Juma, Maryam book ticket to London
DOHA GULF shooters Juma al Maktoum and Maryam Arzouqi pulled off surprise performances to clinch passes for the London Olympic Games on Saturday.
|Australia closes in on quick win |
|PERTH ANOTHER dismal performance by India's creaking top order had the tourists tottering towards a heavy defeat after the second day of the third Test against Australia in Perth on Saturday.
At the close of play, India, needing to win to have any hope of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, was 88 for four in its second innings after yet another collapse, an overall deficit of 120 runs.
Veteran Rahul Dravid was unbeaten on 32 and Virat Kohli on 21.
Young paceman Mitchell Starc, who claimed the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar cheaply in the Indian second innings, said the Australians didn't expect to have to bat again in the match.
"We feel we have got enough to possibly bowl them out without having to bat again," he said.
"We are going to have to bowl pretty well tomorrow, but I think we have got enough to get there." Indian paceman Umesh Yadav, who was a rare chink of light for the tourists as he took his first fivewicket haul in Test cricket, put on a brave face.
|Scholes scores in United's 3-0 drubbing of Bolton |
| LONDON PAUL Scholes scored a fairytale goal as Manchester United outclassed Bolton Wanderers 3-0 to go level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday.
Playing his first game at Old Trafford since making a shock return from retirement in the FA Cup win over City on Sunday, Scholes fired United ahead in first-half injury time.
The 37-year-old's strike was his 103rd goal in the Premier League and came just under 18 years after his first, scored on his debut against Ipswich Town in September 1994.
Late goals from striker Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick made sure of the points as United — who also had a Wayne Rooney penalty saved — ended a run of two league defeats to leave Bolton firmly stuck in the relegation quagmire.
Tottenham, meanwhile, missed the opportunity to join United and City — who face bottom club Wigan Athletic on Monday — at the top after being held to a 1-1 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers at White Hart Lane. Wolves stunned Spurs by taking the lead on 22 minutes, Steven Fletcher bagging his ninth goal of the season after Roger Johnson headed on Matt Jarvis' teasing corner.
|Gabon hopes for home boost at Nations Cup |
| PARIS AFRICA Cup of Nations cohosts Gabon were done no favours in the draw for the 2012 continental showpiece with Gernot Rohr's side facing an uphill struggle to extricate themselves from Group C|
The Panthers, making their fifth Nations Cup appearance, on paper at any rate look destined to be squeezed out of a coveted quarter-final place with previous holders and old foes Tunisia and Morocco favourites to advance.
Gabon made its competition debut in 1994, falling at the first hurdle.
Four years later they finished top of their group only to be denied by Tunisia on penalties in the last eight - their best Cup performance.
They went out in the first round again in 2000, with a decade passing before their next appearance.
In Angola 2010 as luck would have it they crossed swords once again with Tunisia and managed to hold the Carthage Eagles to a goalless stalemate following a superb opening 1-0 win over four-time champions Cameroon with Cousin scoring.
After defeat to Zambia they were edged out of a quarter- final berth on goals scored by Cameroon.