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Hamilton leads second practice in China SHANGHAI: Lewis Hamilton overcame problems with his car's handling to return Mercedes to the top of the timesheets in the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday. Hamilton completed 25 laps of the 5.4 km Shanghai International Circuit in the afternoon session to end the day with a best time of one minute 38.315 seconds, edging out the morning's pacesetter Fernando Alonso by a tenth of a second. Formula One world championship leader Nico Rosberg in the other Mercedes was third, the German falling four tenths of a second short of his team mate's benchmark. Despite ending the day fastest, Friday's two practice sessions were far from trouble-free for Hamilton, who arrives in China having won the last two races and is gunning for his first grand prix hat-trick. The Briton was limited to running nine laps in the morning after a suspension issue brought an early ...

Sydney loss raises doubts over Del Piero future MELBOURNE: Italian great Alessandro Del Piero may have played his last game for Sydney FC after they bowed out of the A-League title race to Melbourne Victory on Friday.Brazilian Gui Finkler knocked Del Piero's Sydney FC out with a stoppage time goal in a 2-1 win in Melbourne.The first play-off looked headed for extra-time until Finkler's late intervention.A pulsating game, in which Archie Thompson opened the scoring for the home side before Seb Ryall's first-half ...

Wawrinka overpowers Raonic to reach semi-finals MONTE CARLO: Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka reached the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 victory over Canadian Milos Raonic.Wawrinka, who had a walkover in the previous round when Spain's Nicolas Almagro pulled out with a foot injury, will wait for a weekend opponent as eight-time champion Rafael Nadal faces compatriot and good friend David Ferrer, seeded sixth.Wawrinka, who has dragged himself out of a short slump he ...

Rodgers warns Liverpool not to underestimate bottom clubs According to the Independent, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned his squad to not get carried away by their close chances of winning the title. After seeing Manchester City held to a surprising 2-2 draw against Sunderland and Everton beating Crystal Palace by 3-2, Rodgers told his side not to take the club’s at the bottom lightly. Table toppers Liverpool, who are two points clear of second-placed Chelsea, will face Norwich City on Sunday.Rodgers insists ...

Safarova, Errani to open Fed Cup semi-final PRAGUE: Lucie Safarova and Sara Errani will open the Fed Cup semi-final tie between the Czech Republic and holders Italy in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava starting on Saturday, following Friday's draw.Safarova, the world number 26 and the Czech number two, will face 11th-ranked Italian number one Errani on the hardcourt of Ostrava's CEZ Arena at 1100 GMT.Sixth-ranked Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic will then take on 54th-ranked Camila Giorgi.On Sunday, Kvitova will ...

Van Basten to become AZ Alkmaar coach THE HAGUE: Former Dutch star Marco van Basten will take charge of AZ Alkmaar on a two-year deal from this summer, the Eredivisie side announced on Friday."AZ and Marco van Basten verbally agreed on Thursday a contract through to the summer of 2016," the club said in a statement. "The formalities will be sorted out in the coming days."Van Basten, 49, will succeed Dick Advocaat, who returned to the club for a second spell last ...

Martinez expects warm Goodison return for Moyes LONDON: Everton manager Roberto Martinez says David Moyes should expect a warm welcome when he returns to Goodison Park with Manchester United on Sunday.Moyes was in charge of the Toffees for 11 years before departing to replace Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford last summer, with Martinez succeeding him on Merseyside.And the extent to which Moyes has endured a difficult first season with the champions is underlined by the fact that his team come into the ...


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