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Wenger proud of Arsenal but says they can do better LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was proud his side had reached the knockout rounds of the Champions league for the 15th straight season on Wednesday but said they now needed to make a real impact in the competition. In the eight seasons since they lost the 2006 final to Barcelona, Arsenal have qualified for the last 16 every time but only reached the semi-finals once. After beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 to reach the last 16 again, Wenger told reporters: "When you work in a football club you realise its not easy to have a continuity and to be consistent but we are, and I am very proud of that. "I think the club deserves a lot of credit for that. Its not enough though because we want more than that." Asked what Arsenal needed to do, Wenger laughed, "First to send a different guy for the draw because if you ...

Steady as she goes for jet-lagged McIlroy in Sydney SYDNEY: Rory McIlroy admitted to feeling fatigued from jet-lag and an early alarm call on Thursday but the first round of his Australian Open title defence was by no means a damage limitation exercise. Starting his day with rain clouds casting an early morning gloom over. The Australian Golf Club, the world number one produced a solid round of two-under-par 69 for an early share of second place. The Northern Irishman's driver was dialled in, ...
Japan banned from FIBA competition TOKYO: Japan have been suspended from international basketball competitions -- including the Olympics -- after failing to merge their two national leagues.The International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the sport's global governing body, issued the ban in Switzerland on Wednesday, saying the Japan Basketball Association (JBA), which oversees the game domestically, had not met its requirements.FIBA said the JBA had failed to come up with a plan to merge the community-based professional bj League and the National ...
LeBron scored 29, powers Cavaliers over Wizards CLEVELAND: LeBron James produced game highs of 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists Wednesday to spark the Cleveland Cavaliers over Washington 113-87, avenging a loss to the Wizards five days earlier.James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who rejoined Cleveland this season after four years at Miami, has struggled to pull the team's talent together after only one month of the NBA season.But after a four-game losing skid, the Cavaliers have improved to 7-7, ...
Australia team to play England MELBOURNE: Australia coach Michael Cheika named the following starting team to play England in London on Saturday.Team: 15-Israel Folau, 14-Henry Speight 13-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12-Matt Toomua, 11-Rob Horne, 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Nick Phipps, 8-Ben McCalman, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), 6-Sean McMahon, 5-Rob Simmons, 4-Sam Carter, 3-Sekope Kepu, 2-Saia Faingaa, 1-James Slipper.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Robshaw well aware of Wallaby stakes LONDON: England captain Chris Robshaw is in no doubt that England's November international series will be judged a failure if they lose to Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.This weekend's clash will be a dress rehearsal for the old rivals match at next year's World Cup in England in a pool also involving Wales that, with only the top two teams going through to the quarter-finals, has inevitably been labelled the "group of death".For some pundits ...
Proud Wenger hits back at critics LONDON: Arsene Wenger celebrated Arsenal's progress to the last 16 of the Champions League by taking a swipe at the critics inside and outside the Emirates Stadium.Wenger found himself under siege in the run up to Wednesday's Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund as a section of Arsenal's fanbase called for his sacking, while Alisher Usmanov, the club's second largest shareholder, went public with some stinging criticism of the Gunners manager.Wenger's club have endured their ...


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