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Man United's Smalling hails Van Gaal impact LONDON: Manchester United defender Chris Smalling hailed manager Louis van Gaal as the reason behind his upturn in form and believes he is now playing the best football of his career.Smalling has struggled for consistency since joining United from Fulham in 2010 but the 25-year-old has flourished under Van Gaal this season, making 22 Premier League appearances.Smalling, part England's squad to travel to Turin to play Italy in a friendly on Tuesday, gave an assured performance alongside Phil Jones in United's 3-0 win over Liverpool last weekend and is now targeting a successful end to the season."The manager has shown a lot of faith in me. Especially over the last couple of months," Smalling told a news conference on Sunday ahead of the Italy game."The manager has chosen me and I am enjoying my football. I think he is very honest. He says what you are doing very well and ...

Tuilagi ruled out for season LONDON: England centre Manu Tuilagi's nagging groin injury looks like seeing him sit out the rest of the season, said Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.The 23-year-old Samoan-born powerhouse back -- who won the last of his 25 caps in the 3-0 test series loss to New Zealand last June -- should have recovered sufficiently from the injury he suffered in October according to Cockerill to challenge for a place in the World Cup ...

Schoolboy trains with Bayern's senior squad BERLIN: Antonio Trograncic has lived a schoolboy's dream after the 15-year-old was invited to train with Bayern Munich's senior squad by the Bavarian giants' coach Pep Guardiola.With the bulk of his squad away on international duty, Guardiola took the unusual step of promoting Trograncic from Bayern's Under-15 squad to train with the seniors on Friday.The teenager ran out alongside the likes of ex-Germany captain Philipp Lahm plus Brazil defenders Rafinha and Dante in front of ...

Fiji beat New Zealand to win Hong Kong Sevens   HONG KONG: Fiji won the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens on Sunday, tearing through defending champions New Zealand 33-19 in a powerful display.With the backing of a roaring Hong Kong Stadium crowd, Fiji made up for last year's heartbreaking semi-final loss to England, and went one step closer to qualifying for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.New Zealand struggled to get into the match as Fiji pounded through their defence. The All Blacks ...

Porte holds off Valverde charge to win Tour of Catalonia    BARCELONA: Australia's Richie Porte sealed victory at the Tour of Catalonia on Sunday despite Spaniard Alejandro Valverde winning his third stage of the seven-day race.Valverde picked up a total of 12 bonus seconds on the day thanks to the stage win and an earlier intermediate sprint, but Porte didn't lose any more time on the hilly 126.6 kilometre circuit around Barcelona to win by four seconds.Victory continued Porte's fantastic early season form having also won ...

Rangers have momentum, McCall says GLASGOW: Rangers new manager Stuart McCall is confident the troubled Glasgow giants have finally turned the corner and are in line for a return to the top flight.A former player at the club, McCall oversaw his first win as manager last week with a crucial 2-0 win over Hibernian in Edinburgh.On Saturday his side recorded their first home win at Ibrox in almost three months with a 4-1 pasting of Cowdenbeath.Runaway league leaders Hearts are ...

Toulouse hit by Fickou injury blow TOULOUSE: France centre Gael Fickou will miss the rest of the season after damaging the interior cruicate ligament in his left knee Toulouse general manager Guy Noves told AFP on Sunday.It is an injury that could also endanger his hopes of playing for France in the World CupNoves said the 21-year-old -- who put in a sparkling performance for France in the 55-35 defeat by England in their Six Nations clash last weekend -- will ...


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