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15 hour 14 minute

Motorsport: Al Faisal Al Zubair begins title defence with win in Dubai

DUBAI: Oman’s Al Faisal Al Zubair began the defence of his Porsche BWT GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East title in dream fashion with two pole positions and victory in the first of three races at the Dubai Autodrome on Friday.The Omani mastered the 5.39km circuit to good effect to get his title defence off to the perfect start and Omani team-mate Khaled Al Wahaibi finished sixth in race one. The result gave the Sultanate of Oman something extra to celebrate on Oman National Day with maximum points for Team Oman in the Teams’ Championship.This was the first of 16 championship...
15 hour 30 minute

Cricket: Oman edge past USA, secure WCL 2 berth in Namibia

MUSCAT: A well-crafted century from one down batsman Aqib Ilyas put Oman on the road to victory before the tail-enders took the hosts past USA with three balls to spare in a thrilling ICC World Cricket League Division 3 encounter at Amerat.With this win Oman has secured promotion to World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia next April.The USA had won all three matches prior to the clash with Oman, while Oman had won every match chasing.Winning the toss and sending USA in to bat, Oman strike bowler Kaleemullah removed the opposition’s top three batsman with a with a sensational...
15 hour 42 minute

Two ex-presidents through to Madagascar election run-off

Antananarivo: Two former presidents of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, came out top in the country's election, results showed Saturday, and are set to compete in a run-off.Neither won the 50 per cent required for a first-round win, with Rajoelina on 39.19 per cent and Ravalomanana on 35.29 per cent, according to final results from the CENI election commission, with the run-off scheduled for December 19.Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who was running to hold onto power, secured only 8.84 per cent of the vote, the commission said, adding turnout was 54.3 per cent.All three leading candidates, out of 36 runners, have...

16 hour 8 minute

Five Filipino troops killed in ambush by gunmen

Manila: Militants have killed five Filipino soldiers and wounded 23 others in a major ambush by members of a notorious kidnap-for-ransom group, the Philippine military said Saturday.The soldiers were searching for hostages taken by the Abu Sayyaf group when the gunmen attacked them on the southern Philippine island of Jolo on Friday, regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Besana told reporters."The effort is part of our mission to rescue the remaining hostages," Besana said.The Abu Sayyaf is a loose alliance of several hundred armed militants formed in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network. Friday's...
16 hour 27 minute

Tennis: Zverev shocks Federer to reach final of ATP Finals

LONDON: Alexander Zverev came of age to beat Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Saturday and set up a title decider at the ATP Finals against either Novak Djokovic or Kevin Anderson.The 21-year-old German, leading the charge of the new generation against the old guard, has flattered to deceive on the game's biggest stages but is now just one win away from the biggest title of his career.Serve dominated the first set of a high-class match at London's O2 Arena, with neither player able to make serious inroads, Zverev sending down howitzers around the 140 miles per hour (225kph) mark.Six-time...
16 hour 47 minute

Football: Socceroos and S. Korea share spoils in early Asian Cup test

BRISBANE, Australia: Australia scrambled an injury-time equaliser to share the spoils with South Korea in a 1-1 draw Saturday between two of the big guns preparing for the Asian Cup in January.Gamba Osaka striker Hwang Ui-jo gave his team the advantage, coolly burying the ball past Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan after 22 minutes before being stretchered off just before half-time clutching his right knee.But in a game Australia dominated, Massimo Luongo got their just rewards when he tapped the ball home after Korean keeper Kim Seung-gyu spilled a shot from Tom Rogic deep into stoppage time.The Socceroos beat the Koreans...

17 hour 25 minute

British PM takes pot-shot at plotters

London: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday told the plotters planning to overthrow her that their alternative Brexit plans would not make all the problems disappear.May is fighting to salvage her draft Brexit deal and her job after a tumultuous week in which four ministers resigned, MPs slammed the proposal and members of her own party tried to oust her.But she insisted there was no better option on the table and any alternative plans would still not conjure up a solution to keeping open the border with the Irish Republic."People say 'If you could only just do something slightly...
17 hour 32 minute

Cricket: Boult leads New Zealand fightback against Pakistan

ABU DHABI: Left-arm pacer Trent Boult helped New Zealand foil Pakistan's advantage with four wickets as the first Test was evenly poised after day two in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.Boult's 4-54 derailed the Pakistani batsmen who were bowled out for 227 in response New Zealand's first innings total of 153.He was well supported by debutant spinner Ajaz Patel (2-64) and Colin de Grandhomme (2-30) as Pakistan managed a first innings lead of just 74.New Zealand then battled to 56-1 when bad light forced umpires to end the day with 4.2 overs still remaining. The Black Caps still trail by 18...
17 hour 33 minute

Cricket: South Africa too strong for Australia in rain-hit T20

GOLD COAST, Australia: Speedster Chris Morris claimed two key wickets as South Africa strangled Australia to a 21-run victory in their rain-reduced Twenty20 international on the Gold Coast on Saturday.The South Africans easily protected their 108 for six total off 10 overs to restrict Australia to 87 for seven with Morris the star of the Proteas bowling attack.Morris claimed the wickets of D'Arcy Short for a first-ball duck and Chris Lynn for 14 in his opening over to trigger a wicket slide.The Australians fell away from 21 for one after two overs to be 60 for six upon the dismissal...

17 hour 36 minute

Cricket: England sniff victory after Mathews wicket in second Test

KANDY, Sri Lanka: Spinners led by Jack Leach helped England close in on a series-clinching victory after Sri Lanka lost a fighting Angelo Mathews for 88 in the second Test on Saturday before rain stopped play.Moeen Ali trapped Mathews lbw in the first over after tea to end the senior batsman's solid resistance that had kept alive Sri Lanka's hopes of chasing down a target of 301.Leach struck soon to get Dilruwan Perera for one when torrential rain halted proceedings for the day with Sri Lanka on 226 for seven in Kandy.The hosts, who trail the three-match series 0-1, need...
18 hour 8 minute

'Yellow vest' protests against Macron snarl traffic across France

Paris:Thousands of people blocked roads across France on Saturday in a "yellow vest" movement against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into widespread protest against stagnant spending power under President Emmanuel Macron.Tempers flared as some drivers tried to force their way through demonstrators, and one protester was killed when a woman panicked and accidently rammed into a crowd.An estimated 124,000 people were taking part at midday in more than 2,000 protests at roundabouts and motorway exits, the interior ministry said.Police had detained 24 people, at times using tear gas to clear blockades, the ministry said. Forty-seven protesters were injured, three...
18 hour 48 minute

Cricket: Oman edge past USA, secure berth in Namibia

MUSCAT: A well-crafted century from one down batsman Aqib Ilyas put Oman on the road to victory before the tail-enders took the hosts past USA with three balls to spare in a thrilling ICC World Cricket League Division 3 encounter at Amerat.With this win Oman has secured promotion to World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia next April.The USA had won all three matches prior to the clash with Oman, while Oman had won every match chasing.Winning the toss and sending USA in to bat, Oman strike bowler Kaleemullah removed the opposition’s top three batsman with a with a sensational...