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India hope to get boxer's suspension reversed NEW DELHI: Boxing India is confident of L Sarita Devi's return to the ring before too long after the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) suspended the 29-year-old for her petulant display at the recent Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea.Sarita was furious after losing her semi-final bout in women's lightweight division to local favourite Park Ji-na and lodged a protest against the verdict which was rejected.The adamant boxer refused to wear the bronze medal and left it behind when the presentation was over, an action she subsequently regretted in a letter to AIBA.Her apology, however, cut no ice with AIBA which slapped a provisional suspension on the boxer, three coaches and leader of India's Asian Games delegation Adille Sumariwala, barring them from all AIBA events."This case has been sent for review by the AIBA Disciplinary Commission, and it means that... Devi, the above mentioned coaches as well as Mr Adille H. ...

Wanderers unfazed by Saudi giants in ACL final SYDNEY: From day one, their maiden Asian Champions League campaign has been a leap into the unknown for the Western Sydney Wanderers, so they feel little trepidation about taking on Saudi heavyweights Al Hilal in the first leg of the final on Saturday.The Wanderers have stared down a succession of powerful East Asian outfits in the continental club championship and now face their first Middle Eastern opponents at their home Parramatta Stadium.In contrast to the ...
Williams a 'talented' mercenary, says ex-Blacks coach WELLINGTON: Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains on Thursday labelled code-hopping rugby star Sonny Bill Williams a mercenary, albeit a supremely talented one.Williams, 29, is beginning his second stint with the All Blacks after spending two seasons playing rugby league in Australia and has been slotted straight back into the squad for next month's northern hemisphere tour.Mains, who coached the New Zealanders from 1992-95, said the current All Blacks hierarchy appeared content to let Williams ...
NHL game postponed after Canada shooting LOS ANGELES: The National Hockey League game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed following the fatal shooting of a soldier in the Canadian capital."The game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, scheduled for tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, has been postponed," the NHL said in a statement."The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the ...
Nibali unconcerned by Astana doping problems PARIS: Vincenzo Nibali insists his Astana team's doping problems will not prevent him defending his Tour de France title next year.In the past month three Astana doping cases have come to light, with Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO and trainee Ilya Davidenok, another Kazakh, returning an adverse analytical finding for anabolic steroids.Already once before, in 2008, a reigning champion was prevented from defending his title because ...
Royals rip Giants, pull even in World Series KANSAS CITY: Omar Infante smashed his first playoff home run to cap a five-run outburst Wednesday, giving the Kansas City Royals a 7-2 victory over San Francisco to level the 110th World Series.By breaking open a 2-2 game in the sixth inning, the Royals deadlocked the best-of-seven Major League Baseball final with the Giants at 1-1 as the scene shifts to San Francisco for games three through five on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Infante's two-run blast ...
Australian casino mogul takes a punt on NRL champions SYDNEY: Billionaire James Packer has joined Hollywood star Russell Crowe as an official co-owner of Australia's National Rugby League premiership champions South Sydney.Packer, who runs the worldwide Crown gambling empire, bought a 37.5 percent share in the club from businessman Peter Holmes a Court, with a deal sealed on Thursday."This is a very proud day for my family," Packer said in a statement."My father (Kerry) had a long history and association with Souths and to ...


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