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  • Japan pip Britain to seal return to Fed Cup's elite

    April 22, 2018 10:23 AM 22

    MIKI, Japan: Japan plucked victory from the jaws of defeat as the hosts beat Britain 3-2 on Sunday to seal a return to the Fed Cup's elite level after a four-year absence. Johanna Konta crushed Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-3 to put the visitors on the brink of victory before Kurumi Nara upset Heather Watson 7-6 (11-9), 6-4 to take a see-saw World Group II playoff

  • India's Gangjee wins Panasonic Open by single stroke

    April 22, 2018 10:23 AM 21

    TOKYO: Indian veteran Rahil Gangjee held his nerve to win the Panasonic Open in Japan on Sunday by a single stroke, his first Asian Tour victory in 14 years. The 39-year-old claimed the winner's blue jacket at the ¥150 million (RM5.43 million) tournament by sinking a birdie at the last hole at the Ibaraki Country Club near Osaka. Gangjee began the final

  • Europa League trophy stolen and recovered in Mexico

    April 21, 2018 9:29 AM 17

    MEXICO CITY: The Europa League trophy was stolen after being displayed at a publicity event in Mexico, only to be recovered a few hours later, authorities in the state of Guanajuato said on Saturday. The trophy had been on display at the football stadium in the city of Leon on Friday night, only to be taken from a car after the event. "We recovered the Cup after

  • Sanchez Flores sacked by struggling Espanyol

    April 21, 2018 3:16 AM 22

    MADRID: La Liga strugglers Espanyol have sacked coach Quique Sanchez Flores (pix) and their sporting director Jordi Lardin following a miserable run of form, the club announced on Friday. "The club have taken this decision because of the performances of the first team and with the clear desire to go into the remaining games of this season and the preparation

  • Djokovic to continue injury comeback in Barcelona

    April 20, 2018 1:33 PM 18

    The Serbian was beaten in three sets by Austrian Dominic Thiem in the Monte Carlo Masters third round yesterday, but said he was pain-free for the first time in two years. — Reuters picBARCELONA, April 20 — Former world number one Novak Djokovic will continue his comeback from injury at the Barcelona Open next week, tournament organisers announced today

  • Dimitrov sees off Goffin to reach Monte Carlo semi-finals

    April 20, 2018 11:09 AM 16

    Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov celebrates winning his quarter final match against Belgium’s David Goffin at the Monte Carlo Masters April 20, 2018. — Reuters picMONTE CARLO, April 20 — Grigor Dimitrov benefited from a second-set collapse by David Goffin today to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals for the first time with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) victory. The 26-year-old

  • Spurs on brink of elimination after emotional loss to Warriors

    April 20, 2018 7:51 AM 14

    Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay defends in game three of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs in San Antonio April 19, 2018. — Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports picLOS ANGELES, April 20 — Kevin Durant scored 26 points as the Golden State Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 to take a 3-0 lead over the Spurs

  • Pacquiao targets more bouts after KL showdown

    April 20, 2018 6:03 AM 16

    Pacquiao (left), who returns to action for the first time since losing on points to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July, said he expected the July 15 bout at the Axiata Arena to be 'a real boxing fight'. ― Picture by Miera ZulyanaKUALA LUMPUR, April 20 ― Manny Pacquiao believes he has “a couple more fights” left in him before he retires, starting

  • Thiem stuns Djokovic in Monte Carlo

    April 19, 2018 3:22 PM 14

    Austria's Dominic Thiem (pic) celebrates after winning his third round match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, April 19, 2018. — Reuters picMONTE CARLO, April 19 ― Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters by an inspired Dominic Thiem in the third round today, with the Austrian fifth seed progressing to a possible quarter-final with Rafael

  • Ibrahimovic drops World Cup hint

    April 19, 2018 8:54 AM 12

    LOS ANGELES: Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted that he hopes to feature at this year's World Cup, teasing fans that he could come out of retirement to play in Russia. In an appearance on ABC television's late night Jimmy Kimmel show on Tuesday, the former Sweden striker said "it wouldn't be a World Cup" if he didn't play. The 36-year-old has previously