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Neymar cost Barcelona over 200 mln euros: report

MADRID: FC Barcelona shelled out more than 200 million euros ($245 million) for Neymar including his salary and the "countless hidden clauses of the transfer," Spain's El Mundo daily said on Thursday. If confirmed, this would be greatly…

Time for talks on players’ welfare: Djokovic

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic has called for more consideration of players' welfare amid growing demands from extra tournaments yet no sign of shorter seasons to help their recovery. Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam champion who is also…

Hasan Ali crowned ICC emerging cricketer of the year

DUBAI: Pakistan’s new pace prodigy Hasan Ali has been named as Emerging Cricketer of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his splendid performance last year. Ali finished the year 2017 as the leading wicket-taker at the…

Nadal dominant as Wozniacki pulls off great escape

MELBOURNE: Dominant Rafael Nadal swept into the Australian Open third round to keep his Grand Slam title hunt on track Wednesday, as Caroline Wozniacki pulled off a great escape to stay in contention. The world number one Spaniard's march…

Ronaldinho retires from football

SAO PAULO: Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has formally confirmed his retirement from football, more than two years since his last appearance as a professional, reports in Brazil said on Tuesday. The 37-year-old former Paris…

Federer and Djokovic take control in Melbourne

MELBOURNE: Flawless Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stamped their mark on the Australian Open on Tuesday with focused former champion Maria Sharapova also successfully negotiating the first round after her drug ban. Defending champion…