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Gatlin pushes Bolt back to drawing board ROME: Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt said he will review the key ingredients missing from his race after being pipped to victory in his first 100 metre outing in Europe this season by American rival Justin Gatlin.Gatlin came into the Rome Golden Gala expected to challenge the world record holder (9.58sec) on the back of two wins in the opening two legs of the Diamond League in Doha and in Eugene.Bolt, meanwhile, was making his first appearance on the continent since his recent recovery from a hamstring injury.The Jamaican surprised himself with a strong start but soon had trouble finding the required rhythm and later admitted his traditionally strong finish was absent.Bolt, who will next compete in Oslo at the Bislett Games before returning to Jamaica on June 14, said he felt no twinge from his hamstring during the race but felt "a little sore" afterwards.But he admits he has ...

Sharapova, Azarenka braced for 'intense' battle PARIS: Victoria Azarenka expects another "intense" battle against Maria Sharapova Thursday when the pair open a new chapter in their uneasy relationship with a place in the French Open final at stake.World number three Azarenka takes on defending champion Sharapova, the second seed, in their first meeting on clay since their infamous shoulder charging in Stuttgart last year.Sharapova won that clash but the final was overshadowed when the two statuesque blondes bumped into each other ...
Suarez strike sees Uruguay overcome France MONTEVIDEO: A clinically-taken goal from controversial striker Luis Suarez gave Uruguay a 1-0 win in a tame friendly against a young France side in Montevideo's Centenario Stadium on Wednesday.Suarez, a half-time substitute for Diego Forlan, made an immediate difference to the tempo of the game and had a rapid impact by breaking the deadlock just five minutes after coming on.He capitalised on the inexperience of French central defender Eliaquim Mangala to slip past him and ...
Argentina's Dotti has ban extended to 2015 COLORADO SPRINGS: Juan Pablo Dotti, a cyclist from Argentina, had his two-year doping ban extended to March of 2015 for competing while ineligible, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced on Wednesday.The 28-year-old former Argentine national time trial champion tested positive for a banned anabolic agent and ampehtamines in a sample collected June 12, 2011, after the last stage of the three-day Tula Tough event.Dotti accepted a two-year ban starting August 13, 2011, but only two months ...
Schaefer out as Thailand seeks new coach BANGKOK: Thailand has terminated the contract of its national team coach Winfried Schaefer, ending the colourful German's near two-year tenure, the kingdom's football association said Tuesday.Schaefer, renowned for his exuberant touchline presence and white bouffant hairstyle, enjoyed a chequered time in Thailand's top job, overseeing a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign but progressing to the final of the regional Suzuki Cup in December only to narrowly lose on home soil."The association has finished its contract ...
Ferres thanks Giants after England call-up LONDON: Huddersfield forward Brett Ferres thanked his Giants team-mates following his surprise call-up by England on TuesdayThe 27-year-old back rower was named in England coach Steve McNamara's 20-man squad for the International Origin match against the Exiles, a team made up of overseas plyers competing in Super League, at Warrington on Friday week.Ferres was not in McNamara's 30-man elite training squad (ETS) but gained his place on the back of superb displays for the Giants, ...
Kuznetsova bows out but takes solace in defeat PARIS: Svetlana Kuznetsova needed crutches to move around a few months ago so despite serving "like a grandmother" in her quarter-final defeat to Serena Williams on Tuesday the beaten Russian was pleased with her French Open efforts."Kuzi", who dropped to 85th in the world after a six-month knee injury layoff after Wimbledon last year, was hindered by an abdominal strain as she lost 6-1 3-6 6-3 to the American world number one.After the loss of ...


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