Lightning Liu strikes Olympic form

SHANGHAI: China’s Liu Xiang put himself in pole position for the Olympic 110m hurdles yesterday as he beat the world outdoor and indoor champions with a season-leading 12.97sec at the Shanghai Diamond

Thousands greet start of London 2012 torch relay

LAND’S END, United Kingdom: The Olympic flame was greeted by thousands of cheering spectators as it began its 70-day relay journey around Britain and Ireland yesterday ahead of the 2012 London Games.<

Malkin hat trick helps Russia dethrone Finland in world hockey

HELSINKI: NHL scoring champion Yevgeni Malkin scored a hat-trick in the world championship semi-final to put Russia into the title-decider and dethrone defending champions Finland following a 6-2 win

Lakers avoid 0-3 hole as Sixers tie series

NEW YORK: Kobe Bryant refused to let a second successive game slip through his fingers as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-96 in a cliffhanger on Friday to avoid going down 3-0

Pedrosa edges Stoner for French pole

LE MANS, France: Spaniard Dani Pedrosa will start in pole position in Sunday’s French MotoGP after posting the fastest time in a rain-hit qualifying session yesterday.

West Ham sinks Blackpool to clinch promotion

LONDON: West Ham clinched promotion to the Premier League as Ricardo Vaz Te’s late winner sealed a dramatic 2-1 victory over Blackpool in the Championship playoff final at Wembley yesterday.

Dufner grabs Nelson lead with late birdie spree

IRVING, Texas: Standing over his ball in a swale behind the 18th green, Jason Dufner would have been content with a par and a spot in the big group tied for the lead in the Byron Nelson Championship.<

Poulter leads English wipeout

CASARES, Spain: All five English golfers including titleholder Ian Poulter were eliminated at the World Match Play Championship here yesterday.

Chanderpaul, Samuels defy England

LONDON: Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels launched a rearguard action as they battled to prevent the West Indies going down to defeat by England in the first Test at Lord’s yesterday.

Amador takes Costa Rica’s first Giro win

CERVINIA, Italy: Andrey Amador earned himself a niche in cycling’s history books yesterday when he claimed Costa Rica’s first ever stage win in the Giro d’Italia in a tough mountain stage, while a lat

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