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Five-wicket Roach sends Bangladesh reeling GROS-ISLET: Kemar Roach was at his devastating best as Bangladesh were reduced to 104 for seven at stumps after the West Indies were dismissed for 380 in their first innings on the second day of the second and final Test on Sunday.In two sustained, controlled spells, the fast bowler tore through the top-order of the tourists' batting to finish with five for 33 -- his sixth five-wicket innings haul in Test cricket. Jerome Taylor joined in the rout with two wickets, including captain Mushfiqur Rahim to keep the pressure on the beleaguered Bangladeshis.Only Tamim Iqbal offered any sustained resistance on a pitch that continues to offer assistance to the fast bowlers. He got to 48 before edging a probing delivery from Roach to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.Bangladesh go into day three needing another 76 runs to avoid the follow-on with Mahmudullah and tail-ender Shafiul Islam at the crease.Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the ...

France, Switzerland in Davis Cup final as Spain crash GENEVA: France will host Switzerland in the Davis Cup final in November but five-time champions Spain lost their World Group status on Sunday after an 18-year-stay in the elite division.Roger Federer reached the first Davis Cup final of his career with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) win over Italy's Fabio Fognini in the first of the semi-final's reverse singles in Geneva.That made it 3-1 for the Swiss thus ensuring they would contest the final ...

United States rout Serbia to retain world title MADRID: The United States completed a cleansweep of the world's best in racing past Serbia 129-92 on Sunday to win the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and become the first country to defend their crown since 2002. The Americans made 15 of 30 three-pointers in the game with Kyrie Irving and James Harden combining for nine three-pointers and 49 points. Six other players scored in double figures for the Americans, who went undefeated in the ...

Horschel holds off McIlroy, Furyk for PGA riches ATLANTA: American Billy Horschel won the US PGA's season-ending Tour Championship and captured the playoff points crown Sunday, firing a final-round 68 to defeat Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy by three strokes.Horschel, who won last week's BMW Championship at Denver after losing the week before only on an errant approach at the final hole, fired his 12th consecutive round in the 60s to finish 72 holes on 11-under par 269.World number one McIlroy and seventh-ranked ...

Lucic-Baroni beats Venus for first title since 1998 QUEBEC CITY: Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni won her first WTA title since 1998 on Sunday, defeating former world number one Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3 to capture the Quebec City tournament.The 32-year-old former teen star won her only two prior WTA titles on home soil at the 1997 and 1998 Croatian Opens, beating American Corina Morariu in each Bol final.By defeating US top seed Williams, Lucic-Baroni ended the longest gap between titles in WTA history, a wait ...

Van Gaal wants more from match-winner Di Maria MANCHESTER: Manager Louis van Gaal urged Angel di Maria to give even more after he inspired Manchester United to a 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on his home debut.The Argentina international, United's record signing, upstaged debutant Radamel Falcao in Sunday's game at Old Trafford with a goal, an assist and a hand in the home side's two other goals.He came off in the 82nd minute after suffering cramp and although Van Gaal heralded his ...

Mayweather says he isn't evading Pacquiao LAS VEGAS: Boxer Floyd Mayweather, fresh off his lopsided victory over Marcos Maidana, denied he is trying to safeguard his undefeated record by avoiding Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.Mayweather has admitted he handpicked opponents in the past but says there is nothing unscrupulous about not fighting Pacquiao, one of the few fighters who can match the American's hand speed."I am not ducking or dodging no opponent," said Mayweather, who turns 38 in February. "If a Pacquiao ...


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