on Friday.Test debutant Niroshan Dickwella was batting on 63 with Dilruwan Perera on nine.South Africa won the first game in Galle by 153 runs to go 1-0 up in the series.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Canadian amateur one off pace at Canadian Open MONTREAL: Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith was just one shot behind leaders Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam Thursday after the first round of the US PGA Tour's Canadian Open.Pendrith birdied the final hole at Royal Montreal Golf Club to join American Kyle Stanley in third place on five-under 65 -- and put himself at the head of a Canadian contingent trying to break a 60-year title drought in their home open championship.The 23-year-old had earlier rolled ...

Bouchard pulls out of Washington WTA tournament WASHINGTON: Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard has withdrawn from next week's WTA and ATP tournament in Washington because of medical reasons, organizers said Thursday.Tournament director Jeff Newman said in a statement that WTA officials had informed the tournament that Bouchard requested a medical withdrawal, although no particular injury or illness was specified.Wimbledon semi-finalist Lucie Safarova will now be the tournament's top seed.Bouchard, 20, became the first Canadian to play in a Grand Slam singles final at ...

Olympiakos down AC Milan 3-0 in friendly TORONTO: Greek champions Olympiakos defeated Italy's AC Milan 3-0 on Thursday in a friendly football match that launched the International Champions Cup.The result, with goals from Alejandro Dominguez, Dimitri Diamantakos and Andreas Bouchalakis, marked Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi's first defeat in three friendlies since he took charge of the San Siro club.He was without superstar Mario Balotelli, who wasn't in uniform for the contest, even though he trained with the team in Toronto and earlier ...

Isner survives scare to reach Atlanta quarters ATLANTA: Top seed and defending champion John Isner saved two match points en route to a three-set victory over Robby Ginepri on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Atlanta Open.America's Isner, ranked 12th in the world, was playing his first match of the tournament after enjoying a first-round bye, and nearly fell at the first hurdle.Ginepri had Isner on the ropes with a 5-4 lead in the third set, but Isner used his ...


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