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Lekhwiya face wait despite big win over Persepolis    DOHA: Qatar's Lekhwiya thrashed Iran's Persepolis 3-0 to go top of Group A in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday but still face an agonising wait to find out if they qualify for the knockout phase.With Saudi side Al Nassr scraping a 1-0 victory over already eliminated Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor, the last round of matches will be crucial to the outcome of the group from which the remaining three teams still entertain hopes of making the last 16.Lekhwiya produced a commanding second half performance with goals from Youssef Masakni, Nam Tae-hee and Ali Hassan Afif giving them 10 points from five matches.But with Persepolis close behind on nine and Al Nassr on eight, the group has gone down to the wire with the last round scheduled for May 6.Lekhwiya, who were beaten 3-0 by Persepolis when they clashed in February, were determined to make amends on their home turf but had ...

O'Sullivan socks it to Steadman LONDON: Ronnie O'Sullivan completed a routine 10-3 victory over debutant Craig Steadman at the World Championship on Wednesday, having played part of the first-round match in his socks.O'Sullivan took off his shoes during play on Tuesday after complaining that they were uncomfortable, briefly playing in his socks before being loaned new footwear by tournament director Mike Ganley.The five-time world champion could face a £250 ($377, 350 euros) fine for contravening the World Professional Billiards and ...
Froome planning cobbles reconnaissance WAREMME: Chris Froome was taking a break from his Tour de France preparations Wednesday by riding the Fleche Wallonne one-day classic in Belgium.But according to his Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford, his true reason for a trip around Wallonia was as a stop-gap before riding a reconnaissance mission along the cobbles that will form part of the Tour de France's fourth stage in July.In fact, although Brailsford didn't say so, Froome was perhaps also keen ...
Bayless chosen to referee Pacquiao-Mayweather fight LOS ANGELES: Kenny Bayless has been named the referee for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight with just over one week to go before the mega showdown at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.The Nevada State Athletic Commission also chose Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman as the three judges for the fight, which is expected to generate a record $400 million in revenue.The 64-year-old Bayless is expected to earn about $25,000 for the ...
Widnes look to rid themselves of awayday blues LEEDS: Widnes Vikings may have a home record to envy this season but that form seemingly goes up in smoke every time they set foot outside of the Select Security Stadium.And winger Patrick Ah Van has called on his side to ditch the excuses at champions St Helens this Friday, who have their own scores to settle after a chastening 41-16 loss to Leeds Rhinos.Ah Van, into his fifth year in Super League after leaving ...
James carries Cavaliers past Celtics LOS ANGELES: LeBron James tallied 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 99-91 Tuesday to seize a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series. James committed six of Cleveland's 18 turnovers but came through down the stretch."I've been in this moment before and a lot of our guys haven't," said James, who also passed Jerry West for seventh on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list."I felt ...
Benzema adds to Madrid injury woes MADRID: Karim Benzema looks set to join Luka Modric and Gareth Bale on the sidelines for Real Madrid's decisive Champions League quarter-final, second leg clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday with a knee problem."After the tests carried out on Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid medical team, they have diagnosed a sprain in the medial collateral ligament in his right knee," the club said in a statement on Tuesday.Madrid did not add how long the ...


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