West Ham, Boro post 1st wins in Premier League

Updated 21 August 2016

West Ham, Boro post 1st wins in Premier League

LONDON: The first Premier League game staged at the centerpiece stadium of the London Olympics in 2012 served up some late drama Sunday, with new tenant West Ham scoring in the 85th minute to earn a 1-0 win over 10-man Bournemouth.
Track-and-field stars like Usain Bolt and David Rudisha produced some amazing memories at the Olympic Stadium — now known simply as London Stadium — four years ago, but this match was forgettable until a flurry of incidents in the latter stages.
Bournemouth was left a man short by Harry Arter’s sending-off in the 77th, and West Ham took advantage when winger Michail Antonio met an inviting left-wing cross by Gokhan Tore with a header at the far post.
“I did say to him two minutes before the goal, ‘Go and be a hero,’” West Ham captain Mark Noble said about Antonio. “He went, and was one.”
West Ham then needed a reaction save from goalkeeper Adrian followed by a clearance from near the goal-line to preserve its first league win at the team’s new home. Having waved an emotional goodbye to Upton Park last season after 112 years there, West Ham is in the first year of the club’s tenancy at the London Stadium and will take time to get used to the new surroundings.
Decimated by injuries to many of its key players, including Dimitri Payet, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and new record signing Andre Ayew, West Ham also had to cope with a tough week that saw them play Chelsea on Monday — losing 2-1 to a late goal — and then travel to Romania for a Europa League qualifier on Thursday. The threadbare squad returned to London in the early hours of Friday.
“It wasn’t a great game of football,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said. “We didn’t expect to play like Brazil.”
Bournemouth has lost both of its games in the league so far, having opened with a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United.
Sunderland, and its new manager David Moyes, is also looking for its first point after a 2-1 loss to northeast rival Middlesbrough in the other game Sunday.
Uruguay striker Cristhian Stuani scored both of Middlesbrough’s first-half goals, the first a 25-meter screamer into the top corner in the 13th before finishing off a flowing team move in the 45th.
Patrick van Aanholt pulled a goal back in the 71st for Sunderland.

Bremen knocked out of German Cup, Leverkusen progresses
Third-division side Sportfreunde Lotte knocked six-time champion Werder Bremen out of the German Cup with a 2-1 victory, while Bayer Leverkusen progressed from the first round Sunday.
Matthias Rahn fired Lotte into an early lead, Zlatko Junuzovic equalized, but Andre Dej claimed what proved to be the winner in the 55th minute. Bremen’s Fin Bartels was sent off late.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored and set up Karim Bellarabi’s goal as Leverkusen edged past fifth-tier SC Hauenstein 2-1. Andjelo Srzentic’s late goal for Hauenstein ensured a nervy finish with Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno forced to make a number of saves.
Antonio-Mirko Colak scored a hat trick as Darmstadt routed fifth-tier Bremer SV 7-0, Hoffenheim won 6-0 at fourth-tier FC Germania Egestorf/Langreder and second-division side Greuther Fuerth won 4-1 at fourth-tier Eintracht Norderstedt.
Eintracht Frankfurt and Mainz both needed penalties to get past lower-league opposition.
Mainz defeated fourth-tier Unterhaching 4-2 in the shootout after their game ended 3-3 following extra time.
Guillermo Varela scored the winning penalty as Frankfurt beat third-division Magdeburg 4-3 with the game tied 1-1 after extra time. Frankfurt defender Michael Hector earned a second yellow card in extra time, and the game was held up in normal time due to fan disturbances, with police forced to intervene.
Fourth-tier side Astoria Walldorf upset second-division Bochum with two goals in extra time for a 4-3 win, and second-division Union Berlin won 2-1 at third-tier MSV Duisburg thanks to an own goal in extra time.

Time for the Sun to shine on Hyderabad in the IPL

Updated 22 March 2019

Time for the Sun to shine on Hyderabad in the IPL

  • Can MS Dhoni lead the Super Kings to another IPL title?
  • Who are the players to watch out for?

LONDON: The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League gets underway today with the usual razzmatazz, stacks of cash — in cricketing terms at least, pure conspicuous consumption — on display. This is the form of leather on willow that is as close to pure Americana as you are going to find.
As much as $15 million was shelled out at this year’s auction on 60 players. You only have to look at the riches the players are now earning to realize why every big-hitting batsman or wily bowler wants a piece of the IPL. Varun Chakravarthy went for $1.2 million, a millionaire overnight having not even played for his country.
Once again the Chennai Super Kings are the team to beat. Under MS Dhoni the powerhouses have won three titles — a record they share with the Mumbai Indians.
Here we give you the lowdown on cricket’s brashest format and take a peek into our crystal ball to tell you what we think is going to happen.

DELHI CAPITALS (8th last year)

Have only made the last four three times, finished rock bottom last year and decided something had to change. So they changed their name from the Daredevils to the Capitals, the new name as prosaic as their past cricket. They have added Shikhar Dhawan for power at the top of the order and to compliment the decent bowling attack of Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada.
ARAB NEWS SAYS: The only way is up but will finish outside the top four.


The winners of the first IPL they have made the last four three times since. A look at their batting line-up — Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Ajinkya Rahane — will always trouble the opposition bowlers and with Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat in the attack will always take wickets. Can they back up their impressive team sheet with equally impressive results?
ARAB NEWS SAYS: Will reach the last four but will miss the departing Stokes and Buttler who leave for a pre-World Cup training camp.


An impressive spin attack of Ravi Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Chakravarthy will once again prove that T20, once thought to be the graveyard for slow bowlers, is a game built just for them. They will look for West Indies legend Chris Gayle to find his big-hitting range early on to give them the totals to defend.
ARAB NEWS SAYS: Could prove to be the surprise package if, and it is a big if, their big names fire. We think they will just miss out on the last four.

Will Chris Gayle fire again this season? (AFP)


One look at their batting line-up is enough to give any bowler the dreaded yips. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers could have their very own “who is the greatest short-form batsman of all-time” competition. The addition of Marcus Stoinis will give the side more balance and a chance of winning their first title.
ARAB NEWS SAYS: A side with Kohli and De Villiers cannot go three years without a top-four finish.


The Manchester United of the IPL, they have won three titles and with Rohit Sharma as captain, and a settled side — Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah just three of the retained stars — will always be a danger. But they finished outside the top four last year and perhaps miss a bit of fire power in the batting department.
ARAB NEWS SAYS: Another year outside the top four.

Virat Kohli is dangerous no matter what the format. (AFP) 


Last year’s top-four finish was a surprise and there is the sense they will struggle to match that this time around. With Windies stars Carlos Brathwaite and Andre Russell in the side and spin king Sunil Narine they will always have a chance but it is perhaps expecting too much to repeat last season’s surge to the semis.
ARAB NEWS SAYS: They will not be able to repeat last year’s heroics and will finish in sixth.


The team to beat, they have kept most of their title-winning side from last year and still have MS Dhoni — will he ever retire? — at the helm. It is hard to make a case for them not reaching the final, harder still not making the last four. If there is one possible worry is it that they have not strengthened much over the winter.
ARAB NEWS SAYS: In the last four.


Will still be smarting from their heavy defeat in the final at the hands of Chennai last year. They look to have the strongest batting line-up with Kane Williamson, Martin Guptil, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner to share the big-hitting responsibilities and with spinner of the moment Rashid Khan they will always be able to take wickets.