Luis Enrique praises Iniesta before 600th game

By Richard Martin
| BARCELONA

BARCELONA Barcelona coach Luis Enrique paid tribute to midfield magician Andres Iniesta as the Spain international prepares to make his 600th appearance for the La Liga champions.

Iniesta is Barca's second highest all-time appearance maker behind former midfield partner Xavi Hernandez and has been the club captain since Xavi left in 2015.

United can challenge for major prizes again, says Rashford

LONDON Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has backed Jose Mourinho's squad to get back to challenging for top honours, three years since they last won the Premier League.

Since Alex Ferguson retired after winning the league in 2013, United have finished seventh, fourth and fifth, their only major trophy during that time being last season's FA Cup.

Rashford, who has scored three league goals this season, burst on to the scene in February, netting on his Premier League, Europa League, and senior international debuts.

Late Milner penalty gives Liverpool 2-1 win over Swansea

Oct 1 James Milner scored an 84th-minute penalty as Liverpool came from behind to rescue a 2-1 win at Swansea City on Saturday and move second in the Premier League.

Swansea, who are still without a league win since the opening day of the season, deservedly took the lead after eight minutes when a simple far-post corner was headed back across goal for Leroy Fer to poke home.

Zidane not worried by careless Real displays

BARCELONA Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is not worried by his team's performances following three successive draws but knows they have a lot of work to do to return to winning ways.

The European champions have struggled to maintain their flying start to the season and after equalling the La Liga record for 16 wins in a row have failed to beat Villarreal, Las Palmas and Borussia Dortmund.

Real twice squandered the lead in their last two games, drawing 2-2 against Las Palmas and Dortmund, and they host Eibar on Sunday.

Hamilton storms to pole for Malaysian Grand Prix

SEPANG, Malaysia World Champion Lewis Hamilton will start the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix from pole position after setting the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday.

The Briton's championship leading team mate Nico Rosberg will start alongside Hamilton in second with Max Verstappen third for Red Bull.

Mercedes are on course to wrap up their third straight constructors' title on Sunday.

Rosberg, winner of the last three races in succession, leads Hamilton by eight points in the overall standings with six of a record 21 races to go.

Kvitova powers past Cibulkova to capture Wuhan Open title

Petra Kvitova raced to a 6-1 6-1 victory over Dominika Cibulkova in the Wuhan Open final on Saturday to capture her first title of the year with a ruthless display of power hitting.

The victory secured a second Wuhan title for the 14th-seeded Czech and moves Kvitova up to 12th place in the race to qualify for the season-ending eight-woman WTA Finals in Singapore after a campaign hampered by illness.

Bulldogs break six-decade drought in classic final

MELBOURNE The Western Bulldogs ended 62 years of hurt with a 22-point victory over the Sydney Swans in a pulsating Australian Football League grand final played out in front of a crowd of 99,989 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

The first team to reach the final having finished seventh in the regular season, the team from Melbourne's western suburbs belied their underdog status with a huge team effort to become premiers for the second time since their 1954 win as Footscray.

Hamilton fastest in Malaysia final practice

By Abhishek Takle
| SEPANG, Malaysia

SEPANG, Malaysia Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, gunning for his 50th win this weekend, set a dominant pace to top the timesheets in the final practice session for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Briton lapped the resurfaced Sepang circuit in one minute, 34.434 seconds on a sweltering afternoon with track temperatures approaching 50 degrees Celsius.

Olympics: India must narrow focus to boost medal hopes in Tokyo - Padukone

By Anupam Pratihary
| BENGALURU

BENGALURU After bringing home just two medals from the Rio Olympics, India needs to be realistic in its preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Games and should narrow its focus to a handful of sports, says former All England badminton champion Prakash Padukone.

P.V. Sindhu's silver medal in the badminton women's singles and a bronze from wrestler Sakshi Malik at the Rio Games was considered a sorry return for a nation of 1.3 billion people.

Saha carries India to 316 before New Zealand wobble

KOLKATA Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha's battling half-century helped India reach 316 before the hosts made some early inroads into the New Zealand top order on the second morning of the second test at Eden Gardens on Saturday.

After India were dismissed shortly before lunch, their seamers removed both New Zealand openers to leave the tourists reeling on 21-2 in their first innings with stand-in captain Ross Taylor (two) and Henry Nicholls (one) at the crease.

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