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Shamed South Korea ready to grasp chance of a lifetime

South Korea's captain Ki Sung-yueng leads his players onto the pitch before the start of their Asian Cup semi-final soccer match against Iraq at the Stadium Australia in Sydney

The Asian Cup final is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to wipe away 55 years of shame and prove South Korea deserves its place among the continent’s strongest footballing nations, captain Ki Sung-yueng said today. South Korea have a good case for being considered an Asian power solely on their World Cup record, having qualified for the last eight tournaments and famously ... Read More »

United ready to fight for top four spot – Valencia


MANCHESTER - Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia  has warned his team-mates that the hard work starts now in their bid to secure a top four finish in the Premier League. Louis van Gaal’s side hold the final Champions League berth as they prepare for Saturday’s home fixture against lowly Leicester, but they are just a point ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal. The ... Read More »

Thai firm buys Sheffield Wednesday


LONDON - English second-tier club Sheffield Wednesday announced on Thursday (Jan 29) that they have been taken over by Thai food company the Thai Union Frozen Group. Wednesday said that the firm have bought 100 per cent of the club’s shares from previous owner Milan Mandaric’s company UKFI Limited. The sum involved in the transaction was not officially disclosed, but reports ... Read More »

Moyes tests Real Madrid mettle without Ronaldo


David Moyes will face the biggest test of his brief spell in charge of Real Sociedad when the Basques visit Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. However, the trip for Moyes’s men isn’t quite as daunting as it could have been with three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo banned for kicking out at Cordoba defender Edimar ... Read More »

Liverpool to make late call on Sturridge


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will decide tomorrow whether striker Daniel Sturridge is ready to make his comeback after a five-month injury lay-off. Sturridge has not played since injuring his thigh on international duty with England in early September, having sustained a calf problem and a further thigh injury during the rehabilitation process. The 25-year-old returned to training with the rest ... Read More »

Serena battles past Keys to make final


MELBOURNE – Top seed Serena Williams outgunned fellow American Madison Keys in a semi-final slugfest Thursday to set up an Australian Open decider against Russian arch-rival Maria Sharapova. The 18-time Grand Slam champion downed unseeded Keys 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 after the gallant 19-year-old saved eight match points, advancing to her 23rd final in a major. Williams, 33, has made the ... Read More »

Blatter faces serious challenge at last

Blatter faces serious challenge at last

ZURICH – If anyone had doubts that football believes the time is right for change at FIFA, the roll call of people ready to unseat incumbent president Sepp Blatter should dispel them. With the deadline to submit candidatures for the FIFA presidential election closing on Thursday, four men are optimistic of getting their names on the ballot paper for the ... Read More »

Barca edge nine-man Atletico in five-goal thriller


MADRID -  Neymar bagged a double as Barcelona twice came from behind to book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 3-2 win over nine-man Atletico Madrid to seal a 4-2 aggregate victory. Fernando Torres struck for the hosts inside the first minute to cancel out Lionel Messi’s winner in last week’s first leg, but Neymar ... Read More »

Tottenham to face Chelsea in League Cup final

Tottenham, Chelsea, football

SHEFFIELD - Two moments of magic from Christian Eriksen helped Tottenham Hotspur reach the final of the League Cup with a 3-2 aggregate victory over resilient League One club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Dane Eriksen’s sublime first-half free-kick put Maurico Pochettino’s team 1-0 up on the night and they looked to be in cruise control before two goals in as ... Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo handed two-match ban

Cristiano Ronaldo handed two-match ban

MADRID - World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for two matches after being sent-off for lashing out at Cordoba defender Edimar during Real Madrid’s 2-1 win on Saturday (Jan 24). The Portuguese will miss home games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla in the next week, but crucially will be free to feature against La Liga champions Atletico ... Read More »

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