ANALYSIS | FOOTBAL : Wenger seems further than ever from winning European Cup

Under manager Arsene Wenger, Arsenal has played in the group stage of Europe’s top club competition for 17 straight seasons. The team even reached the final once, losing to Barcelona

Jeter arrives in Japan for charity baseball game

Former major league teammates Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui will take part in a charity baseball game to support survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan — and

Thai club Buriram United maintains lead in Group F

Thai club Buriram United maintained its lead in Group F of the Asian Champions League yesterday after holding J-League champion Gamba Osaka to a 1-1 draw. Hiroyuki Abe gave Gamba the

Basketball | Obama picks undefeated Kentucky to win NCAA title

President Barack Obama is picking the University of Kentucky Wildcats to win the men’s college basketball championship next month. Saying he thinks they can have an undefeated tournament after winning

Parma owner Manenti arrested in new blow to crisis-hit club

Crisis-hit Serie A club Parma suffered another blow yesterday with the arrest of its new owner and president, Giampietro Manenti, accused in a failed hacker credit card scam. Prosecutor Michele Prestipino

F1 | Sauber settles contract dispute with ex-driver Van der Garde

Former Sauber test driver Giedo van der Garde says he has settled his contract dispute with the team for “significant compensation” while accepting his Formula One career is effectively over. Van

Rugby | 6N : Wales forced to change props for Italy test in Rome

  Wales has been forced by injuries to start new props in the Six Nations decider against Italy in Rome on Saturday. Loosehead Rob Evans and tighthead Aaron Jarvis will carryo on

Football | EPL: Advocaat heads to England to save troubled Sunderland

Much-traveled coach Dick Advocaat took his first job in English soccer yesterday when he was hired by Sunderland in the latest late-season change by the perennial Premier League struggler. The 67-year-old

Bhutan | FIFA’s lowest-ranked team advances in World Cup qualifying

The lowest-ranked team in world soccer won again yesterday and advanced to the second round of World Cup qualifying. Bhutan, a Himalayan kingdom ranked 209th by FIFA, beat Sri Lanka

Analysis | F1: Mercedes’ dominance has rivals calling for rules reform

Mercedes’ Formula­ One chief Toto Wolff has suggested rival teams “moaning” about his team’s commanding success should put their heads down and work harder, following Mercedes’ domination of the Australian

Platini: Change at top of FIFA is ‘important’ for football

Change at FIFA is “important for foot-­ball,” UEFA President Michel Platini said yesterday in a recorded video interview two months before the world soccer body’s presidential election. Platini, a FIFA vice

Cricket | Terrorism, security issues mean no home matches for Pakistan

Fast bowler Wahab Riaz played his first limited-overs cricket international in 2008, in a vastly different era for cricket in Pakistan. A terrorist attack just over a year later in

China aims to see its football teams among world’s best

China’s Cabinet released a reform plan yesterday aimed at raising the level of football in the country, where poor international showings have been blamed on a history of corruption and

F1 | Hamilton leads 1-2 finish for Mercedes at Australian GP

Lewis Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg in a one-two finish for Mercedes at the Australian Grand Prix yesterday, as the team extended it 2014 dominance into the opening race of

Sports Views | Not every F1 season can or needs to be a classic

Anyone who tells you this new Formula One season will be a classic, packed full of thrilling uncertainties, is stretching the truth. The outcome — Mercedes’ super-quick cars again scooping

Boxing | Mayweather, Pacquiao agree to Olympic-level drug tests for bout

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao agreed to blood and urine testing ahead of their May 2 world- championship welterweight boxing match. A plan to have Mayweather, 38, and Pacquiao, 36,

Football | After Chelsea’s exit, English clubs face European humbling

Exiting the Champions League was painful for Jose Mourinho but there was no sense of injustice. The Chelsea manager was uncharacteristically restrained, with no attempt to excuse an abject performance

Rugby : 6N France | Coach makes 8 changes to face Italy, after loss to Wales

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has shaken up his side by making eight changes from the team which lost 20-13 at home to Wales for Sunday’s trip to play Italy —

Cricket | Sangakkara retiring from ODIs in style at World Cup

Kumar Sangakkara's record-setting performance at the Cricket World Cup just might help Sri Lanka move past its runner-up status at the last two tournaments. Sangakkara, who scored 124 runs yesterday against

UAE investigated for alleged fake endurance horse races

An investigation into alleged "ghost races" and faked results in endurance racing in the United Arab Emirates has been ordered by the International Equestrian Federation. The governing body said yesterday it

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