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After medal first, female Indian skier aims for Olympic summit

NEW DELHI: She has already defied the odds in a country fixated on cricket rather than the slopes to win India's first international skiing medal - but Aanchal Thakur insists she is just getting started.

Olympics: IOC steps up drug tests ahead of Winter Games

The tests, conducted between April and December 2017, represent a 70 per cent increase on the same period in 2016, the IOC said.

'I thought I was going to die,' says US Olympian of doctor's abuse

CHICAGO: Olympian gymnast McKayla Maroney on Thursday (Jan 18) told of the "scars" left by alleged sexual abuse by the former national team doctor Larry Nassar, as a report claimed officials at an American university long knew he was…

Olympics: South Korea short track coach suspended over 'assault'

SEOUL: A South Korean women's short track speed skating coach has been suspended just weeks before the country hosts the Winter Olympics, officials said, with reports saying he hit Sochi gold medallist Shim Suk-Hee.

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Football: Barcelona stay calm after seeing unbeaten run end

MADRID: Andres Iniesta has insisted that nobody at Barcelona is panicking after the runaway leaders of La Liga saw their long unbeaten run come to an end.


Football: Drogba looks to future as stellar career winds down

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast: At the age of 39, Didier Drogba is in the twilight years of a glittering football career that has spanned two decades and six countries and brought him a harvest of trophies.


Get on with tennis, says Federer, there's been worse heat

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer has downplayed suffocating heat on court at the Australian Open, saying it was part of the game and players should be prepared.


Football: Late Asensio strike gives Real Madrid first leg Cup win

MADRID: A last gasp goal from Marco Asensio gave a virtually second string Real Madrid a 1-0 first leg Spanish Cup quarter-final victory at Leganes on Thursday.


Football: VAR here to stay, says Wenger

LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Video Assistant Referee technology is important for the future of the game despite some early "hiccups" with the system.


Golf: Fleetwood sets pace to open title defence

ABU DHABI: Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood picked up from where he left off in the UAE capital, racing to the top of the leaderboard early in the US$3 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Thursday (Jan 18) with a bogey-free round of…

Tennis: Federer shines as Djokovic survives brutal heat test

MELBOURNE: Defending champion Roger Federer cooly swept into the Australian Open third round on Thursday (Jan 18) as Novak Djokovic survived a gruelling fitness test under the brutal Melbourne sun.

Snooker: Allen knocks O'Sullivan out of Masters tournament

LONDON: Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan's hopes of an eighth Masters title disappeared on Thursday (Jan 18) when he suffered a 6-1 thrashing by Northern Irishman Mark Allen in the quarter-finals.

Football: Neymar cost Barcelona over €200m: Report

MADRID: FC Barcelona shelled out more than €200 million (US$245 million) for Neymar including his salary and the "countless hidden clauses of the transfer," Spain's El Mundo daily said on Thursday (Jan 18).


Arsenal's Sanchez likely to join Manchester United - Wenger

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is likely to join Manchester United, his manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.


Unhindered Halep dashes past Bouchard into third round

MELBOURNE: Top seed Simona Halep eased fears over her fitness with a brisk 6-2 6-2 demolition of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Top badminton players concerned about new format

World number one Viktor Axelsen, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei and China's Lin Dan have expressed concerns about a new badminton tournament structure requiring players to compete in more events.


Cricket: India's Kohli named ICC Cricketer of the Year

India captain Virat Kohli had something to cheer on Thursday when he was named ICC World Cricketer of the Year, a day after suffering his first test series defeat as skipper in South Africa.

Basketball: Warriors equal team record with 14th road win in a row

Klay Thompson scored 38 points and Stephen Curry added 30 to spark defending NBA champion Golden State over Chicago 119-112 Wednesday, giving the Warriors a club record-matching 14th consecutive road victory.

Two Koreas' 'one flag' emblematic of once better ties

North and South Korea's plan to march together under the same blue-and-white Korean peninsula flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month marks the revival of an emblem of warmer ties between the old foes from years past.


Tennis: Players and fans swelter in Melbourne, brace for worse on Friday

MELBOURNE: Tennis players and fans sweltered in scorching conditions at the Australian Open on Thursday (Jan 18), braced for a two-day heat wave to worsen with the mercury set to exceed 40 degrees Celcius on Friday.

Thursday, Jan 18

Tennis: Crowd behaves badly as prankster halts play at Australian Open

MELBOURNE: A man who began heckling near the players' boxes during a Nick Kyrgios Australian Open match was an internet prankster, it emerged on Thursday (Jan 18), as concern mounted about rowdy crowds at the tournament.

WTA Finals to move to Shenzhen from Singapore in 2019

China's growing influence over women's tennis moved up a notch on Thursday when the southern metropolis of Shenzhen was announced as the new venue for the season-ending WTA Finals from 2019 to 2028.

Tennis: Singapore to host WTA Finals for last time in 2018

SINGAPORE: Singapore will host the elite WTA Finals for the last time in 2018, organisers said on Wednesday (Jan 17), ending the season-ending tournament's run in the country.

Football: Chelsea edge into FA Cup fourth round

LONDON: Chelsea needed a penalty shoot-out before finally killing off Norwich after a 1-1 draw in Wednesday's (Jan 17) FA Cup third round replay, while Bournemouth slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Wigan.

Wednesday, Jan 17

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

SEOUL: The two Koreas agreed on Wednesday (Jan 17) to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and field a united women's ice hockey team for the Games in a further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula.

Tennis: Dream grand slam debut continues for 15-year-old Kostyuk

MELBOURNE: Ukrainian 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk became the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam in over 20 years when she defeated local wildcard Olivia Rogowska at the Australian Open on Wednesday (Jan 17).

Victim of ex-USA gymnastics doctor says abuse led to dad's suicide

LANSING, Mich.: One of the victims of USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting dozens of girls, on Tuesday (Jan 16) blamed the disgraced doctor for her father's suicide.

Tuesday, Jan 16

Football: With age quotas set to bite, more Singaporean players look overseas

National footballers Channel NewsAsia spoke to also cited the desire to improve themselves ahead of the Suzuki Cup as a reason for venturing overseas to play club football.

Olympics: Plan for joint team with North gets icy reception in South Korea

SEOUL: While Seoul forges ahead with plans to use the upcoming Winter Olympics to showcase inter-Korean unity, some South Korean athletes are "furious" at proposals to form joint teams with North Koreans, highlighting a broader lack of…

Tennis: Djokovic leads push for new union in pay fight

MELBOURNE: Twelve-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic is leading a push to create an independent players union to fight for even more prize money, reports said Tuesday (Jan 16).

Gymnastics: Biles reveals abuse by jailed US team doctor

In a statement posted on Twitter, Biles said she had wrestled with her decision to go public with her story since the scandal broke.

Monday, Jan 15

Football: Paul Lambert appointed Stoke manager

LONDON: Struggling Stoke City appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager on Monday (Jan 15) after the Scot signed a two-and-half-year contract to replace the sacked Mark Hughes.

Football: Wales name Giggs as manager on four-year deal

Wales have appointed former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs as their manager on a four-year contract, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced on Monday.

Tennis: Wozniacki happy in cruise control at Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Caroline Wozniacki said she was "happy to be through" as she kept her quest for a first Grand Slam title on course at the Australian Open on Monday (Jan 15).

Tennis: Venus sent packing at first hurdle by Bencic

MELBOURNE: Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams was knocked out of the Australian Open in straights sets by Swiss 20-year-old Belinda Bencic on Monday (Jan 15).

Sunday, Jan 14

Football: Suarez fires Barcelona nine clear in Sociedad fightback

Luis Suarez stole the show with a brace and an assist as Barcelona fought back from two goals down to win 4-2 at Real Sociedad on Sunday (Jan 14) and restore their nine-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Football: Dortmund draw a blank without dropped Aubameyang

Borussia Dortmund missed the chance to go second in the Bundesliga on Sunday (Jan 14) after a 0-0 home draw with Wolfsburg without the dropped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Football: Liverpool stun Manchester City

Liverpool condemned Manchester City to their first Premier League defeat of the season on Sunday (Jan 14) as Arsenal's defeat was marked by the missing Alexis Sanchez, who looks set to leave the club imminently.

Real Madrid fighting to finish in top four, says Kroos

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said the Spanish champions cannot defend their title and are fighting to finish in La Liga's top four after their defeat to Villarreal on Saturday.