Tennis | Expletives and in-your-face tennis at the Australian Open

Andy Murray's four-­set win over Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open yesterday will be remembered more for the tension between the players than the shot-making on the court. There were the

Football Thai seafood magnate set for takeover of Sheffield Wednesday

A seafood magnate from Thailand was close to becoming the latest foreign owner of an English football club on yesterday after agreeing to a takeover of second-tier team Sheffield Wednesday. Dejphon

Extra Time: FIFA hopeful is Trojan horse for gambling industry

Don’t laugh. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans. We’re talking here about David Ginola. So silky as

Football | Portugal’s great Luis Figo enters FIFA presidential race

The former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker announced his campaign in a statement yesterday timed for release with an interview with CNN. "I look at the reputation of FIFA right

EPL | Mourinho fined USD38,000 for referee ‘campaign’ comments

Mourinho made his comments after his side were denied a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on 28 December. The Football Association ruled Mourinho's quotes were "improper and brought the

Football | Asian Cup : Australia beat UAE 2-0 to reach final

  Australia remained on course for its maiden Asian Cup title after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a semifinal at Newcastle Stadium on a wet day. Playing in Newcastle for the first

African Cup | Ivory Coast, Cameroon may need luck for tournament progress

Even with all its star power, the Ivory Coast may have to depend on the luck of the draw to reach the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations. All four

Tennis | Serena Williams to meet Cibulkova in Aussie Open quarters

  Motivated by a Grand Slam loss that stung her more than most, Serena Williams dug deep for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback win over Garbine Muguruza yesterday to reach the

Football | Arsenal, West Ham, Villa stem flow of upsets in FA Cup

Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa redressed the balance for Premier League teams after a flow of upsets in the FA Cup, securing narrow wins over awkward lower- league opposition to advance

Football | Bookmaker-funded Ginola campaign could breach FIFA rules

  Even if David Ginola gains the nominations required by Thursday's deadline to stand against Sepp Blatter, his improbable bookmaker-funded campaign could be scuppered by FIFA's gambling rules. Ginola's campaign is being

Roof open or closed for Super Bowl?

  The Super Bowl stadium in sunny Arizona will present a dilemma for NFL officials as they grapple with a question that is faced by many pro sports teams in an

Boston organizers to make 2024 Olympic bid info public

  Boston residents will get their first chance on today to see how Olympic organizers would handle the 2024 Summer Games if they are awarded to the Massachusetts city. Local bid organizers

Tennis | Australian Open : Same opponent, same result: Azarenka tops Stephens again

  Victoria Azarenka is in an unfamiliar position as the Australian Open gets underway: unseeded after a long injury layoff and no longer a heavy favorite to capture a title she’s

Cricket | England beat India by 9 wickets in tri-series ODI

Steve Finn and James Anderson shared nine wickets for 51 runs as England rolled India for 153 to set up a nine-wicket win in the tri-series one-day cricket international yesterday. Finn

Football | Asian Cup : Japan, Iraq advance to Asian Cup quarterfinals

Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa scored as Japan weathered a determined Jordan to win their final group match 2-0 and advance to the Asian Cup quarterfinals yesterday. Iraq also qualified from

The Buzz | Mercedes to launch W06 on 1st day of F1 winter testing

Mercedes will launch its new W06 car on the first day of pre-season winter testing in southern Spain next month, the team said in a statement yesterday. Mercedes easily secured a

Football | Asian Cup: Iran beats UAE 1-0

  Substitute Reza Ghoochannejhad scored an injury-time goal to lift Iran to a 1-0 win over UAE and top spot in Group C at the Asian Cup yesterday. Despite a free-flowing game, and

Skiing | Kearney, Kingsbury win world dual mogul titles in Austria

American freestyle skier Hannah Kearney won the world title in dual moguls, while Mikael Kingsbury of Canada earned the men’s gold medal yesterday. It was Kearney’s 10th medal and fourth gold

Al-Attiyah wins 2nd Dakar Rally, Coma wins 5th on bike

  Nasser Al-Attiyah cruised to his second Dakar Rally victory on Saturday, completing a race he dominated from the first of 13 stages. Having won rallies in his Qatar homeland and Morocco

Ronaldo scores 2 as Madrid wins 3-0 at Getafe to keep lead

Madrid started slowly three days after its defense of the Copa del Rey title was ended by Atletico Madrid, but its talented attack eventually came through. Karim Benzema dribbled to set

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