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Valverde fears Peraud in podium battle PAU: Spaniard Alejandro Valverde admitted he was concerned about French veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud in the race to finish on the Tour de France podium.Valverde remains second overall but has shown weaknesses on the previous two days in the Pyrenees.And with Thursday's unforgiving 144.5km stage 18 to come, with the behemoths of the Tourmalet and Hautacam mountains to climb, Valverde acknowledged that he was in a precarious position."Thursday will be a very hard day, especially after the last two days," said the 34-year-old Movistar leader."(Thibaut) Pinot and Peraud are very close to me in the standings but I'm more worried about Peraud because he's very good in the time-trials."Valverde has used his vast experience to hold onto second place.In the Alps he feigned tiredness to get a tow behind Pinot before outsprinting the Frenchman to the line to take some valuable seconds out of the FDJ leader.Then in Wednesday's Pyrenean stage ...

England's Farah out of Commonwealth Games GLASGOW: England's double Olympic champion Mo Farah has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games due to fitness concerns, his team announced on Thursday.The 5,000 and 10,000 metres Olympic champion, 31, was recently laid low by illness and has decided to pull out of the Glasgow event in order to work on his fitness ahead of next month's European Championships in Zurich."I have taken the tough decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games," Farah said in a ...
Borini injury fear for Liverpool in Roma loss BOSTON: A 90th-minute own goal Wednesday cost Liverpool a 1-0 loss to AS Roma but an early spill left striker Fabio Borini with a much more worrisome right shoulder injury.The 23-year-old Italian striker, a former Roma standout before coming to Liverpool, fell on an early tackle and came up holding his shoulder.Liverpool said during the match that Borini's shoulder was not dislocated but further examination was needed in a tough setback during the opening minutes ...
Crown will give clues on 2016 Olympic gold fight BALTIMORE: Rivals at the LPGA International Crown see this week's global team matches as a sneak peek at the fight for gold in golf's 2016 Olympic return in Rio de Janeiro."This is definitely the best preview we have ever had of the Olympics," world number one Stacy Lewis said. "I know we got a long ways to go before Rio, but this is certainly a really good preview to see what we're going to have ...
Man United crush Galaxy 7-0 in van Gaal debut PASADENA: Louis van Gaal's reign as manager of Manchester United got off to a rousing start on Wednesday with a 7-0 friendly victory over Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy.In the first match of van Gaal's tenure, Wayne Rooney scored twice in the first half, converting a penalty in the 42nd minute after Galaxy midfielder A.J. Delagarza handled a cross from Antonio Valencia.Three minutes later, Los Angeles defender Tommy Meyer failed to intercept Danny Welbeck's ...
CAF baptism of fire for 'white witchdoctor' Troussier JOHANNESBURG: No-nonsense French coach Philippe Troussier returns to African combat this weekend after a six-year absence when he leads CS Sfaxien against fellow Tunisians Esperance in the CAF Champions League.Since quitting as Morocco coach in 2008 just weeks after taking over, the 'White Witchdoctor' has worked with Japanese and Chinese clubs.But the desire to be close to his Rabat-based family led 59-year-old Troussier to sign a two-contract with the four-time CAF title winners.Sfaxien chairman Lotfi ...
Spanish coach seeks historic title with Ahly JOHANNESBURG: Juan Carlos Garrido sets off this weekend on a journey he hopes will end with him becoming the first Spanish coach to win a CAF club competition.The 45-year-old former Villarreal, Club Brugge and Real Betis boss has signed a two-year contract to guide Egyptian club Al-Ahly, winners of a record 18 African titles.And the Spaniard who began coaching when only 24 gets his first experience of CAF football when Ahly host Ivorians Sewe San ...


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