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Rooney cheered by Kane's England emergence      WATFORD: England captain Wayne Rooney paid a glowing tribute to his new international colleague Harry Kane on Thursday, saying the Tottenham Hotspur striker's emergence was "great for English football".Kane, 21, has been drafted into the England squad by manager Roy Hodgson for the first time after scoring 29 goals this season.He will make his debut either in Friday's 2016 European Championship qualifier at home to Lithuania or Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Turin and Rooney is excited about lining up alongside him."First of all, the season he's had has been incredible," Rooney told a press conference at the England team hotel in Watford, north of London."His first season in the Premier League, to score the goals he's scored, and his performances have been excellent. He fully deserves his call-up to the squad."You've seen over the last few days (in training) that he's a goal-scorer; if he has a chance, he'll ...

Duhamel and Radford clinch world gold SHANGHAI: Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the world pairs title in Shanghai Thursday, after claiming bronze at the competition in the last two years.The pair scored 144.55 in the free skate to finish with 221.53 overall at the world championships and remain undefeated this season after clinching the Grand Prix Finals in December and Four Continents last month.The pre-tournament favourites finished ahead of Chinese pairs Sui Wenjing and Han Cong (214.12) and Pang ...
Van Garderen wins Tour of Catalonia fourth stage LA MOLINA: American rider Tejay Van Garderen of the BMC team won Thursday's fourth stage of the Tour of Catalonia over 188.4km between Tona and the ski resort of La Molina.Van Garderen clocked 5hr 6min 36sec to finish three seconds ahead of Australian Richie Porte of Sky with Spaniard Alberto Contador third, at eight seconds.Belgian Bart de Clerq of the Lotto team took the overall race lead ahead of Friday's 195.4km fifth stage between Alp ...
Atkins to replace fellow Aussie Mumm at Exeter LONDON: Exeter have recruited Australian lock Ollie Atkins from Edinburgh to plug the gap left by his departing compatriot Dean Mumm, the English Premiership club announced on Thursday.Atkins, 26 and a Scotland A international, has agreed a two-year deal and will join the club after captain Mumm returns to Australia at the end of the season."We had been aware Dean might be tempted to move back to Australia, but he has been very open and ...
Referees, not rules, need to change says O'Driscoll HONG KONG: Irish great Brian O'Driscoll said Thursday that it was officiating and not the laws of the game that needed to change to ensure a spectacle of scintillating rugby at this year's World Cup in England.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had said last week that defence was dominating and warned the 15-a-side game risked becoming "boring" unless a rulebook running to more than 200 pages was culled and de-mystified.But O'Driscoll, who retired last year ...
Alonso has 'zero worries' despite crash mystery SEPANG: Fernando Alonso on Thursday blamed a mysterious steering lock-up for his crash in testing but insisted he had "zero worries" about his return to the track in Malaysia.The two-time Formula One world champion revealed details about the February 22 accident for the first time after medics cleared him to drive this week at Sepang.The McLaren driver denied blacking out before the accident in Barcelona, and also dismissed reports that he suffered amnesia so severe ...
Germany's World Cup hangover concerns Loew KAISERSLAUTERN: Eight months after the champagne corks popped following their World Cup triumph in Rio de Janeiro, head coach Joachim Loew has cause for concern as Germany's Brazil 2014 hangover continues.Only Lukas Podolski's 81st-minute equaliser prevented Germany suffering a shock defeat to Asian champions Australia in Kaiserslautern on Wednesday in a 2-2 friendly draw.Next comes Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier away to second-from-bottom Georgia with Germany in the unusual position of joint second in Group D, ...


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