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Chiefs survive Highlanders scare HAMILTON: It took a late try for the Waikato Chiefs to resume normal service in the Super 15 New Zealand conference Saturday when the defending champions snatched a 21-19 victory over the Otago Highlanders. Charlie Ngatai scored in the corner at Waikato Stadium with 11 minutes remaining to put the Chiefs back at the head of the pack, replacing the Highlanders who had led after a surprise bonus-point win over the Auckland Blues last week. But there will be serious questions asked in the Chiefs camp as they struggled for possession and trailed 7-16 at half-time against a side with a reputation as the weakest New Zealand franchise. Although the Chiefs led briefly in the first half it took until the second spell before they were able to gain a measure of control against a side containing mainly unknowns at Super rugby level.Even then, as they started to get an ...

Forlan flops on debut as Cerezo lose to Sanfrecce TOKYO: Uruguay striker Diego Forlan fell flat on his J-League debut as Cerezo Osaka lost 1-0 to defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Saturday's season opener. Former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid forward Forlan sparked a fresh buzz of excitement in the increasingly dowdy J-League when he joined Cerezo from Brazilian side Internacional in January in an estimated $5.9 million deal. But the 34-year-old was unable to make an immediate impact alongside Japan international Yoichiro Kakitani ...
Dimitrov topples Murray to reach Acapulco final ACAPULCO: Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov edged second-seeded Andy Murray in three sets on Friday to reach the final of the ATP Mexico Open, where he'll face South African Kevin Anderson.The fourth-seeded Dimitrov, who had never beaten Murray in three prior encounters, triumphed 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3).Dimitrov needed two hours and 54 minutes on the Acapulco hard court to seal the victory, giving a leap of triumph as Murray's forehand found the net on match point ...
Women's downwhill start delayed CRANS-MONTANA: The womens's World Cup downhill race at Crans-Montana, Switzerland has been delayed until 13h00 local time (12h00 GMT) due to overnight snowfall, the International Ski Federation announced Saturday. Heavy snow overnight at the Valais resort forced organisers to scrap the initial 10h15 start (09h15 GMT) in order to clear the snow and prepare the piste. Training on Friday was cancelled because of heavy snowfall and soft conditions towards the bottom section of the track.There ...
Title race is over, admits Bayern's Mueller BERLIN: Germany star Thomas Mueller has admitted the Bundesliga title race is over and it is just a matter of time before Bayern Munich are again crowned champions."From a realistic point of view, the Bundesliga title has already been decided," the 24-year-old told Munich newspaper TZ with Bayern holding a 19-point lead at the top of the table."I don't think anyone is reckoning that we will lose six of our last remaining 12 matches when ...
Waratahs humble Reds in record Super win SYDNEY: The New South Wales Waratahs savoured their biggest win over the Queensland Reds winning the Australian Super 15 derby 32-5 in Sydney on Saturday.The Waratahs ended a five-game losing run against the Reds to humble their interstate rivals five tries to one with man-of-the-moment Israel Folau scoring a try double after grabbing a hat-trick the previous week.The 26-point margin eclipsed the Tahs' previous highest winning margin over the Reds of 24 in their 30-6 ...
FIFA authorise wearing of veils, turbans during matches ZURICH: Football's world governing body FIFA on Saturday officially authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches."It was decided that female players can cover their heads to play," said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the sport's lawmakers, in Zurich.That will allow female Muslim players who wear a veil in everyday life to cover their heads during matches, and Valcke added that male ...


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