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Comeback king Zverev and Djokovic into French Open quarters

PARIS (AFP) – German second seed Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic edged closer to a possible French Open semi-final clash of generations, with the youngster edging out Karen Khachanov and the former champion seeing off Fernando Verdasco in the last 16 on Sunday. The 21-year-old Zverev claimed his third successive ...

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Taiwan double Olympic weightlifting champion Hsu retires

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwanese double Olympic champion weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching will not go for a third gold at Tokyo in 2020 after announcing her retirement following a spate of injuries. It is the end of a remarkable run for the 27-year-old 53kg class world record holder, who sensationally grabbed gold ...

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Pakistan collapse gives England early edge in second Test

LEEDS (AFP) – Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was left pondering his decision to bat first after a collapse handed England the advantage on the first day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday. England were 106 for two at stumps, just 68 runs behind Pakistan s lowly first-innings 174 ...

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Dembele gem caps France win over Italy

NICE (AFP) – Ousmane Dembele scored a terrific goal in an impressive display for France as the World Cup contenders defeated Italy 3-1 in a friendly in Nice on Friday. Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti grabbed the opening goal after eight minutes at the Allianz Riviera, converting a rebound from close ...

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Neymar fitness in the spotlight as Brazil face Croatia

LIVERPOOL (AFP) – Brazil will keep a close eye on the fitness of star striker Neymar when the World Cup contenders face Croatia in a friendly at Anfield on Sunday. Neymar, who scored four goals in the 2014 World Cup, has not played any form of football since February after ...

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Confident Pakistan look to sweep series

(Sports Desk) – England have it all to do when they take on Pakistan in the second Test at Headingley, starting on Friday, 1 June. Their loss in the first Test at Lord’s came as something of a shock. This was a young Pakistan side, their batsmen were expected to ...

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Real Madrid stunned as Zidane quits at the top

MADRID (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane dropped a bombshell Thursday, quitting the Spanish giants just days after winning the Champions League for a record third year in a row. The 45-year-old former international decided to leave at the top saying it was time for a change for himself ...

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