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Ivorians set for Algeria showdown, Guinea look for more luck MALABO: The Ivory Coast and pre-tournament favourites Algeria go head to head in Malabo on Sunday in what has the makings of a classic quarter-final at the Africa Cup of Nations.Ghana and Guinea meet in the first of a double-header of last-eight ties in Equatorial Guinea's capital earlier in the day before Herve Renard's Elephants face the leading side in Africa according to the FIFA rankings.Neutrals will be hoping for a repeat of the 2010 quarter-final encounter between the teams in Angola, when the Ivory Coast led 2-1 going into injury time only for Algeria to equalise before triumphing 3-2 after extra time.However, Ivorian coach Herve Renard will settle for a solid defensive display from his side. For all the attention given to captain Yaya Toure and an attack led by Wilfried Bony, it was their defence which particularly impressed in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat of Cameroon which took the Elephants ...

Diminutive Traore the star turn for Guinea MALABO: Guinea's place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals may have ultimately been won in a hotel meeting room, but that they got there at all was in large part down to Ibrahima Traore.Traore was not present when Amara Dabo, the financial director of Guinea's sports ministry, picked out the winning ball to take the Syli Nationale through to a last-eight tie against Ghana at Mali's expense in a drawing of lots at the ...
New Zealand beat Pakistan by seven wickets in ODI WELLINGTON: New Zealand beat Pakistan by seven wickets with more than 10 overs to spare in the opening one-day international at Wellington Stadium on Saturday.Grant Elliott was unbeaten on 64 with Ross Taylor on 59 as New Zealand made 213-3 in reply to Pakistan's 210.For Pakistan, Shahid Afridi made 67 and Misbah-ul-Haq 58.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Conca signs with Shanghai SIPG in '$11mn deal' BEIJING: Argentine star Dario Conca has signed with Shanghai SIPG, the Chinese Super League club said Saturday, in a deal reported to be worth almost $11 million a year.Shanghai SIPG did not mention the contract length or salary, but a report earlier this week on the Sina Sports news portal said it was worth $10.8 million a year, with other media adding the agreement was for two years.Conca returns to China after only a year ...
Murray out to end Aussie heartbreak against Djokovic MELBOURNE: Andy Murray will bid to end a tormenting run of three losing Australian Open finals as world number one Novak Djokovic eyes a fifth triumph in Sunday's decider in Melbourne.The year's first major has been a heartbreak Grand Slam for the Scot, but he has given himself another chance to finally break through and add to his Wimbledon and US Open crowns.To do that the British sixth seed must halt Djokovic's formidable record on ...
Russian, Slovak take Australian junior titles MELBOURNE: Teenagers Roman Safiullin and Tereza Mihalikova took giant steps in firing up their tennis careers by winning the boys' and girls' junior titles at the Australian Open on Saturday.The top seeded Safiullin, a 17-year-old from Russia, came through a tight contest against South Korean Hong Seong-chan to claim the accolade 7-5, 7-6 (7/2).The unseeded Mihalikova, 16, took the women's crown, easily beating British hope Kate Swan 6-1, 6-4.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Gabriel swoop gives Wenger renewed hope LONDON: Arsene Wenger believes his swoop for Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista could prove a turning point in Arsenal's battle to qualify for the Champions League.Wenger splashed out £11.5 million ($17 million) to sign Gabriel from Villarreal earlier this week and the 24-year-old could make his debut against Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Gabriel's arrival comes with Arsenal in the midst of a tense struggle to book their place in next season's Champions League ...


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