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Sochi loser Sara eyes World Cup glory TOKYO: Japanese ski-jumper Sara Takanashi vowed Thursday to retain her overall World Cup title, compensating for her failure to win a medal at the Winter Olympics despite being the red-hot favourite."As I ended up with a disappointing result at the Sochi Olympics, I want to go for the overall World Cup title and get it," the 17-year-old schoolgirl said before leaving for Romania, where the World Cup series resumes this weekend at Rasnov after the Olympic break.Takanashi has won 10 out of 13 World Cup events contested this season, but finished only fourth in the inaugural women's Olympic ski-jumping contest.Germany's Carina Vogt lifted the historic gold medal, with Austrian favourite and 2011 world champion Daniela Iraschko-Stolz second. France's Coline Mattel took the bronze."After the Olympics, I have received kind words from so many people. I thought this gives me a reason to work hard," Takanashi told reporters at Tokyo's Narita ...

England's Jagielka out of Denmark friendly LONDON: Everton defender Phil Jagielka has been ruled out of England's friendly international against Denmark at Wembley next week with a hamstring injury."Phil has felt his hamstring over the last couple of days and will be missing at the weekend and for England," Everton manager Roberto Martinez said Thursday."I don't think it will be a long-term injury, but Phil will be missing for a couple of weeks."England manager Roy Hodgson was due to name his ...
Marquez to miss Phillip Island testing SEPANG: Honda's Dani Pedrosa set the pace Thursday on day two of testing in Malaysia as injured teammate MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez said he would also miss next week's Phillip Island test.Marquez, who is absent from the Sepang circuit testing due to a broken leg, said his surgeon had advised him against taking "unnecessary risk" so that he is fit for the season's opening race on March 23.The 21-year-old Spaniard, who last year became ...
French scrum-half Parra suspended for Scotland clash PARIS: France international scrum-half Morgan Parra was handed a two-week suspension which rules him out of the Six Nations match against Scotland on March 8, the Ligue National de Rugby (LNR) announced Thursday. The 25-year-old Clermont star, who has picked up 54 caps for France, was found guilty of headbutting Montpellier's Rene Ranger during a Top 14 clash on February 22. His club also announced they would not file an appeal against the suspension. Parra ...
Wenger rounds on Arsenal 'rest' critics LONDON: Arsene Wenger said he "didn't have to justify" his decision to give Arsenal players a two-day break this week as he hit out at the "unbelievable" criticism his move had received."It's not necessarily fatigue, I don't see why that's suddenly a problem," Wenger said Thursday. "We have played without a break since December, we don't have to justify that, it's unbelievable."We are in a society where everyone wants to control everything; I don't understand ...
Former Venezuelan boxing champion kidnapped and killed CARACAS: Venezuelan former boxing champion Antonio Cermeno has been abducted in Caracas and killed, authorities said Wednesday.Cermeno was a World Boxing Association super bantamweight and featherweight champion in the late 1980s and 90s.Cermeno, 44, was kidnapped along with his family Monday in eastern Caracas and his body was found Tuesday along a highway in the northern state Miranda.President Nicolas Maduro sent a tweet lamenting his death.Cermeno had been working as a trainer and took part ...
Ancelotti hails Real's 'perfect' performance GELSENKIRCHEN: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed his team's performance as "perfect" after their 6-1 romp at Schalke 04 in Wednesday's Champions League's last 16, first-leg clash.Real are now all but guaranteed a quarter-final place, even with the return leg in Madrid to come on March 18, after Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale both scored two goals apiece.Real's Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo also scored twice in the rout on his return from a three-match ...


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