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Volkan in trouble after erupting in Istanbul derby ISTANBUL: Firebrand Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Demirel was at the centre of a new scandal Tuesday after jumping onto a rival's back in an Istanbul derby game and then likening his opponents to stray dogs.Demirel was playing with his side Fenerbahce against their great Istanbul rivals Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Cup, the traditional curtain-raising event for the season that starts later this week.A typically tense and fractious game late Monday ended with 10 yellow cards but no goals after extra time and the match went to penalties.Galatasaray's Brazilian international Felipe Melo stepped up to take the third penalty but skied his strike metres over the crossbar.But in an extraordinary move that has now gone viral on social media, Demirel inexplicably then ran up to the retreating Melo, charged into him and jumped onto his back.Once back on the ground, he then began remonstrating with the Brazilian and the referees had ...

Fritz fits the bill as he signs new Toulouse deal TOULOUSE: French international centre Florian Fritz could well see out his career at four-time European Cup winners Toulouse after signing a new three-year contract with them on Tuesday.The 30-year-old -- capped 34 times -- has been at Toulouse since signing from Bourgoin in 2004 and the new deal will tie him to the club until 2018.Fritz, whose old contract ran out at the end of last season, has played 284 matches in the Top 14 ...
Arsenal striker Giroud out of Besiktas clash LONDON: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will miss Wednesday's Champions League playoff second leg against Besiktas with an ankle injury, manager Arsene Wenger said.Giroud, 27, was hurt late in his side's 2-2 Premier League draw with Everton on Saturday, with media reports suggesting the France forward could be out for up to three months.Wenger said he would definitely not play against Besiktas at the Emirates Stadium, with an assessment by a specialist the same day likely ...
Castres sign Tuatara-Morrison on three-month deal TOULOUSE: French Top 14 side Castres have parachuted in Australia back Chris Tuatara-Morrison on a three month deal as cover for injured former All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu."It was important to shore up the squad in the centre quickly following Sivivatu's (shoulder) injury," Castres general manager Matthias Rolland said in a statement.He added: "Chris is a genuine player, a good defender and he has the required attacking qualities to fit in to the style of play ...
Indian soccer team facing funding cut for Asian Games MUMBAI: India's soccer team could be at risk of losing government funding before they head to next month's Asian Games following a recent demoralising defeat to arch-rivals Pakistan.The Indian Olympic Association has sent a list of more than 900 people, including athletes and officials, to the sports ministry for approval for travelling to the Sept. 19-Oct. 4 Games in the South Korean city of Incheon."The talks are at a very preliminary stage. We can't take ...
Indian boxer Vijender Singh out of Asian Games MUMBAI: Leading Indian boxer Vijender Singh will be unable to defend his Asian Games middleweight title after a hand injury ruled him out of next month's event, the Olympic medallist said on Tuesday.Singh, whose bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics helped raise the profile of boxing in India, picked up the injury during the Commonwealth Games final in Glasgow at the start of August."It's very disappointing for an athlete. The hand is still not stable. ...
Trials to select Peshawar Region Soccer team PESHAWAR: A trials to select Peshawar Region team for the forthcoming Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Regional Boys Football Championship will be held here at Qayyum Sports Complex on August 28 at 4.00 p.m.This was stated by international coach of the Directorate of Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Syed Jaffar Shah while talking to APP here on Tuesday.He said that the trials is open for the players of District Charsadda, District Nowshera and host District Peshawar.In this connection, he said, ...


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