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Murray’s pre-season training interrupted by groin injury 0

London – Britain’s Andy Murray has cancelled his training block in Miami because of a groin injury that has left him unable to practise on the court, according to a report on Thursday. The former world number one suffered a bruise to his pelvic bone during Britain’s Davis Cup

Absolutely fine now, Rohan Bopanna provides injury update 0

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Dec 5 (ANI): Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna on Thursday provided an update on his injury saying that he is ‘absolutely fine’ now. “My injury is absolutely fine now. I have started back training,” Bopanna told ANI during an event here. Bopanna had pulled out of

Neymar has ‘matured’ as a person and player, says Marquinhos 0

Paris – When Paris Saint-Germain travel to Spain on Tuesday to face Real Madrid in the Champions League it will be with a Neymar who has, according to his teammate Marquinhos, grown up. “Neymar has lived things that have matured him as a person, and as a player,” the

Russia beat Serbia in cliff-hanger to reach Davis Cup semis 0

Madrid – Russia beat Novak Djokovic’s Serbia on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Davis Cup following a cliff-hanger match that went all the way to a deciding tie-breaker. With the quarter-final level at 1-1 following the singles, the Russian pairing of Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev faced

Cricket umpiring ‘extremely challenging’ in high-tech era – Taufel 0

New Delhi – Umpiring cricket matches has become increasingly difficult because of the technology now monitoring play, according to former top match official Simon Taufel. With dozens of cameras and other technology ready to expose mistakes, the pressure is on the officials who make the crucial calls, said the

Nadal sweats on semis spot at ATP Finals 0

London – Rafael Nadal recovered to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 7-5 on Friday, but faces an anxious wait to find out whether he will play Roger Federer in the last four at the ATP Finals. The Spanish top seed is pinning his hopes on Daniil Medvedev beating

Federer stays alive at ATP Finals with Berrettini win 0

London – Roger Federer kept alive his hopes of a seventh ATP Finals crown on Tuesday, beating Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 at London’s O2 Arena. Both players were solid on serve in the first set, with Federer struggling to make inroads against the eighth seed. The

Nadal racing to be fit for ATP Finals with No 1 up for grabs 0

London – Rafael Nadal is facing a race against time to be ready for the ATP Finals as he battles Novak Djokovic for the year-end number one ranking, admitting he is struggling with his serve. The 33-year-old said he was happy to be in London after being forced to

Federer, Djokovic drawn in same ATP finals group 0

London – Spectators will be hoping for a mini repeat of this year’s epic Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer after the two tennis legends were drawn in the same group for next week’s climax to the season, the ATP Finals. Djokovic, who could finish the week

Djokovic downs Dimitrov to reach Paris Masters final 0

Paris – Novak Djokovic saw off Grigor Dimitrov in the Paris Masters last four on Saturday to set up a potential final against Rafael Nadal – his rival for the year-end world number one spot. Top seed Djokovic came through a dramatic first-set tie-break before prevailing 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

Medvedev ousted in shock Paris Masters defeat 0

Paris – Daniil Medvedev said that he “hates losing” after suffering a shock second-round defeat by French world No 65 Jeremy Chardy at the Paris Masters on Tuesday, ending his bid to reach a seventh straight final. The 23-year-old Russian took the opening set but slipped to a 4-6,

De Minaur survives Opelka barrage to reach Basel final 0

Basel – Australia’s Alex de Minaur survived a barrage of 26 aces from American giant Reilly Opelka to battle to a 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/3) win in the Swiss Indoors semi-finals on Saturday. The 20-year-old, who trains and lives in Spain, will target his fourth title of

Bencic books last WTA Finals slot 0

Moscow – World No 10 Belinda Bencic booked her place at the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kristina Mladenovic in the Kremlin Cup semi-finals on Saturday. The 22-year-old Swiss needed to reach the final and outperform Kiki Bertens, who lost to Mladenovic in

‘In Shanghai, I was invincible’, says Medvedev 0

Cape Town – Daniil Medvedev has warned Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic that he feels ‘invincible’ right now and believes he can become world No 1. The Russian beat Alexander Zverev in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday – his second successive Masters-level crown – to surpass Roger Federer

Teenage star Gauff wins first WTA title 0

Linz – Teenage prodigy Coco Gauff won her first WTA title on Sunday following a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory over Jelena Ostapenko in the final in Linz that saw her hold her first trophy aloft aged 15. Gauff, who only entered the field as a lucky loser after failing

Jeff Coetzee’s Colombian duo to finish year atop ATP rankings 0

Shanghai – Grand Slam double for SA tennis coach They will make it a scarcely believable three majors in a row if they go one better than 2018 and win the final at the Australian Open in January. “It’s been amazing, it’s been a crazy run, we are just

Murray confident he can hit old heights 0

Cape Town – Andy Murray says that he can feel some of the old magic starting to return as he grows ever more confident about his movement on a tennis court. Murray won three Grand Slam titles and rose to world number one, based largely on his incredible ability

Osaka meets Andreescu in mouthwatering China Open quarter-final 0

Beijing – Two of the most exciting talents in tennis will meet for the first time on Friday when Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu clash in the China Open quarter-finals. On the eve of what could be the start of a long rivalry, the 21-year-old Osaka called the 19-year-old

Andreescu survives China Open scare 0

Beijing – Bianca Andreescu had to dig deep as the Canadian teenager won her first match since her US Open heroics with victory in the China Open first round Monday. The 19-year-old defeated 60th-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 in what was at times an unconvincing performance.

Father Gets 4 Months for Bribing Son’s Way Into Georgetown 0

BOSTON – A Los Angeles businessman was sentenced Thursday to four months in prison for paying $400,000 to get his son into Georgetown University as a fake tennis recruit. Stephen Semprevivo, 53, pleaded guilty in May to fraud and conspiracy. He is the third parent to be sentenced in

From smoking to vaping: Why do we abuse our lungs? 0

Today’s growing toll of deaths and serious illnesses associated with vaping represents just the latest variation on an age-old theme: our propensity to willfully inhale substances that damage our lungs. Just as flavoring agents and ethylene glycol (often a component in antifreeze) seem likely culprits in damaging the lungs

Pliskova closes gap on world No 1 Barty 0

Paris – Karolina Pliskova’s victory at the Zhengzhou Open at the weekend means the Czech is now just 86 points behind Ashleigh Barty who remains at the top of the WTA Tour’s rankings released on Monday. Pliskova claimed her fourth title of the year as she defeated Petra Martic