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Kolkata off to winning start

ABU DHABI: Former champions Kolkata Knight Riders rode on the brilliance of veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis to start their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a thumping 41-run win over holders Mumbai Indians in the opening match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here yesterday.

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VALENCIA: Gareth Bale's late gallop and goal sealed Real Madrid its 19th Copa del Rey title last night in a thrilling 2-1 win over Barcelona, as the Welshman filled the void left by the injured Cristiano Ronaldo to claim his first career trophy.

Pohang seal slot in pre-quarters

OSAKA, Japan: Pohang Steelers became the first East Asian team to reach the AFC Champions League last 16 yesterday as an upset and a late own goal elsewhere set up a tense final round of group games.

Clippers ease past Nuggets

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Clippers downed the Denver Nuggets 117-105 for their club-record 57th victory of the season on Tuesday, while the New York Knicks, playing without the injured Carmelo Anthony, beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-98 to win the season series between city rivals.

Sunderland hold City

LONDON: Liverpool's position atop the Premier League table was strengthened last night when title rivals Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Sunderland.

BIC set to host Open Track day

BAHRAIN International Circuit (BIC), "The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East", will host its immensely popular Open Track activity on Saturday.

Nadal leads march of Grand Slam-winning trio

MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Grand Slam-winning trio Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka all looked in sublime form as they progressed to the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with straight set victories yesterday.

Hamilton gears up for hat-trick

SHANGHAI: Lewis Hamilton can chalk up three wins in a row for the first time in his Formula One career on Sunday but Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg will be doing all he can to deny him the hat-trick.

Tevez denies talk of 'rift' with Messi

BUENOS AIRES: Juventus striker Carlos Tevez has denied suggestions that a falling out with Lionel Messi is behind his ongoing absence from the Argentina side, saying that the two players "get on well".

Bayern reach final

MUNICH: Dutch winger Arjen Robben was the inspiration as Bayern Munich crushed second division Kaiserslautern 5-1 last night to set up a mouth-watering German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund.

Al Ahly begin quest for title

JOHANNESBURG: Deposed African club football champions Al Ahly from Egypt begin another CAF trophy-seeking campaign this weekend by hosting Moroccans Difaa El-Jadidi in the Confederation Cup.

Westwood and Oosthuizen eye Malaysia title

KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen head a trio of former Malaysian Open champions gunning for the title again just days after making weekend runs at the prestigious Masters tournament.

Court rejects plea to reinstate Srinivasan as BCCI chief

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court yesterday rejected N. Srinivasan's plea to reinstate him as India's cricket chief, saying he had effectively turned a blind eye to allegations of wrongdoing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Fielder stars as Rangers flatten Mariners

ARLINGTON, Texas: Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back home runs, and Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 on Tuesday.

24 nations to compete in '19 Asian Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: Asia's football body yesterday announced an expansion of the flagship Asian Cup from 16 to 24 teams but killed off the lower-level Challenge Cup as part of a regional shake-up.

Bahrain Ice hockey team shine

THE Bahrain Ice Hockey Cub finished as runners-up in the Dubai Mighty Camels Tournament held at Al Nasr Leisure Land in Dubai.

Ritz-Carlton 'A' score easy win over Domain

HOSTS Ritz-Carlton 'A' continued their domination with a five-wicket victory over Domain Hotel in the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel and Spa's third Inter-Hotels Seven-a-side Cricket Tournament at the Staff Recreation Area.

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