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Cubs sack manager Renteria, set to hire Maddon CHICAGO: The Chicago Cubs sacked manager Rick Renteria on Friday and then wasted no time confirming their pursuit of Joe Maddon."Last Thursday, we learned that Joe Maddon -- who may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ahead of us -- had become a free agent," Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a statement."We confirmed the news with Major League Baseball, and it became public knowledge the next day. We saw it as a unique opportunity and faced a clear dilemma: be loyal to Rick or be loyal to the organization," Epstein said."In this business of trying to win a world championship for the first time in 107 years, the organization has priority over any one individual. We decided to pursue Joe," he added.Shortly after Renteria's release was official, the Cubs confirmed that Maddon had tentatively agreed to become the team's new ...

Kenny-Dowall rescues Kiwis from Samoa scare WELLINGTON: Shaun Kenny-Dowall saved New Zealand with a late try to seal a 14-12 victory over Samoa in their Four Nations clash on Saturday to all but ensure a berth in the rugby league tournament final. New Zealand started as hot favourites after downing Australia last week but found themselves outplayed by a Samoa side chasing their first win over any of the major rugby league nations. The Samoans, many of them New Zealand-born, controlled ...
Arsenal face fight to catch leaders says Wenger LONDON: Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal stars they can't afford to lose any more ground in the Premier League title race if they want to overhaul leaders Chelsea.Wenger's side have fallen nine points adrift of their London rivals after a spluttering start to the season.Arsenal have won only three of their nine league games so far and, with Chelsea unlikely to slip up against lowly QPR, they must improve that disappointing total at home ...
Manchester supremacy on line in derby clash LONDON: Manchester football supremacy will be at stake at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United face off in a potentially momentous derby showdown.United goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel, who also played for their cross-town rivals, opined this week that City's status as champions meant that they are presently "a bigger club" than United.His words echoed a claim made in February by City manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose side beat ...
Rested Federer targets London, Davis Cup flourish PARIS: Roger Federer believes his Paris Masters quarter-final exit will have little effect on his season-ending assault on the World Tour Finals and a first Davis Cup title.The 33-year-old, 17-time Grand Slam winner is set to lose ground on Novak Djokovic in the race for the year-ending world number one spot after his straight sets loss to Milos Raonic in the French capital.But he believes the extra rest he will gain after his Friday's setback ...
Mutai seeks rare NYC Marathon treble NEW YORK: Geoffrey Mutai will try to become just the third man to win the New York City Marathon three times in a row on Sunday.The last man to accomplish the feat was Alberto Salazar in 1980, '81 and '82.Another American, Bill Rodgers, won four straight titles in New York immediately before Salazar's run, while Mutai's two wins to date came in 2011 and 2013 -- with the 2012 edition cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.Kenya's ...
Spain's Fernandez sizzles at Skate Canada KELOWNA: Back-to-back European champion Javier Fernandez finished first in the men's short programme Friday at Skate Canada in a field that was minus Olympic silver medallist Patrick Chan.Spain's Fernandez opened his programme, set to the rock and roll music of Ram Jam's "Black Betty", with a quadruple Salchow to finish with 86.36 points."Today, it was the first time I performed this programme in a competition, and I think it was good as a beginning," said ...


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