MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal struck a blow for the old establishment, overwhelming Lukas Lacko to become the first man into the Australian Open’s last 16 last night, before Caroline Wozniacki’s reign as world number one survived with a win over Romania’s Monica Niculescu.
-Barath dismissed via new obstructing the field rule
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Reigning champions Trinidad & Tobago marched into the semi-finals of the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament, after steady fast-medium bowling from Ravi Rampaul and Dwayne Bravo helped them clinch an eight-wicket victory over Canada under the Duckworth-Lewis Method last evening.
(Reuters) – Pakistan took full advantage of another brittle England batting performance to crush the world’s top-ranked test team by 10 wickets and win the first test inside three days in Dubai yesterday.
MADRID, (Reuters) – The normally loyal Madrid-based sports papers rounded on Pepe yesterday after the Real Madrid defender stamped on Lionel Messi’s hand during Wednesday’s King’s Cup quarter-final first leg defeat by Barcelona.
(Reuters) – Chauncey Billups delivered on his reputation as “Mr Big Shot” with a game-winning three-pointer with one second remaining to give the Los Angeles Clippers a 91-89 home victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
LONDON, (Reuters) – An army of white-coated scientists equipped with the latest technology will make it harder than ever for dope cheats to avoid detection at the London Olympics, organisers warned on Thursday.
DHAKA, (Reuters) – Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was the hottest property in an auction held for the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 tournament yesterday, but English spinner Monty Panesar failed to attract a bid.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) Ruthless fast bowling from Tino Best and Fidel Edwards positioned them and wonky batting ushered Barbados to an eight-wicket victory over Sussex Sharks on Wednesday, virtually sewing up a place in the semi-finals of the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament.
In spite of the recent success of sprinters Stephan James and Jevina Sampson, their training has been less than perfect since they have no alternative venue than the sub-par track at the National Park.
By Emmerson Campbell
Captain of the local Sevens rugby team Ryan Gonsalves says that the Las Vegas tournament next month will allow the team to face elite competition as an essential warm-up ahead of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong from March 23 to 25.
-likely in line for NSC award, lauds Winston George
Coach of the Police Youth Club and the Guyana Police Force, Lyndon Wilson, has made a case for being named National Sports Commission Coach-of-the-Year when the award ceremony comes up in March, following his recent accomplishment in securing his second Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Coach-of-the-Year award.
MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal’s creaky knee, Alejandro Falla’s leg cramps and Andreas Beck’s bad back created discussion and a sniff of controversy as most of the main contenders safely reached the Australian Open third round on Wednesday.