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Study predicts record medal haul for Britain LONDON: Britain are traditionally also-rans at the Winter Olympics but a statistical study has predicted the team will win a record-breaking six medals at the Sochi Games next month. Infostrada Sports, who conducted the study, believe Team GB will have their greatest Winter Olympics by scooping one gold medal, two silvers and three bronzes. That would eclipse the one medal won at each of the previous two Games in Vancouver and Turin and surpass Britain's best effort in Chamonix in 1924 when they finished with a total of four. The study, based on recent results and form, estimates that Lizzy Yarnold and Shelley Rudman will take gold and silver in the skeleton event. The company also said on its website ( there would be a curling silver for the women and a bronze for the men while freestyle skier James Woods and ...

Pellegrini and Suarez crowned best manger and player of the month According to English media reports Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has won Barclays Premier League manager of the month award for December.The 50-year-old boss was competing Manchester United’s David Moyes, Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and Everton’s Roberto Martinez. Manchester City, who are one point adrift of leaders Arsenal, earned the accolade after winning six games during the month. On the other hand, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been named Barclays player of the month. The 26-year-old ...
Pregnant Ennis-Hill to miss Commonwealth Games LONDON: Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill announced on Friday she is pregnant and will miss the Commonwealth Games."I am sorry I won't be in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, but know it will be an amazing occasion. I will be at home awaiting the arrival of a little Ennis-Hill," she said.The child will be the first for the 27-year-old athlete and her husband Andy Hill, who wed last year.Ennis-Hill, one of the poster girls of ...
Qualifier Pironkova beats Kerber for Sydney title SYDNEY: Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova crowned a stunning week of top ten scalps with a straight sets victory over fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the final of the Sydney International Friday.Pironkova, the world number 107, defeated her third top-ten ranked opponent of the week with a 6-4, 6-4 win in 96 minutes.Pironkova became the first women qualifier to win the Sydney International, which is one of the oldest tournaments in the world, for her maiden ...
Michael Laudrup fears Manchester United backlash According to English media reports Swansea boss Michael Laudrup believes Manchester United will come out strong against them on Saturday as the champions are desperate to finish in top four. David Moyes side has been the subject of much criticism after suffering three successive defeats, against Tottenham, Swansea and Sunderland, for the first time in 13 years "This is a game they want to win, they have to win this game and we must be ...
Ferrer flops as Taiwan's Lu sets up Isner final AUCKLAND: Defending champion David Ferrer crashed out of the Auckland Open semi-finals Friday when Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun staged a stunning upset to set up a tournament decider against American John Isner.Lu defeated the world number three and top seed 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), shattering the Spaniard's dream of winning a record-breaking fifth Auckland title and denting his confidence ahead of next week's Australian Open Grand Slam.Lu's opponent in the final Isner almost fell victim to an ...
Serena eyes sixth coronation at Melbourne Park MELBOURNE: If players, pundits and bookmakers are to be believed, Serena Williams has already sewn up her sixth Australian Open title and the other 127 women in the draw may as well pick up their racquets and head home.Riding a 22-match winning streak, the American juggernaut arrives in Melbourne Park fit, fresh and ravenous for more grand slam success at a tournament where injuries and illness have robbed her of yet more silverware in the ...


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