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Controversy, doping cloud Asian Games

The banning of a Malaysian martial arts gold medalist for a doping offense overshadowed rare victories for Saudi Arabia and Singapore at the Asian Games yesterday. Tai Cheau Xuen was stripped of the gold she won in wushu and kicked out of the Games after testingFULL STORY

S Korea down Thailand, face North in final

South Korea overcame Thailand 2-0 to set up a meeting with North Korea in the Asian Games men’s soccer final on Tuesday. First-half goals from Lee Jong-ho and Jang Hyun-soo swept the South to their first finals since winning the tournament in 1986. The all-Korean finalFULL STORY

Fighting spills out of ring over polemic boxing calls

Scuffles broke out and Mongolia threatened to withdraw its fighters as controversial decisions favoring home boxers yesterday caused chaotic scenes at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The husband of Indian lightweight Sarita Devi launched an expletive-laden tirade and tangled with security after South Korea’sFULL STORY

Wawrinka, Tsonga upset in Tokyo

Tatsuma Ito and Michal Przysiezny claimed the biggest wins of their careers at the Japan Open yesterday when the local wildcard knocked out top seed Stan Wawrinka and the Polish qualifier saved match points to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. World No. 103 Ito sealed the stunning 7-5,FULL STORY

Nadal nails comeback with Beijing win

Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff, beating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 in 78 minutes at the China Open yesterday. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also advanced to the second round in Beijing, but in vastly different fashion. The top-rankedFULL STORY

Stoke edge Newcastle to pile pressure on Pardew

An early Peter Crouch goal gave Stoke City a 1-0 home win against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday to heap more pressure onto beleaguered Toon boss Alan Pardew. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley had played down comments he made last week that Pardew wouldFULL STORY

Di Natale brace, Djordjevic treble score clubs wins

Veteran striker Antonio di Natale scored a double in a 4-2 win for Udinese over 10-man Parma that moved the northerners up to surprise third in Serie A on Monday. Meanwhile in Sicily, Serbia international Filip Djordjevic netted a fine hat-trick in a 4-0 winFULL STORY

Displaced Shakhtar dream of going home

Reigning Ukraine champions Shakhtar Donetsk, who have been exiled from their native city because of the bloody clashes between government forces and pro-Russia rebels, are dreaming of going home. Shakhtar have set up their training base in Kiev and have chosen the venue in Lviv —FULL STORY

Atletico out to prove selves against Juve

Atletico Madrid’s UEFA Champions League game at home to Juventus today will be a chance for the Spanish champions to prove they have the firepower to challenge in Europe again this season. Diego Costa, top scorer for Atletico last term when they reached the final ofFULL STORY

Arsenal must beat Galatasaray or face tricky last-16 path

It is almost a given that Arsenal will reach the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, but their path to the last 16 could become “problematic” if they fail to beat Galatasaray today. That was the stark warning from midfielder Santi Cazorla ahead of the clash withFULL STORY

Charles powers Chiefs past Patriots

Jamaal Charles, who returned from an ankle injury, scored three touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs routed the New England Patriots 41-14 in their National Football League contest on Monday night. Kansas City roared out to a 27-0 lead after three quarters at Arrowhead Stadium andFULL STORY

Bone-crunching kabaddi a knockout hit at Asiad

An ancient contact sport rooted in Indian mythology and said to date back 5,000 years, kabaddi is proving a knockout at the Asian Games as its popularity spreads. Fans in South Korea enthusiastically turned out to watch the game, which requires yoga-like breathing skills as twoFULL STORY

Beaten Wallabies arrive without their baggage

Australia’s hopes of salvaging an underwhelming Rugby Championship campaign were shattered in 10 catastrophic minutes in Cape Town and the frustration has continued in Argentina, where their luggage failed to arrive after a long-haul flight. Coming off a 28-10 loss to the Springboks at Newlands —FULL STORY


SOCCER Kaka highest-paid in MLS Brazilian attacker Kaka is earning a base salary of US$6.6 million from Orlando City, according to figures released on Monday by the Major League Soccer (MLS) Players Union. Including a prorated share of compensation not specified to a specific year, his totalFULL STORY

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