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Sunderland thrash Everton to relegate Norwich, Newcastle

MANCHESTER: Sunderland completed its latest escape from relegation in the English Premier League on Wednesday — and consigned bitter northeast rival Newcastle to the second tier in the process. A 3-0 win over Everton guaranteed safety for Sunderland with a game to spare this season, justifying its decision to hire ...

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Cricket Australia toughens helmet standards after Hughes review

MELBOURNE: Australia’s cricket board will make it compulsory for players to wear helmets when facing fast and medium-paced bowling in line with recommendations from a review into the death of test batsman Phillip Hughes. Wicketkeepers and players fielding close to the wicket will also have to wear helmets in first ...

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Liverpool understudies eye Euro spotlight

LIVERPOOL (AFP) – Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is desperate for another chance to impress against Chelsea on Wednesday as the fight to feature in the Europa League final hots up. Allen has spent much of the season on the fringes of Jurgen Klopp s starting line-up, but the Wales international has ...

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Tennis: Nadal, Murray, Djokovic into Madrid semi-finals

MADRID (AFP) – Rafael Nadal will face defending champion Andy Murray in the Madrid Masters semi-finals after extending his perfect start to the European clay-court season to 13 matches with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa on Friday. Murray continued his serene passage into the last four by ...

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‘Unfair to compare Kohli with Tendulkar’

NEW DELHI: Veteran left-hander Yuvraj Singh feels India Test captain Virat Kohli is the best batsman of this generation but deemed it unfair to compare him with Sachin Tendulkar as he feels that it will take a lot more hard work from the Delhi lad to match the maestro’s legacy. ...

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Demanding task awaits ninth-ranked Pakistan ODI team

KARACHI: Azhar Ali and his men now have a daunting task to retain their ODI ranking in the top eight after being pushed out of the elite club following annual update since only the top eight sides on Sept 30, 2017 will qualify directly for the game’s biggest event — ...

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