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Top names teeing off at Dubai Desert Classic DUBAI: Three of the top-five ranked players in the world will head a stellar field assembled for this week's Dubai Desert Classic, which tees off Thursday.World number one Rory McIlroy (2009) and number two Henrik Stenson (2007) have already won the tournament once before, while number five Sergio Garcia will be searching for his first triumph at the Emirates Golf Club.European Ryder Cup regulars Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood would be playing their first event of the new year, while Germany's world number 12 Martin Kaymer is attempting to make a comeback from his unexpected final-round meltdown in Abu Dhabi a couple of weeks ago, when he lost despite leading the tournament by 10 shots at one stage.Scotland's world number 34 Stephen Gallacher is the twice defending champion.A win on Sunday will not only tie him with Ernie Els as the most successful player in the 26-year-old history of the ...

Klopp convinced Dortmund will avoid relegation BERLIN: Jurgen Klopp is convinced Borussia Dortmund will avoid relegation despite beginning the second half of the Bundesliga season at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday second from bottom in the table."We are not naively optimistic and know that the pressure situations won't be any less," Dortmund's head coach Klopp told German daily Die Welt."But when we look at our situation, we know we can control it."Despite reaching the Champions League's last 16 as group winners, Dortmund ...
Raonic helpless against Djokovic    MELBOURNE: Milos Raonic said Wednesday he felt helpless as he was dismantled by remorseless world number one Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.Viewed as at the vanguard of the new young breed in men's tennis, the big-serving Canadian eighth seed was neutralised by the power and precision of the seven-time Grand Slam champion in the quarter-finals.The Serbian top seed ran the show, dealing out a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2 lesson on Raonic in two hours ...
Injured England seek end to Six Nations hurt LONDON: England's recent failure to win the Six Nations title "does burn inside us", coach Stuart Lancaster admitted on Wednesday.Lancaster's squad has been beset by a rash of injuries, with fly-half Owen Farrell ruled out of the tournament completely on Tuesday due to knee ligament damage.But Lancaster refused to use fitness concerns as an excuse for lowering his squad's sights in a year when England will also host the World Cup.Since they won the Six ...
McIlroy looking for desert storm DUBAI: Rory McIlroy says he'd be focused completely on trying to win a second Dubai Desert Classic title, this week rather than thinking about his upcoming date in a Dublin court.The world number one has fond memories of recording his first win as a professional in what is the oldest golf tournament in the Middle East, and, having finished second in his last three starts on the European Tour, McIlroy is hoping to go one ...
Transfers hit a record high of $4 billion: FIFA LAUSANNE: The global football transfer market hit a record high in 2014, breaking the $4 billion (3.5 billion euros) barrier for the first time, a report published by FIFA on Wednesday revealed.England, with its highly lucrative Premier League, provided the biggest investors and, despite their failure at the World Cup, Brazilian players were the most sought-after.A total of 13,000 players moved clubs, but the combined total of $4.06 billion (3.57 billion euros) in transfer fees ...
Former England winger Cueto to retire LONDON: Former England and British and Irish Lions winger Mark Cueto will retire at the end of the season, the 35-year-old Sale Sharks player announced on Wednesday."The time has finally come to end my career and I would like to thank the owners, the coaches, backroom staff and the office staff who down the years have helped me in my career," Cueto told a press conference at Sale's training ground in Manchester."When I made my ...


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