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Hong Kong arrests nine over possible match-fixing HONG KONG: Nine people have been arrested over alleged match-fixing in multiple football fixtures in Hong Kong, the city's anti-corruption watchdog said Tuesday."Nine persons, including professional football players, were arrested for alleged bribery in rigging the results of football matches involving a local football club," the Independent Commission Against Corruption said in a statement released late Tuesday, without specifying names of the players or the club."Enquiries revealed that the sponsor's representative and the executive officer might have offered advantages to the players of the football club as rewards for their participation in rigging football match results," it said.The Hong Kong Football Association, which regulates the former British colony's professional league, confirmed to AFP that an investigation is underway but refused to comment on the arrests. "It's not a Hong Kong issue, it's a worldwide issue. We have no room for complacency," association chief Mark Sutcliffe said.The southern Chinese city has ...
Nadal to face Wawrinka for Madrid title MADRID: Rafael Nadal reached a seventh consecutive final since returning from a seven-month injury layoff with 6-0, 6-4 win over compatriot Pablo Andujar at the Madrid Masters on Saturday.The 26-year-old will next face Stanislas Wawrinka who beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.World number 113 Andujar was blown away in the opening set, winning just nine points, as Nadal broke three times to take it 6-0.Victory extended Nadal's incredible run to 31-2 since returning from the ...
Guan-mania off to slow start in China BEIJING: Chinese golf prodigy Guan Tianlang stunned the world with his historic debut at the Masters, but the 14-year-old's star is only just beginning to shine in his home country.Despite leaving an indelible mark on the tournament as its youngest ever player and the youngest to make the cut, the schoolboy had a respectable, if not major impact on China's media and popular Internet chat rooms.Only a fraction of Chinese sports fans follow golf, which ...
Lampard, Bertrand ruled out of San Marino game  LONDON: England duo Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand have been ruled out of their country's 2014 World Cup qualifier at home to San Marino on Friday.   Lampard, 34, injured his knee while playing in Chelsea's 4-1 win at home to Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday and had to come off during the second half.   Bertrand, a team-mate of Lampard's at Chelsea, has been unable to train this week due to a throat infection and the left-back was ruled out after the illness failed ...
Michael Phelps agent denies violation of any Olympic rule KARACHI: The most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps was accused of violating of Olympic rule which prohibits any of the athletes to promote non-official sponsors during the Olympic season. Ad campaign for Louis Vuitton features the star swimmer Michael Phelps that shows Phelps in a bathtub, wearing only goggles and a skimpy brief another that depicts him sitting on a sofa wearing a three-piece suit and chatting with former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina was released on internet ...


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