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Gignac goal secures Mexican last-four berth for Tigres MEXICO CITY: France's Andre-Pierre Gignac struck a fine goal from outside the box to give UANL Tigres a 1-0 win at Chiapas and secure their place in the Mexican Apertura championship semi-finals.Tigres went through 3-1 on aggregate after Saturday's win, having beaten Chiapas 2-1 at home in Wednesday's first leg of the quarter-final.Former Olympique Marseille striker Gignac took a layoff from former Brazil striker Rafael Sobis and volleyed a rising shot into the top far corner in the 21st minute for his 12th goal in 16 league matches.Chiapas did not live up to their previous form of the season. Before Saturday, they had been unbeaten at home and had qualified for the last eight on the back of a four-match winning run.Tigres, runners-up in South America's Libertadores Cup in August, will meet record 12-times champions America in the semi-finals.The Eagles lost 2-1 at Leon on Saturday but went through 5-3 ...

Escudero breaks deadlock to win Chinese FA Cup for Jiangsu SHANGHAI: Sergio Escudero ended more than three hours of stalemate with a goal in the second period of extra time to hand Jiangsu Sainty the Chinese FA Cup with a 1-0 aggregate win over Shanghai Shenhua on Sunday.The Spanish-born Escudero, who joined Jiangsu from FC Seoul this year, prodded home in the 110th minute of the second leg at Hongkou Football Stadium to give the club their second FA Cup title following their 2013 success.Shanghai ...
Costa on bench for Chelsea's Spurs trip LONDON: Chelsea striker Diego Costa was named on the bench for the Premier League champions' trip to in-form Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.Costa, 27, top-scored for Chelsea with 21 goals last season, his first at the club, but has struggled this term, scoring only four times, and was involved in a first-half row with manager Jose Mourinho during the mid-week Champions League win away to Maccabi Tel Aviv.With Costa on the bench, Eden Hazard looked set ...
Neymar double as Barca's rampant strikers sink Sociedad BARCELONA: A Neymar double, a spectacular volley from Luis Suarez and a goal for Lionel Messi saw top of the table Barcelona's unstoppable strike force sweep aside Real Sociedad 4-0 in La Liga on Saturday.An early goal from the in-form Antoine Griezmann gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory over Espanyol that keeps them four points behind Barca while Celta Vigo are behind Real Madrid on goal difference in fourth after a late Nolito goal gave ...
Australian Jones battles it out to fulfil a dream SYDNEY: If recent history is anything to go by, Matt Jones should have major expectations for 2016 after winning the Australian Open at his home course on Sunday.The U.S. PGA tour regular followed some pretty illustrious footsteps by clinching the Stonehaven Cup with American Jordan Spieth and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy the names immediately above his on the trophy.Like Jones, the Australian Open was the first win of the year for both Spieth and McIlroy ...
It's not me that needs to change, Hamilton tells Dennis ABU DHABI: Lewis Hamilton has suggested McLaren are the ones who need to change after his former team's boss, Ron Dennis, questioned the way the triple Formula One champion has led his life since joining Mercedes.McLaren are enduring their worst ever season, ninth out of 10 teams and without a win since 2012, while Hamilton has enjoyed another dominant year with 10 wins and his third championship.Dennis, speaking at a marketing event in London last ...
Alonso a 'time bomb' waiting to explode, says Webber ABU DHABI: Fernando Alonso is a time bomb waiting to explode as McLaren could discover next season if their car remains uncompetitive, according to the Spaniard's friend and former Formula One rival Mark Webber."It looks like between the pair of them (Alonso and McLaren), there obviously something happening," the Australian told Reuters at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.McLaren boss Ron Dennis mentioned on Saturday the possibility of the double world champion, who ...


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