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Solskjaer rolls back years to help Cardiff promotion bid LONDON: Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned to his old boss Alex Ferguson for inspiration as the former Manchester United striker bids to restore his club to the Premier League at the first attempt.Solskjaer was a key member of the quartet of strikers, also including Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham, that inspired United's epic treble triumph in 1999 and the Norwegian is hoping his decision to replicate Ferguson's attacking philosophy pays equally generous dividends in south Wales.After failing to halt Cardiff's plummet towards relegation when he took over in January, Solskjaer begins his first full season in charge of the Bluebirds desperate to make amends by firing his team back to promotion with a barrage of goals.The lessons of Ferguson's commitment to attack have stayed with Solskjaer and the 41-year-old has signed Spanish forward Javi Guerra, Reading striker Adam Le Fondre and former United prospect Federico Macheda ...

Wolves great Monaghan seeks Rhinos hide LEEDS: Warrington Wolves have the Challenge Cup bragging rights ahead of Saturday's semi-final, but that is of little interest to Michael Monaghan.Monaghan is hoping to retire at the end of this season with a fourth Challenge Cup title in six years under his belt.Two of their three triumphs in recent years came with victory over Leeds in the final and it is the Rhinos who stand in their way of reaching that stage once more.Warrington ...
Djokovic battles as Murray sails through TORONTO: Wimbledon champions Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray warmed up their hardcourt games on Wednesday with victories in their opening matches at the Toronto ATP Masters.World number one Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer in five sets in last month's Wimbledon final, needed almost two and three-quarter hours to extend his winning run to 10 matches as he beat Frenchman Gael Monfils, with the top seed reaching the third round after a 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 ...
Serena storms past Stosur in Montreal opener MONTREAL: Even a rain delay barely slowed defending champion Serena Williams in her 6-0, 6-2 progress past Samantha Stosur Wednesday at the WTA hardcourt tournament at Montreal.Williams, the world number one and top seed, had seized the first set and they were knotted at 1-1 in the second when rain halted play.The American showed no ill-effects when they returned to the court, wrapping up the victory over the unseeded Australian in 58 minutes."I've just been ...
Phelps fails to shine in 100m free IRVINE: Olympic great Michael Phelps suffered the first significant setback of his return to competition with a seventh-placed finish in the 100m freestyle at the US Swimming Championships on Wednesday.In a finals field loaded with Olympic medalists, the 18-time Games champion Phelps was nowhere, hitting the halfway wall in eighth and gaining little ground coming home in a race won by reigning 100m free Olympic champion Nathan Adrian.Phelps ended a near two-year retirement in April, ...
Tiger practices, appears pain free on eve of PGA LOUISVILLE: Tiger Woods began a practice round for the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on Wednesday showing no signs of back pain just three days after back spasms sidelined him.At the same venue where Woods claimed the 2000 PGA Championship as part of his "Tiger Slam" of four major wins in a row, the 38-year-old American drew a huge crowd with every move after his playing status had been in doubt for the past ...
Van Gaal in for a shock, says Rodgers LONDON: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned his new Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal that the competitiveness of the Premier League will be like nothing he has experienced before.Van Gaal has won titles in Holland, Spain and Germany and has made an impressive start to his United career, leading them to victory over Liverpool in the final of the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament.But for all the 62-year-old's achievements, which include Champions League success ...


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