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  • Phelps, Lochte score wins at Mesa

    MESA (Arizona): Michael Phelps closed out the Arena Pro Swim Series meet with a win in the 100m freestyle on Saturday, and also finished third in the 200m individual medley behind fellow Olympic champion Ryan Lochte...

  • Costa Rica clinch World Cup berth on Waston’s late goal

    SAN JOSE: Kendall Waston scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, giving Costa Rica a 1-1 draw against visiting Honduras on Saturday and clinching the Ticos’ second straight World Cup berth and fifth overall...

    The dramatic late goal means Costa Rica, who reached the quarter-finals in 2014, join Mexico as the second representative from the North, Central American and Caribbean region (CONCACAF)...

  • Costa watches Griezmann fire Atletico into second spot

    MADRID: Diego Costa watched on from the directors’ box as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second in La Liga thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday...

    Costa’s drawn out move back to Atletico from Chelsea was finally agreed on Thursday, but the striker isn’t allowed to feature until the January transfer window opens...

  • Fabregas gives Spain win over Costa Rica

    LEON (Spain): Cesc Fabregas struck the winner as an experimental Spain side came from behind to beat Costa Rica 2-1 in a friendly on Thursday ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier with Belarus...

    Costa Rica continued to pose a threat on the break but Fabregas slotted in from close range after 29 minutes and Spain had chances to secure a more comfortable win after the break...

  • Costa Rica, Canada make Gold Cup quarters

    Canada and Honduras moved on to the quarters where they will join Group ‘A’ winners Costa Rica who advanced with a dominating 3-0 victory over winless French Guiana earlier on Friday...

    Both Canada and Costa Rica went unbeaten in the group stage...

  • Costa Rica edge Trinidad and Tobago

    SAN JOSE: Costa Rica strengthened their hold on second place in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group after securing a 2-1 home win over Trinidad and Tobago in San Jose on Tuesday...

    Home captain Bryan Ruiz restored the lead when he found the net shortly before halftime and neither side could add to the scoreline after the break as Costa Rica held on to take all three points...

  • Costa ends goal drought to give Chelsea breathing room

    LONDON: Diego Costa ended a seven-game goal drought in style, scoring his 50th and 51st Premier League goals as Chelsea overcame spirited Southampton 4-2 on Tuesday to move seven points clear of their nearest pursuers Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the table and calm nerves at Stamford Bridge...

    Costa set up Eden Hazard’s early opener, which was cancelled out by Oriol Romeu, before Gary Cahill restored the hosts’ lead and a...

  • Costa hard to replace at Chelsea: Lampard

    LONDON: Premier League champions Chelsea will find it difficult to replace influential striker Diego Costa if he departs in the current transfer window, club legend Frank Lampard has said...

    Costa, 28, has been Chelsea’s top scorer in all three seasons since joining the club in 2014, leading them to two league title wins...

  • Corea’s late strike stuns Costa Rica

    HOUSTON: Dustin Corea scored off a free kick in injury time to lift El Salvador to a 1-1 draw with winless Costa Rica in their CONCACAF Gold Cup match on Saturday...

    Costa Rica had one foot in the quarter-finals when they paid a steep price for sloppy defending from a free kick...

  • Torres, Costa, Mata left out of Spain’s Euro squad

    MADRID: Premier League-based trio Diego Costa, Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla were among a list of high-profile absentees for defending champions Spain when coach Vicente Del Bosque named his provisional 25-man squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday...

    Costa hasn’t played much for Spain this season because of injuries and is coming off a muscle ailment sustained with Chelsea...

  • Mexico blank Costa Rica, Honduras down Haiti

    CARSON: Marco Bueno scored twice and defending Olympic cham­pion Mexico beat Costa Rica 4-0 on Friday night in their group ‘B’ opener in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2016 Rio Games...

    Bueno opened the scoring in the 19th minute, Costa Rica’s William Fernandez Gonzalez had an own goal in first-half stoppage time, Bueno connected again in the 77th, and Erick Torres added a goal in the 88th...

  • Jamaica, Costa Rica advance in Gold Cup

    TORONTO: Jamaica scored a late winning goal while Costa Rica needed only a scoreless draw as both teams advanced from Group ‘B’ to the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday...

    Bryan Ruiz was the hero for Costa Rica, producing a goal-line clearance from Andre Hainault in the closing minutes to deny Canada a famous win...

  • Costa dazzles as Bayern rout Hamburg in season opener

    MUNICH: Bayern Munich kicked off their bid for an unprecedented fourth straight Bundesliga title by cruising past hapless Hamburger SV 5-0 on Friday as new signing Douglas Costa shone on his league debut...

    Bayern’s established campaigners Robert Lewandowski, Medhi Benatia and Thomas Mueller, who netted twice, grabbed Bayern’s first four goals with Brazil winger Costa adding the fifth to seal a show-stopping performance...

  • Costa, Hazard injuries add up to Chelsea's Champions League misery

    LONDON: Diego Costa and Eden Hazard both sustained injuries as Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, interim manager Guus Hiddink confirmed after the game...

    Costa, Chelsea's goal-scorer, hobbled off shortly before Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the 67th minute to give PSG a 2-1 win on the night and complete a 4-2 aggregate victory...

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