Spain’s dominance in Europe shows highly-competitive league, says Neymar

By Adriana Garcia VALENCIA, Spain, May 19 : Barcelona players should not be too disheartened about missing out on the Champions League final as Spain’s domination of European club football shows the highly-competitive level of the Spanish game, Barcelona striker Neymar said. Sevilla rammed home Spain’s stranglehold in Europe yesterday when they won the Europa […]

Chinese businessman to buy struggling Aston Villa

By Neil Robinson and Adam Jourdan LONDON/SHANGHAI, May 19 : Chinese businessman Xia Jiantong has agreed to buy struggling former English champions Aston Villa, the latest in a series of investments as President Xi Jinping aims to make China a global powerhouse in the sport. Xia, who will be the first mainland Chinese to fully […]

Dipendu, Laxmi Ratan score, Bhaichung, Jyotirmoyee run out of steam

Kolkata, May 19 : It was a mixed day for sporting icons as Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Dipendu Biswas came through with flying colours but Bhaichung Bhutia and Jyotirmoyee Sikdar stumbled as the West Bengal assembly election results were declared on Thursday. Former Indian cricketer and Bengal captain Laxmi Ratan, who was contesting his first […]

UK prosecutors expect to conclude Barclays Qatar probe by year-end

By Kirstin Ridley and Anjuli Davies LONDON, May 19 : Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) expects to conclude its inquiry into Barclays by the end of the year over undisclosed payments made to Qatari investors during an emergency 2008 fundraising, a London court heard today. The SFO expects to reach a decision on whether to […]

Kromowidjojo hopeful that Dekker can make it to Rio

By Alan Baldwin LONDON, May 19 : Triple Olympic swimming gold medallist Ranomi Kromowidjojo is hopeful that Dutch relay team mate Inge Dekker will be with her in Rio after undergoing successful cervical cancer surgery. Dekker, 30, was diagnosed in February and had an operation in March. She is not competing at this week’s European […]

Netanyahu pulls off coalition surprise to upend Israeli politics

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, May 19 : “He’s a magician, he’s a magician,” the partisan crowd chanted as a beaming Benjamin Netanyahu strode into his party headquarters a little over a year ago to declare a come-from-behind victory in Israel’s election. Now, with the expected entry into his right-wing government of ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman as […]