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Azarenka boils over in surprise Madrid Open exit

MADRID: Victoria Azarenka lost her temper and was docked a point for smashing her racket on the way to a surprise 1-6 6-2 6-3 defeat by unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the Madrid Open second round on Wednesday. The Belarussian world number three, runner-up in the last two editions of the premier clay event and coming back from an injury ... Read More »

FIFA exco member Blazer provisionally banned

MALDON: FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer was provisionally suspended on Monday, less than one month after he was accused of financial mismanagement in his role as general secretary of the CONCACAF confederation. The 68-year-old American, who is due to stand down from the executive committee on May 30, was suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee with immediate effect. Soccer’s world ... Read More »

Raonic bemoans errors after narrow win against Davydenko

MADRID: Milos Raonic said he needed to iron out “crucial mistakes” after the Canadian 12th seed squeaked past former world number three Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 7-6 in the openin g round of the Madrid Open on Monday. Raonic, at 22 almost 10 years younger than his unseeded Russian opponent, managed one break of the Davydenko serve to secure the first ... Read More »

Asian Squash Championship: Aamir through to final, Farhan ousted

Hopes of an all-Pakistan final in the men’s category of the Asian Individual Squash Championship were dashed after Farhan Mehboob suffered a last-four exit, going down to Kuwait’s Ammar al Muzayen amid controversial circumstances. Compatriot Aamir Atlas Khan was, however, able to power his way into the final after a win over Malaysia’s Mohammad Asyraf Azan 11-5, 11-6 and 11-6 ... Read More »

Aisam-Rojer reach Portugal Open final

Top-seeds Aisamul Haq Qureshi and his Dutch partner Jean-Julien Rojer reached the final of the Portugal Open doubles event after dispatching off the Italy’s pairing of Daniele Bracciali and Fabio Fognini 6-4, 4-6, 10-6, according to the ATP world tour website. The defending champions took over an hour and 22 minutes to see off the fourth seeds and will now ... Read More »

Bayern thrash Barcelona to set up all-German final

BARCELONA: Bayern Munich cruised into a first all-German Champions League final when they routed Barcelona 3-0 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday to secure a crushing 7-0 aggregate success. The newly-crowned Bundesliga champions had effectively killed off the tie with last week’s 4-0 victory in Germany and there was no way back for the Spaniards when Arjen Robben blasted the ... Read More »

Kallis surprise omission from South Africa squad

CAPE TOWN: All-rounder Jacques Kallis was a surprise omission when South Africa’s 15-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June was announced in Cape Town Thursday. Batsman JP Duminy returned to the squad after recovering from an Achilles tendon injury which has prevented him from playing any cricket since last November. It had been widely expected that ... Read More »

Omar to meet Saleh in Asian Snooker final

KARACHI: Omar Al-Kojah from Syria set up a title clash with Afghanistan’s Saleh Muhammad after notching-up a marathon 6-5 victory over Aamir Sarkosh of Iran in the second semi-final on Thursday evening. Earlier in the first semi-final of day, veteran Afghan cueist Saleh Muhammad shocked IBSF World Junior Champion Zhao Xin Tong. Omar came from 1-3 down to overpower Sarkosh ... Read More »

Misbah’s men land in Abbottabad

ABBOTABAD: The Misbahul Haq-led Pakistan team assembled in Abbottabad today where final touches will be given to their preparations for the upcoming UK tour that also features the prestigious ICC Champions Trophy in England.   The camp, that will end on May 9, is expected to see players take part in physical training and match practice besides getting anti-doping, anti corruption ... Read More »

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