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Bolt, Farah and Wiggins lend Commonwealth sparkle GLASGOW: Sporting household names such as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Bradley Wiggins will add some welcome sparkle to the 20th Commonwealth Games that get under way in Glasgow on Wednesday.The biggest ever multi-sport event to take place in Scotland will see more than 4,000 athletes from 71 nations, 53 of which make up the Commonwealth of Nations - the rest made up of British overseas territories or dependencies, take part in 17 sports over 11 days, with 261 medals up for grabs.With the background of a September 18 referendum on Scottish independence, the Games will officially be opened by Queen Elizabeth II at a lavish ceremony in Celtic Park later Wednesday that will enjoy an estimated television audience of one billion viewers.Attention will then turn to the action itself with Bolt, arguably world sport's biggest star, looking to add Commonwealth gold to his six Olympic and eight World Championship ...

Negredo facing three months out: Pellegrini LONDON: Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo will be out for up to three months after breaking a bone in his foot, manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed."Alvaro had surgery today (Tuesday) on his broken foot and he will probably be out for two or three months," Pellegrini said, in comments reported on the club website."It is a blow for us because Alvaro is a very important member of our squad, so obviously we will miss him."Negredo, ...
Man United 'ready to break transfer records' LONDON: Manchester United are prepared to break transfer records in order to give new manager Louis van Gaal the players he wants, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.The English giants have already spent over £50 million ($85 million, 63 million euros) on England left-back Luke Shaw and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, and Woodward says that they are ready to spend even more.Some of United's European rivals have spent big recently. Real Madrid on Tuesday signed ...
Algeria's Brahimi signs five-year Porto deal LISBON: Algerian international Yacine Brahimi has signed for five seasons with FC Porto from Spanish club Granada, the Portuguese top flight side announced on Wednesday.The 24-year-old French-born attacking midfielder has agreed a 6.5 million euro ($8.7 million) deal with a 50 million euro ($67m) buy-out clause, the club said.Brahimi played up to Under-21 level for the French national side before switching to Algeria.Capped seven times he impressed during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where ...
Welsh boxer Evans barred from Games GLASGOW: Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans has been denied the chance to compete in the Commonwealth Games after his accreditation was refused.The Welsh welterweight has been told he will not be allowed to compete in Glasgow following checks by the Home Office Commonwealth Games officials.Wales team chief Brian Davis said in a statement on Tuesday: "Team Wales can confirm that boxer Fred Evans has had his accreditation refused by Glasgow 2014 based on checks completed ...
Beckham visits United as Van Gaal debut nears LOS ANGELES: Former Manchester United star David Beckham visited his former English club Tuesday on the eve of new Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal's debut match against another of Beckham's clubs.Beckham, on holiday in the town where he once played for Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, stopped by United's pre-season training camp to visit some former teammates, including assistant manager Ryan Giggs.United will open a pre-season tour Wednesday at the Rose Bowl against the ...
McKenzie sticks with familiar squad for Rugby Championship SYDNEY: Ewen McKenzie Wednesday named a 32-man Australian squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship with few surprises, sticking with the group that is enjoying a seven-match winning streak. It includes 25 players who earned at least one Test cap during the recent 3-0 series win over France, and five others who were squad members.McKenzie said the familiarity would be an asset."We've come a long way as a group over the past 12 months and the ...


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