Football | Feast of goals expected in Euro 2016 qualifiers

The first "Week of Football" in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship could be a feast of goals for the continent's major powers. The second and third rounds of games in

Briefs | Cricket: England rocked by Pietersen allegations

Kevin Pietersen was made to wait eight months before having his say on the termination of his turbulent international career with England. The wait is over — and the ramifications

Football | Ronaldo and Chelsea lead AP poll

Cristiano Ronaldo’s third hat trick of the season put him at the top of the AP global football 10 yesterday. Ronaldo scored three goals in Real Madrid’s 5-0 rout of Athletic

F1 | Family: Bianchi in critical but stable condition

Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains in critical but stable condition, the Frenchman’s family said yesterday as FIA launched an investigation into his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix. The 25-year-old

Basketball | US routs Spain for second straight gold medal

After dominantly winning another world championship, the U.S. women's basketball team left no doubt of the gap between the Americans and the rest of the world. And with so much young

F1 | Bianchi’s crash latest tragedy in driver’s family

The family of Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has already paid a heavy price in motorsports. The 25-year-old Bianchi, who is in intensive care with a severe head injury, crashed during

Boxing | Marquez returns to action next year, fight against Pacquiao up to the Mexican

Ever since demolishing Manny Pacquiao in December of 2012, Juan Manuel Marquez has only fought once every year in 2013 and 2014. At 41-years-old, there is no question that the

F1 | Hamilton wins Japanese GP marred by Bianchi crash

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won a rain-shortened Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, claiming his third straight Formula One victory in a race marred by a serious crash. With Hamilton leading teammate Nico

This Day in History | 1975 – Muhammad Ali wins ‘Thrilla in Manila’

The so-called “Thrilla in Manilla” lasted 14 rounds before Frazier’s trainer, Eddie Futch, finally persuaded him to call it a day. Ali said the fight was “the closest thing to dying”. From

Tennis | Nadal dominates in return at China Open

Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff, beating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 at the China Open yesterday. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also advanced to

At Asian Games, doping tests catch only small fry

Dope testing at this year’s Asian Games has been more stringent than ever — and so far only two of the more than 9,500 athletes taking part in the regional

Champions League preview | Ronaldo, Messi take aim at Raul’s tournament goal record

The Champions League returns today with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi competing for yet another prize as the rival stars take aim at the tournament’s all-time scoring record. While the world’s

Marcel Granollers beats David Ferrer at Japan Open

Granollers converted four of nine break points at Ariake Coliseum and will next face Steve Johnson of the United States. Johnson lost only seven of his first service points and

Tennis | Serena avoids bagel, then cruises at China Open

Serena Williams narrowly avoided a bagel against Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa, then won 13 of the next 15 games to pull out a 7-5, 6-2 victory yesterday in the first

Golf | Ryder Cup | They did it again: McIlroy, McDowell deliver for Europe in singles

Rory McIlroy delivered the first point of the day in dominant fashion yesterday and Graeme McDowell won the second with a big comeback as Europe closed in on another Ryder

Bleak future for New England thoroughbred racing

New England's storied thoroughbred racing industry looks like it's trotting to a close. Suffolk Downs, the region's lone remaining track, is shutting down this year, a victim of changes in a

Asian Games Macau swimmers enter finals

Macau's female swimmers were able to reach the final rounds of two swimming categories in the Asian Games. Lei On Kei was competing in the women’s 50 meters yesterday morning when

Asian Games | China stays top amid hijab flap

China widened its lead in the Asian Games medal race yesterday as the competition was overshadowed by the Qatari women’s basketball team withdrawing because of a ban against wearing Muslim

ASIAN GAMES | Badminton women’s doubles enters final eight

The Macau duo first defeated Singapore yesterday and entered the final 16, where they fought South Korea and defeated their opponents in two straight sets. They will next meet the

FIFA VP calls for Garcia probe to be published

An investigation into alleged World Cup bid corruption should be published in full, according to FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan. Prince Ali’s plea to lift FIFA secrecy

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