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Contador out of Vuelta MADRID: Spanish rider Alberto Contador, who crashed out of the Tour de France last week, on Wednesday ruled out competing in next month's Vuelta a Espana.Contador quit the Tour de France, which he had been bidding to win for a third time, after suffering a fractured shinbone on the tough 10th stage."Bad day today. The healing of the wound is getting complicated... Goodbye to the Vuelta," Contador wrote in Spanish and English on Twitter.The 31-year-old crashed badly on a descent during the mountainous stage from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles.He did not need surgery on his fractured tibia, and in a second tweet thanked doctors in Madrid's Cemtro Clinic for their treatment.The Saxo-Tinkoff rider won the Vuelta in 2008 and 2012. This year's race runs from August 23 to September 14.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Glasgow agree deal for De Klerk LONDON: Glasgow Warriors announced on Wednesday they have signed South African prop Rossouw de Klerk from Super 15 side the Cheetahs.The 24-year-old has agreed a two-year contract and will complete his move once he has been issued with a visa and passed a medical examination."To get a tighthead of Rossouw's quality into the club is fantastic and he'll add depth and competition to our front row," said head coach Gregor Townsend."I'm delighted to have signed ...
Opening ceremony tribute to MH17 victims GLASGOW: The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday will include a tribute to victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight disaster, organisers said.Prince Imran from Malaysia, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said all the victims, many of whom were from Malaysia and other Commonwealth countries, would be recognised.The flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, with 298 people on board -- mostly Dutch nationals -- came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine on ...
Barcelona to sign defender Mathieu from Valencia BARCELONA: Valencia's French defender Jeremy Mathieu will join Barcelona for a fee of 20 million euros ($26.9 million), the Catalan club said on Wednesday."Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons plus a further optional," Barca said in a statement."The cost of the transfer is 20 million euros and the buy-out clause will be 50 million euros ($67.32 million)."Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
PJF to participate in World Judo Championship in Russia: Secretary PESHAWAR: Secretary General Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) Wednesday said that the judo team would participate in the forthcoming World Judo Championship to be commencing from August 25-31, at Chelyabinsk City Russia.He said that preparation for the prestigious event is in full swing and the players are currently in the longer duration camp under foreign qualified coach.He said the final squad will be announced after thorough consultation with the coach. He said it is a great ...
Bolt, Farah and Wiggins lend Commonwealth sparkle GLASGOW: Sporting household names such as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Bradley Wiggins will add some welcome sparkle to the 20th Commonwealth Games that get under way in Glasgow on Wednesday.The biggest ever multi-sport event to take place in Scotland will see more than 4,000 athletes from 71 nations, 53 of which make up the Commonwealth of Nations - the rest made up of British overseas territories or dependencies, take part in 17 sports over ...
Negredo facing three months out: Pellegrini LONDON: Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo will be out for up to three months after breaking a bone in his foot, manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed."Alvaro had surgery today (Tuesday) on his broken foot and he will probably be out for two or three months," Pellegrini said, in comments reported on the club website."It is a blow for us because Alvaro is a very important member of our squad, so obviously we will miss him."Negredo, ...


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