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Japan's Hanyu smashes mystical 300-point mark NAGANO: Japan's high-flying Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu became the first skater to break the 300-point mark on Saturday as he soared to victory at the NHK Trophy in breathtaking style.The 20-year-old obliterated the mystical barrier in Nagano, posting a combined world record total of 322.40 points after a jaw-dropping free programme which also smashed Canadian Patrick Chan's previous high, triggering wild cheers from thousands of squealing female fans.Hanyu's free score of 216.07 was also the first ever to clear the 200-point mark and his astonishing aggregate score was on a entirely different level to Chan's previous best of 295.27 set in Paris two years ago."I don't believe it," Hanyu told reporters after being greeted with a bear-hug from Canadian coach Brian Orser and calling out "arigato" (thank you) to his adoring public. "That score really was a surprise. I was so nervous before I skated but I wanted to go ...

Gamba gives Reds the blues again in Japan TOKYO: Japanese title holders Gamba Osaka broke Urawa Reds hearts once again on Saturday after beating their rivals 3-1 in extra time and reaching the J-League championship final.Late goals from Hiroki Fujiharu and Brazilian Patric sent the 2014 treble winners through to the two-legged championship final against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, who qualified directly after finishing with most points over the season's two stages.Former Japan defender Yasuyuki Konno silenced the crowd in Saitama by firing the opener ...
Rosberg on top again in final practice ABU DHABI: Nico Rosberg topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and world champion Lewis Hamilton in Saturday's final free practice session ahead of this weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The 30-year-old German, who is seeking to complete a winning hat-trick in Sunday's race, will bid to continue his current domination of the newly-crowned three-time champion by securing his sixth straight pole in qualifying later Saturday at the spectacular Yas Marina circuit.Hamilton, who spun ...
AFC boss 'confident' next FIFA leader will be Asian NEW DELHI: Asia's football chief has won unanimous backing from his executive committee as the man to "rebuild FIFA" as he strengthens his campaign to take over the corruption-tarnished world body.The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) executive committee also pledged to lobby its members to support president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, in a meeting ahead of Sunday's AFC awards.The Bahraini royal will appear before hundreds of delegates at the awards show in New Delhi ...
Sania Mirza slams media for being ‘too personal’ Tennis star Sania Mirza had slammed media for asking questions regarding her family planning. In an interview to BBC, the tennis ace when asked about her family plans during a press conference, Sania said, “I feel it’s extremely disrespectful to ask someone when they are having a child. Just because I am a public figure, it doesn’t give anyone a right to ask me what happens in my bedroom. I really don’t think so”. Despite ...
Seven Kenya athletes banned for doping NAIROBI: Seven Kenyan athletes, including two women sprinters sent home from the World championships in Beijing, have been handed bans ranging from two to four years for doping.Sprinters Francisca Koki and Joyce Zakari were each given a four-year ban after being found guilty of using a prohibited substance, Furosemide.Two-time world cross country Emily Chebet will also serve a four-year ban for the same offence.Marathon runner Agnes Cheserek tested positive for Norandrosterone and will serve four ...
Rim conquers pain to finish second at Worlds HOUSTON: Olympic gold medalist Rim Jong-Sim defied the doctor's advice and a painful hip injury to finish second in dramatic fashion in the women's 75kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships on Friday.The 22-year-old from North Korea battled through the pain of knee, left hip and a muscle injury, collapsing three times on stage before finishing second to winner Kang Yue of China.Rim had to be helped onto the podium by Kang and bronze medal ...


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