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Venus Williams out of China Open with viral illness

BEIJING: Venus Williams withdrew from the China Open with a viral illness on Thursday shortly before her third-round match against Petra Kvitova. The match would have been a reprise of their third-round encounter at Wimbledon, which Kvitova won in three sets after being just two points from defeat in the second set. Kvitova then went on to win her second title at the All England Club. China Open organizers said Williams was suffering from a viral illness. Venus' sister, Serena, also withdrew from a tournament last week in the central Chinese city of Wuhan citing a virus. Defending champion ...
Published On: 2014-10-02

Boxer Sarita Devi faces action after refusing medal at Asian Games

INCHEON: Indian boxer L Sarita Devi could face disciplinary action after being reported to Asian Olympic officials for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games on Wednesday. Sarita refused to wear the medal when it was presented to her on Wednesday, taking it only in her hand before trying to drape it over another competitor who had beaten her in a fight the previous day. When the presentation was over, she left the medal behind, despite being told by the organisers to take it with her. The International Boxing Federation took a dim view of her actions, submitting a formal rep...
Published On: 2014-10-02

Drama and controversy reign at Asian Games

INCHEON: Cries of foul play took over the Asian Games on Wednesday when an Indian female boxer refused to accept her medal and Malaysia lodged a formal complaint after one of its competitors failed a drugs test. An Iraqi runner was also awarded a gold after a bizarre end to one of the key athletic events where he finished fourth but the first three finishers were all disqualified. Multi-sports events are always filled with drama and controversy but even by the eccentric nature of the Asian Games, Wednesday's developments were bordering on the bizarre. The Indian boxer L Sarita Devi was left...
Published On: 2014-10-02

Arsenal demolish Galatasaray with Welbeck treble

LONDON: Danny Welbeck's hat-trick in a 4-1 thrashing of a feeble Galatasaray side helped ignite Arsenal's Champions League campaign in a lop-sided Group D clash in north London on Wednesday. The England striker pounced twice before halftime and again after the break to virtually double his career Champions League tally and continue Galatasaray's tale of woe in England where they had not won in nine previous visits. Alexis Sanchez ended the match as a contest before halftime as Galatasaray's resistance crumbled, although a second-half red card for Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny slight...
Published On: 2014-10-02

Serena Williams headlines Hopman Cup field

PERTH: Top-ranked Serena Williams will combine with Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock in the United States team which will compete in a star-studded Hopman Cup tournament in January. Williams won the Cup with James Blake in 2003 and Mardy Fish in 2008 and will again use the tournament as preparation for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian Open. Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will combine with Alize Cornet in a French team playing in Group B with Australia, Great Britain and Poland. Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will play for Britain alongside He...
Published On: 2014-10-01

Charging documents show Phelps DUI tied to alcohol

By Paul Newsberry Michael Phelps can't seem to break a disturbing pattern. Record-breaking success in the pool. Trouble on dry land. The winningest athlete in Olympic history is facing DUI charges for the second time after being arrested early Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, where police said he was clocked going nearly 40 mph over the speed limit and was unable to perform a series of field sobriety tests. He also failed a Breathalyzer. Online charging documents show that the charges include driving while impaired by alcohol, driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving ...
Published On: 2014-10-01

Olympiakos fans clash with police at Malmo airport

MALMO: Swedish police say Olympiakos fans scuffled with police and security guards upon arrival at Malmo Airport ahead of a Champions League match against Malmo FF on Wednesday. Police spokesman Patric Fors said the trouble started when one of the Greek supporters was arrested for shoplifting at the airport. Fifteen other supporters tried to set him free, clashing with police and security guards. Fors said two guards were taken to hospital with minor injuries. He said only the 25-year-old Greek suspected of shoplifting was arrested. The other fans were allowed to board buses to the stadium...
Published On: 2014-10-01

India boxing team protests scoring at Asian Games

INCHEON: India boxing official Sagarmal Dhayal says a formal protest has been lodged against the outcome of an Asian Games semifinal bout after judges awarded a unanimous decision to South Korea's Park Ji-na over L.Sarita Devi in the 60-kilogram division, prompting loud criticism from sections of the crowd and condemnation from a coach. India's chief coach Blas Iglesias Fernandes says it was a "clear bout and only dishonest people can do something like this," adding that "It's a clear case of a pre-determined judgment." Olympic Council of Asia delegates and boxing officia...
Published On: 2014-09-30

Sharapova rolls into third round at China Open

BEIJING: Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic advanced with ease at the China Open on Tuesday, while Agnieszka Radwanska's late-season slump continued with another early loss. The fourth-seeded Sharapova saved seven of nine break points she faced in a 6-2, 6-2 second-round win over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, a semifinalist last week at the Wuhan Open. "She's sort of an up-and-comer. But playing really well. Has had some big results this year against top players," Sharapova said of Svitolina. "Maybe the scoreline was a bit easier than the match showed." Djokovic improved t...
Published On: 2014-09-30

Malaysian wushu gold medallist Tai tests positive at Asian Games

INCHEON: Tai Cheau Xuen, who won a gold medal in wushu for Malaysia at the Asian Games, has been expelled from the event and stripped of her medal because of a failed drugs test. The Olympic Council of Asia announced on Tuesday that Tai had tested positive for the banned stimulant sibutramine. She was automatically disqualified and stripped of her accreditation. Tai was the third athlete to fail a doping test at the 17th Asian Games, which end in South Korea on Saturday....
Published On: 2014-09-30