Djokovic lifts trophy

DUBAI: Novak Djokovic won his first title of the season on Saturday, beating David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships. The third-ranked Djokovic finished off Ferrer with an ace that was originally called out but was challenged by the Serb. Djokovic was playing in his first final this year. — AFP

Australia in command

JOHANNESBURG: Australia were on target for victory but South Africa gave themselves an outside chance of salvaging the first Test on the fourth day on Sunday. South Africa, set an improbable 454 to win, were 178-2 at the close. Australia collapsed to 207 all out in their second innings as South Africa fought back on their best day of the match. But Australia’s dominance of the first three days

left them well placed to bounce back from a home series defeat against

the same opponents earlier in the season. — AFP