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Ledecky dominates 1500m free at Mesa PHOENIX: Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Katie Ledecky dominated the women's 1500m freestyle Wednesday on the opening night of the Pro Swim Series meeting at Mesa, Arizona.Ledecky clocked 15 minutes, 42.23 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in history. Including her world record of 15:28.36, the 18-year-old owns four of the top five times ever in the event."I think it was really good for me to swim it just because I haven't raced in two months," said Ledecky, who finished almost a full 50 meters in front of runner-up Kristel Kobrich of Chile, who clocked 16:26.95."I sort of shook the cobwebs off and got a jump on the meet tonight, and I'll be ready to go the rest of the week," added Ledecky, whose 2015 season will be highlighted by the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.Ledecky is entered in every freestyle race from the 100m through 1,500m as well as the ...

Defending Super 15 champs fight to save season WELLINGTON: The table-topping Wellington Hurricanes put their unbeaten run on the line Saturday against the defending Super 15 champions NSW Waratahs, who are desperate to revive their season.While the Hurricanes relish being in the unaccustomed seat at the head of the table, the 10th-placed Waratahs have slipped to must-win territory with a four-win, three-loss record.Although the Waratahs have consoled themselves by saying it is similar to last year when they bounced back to win the ...
Enrique delight at 'complete' Barcelona PARIS: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted he could scarcely have hoped for a better performance after his side blew away Paris Saint-Germain with a 3-1 victory in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.The Spanish league leaders ended PSG's 33-game unbeaten home run in Europe stretching back to 2006 as Neymar opened the scoring in the first half at the Parc des Princes before Luis Suarez added a superb double in the ...
Pacquiao eager to trade blows with Mayweather LOS ANGELES: Manny Pacquiao pronounced himself ready to fight Floyd Mayweather, saying he's willing to engage the unbeaten American in the middle of the ring if that's what it takes to win.The eagerly-anticipated May 2 welterweight unification showdown in Las Vegas promises to be the most lucrative fight in boxing history."I am very excited," Pacquiao said Wednesday at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood. "My training and my conditioning is good. I can feel it. ...
USA beat Mexico 2-0 in friendly SAN ANTONIO: Goals from youngsters Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo lifted the United States to a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Wednesday in a friendly international football match.Morris, a 20-year-old Stanford University sophomore who got his first starting nod for the USA, opened the scoring in the 49th minute and Agudelo, a second-half substitute making his first appearance for the US after a three-year absence, doubled the score with a 72nd-minute strike.Their efforts gave the ...
Porto v Bayern Munich line-ups PORTO: Starting line-ups for the Champions League quarter-final, first leg between FC Porto and Bayern Munich at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday:Porto (4-3-3):Fabiano; Danilo, Maicon, Martin Indi, Alex Sandro; Herrera, Casemiro, Oliver Torres; Ricardo Quaresma, Jackson Martinez (c), BrahimiCoach: Julen Lopetegui (ESP)Bayern Munich (4-3-3):Manuel Neuer; Rafinha, Jerome Boateng, Dante, Juan Bernat; Philipp Lahm (c), Xabi Alonso, Thiago Alcantara; Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski, Mario GoetzeCoach: Pep Guardiola (ESP)Referee: Carlos Carballo (ESP)Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Lyon go top of Ligue 1 after defeating Bastia PARIS: Lyon went back to the top of Ligue 1 on Wednesday, two points in front of Paris Saint-Germain, after second-half goals from substitute Mohamed Yattara and captain Alexandre Lacazette sealed a 2-0 win at home against struggling Bastia.PSG are now second two points behind Lyon but have a game in hand and could reclaim top spot when they host second-from-bottom Metz on April 28.The defending champions are in Champions League action against Barcelona in ...


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