View comments The 32-year-old had surgery on his ankle in November to remove a loose intra-articular body and only resumed training a month ago.He played the opening round at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi to start his season, where he lost to South African Kevin Anderson, and had a first round bye in Brisbane before withdrawing ahead of the second round.Asked by reporters if he considered himself a genuine title contender in Melbourne despite his injury problems, he replied: “Why not?”“You can’t predict that. Of course it would be better if I had the chance to play a full tournament in Abu Dhabi and a full tournament in Brisbane, but the big importance is I am feeling good with the ball,” he said“The only thing is that I didn’t play matches since a long time ago.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rafael Nadal of Spain speaks during a press conference at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 2, 2019. (Photo by Saeed Khan / AFP)Injury-plagued world number two Rafael Nadal insists he is healthy and in no pain after coming through an exhibition game in Sydney, just days after pulling out of the Brisbane International.The Spaniard teamed up with Canadian Milos Raonic to defeat Australians Nick Kyrgios and John Millman in the FAST4 Showdown on Monday evening — a shortened, quicker format of the game often described as the tennis equivalent of Twenty20 cricket.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Nadal will now head to Melbourne, where he was the champion in 2009, to get in as much practice as possible before the opening Grand Slam of the year begins on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadal said that he was “feeling better” after withdrawing from Brisbane, when an MRI revealed a slight strain of his left thigh, casting doubts over his fitness for next week’s Australian Open.“I did not feel the pain here,” the 17-time Grand Slam champion said. “I think it was a good start for me, a good comeback to the action in front of a fantastic crowd in Sydney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I really enjoyed playing here. I’m happy to be back on court and happy that I’m healthy again.”Nadal has not played a main tour event since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? China, South Korea, Iran open Asian Cup with victories Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history
1 Daniel Agger It feels like Arsenal have been linked with just about every centre-half in the world in the last few weeks.Arsene Wenger has vowed to buy a replacement if Thomas Vermaelen departs as expected – and the rumour mill has been in overdrive with several names a day being mentioned.Daniel Agger is the latest to be linked and it appears there’s plenty of legs in this one. He has been told he can leave Liverpool, he’s a similar player to Vermaelen and Wenger is known to be a big fan.Most Arsenal fans seem keen on the Dane, but I think if we sign the 29-year-old it would be a huge mistake.I like Agger, but he’s not the most solid or reliable centre-back and his injury problems are a big worry. He’s not going to improve at Arsenal and you can just see him getting one bad injury, before quickly ending up becoming dead wood.Let’s face, he loves Liverpool through and through. He doesn’t really want to go and was in tears when asking for a move last week. He’s been forced out and, while his experience would be handy, he’d be arriving on a negative spiral and I doubt he’d be up for the fight of battling Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for a starting place.I’ve already thrown my weight behind Manchester City’s Matija Nastasic in this column, and I think he’d be great, but if we can’t sign him – Agger shouldn’t be our back up option.Too expensive, too injury prone, too risky; let’s not settle for second best, just because we need to sign somebody.
0Shares0000Runners at last year’s Stanchart Nairobi Marathon. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – Former Standard Chartered Marathon winners will be eyeing to reclaim the title when the event gets underway on Sunday in Nairobi.The 2014 champion Reuben Kipruto Siwa and Joshua Kipkorir winner in 2016 will be back with an aim of setting a record of emerging as the first athletes to win it more than once. Sammy Kipyego placed 21st (2:17.22), Cornelius Chepkok who was in the 22nd position in 2:18.00 and the 27th place finisher Hannington Kimaiyo during last year’s event will be seeking for the first victories in the Stanchart marathon.The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon champion, Elisha Barno (2:11:58), 2017 Amita Health Fit America Half Chicago bronze medalist Calvin Chemoiywo and Vincent Krop a 14th place finisher at the Singapore Stanchart marathon in 2009 (2:16.15) are in the fray.The BelfiusBrussells marathon Julius Kiprono (2:17.00), the Hainan Sanya International Marathon silver medalist William Ekai (2:20.53), the 2014 Khon Kaen (Thailand) winner Sammy Kipkorir (2:17.03) are also in contention.The defending champions Brimin Kipkorir and Celestine Chepchirchir are yet to express interests for their second straight titles as they are to confirm participation.Fresh from winning the Bank of Jiangsu Nanjing Lishui Half Marathon (China) Naomi Jepkorir is aiming for maiden victory of the Standard Chartered Marathon women’s crown.Jepkorir with a winning time of 1:17.05 ast the the Bank of Jiangsu Nanjing Lishui Half Marathon, starts as the favourite.The 2016 Rock and Roll Madrid marathon fifth place finisher Sylvia Jemeli in a time of 2:44.31 has expressed her interest for the race’s top honours.Spanish women’s all-comers’ best Valary Ayaibei will be defending defend her Half Marathon.Aiyabei clocked 2:21:38 to become the first Kenyan woman to win at the Chinese capital.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)