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Federer's number one hopes take a hit in Paris defeat

PARIS: Roger Federer's hopes of knocking Novak Djokovic off the top of the ATP world rankings before the end of the year took a hit when he lost to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Friday. The Swiss second seed was beaten 7-6(5) 7-5 and Djokovic later saw off Britain's Andy Murray 7-5 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals of a tournament he won last year. Federer had narrowed the points gap on Djokovic in recent weeks but defeat in Bercy halted his charge, while Japan's Kei Nishikori and Raonic completed the line-up for the season-ending ATP World Tour Fin...
Published On: 2014-11-01

Murray earns tickets to London

PARIS: Andy Murray guaranteed his place at the World Tour Finals on Thursday, while Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stayed neck and neck in their battle for world No 1 spot at the Paris Masters. Djokovic overcame Frenchman Gael Monfils in the final match of the day with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) victory to become the eighth quarter-finalist. The world N 1 now faces Murray in a repeat of their 2012 US Open final when the Scot won his first Grand Slam title. Monfils lived up to his reputation as one of the most flamboyant players on the circuit with a combination of spectacular shots and pure power but...
Published On: 2014-10-31

Australia face daunting task to save Test‚ series

ABU DHABI: Australia were left with a daunting task to save the second Test and series after Younis Khan hit an epic double hundred to put Pakistan in command on Friday. Younis notched a memorable 213 for his fifth double hundred to steer Pakistan to 570-6 declared in their first innings on a flat Sheik Zayed Stadium pitch. At the close on the second day, Australia were 22-1 with David Warner on 16 and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon on one, still trailing by 548 runs with nine wickets intact on a day when Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq (101) and Azhar Ali (109) also enjoyed the run feast. Opener ...
Published On: 2014-10-31

'Rumble in the Jungle' ring stolen

KINSHASA: Officials in Kinshasa have revealed the ring used for ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ has been stolen as boxing fans on Thursday marked 40 years since one of the most famous and brutal bouts in the sport’s history. As the sporting world remembers Muhammad Ali’s epic showdown with George Foreman the search is on for the ring which the two boxers climbed into at dawn on October 30, 1974. The ring “was stolen a few years ago,” Barthelemy Bosongo, manager of Tata Raphael Stadium which staged the fight, told AFP. “We don’t know where it’s...
Published On: 2014-10-31

PCB names women's cricket tournament after Malala

KARACHI: Pakistan’s cricket authorities have named their under-21 women’s tournament after Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai in an effort to encourage girls to take up the game. Malala, who campaigns for the right of all children to go to school, survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 and earlier this month became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel peace prize. Pakistan Cricket Board said the U-21 women’s event in December this year would be dedicated to Malala. “PCB has decided to honour Malala, by naming its inaugural Under-21 national women cricket...
Published On: 2014-10-31

World Cup lifeline for Ryder

WELLINGTON: Troubled New Zealand batting star Jesse Ryder was handed a World Cup lifeline on Friday when selectors included him in the New Zealand A squad to tour the United Arab Emirates next month. Ryder has had numerous off-field issues involving alcohol and has not played for the Black Caps since February, when he went on a late-night drinking session in Auckland before the start of a Test series against India. His chances of representing New Zealand at the World Cup looked bleak but he has hit a rich vein of form just as New Zealand are struggling to find an opening batsman in the 50-o...
Published On: 2014-10-31

Big-hitting Colsaerts takes one-stroke lead in Shanghai

SHANGHAI: Big-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts fired a superb eight-under 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai. Colsaerts used his booming length to great effect, grabbing four of the nine birdies on his card at each of the par-fives on the 7,607-yard rain-softened Lake Malaren layout. Colsaerts leads by one to France’s long-hitter Alexander Levy with compatriot Romain Wattel — no slouch off the tee himself — a further shot back. The 2012 Ryder Cup winner has enjoyed a resurgence in form of late, shooting a rare round o...
Published On: 2014-10-31

Westwood fires ace to jump into contention

KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Westwood conjured the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on a 225-yard par-3 to jump into contention at the halfway stage of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia on Friday. Westwood’s seven-under 65 brought the former world No 1 to within just three shots of leader Billy Hurley III. The Englishman is one of seven players tied for third at seven-under, including Spanish star Sergio Garcia and defending champion Ryan Moore. Westwood, who had shot a level-par 72 in round one, pulled a rescue club for the 11th hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. He promptly knocked t...
Published On: 2014-10-31

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Brandle sets record PARIS: Austrian cyclist Matthias Brandle set a new world hour record on Thursday with his 51.85km effort trimming more than 700m off the old mark held by Germany’s Jens Voigt. The three-time Austrian time-trial champion set the new record at Switzerland’s Aigle velodrome rather than using the Granges track where Voigt set 51.115km on September 18. “I knew after 30 minutes that I was going to succeed,” he said. “The first minutes were easy and then I wanted to go a lot faster. Halfway through, things became more complicated and I started to fee...
Published On: 2014-10-31

Murray in Tour Finals‚ Djokovic and Federer win

PARIS: Andy Murray's recent resurgence continued when the Briton qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals by reaching the Paris Masters quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-3 win against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday. After dropping outside the world top 10 following his U.S. Open quarter-final exit, Murray began a late push for a spot in the London showpiece event, which features eight of the best players this season. The eighth seed showed he was up to the task by seeing off ninth-seeded Dimitrov, who is now eliminated from the race for the Nov. 10-16 event at London's O2. Murray will take ...
Published On: 2014-10-31