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 FIBA should let Iran host Asian Championship: captain INCHEON: The captain of Iran's unbeaten basketball team at the Asian Games has called on the sports governing body to let his country host the Asian Championship.Iran have won the FIBA Asian Championship three times since 2007, once each in Japan (2007), China (2009) and the Philippines (2013).Mohammad 'Samad' Nikkah Bahrami believes it is time for FIBA Asia to look away from the traditional powers in the east of the continent when deciding the 2017 edition."FIBA should give the Asian Championships to us for sure," Nikkah Bahrami, whose side beat seven times Games champions China to reach Wednesday's semi-final against Kazakhstan, told AFP. "If you see all the important games, they always give it to China. Olympic qualification is in China. World Cup qualification is in China. The not so important tournaments they give to Korea, Japan, the Philippines," he added."We can do it. We have a very good team. ...

Wenger confident of upturn in Arsenal results LONDON: Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal can rekindle the art of winning after a series of frustrating Premier League draws but their quest may be hindered by a "worrying" injury crisis.The Gunners are unbeaten in six Premier League games this season but have won just twice, dropping a host of points from winning positions to leave them six behind leaders Chelsea.Against north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday, Arsenal dominated possession but failed to break down ...
Rossi knocked unconscious in race crash BARCELONA: Italian great Valentino Rossi was knocked unconscious in a MotoGP crash in Spain on Sunday and was taken to hospital for precautionary checks that ruled out serious injury.The 35-year-old Yamaha rider, nine-times a world champion in all categories, ran wide and fell heavily early in the race at the Motorland Aragon circuit."Valentino suffered a concussion with a suspected loss of consciousness. From a neurological point of view he has recovered very well," said MotoGP ...
Peacock, Roby on Man of Steel shortlist LONDON: Former winners Jamie Peacock and James Roby were both named on a four-man shortlist for Super League's Steve Prescott Man of Steel award that was announced on Sunday.Leeds prop Peacock was named player of the season in 2003, while St Helens hooker Roby took the honours in 2007.They will compete for the 2014 prize against Castleford hooker Daryl Clark and Warrington prop Chris Hill.The Man of Steel prize, which has been awarded every year ...
Reading deny Wolves in six-goal thriller LONDON: Glenn Murray scored a glorious 89th-minute equaliser to earn Reading a 3-3 draw and prevent Wolverhampton Wanderers from going joint-top in the English second-tier Championship on Sunday.Hosts Reading took a 19th-minute lead through Michael Hector's header at the Madejski Stadium before a flurry of three goals in four minutes early in the second half left the score 2-2.James Henry tapped in Bakary Sako's low cross to equalise in the 51st minute before Lee Evans ...
Michal Kwiatkowski becomes Poland's first world champion PONFERRADA: Michal Kwiatkowski timed his breakaway to perfection to make history as the first Polish rider to win the men's road race world title on Sunday.Following a 254km race in torrid, wet conditions, Australia's Simon Gerrans won a six-man sprint for second ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde, third for the third year in a row.But it was Kwiatkowski's break with about 8km left, first reeling in four escapees and then going alone on the final ...
Verhaegh gives Augsburg Bundesliga lift BERLIN: A first half penalty converted by Dutchman Paul Verhaegh lifted FC Augsburg to seventh in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a 1-0 home win over Hertha Berlin.Rightback Verhaegh hammered his spot kick into the left corner after 27 minutes after Hertha keeper Thomas Kraft had taken down Raul Bobadilla in the box. It was all Augsburg needed to pick up their third win this season, pushing Markus Weinzierl's team to nine points, five off ...


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