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Other Sport 22 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Japan need only a draw to join France in the semi-finals

As expected at the beginning of the tournament, the Group A match between Colombia and Japan today in St Etienne will decide who join the already-qualified hosts in the semi-finals.

Other Sport 20 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Lucky France escape with win

Colombia's goal drought extended to six matches here on Wednesday as they went down to an undeserved 1-0 defeat by European champions France in their opening Confederations Cup Group A match.

Other Sport 17 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Real Madrid to go into final game with two-point advantage over Sociedad

Real Madrid gained the upper hand in the Spanish title race when they went top with one game to play after thrashing Atletico Madrid 4-0 while rivals Real Sociedad slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Other Sport 17 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Porto lift Cup, thanks to Derlei

A goal by Brazilian striker Derlei Silva gave Porto their 12th Portuguese Cup win with a 1-0 win over Uniao Leiria in the final on Sunday to add a domestic League-Cup double to their UEFA Cup triumph.

Other Sport 15 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Business at the heart of the battle for Beckham

The battle to sign England captain David Beckham has all the trappings of a corporate takeover saga, with clubs and sponsors vying to exploit Manchester United#8217;s most valuable human asset.

Other Sport 13 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Leadbetter: Els is ready to make impact

TWICE champion Ernie Els has regained confidence in his short game and is ready to make a major impact at this week's US Open, according to top coach David Leadbetter.

Other Sport 11 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Another playoff a possibility

The US Open has only gone to a Monday playoff twice in the last 10 years, although the odds go up in Chicago #8211; especially at Olympia Fields.

Other Sport 11 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Move to Qatar was a big mistake: Romario

Veteran Brazilian striker Romario spoke of his regret on Monday of his move to Qatar where he spent three months, was paid US$1.2 million, played three games and failed to score a goal.

Other Sport 11 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Olympia Fields ready to silence the critics

It has been 75 years since Olympia Fields hosted a US Open and the Chicago country club goes into this week#8217;s event under pressure to justify its status as a venue for the year#8217;s second major.

Other Sport 11 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Rory roars to second PGA Tour win

South African Rory Sabbatini shot a three-under 68 to win the rain-delayed Capital Open on Monday but only after his nearest challenger Duffy Waldorf was penalised two strokes for a rule violation.