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Superstitious Nibali does change his shirt BERGERAC: Vincenzo Nibali admitted he was superstitious but said not to the point of wearing the same jersey throughout a three-week Tour.The Italian has been favouring certain lucky jerseys during his domination of the Tour de France -- in which he has been in yellow for all but two days -- but he said social customs dictated that he had to change his shirt from time to time."I haven't used only two, I've used a few more than that," he said when asked about rumours he'd only used two jerseys throughout the Tour."Anyway, on hot days I had a lighter jersey but due to superstition I've tried to always use the same ones, although I've changed them a few times because they have to be washed but also for the sponsors' logo to be clear."Nibali has been so dominant that he has won four stages this Tour and has never ...

Meares targets medal record on super Saturday GLASGOW: Australian cyclist Anna Meares will attempt to defend her women's sprint title on Saturday and become the joint most decorated track cyclist in Commonwealth Games history.The 30-year-old equalled Kathy Watt's Australian women's record of seven Commonwealth medals and became the first rider to win a medal at four Games when she retained her title in the women's 500m time trial on Thursday.If Meares can win medal in the sprint, she will become the first ...
Defending champ Isner advances in Atlanta ATLANTA: John Isner kept his Atlanta ATP title defence on track Friday with a 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 quarter-final victory over Australian Marinko Matosevic.A day after Isner fired 30 aces and still had to fight off two match points in a second-round win over Robby Ginepri, the towering American fired 17 aces and won 84 percent of his first-serve points in his win over Matosevic.Isner was broken in the first game of the match, but kept ...
Aussies dominate pool, Wales suffer doping shock GLASGOW: Australia continued to dominate the Commonwealth Games swimming competition with four more golds on Friday while Wales were sent reeling by a second doping shock.Australia's men's 4x100m freestyle relay team retained their title ahead of South Africa and England to claim their seventh victory from a possible 14 events.Leiston Pickett became the first swimmer to retain a 50m Commonwealth breaststroke title, while there was an Aussie one-two in the men's 200m freestyle as Thomas ...
Sunderland land Van Aanholt from Chelsea LONDON: Sunderland signed Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on Friday.Van Aanholt agreed a four-year contract with the Premier League club after failing to break into the first-team at Stamford Bridge.The 23-year-old is Sunderland's fourth signing of the pre-season, following on from the arrivals of defender Billy Jones, goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and midfielder Jordi Gomez.Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was keen to sign a left-back after Marcos Alonso's loan spell from ...
FIFA committed to 2018 World Cup in Russia ZURICH: FIFA remains committed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and says a boycott would not be an effective way of reducing tensions in the region, soccer's world governing body said on Friday. The ongoing conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine government came to a head last week with the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane, leading to the deaths of 298 people.Moscow denies supporting the separatists, but following the disaster senior ...
Wales hurdler Rhys Williams out after positive dope test GLASGOW: Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams, son of 1970s Wales and British Lion rugby icon 'JJ', has been withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games after failing a doping test.The Welsh team in Glasgow said Williams, the European champion and a bronze medallist in New Delhi in 2010, had been handed a "mandatory provisional suspension from all competition by UK Anti-Doping, after being charged with committing an anti-doping rule violation under the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules following an ...


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