Sep 212017
 
Britain face Spain in 2018 Davis Cup opener

Spain will host Great Britain in the first round of the 2018 Davis Cup, while this year’s finalists France and Belgium were drawn against the Netherlands and Hungary respectively on Wednesday.Australia, beaten 3-2 by Belgium in last weekend’s semi-final, will start next year’s campaign at home to Germany with the United States, the record 32-time champions, travelling to Serbia.The opening round will be held February 2-4, just a week after the conclusion of the 2018 Australian Open in Melbourne.World number one Rafael Nadal, a four-time Davis Cup champion with Spain in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011, could line up against Andy Murray, the man he replaced at the top of the rankings last month.Murray, who is likely to miss the rest of the season due to a nagging hip injury, helped Britain end a 79-year title drought when they beat Belgium to lift the trophy in 2015.The participation of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland remains to be seen after the pair were also forced to cut short their campaigns due to injury.Roger Federer, who teamed up with Wawrinka to win the 2014 Davis Cup, last played in the event in a World Group play-off tie in September 2015.France host Belgium in this year’s final in Lille from November 24-26.2018 first round drawFrance v NetherlandsJapan v ItalySpain v Great BritainAustralia v GermanyKazakhstan v SwitzerlandCroatia v CanadaSerbia v USAHungary v Belgium Click for detailed story

Sep 172017
 

MARSIELLE: A woman threw acid at four female American tourists at a train station in the French city of Marseille on Sunday, an attack police said they did not believe was terrorism-related. Two of the women, in their early twenties, were treated in hospital for burns to their faces, police said. The tourists were on their way from the southern city to Paris. At least 84 killed in France as truck plows into crowd The attacker, a woman in her 40s, was arrested at the scene. Investigators have for now ruled out a terrorist motive and said they believe the attacker may be mentally disturbed, a police official said. The post American tourists attacked with acid at French train station appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 162017
 
Australia, France on brink of Davis Cup final

PARIS: Australia edged closer to a first Davis Cup final in 14 years on Saturday when Jordan Thompson and John Peers swept past Arthur De Greef and Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 for a 2-1 lead in their semi-final against Belgium.Australia, the 28-time champions, look likely to face nine-time winners France who are 2-1 up on Serbia thanks to Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert clinching a 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) win over Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic.Lleyton Hewitt´s Australia last won the Davis Cup in 2003 when they beat Spain in the final.“We had a job to do today and we came out and did it from start to finish. Playing with Thommo and in front of this crowd and perform the way we did is just incredible,” said Peers after Saturday´s win in Brussels.Nick Kyrgios can wrap up the tie for Australia on Sunday when he takes on fellow national number one David Goffin in the first of the reverse singles.Kyrgios defeated Steve Darcis 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-2 on Friday, while Goffin saw off John Millman 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.In Lille, Mahut and Herbert needed less than two hours to see off Serbia´s 41-year-old playing captain Zimonjic and Krajinovic.That Yannick Noah´s hosts have yet to book their place in the final is down to Dusan Lajovic´s shock 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/5) win in Friday´s opening rubber against Lucas Pouille, although Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had levelled the tie by beating debutant Laslo Djere 7-6 (7/2), 6-3, [Read More…]

Aug 312017
 
Man held over world 800m champion assault

PARIS: French police arrested a 24-year-old man Thursday in connection with an assault on French world 800 metres champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, sources close to the investigation said. Bosse, 25, said on his Facebook page he had suffered “multiple facial fractures” and “unspeakable psychological damage” following the attack by three individuals at the weekend in the southwest Gironde region of France. The athlete said the assault forced him to put an early end to his season.The attack occurred at around 4:00 am (0200 GMT) on Sunday in the car park of the casino at Gujan-Mestras, a small coastal resort town near Arcachon. Bosse had been a member of the local athletics club at Gujan-Mestras and was on vacation there. He had reportedly spent the night out with friends when he was approached by three people, posing for a photo alongside them before events turned sour.“When he was about to leave in his car, he received a slap in the face for no known reason. So he got out of his car then received a number of blows to the face from several individuals,” the police source said. — Click for detailed story

Aug 292017
 
French women´s world boxing champion Duchemin dies at 26

France´s women´s world featherweight champion Angelique Duchemin died aged 26 on Tuesday. Photo: File PERPIGNAN: France´s women´s world featherweight champion Angelique Duchemin died aged 26 on Tuesday after suffering a heart problem in training.Duchemin fell ill at her boxing club in Thuir in the Pyrenees Orientales region on Monday evening.She received a cardiac massage before being rushed to hospital in Perpignan, the head of the local boxing federation Jacques Rovira told AFP.She passed away in hospital on Tuesday morning, apparently of a pulmonary embolism, Rovira added.Duchemin, whose father, also a boxer, died of a heart attack in 2013, was a double champion of France and Europe in 2015 and won her world title in May.She was due to defend her title on October 12 in Montpellier.France´s Olympic champion, Estelle Mossely, posted on Twitter: “It´s with sadness that I heard about the death of Angelique Duchemin! We started out in the team together. So young… my condolences to her family.” Click for detailed story

Aug 202017
 
BMC win opening stage at heavily guarded Vuelta

NIMES, France: BMC Racing emerged victors from Saturday’s team time trial as the Vuelta a Espana got under way under heightened security measures following two terrorist attacks in northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia. For just the third time the Vuelta started outside Spain in the southern French city of Nimes as American team BMC beat out Quick-Step Floors and Team Sunweb by six seconds in a time of 15mins 58secs for the 13.7km route with Australian Rohan Dennis taking the leader’s red jersey. Pre-race favourite Chris Froome’s Sky team finished fourth a further three seconds back, but that was still enough for Froome to gain some early ground on his rivals in the general classification. “We executed it perfectly,” said Dennis. “The circuit was very technical, there was a bit of a hill, there was speed and you needed everything so we showed our true power as a team.” The threat of terror overshadowed the start of cycling’s third Grand Tour of the season after 13 people were killed when a van ploughed into packed crowds on Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas on Thursday. Attackers struck again in the early hours of Friday morning in Cambrils, 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, where a car rammed into pedestrians, killing one person.After two more stages in France and the tiny Principality of Andorra, the race enters Spain on Tuesday in Tarragona, just 20 kilometres along the Mediterranean coast from Cambrils. However, the race got off to a gentle start in picturesque surroundings with [Read More…]

Aug 082017
 
Dutch city turns orange as women toast Euro win

Thousands of orange-clad fans flooded the central Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday to celebrate the Netherlands’ first women’s Euro title, a much-needed win to boost the football-mad country’s flagging fortunes.The first “Lioness” supporters — many of them young women and girls — scurried past as the gates opened to secure a prime spot in a local park where their heroins appeared later on Monday evening.The team arrived in an orange-coloured boat which toured the city’s canals amid the cheering of thousands of onlookers who crowded the banks along the way, some even jumping into the canal to get closer to the team.“It’s amazing, they are my heroes,” Elena, 8, dressed in a Dutch football shirt and orange blow-up crown told AFP.Arriving too late at the park in central Utrecht where 12,500 fans were already crammed in to see the team, Elena had to be content watching the celebration on a big-screen television.Inside, the players were called one-by-one onto the podium, while the crowd chanted “we are the champions!”. “It’s imply incredible, unbelievable. I have no words to describe this. It’s just not normal,” Dutch and Arsenal women’s goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal told the NOS national newscaster on the boat.“I didn’t sleep much last night,” added a beaming national coach Sarina Wiegman.The Dutch women’s team beat Denmark 4-2 on Sunday to become only the fourth team to lift the trophy after eight-time champions Germany, two-time winners Norway and Sweden, who won the first edition in 1984.The Dutch win is a [Read More…]

Jul 102017
 
Wimbledon heavyweights braced for ?Manic Monday?

LONDON: For the first time since 2011, the top four men´s seeds have reached the Wimbledon last-16 with Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal taking centre-stage on ´Manic Monday´.The four stars have shared the Wimbledon title since 2003 when Federer won the first of his seven trophies at the All England Club.Djokovic has claimed three with defending champion Murray and Nadal winning two apiece.It´s the kind of domination that looks unlikely to end Monday when the fourth round takes place.Murray, who has battled hip pain, is the only one of the ´Big Four´ to have dropped a set in the first week.He faces unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire who is in the last-16 for the first time.“He has very good hands, moves well, takes a lot of chances, goes for his shots,” said Murray who has a 1-0 career lead over Paire.Murray has not lost at Wimbledon before the quarter-finals since 2006. Murray faces unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire who is in the last-16 for the first timeDjokovic takes a 1-0 career edge over unseeded Adrian Mannarino of France into his last-16 clash, with that win coming at Wimbledon in straight sets in the second round last year.Former coach Boris Becker praised Djokovic for his first week performances after fears that the Serb had lost his love for the sport after losing all four Grand Slam titles he held last year.“Boris knows me very well. So he´s right when he says that the passion is back,” said second seed [Read More…]

Jun 302017
 
A thunderstorm through the sky

In 1942, people of France started a very strong and effective movement called ‘the resistance movement’. The movement was started when France was occupied by the Germans during World War II. Thousands of people took part in the movement and fought for their freedom. At that time, Britain was among the strongest supporters of this freedom movement. The most terrible acts committed by this movement against the occupied forces in France can teach a thing or two to the current freedom fighters of Kashmir. The entire free world supported the French Resistance. The Kashmir freedom fight is no different. Then why did the two leaders of the so-called ‘greatest democracies’ declare one of the Kashmiri freedom fighters, Syed Salahuddin, a terrorist. These two leaders need to go back and do some homework and learn the meaning of the Freedom Movement which the free world proudly called the French Resistance during World War II. Asad A Khan London Click for detailed story

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