• Alonso cheer, Raikkonen woe for Ferrari at Chinese grand prix
    Alonso cheer, Raikkonen woe for Ferrari at Chinese grand prix

    Fernando Alonso brought some welcome cheer to Ferrari after a troubled week by setting the fastest time in first practice for the Chinese grand prix on Friday. However it was a mixed morning for the Italian giants and their new team principal Marco Mattiacci, who was installed after Stefano Domenicali dramatically quit on Monday, as Kimi Raikkonen was unable to complete a timed lap after mechanical problems. Alonso clocked 1min 39.783sec with championship leader Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes …

  • Red Bull and Ricciardo await verdict after appeal
    Red Bull and Ricciardo await verdict after appeal

    Formula One constructors champions Red Bull should learn by Tuesday morning whether their appeal over Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from his home Grand Prix has been successful. The FIA International Court of Appeal heard the appeal in Paris on Monday and must decide whether or not to reinstate Ricciardo in second place in the Melbourne race. Several of Red Bull's rivals had representatives at the appeal, which lasted six hours, shortly before they left for the fourth …

  • Schumacher showing 'small signs of progress': spokeswoman
    Schumacher showing 'small signs of progress': spokeswoman

    Michael Schumacher is "showing small signs of progress", his spokeswoman said Sunday, with the Formula One legend slowly recovering from devastating brain injuries suffered in a ski accident. "There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress," Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm told German broadcaster ARD. …

  • NBA playoff predictions: Heat, Spurs, Pacers and Clippers look set to dominate
    NBA playoff predictions: Heat, Spurs, Pacers and Clippers look set to dominate

    Conference quarterfinal predictions for NBA playoffs - Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers look set to dominate. …

  • Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV
    Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV

    Forget the Showtime Lakers or the Sacramento Kings of past decades. The alley-oops in Lob City, the deep 3-pointers by the Splash Brothers and the overall bitterness between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors should make for one of the most entertaining matchups in the first round of the NBA playoffs. ''As far as a series, it's a 10,'' said former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, who will have a front row seat on the ABC broadcasting team for Game 1 in Los Angeles on …

  • Stanford seizes LPGA lead with eight-under 64
    Stanford seizes LPGA lead with eight-under 64

    Angela Stanford nabbed eight birdies in an eight-under par 64 to grab the second-round lead at the LPGA Lotte Championship. Stanford, a five-time LPGA Tour winner, improved her score from the first round by eight shots, her eight-under par total of 136 giving her a one-stroke lead over fellow American Michelle Wie. World number one Park In-Bee of South Korea, seeking her first title of 2014, carded a 68 to head a group on 138 that also included seventh-ranked South Korean Ryu So-Yeon, 16-time …

  • Masters contender Kuchar shares PGA Heritage lead
    Masters contender Kuchar shares PGA Heritage lead

    Matt Kuchar carried on his good form from the Masters to fire a five-under par 66 for a share of the first-round lead at the $5.8 million US PGA Heritage. Fellow Americans Scott Langley and William McGirt, each seeking a first tour triumph, were level with Kuchar after 18 holes at Harbour Town, two shots ahead of Harris English. Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old talent who shared second-place honors at Augusta National last week, was in a pack of 15 players on 69. Four days after briefly …

  • Hornets send Larrazabal jumping into Malaysian water hazard
    Hornets send Larrazabal jumping into Malaysian water hazard

    Spain's Pablo Larrazabal jumped into a water hazard to escape a swarm of attacking hornets during the Malaysian Open on Friday in what he called the "scariest moment" of his golfing career. Larrazabal was walking along the fairway of the fifth hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club when the hornets struck, stinging him on the face and head. …

Tennis

  • Impending birth could see Federer miss French Open
    Impending birth could see Federer miss French Open

    Former men's tennis world number one Roger Federer hinted on Wednesday the upcoming birth of another child for him and wife Mirka Vavrinec could prevent him playing in the French Open next month. While the family have kept all details of the birth a tight secret - the actual date has never been revealed - the father of four-year-old twins said his family life would take precedence over any tennis match. "It's a priority for me trying to be there (at the birth), trying to support my wife," …

  • Nadal, Federer rush to victories in Monte Carlo
    Nadal, Federer rush to victories in Monte Carlo

    Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer rushed into the third round at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, with both posting quick opening victories. Top seed Nadal, champion at eight of the last nine editions, spent 72 minutes in smothering any upset hopes of Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili, who got off to a shock 3-1 lead before Spain's king of clay reeled him in for a 6-4, 6-1 success. Federer, seeded fourth at a Masters 1000 event that he has never won, delivered a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing to fellow …

  • French Open prize money up by over 10 percent
    French Open prize money up by over 10 percent

    Prize money for this year's French Open will top 25 million euros ($34.5 million), more than 10 percent up on 2013, the French Tennis Federation announced on Tuesday. The men's and women's singles champions will each receive 1.65 million euros, a 10 percent increase on last year's top prize. But the main increases are for the early losers, as those who fail to progress beyond the second, third and fourth rounds will receive prize money worth between 20 and 25 percent more than in 2013. "It …

MotoGP

  • Marquez cruises to 'boring' Texas triumph for second win
    Marquez cruises to 'boring' Texas triumph for second win

    World champion Marc Marquez cruised to victory in the Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday to register his second win in two races this season but he admitted it was a boring triumph. The Spaniard repeated his maiden Texas MotoGP success from 2013 when he also won from pole position. Marquez, who won the season-opener in Qatar last month despite breaking his leg four weeks earlier, finished 4.174sec ahead of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso taking third place, a huge …

  • World champ Marquez takes pole in Texas
    World champ Marquez takes pole in Texas

    World champion Marc Marquez set a new lap record on his way to securing pole position for the second race in succession at the Grand Prix of the Americas. The Spaniard, who took pole in the season-opener in Qatar and then went on to win the race under the desert floodlights, clocked a record 2min 02.886sec on the factory Honda at the circuit where he celebrated his maiden MotoGP win last season. Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest while Stefan Bradl ensured a Honda …

  • Marquez takes pole in Texas
    Marquez takes pole in Texas

    World champion Marc Marquez set a new lap record on his way to securing pole position for the second race in succession on Saturday at the Grand Prix of the Americas. The Spaniard, who took pole in the season-opener in Qatar and then went on to win the race under the desert floodlights, clocked a record 2min 02.886sec on the factory Honda at the circuit where he celebrated his maiden MotoGP win last season. Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest while Stefan Bradl ensured a …

  • Mata: Don't blame Moyes for lacklustre Manchester United season
    Mata: Don't blame Moyes for lacklustre Manchester United season

    The Spaniard gives his backing to the former Everton boss while also revealing that, when signing for the club, he was given assurances that several other players would be bought …

  • Real Madrid fans jam streets to celebrate Cup win
    Real Madrid fans jam streets to celebrate Cup win

    Thousands of cheering Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital early Thursday after winning the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Barcelona. Supporters, many wrapped in the club's flag, cheered as the squad arrived at Madrid's central Cibeles Square, the traditional home for raucous Real Madrid victory celebrations, in a white open-topped bus with the word "champions" written in black letters on its sides. Fans applauded Real goalkeeper and captain Iker …

  • Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial
    Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defense, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake. …

  • Unpolished Pulis gets Palace sparkling
    Unpolished Pulis gets Palace sparkling

    With his baseball cap and tracksuit, Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is an unlikely trendsetter, but his exploits this season have made him the name on everyone's lips. Five months on, their 3-2 victory at high-flying Everton on Wednesday took them to the 40-point mark synonymous with survival, 10 points above the relegation zone with four games still to play. "The manager has come in and done a brilliant job," says Palace winger Jason Puncheon, one of several players to have been …

  • Hashim tuntut TRW bangkit garang

    Kota Bharu: Pengendali sementara Kelantan, Hashim Mustapha mengakui tugas berat menanti The Red Warriors (TRW) pada pertemuan dengan Sarawak di Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV, malam ini selepas kehilangan ketua jurulatihnya, Steve Darby. Hashim berkata, gandingannya bersama Zahasmi Ismail akan berusaha melakukan yang terbaik bagi mengembalikan semua prestasi TRW yang merudum sebelum ini. Tamparan hebat Kelantan baru saja kehilangan jurulatih dan ia sudah pasti memberi tamparan yang hebat buat …

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