Boonen claims fourth title in Qatar
DOHA TOM Boonen confirmed his status as the King of Desert by reclaiming the overall title of the Tour of Qatar, on Friday. The Omega Pharma- Quick Step rider got cramped up in the top echelon and...
|England to name caretaker manager for Euro 2012 |
|LONDON ENGLAND could hire a caretaker manager to lead them into the European Championships before seeking a long-term appointment after the tournament, Football Association chiefs have revealed.
The shock resignation of Fabio Capello on Wednesday has left the FA scrambling to fill the vacant manager's job with just four months to go until England kick off their Euro 2012 campaign against France.
While Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Capello, FA officials stress they are keeping all options open as they prepare to compile a shortlist of candidates.
Redknapp, who was cleared of tax evasion charges just a few hours before Capello's resignation, has previously indicated he would find it difficult to turn down the England job.
However the 64-year-old is unlikely to leave Spurs during the middle of a successful Premier League campaign which has seen them climb to third in the table and on course for qualification to the Champions League.
|Suarez ready for Old Trafford return |
|LONDON LUIS Suarez is preparing to run the Old Trafford gauntlet when the Liverpool striker faces Manchester United for the first time since his ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.
The Uruguayan returned from his eight-match suspension when he appeared as a substitute against Tottenham on Monday but is expected to start for the Reds in the latest instalment of the northwest giants' bitter rivalry.
The two clubs met in the FA Cup at Anfield only a fortnight ago, with Liverpool winning a largely trouble-free game 2-1.
However the tie was soured by the relentless barracking of Evra by Liverpool fans, and the subsequent arrest of one fan on suspicion of making racist taunts to the French international.
Mindful of the potential for Saturday's fixture to turn ugly, both United and Liverpool officials have attempted to defuse tensions with calls for calm.
|Australia clinches 5-run victory over Sri Lanka |
|Australia won its second consecutive tri-series cricket match with a tense fiverun win over Sri Lanka at the WACA Ground on Friday. Sri Lanka, chasing 232 for victory, looked out of the match after slumping to 180-9 in the 45th over. But a 36-run partnership between vice captain Angelo Mathews (64 runs off 76 balls ) and tailender Dhammika Prasad (15 not out off 11) lifted Sri Lanka to within sight of a late victory. Sri Lanka needed 18 runs off Mitchell Starc's final over, but the task became a more realistic eight off four balls after Mathews hit a four then a six straight down the ground. Needing six off the final two balls, Mathews went for the big hit to win but got underneath the short delivery too much and was caught by Dan Christian in the deep. Sri Lanka was all out for 226 in 49.5 overs, after bowling out Australia for 231 with five balls to spare. Australia captain Michael Clarke, who hit 57 runs, claimed the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal (37) at an important time. Spinner Xavier Doherty also played a key role, taking 2-24 from 10 overs...|