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Mop-top Abdulrahman shows he's a cut above CANBERRA: He has the hair of Marouane Fellaini and he's yet to score a goal, but mop-top star Omar Abdulrahman has become the talk of the Asian Cup after two inspired performances for UAE.If anyone questioned the 23-year-old's quality, the debate was settled by his inch-perfect chip over Bahrain's defence for what became the tournament's fastest recorded goal.Abdulrahman picked up the ball mid-way in Bahrain's half, looked up and played a pin-point pass to the feet of Ali Mabkhout, who tucked it away after only 14 seconds.Abdulrahman went on to become man of the match on Thursday in the eventual 2-1 win, which put the Gulf nation into the quarter-finals with one group match to spare.His performances are attracting such attention that he's outshining Mabkhout, whose slick conversion of that glorious pass made him the tournament's top scorer with three goals.Abdulrahman has reportedly attracted interest from English Premier League champions ...

Hayel ready for new dope test after bungle MELBOURNE: The Jordan player who fell ill and could miss the rest of the Asian Cup after a botched anti-doping procedure told AFP he is happy to be re-tested.Ahmad Hayel started vomiting and lost consciousness after drinking a large amount of water when asked for a urine sample after Jordan's 1-0 loss to Iraq on Monday.Jordanian officials lodged an official protest, but Hayel said he was ready to do another test if asked by the ...
Socceroos 'not getting carried away': Postecoglou BRISBANE: Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said Friday the Socceroos were not getting carried away after two thumping Asian Cup wins, as they prepare to face South Korea in their group decider. The host nation has captured the public imagination with a 4-1 thrashing of Kuwait and a 4-0 demolition of Oman in their opening two games of the tournament.The match against the also undefeated South Koreans, likely in front of a sell-out crowd of over ...
Gasquet wraps up Kooyong with Nishikori win MELBOURNE: Frenchman Richard Gasquet beat Kei Nishikori in straight sets Friday in their final preparation for the Australian Open as the pair wrapped up the Kooyong Classic competition in the third place playoff.Spain's Fernando Verdasco faces Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine for the title.Gasquet, who seemed to struggle temporarily with his back in the second set, said later he did not have a problem.The world number 26, who won 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (8/6), will begin ...
Ginola plans to challenge FIFA boss Blatter LONDON: Former France international David Ginola is set to announce Friday that he wants to stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA, several British media outlets reported Thursday.The ex-Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur player is expected to confirm his wish to challenge Blatter during a news conference in London, with bookmaker Paddy Power and Twitter-based campaign changeFIFA among his supporters.However, doubts remain whether Ginola will in fact be allowed to stand given ...
Anthony can't stop Knicks' slide LONDON: Carmelo Anthony was powerless to prevent the New York Knicks extending their franchise-losing record streak to 16 matches as they were thrashed 95-79 by the Milwaukee Bucks in London on Thursday.Anthony, who had missed the Knicks' previous six matches with a knee injury, led his team with 25 points but couldn't make up for the deficiencies of a side who have lost 26 of their last 27 NBA games.In what is now the NBA's ...
Torres proving the doubters wrong: Simeone MADRID: Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone claimed Fernando Torres's double to take the La Liga champions into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey at Real Madrid's expense had proved the former Chelsea striker's critics wrong.Torres scored in the first minute of each half to ruin Cristiano Ronaldo's Ballon d'Or celebrations as the Cup holders were dumped out 4-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu."When he came out of the academy ...


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