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Cilic battles through in Rotterdam ROTTERDAM: Marin Cilic fought through to the Rotterdam World Tennis quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) defeat of Luxembourg veteran Gilles Muller on Wednesday.Victory in the two-hour meeting sent the second-seeded Croatian into a last-eight battle with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, a winner over Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-2.Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, was out-aced by the 40th-ranked Muller, nine to eight in a match without a single break of serve.Cilic was runner-up at the Ahoy stadium two years ago and with the injury pullout of French top seed Richard Gasquet is now considered a top title favourite at the event which was to have also featured Roger Federer, now recovering from last week's minor knee surgery.The winner of 14 titles, Cilic said his level has been improving after playing and winning a pair of tough matches this week."I played better today than the first day," the world ...


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Haraguchi ends Hertha's 35-year wait to reach cup semis BERLIN: Hertha Berlin ended their 35-year wait to reach the German Cup semi-finals on Wednesday as Japan midfielder Genki Haraguchi sealed their 3-2 win at snowy second-division side Heidenheim.The hosts took an early lead when defender Arne Feick was left unmarked from a free-kick to head home on 10 minutes.But Hertha's Vedad Ibisevic netted twice to put Berlin 2-1 up after 21 minutes as heavy snow fell in southern Germany.Haraguchi scored what proved to be ...

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Steyn in South Africa squad for World T20 JOHANNESBURG: South Africa have named fast bowler Dale Steyn in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in India next month, but will ask him to prove his fitness following a debilitating shoulder injury.Steyn, a key component of the South African bowling line-up, has missed most of the 2015/16 season with first a groin strain and then a shoulder problem that has required intensive treatment."Dale's return is very good news," convenor of selectors Linda Zondi ...

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Egypt's Zamalek sack coach Mido after Ahly loss CAIRO: Egyptian giants Zamalek have sacked their coach Ahmed Hossam, known as Mido, after losing 2-0 to arch-rivals Al Ahly in the Cairo derby.The club, which suffered the defeat on Tuesday, also sacked football director Hazem Emam and appointed Mohamed Salah as interim coach.Mido, who had also played with Tottenham Hotspur, was Zamalek's star striker before retiring in 2013.The club appointed him as coach in January 2014.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016

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Curry magic as Warriors down Rockets OAKLAND: Steph Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games on Tuesday.Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry scored 35 points in a pulsating battle in Oakland to take the Warriors' record to 47-4 for the season.The highlight of Curry's latest masterclass was his role in a remarkable passage of play in the third quarter, when he ...

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Russian captain Shirokov signs with CSKA Moscow MOSCOW: Russia captain Roman Shirokov has signed a six-month deal with CSKA Moscow, the club announced on Wednesday.Shirokov parted ways with Spartak Moscow by mutual consent last month. The 34-year-old midfielder played for the Red Army's junior side before pursuing his professional career with a string of Russian Premier League clubs including Zenit Saint Petersburg and FC Krasnodar. Shirokov won two Russian Premier League titles and the 2008 UEFA Cup with Zenit. "I'm very happy ...

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Pakistan drop Shehzad for Asia Cup, World Twenty20 DUBAI: Pakistan have made four changes to their squad for this month's Asia Cup followed by the World Twenty20 including the axing of struggling opener Ahmed Shehzad after a poor run of form.The 24-year-old Shehzad managed just 33 runs in Pakistan's 2-1 Twenty20 series loss in New Zealand last month and is one of four changes selectors made from the last tour.Also out are Sohaib Maqsood, paceman Umar Gul and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan as ...