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22/03/2019

Osaka silent over ex-coach lawsuit as Miami Open begins

World number one Naomi Osaka refused on Wednesday to become embroiled in a dispute with one of her former coaches who is suing her for 20 percent of her career earnings.Christophe Jean, who helped the Japanese two-time Grand Slam champion when she was a junior, wants at least $2 million of the $10 million of her earnings to date.Jean insists Osaka's father, Leonard Francois, had signed a contract when he was coaching the 21-year-old and her sister Mari in 2011.Osaka told AFP she was "not allowed to say anything" about reports of the lawsuit, although sources close to the Japanese...
22/03/2019

Declan Rice apologises over apparent support for IRA on social media

Declan Rice was forced to make a public apology on the eve of a potential debut at Wembley after it emerged the West Ham midfielder had posted apparent support for the IRA on social media in 2015. The midfielder was 16 and a member of the Republic of Ireland’s junior squads at the time of the Instagram comments in which he wrote “upthera” on one, and “my brudda. UP THE RA. Wait Till We Draw England” to a teammate on another. Rice, born in Kingston upon Thames but whose paternal grandparents are from Cork, was a regular in Ireland’s junior...
22/03/2019

Osaka sister act primed for Miami Open spotlight

Serena and Venus Williams usually get top billing at the Miami Open but this year there is another sister act vying for the spotlight with world number one Naomi Osaka showing older sibling Mari the ropes.The Williams sisters have hoisted the Miami trophy 11 times between them and all those victories were celebrated at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne.But this year the tournament has moved to the suburbs and Hard Rock Stadium is Osaka country with Naomi and Mari growing up three miles away and learning to play tennis almost in the shadow of the Hard Rock home of the...

22/03/2019

Fremantle Dockers doing a lot right, but the actions of a few keep making life difficult for everyone

By Clint Thomas Fremantle coach Ross Lyon did his best to stay positive this week, but to borrow a phrase from him — "It hasn't been ideal".The club's most high-profile off-season signing, Jesse Hogan, was stood down from the round-one clash against North Melbourne because he turned up to training on Sunday under the affects of alcohol.The club said on Monday he was dealing with an anxiety disorder that he has been managing for some time.It has been an issue for him before he moved home to Perth in the off-season.Turning up to training a week out from round one...
22/03/2019

Cameron Bancroft named captain of English county Durham three months after end of his ball-tampering ban

English county Durham have named Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, who served a nine-month ban last year for his role in a ball-tampering scandal, as their captain for this season.Bancroft returned to action in December after his suspension for his part in the Australian team's plan to change the condition of the ball during a Test match in South Africa last year.Australia captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were both handed one-year bans for their roles in the incident.Bancroft replaced as Durham captain former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood, who retired at the end of last season."He's proven since returning...
21/03/2019

Juventus Opt For Asian Pre-Season Amid Cristiano Ronaldo US Rape Claims: Report

Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus will play the pre-season International Champions Cup in Asia and not in the United States amid the Portugal star's rape investigation there, the New York Times has reported. Most of the matches take place in the United States but organisers are planning to play Juventus' elsewhere amid Ronaldo's legal case, eliminating the risk of the Portuguese star being detained by authorities in the US as part of their investigations, the newspaper reported. Juventus have confirmed their participation in the event with the official programme to be unveiled on March 27.Juventus' games will "most likely be in China...

21/03/2019

Khalil confident ahead of Arabian Gulf Cup final

Shabab Al Ahli striker Ahmed Khalil believes the entire squad is fully aware of the size of the task ahead of their side's Arabian Gulf Cup final against Al Wahda on Friday. The striker is hopeful Shabab Al Ahli can get the win at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain to win their first trophy in two years, a press release said. Khalil explained that Shabab Al Ahli have a set of objectives for the season they are still working to achieve, calling on his colleague to work as a unit and unite their efforts in pursuit of their...
21/03/2019

Harden scores 57 but Grizzlies top Rockets 126-125 in OT

James Harden did everything he could to bring the Houston Rockets back from a big deficit in the fourth quarter. He got them to overtime, but his 57 points weren't enough.  All because of a last-second free throw.  Mike Conley scored 35 points and Jonas Valanciunas had a career-best 33, including the game-winning free throw with less than a second left as the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the Houston Rockets 126-125 on Wednesday night.  "We put ourselves in a hole and tried to pick it up, but it was too late," Harden said. "We were down (17), so I had to...
21/03/2019

Radulov, Stars too much for Panthers 4-2

Alexander Radulov had two goals in the third period to lift the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.  Coach Jim Montgomery reunited the Stars' three top scorers on the first line during the first period. In addition to Radulov's two goals and an assist, Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists and Tyler Seguin assisted on all four goals.  The Stars remained in position for the Western Conference's first wild-card spot and stayed within two points of third-place St. Louis in the Central Division.  Midway through the third period, Seguin reached up...

21/03/2019

Forward thinking: Who could solve Germany's striker problem?

The best goalscorers often rely on the instinct to find space in the areas of the pitch where it's most closely guarded and the ability to keep their composure when the opportunity arrives. In Germany's 1-1 draw with Serbia on Wednesday night, Luka Jovic and Timo Werner provided examples of poachers at opposite ends of the form and confidence scales. After a corner was flicked on, Jovic found himself all alone in the six yard box and craned his neck to head Serbia in to an early lead. It wasn't the trickiest of finishes but Jovic, who has 22 goals...
21/03/2019

Liverpool keeper Loris Karius seeking to end his nightmare at Besiktas

Loris Karius' last three months at Premier League side Liverpool were nothing short of a nightmare. Dreadful mistakes in the Champions League final against Real Madrid cost his team two goals in their 3-1 defeat. His tears and heartfelt apology after the game only went a little way to quelling the fans' resentment. Then, during the warmup for the club's first preseason game in July at lowly neighbors Chester, Liverpool's official TV channel awkwardly caught him spilling a catch into the net. Social media users were quick to laugh. Three days later he dropped a freekick into a striker's path...
21/03/2019

New UAE coach Van Marwijk eyes 2022 World Cup berth

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk, who guided the Netherlands to a runners-up finish at the 2010 World Cup, is ready for the newest challenge in his highly successful managerial career.  The newly appointed UAE coach has been asked by the UAE Football Association to help the 'Whites' qualify for the 2022 World Cup - an act he achieved with Saudi Arabia last year. "I am here for only one thing and that is to qualify for the Word Cup," the 66-year-old coach said in his first press conference as UAE coach at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi on...