TENNIS

Fed closes in on landmark

Swiss birthday boy two wins away from 80th career title

HAPPY 33RD BIRTHDAY: Roger Federer (centre) being presented with his birthday cake after beating David Ferrer. 

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Goldbo set to shine at Kalgoorlie

Comments Courtesy Of The Australian Associated Press

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Shafiq suspended two months over handling of Kingsley

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Friday's Singapore Stipendiary Stewards' Report Highlights

DEBUT WINNER: Touch Me Not scoring first time out with jockey Ivaldo Santana astride in Race 2 on Friday.
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LARRY FOLEY’S COMMENTS ON TODAY’S KRANJI MEETING

Perfect Challenger gets the vote

BEST BET: Perfect Challenger (above) is stepping up in trip on his three-time winning surface and drawing gate 1 is a bonus, says Larry of his best bet.
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BEST BET RACE 1 NO. 2

Always A Winner should win again

PERFECT 10: Always A Winner (Nooresh Juglall) wins easily two weeks ago, and a double is imminent today.
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Solskjaer pleased with point

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FRENCH LIGUE 1

Hero and zero

PSG held in season-opener as Ibrahimovic scores brace but misses penalty

Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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Falcao to snub Reds for Real

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EPL

Why Liverpool fail to attract top stars

ANFIELD NOT ATTRACTIVE: Edinson Cavani (above), Alexis Sanchez and Radamel Falcao see their future at pastures greener than Anfield.
ANFIELD NOT ATTRACTIVE: Edinson Cavani, Alexis Sanchez (above) and Radamel Falcao see their future at pastures greener than Anfield.
ANFIELD NOT ATTRACTIVE: Edinson Cavani, Alexis Sanchez and Radamel Falcao (above) see their future at pastures greener than Anfield.

Bubbles are bursting around Liverpool. Egos are at risk of shrinking. Proud reputations are at stake. 

The Reds seem unworthy of the world’s greatest talents. They are not quite big enough.

Anfield apologists may rupture spleens in outraged indignation, but overseas players are not viewing the Merseyside club through myopic, rose-tinted glasses.

Five European Cups, 18 league titles and the most spine-tingling song in the English game stir souls, but high-profile foreigners do not hear Gerry and the Pacemakers during preliminary transfer discussions. Nor do they recall sepia-stained images of Kenny Dalglish, John Barnes and Peter Beardsley.

They see an illustrious football museum. Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani are the latest leading names to nod politely at Liverpool’s offer, smile weakly before making their excuses and fleeing.

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Tags: liverpool, stars and fail

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