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Li puts China on tennis map

Li puts China on tennis map

MELBOURNE – Li Na’s memorable achievement in becoming Asia’s first Grand Slam finalist put Chinese tennis firmly on the map at the Australian Open, and made her a big winner despite defeat to Kim Clijsters. Li led Saturday’s final against the world number three, before Clijsters switched tactics to close out a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory for her fourth Grand Slam title, and her first outside the US Open.
Mother-of-one Clijsters, 27, had gone into the tournament as the firm favourite in

Nestor, Srebotnik triumph in mixed doubles

MELBOURNE – Canadian Daniel Nestor and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik won the Australian Open mixed doubles title when they beat Australian Paul Hanley and Taiwan’s Chan Yung-Jan Sunday.
The second seeds needed a deciding match tiebreaker to win the final 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 at Rod Laver Arena, where officials closed the roof as temperatures soared close to 40 deg C (104 F) on the hottest day of the tournament. Hanley and Chan started well, breaking serve in the third game of the

Murray puts brave face on Slam heartbreak

MELBOURNE – Britain’s Andy Murray put a brave face on his devastating Australian Open defeat to Novak Djokovic Sunday after seeing his best chance yet to win a major slip away in straight sets.
The out-of-sorts Murray said the 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 loss was easier to swallow than last year’s reverse against Roger Federer, when he broke down in tears at the presentation ceremony and took months to recover his form.

Djokovic tips Murray for Slam glory

MELBOURNE – Newly crowned Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic Sunday said he was sure Andy Murray will break through and win a Grand Slam after his latest heartbreak. The Serbian world number three never gave Murray a chance, winning 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 for his second Australian title.
It was more misery for Murray, 23, who crashed to his second straight sets loss in the last two Australian finals. Murray was bidding to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam since Fred

Older, wiser Djokovic challenges top 2

MELBOURNE – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has long threatened to challenge Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s dominance of men’s tennis, and now he may be finally making good on his promise. The world number three, once known for his jokes and impersonations, has emerged as a more sober, reflective figure at the Australian Open, where he has claimed his second Grand Slam title.
Djokovic said he was transformed from the brash 20-year-old who swept to the 2008 Australian Open title against

Mickelson, Haas lead while Woods flounders

LA JOLLA – Masters champion Phil Mickelson and US compatriot Bill Haas shared the third-round lead at Torrey Pines on Saturday as Tiger Woods floundered on a course he has long dominated. Mickelson, who claimed the most recent of his three Torrey Pines victories in 2001, fired a four-under 68 for a 54-hole total of 12-under 204.
It proved good enough for a share of the lead when overnight leader Haas bogeyed the par-five 18th to complete a one-under 71. They were one shot in

WAPDA thrash Multan in National One-day Cup

LAHORE – Kashif Raza with his five-wicket haul led WAPDA to a comprehensive win over Multan Tigers in the National One-day Cricket Cup Division I match here at the LCCA Ground on Sunday.
Multan put Wapda to bat first and saw them scoring 224 runs. Multan batsmen fell to Kashif and Zulfiqar Babar, who took three wickets apiece. They were bowled out for 147 runs in 36.2 overs. From Wapda, Shoaib Maqsood 77 and Bilal Khilji 33 were the main scorers while Multan had the score

Army clinch rugby title

LAHORE – Army won the Pakistan Inter-Department Rugby Championship at the Karsas Naval Base in Karachi on Sunday. Reports receiving here said that the tournament, organized with the collaboration of Pakistan Rugby Union, Navy and Sind Rugby Association, featured five departments.
Army, Police, Wapda, Railways and Navy contested the event. Some great matches were won with teamwork as well as individual performances. Army won comprehensively by 31-0 beating WAPDA. Army won all

Computer Lab victorious

LAHORE – Computer Lab achieved the maximum number of points to clinch the main trophy of the 1st Chief Architect Sports Games 2011. Computer Studio Lab won the cricket final beating Lahore division team.
In tug-of-war, education team defeated Lahore Division while special section got third position. In cycling event, Miss Asma won the gold medal, Miss Aalya was second and Miss Anum was placed third in individual pursuit event. Zahid Javad Raja, chief architect Punjab was the

Man City held as Arsenal advance

LONDON – Edin Dzeko opened his goalscoring account for Manchester City as the Premier League side scrambled a late equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw with lowly Notts County in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday. Bosnian striker Dzeko netted in the 80th minute to rescue City, who were left chasing the game after Neal Bishop headed the Magpies into a shock lead on 59 minutes at Meadow Lane.
City — who have spent more than 300 million pounds on players since their takeover by the Abu

Suzuki Swift/Guard Filters down Bank Alfalah in final

LAHORE – Hissam Ali Hyder led Suzuki Swift/Guard Filters to an easy win over Bank Alfalah in the final of the Suzuki Swift Polo Cup here at the Lahore Polo Club ground on Sunday. Newage Cables secured third place beating Hataff in the subsidiary final.
Hissam hit four of the six goals his team scored against four by Bank Alfalah. Mir Shoaib Ahmed and Raja Samiullah shared one goal apiece to complete the winners’ tally. Bank Alfalah, despite having a six goaler Raul Laplactte in

Messi sends Barcelona seven clear

MADRID – Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona beat Hercules 3-0 on Saturday to clinch a record-equalling 15th consecutive Spanish league win as the champions moved seven points clear of Real Madrid.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said he was honoured to match the long-standing record of the great 1960-1961 Real Madrid side which was captained by Alfredo di Stefano. “It is a tremendous honour to win 15 consecutive league games and equal the record of (Alfredo) di Stefano’s Real

AVM Zaka wins CAS Veterans Golf title

LAHORE – Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Zakaullah clinched the coveted trophy of the CAS Veterans Golf Championship in an 18-hole contest. The Championship was held at Lahore Garrison Golf and Country Club.
Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony of the championship and awarded trophies and prizes to the winners. In the seniors category, Air Vice Marshal Sohail Gul Khan, Air Marshal Athar

Bangladesh beggars to be ‘paid’ in World Cup

DHAKA – The mayor of Chittagong city in southern Bangladesh said Sunday that he would pay hundreds of beggars a daily wage to keep them off the streets during the cricket World Cup. Manzur Alam said that about 300 disabled beggars would be given 150 taka (two dollars) a day after the tournament’s opening ceremony on February 17 to compensate them for loss of earnings.
“We want to keep them off the streets at least for two months during the World Cup. Bangladesh is a host of the

Bradley wins amid cries of foulplay

PONTIAC – Tim Bradley walked away with a pair of world light-welterweight boxing titles on Saturday, but the way he defeated Devon Alexander in the showdown of US unbeatens had the loser crying foul.
Bradley won by unanimous technical decision after the bout was halted in the 10th round on Saturday because of an accidental head-butt that left Alexander unable to see from his right eye because of a cut opened on his right eyelid. Referee Frank Garza stopped the fight two rounds

Czisny claims US women’s title

GREENSBORO – Alissa Czisny, who pondered retirement after a poor 2010 season, won her second women’s crown in three seasons by taking Saturday’s free skate at the US Figure Skating Championships. Czisny brought spectators to their feet with a spectacular performance that enabled her to win the long programme with 128.74 points and finish on 191.24 points, 7.86 points ahead of runner-up Rachael Flatt, who won the 2010 title.
“It was awesome,” Czisny said. “I’m just so happy to