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December 16, 2017 12:00 AM Beckham’s venture gets go-ahead

MIAMI: English football icon David Beckham has a new trio of partners in his bid to bring a Major League Soccer club to Miami.The league said Thursday it had approved the addition to Beckham’s ownership group of Jorge and Jose Mas, leaders of telecommunications giant MasTec, and Japanese entrepreneur and SoftBank founder and chief executive Masayoshi 1

December 16, 2017 12:00 AM In Man City’s shadow, top-four scrap begins

LONDON: With Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City team galloping away towards the Premier League title, attention is starting to shift to the jostling for Champions League positions. Manchester United, 11 points below City in second place, and third-place Chelsea are well placed, but beneath them the picture is more fluid.Just a point separates

December 15, 2017 12:00 AM Rose storms to Indonesian Masters lead

JAKARTA: England’s Justin Rose fired a 10-under-par round Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the first day of the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta. Rose, who is ranked sixth in the world, notched up a bogey-free scorecard and bagged 10 birdies to take pole position in the Asian Tour’s season-ending event.Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul was two shots back on 64, one ahead

December 14, 2017 12:00 AM Saudi King says determined to confront corruption

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Wednesday his government was determined to confront corruption with “justice and decisiveness”, signalling continued support for a crackdown on sleaze involving mass arrests of top Saudis including royals. In a televised speech to the country’s consultative Shura council, Salman also said the world’s 1

December 13, 2017 12:00 AM Turkey chides Arabs for ‘weak’ reaction ahead of Jerusalem summit

ANKARA/ISTANBUL: Turkey criticised what it said was a feeble Arab reaction to the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel´s capital, saying on the eve of Wednesday´s Muslim summit in Istanbul that some Arab countries were scared of angering Washington. President Tayyip Erdogan, who has accused the United States of ignoring Palestinian claims to Israeli-occupied 2

December 12, 2017 12:00 AM Indonesia arrests more than a dozen in pre-Christmas terror sweep

JAKARTA: More than a dozen people have been arrested by Indonesian anti-terrorism police, authorities said on Monday, as they beef up security in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Police said they detained 13 suspected militants in separate, pre-emptive raids over the weekend across the Southeast

December 11, 2017 12:00 AM Opposition to Fata’s merger with KP

PESHAWAR: The Fata Grand Alliance on Sunday rejected the proposed merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and threatened to leave the country if the government went ahead with the decision without the consent of the tribespeople. A large number of tribal elders from Fata attended the jirga held at the Bagh-e-Naran 4

December 11, 2017 12:00 AM Inter Milan hold Juventus

MILAN: Unbeaten Inter Milan maintained their lead at the top of Serie A after a hard-fought goalless draw at arch-rivals Juventus on Saturday. Luciano Spalletti’s Inter leave Turin two points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who are level on 38 points with Juventus and have the chance to reclaim top spot at home to Fiorentina on Sunday. Sixth-placed Sampdoria 3

December 11, 2017 12:00 AM Kohli, Anushka set to marry in Italy

NEW DELHI: India cricket captain Virat Kohli is set to marry long-time girlfriend and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in a much-anticipated wedding in Italy this week, according to media reports on Sunday. Rumours started swirling when Kohli pulled out of India’s limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka and Sharma also ducked out of her busy acting schedule 3

December 11, 2017 12:00 AM Bangladesh appoint Shakib as Test captain

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Sunday appointed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as Test captain, removing Mushfiqur Rahim from the post ahead of the two-Test home series against Sri Lanka starting January. Shakib, who is already the national Twenty20 captain, takes over the Test side after a disastrous tour of South Africa in a move that the cricket board said would 3