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Villumsen lands landmark medal for New Zealand GLASGOW: Linda Villumsen claimed an historic 600th Commonwealth Games medal for New Zealand in Glasgow on Thursday as she raced to gold in the women's cycling individual time trial.New Zealand becomes the fourth Commonwealth Games Association to reach that total after Australia, England and Canada.Villumsen was able to banish the memory of New Dehli, where she had to settle for silver four years ago, to finish in a time of 42 minutes 25.46 seconds over the 29.6km course."It is just incredible; it's something I've worked hard for over the last four years now," the 29-year-old, who was second in last year's world championships, said."Every year at the Olympics or the world championships I am always nearly there but missing something. I came here thinking that it could happen again but today finally everything worked out from start to finish so I'm really happy."England's Emma Pooley, who was recently crowned the ...

Aussie weightlifter thrown out over altercation GLASGOW: Australian weightlifter Francois Etoundi had his Commonwealth Games accreditation revoked on Thursday after an alleged assault at the athletes' village in Glasgow, organisers announced.Etoundi, who won a bronze medal in the 77kg category, was detained by police after an early-morning disturbance on Wednesday and was due to appear before a court on Thursday."We do not want the gentleman returning to the village and as a consequence of that, we have worked with the Australian ...
James, Rutherford give Glasgow Olympic touch GLASGOW: Olympic champions Kirani James and Greg Rutherford brought world-class performances to the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday while Usain Bolt hit back at claims that he'd made disparaging remarks about the event.James won the men's 400m to give Grenada its first Commonwealth Games gold and became the first man to win gold in that event at both Olympic and Commonwealth level."I am happy for my country and everyone affiliated to us," said 21-year-old James who ...
Serena on song in WTA return at Stanford STANFORD: Serena Williams put a worrying Wimbledon behind her Wednesday, launching her build-up to the US Open with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Karolina Pliskova at Stanford.The American world number one, playing for the first time since her third-round singles exit at Wimbledon was followed by a dramatic doubles retirement, showed no sign of illness or rust as she rolled to victory over the 45th-ranked Czech in 64 minutes.After enjoying a first-round bye, the top ...
Low-key Waratahs admit history favours Crusaders SYDNEY: The NSW Waratahs are praying for a change of luck while the Canterbury Crusaders cannot believe their good fortune heading into Saturday's Super 15 final.It has been 10 years since the Waratahs last beat Super rugby's glamour side and in their attempt to arrest that long run of losses they have opted not to play at their favourite home ground. The decision to shift the final from Allianz Stadium, where they Waratahs are unbeaten ...
Nibali keeps cool head in hectic Tour PARIS: Vincenzo Nibali didn't just have to beat his opposition at the Tour de France, he also had to overcome the elements and general chaos before being crowned in Paris.The 2014 edition of the Grand Boucle had it all, except, thankfully, a doping scandal.From the crashes, dire weather, extreme heat, surprises, upsets and the clear supremacy of the experts in individual disciplines, it was an epic Tour.And there was even the return to prominence of ...
Vita snatch win to stay on track for semis JOHANNESBURG: Democratic Republic of Congo club Vita snatched a 2-1 home win over Sudanese El-Hilal at the weekend to stay on course for a first CAF Champions League semi-finals appearance.A good weekend for the vast central Africa country was completed when four-time title-holders TP Mazembe forced a 0-0 draw at Egyptians Zamalek.Vita and Mazembe have seven points each and Hilal and Zamalek four each in Group A with two matchdays to come during August.And with ...


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