Five things we learned at the weekend

Publication date 22 January 2019 | 13:35 | ICT

LIVERPOOL are one step closer to a long-awaited Premier League title, but only just after a seven-goal thriller against Crystal Palace at Anfield, while Chelsea imploded in losing 2-0 at Arsenal.

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    Publication date 17 January 2019 | 14:25 | ICT

    THE reigning champion Golden State Warriors amassed an NBA record 51 first-quarter points on Tuesday on the way to a 142-111 win over Denver in a duel for the Western Conference lead.

  • Japan’s only homegrown sumo champ bows out in tears

    Publication date 17 January 2019 | 11:20 | ICT

    THE only Japanese-born grand champion or “yokozuna” in sumo tearfully insisted he had “no regrets” as he announced his retirement on Wednesday after a disastrous run of form and injury.

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  • Ominous Serena, Zverev make Oz Open statements

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 15:37 | ICT

    AFOCUSED Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition on Tuesday as young gun Alexander Zverev comfortably began his tilt at a maiden Grand Slam title.

  • Saudi tension amid Juve title bid

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 15:31 | ICT

    CRISTIANO Ronaldo’s Juventus target their first title of 2019 in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday against a backdrop of controversy and protests over human rights issues and ticket restrictions imposed on female fans by hosts Saudi Arabia.

  • Pep: City ready to pounce on Liverpool slip-ups

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 14:58 | ICT

    PEP Guardiola said his Manchester City team will be poised to pounce if Premier League leaders Liverpool falter, following a comfortable 3-0 win over Wolves on Monday that left City four points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side.

  • Murray to make decision ‘in next week’ after Oz Open exit

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 14:58 | ICT

    ANDY Murray said he would make a decision on further surgery that could end his career “within a week” after battling to a gutsy, epic five-set defeat in the Australian Open on Monday.

  • Al-Attiyah extends Dakar lead as Loeb takes stage

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 13:35 | ICT

    QATAR’S Nasser al-Attiyah closed in on a third Dakar Rally title on Sunday despite nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb taking the race’s sixth stage honours on the same stretch of sand where his 2018 challenge perished.

  • Nadal flies into Open round two

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 13:34 | ICT

    ARUTHLESS Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in a clinical first round thumping at the Australian Open on Monday with fellow former champions Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova also romping through.

  • ‘Lucky’ Japan reach Asian Cup knockout stage

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 12:54 | ICT

    JAPAN captain Maya Yoshida (pictured, AFP) admitted that the Blue Samurai need to show more ruthlessness after they edged Oman 1-0 to reach the Asian Cup knockout phase on Sunday.

  • Solskjaer hails De Gea as United dig deep to see off Tottenham

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 12:14 | ICT

    OLE Gunnar Solskjaer said David de Gea was making a case to be considered Manchester United’s greatest-ever goalkeeper after he produced a masterclass on Sunday to protect his side’s 1-0 lead against Tottenham.